I've found online training to be an excellent refresher for my… Continue
Added by ContractorSafety.Com on August 10, 2009 at 1:27pm —
Fire hazards are some times overlooked on the jobsite because they are a common part of every work day. We regularly use fuels, cleaners, solvents, adhesives, etc. that are flammable and these products alone are usually safe but when combined with carelessness and lack of taking the proper safety precautions, they can become volatile and very dangerous.
In order to start a fire you need three ingredients: FUEL ( such as wood, paper, gasoline etc.); OXYGEN; and a source of IGNITION (such as… Continue
Added by Mohamed Abd El Salam on August 9, 2009 at 11:05pm —
Work activity or the presence of harmful substances in construction environments frequently produces airborne contaminants. These contaminants can be controlled by isolating them from the breathing zone or by providing adequate ventilation. Ventilation is one of the most common engineering control methods and can be defined as the movement of fresh air into a space in order to replace contaminated air and/or control the temperature in a space.
Natural ventilation usually does not provide a… Continue
Added by Mohamed Abd El Salam on August 8, 2009 at 11:20pm —
Experience teaches us a lot about working around cranes but often the lessons are costly. we’ll discuss things we should and should not do when working around this equipment.
It’s smart move on your part to stay out from under suspended hooks and loads. There’s always a chance that during a lift, the load could shift and fall. It may be a slim chance because of the good rigging techniques we use but once is all it takes to cause a serious injury or a fatality. Also stay clear of swinging… Continue
Added by Mohamed Abd El Salam on August 7, 2009 at 11:16pm —
Grinding Machine Safety
Before collecting Grinding Machine from the store, please check:
• Machine is in good condition and no electrical switches are broken.
• Check that the electrical connection cable is equipped with proper plugs.
• Check that the machine is equipped with guard.
• The grinding / cutting wheel should be of suitable type for that particular machine.
• Make sure that protective equipments like safety goggles / face shield etc. are… Continue
Added by Mohamed Abd El Salam on August 5, 2009 at 11:31pm —
Dust explosions are a serious hazard in industries nationwide. They lead to the loss of production, plant/facility destruction and personnel injury or fatality.
In 2005, the US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board issued a report stating that between 1980 and 2005, at least 281 deadly combustible dust incidents (fires and explosions) occurred in the U.S., killing 119 people and injuring 718 others while extensively damaging or destroying facilities. Congressional hearings… Continue
Added by Ashley Swanson on August 5, 2009 at 11:00am —
One of my favorite books on creativity is A Kick in the Seat of the Pants
, by Roger van Oech. It's a great book about creative ideas and bringing things into being. The main concept of the book is that there are four character types, all needed to bring positive creative ideas into being.
What happens for many of us is that we lean toward one… Continue
Added by Tim Gardner on August 5, 2009 at 10:30am —
What is violence at work?
The concept of external workplace violence generally covers insults, threats or physical or psychological aggression exerted by people from outside or inside the organization, including customers and clients against a person at work that endangers their health, safety or well being. There is a racial or sexual dimension to the violence.
Aggressive or violence acts take the form of:
• Uncivil behavior – lack of respect for others
• Physical or verbal… Continue
Added by Mohamed Abd El Salam on August 5, 2009 at 1:32am —
The U.S. Chemical Safety Board
(CSB), an independent federal agency, has released a new safety video entitled, "Combustible Dust: An Insidious Hazard." It features outstanding animations that recreate the events and conditions leading to three major… Continue
Added by Sal Campos on August 4, 2009 at 1:12pm —
I will be speaking at the ''5th Annual HSE Forum in Oil, Gas & Petrochemicals'' on the 18th -21st October in Doha, Qatar. A leading international conference which attracts the top people in the industry. I hope to meet members of the safety community who may work in this region.
Added by Wayne Harris on August 1, 2009 at 1:15am —
Now I remember learning about fire safety as a child in school, but for some reason those lessons are not always retained. Luckily, Candace Quinn's new book I Survived a House Fire...I Wish My Stuff Had is a great reminder of a luxury we all take for granted. Here is a quick and simple recap of fire safety from her book, fireSafety.gov and SafetySkills Basic Fire Safety course.
1. Smoke Alarms
Smoke alarms are the simpliest, easiest and most effective way to save lives in… Continue
Added by SafetySkills on July 30, 2009 at 2:09pm —
Sink Factory, Inc. (SFI) is a manufacturer of cast polymer products. In 2004, they started their business in a facility that already had a baghouse dust collector in place. However, the volume of dust generated by the grinding and sanding of thr cast sinks proved to be too great a challenge for the undersized… Continue
Added by Sal Campos on July 30, 2009 at 7:00am —
President Obama wants David Michaels, Ph.D., MPH to serve as the next head of OSHA, according to the Associated Press.
Michaels is currently the research professor and interim chair of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at The George Washington…
Added by Pam Wilkinson on July 30, 2009 at 5:42am —
Just about every type of manufacturing process generates some sort of hazard. At what point(s) does the condition become a nuisance? ...a health hazard? ...a safety hazard? ...an equipment liability? ...illegal? Are manufacturers aware of such conditions in their businesses? One would certainly hope so.… Continue
Added by Sal Campos on July 29, 2009 at 8:00pm —
Laboratory Testing and Consulting for Process Safety Management
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Added by Ashley Swanson on July 29, 2009 at 4:00pm —
Imagine the first time a young manager-trainee (let's call him Ned) is given a supervisory position. Besides being given lots of direction related to the overall production and cost goals for the area, he is also told that safety is his responsibility, and to make sure that no one gets hurt.
In his first day on the job, our buddy Ned is on the production floor meeting people and observing the work getting done. He sees a couple of things that make him a little nervous, like the way… Continue
Added by Tim Gardner on July 29, 2009 at 10:30am —
As you may know, the Safety Community hosts monthly chats about a variety of safety topics. We wanted to get your ideas in order to improve the chats; be sure to leave a comment if you have additional thoughts!
Added by Safety Community on July 27, 2009 at 4:00pm —
With the recent hit the steel industry took, I found myself working like a dog to educate more companies on using a tax-free, contract-free, no-initial-investment safety incentive program. Most were shocked at how little most programs put into the value of the employee reward. Most incentive programs take your company's money and split it three ways: 40% taxes (sales tax, income tax, and payroll), 30% contract fees, and 30% to the employees that make your company safe. How is that a… Continue
Added by Vicki Johnson on July 27, 2009 at 12:12pm —
Workplace safety can appear very daunting for many employers. Creating a safe work environment for workers is not only morally right, but also a legal right in this country. There are many important tools available to ensure that all of the necessary precautions are taken to avoid and reduce accidents in the workplace.
1. Hazard Assessment/Job Safety Analysis (JSA)
Hazard assessment or job safety analysis (JSA) helps identify potential safety risks in the workplace and… Continue
Added by SafetySkills on July 27, 2009 at 11:52am —
Because of the various types of thermal spray applications and their effects on the operation of dust collectors, it's important to identify your specific thermal spray operation. Each process involves different shaped and sized particles along with varying loads. Additionally, strict safety… Continue
Added by Sal Campos on July 27, 2009 at 7:00am —