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Introduction:- Nearly everyone has heard a practical joker say “This one is gonna kill ya”. Well, hopefully it never will. However, practically jokes invite danger. The building trades industry is potentially dangerous and anything that unnecessarily increases the chance of an injury must be eliminated. Horseplay benefits no one and usually only builds up resentment and fosters relation. Practical jokes should be discouraged. At some point, if they continue they need to be… Continue

Added by Mohamed Abd El Salam on August 14, 2009 at 1:36am — No Comments

flashback arrestor location

Flashback arrestors on oxy-fuel welding rigs are most commonly located at the regulator. However, torch makers like Victor place them in the torches. Do any list members know if US OSHA has ever specified in writing where they must be located? Many say that placing them both at the regulator and torch is not good because it restricts gas flow too much.
Wm R. Bunner, CET "Bill"
Ps. Here in Tuxpan, Mexico we are just using them in the torch heads.

Added by Wm R. Bunner CET on August 13, 2009 at 11:20am — 2 Comments


Working with Chemicals & Hazardous Substances:

Many hazardous substances are used on construction sites. Chemicals are contained in adhesives, admixtures, brick and stone cleaners, decorative / protective treatments for timber and metals, floor treatments / finishes, formwork and mould treatments, fumigants, cements and grouts, insulates, sealants, solvents and weed killers.

Accidents can be prevented if you know what the chemicals are, the hazards they pose, and the… Continue

Added by Mohamed Abd El Salam on August 13, 2009 at 1:31am — 1 Comment

Safety Tools and applications

I am getting ready to develop some applications that the safety professional can easily access from their mobile device and am debating developing which platform to develop first. I am looking at both the Blackberry and Iphone. I have both but tend to use the iphone more unless I am trying to access the company server through citrix. Looking for a little input from the community as to what phone you are on and if you have any special needs, feel free to post up or drop my a pm. Thanks and more… Continue

Added by Chester T. Karella C.S.P./C.E.T. on August 12, 2009 at 10:41pm — 1 Comment

Being a Safety Explorer

Last week I asked if you were a safety warrior. My question was about your attitude and approach to safety and how you act in regards to safety in the workplace.

We hear a lot about the importance of diversity in the workplace, but it is more about diversity of ideas and actions than anything else. If we were all warriors, fighting the good fight against all things that compromise employee safety, we would eventually be exhausted. It's a fight that can't be won by warriors alone.

Who… Continue

Added by Tim Gardner on August 12, 2009 at 10:30am — No Comments

COSHH Hazard Warning Symbols


1. Your health could be affected by a hazardous substances through:

• Ingestion – eating contamination food

• Inhalation – breathing in harmful dust or fumes

• Absorption – chemicals entering through cuts

2. Examples of hazardous substances on construction sites:

• Cement – hardwood dust – welding fumes – solvent fumes …..

3. Don’t mix chemicals or substances unless it is a safe and authorized Process

Control measures

1. When using hazardous… Continue

Added by Mohamed Abd El Salam on August 12, 2009 at 12:43am — No Comments

Waste Management

Waste Management

General Precautions

 Separate different types of waste into separate skips if there is such a system operating on site.

 If there is a COSHH skip, make sure that all used containers of substances are put in it – do not mix with general waste.

 Remove all nails from scrap timber to avoid foot injuries to other people.

 Securely bag or bundle lightweight waste to prevent it being scattered by a wind.

 Waste created at height must be… Continue

Added by Mohamed Abd El Salam on August 11, 2009 at 12:48pm — No Comments

Contractor Safety | Web Based Training

I've found online training to be an excellent refresher for my… Continue

Added by ContractorSafety.Com on August 10, 2009 at 1:27pm — No Comments

Fire Hazards on the Job

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 — No Comments


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 — 1 Comment

Working around Cranes

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 — 1 Comment

Grinding Machine Safety

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 — No Comments


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 — No Comments

Are You a Safety Warrior?

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 — No Comments

Violence at Work

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 — No Comments

In The News: Chemical Safety Board Releases Video on Combustible Dust

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 — 1 Comment

''5th Annual HSE Forum in Oil, Gas & Petrochemicals'' on the 18th -21st October in Doha, Qatar''

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 — No Comments

Fire Safety in a Nutshell

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, 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 — No Comments

Sink Manufacturer's Dust Problems Down the Drain

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 — No Comments

Obama taps epidemiologist to lead OSHA


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 — No Comments

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