“2014 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index – 10 Leading Causes Of Injuries & Their Cost”

Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety Releases 2014 Workplace Safety Index 10 leading causes of injury result in nearly $60 billion in total workers compensation costs January 14, 2015 10:00 AM Eastern Standard Time HOPKINTON, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety has released its 2014 Workplace Safety Index, which ranks the 10 leading … Continue reading “2014 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index – 10 Leading Causes Of Injuries & Their Cost”

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“GHS: What’s Next? – The Timeline For GHS Compliance Explained”

According to OSHA, GHS affects over 5 million businesses and 43 million workers in the US alone. This infographic illustrates the next steps for GHS Compliance, and gives a timeline of the evolution of GHS and it’s implementation. Infographic created by Creative Safety Supply

“CSB Board Votes on Status of Sixteen Safety Recommendations”

Washington, DC, April 20, 2015—The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has recently voted to update the status of sixteen recommendations resulting from twelve accident investigations including key safety improvements resulting from the 2006 CAI/Arnel fire and explosion in Danvers, MA and the 2005 BP Texas City refinery fire and explosion.  All recently voted on recommendations … Continue reading “CSB Board Votes on Status of Sixteen Safety Recommendations”

“CSB Releases New Safety Video Entitled “Shock to the System” Offering Key Lessons for Preventing Hydraulic Shock in Ammonia Refrigeration Systems”

Latest Safety Video Includes Detailed Animation of 32,000- Pound Release of Ammonia in Alabama which Led to Offsite Injuries Including Multiple Hospitalizations in 2010 Washington, D.C, March 26, 2015 – Today the US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) released its latest safety video detailing key lessons from the release of 32,000 pounds of anhydrous ammonia that … Continue reading “CSB Releases New Safety Video Entitled “Shock to the System” Offering Key Lessons for Preventing Hydraulic Shock in Ammonia Refrigeration Systems”

“CSB Releases Safety Bulletin on Anhydrous Ammonia Incident near Mobile, Alabama”

Safety Bulletin Notes Five Key Lessons to Prevent Hydraulic Shock January 15, 2014, East Rutherford, NJ - Today the U.S. Chemical Safety Board released a safety bulletin intended to inform industries that utilize anhydrous ammonia in bulk refrigeration operations on how to avoid a hazard referred to as hydraulic shock.  The safety lessons were derived … Continue reading “CSB Releases Safety Bulletin on Anhydrous Ammonia Incident near Mobile, Alabama”

“CSB Warns About Danger of Hot Work on Tanks Containing Biological or Organic Material”

Earlier this month a team of CSB investigators deployed to the Omega Protein facility in Moss Point, Mississippi, where a tank explosion on July 28, 2014, killed a contract worker and severely injured another. Our team, working alongside federal OSHA inspectors, found that the incident occurred during hot work on or near a tank containing … Continue reading “CSB Warns About Danger of Hot Work on Tanks Containing Biological or Organic Material”

CSB Investigation Warns of Dust Explosion Risk at Recycling Facilities

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has released its final report, safety recommendations and accompanying safety video into a fatal combustible dust explosion at the AL Solutions metal recycling facility in New Cumberland, West Virginia. As presented to the Board for a vote at a public meeting in Charleston, the report reiterates a recommendation that … Continue reading CSB Investigation Warns of Dust Explosion Risk at Recycling Facilities

Man Confirmed Dead In Grain Bin Accident In Genoa, Illinois – May 5, 2014 – [Raw Video]

  Emergency crews pulled the body of a 73-year-old man from a grain bin on an Illinois farm Monday afternoon after a frantic rescue effort. Around 1 p.m., authorities had begun emptying the grain bin at Madey Farms in Genoa after reports that a man may be stuck inside. Several hours later, crews removed the … Continue reading Man Confirmed Dead In Grain Bin Accident In Genoa, Illinois – May 5, 2014 – [Raw Video]

Pending OMB Review, OSHA Could Restart Effort to Update Chemical Exposure Limits (PEL’s)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLw4fGx63Qc By Robert Iafolla April 16 --In an apparent effort to kickstart agency action on updating permissible exposure limits for hundreds of chemicals, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration asked the White House April 15 to approve a request to gather information on ways to address chemical exposure. OSHA cited widespread agreement that the majority … Continue reading Pending OMB Review, OSHA Could Restart Effort to Update Chemical Exposure Limits (PEL’s)

Defining Risk In Process Safety Management

Process safety is intended to prevent unwanted conditions or releases of hazardous chemicals, especially into locations that could expose employees and communities to serious health hazards.  By: Sandy Smith An effective process safety management program requires a systematic approach to evaluating the whole process, including the process design, technology, operational and maintenance activities and procedures, … Continue reading Defining Risk In Process Safety Management

5 Safety Tips For Avoiding “Caught-In-Between Accidents”

According to OSHA, caught-in hazards collectively are one of the four deadliest dangers found on a construction site. Although it seems like common sense to never place yourself between a piece of heavy equipment and an immovable object, when you’re concentrating on the job at hand sometimes you find yourself in unexpected danger. Here are … Continue reading 5 Safety Tips For Avoiding “Caught-In-Between Accidents”

OSHA Considers PEL Revision Only for Beryllium Rule in Construction

  Updated: The federal agency responsible for workplace safety on Friday contemplated tighter regulation of the toxic metal beryllium, which exists in small amounts in coal slag, a product used as a blast abrasive to prepare the hulls and tanks of ships for coats of paint. The product is also used in blasting operations on … Continue reading OSHA Considers PEL Revision Only for Beryllium Rule in Construction

Major Changes Proposed for the PSM Standard: OSHA Issues Request for Comments on 14 Potential Revisions That Could Alter Industry Practices

OSHA is seeking public comment on fourteen significant changes it is considering making to its Process Safety Management (PSM) standard, plus potential updates to its Explosives and Blasting Agents, Flammable Liquids, and Spray Finishing standards. The request is in response to Executive Order 13650, which directed OSHA and several other federal agencies to improve chemical … Continue reading Major Changes Proposed for the PSM Standard: OSHA Issues Request for Comments on 14 Potential Revisions That Could Alter Industry Practices

What Is PSM (Process Safety Management)?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20-z4d_vrTE PSM Covered Chemical Facilities National Emphasis Program. OSHA Directive CPL 03-00-014, (2011, November 29). Petroleum Refinery Process Safety Management National Emphasis Program. OSHA Directive CPL 03-00-010, (2009, August 18). Refinery NEP First Year Inspection Results [69 KB PDF*, 2 pages]. OSHA. Letter to Refinery Manager Attachment A Attachment B Process Safety Management Depends on … Continue reading What Is PSM (Process Safety Management)?

Contractor Killed 6 in Fatal Building Collapse In Philadelphia: DA

  The first murder charges have been handed down in a deadly building collapse that took the lives of six people, injured 13 and resulted in an overhaul of demolition practices in the city of Philadelphia. Griffin T. Campbell, 49, of Philadelphia, faces six counts of third degree murder, six counts of involuntary manslaughter and … Continue reading Contractor Killed 6 in Fatal Building Collapse In Philadelphia: DA