February 20th, 2014
Failure to abate means that the company failed to correct a previously cited error from OSHA including hazard, condition or practice that pose danger to its employees. Failure to abate notices bring $111,000 in penalties.
Don’t slip up on OSHA abatement
“Don’t let this happen to you. Whether they admit or not, in some way, OSHA often seeks rough Justice. rarely is an Area Office out to simply “get blood.” They are trying to match the penalty to the behavior, and you do not want to develop a reputation as the kind of employer who fails to abate. That moniker may be more damaging to your reputation than a “willful” citation.
So with this admonition in mind, I share today’s OSHA press release:”
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January 31st, 2014
“What is NFPA 2112? The National Fire Protection Association 2112 Standard provides minimum requirements for the design, construction, evaluation, and certification of flame-resistant garments for use by industrial personnel. It does not attempt to provide any guidance on matching the PPE to the quantified hazard – that is what NFPA 2113 is designed for.”
Read more at: http://www.dupont.com/products-and-services/personal-protective-equipment/thermal-protective/articles/nfpa-2112.html
December 30th, 2013
The Mine Safety and Health Administration – MSHA issued an alert on prevention of fires and explosions in mines during the coming winter months.
Winter Alert 2013:
PREVENTING FIRES & EXPLOSIONS
“Most coal mine gas and dust explosions occur during the fall and winter. During the winter months, cold air entering mines causes mine surfaces to dry out. Cold air is warmed as it travels through the underground mine and picks up moisture from the roof, rib and floor. The result is drier surfaces and drier coal dust. Coal dust and float coal dust can contribute to dust explosion hazards. If suspended in the mine atmosphere, fine, dry coal dust will explode if ignited, even without the presence of methane. Explosions are more likely to happen when the barometer falls because methane gas in unventilated or poorly ventilated areas expands, potentially traveling closer toward ignition sources.” Read more at: http://www.msha.gov/winteralert2013/winteralert2013.asp
November 28th, 2013
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November 24th, 2013
Four common myths or misconceptions about NFPA 70E (Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace created by the National Fire Protection Association) are discussed in this article. It applies to your employees as well, so be aware…
“On the whole, the industrial work environment has come a long way in understanding electrical hazards and protecting employees,” said Joe Liberti, protective apparel regional director for Cintas Corp. “However, certain myths still exist about arc-flash protection, and it’s critical that these are addressed in order to maximize employee safety and minimize liability in the workplace.”
Read more at: http://ehstoday.com/ppe/dont-get-burned-myths-about-arc-flash-protection
November 10th, 2013
The new Hazard Communication Standard provides that employers shall train employees regarding the new label elements and safety data sheets format by December 1, 2013.
This may be of concern to those requiring to know the new labeling elements and a new format for Safety Data Sheets.
Some of the sub-headlines to refer to are as follows.
November 7th, 2013
Should you wear PPE outside the Arc Flash Protection Boundary? How do you determine the AFPB?
Learn more at the forum discussion:
”As I read 130.7(10) in the 09 70e it states — This clothing and equipment shall be used when working within the Arc Flash Protection Boundary. Per 130.3(A)(1) — Voltage levels between 50 & 600v –the AFPB is 4′ if you meet the clearing time and fault current criteria.”- See more at: http://arcflashforum.brainfiller.com/threads/1311/#sthash.XcEgmBUN.dpuf”
October 28th, 2013
How safe is blended clothing as PPE when doing electrical jobs? Read opinions from members before you buy…
“Are there any known occurrences where poly or blends have melted and/or caused injury when worn under level 0 ppe with a panel labeled at <1.2 cal?” Read more at http://arcflashforum.brainfiller.com/threads/3005/#post-14032
Our flame resistant cotton clothing is better and safer to use for electrical jobs… http://www.coverallsale.com/shop/flame-resistant-cotton-clothing-cid-41-1.html
October 22nd, 2013
OSHA formed an alliance with the Association of Energy Services Companies (AESC) to foster awareness of workplace safety and health and to educate workers on the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers in the oil and gas industries.
“The oil and gas industries involve many serious hazards, and workers in these fields experience a higher rate of work-related injuries and illnesses than the national average. In the most recent results from Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), despite a drop in the overall rate of workplace fatalities in the United States, fatalities in the oil and gas industry rose by 23% from 2011 to 2012. In addition to the Dallas-area alliance” Read more at
October 17th, 2013
Oil and gas drilling jobs are more susceptible to flash fires during certain operations. The need for Flame Resistant Clothing is emphasized in the new memorandum issued by OSHA and clarifies the need for citation. These updated enforcement guidelines will be of utmost help in your organization’s safety program.
“This memorandum is intended to clarify OSHA’s policy for citing the general industry standard for personal protective equipment (PPE), 29 CFR 1910.132(a), for the failure to provide and use flame-resistant clothing (FRC) in oil and gas well drilling, servicing, and production-related operations. For the purpose of this memo, FRC includes both flame-resistant and fire retardant treated clothing. Clarification of the need to provide and use FRC during certain drilling, servicing, and production-related operations is necessary to resolve its inconsistent use among drilling contractors, well servicing contractors, and oil and gas companies that employ thousands of workers in these operations. OSHA inspection history and current information, including consensus standards, scientific evidence, and accident and injury data, indicate a potential for flash fires during certain well drilling, servicing, and production-related operations.” Read more at
The use of FRC greatly improves the chances of a worker’s survival after a flash fire. FRC can drastically reduce the degree of burn injuries. We provide standard flame-resistant clothing required in oil and gas jobs
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