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Safety Focus of Week July 15 - Never say “no” to a Job Safety Analysis!

Jul 15, 2019

The Job Safety Analysis (JSA) is a standard tool used to improve workplace safety in industry. A proper JSA outlies the steps required to complete a task or project, Identify potential hazards and implement safeguards. No task is too small for a JSA, especially if

Safety Focus of Week July 8 - Safety on bug bites, mosquitoes, ticks

Jul 08, 2019

Summer is a great time for outdoor activities, hiking, fishing, biking, camping, and beach. But the enjoyable time outside can also come with a serious buzz-kill: bug bites. I do go outside as much as I can this summer, and find myself very attractive for mosquitoes!

Safety Focus of Week June 24 - Back Sprains and Strains

Jun 25, 2019

You may not be aware, but the most commonly experienced workplace injury is also the most avoidable. 50% of US employees are expected to experience physical damage to their lower back at some point. Even if you believe you aren't susceptible to back damage where you work, it's important to re-assess. In any job that includes lifting any kind of object you might be vulnerable to back injury. Issues usually arise when an employee is uneducated on proper lifting procedures. Even in the absence of extra appliances or company programs, there are many ways to avoid this problem.

Safety Focus of Week June 17 - Arc Flash Explosions

Jun 17, 2019

Every day in the United States five to 10 arc flash explosions occur in electrical equipment. Anyone exposed to such explosions is at significant risk for death or serious injury.

Safety Focus of Week June 3 - Water Bottles Fire Hazard

Jun 03, 2019

If you are like me, there is always a half empty water bottle in your vehicle. I never would have guessed that it would be a fire hazard. In a test conducted by Oklahoma's Midwest City Fire Department, sunlight magnified by a water bottle reached 250 degrees. The sunlight uses the liquid and the clear material to develop a focused beam which can cause a fire. So be sure you take your water bottles with you when you leave your vehicle. For the full article and videos, click here.

Safety Focus of Week May 27 - Ladder Safety

May 27, 2019

All you DIY's that do home repairs, decorations, etc. Ladder safety at home is a thing to remember. Here are some safety tips when using a ladder at home:

Safety Focus of Week May 13 - Turn Around Don’t Drown

May 21, 2019

Today we had a reminder of the dangers of driving into flood waters. Several roads and major highways experienced flooding. Some were closed by barriers and some were not. Remember that driving into flood water can be hazardous even if it isn't marked by signs or barriers. As shown on the following video, several water rescues were still in progress this morning long after the rain had stopped:

Safety Focus of Week May 13 - Undetected Ball Valve Failure

May 13, 2019

Below is a safety beacon from the CCPS from March 2019. It talks about not trusting valves for secure isolations for safety reasons. We have made an effort over the last few years to accomplish this by either replacing the valves with blinds or removing the line all together.

Safety Focus of Week April 1 - Bring Your Child To Work Today

Apr 01, 2019

If you are like me, and have no one to take care of the kids during holidays or snow days, you bring your kids to work almost every time the school is closed. Almost 20 years ago an organization started encouraging employees and employers to have a designated take your child to work day at the end of April. At some places the practice has taken hold, at other, like FRI it hasn't. It's truly a novel idea and one we can utilize to work safer.

The suggestion would be to make every day bring your child or grandchild to work day, not in body, but in mind. As you go out to work today, I'd challenge you to do two things:

Safety Focus of Week March 18 - Tight Enough

Mar 19, 2019

I think this is a good reminder. We have specified torque specifications for some bolts for which we can use a torque wrench with the correct setting, e.g. on the column windows or the dome. For some others, we do not have such a specification.

Safety Focus of Week March 18 - High Winds Safety

Mar 18, 2019

The 'Bomb Cyclone' about two weeks ago reminded us how dangerous high winds could be. Severe wind storms are dangerous and difficult to predict with some gusts coming with little or no warning.

Safety Focus of Week March 11 - Safety on Head Injury

Mar 11, 2019

I experienced a head injury a couple of weeks ago. I went to the hospital emergency room to do a head CT scan, and fortunately it turns out a minor one and nothing serious happen. Minor head injuries can happen to people of all ages, and especially common to small children. As such, I am sharing some safety tips on head injuries this week.

Safety Focus of Week March 4 - Change the Batteries in Your Smoke Detectors

Mar 04, 2019

This Sunday is the end of Daylight Savings Time. As you spend time changing clocks that can't change themselves, don't forget to change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

Safety Focus of Week February 25 - Space Heaters Need Space

Feb 25, 2019

Like any electrical appliance, personal space heaters need their space. It's especially important to locate space heaters pretty far away from anything that could catch on fire. Although the handy appliances come with lots of safety features, it's up to you to make sure they don't get close enough to catch something on fire.

Safety Focus of Week February 18 - Wellness Guidelines for American Heart Month

Feb 18, 2019

I recently ran across a few articles on heart health because February is American Heart Month. I'd encourage you to take a few minutes to think about the American Heart Association's Diet and Lifestyle Recommendations: