It's humid and getting hotter as summer approaches. The combination of heat and humidity significantly increase the hazards of heat exhaustion and stroke. Our natural ability to control the temperature of our body depends on enhanced cooling due to the evaporation of sweat from our skin. We depend on evaporative cooling when it's hot, but it isn't as effective in high humidity.
Storm season is here, so where will you go when the sirens sound? Kelli Cain, public information manager for the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management says you can never be too prepared. A few reminders:
This Final CSB Report issued December 17, 2019 discusses the investigation of two fatal explosions that occurred in 2017. An investigation of the first explosion on May 28, 2017 was in progress when the second explosion occurred on June 20,2017. The final report can be found at the following url: https://www.csb.gov/midland-resource-recovery-explosion-/
A Factual Update was released by the Chemical Safety Board (CSB) concerning a H2S release that resulted in two fatalities, summarized below. A few common hazards standout in this incident, even if do not operate a water-flood station.
As the temperatures gets cooler I sometimes have a hard time regulating the temperature in my office. I often will use a space heater to make it more comfortable. My office in Stillwater is picky though. There are certain outlets that I can not use or the heater will trip the breaker. Also, you never want to plug a space heater into a power strip. This picture is a good reminder of what can happen if you plug a space heater into a power strip. The Electrical Safety Foundation International says heating equipment is the second leading cause of home fires in the U.S. with more than 65,000 fires being attributed to them each year. The ESFI reports the fire result in hundreds of deaths, thousands of injuries and millions of dollars in property damage. Stay safe and warm!
Do you have a metal, box-shaped transformer near your yard? While it may be tempting to paint it to match your home or to enhance it with artistic flair, do not decorate, paint or landscape near the box, called a padmount transformer or pad-mounted transformer.
The neighborhood metal transformer covers are assigned a specific color (usually green, sometimes grey) so that utility workers can easily identify them. Also, hampering with the box by painting it could impair the lock, the equipment itself or cover the warning signs. For safety, the padmount transformer should always be locked and the warning signs visible.
Padmount transformers, which are typically installed on easements, are an essential part of the supply chain that provides power to neighborhoods with underground utilities. Their purpose is to step down high-voltage electricity to a lower voltage needed for the underground wires that supply power to the lights and appliances in homes. We must be able to access them at all times in case of a power outage or to perform routine maintenance. In other words, they are very important and due to their high voltage and function, they should be revered.
Joe Rains found this at the unit. This black widow spider. A reminder to be aware of the surroundings. Do you know what to do if you got bit by a black widow? Refer to the OSHA fact sheet.
I recently spent an afternoon trimming my roses. I thought I was doing a good job of keeping safe by wearing gloves, shoes, and glasses. The trouble was that while unloading all the debris, I had moved my glasses to the top of my head. As I pulled a large clump of cuttings from the truck bed, one popped loose and hit me above my eye. I was lucky. It reminded me that I still need to work on keeping safety in mind during the whole process, not just at the beginning.
I hope everybody is enjoying the sub 60's temperatures this week. Unfortunately, such nice weather will not last very long in Oklahoma summer. Forecast indicates that the temperature next week will be at high 90's and even above 100 degree with high humidity. The FRI experimental unit will be on revamp next week so a lot of us will be working outside for a long period. Just a quick reminder of staying safe in the heat, being aware of the dangers associated with high temperature, recognizing signs of heat-related illness, allowing for ample breaks out of heat, and most importantly, being hydrated all the time.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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: