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Safety Nugget Week of March 27 - New Definition of Heat Stroke

Mar 27, 2017

We are coming up to the hotter months of the year. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke become more of an issue.

Safety Nugget Week of January 16 - Confined Space Entry

Jan 18, 2017

Safety Nugget Week of November 7 - Fire Extinguisher Safety

Nov 08, 2016

If you are like me, you likely have several fire extinguishers in your home. I have one under the kitchen sink and one in my shop. Some people also have an extinguisher in their car/truck and boaters typically also have one on board the boat. NFPA recommends extinguishers rated ABC (A = wood, paper, trash; B = liquids; C= electrical equipment). These are dry powder extinguishers.

Safety Nugget Week of August 29 - School Backpacks

Sep 08, 2016

It is time for kids to go back to school so a few thoughts on safety for kids.

Safety Nugget Week of June 27 - Long Distance Driving

Jul 01, 2016

Summer is here and for me, and many others, that means some long road trips as part of a vacation, or getting to a family reunion. So it is a good time to review safe driving practice for long trips. Check out the list below and drive safely!

Safety Nugget Week of April 18 - Hard Hats

Apr 18, 2016

Some of FRI staff wear hard hats every day, others of us wear them less frequently. But pretty much all FRI employees will wear a hard hat sometimes.

Safety Nugget Week of February 8 - Lifting Safely

Feb 18, 2016

Safety Nugget Week of December 14 - Operating Forklifts

Dec 14, 2015

Forklifts are extremely useful pieces of equipment and we operate them at the experimental unit. Forklifts, however, have some inherent safety risks. And, according to OSHA, about 100 workers are killed each year as a result of forklift accidents. Of these, 1/4 of these fatalities are caused by overturning. Other common injuries include being struck by a forklift or being struck by materials falling off a forklift.

Safety Nugget Week of October 12 - Slips, Trips, and Falls

Oct 15, 2015

Workplace hazards

Safety Nugget Week of August 11 - Working in the Heat and Heat Myths

Aug 12, 2015

7 or 8 years ago I was beginning to train to run a marathon. One Sunday late morning (in the summertime in Houston) I ran 5 miles, made it home.......and collapsed due to heat. Luckily my wife is a nurse! A couple of weeks later I was talking to a friend who is a HSE manager for Chevron. He said that I had experienced heat exhaustion, not a heat stroke, because I did not stop sweating when I collapsed.

Safety Nugget - Hand rails and Stair Case Safety

Jul 01, 2015

I think that at one time or another we have all tripped or stumbled while going up or down a set of stairs. It has happened to me and fortunately I was not seriously hurt. But, remember, if any of us fall down the stairs, our 100 to 200+ lbs of weight will fall with us. It would be easy to break an arm or leg, or something even worse.

Safety Nugget for Week of April 20 - Is use of hands free phone safer?

May 12, 2015

We all multi-task. It seems to be the way of the 21st century. Following up on Leah's great note last week on distracted driving, I thought it would be worthwhile to examine the assertion that using a hands free phone is a safe way to phone while driving.