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Safety Focus - Are Your Plant Operations Prepared for Winter Weather?

Nov 04, 2021

Cold and freezing conditions are a concern as winter approaches, and time is running short to prepare. As discussed in the CSB Winterization Safety Message below, hazards during cold weather should be always be considered during process hazard analyses, management of change exercises and pre-startup safety reviews. In this video, two case studies are shared highlighting the risk potential for cold weather process hazards, including a few examples of where hydrate formation and freezing liquid in a dead leg resulted in significant incidents.

Be aware of the Signals of Heat Related Illness

Jun 10, 2021

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.

Safety Focus - Understand Reactive Chemistry for all Scenarios

Oct 26, 2020

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:

Safety Focus: CSB Release Factual Update into Fatal Incident in Odessa Texas

Jul 28, 2020

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.

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 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 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:

Safety Focus of Week February 4 - Gloves Safety

Feb 04, 2019

I have to report a first aid incident that I experienced at home. I burned my finger while removing a thermocouple from meat in my smoker. I was wearing gloves but there was a hole in the tip of the index finger, right where I grabbed a hot thermocouple.

Safety Nugget Week of August 6 - How to Determine the Risk of Lyme Disease Infection from Ticks

Aug 06, 2018

Safety Nugget - Be Deliberate about Managing the Hazards of Transferring Fuels and Chemicals

May 31, 2018

A news article, below, reminded me of the hazards that occur during transport and transfer of flammable liquids and chemicals. Transferring products is inherently hazardous because of the opportunity for:

Safety Nugget Week of May 21 - Improve Communications during Work in Confined Spaces

May 21, 2018

FRI recently implemented the use of Bluetooth headsets during revamps. It's not unusual for our installation team to spend several hours at a time in a Column. The headsets were mainly envisioned to improve communications between the installers and Hole Watch attendant. The Hole Watch is responsible for oversight of safety, as well as organizing tools and parts for the installers. The safety and efficiency improvements are obvious after observing their work, with and without headsets.

Safety Nugget Week of March 12 - Line of Fire Incident Prevention

Mar 12, 2018

One of the key elements of behavioral safety is to learn how to identify and avoid line of fire hazards.

Safety Nuggett Week of September 18 - Fine-Tune Interim PSM Audits

Sep 14, 2017

Fine-Tune Interim PSM Audits:

Safety Nugget Week of July 10 - Prevent over One-Third of Incidents Through Preparation for Maintenance Activities

Jul 12, 2017

"More than a third of the incidents investigated by the CSB occurred prior to, during, or immediately following maintenance activities, ultimately resulting in 86 fatalities and 410 injuries."

Safety Nugget Week of June 5 - Avoid Dead Butt Syndrome!

Jun 09, 2017

Dead Butt Syndrome? I never heard of it before today.

Safety Nugget Week of December 12 - Rear End Collisions

Dec 12, 2016

Safety Nugget Week of September 19 - Prevent 20% of Disabling Injuries by Protecting Your Hands

Sep 26, 2016

It has been estimated that almost 20% of all disabling accidents on the job involve the hands. Without your fingers or hands, your ability to work would be greatly reduced.

Safety Nugget Week of May 9 - The Seal That Didn't Perform

May 18, 2016

This Safety Nugget was taken from the July 2002 Safety Beacon, published by Center for Chemical Process Safety, or CCPS:

Safety Nugget Week of March 7 - Avoid Shoulder Injuries

Mar 15, 2016

Safety Nugget Week of January 4 - Check Your Spare Tire!

Jan 08, 2016

Okay, we all know it's important to check our tires on a regular basis. Some of us carry a tire gauge to check them regularly, while others have it done at the shop druing an oil change. But, it's easy to forget about your spare tire until you need it.

Safety Nugget Week of November 2 - Near Miss With A Distracted Driver

Nov 09, 2015

I was driving to the airport early in the morning a few weeks ago, when I saw a car pull up to the intersection less than a quarter mile ahead. I could see the driver holding a cell phone in front of his face as I got closer and assumed he was going to wait at the intersection until I passed. I was probably less than 100 feet away when the driver pulled out in front of me, still holding the cell phone up in front of his face. The driver stopped close to the centerline, so I was able to break hard and swerve around him. I can still remember seeing the scared look on the driver's face as I went around the car.

Safety Nugget Week of September 7 - Save Your Knuckles When Using A Wrench!

Sep 10, 2015

Serious injuries can be prevented by practicing good ergonomics while using hand tools. Read the following tips to avoid injuries when a wrench slips while working on a pipe or fitting.

Safety Nugget Week of August 31- Caring For Your Irreplaceable Eyes

Sep 04, 2015

I'm sure any of you who own an expensive movie or video camera takes really good care of it. You wouldn't drop it on the sidewalk, wipe its lens with sandpaper, splash acid on it, or toss it into a bin full of objects with sharp edges. That's just common sense. Why, then, do some workers treat their personal cameras-the irreplaceable eyes-as if they were less valuable than the man-made imitations?

Safety Nugget week of June 29 - Water Safety

Jun 29, 2015

Tragic drownings occur every year that could have been prevented if the proper life jackets were worn. Four drownings in Oklahoma this month are reported in the articles found at the links below:

Safety Nugget for Week of May 4 - Eyes on Hands, Eyes on Path

May 20, 2015

I liked this short Safety Note from Edwards Air Force Base. The same risks apply when walking across the street, up and own and flight of stairs or working in the kitchen.

Safety Nugget for Week of March 11 - Ergonomics - Reaching Overhead

May 12, 2015

Protect your back by using the right ladder, step stool or platform when reaching for things overhead.