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.
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.
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
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: https://weather.com/storms/severe/video/water-rescues-underway-in-rain-soaked-oklahoma
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: https://www.heart.org/en/healthy-living/healthy-eating/eat-smart/nutrition-basics/aha-diet-and-lifestyle-recommendations?fbclid=IwAR1TgTRGts8QL-x7Mhgb4UH5sdnBkDED5FNXsJDzZY8zupT5OkJk9b8IErg
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.
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:
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.
One of the key elements of behavioral safety is to learn how to identify and avoid line of fire hazards.
Fine-Tune Interim PSM Audits:
"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."
Dead Butt Syndrome? I never heard of it before today.
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.
This Safety Nugget was taken from the July 2002 Safety Beacon, published by Center for Chemical Process Safety, or CCPS: http://www.tulane.edu/~bmitche/aiche/psb0802.pdf
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.
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.
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?
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:
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.
Protect your back by using the right ladder, step stool or platform when reaching for things overhead.