Category: Fire Safety

Managing Aerosol Cans: Safe Use in the Workplace

It’s very likely that you use aerosol cans at your facility. They are pervasive in workplaces and in society as a whole. However, aerosol cans present significant environmental and safety hazards. We’ll take a look at some of these concerns and also offer some tips to reduce the use of aerosols.

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Fire in the Air—Preventing Deaths from Vapor Ignitions

Yesterday we reviewed steps to conduct a fire-risk assessment concerning vehicle and motorized equipment ignition hazards at oil and gas (O&G) wellsites. Today we will look at how to use that information to protect your wellsite workers from vapor ignition fires and explosions.

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7 Steps to Conducting a Fire-Risk Assessment at O&G Wellsites

According to a new safety hazard alert, there were 85 deaths between 2005 and 2015 at oil and gas (O&G) wellsites that were caused by fires or explosions. Of those, 27 deaths were directly related to flammable vapors from vehicles or motorized equipment.

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Q&A: Fire Extinguishers on Golf Carts

Recently, a subscriber asked the following question: Are fire extinguishers required to be mounted on electric golf carts that are used in an industrial chemical plant?

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Retail Details: Fire and Electrical Safety for Retailers

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cites retailers over and over for failing to ensure that their stores are fire-safe. Retailer Dollar General has been OSHA’s most cited case in point, although they are far from the only offender. Since 2010, OSHA has recorded more than 100 safety and health violations at Dollar […]

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Retail Details: Clear the Exits for Holiday Fire Safety

When you think of dangerous industries, “retail” is probably not the first one that springs to mind. And while retail employees aren’t generally exposed to the types of machinery hazards that industrial workers face or to the kinds of health hazards that healthcare workers face daily, there are some persistent issues that crop up during […]

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Who Speaks for You in a Crisis?

At about 9 a.m. on October 4, 2016, contractors were cleaning coal bunkers at the Cambria Cogen power station in Cambria County, Pennsylvania, when an explosion occurred. The explosion injured four workers, two of them seriously—but early news reports stated that three men were taken to the hospital with burns, and little else. Always in […]

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Minor Fire Leads to Major Penalties: Are You Making These Fire Safety Mistakes?

Yesterday we looked at some of the problems that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) identified during the inspection of a United States Postal Service (USPS) facility in St. Louis, where a minor fire could have turned major after workers went through five fire extinguishers before they located one that worked. As is often […]

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