Tag: PPE

Training Tips for Safe Solvent Storage and Handling

Safe Storage Keep storage areas free of combustible materials such as chips, leaves, rags, pallets, paper, and so on. Avoid stacking containers to prevent a tip-over and spill. OSHA allows a maximum of two drums stacked with a pallet between to prevent excess stress on the walls of the drums. Don’t store solvents with incompatible […]

When PPE is Needed

Here are some examples of workplace hazards that might require some type of body protection: Extreme heat or cold Splashes from molten metals or other hot liquids Flames and sparks Impact from equipment and materials Exposure to hazardous chemicals Exposure to bloodborne pathogens Exposure to radiation Match the Protection to the Hazard Examples of body […]

9 MUSTs of Hazard Communication Training

Your hazcom training MUST include: An explanation of the hazard communication regulation and the requirements Locations of the areas in your workplace where hazardous chemicals live Locations of where the chemical inventory, MSDSs, written hazard evaluation procedures, and written communications program will be kept Descriptions of labeling systems How your hazcom program is implemented—including how […]

SWIMS for SPCC Training

SWIMS is an easy acronym you can use for SPCC training to help your workers remember what to do after a spill has occurred: Stop the leak. (e.g., shut the valve, shut off ventilation, shut off all ignition sources in the immediate area) Warn others. Call spill response coordinator, supervisor, and first responders. Isolate the […]

Should You Be Concerned with Asbestos?

Asbestos fibers are tough, flexible, heat- and fire-resistant, and it provides effective insulation and soundproofing. Typically, it may be found in ceiling and floor tiles, insulation materials, in car brake and clutch linings, and in heat-resistant clothing. When the fibers stay bonded together, asbestos is safe. Make your employees aware of asbestos and its potential […]

6 Most Common Lockout/Tagout Mistakes

Any powered equipment is potentially dangerous—even if it’s supposed to be shut down. Many needless accidents occur when somebody turns on a machine that’s supposed to be locked out. Lockout/tagout accidents are not only needless, but serious. They result not in small cuts or scratches, but often cause amputations, serious fractures, or death. Any energy […]

How to Comply with PEL Requirements

Yesterday, we explained how to calculate PELs. Today, we talk  about how to comply with them. To achieve compliance with PELs, OSHA says a facility must determine and then implement administrative or engineering controls whenever feasible. Engineering controls involve the use of: Exhaust and general ventilation Enclosure of the source of emissions Process and equipment […]

Lock In Best Lockout Practices

A University of Vermont–hosted safety site has published what it calls the “Fatal 5″—the primary causes of LO/TO-preventable injuries. Make sure these hazards aren’t present in your workplace. OSHA requires you to train employees to prevent lockout/tagout (LO/TO) accidents in the workplace. Have you explained how to avoid the "Fatal 5" to your employees? 1 […]

Lockout Training Prevents Deadly Accidents

OSHA requires authorized and affected employees to be properly trained in lockout/tagout requirements and procedures. Do your employees have the knowledge they need to prevent deadly accidents? Here’s a true story excerpted from BLR’s Interactive CD: Lockout/Tagout that dramatically illustrates to employees why lockout/tagout is so important. Laundry Worker Fatally Injured A laundry worker propped […]

Lockout/Tagout: The Devil’s in the Details

Compliance with OSHA’s Control of Hazardous Energy standard involves a variety of issues other than the basic lockout/tagout procedures. It’s a comprehensive standard, and you need to comprehend all its requirements. Because you’re probably already familiar with the basic lockout/tagout procedures, let’s skip ahead to some lesser-known facts about lockout/tagout compliance. (NOTE: If you’re looking […]