MSHA Issues Safety Alert on Rotating Conveyor Rollers

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) recently issued a safety alert addressing the alarming increase in serious and fatal injuries associated with rotating conveyor rollers. The alert emphasizes the need for heightened awareness and adherence to best practices to prevent accidents that can result in permanent disabilities or even fatalities. The safety alert highlights…

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Is Your Facility at Risk for Combustible Dust Hazards?

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In 2022, a staggering 163 fires, 50 explosions, 89 injuries, and 49 fatalities were recorded due to combustible dust incidents. These alarming statistics call attention to the persistent threat and severe consequences associated with combustible dust in industrial settings. As safety professionals, it is crucial to increase safety knowledge and take proactive measures to protect…

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The Importance of Third-Party Independent Process Safety Audits

In August 2023, a devastating explosion at Sherwin-Williams’ paint plant in Garland not only resulted in an injury but also raised serious concerns about the company’s adherence to process safety standards. The aftermath led to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issuing $290,000 in penalties, citing various violations. This incident emphasizes the critical importance…

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OSHA Issues Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for New Emergency Response Standard

In a move to increase the safety and well-being of emergency workers nationwide, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has unveiled a proposal for a new emergency response standard. This proposed rule aims to replace the existing 44-year-old fire brigades standard, established in 1980, with a comprehensive framework tailored to the evolving needs of…

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CSB Clears Longstanding Backlog

In late 2023, the US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) successfully eradicated a longstanding backlog of 17 unfinished accident reports, a persistent challenge for the organization. Among these incidents was one dating back seven years. Now, the CSB is committed to preventing a recurrence of the issues that contributed to the backlog, focusing…

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API Releases Updates to Standards for Hazard Management in Process Plant Structures

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Earlier this week, the American Petroleum Institute (API) announced the release of the latest editions of three crucial safety standards: Recommended Practice 752 (RP 752), 4th edition. Recommended Practice 753 (RP 753), 2nd edition. Recommended Practice 756 (RP 756), 2nd edition. API Recommended Practices 752, 753 and 756 aim to increase the safety of individuals…

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Ensuring Worker Safety in Extreme Cold and Snow

As frigid temperatures and heavy snowfall affect regions of the US this week, it is crucial to prioritize the safety and well-being of employees working in these challenging conditions. The extreme cold poses potential risks, including frostbite and hypothermia, making it imperative for employers to monitor weather forecasts, implement flexible work arrangements, and provide appropriate…

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The Incident Commander’s Role in Post-Incident Investigations

Following a catastrophic incident such as a workplace fire, explosion, or fatality, the aftermath demands a meticulous approach to investigation. One key resource that is critical to this process is the Incident Commander. Their role goes far beyond crisis management; it extends into the area of preserving crucial evidence as well as ensuring the accuracy…

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Mechanical Integrity Consulting and the Use of Special Emphasis Inspection Programs (SEIP)

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There are many elements that contribute to a safe environment, but Mechanical Integrity is one that is extremely important as it helps to ensure the reliability of equipment and avert potential failures.  Mechanical Integrity is more than just the physical condition of equipment; it is a comprehensive approach to ensuring that machinery, vessels, and structures…

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