Keeping Workers Safe from Heat Hazards

OSHA has reportedly submitted the final version of its proposed heat illness rule to the White House’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA). This means the rule should be publicly available soon. Since 2022, OSHA’s National Emphasis Program (NEP) on Outdoor and Indoor Heat Hazards has focused on educating and enforcing safety in industries […]

Integrating Safety Processes and Managing Safety Data after a Merger and Acquisition

Recently, the energy industry has witnessed a significant uptick in mergers and acquisitions, reflecting a trend of consolidation within the sector. Major energy companies are increasingly pursuing strategic mergers to enhance their market position, optimize resources, and drive growth amidst fluctuating oil prices and evolving regulatory landscapes. These moves are often driven by the need […]

Building a Culture of Preparedness with Emergency Planning

At IFO Group, we understand that effective emergency planning goes beyond having protocols and procedures; it requires the active involvement and commitment of every member of an organization. That is why we emphasize the significance of building a culture of preparedness, where employees are not just passive participants but proactive contributors to the safety and […]

The Importance of Job Safety Analysis (JSA) In Preventing Workplace Accidents

As advocates for workplace safety, IFO Group expert consultants understand the important role that a Job Safety Analysis (JSA) plays in preventing accidents and ensuring the well-being of employees.  Job Safety Analysis, commonly known as JSA or Job Hazard Analysis (JHA), is a systematic process used to identify, assess, and mitigate workplace hazards associated with […]

TPC Group Incident and the Importance of Robust Risk Management

Recently, the importance of robust risk management programs in industrial operations has been emphasized by several incidents highlighting the catastrophic consequences of neglecting safety protocols. One recent case involves TPC Group, a Texas petrochemical company, for violating the Clean Air Act.  Earlier this week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of […]

Battery Safety: Understanding Risks and Preventive Measures

Batteries power a multitude of devices, from smartphones to electric vehicles, providing convenience and efficiency. However, batteries also carry inherent risks, including the potential for fires and explosions. Understanding the reasons behind battery explosions and taking proactive steps to prevent incidents is important to ensure safety in both personal and industrial settings. Battery explosions and […]

OSHA’s Continued Commitment to Heat Safety in the Workplace

As temperatures rise across the United States, so does the risk of heat-related illnesses for workers laboring both outdoors and indoors. Through its National Emphasis Program (NEP) on Outdoor and Indoor Heat-Related Hazards, OSHA continues to focus on addressing the dangers of heat exposure in workplaces nationwide. Since its inception in 2022, OSHA’s NEP has […]

EPA’s Ban on Methylene Chloride

On May 8th, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a ban on most uses of methylene chloride, a highly hazardous chemical known to cause severe health issues, including various forms of cancer, neurotoxicity, and even death.  The EPA’s final rule, executed under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), is aimed at protecting individuals from […]

Staying Off OSHA’s Severe Violator List (SVL)

Maintaining a safe work environment is not only a legal requirement – it is also a moral obligation that every business owes its employees. Staying off OSHA’s Severe Violator List (SVL) is extremely important to workplaces that pride themselves on having a strong safety culture.  What does it take to steer clear of this list?  […]

Remembering the Texas City Explosion of 1947

April 16th marked a somber anniversary in the history of Texas City due to an unimaginable disaster. In 1947, during a time of prosperity for the oil, shipping, and chemical industry in Galveston County, tragedy struck the town of 16,000 residents. The French freighter, the Grand Camp, docked at Texas City to load a heavy […]