IFO Group Blog

We aim to deliver valuable insights, expert advice and the latest industry trends in the fields of process safety management, occupational health & safety, risk management, major loss incident investigation and more.  Whether you are a seasoned professional or just starting to explore these critical areas, our blog has something for everyone. 

At IFO Group, safety isn't just a profession, it's our passion.  We believe that knowledge is a powerful tool in creating safe environments, managing risk and preventing accidents.  Our blog is your gateway to staying informed, gaining expertise and ultimately contributing to a safer world.

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Essential Steps in the Initial 24 Hours Following a Major Catastrophic Incident

Nov 27, 2023

In the wake of a major catastrophic incident, the first 24 hours are critical for an effective response and subsequent investigation. This period demands a strategic and coordinated approach to ensure the preservation of evidence vital for understanding the cause and preventing future occurrences. Swift Notification and Onsite Arrival of Investigation Team and Counsel: Immediate…

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Community Noise – Awareness and Management

Nov 21, 2023

Did you know that in most communities, there are no noise requirements besides those established by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)?  Depending upon the jurisdiction, there may or may not be regulations established regarding noise impact to your community from various sources, including industrial sources. Even though there may not be existing regulations on noise…

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Enhancing Workplace Safety through Visual Hazard Management

Nov 17, 2023

In an industrial workplace, ensuring a safe working environment goes beyond compliance. It involves proactive measures, engagement, and effective communication of risks and safety protocols. While many companies rely on lagging indicator graphics and incident summaries, these approaches often fall short in fostering employee engagement, incident prevention, and HSE (Health, Safety, and Environment) compliance. Implementing…

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Introduction to Process Safety Management (PSM)

Nov 14, 2023

Process Safety Management is a systematic approach designed to prevent and mitigate catastrophic incidents involving highly hazardous chemicals. Whether in manufacturing, oil and gas, or any industry dealing with potentially dangerous substances, the goal of PSM is clear: safeguarding lives, the environment, and the assets of an organization. Key Components of Process Safety Management: Hazard…

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Updating Hazcom Plans and Training in Preparation for OSHA GHS Revisions

Nov 9, 2023

In the realm of workplace safety, staying ahead of regulatory updates is crucial. OSHA is gearing up to update the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS, 29 CFR 1910.1200) to align with the seventh revised edition of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). As these changes loom on the horizon, employers and…

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OSHA Preliminary Top 10 Citations for Fiscal Year 2023

Nov 7, 2023

Maintaining a safe and healthy work environment is not just a legal obligation; it’s a crucial aspect of any successful organization. Occupational safety and health violations can lead to severe consequences, from financial penalties to the tragic loss of life. Recently the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) unveiled its preliminary list of the ten…

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Optimizing Training Budgets and Prioritizing Critical Skill Areas

Nov 3, 2023

In today’s dynamic business landscape, investing in training and development is a strategic imperative. Organizations that prioritize enhancing employee skills and knowledge reap the benefits of improved performance, safety, and efficiency. However, one of the key challenges faced by businesses of all sizes is optimizing training budgets effectively. Enter IFO Group, your partner in achieving…

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Five Signs Your Workplace Needs an Ergonomic Assessment

Nov 1, 2023

In today’s fast-paced work environment, ensuring the comfort and well-being of your employees is crucial. An ergonomically optimized workplace not only promotes better health but also leads to increased productivity. If you’ve been wondering whether your workplace could benefit from an ergonomic assessment, here are five signs that it’s time to consider IFO Group’s expert…

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Battery Fires and Explosions

Oct 27, 2023

In our modern world, battery-powered devices are everywhere and crucial to everyday activities.  From our smartphones and laptops to electric vehicles and industrial machinery, we rely on batteries for power and convenience. While these power sources have undoubtedly revolutionized the way we live and work, they also hide a potentially explosive danger. Batteries, especially lithium-ion…

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