Resources

Links to literature, articles, podcasts and archived webinars to help you stay connected with The IFO Group.

 

OSHA Announces Plan to Strengthen Compliance

February 1, 2023

On January 26, 2023, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced an expansion of how they apply citations for serious violations of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act).  The goal of this new guidance, which takes effect on March 27, is to increase enforcement and strengthen compliance to help prevent workplace…

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Improving Situational Awareness in the Workplace

December 14, 2022

Deadlines…. Distractions…. Fatigue….. workers not aware of their surroundings, especially in a setting where machinery is used is extremely dangerous and puts themselves and their teammates at risk.  Situational awareness in a work setting is critical as one mistake can lead to serious injury or even death. Many workplaces improve situational awareness through the implementation…

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Creating a Strong Safety Culture

December 1, 2022

Safety culture is the collection of beliefs and values that employees share in relation to the risks present within the workplace. A strong safety culture is promoted by management and empowers individuals to take ownership of their well-being and have important conversations related to hazards shared across the workplace. Workplace disasters are commonly tied to…

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Arc Flash and FR Clothing

November 16, 2022

What is an Arc Flash? NFPA 70E defines an arc flash as the sudden release of unexpected heat and light energy produced by electricity passing through the air, similar to lightning.  Simply put, an arc flash is a phenomenon where a flashover of electric current leaves its intended path and travels through the air from…

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EPA Seeks Comments on Risk Management Program Revision

September 25, 2022

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently finalized the Safer Communities by Chemical Accident Prevention (SCCAP) rule, which amends its Risk Management Program (RMP) regulations to reduce the likelihood of accidental releases at chemical facilities and improve emergency response activities if/when those releases occur.  This provides additional protection to those living near facilities with high…

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Dust Safety Science Podcast: Steps to Investigating a Combustible Dust Fire or Explosion

July 12, 2022

Brian Dunagan, Managing Consultant and Chief Investigator at IFO Group was recently featured on the Dust Safety Science podcast to discuss his experience with combustible dust investigations.  Brian is a certified fire and explosion Investigator and a certified fire investigator instructor who has led and managed multiple, extremely large-loss process safety incidents investigations. During this interview, he answers…

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Effective Training within a Workplace Safety Program

June 13, 2022

Did you know that the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has more than 100 standards that contain training requirements? Quality safety and health training is an important element of a workplace safety program as it helps prevent work-related injuries and illnesses. Effective training also encourages workers through educating and empowering to advocate for safer…

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A Structured Approach to Incident Investigation

May 26, 2022

We are often called to assist after a catastrophic accident, especially those involving a fire, explosion, structural collapse, toxic chemical release, pipeline failure, occupational fatality and/or major injury. These types of incidents trigger immediate cascading consequences including intense regulatory and media scrutiny, notifications to insurers, and the involvement of numerous affected stakeholders.  All of this…

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Industrial Security Preparation and Planning

May 11, 2022

In light of recent “active shooter” incidents occurring around the country, employers need to strongly consider improving their planning and preparation for an active shooter or other violent incidents in their workplaces.  For many organizations, workplace violence planning starts and stops with telling their employees to dial 911 and let law enforcement deal with any incidents.   Unfortunately,…

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Third Party Audits Should be an Integral Part of Your Audit Program

April 28, 2022

As consultants, we are frequently asked to conduct a variety of third-party audits ranging in scope from corporate management systems to process safety management compliance and an incredible diversity of topics in between.   A question that we are frequently asked is: Why should we invest time and financial resources into third party auditing?  Some typical…

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