Safety Alert- Spider and Snake Awareness Tips

*** Safety Alert Bulletin ***

Spider and Snake Safety Awareness

With the days becoming warmer or just down-right hot, one of nature’s most dangerous natural creatures is awakening – those reptilian wonders we call SNAKES as well as the eight legged creatures called SPIDERS. Before you pack-up your tool bag or walk up to those warehouse metal buildings, splicing wires, generators, AFC remotes, Fiber and Cell site locations take a refresher course on snake bite and spider bite survival!

Here’s How:

Avoid Snakes and Spiders! Know the environment where you are adventuring and the kinds of snakes and other natural hazards. Avoid dense brush, stacked firewood, rock piles, etc. – Think before you leap! If you are bitten, identify the snake if possible. As a general rule, most poisonous snakes have a triangular shaped head, and somewhat flat. Know the different kinds of poisonous snakes and insects of the area! Same if bitten by a spider, try to identify what type of spider, most common poisonous spider in our area are the Brown Recluse and Black Widow.

Watch where you step…rattlesnakes are very active in the spring any time of the day.

Tips to rattlesnake safety: 

1. Don’t play with the snake. As silly as it sounds one of the common causes of rattlesnake bite is someone (usually under the influence of alcohol) plays with the snake.

2. Watch where you walk at night. I can’t think of any bites I have been on where someone has stumbled into one at night, but I am sure it has probably happened. When I go outside at night, I always use a flashlight and actively look for snakes. They will look motionless, like a rag or other non descript item on the ground. All you have to do is watch where you step. I even do this in my back yard in unlighted areas.

3. Watch where you put your hands! One of the common bites I have seen has been a person that is hard of hearing doing gardening. I always rustle around with a stick and look prior to picking tomatoes, or trimming. Another common bite is on the golf course. The guy or gal who can’t shoot straight (like me) and ball ends up off course. They reach down, scare the snake and get bit. Often times without a rattle. No matter what – watch where you put your hands!


1. If bitten by a rattlesnake, DO NOT use ice to cool the bite.

2. If bitten by a rattlesnake, DO NOT cut open the wound and try to suck out the venom.

3. If bitten by a rattlesnake, DO NOT use a tourniquet. This will cut off blood flow and the limb may be lost.

4. Avoid rattlesnakes altogether. If you see one, don’t try to get closer to it or catch it.

5. Keep your hands and feet away from areas where you cannot see, like between rocks or in tall grass where rattlesnakes like to rest.

If you are bitten by a rattlesnake, stay calm and get to a doctor as soon as possible. The National Poison Control Center advises:

1. Stay Calm

2. Wash bite area gently with soap and water

3. Remove watch, rings, etc. that may constrict swelling of the limb or area.

4. Immobilize the affected area

5. Keep the area of the snake bite lower than the heart.

6. Transport immediately to nearest medical facility!

Nonpoisonous snake or lizard bite

If you are certain the snake or lizard was not poisonous, use home treatment measures to reduce symptoms and prevent infection.

· Use direct pressure to stop any bleeding.

· Look at the wound to make sure a snake or lizard tooth is not in the wound. If you can see a tooth, remove it with tweezers, taking care to not push it farther into the wound.

· Clean the bite as soon as possible to reduce the chance of infection, scarring, and tattooing of the skin from dirt left in the wound. Wash the wound for 5 minutes with large amounts of warm water and soap (mild dishwashing soap, such as Ivory, works well).

· Do not use rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, iodine, or mercurochrome, which can harm the tissue and slow wound healing.

· Soak the wound in warm water for 20 minutes, 2 to 4 times a day, for the next 4 to 5 days. The warmth from the water will increase the blood flow to the area, which helps reduce the chance of infection.

· Puncture wounds usually heal well and may not need a bandage. You may want to use a bandage if you think the bite will get dirty or irritated.

o Clean the wound thoroughly before putting the bandage on it.

o Apply a clean bandage when it gets wet or soiled. If a bandage is stuck to a scab, soak it in warm water to soften the scab and make the bandage easier to remove.

o If available, use a nonstick dressing. There are many bandage products available.

o Be sure to read the product label for correct use.

· Use of an antibiotic ointment has not been shown to affect healing. If you choose to use an antibiotic ointment, such as polymyxin B sulfate (for example, Polysporin) or bacitracin, apply the ointment lightly to the wound. The ointment will keep the bandage from sticking to the wound. If a skin rash or itching under the bandage develops, stop using the ointment. The rash may be caused by an allergic reaction to the ointment.

· Determine whether you need a tetanus shot.

· Apply and ice or cold pack may help reduce swelling and bruising. Never apply ice directly to a wound or the skin. This could cause tissue damage.


Spiders are common in homes during cold weather and move indoors as temperatures drop outside, although they can be found indoors any time during the year. Their numbers usually peak during late summer. With the cooler temperatures now in the evenings you may start to see more of these creatures in your homes.

Black Widow:

Brown Recluse:

Many people routinely find spiders in their garden and many places where spiders like to hide. Favorite hiding spots for many spiders include woodpiles and basements, attics, and even closets in our homes. Fortunately, extremely few of these spiders are dangerous though. In the Unites States, just two species of spiders are poisonous enough to cause harm. They include the black widow spider (Latrodectus mactans) and the brown recluse spider (Loxosceles reclusa).

It is important to remember than even dangerous black widow and brown recluse spiders aren’t wandering around your house trying to attack. They usually like to live in places where they won’t be disturbed. Unless youre crawling through boxes in a closet or attic, or someplace else where he may have disturbed a spider, it is unlikely that any bites on his skin were caused by a “bad spider.” Here are a few simple safety tips to help identify spider bites, symptoms and control spider numbers both outside and inside your homes.

Spider Bite Symptoms

Surprisingly, most spider bites aren’t that painful. It may feel like a pin prick and they are often unnoticed when the spider actually bites you. Common spider bite symptoms can include a single bite mark with:

· swelling

· redness

· itching

· pain

In fact, most spider bites will resemble a bee sting. Your child may also develop hives and other allergy symptoms if he is allergic to the spider bite.

Symptoms of a black widow spider bite might also include severe muscle pain and cramps, which develop within a few hours of the bite. Other symptoms may include weakness, vomiting, trouble breathing, abdominal pain, and high blood pressure.

Brown recluse spider bites can be painful. In addition to pain, these spider bites may cause burning and itching. Another characteristic finding is that the spider bite may look like a bull’s eye, with a red ring around a white center that turns into an ulcer.

Spider Bite Treatments

For most spider bites, you can follow some simple home treatments, including:

· washing the spider bite with soap and water 

· apply an ice cube to the bite for about 20 minutes 

· give your child a pain medicine, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil)

· apply a topical antibiotic ointment to the bite two or three times a day 

· apply a topical steroid cream to help control itching and redness a few times a day

· continue home treatments for one or two days, the typical time that it takes a spider bite to go away

Of course, you should seek medical attention if you think you were bitten by a black widow spider or brown recluse spider.

Outdoor Control of Spiders

If it is necessary to reduce the number of spiders in and around your home, start with nonchemical methods including sanitation to prevent spiders from entering from the outside.

  • Keep grassy or weedy areas near buildings cut short.
  • Trim back shrubs and other plants that directly contact your home.
  • Knock webs down with a broom or a hard spray of water.
  • Remove and destroy any egg sacs or spiders that are found.
  • Caulk or seal obvious cracks or spaces around the foundation, doors, and ground level windows.
  • Check to be sure screens fit tightly.

Indoor Control of Spiders

Regular housecleaning is very important in the control of spiders indoors. Large, persistent spider populations indoors indicate the presence of a significant insect population that serves as their food.

  • Remove papers, boxes, bags, and other clutter to minimize favorable sites for spiders.
  • Remove webbing with a broom or vacuum, and destroy any egg sacs and spiders that are found. Look especially around windows, in corners and other relatively quiet places.
  • Eliminate insects that serve as a food supply, especially when large numbers exist. Check particularly in and under webs to see what insects have been captured.
  • Shake out any clothing left on the floor or shake your shoes prior to putting them on in the morning to help remove spiders from their hiding spots.

You can supplement your sanitation efforts with an insecticide treatment. Treat especially behind base-boards, in cracks and crevices, and other places where spiders may hide. General treatments on surfaces and fogs are not effective. Most insecticides labeled for ants and cockroaches are also labeled for spiders. These products are commonly found in aerosol ready-to-use cans.

CAUTION: Read all label directions carefully before buying insecticides and again before using them. The label is the final authority on how you may legally use any pesticide!

Information provided by National Poison Control Center and Urgent Care Association of America.

Today’s blog post comes to us courtesy of Ken Oswald Safety and Security Manager for Plateau


Women Must Take Steps to Avoid Vision Loss

According to a new study publishes on Prevent Blindness America’s website, women are much more susceptible to vision loss, including blindness than are men. This is mainly attributed to longevity (women generally have a longer life expectancy than men) but also to hormonal factors. In fact, studies done by Prevent Blindness America (PBA) and the National Eye Institute (NEI) show that “of the more than 3.6 million Americans age 40 and older who suffer from visual impairment, including blindness, 2.3 million are women.”

Prevent Blindness America provides tips for women to keep their eyes healthy:

Get an Eye Exam– All women should make regular eye exams part of their health routine. PBA recommends everyone receive a comprehensive eye exam by age 40, if not earlier, and follow up care as recommended by an eye care professional.

Know Your Family History– Genetics plays a key role in eye disease. Research your familys health history and notify your eye care professional of any eye diseases that run in the family.

Eat Healthy– A diet rich in beta carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin, zinc and omega-3 fatty acids can also help guard against vision loss from eye disease.

Take Supplements– Antioxidants have been shown to actually reduce the progression of some eye illnesses, including AMD. Vitamin A, riboflavin (vitamin B2), vitamin C and zinc are good sources to help maintain eye health. Consult your physician before taking any vitamins or supplements.

Quit Smoking– Smoking, even second-hand smoke, increases the risk of eye disease.

Wear UV Eye Protection- When venturing outdoors,PBA recommends wearing brimmed hats in conjunction with UV-rated sunglasses (labeled: absorbs 99-100 percent of UV-A and UV-B rays). UV rays are extremely dangerous to the eyes and have been linked to the development of cataracts and AMD later in life.

For more information on womens eye health, including fact sheets on eye diseases, pregnancy and vision, and the safe use of cosmetics, call 1-800-331-2020.

Go Orange for Work Zone Safety Awereness Week

Support the men and women working to improve your highways, roadways and streets by Going Orange for Work Zone Safety Week. These workers could be your family, friends, or the neighbor down the street. Help us encourage everyone to pay attention in work zones and help save lives.

Go Orange for Work Zone Safety kicks off April 23. There isnt one just one way to Go Orange for Work Zone Safety. Wear orange, find your favorite orange symbol. Just be creative and have fun. See how some went orange in 2011.

Don’t Barrel Through Work Zones! Drive Smart to Arrive Alive
2012 National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 23-27

Post or send a photos on the Go Orange for Work Zone Safety photo gallery or tell us why you are Going Orange on the WSDOT Facebook page.

Businesses can participate too. Just post a photo of your employees, or turn your building orange. If you send us a logo, we can list your business in our Whos In page. See how businesses can turn their building orange on the How to Participate page.

Drivers generally dont think they are at risk in work zones but they’re wrong:

  • Washington averages almost 1,000 highway work zone injuries each year.
  • 99 percent the people injured or killed in work zone collisions are drivers and their passengers.
  • Most injuries and deaths in work zones are caused by rear-end collisions.
  • Inattentive drivers are not prepared for sudden slow downs and last minute lane changes in work zones.

Work zone survival tips:

  • Slow down to the posted speed and pay attention.
  • Merge as soon as possible.
  • Expect delays, plan for them and leave early or use an alternate route if one is available.

CSB Releases New Safety Video on Fatal Hot Work Explosion at DuPont Facility in Buffalo; Hot Work: Hidden Hazards Shows Danger of Inadequate Gas Monitoring

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CSB Releases New Safety Video on Fatal Hot Work Explosion at DuPont Facility in Buffalo; Hot Work: Hidden Hazards Shows Danger of Inadequate Gas Monitoring Safety Video Follows Release of the CSBs Investigative Report Approved at a Public Meeting Yesterday in Buffalo, New York

April 20, 2012

Investigation Details:
E. I. DuPont De Nemours Co. Fatal Hotwork Explosion


Washington DC, April 20, 2012 The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) today released a new safety video detailing a fatal 2010 hot work accident that occurred at the DuPont facility near Buffalo, New York.

The video, entitled Hot Work: Hidden Hazards features a computer animation showing how hot work being conducted on top of a tank led to a deadly explosion that killed one contractor and injured another.

CSB Chairperson Rafael Moure-Eraso said, This is another in our series of safety videos in wide use in industry throughout the world; our hope is that this dramatic depiction will result in greater emphasis in safety during hot work activities like welding and grinding.

In the video, Dr. Moure-Eraso notes that, The tragic explosion at the DuPont facility exposed weaknesses in how process hazards were analyzed and controlled. The result was the death of a welder in a preventable hot work accident. In the video Chairperson Moure-Eraso emphasizes that hot work is often seen as a routine activity, but it can prove deadly if fire and explosion hazards are overlooked.
The 11-minute video details the events leading up to the accident noting thatalthough DuPont personnel monitored the atmosphere above the tank, no monitoring was done to see if any flammable vapor was inside the tank. The CSB investigation found the hot work ignited the vapor as a result of the increased temperature of the metal tank, sparks falling into the tank, or vapor wafting from the tank into the hot work area. The welder died instantly from blunt force trauma, and a foreman received first-degree burns and minor injuries.

CSB Investigator Mark Wingard says in the video, We found that the contractors did obtain hot work permits for welding, but those permits were authorized by DuPont employees who were unfamiliar with the specific hazards of the process and did not require testing the atmosphere inside the tanks.

The CSB released its final report and formal safety recommendation at a news conference and public meeting in Buffalo on April 19.
The video is available to stream or download on and may be viewed on the CSBs YouTube channel, USCSB (
The CSBs safety videos continue to garner awards, including three recent Peer Awards given by the Television, Internet & Video Association of Washington, DC in November 2011. The CSB video program was specifically cited when the CSB was named the 2008 recipient of the American Chemical Societys (ACS) Howard Fawcett Award, honoring outstanding contributions in the field of chemical health and safety, marking the first time the 25-year-old award has been presented to an entire organization.

The CSB is an independent federal agency charged with investigating serious chemical accidents. The agency’s board members are appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate. CSB investigations look into all aspects of chemical accidents, including physical causes such as equipment failure as well as inadequacies in regulations, industry standards, and safety management systems.
The Board does not issue citations or fines but does make safety recommendations to plants, industry organizations, labor groups, and regulatory agencies such as OSHA and EPA. Visit our website,
For more information, contact CSB Communications Manager Hillary Cohen at 202.261.3601, cell 202 446.8094, or Sandy Gilmour, cell 202.251.5496.


Gardening Safety tips

Be Healthy and Safe in the Garden

Stay safe and healthy while enjoying the benefits of gardening.

Whether you are a beginner or expert, health and safety are important as you head out to your garden, vegetable plot, or lawn. Gardening can be a great way to get physical activity, beautify the community, and go green. However, it is important to protect yourself and take precautions as you work and play in the sun and around insects, lawn and garden equipment, and chemicals.

Below are some health and safety tips for gardeners to follow while enjoying the beauty and bounty gardening can bring:

Dress to protect.

· Prevent exposure to harmful chemicals, insects, and the sun by wearing the proper clothing, and safety equipment.

· Use an insect repellant and sunscreen with sun protective factor (SPF) 15 or higher, and both UVA and UVB protection.

· Always check your clothes and body for ticks.

· Wear a hat with a wide rim to shade the face, head, ears, and neck.

Know your limits in the heat.

· Even being out for short periods of time in high temperatures can cause serious health problems.

· Monitor your activities and time in the sun to lower your risk for heat-related illness.

· Schedule outdoor activities carefully, and pace yourself. Use common sense.

Stay hydrated.

· Drink plenty of water.

· Whatever your outdoor activity, have water on hand to decrease the chance of dehydration.

· Avoid beverages with alcohol and drinks high in sugar, and stay away from caffeinated and carbonated beverages.

Put safety first.

· Be aware of possible hazards to prevent for injury.

· Read all instructions and labels before using chemicals and operating equipment.

· Check equipment before each use.

· Limit distractions while using equipment.

Enjoy the benefits of physical activity.

· Gardening is an excellent way to get physical activity.

· Active people are less likely than inactive people to be obese or have high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, coronary artery disease, stroke, depression, colon cancer, and premature death.

· Adults should get 2½ hours per week of physical activity.

Persons with disabilities and physical activity.

· Engage in regular physical activity based on abilities and avoid inactivity.

· Adults with disabilities should consult their health care provider about the amounts and types of physical activity that are appropriate for their abilities.

· Physical activity can reduce pain and improve function, mood, and quality of life for adults with arthritis.

Get vaccinated.

· Vaccinations can prevent many diseases and save lives.

· Remember that tetanus lives in soil and all adults should get a tetanus vaccination every 10 years.

Go green.

· Conserve water, reuse containers, recycle, and share your bounty.

· Eye-catching gardens and landscapes that save water, prevent pollution, and protect the environment can be achieved.

Keep your yard clear.

· Remove any items that may collect standing water, such as buckets, old tires, and toys. Mosquitoes can breed in them within days.

· Clearing trees and brush in your yard can reduce the likelihood that deer, rodents, and ticks will live there.

The earth is what we all have in common. Remember Safety First, Safety Always.

Information from ASSE (American Society of Safety Engineers)

Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Ken Oswald

Safety and Security Manager for Plateau

Traffic Safety Alert- National Workzone Safety Awareness

National Work Zone Awareness Week Apr 23-27, 2012.

Work Zones Need Your Undivided Attention

The national campaign is conducted every year at the start of the construction season to attract national attention to drive carefully through highway construction and repair sites. Each year, approximately 1,000 people are killed in roadway work zones.

Please Drive Defensively in work zones. Work zones are very dangerous places because so much is happening. To safely navigate through one, always slow down, stay alert, focused and be patient. Always expect the unexpected. Work zone workers, equipment and materials may be in the traffic lanes. Altered road conditions such as edge drop-offs, sharp turns or sloped surfaces can affect your vehicles stability.

Here are 10 defensive driving safety tips for navigating through work zones:

10 Defensive Driving Tips for Work Zones

  • EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED! (Normal speed limits may be reduced, traffic lanes may be changed, and people may be working on or near the road.)
  • SLOW DOWN! Prepare to merge into different traffic lanes. (Speeding is one of the major causes of work zone crashes; obey posted speed limits. Speeding ticket fines are doubled for work zone violations)

  • DON’T TAILGATE! KEEP A SAFE DISTANCE BETWEEN YOU AND THE CAR AHEAD OF YOU. Allow plenty of following distance at least 3 seconds so you have time to react to hazards (The most common crash in a highway work zone is the rear end collision. So, dont tailgate)
  • PAY ATTENTION TO THE SIGNS! Be prepared to stop! (The warning signs are there to help you and other drivers move safely through the work zone. Observe the posted signs until you see the one that says you’ve left the work zone.)

  • OBEY ROAD CREW FLAGGERS! (The flagger knows what is best for moving traffic safely in the work zone. A flagger has the same authority as a regulatory sign, so you can be cited for disobeying his or her directions.)
  • STAY ALERT AND MINIMIZE DISTRACTIONS! (Dedicate your full attention to the roadway and avoid changing radio stations or eating while driving in a work zone.)
  • KEEP UP WITH THE TRAFFIC FLOW. (Motorists can help maintain traffic flow and posted speeds by merging smoothly, and not slowing to gawk at road work equipment and crews.)
  • SCHEDULE ENOUGH TIME TO DRIVE SAFELY AND CHECK RADIO, TV AND WEBSITES FOR TRAFFIC INFORMATION. (Expect delays and leave early so you can reach your destination on time. Check the National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse for information on work zone delays throughout the country.)
  • BE PATIENT AND STAY CALM. (Work zones aren’t there to personally inconvenience you. Remember, the work zone crew members are working to improve the roads and make your future drive safer.)

Information provided by FHWA, and the National Traffic Safety Council.

Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Ken Oswald

Safety and Security Manager for Plateau


What is the Best Gas Detection for Your Application?

?101.184734211.184734211We here at National Safety, Inc. have known Bob Henderson for a very, very long time. He is one of the countries top experts on Gas detection in the world. If you deal with gas detection or confined space issues, this webinar is going to be of immense value to you.

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No single gas detector is universally perfect for all applications. The best gas detector is the one that does the best job of meeting the requirements for your monitoring needs. The LEL, O2, CO and H2S sensors used in most portable instruments are accurate, dependable, and can last for years in normal operation; but they have important limitations. An instrument that underestimates or fails to detect the right hazard can be the cause of accidents. Its important to be aware of additional technologies such as substance-specific electrochemical sensors, infrared (IR) and photoionization (PID) sensors that can provide a solution when standard sensors are not the best choice.

  • What the sensors in your gas detectors can (and cant) actually detect
  • Choosing the best sensor technologies for specific monitoring applications
  • The most common mistakes people make when using their gas detectors
  • Calibrating sensors to maximize accuracy
  • Where to set the alarms
  • Changes in the TLV® exposure limit for H2S, SO2 and NO2, and what to do about it
  • Times when infrared combustible gas sensors may be a better choice
  • Using PIDs for measurement of toxic VOCs like benzene

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Don’t Cut Your Life Short

Don’t cut your life short
Use LOTO to control hazardous energy
By Lisa Burns
ISHN Magazine April 02, 2012

Let’s be frank — we all know it is a bad idea to stick your body parts in a moving machine. So, why is it that of the 3 million workers who service equipment in the U.S., we still hear about thousands of injuries every year stemming from a failure to securely lock out equipment and machinery? Sadly, lockout/tagout is almost always listed on OSHA’s top 10 most cited standards (ranking #5 in 2011).

If you are an employee, you have at some point taken a shortcut when it comes to safety — especially if you have been performing the same job for years. It is easy to get comfortable with equipment and processes and take for granted the simple steps and precautionary measures that may actually save a life — or maybe you have never had formal training on LOTO (lockout/tagout). If you are an employer, supervisor or manager, you may lack resources to continually monitor LOTO protocols or feel you do not have time for regular training in this area.

OSHA fines for failing to enforce and train workers in LOTO procedures can be in the tens of thousands! An even worse scenario is the death or dismemberment of an employee. The OSHA regulation (29CFR 1910.147) Control of Hazardous Energy (lockout/tagout) requires employers to follow a set of minimum requirements and procedures which have to be documented to ensure there is no release of stored power or that the machinery does not start up when maintenance is being performed. The expectation is that employers should demonstrate a commitment to workplace safety and the health and wellbeing of its employees by providing training on the safe applications, usage and controls for the removal of energy for equipment they operate or conduct maintenance on.

What is hazardous energy?

Hazardous energy is best described as any energy (source) that can cause physical harm to a worker. The most common sources are: electrical, mechanical, chemical, thermal, pneumatic and gravitational. Some people say that all of these are types of kinetic or potential energy being “expressed” in different ways.

Kinetic Energy: “Matter in motion” — The force caused by the movement of an object (examples: machines using gears, belts, levers and pulleys)

Potential Energy: “Energy that is waiting to happen” — The force stored in an object that is not moving (example: spring loaded equipment)

How do I know if lockout/tagout is needed?

Any piece of equipment or machinery in an industrial workforce setting that creates “hazardous energy”, has the potential to cause harm to a worker or may require maintenance, has a need for “LOTO”.

What is the difference between lockout and tagout?

Lockout refers to the use of a padlock to physically “de-energize” and keep power from a machine while maintenance is performed. Tagout refers to “tagging” a machine to make employees aware that a machine is out of operation or lockout cannot be performed. This is not a preferred method, according to OSHA.

Locking a machine that requires maintenance is almost always the best course of action. This method allows the “operator” of the equipment to lock the machine and take possession of the key so the machine is not accidently activated.

Tags should only be used when a lock cannot be used or if the employer can prove that an employee is fully protected and is just as safe as if they were using a lockout device. Train employees in the limitations of tagout programs. Please note there is a strict criterion that must be followed in order to make this determination. (See Paragraph c (3) of the 1910.147 standard.)

Where do we start?

  • Establish a corporate-wide Energy Control program (1910.147 (c),(1) that is strictly enforced and consists of:
  • Energy control procedures (1910.147 (c),(4)
  • Develop procedures that are well documented, communicated and utilized by all supervisors and employees who operate or maintain equipment
  • Protective Materials & Hardware (1910.147 (c),(5)
  • All protective devices and hardware are required to be singularly identifiable, be the only device used for controlling energy and not be used for other purposes. They must meet additional requirements of durability, standardization, be substantial and identifiable.
  • Periodic Inspection (1910.147 (c),(6)
  • Employers are required to conduct an inspection of these energy control procedures — at least annually.
  • Training & Communication (1910.147 (c),(7)
  • It is the responsibility of the employer to provide training (and re-training) so that employees have the skills required to operate machinery safely.
  • Develop a set of procedures on how to prepare the machinery for shut down, the number and type of lockout/tagout devices needed and where they will be used.
  • Prior to restoring the energy (power) to a machine, procedures for the release of lockout/tagout should be performed (1910.147 (e).

(Please refer directly to the standard for more specific requirements related to the above program & procedures. Also, additional requirements may apply — see 1910.147 (f))

Provide employees with daily reminders and periodic training on LOTO procedures with training programs, videos and posters. Communicate the regulations and impose stiff penalties when procedures are not followed.

Reprinted by permission from Lisa Burns. Lisa Burns is director of marketing for National Marker Company.

OSHA’s Combustible Dust NEP Webinar

OSHA’s Combustible Dust NEP

Please join: Nilfisk Industrial Vacuum Division and Occupational Health & Safety
Topic: Combustible Dust: Housekeeping and Maintenance Solutions in Accordance with OSHA’s Combustible Dust NEP

Date: Thursday May 17, 2012
Time: 2 PM (EST), 1 PM (CST), 11 AM (PST)

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Combustible dust-related fires and explosions have been happening since the dawn of manufacturing; and while these accidents are not 100% preventable, manufacturers should not view them as inevitable. Facilities can significantly reduce their risk of a combustible dust accident by instilling the best engineering practices; practices that include a solid maintenance plan in order to reduce or eliminate dangerous dust that settles on floors, walls, machinery, and overhead areas.

This interactive presentation will provide attendees with a basic understanding of the combustible dust issue and discuss critical housekeeping tips and recommendations as they pertain to Nilfisk’s first-hand experiences.

Speaker: Corry Luckenbach – Nilfisk CFM’s Product Manager

Corry Luckenbach works directly with customers and the Nilfisk CFM salesforce to better understand manufacturers’ housekeeping needs and solve their unique challenges. His technical expertise has played a key role in developing Nilfisk CFM’s explosion-proof product line, as well as technical documents and articles that educate and raise awareness on combustible dust. Luckenbach holds a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in manufacturing management

A Q&A session will be held during the last 15 minutes of the Webinar.

Free Live Webinar: The Arc Flash Hazard and Changes to 70E

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Causes and consequences of arc flash are examined, with emphasis on historical data, real accidents, body burn and non-FR vs. FR clothing. Highlights include new HD Super Slow Motion video of arc flashes on real 480V equipment with clothed manikins in typical working positions, leading to a significant leap in understanding the arc flash hazard. Arcs from 0.6 up to 40+ cals will be shown. Hazard analysis and FR clothing performance testing will also be discussed, focusing on the quantification of incident energy and ATPV (or Arc Rating). Changes to NFPA 70E 2012 will be reviewed.

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Prior to joining Westex in 2000, Scott M. Margolin was a firefighter for six years, and then spent 10 years at a major multinational chemical company working in two of their flame resistant fiber businesses, including four years leading the flash fire segment. He has conducted over 3,200 flash fires and 1,100 arc flashes in labs in the United States, Canada and Europe. Among this research is groundbreaking work creating arcs in real equipment and utilizing high speed, super slow motion cameras to analyze arc flash and PPE performance. Scott has presented these topics at seminars around the world including North and South America, Europe, Russia, and Australia, and is a member of numerous NFPA and ASTM committees, including 2112, F-18 and F-23.

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