Facility Safety

ICC prohibits “gas blow” pipe cleaning practice

Unsafe method killed six workers at Kleen Energy plant in Conn.
February 7, 2014

The chairperson of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) yesterday commended the International Code Council (ICC) and its members for revising the International Fire Code (IFC) and International Fuel Gas Code (IFGC) to prohibit the unsafe practice that killed six workers in a tragic explosion at the Kleen Energy power generation facility in Middletown, Connecticut.


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New 52" and 62" steel lathe chuck shields

Safeguard individuals for OSHA and ANSI compliance
February 5, 2014

Danray Products LLC offers 52" and 62" steel lathe chuck shields for lathes or similar machines. These heavy-duty 12-gauge steel lathe chuck shields serve two basic functions: (1) they provide a safeguard between individuals and point-of-operation or rotating hazards, and (2) they protect individuals from flying chips, sparks, coolant, lubricant, and other particles.


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Temp staffing agency cited along with employer for safety violations

Ga. automotive manufacturer exposed workers to thermal burns, amputation
February 4, 2014

OSHA has cited HP Pelzer Automotive Systems Inc. of Thomson and staffing agency Sizemore Inc. for 22 safety and health violations following a July, 2013 initiated in response to a complaint alleging hazards at the automotive manufacturing facility. Proposed penalties total $207,100.


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MultiFlame 3IR Detector certified SIL3

February 3, 2014

Simtronics, an IST company, is pleased to announce that its MultiFlame series DF-TV7-T and DM-TV6-T are the first triple IR flame detectors on the market to be certified up to safety integrity level SIL3. The devices recently underwent stringent functional safety assessments by third party agency LCIE Bureau Verita and were found to be in compliance with IEC 61508:1-7.


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Identify safe and effective emergency eyewash

February 3, 2014
The human eyes are complex and intricate organs that provide us with the invaluable sense of sight.


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Here’s what your kids might be learning in school

(It’s a good thing)
January 31, 2014

If you live in Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Washington D.C. or Pennsylvania and have school age children, they may see a theatrical performance in the coming months that will educate them about fire and electrical safety while it entertains them.


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New CSB video shows how Tesoro Refinery catastrophe happened

January 31, 2014

The CSB has released a new computer animation recreating the explosion and fire that killed seven workers at the Tesoro Refinery in Anacortes, Washington on April 2, 2010. The incident occurred when a nearly forty-year-old heat exchanger catastrophically failed during a maintenance operation to switch a process stream between two parallel banks of exchangers at the refinery.


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Unguarded ripsaws and tripping hazards at Florida rehab center

January 30, 2014

A Florida rehabilitation offering help to people struggling with drug addiction and alcoholism exposed its workers to a variety of hazards, according to an OSHA investigation.


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Deadly Tesoro refinery blast caused by high temp “hydrogen attack”

CSB IDs a “deficient refinery safety culture”
January 30, 2014

The April 2010 fatal explosion and fire at the Tesoro refinery in Anacortes, Washington was caused by damage to the heat exchanger, a mechanism known as “high temperature hydrogen attack” or HTHA, which severely cracked and weakened carbon steel tubing leading to a rupture, according to a CSB draft report released today.


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The wrong word

January 30, 2014
For 21 years now, I have been working on a safer workplace, I have worked with many great companies, safety folks, safety organizations, government agencies, workplaces large and small and some very dedicated folks.


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