Facility Safety

Tesoro Refinery acid spill caused by loose fitting

Approximately 84,000 pounds of sulfuric acid spilled from the Tesoro Refinery earlier this year because of insufficient tightening between a tube and a compression joint at a sulfuric acid sampling station, according to the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB), which investigated the incident.


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Weekly news round-up

Hot work safety, Total Worker Health and an extension for OSHA’s controversial injury and illness tracking rule were among the top EHS-related stories featured on ISHN.com this week:


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Winners announced in national mine rescue competition

"A special breed of people"

Doe Run Co.’s “Maroon Team” from Viburnum, Missouri, won the 2014 National Metal and Nonmetal Mine Rescue Contest held Aug. 4-7 in Lexington, Kentucky. FMC Minerals’ “Red Team” from Green River, Wyoming, and the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant’s “WIPP Red Team” from Carlsbad, New Mexico, rounded out the top three.


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Material handling netting for conveyor & rack guard

Industrial netting products from Carron Net Company are a cost-effective, easy to install solution to help reduce product damage and greatly decrease the danger of employee injury.


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Ohio workers unjammed still-running machines

Company culture “does not value safety”

Packaging Corporation of America has been cited by OSHA for eight — including five repeat — safety violations for failing to protect workers from amputation and other serious hazards. OSHA initiated an inspection Jan. 21, 2014, after receiving a complaint that workers were reaching in to unjam machines without turning off the machinery.


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CSB info can help you improve hot work safety

Videos, accident investigation info show hazards of welding, cutting near storage tanks

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) is reminding safety professionals about hot work safety resources that are available free of charge through the agency’s website at www.csb.gov. The Board previously released safety videos, a safety bulletin, and accident investigations all warning of the hazards of welding, cutting, grinding, and other hot work activities in and around storage tanks containing flammable materials.


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Is your workplace ready for an earthquake?

Think you don’t have to worry about earthquakes? According to OSHA’s new earthquake preparedness in the workplace web page, all 50 states, U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia are at some risk for earthquakes, which can occur at any time of the year.


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OSHA reveals most citations for collision repair industry

Respiratory protection violations were at the top of a recently-published list of the five most common citations issued by OSHA to collision repair shops in 2013.


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Addivant’s Bay Minette plant: Zero lost time injuries for seventh year in a row

Addivant™, a global leader in polymer additive technologies, announced that its Bay Minette, Ala., plant was awarded, for the seventh consecutive year, a No Lost-Time certificate from Manufacture Alabama, the state’s manufacturing association, for zero time lost due to accidents in 2013.


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Preventing workplace violence

A matter that concerns us all

The Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST), in collaboration with Recherche sur les interrelations personnelles, organisationnelles et sociales du travail (or RIPOST, a research group on personal, organizational and social interrelations at work), is launching a web site that offers a practical, proven process for sustainably preventing workplace violence in all types of organizations.


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Sights, signs & symbols from the National Safety Congress & Expo held in San Diego, CA, September 15-18

11/4/14 2:00 pm EST

Eye Injuries: You rarely see them coming. Practical Solutions for reducing injuries to the eye.

The 3M Eye Injury Reduction webinar will provide an examination of how to help solve eye injuries in the workplace. This issue continues to challenge virtually every industry, and the solution is often times multifaceted. 3M will share some new tools and approaches to help you in solving this issue.

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