On May 26, 2003, a crew of electricians and utilities personnel for Patrick Cudahy, Inc., had completed an annual cleaning of electrical utilization substations #1 and #2 within the company food processing facilities.
Many parents of young children have not childproofed the electrical outlets in their home. Others have, but they’re still using plastic caps, which are no longer considered the go-to method for preventing children from injuries due to their interactions with electrical outlets.
A rotating airlock blade severed a 30-year-old worker's three fingertips as he cleaned the machine at a Sussex subsidiary of organic food manufacturer Nature's Path Foods Inc., an incident federal safety investigators found could have been prevented if the machine had been powered down fully.
There’s an old saying that the ‘tail should never wag the dog’ and sometimes, in the increasingly litigious world of workplace health and safety, we need to take a step back and consider if the drive for compliance to standards is driving emergency safety showers and eye/facewash manufacturers to develop their products to meet standards rather than the needs of a casualty in an emergency situation.
A Passaic, New Jersey warehouse operator was cited earlier this month for two dozen safety violations, including failure to have a written hazard assessment and a hazard communication program (including material safety data sheets), a lack of training for employees required to handle hazardous chemicals, fall hazards, inadequate exit signage, lack of machine guarding, electrical hazards, and a failure to provide eyewash facilities.
Robots are everywhere these days – from tackling robots on football practice fields to assembly lines to warehouse retrieval systems to surgical operations. At this year’s American Industrial Hygiene Conference & Expo, which kicked off officially Monday in sunny Baltimore, ISHN talked to one expo vendor, RoboVent, about the invasion of robots into the welding field.
Industrial end users – from plant, operations, and maintenance managers to janitorial and sanitation supervisors to environmental health and safety (EHS) compliance officers – must now ask if their chemical labels are GHS compliant.
The June 1, 2016 deadline past; employers must be in compliance with OSHA’s GHS standard through the updating of alternative workplace labeling and hazard communication program (as necessary), and by providing additional employee training for newly identified physical or health hazards.