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Week of April 22, 2019

Drones for military use are an effective means of surveilance of an area that is unsafe and also a great way to avoid casualties.  When it comes to OSHA, the use of drones is becoming more of a reality!  Initially they were being used following worksite accidents and for areas that were considered too dangerous to enter.  But now it is becoming an efficient way to scope out a facility for inspection.  Currently OSHA can only use drones when it is agreed to by the employer.  There is a fine line that OSHA or any organization should not cross so that its trade secrets cannot be compromised.  Unless an emergency warrants the use of a drone or an employer agrees to the use of a drone during an inspection, then that strategy should be acceptable.  Drone use is going to increase dramatically in the very near future.  It just depends on how far the reach goes.  When used as a helpful tool to help save lives and used as the first line of access to a hazardous situation, it can only benefit everyone.  But there needs to be a rules so that rights are not violated.  Read more in EHS Today about OSHA Drones.

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Week of March 25, 2019

An eye wash station is necessary in all industries that handle chemicals and hazardous materials. The temperature of the flushing fluid is just as important outdoors as indoors. Most are concerned about the temperature in the winter going below 60 degrees and not being ANSI compliant, but another concern is the flushing fluid exceeding 100 degrees. This can happen in industrial areas without air conditioning and outdoors where sun exposure heats the water to uncomfortable levels. When installing an eye wash station, take into consideration all seasons and climate changes.

Week of April 1, 2019

SILICA, SILICA, SILICA! As they say, it's the new asbestos! But really not so new. It has been hurting so many in the workforce for a very long time, since the early days of construction. OSHA's silica rule has been in effect for Construction since June 23, 2017 and for General & Maritime since June 23, 2018. This rule applies to anyone with exposure to respirable crystaline silica which causes silicosis which is a disabling incurable lung disease. Workers that use machines that generate this airborne dust when cutting or grinding need to protect themselves through engineering or with the proper PPE to block the respiration of the dust particles.
Look at this video about Silica Safety Awareness!

Week of April 8, 2019

Lockout and Tagout of your machinery is a procedure that goes hand in hand. A tag should always accompany the lockout of any machine to verify who locked the machine out and when. If any of your employees maintain or service any machine, they should be protected against the unexpected startup or release of stored energy. In FY 2018, the number of lockout/tagout violations were number five of all OSHA violations handed out by OSHA and in 2017 there were 71 electrocutions in the US. There should be no excuse for not locking out equipment and there should be regular in-service meetings when a new piece of equipment comes into play. All new employees should be trained on the the lockout procedures of the company. Kina Repp knows all to well what happens when a machine is not locked out.

Week of April 15, 2019

When is a confined space deemed as a "Confined Space"? It is an area where a body can enter but is not designed for continuous human occupancy. It has restricted or limited access or egress. It can be occupied but if it contains or has the potential to contain a hazardous atmosphere, the potential to engulf an entrant, or has the potential of extreme temperatures, fall hazards, electrical hazards and more, it should be deemed a PRCS (Permit Required Confined Space). If Oxygen levels go down to 19.5% or less go to 23.5% or more the space becomes hazardous. Testing with a gas monitor before entry is imperative and necessary to ensure the safety of your workers. Here is what OSHA says about Permit Required Confined Spaces.
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