Engineers Need a Nap

The overwhelming majority of industrial accidents result from human error. Engineers who sleep less than eight hours per night are less productive and almost 10 percent more likely to cause an accident, and many don’t get enough sleep. The solution: take a short nap. Continue reading

11 Tips for Effective Workplace Housekeeping

To some people, the word “housekeeping” calls to mind cleaning floors and surfaces, removing dust, and organizing clutter.

But in a work setting, it means much more. Housekeeping is crucial to safe workplaces. It can help prevent injuries and improve productivity and morale, as well as make a good first impression on visitors, according to Cari Gray, safety consultant for the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. It also can help an employer avoid potential fines for non-compliance. Continue reading

NFPA’s Hazard Rating Diamond

by Ron Parker STS, CHST

The National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) developed a rating system to identify and rank the hazards of a material.  If you have previously worked in construction you’ve probably seen the colorful labels used to explain these hazards.  The label is diamond-shaped, made up of four smaller diamonds.  The colors are blue, red, yellow and white.  Inside the colored smaller diamonds are numbers or symbols loaded with a wealth of knowledge.

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Is Safety a Backseat Driver?

by Holcombe Baird III, Reliability Center, Inc.
This article originally appeared in IMPO’s April 2015 print issue.

We have all experienced it when in a car. The voice from the back that says, “You are following too close,” “You are driving too fast” or “You just went through a red light.” It’s the backseat driver.  Backseat drivers are quick to point out when the driver falls short in obeying the rules of the road. They observe the driver’s actions and compare them to the set of rules they learned of what is proper and acceptable for a similar situation.  When they observe a negative deviation, they immediately bring it to the driver’s attention. Their intention is to point out the driver’s error so the driver will remember the correction when a similar situation happens again.  These “backseat” corrections lag behind the thought process used to determine what actions to take.   Continue reading

Focusing RCM on Equipment Critical to Electrical Safety

by H. Landis Floyd, PE, CSP, CMRP, Fellow IEEE

Business and commerce are totally dependent on electrical equipment and systems for energy, control and communications. These systems can be complex and the task to analyze failure consequences can be equally complex. Unrecognized consequence of failure, especially if the failure impacts personnel safety, can have unacceptable moral and legal implications as well as significant financial costs. Recent trends in workplace electrical safety shed new light on reliability needs for certain equipment in electric power and control systems. One trend is the increasing attention given to mitigating arc flash hazards in electric power systems. Continue reading

How Green is Green When it Comes to Using Everyday Industrial Cleaning Products for Plant Maintenance?

by John Paparone

The answer is, it depends.

For example, a traditional cleaner/degreaser, of which there are literally hundreds on the market, generally does an adequate job of cleaning. However – and this is an ongoing problem – the majority of them basically move the contamination from one location to another.

The result? This cost of hydrocarbon removal is added to the clean-up process, plus your employees could be at risk of additional from toxins in the cleaner.

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All About Eye Protection

by David Roll & Ken Duffie & H.L. Bouton, Plant Safety & Maintenance

safetyglassesOn the job accidents and injuries are most often a result of negligence and unsafe working conditions. In an effort to protect workers, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), created standards 1910.132 and 1910.133, to address requirements for providing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and eye protection in the workplace. However, most employers find it hard to sort through the standards to get to the heart of what they really mean in everyday life. Continue reading