Sunday, June 27, 2010

Words and Slogans vs. Actions

Slogans vs. Actions.
"We have too many high-sounding words, and too few actions that correspond with them.” – Abigail Adams

The article below is a good overview of what happens when company mission statements, goals and slogans do not match actions.

In the industrial process fire prevention business, many times while touring a plant I see posters with slogans like "Safety First" posted in key locations, only to find real and unrecognized fire and safety hazards, like layers of combustible dust on the ground, on equipment and joists.  As I am walking around and observing, I often think "this looks like an accident waiting to happen".  This incongruence, or disconnect is wherein the problem with safety lies.  And the safety culture for an organization always starts from the top down.  This is a major focus of combustible dust education.

Other times I tour plants that do have a very stringent regard for safety systems and procedures, and they always have few accidents, better productivity and employee retention.   These organizations have pride in their safety culture.

It all starts with an attitude.  An attitude that "people really are our most valuable asset", and an attitude that "Safety really is No Accident!"

BLOG: When Words Collide
“People are our greatest asset.” Given the disparity between words and deeds, you must wonder if nearly every motivational issue that an organization may have is self-inflicted ...

Friday, June 25, 2010

What is A combustible dust?

A short, concise article by W. Jon Wallace of Workplace Safety Blog, that helps answer the burning question:

"Do I have combustible dust in my facility?"

What is a Combustible Dust?
Do I have combustible dust in my facility? What is a combustible dust? Due to recent combustible dust explosions, as well as OSHA's national emphasis ...

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Combustible dust research reveals 100 related fires and explosions in 2009

Our friend John Astad of the Combustible Policy Institute, has new research out:

Combustible dust research reveals 100 combustible dust related fires and explosions in 2009

Fine tuning the combustible dust incidents that occurred in the manufacturing, non-manufacturing, and utility sectors in 2009. According to media accounts there were 100 combustible dust related fires and explosions. 17% of these ComDust incidents were dust explosions with the majority of all incidents occurring in national industries (NAICS) not recognized in Appendix D-1 & D-2 of the OSHA Combustible Dust NEP.

Amazingly there were no fatalities that occurred as a result of these combustible dust incidents with 23 injuries.

Combustible dust research reveals 100 combustible dust related fires and explosions in 2009

Pie Charts:
2009 Combustible Particulate Solids incidents by Material
2009 Combustible Particulate Solids incidents by industry

23 injuries sustained from all the incidents

19 ComDust Explosions, over 50% explosions Non-NEP national industries (NAICS)
30% of the ComDust incidents involved a dust collector
10% of the ComDust incidents involved the ductwork

OSHA's Tough New Stance

Human Resource Executive Online
OSHA's Sharper Teeth
Human Resource Executive Online
The agency plans to update existing exposure limits and set new rules to protect employees from such dust. * Combustible dust: Such material can cause ...
Top Obama OHS bureaucrat calls for tougher penalties in US
Canadian Safety Reporter
... criminal penalties for fatal worker injuries, chemical standards, distracted driving, high state and city worker injury rates and combustible dust.
OSHA Chief Calls for Criminal Penalties
Occupational Health Safety
He said pretty much the same thing when asked about the progress of the proposed combustible dust standard, noting the many regulatory steps and surveys ...

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

A Bittersweet Lesson - Sugar and Combustible Dust

From Chemical Info -

A Bittersweet Lesson

The Chemical Safety Board (CSB) reports that the sugar industry, in particular, has had a long love affair with both combustible dust and lackadaisical housekeeping methods. In fact, this trend dates as far back as 1925.
A Bittersweet Lesson | Chem.Info
Although Imperial Sugar may not be the lone offender of combustible dust crimes, it is perhaps the most memorable.

Don’t Sweep Safety Under the Rug
An Occupational Safety and Health Administration Fact Sheet titled:
Hazard Alert: Combustible Dust Explosions offers specific dust control recommendations to help protect your facility from a similar fate:
  • Implement a hazardous dust inspection, testing, housekeeping and control program.
  • Use proper dust collection systems and filters.
  • Minimize the escape of dust from process equipment or ventilation systems.
  • Use surfaces that minimize dust accumulation and facilitate cleaning.
  • Provide access to all hidden areas to permit inspection.
  • Inspect for dust residues at regular intervals.
  • If ignition sources are present, use cleaning methods that do not generate dust clouds, such as industrial vacuums, which are designed to contain dust.
  • Use only vacuum cleaners approved for dust collection.
  • Locate relief valves away from dust deposits.
Meanwhile, the CSB recommends strict adherence to the National Fire Protection Agency’s following standards:
  • NFPA 61: Standard for the Prevention of Fires and Dust Explosions in Agricultural and Food Processing Facilities.
  • NFPA 499: Recommended Practice for the Classification of Combustible Dusts and Hazardous (Classified) Locations for Electrical Installations in Chemical Process Areas.
  • NFPA 654: Standard for the Prevention of Fire and Dust Explosions from the Manufacturing, Processing and Handling of Combustible Particulate Solids.
  • NFPA 70, Article 500: Hazardous (Classified Locations).

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Shop Fire Safety #1: Hazards in the Workshop

Shop Fire Safety.
Excellent article written by a firefighter - and the head of the emergency response team for a company that specializes in industrial fire protection.  He talks about the sources and risks of combustible dust, the importance of housekeeping, and how to minimize your shop risk.  Read this article. It is just as pertinent to small shops, and even hobbyists, as well as larger industrial manufacturers.

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Monday, June 21, 2010

Sunday, June 20, 2010

The biggest tax increase on small business in HISTORY 1/1/2011

If you own an "S" Corp., or LLC taxed as an "S" Corp., listen up, big changes are coming...

The biggest tax increase on small business in HISTORY-1/1/2011

posted by Roger Herring at The Investor's Accountant Speaks - 12 hours ago
Late last month, the House of Representatives passed the American Jobs and Tax Loopholes Closing Act of 2010. It is now in the Senate and will become law by the end of summer. This law contains a major cha...


Health care law's massive, hidden tax change

 The bill makes two key changes to how 1099s are used. First, it expands their scope by using them to track payments not only for services but also for tangible goods. Plus, it requires that 1099s be issued not just to individuals, but also to corporations.

Stealth IRS changes mean millions of new tax forms

Courtesy of the health care reform bill, every business in the country is about to undergo a dramatic change in how expenses are reported. These changes promise to be an accounting nightmare for virtually everyone.
A recent article in focuses on one provision of the health care bill. This simple change is designed to help close the estimated $300 billion gap between what individuals and businesses owe the Internal Revenue Service versus what they pay.

6-23 UPDATE:

posted by Roger Herring at The Investor's Accountant Speaks - 1 day ago
I am happy to report that the bill containing the S Corp nightmare is currently stalled. Now would be a great time to review my earlier posts and to call your congressmen and senators and tell them to "Sav...
posted by Roger Herring at The Investor's Accountant Speaks - 3 hours ago
The bill containing the S Corp nightmare has been tabled. It is not dead, just delayed. This action was narrowly passed yesterday in fear of a GOP filibuster. HR 4213, AKA the American Jobs and Tax Loopho...


posted by Roger Herring at The Investor's Accountant Speaks - 23 hours ago
Asset protection in a single member LLC may be a myth. How? Its called reverse penetration. Consider this: You form the single member LLC for a business or an income producing asset. The LLC is designed t...

Should Mainstream Media Be Held to Different Standards Than Bloggers? | WebProNews

Interesting article for your consideration...

Should Mainstream Media Be Held to Different Standards Than Bloggers? | WebProNews

Is it Ok for MSM Not to Credit Blogs?

Should mainstream media be held to different standards than bloggers when it comes to crediting sources?...

Monday, June 14, 2010

Industrial Fire Prevention commercial

Industrial Fire Prevention commercial for South East Fire Prevention.

Prevent industrial fires and explosions.

Seen in this video:
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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

The Value of Life

Value of Life

As safety professionals, we are often required to consider value of life in decision making.

So, what is the economic value of a life?

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), it is $5.8 million.

Click on the link below to read more…

OSHA ComDust Web Chat

Combustible Dust - 75:32142-32143
OSHA plans to use the information gathered in response to this Web Chat in developing a proposed standard for combustible dust. DATES: The Web Chat will be ...

Friday, June 4, 2010

Worker Safety? There’s an App for That!

Interesting post on iPhone safety applications from our friend Dr. Saraf.

posted by Dr. Saraf at Risk and Safety Blog - 23 hours ago
I have always been fascinated by Apple products. Apple’s iPhone besides providing the “cool” touchscreen also lets developers create customized applications. Here are a few safety applications you may find...

Thursday, June 3, 2010

What is Your Plant's Fire Risk? Simple Ways to Reduce Your Fire Hazards

Here is a good article By DeAnna Stephens from Pallet Enterprise, 
featuring commentary by Bob Moore, chairman and CEO of  
Intelligent Global Pooling Systems (iGPS), and Kurt Ruchala, 
principal engineer at FirePro.  

This article outlines some basic and simple solutions when it comes to 
protecting your plant, production processes, and personnel from fires 
and explosions, in any industry.

Additionally, I would add to protect your dust collection systems with  
spark detection and extinguishing systems, as well as sprinkler or deluge 
systems at the minimum. Additionally consider explosion venting, isolation 
or suppression systems as needed, and as referenced by NFPA, 
OSHA and FM Global.

Plant Fire Safety Checklist  
(modified from the article for general use)
  • Are combustible dust, waste and residues kept cleaned up and removed?
  • Are all brush and weeds kept cleared from around buildings?
  • Do all employees know and follow smoking policies and procedures?
  • Do employees use cigarette butt receptacles to dispose of cigarettes?
  • Are stored product / pallet piles kept neat and orderly?
  • Are product / pallet stacks kept below the maximum height?
  • Are all product and chemicals stored outdoors far away from buildings?
  • Is the sprinkler or fire suppression system the right kind for the plant?
  • Is it tested regularly?
  • Have smoke alarms been tested and batteries replaced regularly?  
  • Have fire alarms been tested regularly? Do you have regular fire drills?
  • Are fire extinguishers/hoses located throughout plant in easy access locations?
  • Is all electrical equipment examined on a regular basis for damage?
  • Is electrical equipment being used properly?
  • Are proper housekeeping policies and procedures being followed?
  • Are dust collection and conveying systems in proper working order?