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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Whats Your Safety Goal?

A great Safety Video by Carl Potter, Certified Safety Professional, that asks "What is Your Safety Goal?"  If it isn't "No one Gets Hurt", then think again!

The difference between Organizational, Team and Individual Safety Goals.

He starts out with this quote: "Fate is the hunter that seeks out those who are least prepared" by Earnest K. Gann.  Think about that and how it relates to safety!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Think like a Safety Professional

Carl Potter, Certified Safety Professional, in this video teaches "How to Think like a Safety Professional"


See more of Carl Potter saftey books and videos at:
http://www.safetybooks.com/

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Safety Culture Plus | The Accident Pyramid


Great article showing that High Probability of Occurrence of Safety related incidences does indeed lead to the possibility of a High Consequence Event!

At Risk behavior leads to near misses, recorded injuries, lost productivity cases, and eventually fatality.


Safety Culture Plus | The Accident Pyramid

In order to understand the history of incident presentation, you need a good understanding of what it takes to reduce injuries. The accident pyramid model used many years ago as we will discuss will provide some useful information.

In 1969, a study of industrial accidents was undertaken by Frank E. Bird, Jr., who was then the Director of Engineering Services for the Insurance Company of North America. He was interested in the accident ratio of 1 major injury to 29 minor injuries to 300 no-injury accidents first discussed in the 1931 book, Industrial Accident Prevention by. H. W. Heinrich. Refer to Figure 1.

Read more here...

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

How Risk Perception Affects Regulations

Interesting blog post by Dr. Saraf on the Risk and Safety Blog.
How the perception of risk affects regulation:

How Risk Perception Affects Regulations

Risk is a perception.
Our perception of risks is mainly affected by two factors:
(a) whether we are voluntarily accepting the risk.
(b) potential consequences of event or act or decision.
For a layman, judging a risk is often a function of catastrophic potential. For example, working in a nuclear plant is considered riskier than driving on the road, whereas statistics show that more people are killed every year in automobile crash than in accidents in nuclear plants.
The higher the perceived risk by the people the more is the demand to reduce such a risk, and consequently more people want to see stricter regulations to reduce risk.
As a result it piques interest from government, regulatory bodies, and policy makers and there is an increased incentive to have a regulatory oversight.
Perception of future risks affects regulations and these perceived risks get magnified due to uncertainties and misinformation.

Without a risk acceptance criteria and a prudent risk analysis framework, any future safety regulation will be a biased one.
A safety standard has to take into account risks/benefits/uncertainty

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Combustible Dust Explosions in the News

From our good friends at GreCon, a series of combustible dust related articles titled "Combustible Dust Explosions in the News"

Dust Explosion News | GreCon Spark Detection - Extinguishing Systems

Combustible dust can be destructive and very dangerous. ... comments on issues related to combustible dust such as hazard recognition, assessment, .... OSHA estimates 30000 U.S. facilities may be at risk for combustible dust incidents. ...
www.grecon-us.com/html/dust_explosions.htm -

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Things that go boom – combustible dust hazards

From our friends at Workplace Safety, a good primer on combustible dust in the workplace.

Things that go boom – combustible dust hazards

Performing the combustible dust assessment ... Make sure you are prepared by assessing the risk at your facility and following combustible dust safe ...
workplace-safety-nc.com/articles/combustible-dust.html - Cached