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The use of modern spark detection and extinguishment systems in Tobacco Manufacturing

Risks in the bud: to explore the use of modern spark detection and extinguishment systems

From International Tobacco Online, an article on applying modern spark detection systems to the tobacco/cigarette manufacturing process.

For more detailed information on Spark Detection and Extinguishing Systems please see our website: www.IndustrialFirePrevention.com


Tobacco online tobacco "Tobacco," reported in the processing and transportation process large amount of dust, fermentation and friction so that its temperature rises to unsafe values, and generate sparks.The vast majority of tobacco processing are using modern equipment, once by its cause a fire, will cause huge losses to the enterprise. To solve these problems, at present, some advanced tobacco factory has been installed and use the spark detection and extinguishment systems. Dust generated by the first process of the tobacco processing flavored or feeding easier to handle, less likely to spark.Even a small spark, an…

CSB to Increase Participation of Non-Management Employees – At the Expense of Employers

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Another update from Epstein, Becker, Green.  Posted on March 14th, 2012 by Eric J. Conn


By Forrest G. Read, IV and Eric J. Conn
The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) announced earlier this month a new policy disguised as a nod to enhancing employee participation in CSB investigations, but which may actually represent a dramatic limitation in the investigation rights of both employees and employers.

The new policy expands the role of non-management employees in the CSB’s investigations into the causes of chemical accidents that occur at industrial facilities, but does so at the expense of employers’ involvement and employees’ rights.
By way of background, the CSB was created under the Clean Air Act, but does not report under the EPA, nor does it fall under the Department of Labor.  Rather, the CSB is an independent, non-enforcement federal agency charged with investigating industrial chemical accidents.  While the CSB investigates many of the…

Custom Woodworker Fought OSHA Penalty and Won

Another great blog post by Rich Christianson at the Woodworking Network.

Why Custom Woodworker Fought OSHA Penalty

Victory Woodworks' recent successful appeal of a serious table saw violation issued by an overzealous Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) enforcement agent, was the subject of my blog last week: Custom Woodworker Takes on OSHA and Wins.

The saga began last year when Victory Woodworks, a full-service architectural woodwork shop based in Sparks, NV, was working as a subcontractor on a building project in Las Vegas. The OSHA inspector visiting the site on a day when Victory Woodworks' employees were not present (a technicality that I failed to point out in my previous blog) was curious to learn about the contents of the company's  locked job box.

Cutting to the chase, at a meeting arranged a couple of days later with Victory Woodworks' foreman in which the job box was opened, the OSHA agent took the greatest interest in a 10-inch ta…

Video: Firefighter Preparation and Response to a Grain Elevator and Feed Mill Fire or Explosion

The Minnesota Grain and Feed Association received a grant from the AgStar Fund for Rural America Grant Program, to produce videos to train volunteer firefighters and first responders on how to respond to a grain bin rescue situation and proper response to a grain elevator or feed mill fire or explosion.  Click the title above to view the videos.
Also see their See their Safety and Health video library here

Managing an OSHA Inspection: Answers to 5 Frequently Asked Questions

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From the OSHA Law Update blog of Epstein Becker Green, by Eric J. Conn, here is an article on OSHA inspections, frequently asked questions, and what you might expect when OSHA arives at your door step.

Managing an OSHA Inspection: Answers to 5 Frequently Asked Questions | compliance safety and health officer, CSHO, inspection, inspection rights, OSHA Inspection, subpoena, warrant | OSHA Law Update

 Below is a set of important questions that we are frequently asked by clients when OSHA unexpectedly shows up at their doorsteps.  These questions and many more are also addressed in our OSHA Inspection Checklist desk reference guide.


Scenario 1:   An OSHA Compliance Safety and Health Officer (CSHO) arrives unannounced to begin an inspection, but the employer’s representative whom the employer desires to manage the OSHA inspection is not present at the workplace.  Can the employer request that the CSHO return later or wait to start the inspection until the employer’s chosen representat…

SonicAire Combustible Dust Cleaning Demonstration

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There are few options when it comes to combustible dust cleaning. Here is one option you may want to consider. This video, from our friends at IES, shows the power of fan cleaning technology. The first part of the video actually shows you the combustible dust problem "before" picture when the fan is first turned on, and then when an "after" shot with the rafters and walls clean after the fan has been running. As you can see in the first part of the video there is a dust cloud created (NOT recommended), because this customer had not cleaned just prior to turning the fan(s) on as recommended, but 3 weeks prior. The second part of the video shows what your plant could look like with this technology, clean, dust free, as this system actually creates a barrier of air on all surfaces the fan is aimed at, as it oscillates and rotates. We all know there is no real good and cost effective way to keep manufacturing facilities clean of combustible dust, that…

Panel & Engineered Lumber International Conference & Expo

Panel & Engineered Lumber International Conference & Expo

Come see us at the Bioenergy Conference and Expo,
and the PELICE Panel and Engineered Lumber Conference and Expo
this week at the OMNI in Atlanta!

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About | Bioenergy, Fuels and Products Conference & Expo

Come see us at the Bioenergy Conference and Expo,
and the PELICE Panel and Engineered Lumber Conference and Expo
this week at the OMNI in Atlanta!