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Cal Ripken, Jr. gives tips to help prevent workplace fires and ensure the safety of your workers

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On an average day in America, there are over 200 workplace fires causinghundreds of fatalities and thousands more injuries. In this video Cal Ripken,Jr. gives you some tips to help you prevent workplace fires and ensure thesafety of your workers. Brought to you byNorthern Safety, which offers a full line of safety and industrial products.

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Portable fire extinguisher basics

From Northern Safety News & Information - Northern Safety Co., Inc.

Portable fire extinguisher basics Fires can be dangerous and costly, and a portable fire extinguisher can be an effective tool to help control or put out early-stage fires.

Fire extinguishers are classified by the type of fire they will extinguish and include:

Class A: Water, used for fires involving ordinary combustibles such as paper, cloth, wood, rubber, and many plastics

Class B: CO2, used for fires involving flammable liquids such as oils, gas, some paints, lacquers, grease, and solvents

Class C: Dry chemical, used for fires involving electrical
equipment such as wiring, fuse boxes, energized electrical machinery,
computers, or other electrical items

Class ABC: Multi-purpose, can be used for most fires involving ordinary combustibles, flammable liquids, or electrical equipment

Class D: Used for fires involving powders, flakes, or shavings of metals such as magnesium, titanium, potassium, and sodiu…

New free Post-Blast Response training video from the Firefighters Support Foundation - Industrial Fire Journal - Fire & Rescue - Hemming Group Ltd

From Hemming Group Ltd

New free Post-Blast Response training video from the Firefighters Support Foundation
Published:  25 November, 2015

The Firefighters Support Foundation’s (FSF) newest training program, Post-Blast Response is now available free of charge.

Presented by August Vernon, an emergency management subject matter expert, the 32-minute video accompanies a 47-slide PowerPoint presentation. The video explains why post-blast response is an important subject for firefighters, EMTs, search and rescue, and other emergency management  personnel.  It describes the actions and tactics to be employed immediately after the blast is called in, while arriving on scene, during the first critical minutes, and throughout what will certainly be a  lengthy investigation.

‘This program also describes ways in which various the public safety agencies need to work together and describes critical elements of the ICS system that will play a key role,’ said FSF President David

The PowerPoin…

Report Finds 85 Fatalities in The Chemicals Industry Last Year

Report Finds 85 Fatalities in The Chemicals Industry Last Year
Fri, 11/06/2015 - 3:38pm Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A British chemical engineering group said this week that serious accidents in the U.S. chemical and processing industries resulted in 85 fatalities and more than 600 serious injuries in 2014.

The Institution of Chemical Engineers, a professional membership organization, surveyed media coverage of explosions, fires and other incidents in the U.S. last year.

The analysis found 228 separate incidents in chemical manufacturing and a number of related industries, including mining, refining, food processing, biotechnology, wastewater treatment, and oil and gas exploration and production.

"Many of these incidents commanded just a few column inches, but there are 75 reports that detail fatalities," said Andy Furlong, the group's policy director. "Each one is a grim human tragedy that could have been avoided, had the appropriate safety arrangements been in…

NFPA 652 - new combustible dust standard - National Fire Protection Association Blog

National Fire Protection Association Blog

NFPA 652 - new combustible dust standard Susan Bershad is a Senior Chemical Engineer in the Industrial and
Chemical Engineering division at NFPA® and is also the staff liaison for
the Combustible Dust project.
Susan has been working diligently on NFPA 652 which has the following
scope: “This standard shall provide the basic principles of and
requirements for identifying and managing the fire and explosion hazards
of combustible dusts and particulate solids.”

I had a few minutes to talk to Susan about the challenges and importance of the document and about a training event she is hosting on December 3 about NFPA 652.

Q: What was your biggest technical challenge with updating the NFPA 652?
A: The biggest challenge for the committee with NFPA
652 was identifying those requirements that are fundamental to all
facilities and processes where combustible dust hazards are possible.

Q: How is NFPA 652 different from NFPA 654?
A: NFPA 652 provides the …

Breaking News – OSHA Max Penalties Set to Nearly Double

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OSHA Law Updates from the OSHA Practice Group at Conn Maciel Carey Breaking News – OSHA Max Penalties Set to Nearly DoubleNovember 9, 2015

By Eric J. Conn, Chair of Conn Maciel Carey’s national OSHA Practice Group

For as long as I have been practicing OSHA law (more than 15 years now), four things have remained constant:

The maximum per violation penalty that OSHA has been permitted by
the OSH Act to assign to Serious violations has been $7,000, and for
Repeat or Willful violations it has remained $70,000;The Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA makes an annual pilgrimage
to the Hill where he or she pounds on the table and demands that
Congress enact OSHA reform legislation to increase the maximum penalties
OSHA can assign (with common refrains like: “employers can be fined
more for mistreating cattle on federal lands than for allowing an
employee fatality!”);There has been one iteration or another of such reform legislation
(usually dubbed the “Protect…

Was Extra Fine Wood Dust Factor in Mill Fires and Explosions? | Woodworking Network

From Woodworking Network

Was Extra Fine Wood Dust Factor in Mill Fires and Explosions? By Bill Esler
October 10, 2015 | 8:17 pm EDT

Aerial photograph of the east side of the Babine sawmill. The large yellow arrow indicates the easterly direction of the explosion’s  expansion from the point of origin. Source: WorkSafeBC incident  report, January 2012.

trend to finer wood dust - resulting from dryer beetle killed wood and finer-kerf saw blades - may have contributed to a series of fires and plant explosions in British Columbia mills and wood products factories.

A 2012 internal memo from WorkSafeBC, released through a Freedom of Information request, also predicted industry resistance to wood dust control rules  "if an enforcement strategy is pursued at this time."

WorkSafeBC circulated an internal document stating the agency was
concerned that an enforcement strategy to address wood dust in sawmills
would lead to industry pushback, according to t…

Controlling Combustible Dust in Your Plant

FromPowder/Bulk Solids
Four Steps to Control Combustible Dust in Your Plant

Hi-Vac manifold piping system to help clean up chips and cuttings from machine centers

According to the Spring 2015 Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs report, combustible dust explosions have been an OSHA focus for years. The U.S. Chemical Safety Board reported in late 2006 that 199 workers had died in 2005 alone as a result of combustible dust events. OSHA has increasingly focused on how to prevent explosions caused by combustible dust. Together with the U.S. Department of Labor, OSHA published a bulletin in November 2014 titled, “Combustible Dust in Industry: Preventing and Mitigating the Effects of Fire and Explosions.”

According to the bulletin, there are three components of a dust explosion, and those are dust, an ignition source (usually heat), and oxygen in the air that helps the fire spread rapidly. Together with
hazard assessment, OSHA suggests in the bulletin that tactics like improving ve…

Introducing the NFPA 652 Combustible Dust Standard

From Powder/Bulk Solids

NFPA Introduces NFPA 652 Combustible Dust Standard July 27, 2015

Every year, destructive and deadly dust-related fires and explosions affect a wide range of industries around the world. In the United States alone, 50 combustible dust accidents occurred between 2008
and 2012. To manage the dust-related fire, flash fire, and explosion hazards in industries that use dust collection and handling equipment, or have processes that may generate combustible dust, the  National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) introduces the first-time NFPA 652: Standard on the Fundamentals of Combustible Dust.

This important new Standard serves a wide variety of industries including chemical, wood  processing, metals, and agricultural.

In addition to providing new general requirements for managing combustible dust fire and explosion hazards, NFPA 652 directs users to NFPA's appropriate industry- or commodity-specific standards, such as NFPA 61: Prevention of Fires and Dust Explosi…

2015 Guide to Chemical Industry

From Powder/Bulk Solids

ACC Publishes 2015 Guide to Chemical Industry
The American Chemistry Council (ACC) has issued its 2015
edition of the Guide to the Business of Chemistry, a detailed economic
profile of the chemistry industry and its contributions to the U.S. and
world economies.

American chemistry is the global leader in production, providing over
fifteen percent of the world’s chemicals and representing 14 percent of
all U.S. exports. It is also one of America’s largest manufacturing
industries, an $801 billion enterprise providing 804,000 high-paying
jobs. For every one chemistry industry job, 6.3 others are generated in
other sectors of the economy, including construction, transportation,
and agriculture, totaling nearly six million chemistry-dependent jobs.

“The business of chemistry is the building block for everything around
us,” said the publication’s lead author, ACC chief economist Kevin
Swift. “Supporting nearly 25 percent of the U.S. GDP, the business of

OSHA Clarifies Guidance on Combustible Dust

From The National Law Review

OSHA Clarifies Enforcement Guidance on Combustible Dust posted on: Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, responding to a request of the National Forest and Paper Association, has updated its compliance guidance on how inspectors are to evaluate accumulated levels of low bulk-density combustible dusts for enforcement purposes. The guidance was released by OSHA on May 22. The Association asked OSHA to explain to the agency’s inspectors that they should consider the unique characteristics of a dust ‒ such as its bulk density ‒ instead of basing assessments on whether dust accumulation simply surpasses 1/32 of an inch (about the diameter of a paper clip), an OSHA spokesperson told Bloomberg BNA.

OSHA’s compliance guidance for its seven-year-old National Emphasis Program (NEP) for combustible dust references 1/32-inch dust accumulation levels. However, OSHA made clear in the latest guidance that this accumulation th…

Avoid Undersizing Dust Collection Systems

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How to Avoid Undersizing a Baghouse Dust Collection System

Dust collector OEMs constantly try to come in with bids lower than competitors. In an attempt to do so, some baghouse manufacturers offer undersized systems. This article discusses what customers can do to avoid accepting a bid for an inadequately-sized baghouse dust collection system.

By Dominick DalSanto
Dust Collection Expert & Sales Director

”I’m sorry, but the other supplier came in lower than you. We went with their proposal over yours.”

I think there are few things I hate hearing more than those words in my position in baghouse sales. I can respect a client who has found a better deal on a comparable system. But I am upset when I hear that my competition came in with a bid lower than mine by recommending a grossly undersized system. As a sales professional, this particularly exasperates me as I feel these OEMs abuse the level of trust placed in them by the customer by offeri…

Combustible Dust Vacuums Save Lives and Property -- Occupational Health & Safety

From Occupational Health & Safety

 Combustible Dust Vacuums Save Lives and Property
Implementing a housekeeping routine to mitigate combustible dust minimizes explosion risk.
By David Kennedy / May 01, 2015
According to a 2012 report by the NFPA, there were an estimated 8,600 structural fires reported to U.S. fire departments each year at industrial or manufacturing properties between 2006 and 2010.

Dust, fiber, or lint (including sawdust) accounted for 12 percent of the items first ignited, just behind flammable or combustible liquids and gases, which topped the list at 13 percent. When fugitive dust is unchecked, these fires can quickly escalate into catastrophic secondary dust explosions, causing devastating injury, death, and property damage.

Shocking cases like the Imperial Sugar dust explosion that injured 42 and killed 14 and the Kunshan Zhongrong Metal Products explosion in China last August that killed 146 people stand out most in the public eye, but there have been 57 com…

NFPA 652: Standard on Fundamentals of Combustible Dust is Coming!

From Harrington Group, Inc.

NFPA 652: Standard on Fundamentals of Combustible Dust is Coming! Posted on
Thursday, April 30th, 2015 

This summer, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) will issue NFPA 652: Standard on Fundamentals of Combustible Dust.

Though NFPA had previously developed several standards addressing combustible dust, those standards were more industry or commodity specific and have often contained different, and sometimes conflicting, requirements. NFPA 652 will consolidate the basic requirements among the
existing dust standards and will apply to all industries that are exposed to combustible dust hazards. It will help overcome problems in following the current combustible dust standards by providing guidance to identify and manage fire and explosion hazards caused by combustible dusts. It will also direct users to the combustible dust standards that are specific to their industry or commodity.

The need for NFPA to develop a m…

Lakeland inquest fraught with controversy

"Near the end of the day shift on Jan. 19, 2012, a saw on the large headrig Roche operated "deviated" throwing up sparks and lighting the nearby sawdust. That's not unheard of in a sawmill, but this time it also sent a burst of flame high enough to nearly hit the ceiling as it climbed the sawdust floating in the air."

Lakeland inquest fraught with controversy -  from The Working Forest, Your #1 source for forestry and forest industry news, and the Prince George Citizen

By: Prince George Citizen

Set to resume next month, plenty of ground has already been covered over the two-and-a-half weeks the coroner's inquest into the fatal Lakeland Mills sawmill explosion has been held so far.

By the time it was temporarily adjourned on March 26, the inquest had heard from 47 witnesses, beginning with the widows of Al Little and Glenn Roche, who died from the extensive burns they suffered in the April 23, 2012 blast.

Another 22 people were injured, many seriously.


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The Thrower Extinguisher - an extinguisher which is activated when it is thrown into the flames

MERCOR TECRESA - The Thrower Extinguisher

A Japanese company has developed an extinguisher which is activated when it is thrown into the flames and, as we can see in the video, it extinguish the fire.

The container holds a blue liquid which, when released, it is scattered on the fire area releasing the
ammonium that acts as a fire retardant. This mixture all together the carbon dioxide generated by the fire extinguish it.

NFPA Prepares to Issue NFPA 652 Fundamentals of Combustible Dust

From NFPA Journal and - Credible Risk, March April 2015

PREPARING A NEW NFPA STANDARD requires a mixture of ingredients, some provided by the public and the technical committee, others provided by NFPA staff. The aim is that, in the end, we have developed a meaningful document that benefits the targeted occupancy or addresses a particular hazard. The path to completion can sometimes be unusual, as was the case with the new NFPA 652, Fundamentals of Combustible Dust, which is due to be issued this summer.

To ensure that certain deadlines were met, NFPA’s editorial team resorted to humor to catch my attention. I love soccer, and was fortunate to spend time in Brazil last summer at the FIFA World Cup, where I followed the progress of the U.S. side through the so-called “group of death.” When I returned to work, one of the tasks at the top of my list was to review the edits to the Second Revisions for NFPA 652 prior to balloting the committee. To help put me in the proper frame of …