Another employee became sick following exposure to respiratory hazards at the Alabama facility.
Two workers are dead and one is sick after exposure to dangerous toxins at an Alabama chemical manufacturing plant – Daikin America Inc. – after the employer failed to provide appropriate PPE and implement safe work practices during maintenance activities on chemical processing equipment.
An OSHA investigation found that on July 2, 2021, Daikin America exposed three chemical operators to toxic fluorocarbon and other hazardous chemicals that resulted in the workers suffering respiratory failure. According to a press release, one worker spent nearly a week in a local hospital for respiratory failure treatment before he returned home. The other two employees were treated for respiratory failure at local hospitals but later died one on August 10, 2021 and the other on September 28, 2021.
Many OHS pros believe that going beyond OSHA requirements demonstrates the use of best practices. Going beyond OSHA, however, requires careful considerations.
I’m not here to buck the trend of social media ‘influencers’ telling you to meditate and drink herbal tea (because I’ll do that later) rather to let you in on what seems to be a well-kept secret: we owe our lives to stress.
Without stress we would blissfully roast our hands against a hot stove, or stagger our way into on-coming traffic where smiling motorists would mow us down. Stress is helpful. It’s only when mismanaged that it starts killing us.
I have written many articles but I tend to limit myself to the best magazines, hence finding myself gracing the pages of HSI magazine once again. Tasked with writing about “above the neck” safety, my immediate thought, at the risk of sounding trite, was that all safety begins above the neck.
Your brain is the control centre. It dictates, and the body follows. But aside from the brain’s uses to keep our arm
The sudden shift of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) from an optional public relations reporting initiative into an increasingly mandatory, investor-driven reporting requirement has many companies reevaluating how they use data. While organizations have used “big data” in the past to be more competitive, efficient, and profitable, they’re now seeing the benefits of advanced data analytics in assessing EHS performance. Sophisticated use of data and analytics can reduce incidents and operational overhead, directly impacting the bottom line, improving employee morale, and strengthening the business’s reputation.
Traditional data metrics such as incident rate and lost-time incident rate only track issues after the fact. These lagging indicators reactively measure safety efforts by evaluating past performance rather than current or future conditions. While this data may be helpful for regulatory reporting, it doesn’t provide a complete picture of the cause of the issues th
Few people are happy to be stuck in the same position for their entire careers. This isn’t just a matter of having lofty ambitions. Progression is a route to supporting the lifestyle you want. You might feel you have ideas that could be innovative in your industry. Whatever your reason for pursuing better career opportunities, you need to present yourself as a good investment.
There are various ways you can approach this, but one of the most effective is by leaning into safety skills. It doesn't matter what area of industrial operations you want to work in. A background in safety can be instrumental in pushing you above the competition.
Let’s go through a few of the things to bear in mind when leveraging your safety skills.
Severe temperatures, poor ventilation, toxic gasses and extreme darkness – these are all common working conditions when operating in confined spaces. It’s understandable then that sound safety procedures and protocols are paramount to those hard-working professionals who count Confined Space Entry (CSE) among their everyday or even just occasional job responsibilities. By utilizing advanced monitoring technology, companies can see improved safety, increased productivity and reduced overall costs during confined space operations.
The risks of working in and around confined space areas are well-known. Conventional practices require a safety attendant to be in close proximity to observe workers entering and performing work within the space. Despite the presence of an attendant and well-documented procedures, however, injury and even death can still occur. A safer, more effective approach would be to monitor the confined space from a centralized location to avoid putting additional wor
Permit-required confined spaces are found in many workplaces and are very hazardous to employees that must enter them. What makes them so dangerous is that permit spaces have one or more of the following characteristics:
● Contains or has the potential to contain a hazardous atmosphere;
● Contains material that has the potential to engulf an entrant;
● Has walls that converge inward or floors that slope downward and taper into a smaller area which could trap or asphyxiate an entrant; or
● Contains any other recognized safety or health hazard, such as unguarded machinery, exposed live wires, or heat stress.
OSHA requires employers to protect workers from the hazards of entry into permit spaces. One important way to do this is to ensure the entry team understands their duties.
The entry team is made up of three distinct roles — authorized entrant, attendant, and entry supervisor.