Pipeline Safety Guidelines Update Released by the DOT

In efforts to improve pipeline safety issues caused by recent disasters and report finding to the public, the U.S. Department of Transportation has recently launched a new webpage, Pipeline Safety Update, which includes guidelines on regulations, safety issues, and stakeholder information in it.

Links to programs such as the National Pipeline Mapping System, a pipeline safety page with checklists, links, One-Call Centers and 811 are listed on the page that will be useful for reference before any excavation.

Any input or documents that will help inform the stakeholder communities are welcomed when sent via email at pipelineforum@dot.gov.

To view the page, visit HERE.

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Hiring Your Next Safety Professional

Here is a great article titled “EHS Recruitment: It’s Not Just About Filling the Seat” from EHS Today.  It lists and explains some of the best key hiring practices used by big corporations such as BP, Shell, and Johnson & Johnson to recruit the best environmental and Health Safety professional for their company. If you are in the recruiting process for your next safety professional, here are four important points to consider:

  1. Tap the Small Pool of A-Player Talent – This explains how providing a reliable internal team of employees to their manager with an external liaison can improve a hiring decision that they may overlook.
  2. Include Culture Alignment in Your Search Process – A new employee’s sense of belonging in a new environmental can sometimes be the key factor on whether he or she will be successful in their new position, despite how great their abilities and qualifications may be. Never underestimate the process of a candidate’s character evaluation to make sure they fit your culture.
  3. Develop High-Potential Talent – According to the Harvard Business Review, a small number of early-leadership-level workers will represent the new generation with 15 years of experience five years from now. Meaning, it is wise to invest in your lower-level talent as it can help align their career development and opportunities with your company.
  4. Succession Planning – Establishing a written succession plan is highly important in case of an emergency or simply for future use.

To view the original article, visit http://ehstoday.com/safety/ehs-recruitment-it-s-not-just-about-filling-seat?page=1.


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Safety Tip Presentation – Respiratory Protection

Safety Tip – Respiratory Protection

Do you know if your respirators and their components are NIOSH tested and certified?

The standards require employers to establish or maintain a respiratory protection program to protect their employees. Whether you use air purifying or atmosphere supplying respirators, learn how to effectively select a fit for you, maintain, and properly wear your respirators needed.


Respirator Protection Safety Tip


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Respirator Selection

Respirator Image

Respirator Image

Selecting a respirator is a very difficult task to accomplish. Under protecting your staff can lead to injury or illness while over protecting staff can be uncomfortable and very costly.

To select a respirator you must first assemble the necessary toxicological and safety information for each respiratory hazard. This typically starts with a walk through survey and an MSDS review. To determine the potential level of exposure the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recommends that air sampling be conducted. While air monitoring is obviously the best option, a good industrial hygienist or safety professional will likely use a combination of air sampling and exposure modeling to make reasonable estimates of exposure.

After the potential exposures have been determined the next step is to compare the results with allowable levels of the particular contaminant (s). For comparison purposes you should consider using the NIOSH-REL’s, OSHA-PEL’s, and ACGIH- TLV’s, just to name a few.

Now comes the hard work! Based on the potential or measured exposures you’ll have to determine if your staff requires an air purifying respirator, or an atmosphere supplying respirator; whether they will need a full mask, half mask, or other type of face piece; whether they will need filters cartridges or some combination of the two. Finally you’ll have to ensure that a full respirator program has been instituted including medical evaluations, fit testing, training, cartridge change out schedules, etc.

Although this may seem difficult with some guidance along the way you will be able to ensure your staff is adequately protected! For more information on respirator selection visit the new NIOSH Respirator Information Page or contact Trevor Reschny, CSP at Safety Links Inc.


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What do you do if someone contacts a live electrical wire?

Electrical Wire Safety

Electrical Wire Safety

If you see a person come into contact with indoor electrical wires, do not touch the person. Attempt to switch the power off, if possible. If you cannot shut off the power, use a non-conductor (dry wood, rope, board, broom handle) to separate the person from the current.

If the person has come into contact with outdoor wires call 911 and then the power company immediately.

Do not attempt to touch the person or to try to free the person from the wires. Stay at least 100 feet away from any downed wires at all times.

After the person has been separated from the electrical source, you should:

  • Check his breathing. If the person is not breathing, start CPR.
  • Treat the victim for shock. Keep him lying down. If the victim is unconscious, lie on his side to allow drainage of fluids. Cover him enough to maintain body heat.
  • Do not move the victim if you suspect neck or spine injury.
  • Treat burn by immersing in cold water. Do not apply grease or oil. For severe burns, cut away loose clothing and cover the burned area with a sterile dressing.

To inquire more about general safety, contact us at 407-353-8165 or email us at info@safetylinks.net

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Remembering 9/11

We dedicate this day to all the vicitims, our troops, rescue teams and their families affected  by this tragedy eleven years ago.


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OSHA’s Enforcement Measures in Residential Construction Extended Through December 15

OSHA has recently announced that their temporary enforcement measures in residential construction will be extended for three more months, until December 15, 2012.

These measures include:

  • Priority free onsite compliance assistance;
  • Penalty reductions;
  • Extended abatement dates;
  • Measures to ensure consistency; and
  • Increased outreach.

As part of their efforts, OSHA has been actively working closely with the industry. Since October of last year, their On-Site Consultation Projects completed more than 2,500 onsite visits, conducted 925 training sessions, and delivered 438 presentations regarding residential construction. They also conducted more than 800 outreach activities on the directive. Another method they use to assist companies and organizations is by providing information of the industry on their website. They will continue to assist with educational and training materials to help facilitate employers with compliance.

All this is available in their webpage here and their Fall Prevention Campaign.

For more information on our Residential Fall Protection training, give us a call at 407-353-8165 or visit us here https://www.safetylinks.net/index.php/training/construction-safety-courses/residential-fall-protection.

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Is your profession in the deadliest workplace professions range?

According to a recent study by eTraining, a workplace safety education firm, you may face a higher danger on your job depending on the amount of driving involved rather than the specific type of profession you hold, such as being a sheriff or hunter, for example. The good news, however, shows on the graph which states that as the OSHA budget has increased, fatalities have certainly decreased.

In the study, it shows that all combined transportation incidents, including highway incidents, aircraft incidents, and other, make up a total of 49% of all multiple fatalities in the workplace. This is compared to the 20% of incidents that happen from fires and explosions, 17% from homicides and 13% of other uncategorized accidents.

And which states rate as the highest of this 2010 study? Texas tops the chart with the most workplace fatalities with a total of 456, California is next with 302, Pennsylvania is third with 219 and Florida in fourth with 215.

It’s important to remember, though, that falls are still the highest occurring incident in the construction industry, with electrocutions, being struck by an object, and caught-in/between as shown in the “Fatal Four” chart. According to eTraining, eliminating all of these four most common categories in construction would save 431 workers’ lives in America every year.

At the end of the page it shows 2011’s most frequently violated OSHA standards. Follow this link to view the study: http://etraintoday.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Workplace-Fatality-Data1.jpg.

To inquire about safety consultation or training for your staff, call us at 407-353-8165 or email us at info@safetylinks.net.

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Removal Criteria from the Severe Violator Enforcement Program Is Released

OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program (SVEP), which lists companies and organizations as employers who demonstrate indifference to OSHA regulations, has published criteria that will allow them to be removed from the list. This criteria was issued on August 16 and the employer on it may be considered for removal after the following:

  1. A period of three years from the date of the final disposition of the SVEP inspection citation items including: including to contest, settlement agreement, review commission final order, or court of appeals decision.
  2. All affirmed violations have been abated, all final penalties have been paid, the employer has abided by and completed all settlement provision, and has not received any additional serious citations related to the hazards identified in the SVEP inspection at the initial establishment or at any related establishments.

For more information regarding the SVEP, visit http://s.dol.gov/VD.

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Direct Final Rule for Cranes And Derricks Issued by OSHA

Last week, OSHA issued a direct final rule and notice of proposed rulemaking of the August 2010 cranes and derricks in construction standard to demolition work and underground construction with the goal to protect workers from hazards associated with hoisting equipment used during construction activities.

This rule is also to apply to underground construction and demolition that are already being used by other construction sectors, and will streamline OSHA’s standards by eliminating the separate cranes and derricks standard currently used for underground and demolition work. The rulemaking also corrects several errors introduced in the 2010 rulemaking to make it easier for workers and employers to understand and implement these standards.

The direct final rule will become effective November 15, 2012, unless OSHA receives a significant adverse comment by September 17. If the agency receives significant adverse comments, the accompanying notice of proposed rulemaking will allow the agency to continue the notice-and-comment component of the rulemaking by withdrawing the direct final rule.

To submit comments, visit: http://www.regulations.gov, the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Submissions may also be sent via faxor mail. See the Federal Register notice for details. Comments must be submitted by September 17.


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