by , on July 18, 2016
Kaneka Dermal Health Risk Assessment (aka acid burn study) is now available free of charge at the Burns Journal web site. You can read the full text here and also download a PDF copy of the study. The purpose of this study was to address the issue as to whether acidic gaseous combustion products represent...
by , on July 14, 2016
A 60-year-old employee was pulled into a rotating shaft of a coal elevator and killed at his workplace in Tonawanda, NY, in January 2016. He was preparing to grease the elevator when his jacket was caught. The elevator was neither shut down nor locked out. OSHA’s inspection determined that Tonawanda Coke Corp. failed to: Ensure the...
by , on July 11, 2016
Electrical Workers Seriously Injured Very recently, two PAR Electric employees in Missouri were seriously injured from electric shock as they worked near a 69kV power line. They were holding a pole while a crane was moving into position when a gust of wind blew their pole into the energized line. Both men were airlifted to...
by , on July 7, 2016
Protector gloves have two primary purposes: Mechanical protection for the rubber insulating glove worn underneath. Arc flash protection of the rubber and hands. Historically, ASTM F696 Standard Specification for Leather Protectors for Rubber Insulating Gloves and Mittens has been used for protector gloves.  OSHA requires “protector gloves” be worn for arc flash protection and lists...
by , on June 30, 2016
On July 20, I’ll be speaking about several public incidents and pointing out some insights into worker behavior that can help you in developing your company’s PPE and safety training programs. This informational webinar can also help you ask the right questions and look for important evidence during an accident investigation. This is a FREE...
by , on June 24, 2016
The idea of the categories was developed by Dr. Tom Neal at DuPont. He sent me his table and a list of the PPE he had tested which met the four categories. Since I tested for many companies and he had only DuPont data, I validated his findings. We did tweak the categories based on...
by , on June 23, 2016
This OSHA Standard Interpretation for 1910.303(g)(2)(i) was published September 4, 2015.  The Questions Does the electrical guarding requirement at 29 CFR 1910.303(g)(2)(i) apply to voltages below 60 volts DC? Will OSHA treat a failure to guard live parts operating below 60 volts DC as a de minimis violation? The Answers The requirement applies to live...
by , on June 21, 2016
AGO in Canada developed an FR non-melting insect/bug mesh hood that keeps ticks, mosquitoes, and other insects from a worker’s face and neck. This is not arc rated since the rating would be VERY low but it would NOT increase worker injury in an arc event. Since there is no arc rated bug hood we know...
by , on June 16, 2016
The Washington Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) completed their investigation of the arc flash incident at Priest Rapids Dam that occurred in October 2015. L&I determined that the arc flash could have been prevented had the employer made sure certain safeguards were put in place. The five serious citations are listed here: The employer...
by , on June 13, 2016
Q: Is a vented hard hat acceptable for operators when they operate a circuit breaker or disconnect?   A: NFPA’s 70E Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace® views the hardhat, Class G & E specifically, as shock protection. The NFPA 70E Standard assumes a person will be wearing that type of hardhat when dressing in...
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