The Special Challenges of Shutdowns and Turnarounds

From time to time, industrial facilities need to undergo major repairs or renovations. They can involve everything from retooling to accommodate a new product line, to replacement of key components as part of a preventive maintenance effort, to the installation of new environmental controls, to a complete overhaul of the entire operation. When faced with major changes, the managers of …

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Legal lavatories: preferred potty policies for jobsites

From an early age, we’re taught that discussing certain bodily functions is generally considered to be inappropriate. Although everyone has a need to use restroom facilities several times each day as part of their general health, most people find the topic either embarrassing or disgusting. As a result, talking about this reality is something many people choose to avoid. But …

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Workplace aspects of asbestos

If you watch late-night television, you’re probably accustomed to commercials from personal injury attorneys seeking clients who may have suffered ill effects from workplace exposure to asbestos. While recognition of the potential hazards of asbestos have led to significant reductions of its use in construction and industry, it’s possible that workers may still encounter materials that contain asbestos during demolition …

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Distracted Driving Involves Much More Than Texting

Most operators of motor vehicles recognize that texting while driving is unsafe, because it momentarily distracts the driver. Those who text while driving either have no idea about the inherent danger, or operate under the familiar false sense of security that bad things only happen to other people. Of course, the people who would never text while driving — and …

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Putting your best foot(wear) forward

Just about the only time we think about our feet is when they let us know they’re unhappy. Our feet support us through most of our waking hours, but until they feel sore or painful, we don’t give them much of our attention. We should pay attention to them, though, especially in the workplace. That’s because the U.S. Department of …

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Is Your Substance Abuse Program Still Effective?

It has been a long time since substance abuse programs became a normal part of the workplace. From random drug testing to Employee Assistance Programs, employers have made drug- and alcohol-free workplaces a key goal — and their efforts are clearly paying off. In my time in the safety field, I have never had to deal with a worker whose …

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Customer Service Triumphs – November 2018

Larry Moffett was recognized for a CST on November 9th … Larry provides contractor oversight and safety support for one of our utility clients in Abilene, TX. He was recently asked to fill in for the client Superintendent in his territory and lead a monthly safety call. The purpose of this call is for the client construction representatives to have …

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Staying Alert About Fatigue

Some time back, an airline pilot was making the familiar approach to Washington’s National Airport. As always, the approach controller handed him off to the airport’s tower controller. While the plane continued to descend, the pilot radioed his position to the tower, and waited for a reply. He didn’t receive one, so he tried again. And again. Realizing that something …

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Someone Has Been Hurt: What Next?

Jordan Hollingsworth, CSP, CHST, CUSP It’s the news that every supervisor and safety representative dreads: someone calls or rushes into the office to let you know that someone on your worksite has been hurt. Beyond affecting the health of your employee, the steps you take next will determine whether your company has complied with workplace safety regulations and may even protect …

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The Most Effective Way to Verify Contractor Compliance

Your company has a healthy safety culture with excellent buy-in from your leadership team. Your prequalification program does a great job of screening prospective contractors to make sure they meet all your safety standards. Now how do you make sure that the safety-related activities that are supposed to happen on your jobsite actually do, and that the contractors’ crews operate …

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