According to local media, a dust collector at the Innotec LED factory briefly caught fire at 11:30 in the morning on 7 May. Five fire trucks were dispatched to the Zeeland, Michigan manufacturing facility. All ten of the Innotec workers present at the time were able to evacuate safely, and the blaze was suppressed in under ten minutes. Innotec, a company founded in the early nineties in Hudsonville, Michigan, is a producer of LED lighting used for heavy machinery, automotive uses and other applications.

Key Takeaways:

  • The Innotec Plant experienced a fire, fortunately without loss of life, on Tuesday, the 7th of May.
  • The Zeeland Plant fire in MI, on West Washington, was reported on by the Holland Sentinel.
  • The blaze ignited around 11:30 AM, followed by the safe evacuation of about ten workers on site.

“During that incident, flames were contained to the building where the dust collector was located and no one was hurt.”

Read more: https://www.powderbulksolids.com/news/Dust-Collector-Fire-Doused-at-LED-Lighting-Plant-05-08-2019

Changes to Texas’ clean air plan has now been approved by the EPA. The clean air plan serves to improve the regulation of storage tanks and also give reasonable control for technology that serves to guide the regulation of emissions that go to the ozone layer. This move would help the Houston-Galveston-Brazoria area to enhance the quality of its air and to better attain the 2008 ozone standard that was set. The state of Texas is committed to improving the ozone layer and makings its air cleaner, a spokesperson for the state says, because this would help communities that are living in the state. In the 2008 ozone standard, the area under consideration was analyzed as a moderate non-attainable classification from a marginal non-attainable classification. Therefore, the EPA has now shown that is it approving Texas’ plans to regulate the emission of volatile organic compounds from storage tanks. It was determined by the EPA that this new move will work with the state’s already existing regulations on volatile organic compounds and nitrogen oxide. This is important because these two compounds, volatile organic compounds and nitrogen oxide, react in the presence of sunlight to produce ozone pollution at the ground level that harms the quality of the air. Next, some background on ozone pollution and air quality is analyzed.

Key Takeaways:

  • The State of Texas’ clean air plan has now been approved by the EPA and this encompasses improving the regulation of storage tanks.
  • Texas, according to the spokesperson, is showing a commitment to improving the air quality of its area for its citizens by reducing ozone emissions.
  • When there is ozone in the air that we breathe, our health is compromised and this is more dangerous for children and the elderly.

“The agency said the changes will help the Houston-Galveston-Brazoria area move toward better air quality and attainment of the 2008 ozone standard.”

Read more: https://www.ishn.com/articles/110713-texas-to-reduce-ozone-creating-emissions-for-greater-houston-area

Welding Dust Collectors

There are several methods of joining metals today but the most common is welding. During welding, two metals are joined together or fused using heat, pressure, or even both techniques. This produces a final joint that could be as strong as or even stronger than the two metals from which it was produced. Some of the potential hazards in welding that the author states are harmful dust, heat, smoke, fumes, and light radiation that is injurious. The smoke produced by welding can be toxic in itself since they are gases. The heat that is generated by the welding activity can result in burns when it comes in contact with the skin some of which are eye injuries when pieces of chips that are hot come in contact with the eye. Even the light that is emitted during welding can cause damage if the eye is not protected. Added to this is the danger of one getting electrocuted during the welding activity. The NIOSH has established a hierarchy of hazard controls which has become the widely accepted industry standard for determining the feasibility and potential causes of injuries and hazards during a welding operation. The five levels of the hierarchy are next discussed in the blog.

Key Takeaways:

  • Welders are at a high risk of eye injures from the hot slag and metal chips.
  • Wearing a welding helmet with filter plates will help protect you from rays and weld sparks.
  • Adequate ventilation is crucial to keep welders from inhaling too many airborne contaminants.

“Impact, penetration, harmful dust, smoke, fumes, heat and injurious light radiation are all potential hazards associated with welding. Welding “smoke” is a mixture of very fine particles (fumes) and gases.”

Read more: https://www.ishn.com/articles/110590-welding-safety-precautions

Wood Dust from Pallets

A pallet maker based in Wisconsin has had another citation from the OSHA after some investigation reveals that it has continuously been exposing its workers to wood dust. The penalties that Avid Pallet Services LLC will face are to the tune of $188,302 for serious violations that are repeated related to safety and health of its workers. When inspectors checked the company’s premises, they determined that the company did not implement or failed totally to implement engineering controls that would reduce the exposure of its employees to wood dust, and was failing in its ability to train its employees on the health hazard of wood dust. But this citation is not the first for Avid Pallet Services. It has been cited before by the OSHA in 2016. It was reported that the company was not transparent in its treatment of its employments when it comes to workplace hazards. The OSHA director states that it regularly informs employers that they have to make employees aware of the health hazards related to their work and to manage it well. On a contrasting note, the author notes that Avid Pallet states that transparency and integrity is one of its guiding principles. This was also stated on their website.

Key Takeaways:

  • OSHA carries out several inspections on factories and it has found out that a pallet maker exposes its workers to wood dust.
  • The fault of the Wisconsin pallet manufacturer is that they failed to implement sufficient engineering controls that would be able to limit workers’ exposure to dust.
  • Employers of all categories, according to the OSHA, should make sure that employees are not exposed to dust of any kind and should protect employees from hazards.

“Avid Pallet Services LLC faces penalties of $188,302 for repeated, serious, and other-than-serious safety and health violations.”

Read more: https://www.ishn.com/articles/110522-pallet-maker-continues-to-expose-workers-to-wood-dust

On November 5-8, 2019, there will be an A+A International conference that will be held in Dusseldorf, Germany, on Safety, Security, and Health. Mess Dusseldorf has been responsible for the A+A Conference and the man in charge of affairs is Wolfram Diener who has been the Managing director of the agency since October 2018. From the interview held with him, one can see that Diener is super excited and enthusiastic about his new job. He considers this conference a challenge after successful fairs in other places and even in Asia. His company, Messe Dusseldorf, is seen as a robust and successful company in hosting trade fairs in Germany. When asked about the response to the fair from companies so far, Diener states that the response has been great. There has been considerable interest shown in the fair both from companies that have participated before and from new companies. To accommodate all companies, the space for the fair has been expanded. Additional capacities in the areas of health at Work, Operational Safety, and Corporate Fashion have been added. Diener goes on during the interview to demonstrate the arrangements that have been put in place for the fair.

Key Takeaways:

  • Diener has been planning the hall for the A+A 2019 event for a long time and he says that the planning has been great.
  • The response from companies about the A+A event has been great and many that were there before want to come again.
  • The space at the event has been expanded due to the overwhelming response and three areas have been added such as Health at Work and Operational Safety.

“Since October 1, 2018, Wolfram Diener has been the new Managing Director of Messe Düsseldorf and responsible for A+A. Diener is enthusiastic about his new job: “After many exciting and successful years with various trade fair companies, and quite some time in Asia, I am now facing the next challenge – and this challenge will be more than the bandwidth of my trade fair portfolio in Düsseldorf.”

Read more: https://www.ishn.com/articles/110640-course-is-set-for-aa-2019-occupational-health-and-safety-trade-fair

industrial dust monitor

Depending on one’s place of employment, the particles that can be found in dust often contain harmful materials that can result in dangerous situations, some of these situations being fatal. Since these hazardous conditions can be hard to detect with the human eye, many companies are now employing real-time monitors that have the ability to detect any harmful particles so that they are addressed before it develops into a bigger issue where someone is potentially put in harm’s way.

Key Takeaways:

  • The new Trolex dust monitor beats conventional dust monitors, which are designed to measure a single size particulate at a time.
  • With its new, cutting-edge laser technology, the Trolex dust monitor can monitor multiple sizes at once.
  • The new Trolex Air XD is also cost-effective, as it requires less routine maintenance, which brings down the overall cost of ownership.

“The real-time application also allows companies to use live data to identify specific trends and peak levels of risk.”

Read more: https://www.shponline.co.uk/occupational-health/real-time-dust-monitor-launched/

Gas Plant Explosion

In July of 2016, the mismanagement of a heat exchanger led to an extensive series of explosions that resulted in damaging forest fires in Mississippi. The mismanagement was a result of Enterprise Products Pascagoula Gas Plant allowing the equipment to experience too much thermal fatigue. If there had been more extensive safety measures and inspection protocols set in place, these disastrous results may not have occurred, saving a plethora of vegetation and clean up funds.

Key Takeaways:

    • As regards a Mississippi gas leak explosion, a February 12 report points to thermal fatigue as the culprit.
    • Thermal fatigue refers to the weakening of materials over time, due to the stress of heating and cooling.
    • Upon inspection, it was clear that small cracks had arisen over time, due to temperature fluctuations.

“The plant – which had repaired four heat exchangers nine times in 17 years, CSB found – was shut down for nearly six months.”

Read more: https://www.safetyandhealthmagazine.com/articles/18103-safety-gaps-led-to-explosions-at-mississippi-gas-plant-csb

When trying to reduce trip hazards, a paradigm shift is needed. It is believed that personal awareness is necessary for prevention, but this does not take into account that walking is an automatic function for humans. Next, we look to shoes, but discount the fact that soles wear out. When it comes to signs, they may help when new, but they quickly become invisible. Preventing slips and falls should be easy, but we need to be willing to dig deeper to find the real cause of slips and falls.

Key Takeaways:

  • Look to shoes first for preventing slip injuries. Author states that the paradigm of thinking that the shoes are the main culprit of slips and falls isn’t necessarily always true.
  • Using signage is an effective prevention strategy. Signage doesn’t remove the hazard, but using highly visible cues can aid in avoiding the hazard.
  • Deal with the cause of the problem first, that way you don’t have to deal with a bigger problem later.

“This should be our wake-up call to discard these commonly held paradigms that have for years impeded our effectiveness as safety people to actually prevent slip-and-trip injuries.”

Read more here:
http://www.ehstoday.com/ppe/discarding-paradigms-limit-our-ability-prevent-slip-trip-and-fall-injuries

A proper strategy when managing an industry is key to it’s success and flourish. Bringing employees to think and operate on a similar level is not an easy task, especially when management teams aren’t well equipped to get employees to think and work on a justly productive level. Steps to ensure an industry’s success are outlined with specific examples that pertain to management teams and individuals all the same.

Key Takeaways:

  • Global business demands delivery of production requirements as needed, without sacrificing the best performance obtainable.
  • Often there’s a disconnect between asset-strategic vision, which is viewed from a long-term perspective, and the planning and execution of activities, generally conceived as short-range goals.
  • Separating strategic goals from planning and execution goals creates a missed opportunity to align and manage initiatives between important disciplines, like health, safety and maintenance.

“To be successful, an organization must integrate all the elements that drive optimal asset performance.”

http://www.plantengineering.com/single-article/strategic-management-8-steps-to-success/37e2626e6b4138002ca0bd30a40af136.html

Rewarding individual operators and operations as a group means recognizing them for their performance and acknowledging them for their contributions to the goals of their organization. Group recognition is usually tied to lagging metrics. Asset reliability is a good example of this. It is important to indicate the key performance indicators.

Key Takeaways:

  • Rewarding reliability-boosting behaviors will encourage an environment of more reliability-boosting behaviors.
  • To maintain high levels of performance operators must shift from a reactive mindset to a proactive mindset.
  • Preserving asset reliability leads to increase productivity and more sustainability.

“Proactive operators are innovative problem solvers.”

http://www.plantengineering.com/single-article/rewarding-operational-improvement-target-changes-not-just-numbers/857e18c1f60359446ba707c3c5b9ccbe.html