Chemical Storage
     If your company stores chemicals there are several guidelines that need to be followed.  Depending upon the type of chemicals you plan to store, how and where you store them is important. Under the OSHA Hazard Communication Standards, chemical importers and manufacturers must evaluate the hazards their chemicals pose, appropriately label chemicals and provide for the consumer a... Read More
Are You Familiar With The FMCSA Roadside Inspection Levels?
9/18/2013 | Manufacturing | Trucking
     Now more than ever FMCSA roadside inspections have become very important.  With the current CSA 2010 in place, the inspections directly impact a carrier’s SaferSys scores.  These can ultimately determine whether or not a carrier is subject to an intervention.  Below is an overview of the different levels of inspections and what can be covered in them. LEVEL I – North American... Read More
Do You Haul Hazardous Materials?
8/23/2011 | Manufacturing | Trucking
     Recently the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) made some changes to the Compliance, Safety, and Accountability (CSA) program.  In the August 3, 2011 Safety Measurement System (SMS) release, the FMCSA refined the criteria that determines which motor carriers are subject to the more stringent Hazardous Materials (HM) intervention threshold.  This improvement, which was... Read More
Developing That Respiratory Protection Plan
8/17/2011 | Manufacturing | Trucking
     This week I attended the Summit County Safety Council meeting.  The topic for the month was respirators and developing the OSHA required written plan.  Because we have several companies that we provide insurance for that would fall under these OSHA requirements, I decided to investigate a little more.      Basically OSHA 29 CFR 1910.134 requires that if your company’s employees... Read More
Sprinkler Head Clearance
     Recently I visited the location of one of our clients.  During a normal walk through and discussion about fire safety, the topic of the amount of clearance that is required under sprinkler heads came up.  The question was, “the code states that there is to be 18” of clearance away from the sprinkler head.  Does this mean then that we can store around the sprinkler head, even... Read More
OSHA’s tips for “Hazy, Hot, and Humid”
     Hazy, hot and humid.  This seems to be the phrase that describes the kind of weather we have had lately.  Of course, we are in the middle of summer!  While many folks enjoy these temperatures, the heat can take its toll on workers.  Especially those that work outside in the direct sunlight or those that work in already hot environments.  These workers are much more susceptible to... Read More
Please Check Those Evacuation Route Diagrams
  One fire safety topic that many people find interesting, and sometimes surprising, is that there is no fire code or building code standard that establishes criteria for building evacuation diagrams.  These diagrams are required in many types of buildings.  They include hospitals, nursing homes, hotels, some churches and many other occupancies.  Since a standard does not exist, safety... Read More
Roadcheck 2011 Results
8/01/2011 | Manufacturing | Trucking
     June 7, 8, and 9, 2011 marked the annual commercial vehicle safety enforcement and education campaign effort organized by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA).  This 72 hour "Roadcheck 2011" encompassed 8,000 CVSA and FMCSA certified inspectors and 2,550 locations across North America, which resulted in 70,712 truck and bus inspections.  Of the many things revealed during... Read More
Identify Those Hazardous Electrical Locations
     In the National Fire Protection Association’s National Electrical Code, Chapter 5, Special Occupancies, descriptions are provided of the various areas that might be classified as hazardous where electrical equipment could cause a fire or explosion.      A system has been developed to identify these areas.  These hazardous electrical locations are divided into “classes”. ... Read More
CSA 2010’s Scope is Wide
6/30/2011 | Manufacturing | Trucking
     Just as a reminder...The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration ("FMCSA") officially kicked-off CSA 2010 in November 2010.  If you operate a truck in your business beware....many assume that the the term "motor carrier" denotes only trucking companies.  If so, you will be completely incorrect!  CSA 2010 applies to all "carriers with a USDOT number" engaged in the interstate... Read More