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
Back to School!
For many eager young people, today marks the return to school.  For my own kids it is next week.  For others it is the following week.  At any rate, the end of summer and the return of the big yellow bus is upon us.  The Ohio State Highway Patrol offers some tips for drivers, parents, and... Read More
Food Allergies at School
     With schools getting back into session all across the country renewed concerns are on the minds of many parents, teachers and school administrators.  One of these concerns is food allergies.  This is a very widely misunderstood medical condition.  The basic fact though is very simple;  food allergies can be life threatening.  The risk of accidental exposure to foods can be greatly... 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
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