By Alina Libkind on May 21st, 2013 @ 4:18 pm
A major step to enhancing offshore safety was undertaken by the European Union in February. We blogged about the European Parliament and Council proposing the legislation that concerned safety of offshore oil and gas operations. It affected all drilling platforms operating in EU waters as well as European companies with operations outside the bloc.
Today, the European Parliament “gave its green light” to this directive. Under the new rule, companies will have to prove their ability to cover damages by submitting hazard reports and providing emergency response plans before starting operations.
By Alina Libkind on May 17th, 2013 @ 5:09 pm
The Interior Department estimates that 90% of the 3,400 wells drilled on public land each year use hydraulic fracturing. That’s why any step in the direction of improving safety is an important change.
This Thursday, the government agency proposed a new set of rules affecting oil and gas companies with hydraulic fracturing operations on federal lands.
This includes drilling operations on the 700 million acres of public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management and 56 million acres of Indian lands, according to New York Times.
By Alina Libkind on May 16th, 2013 @ 3:50 pm
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has announced its intention to strengthen public transportation safety for riders and transit workers nationwide by making $21.9 million available for the states.
And with the investment comes new policies and processes for safety professionals in the transportation industry.
By Alina Libkind on May 14th, 2013 @ 1:57 pm
Demolition work by any method has safety risks. It involves not only many of the hazards associated with construction but also “additional” specific safety issues due to unknown factors involved. These may include “deviations from the structure’s design introduced during construction, materials hidden within structural members, unknown strengths or weaknesses of construction materials” and more, according to OSHA.
Interestingly, demolition safety has not seen much improvement over the years, at least if you judge by the numbers. During the period of eleven years from 1992 to 2002, the Bureau of Labor Statistics recored fatal injury rates that fluctuated around 19.72 and saw little variation.
Can anything be done to make it safer?
By Alina Libkind on May 10th, 2013 @ 5:37 pm
It’s been a few exciting weeks for Field ID… How do we start?
We’ve kicked off the warm season with two amazing team events - Team BBQ and Spring Party. Check out the Team Field ID pictures on our Facebook page – that’s how we like to have fun!
We’ve participated in two great industry events – the AWRF General Meeting in Fort Worth, Texas and Partners in Prevention 2013 in Mississauga, Ontario. They both were very valuable experiences for the team and provided lots of learning and opportunities to connect with safety experts from many industries.
Interestingly, this season is also a very busy time in terms of safety. A week of May 5 to 11 marked the North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week. May 8th was Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day, established by the American Society of Safety Engineers. And according to Electrical Safety Foundation International, May is also the national electrical safety month!
To emphasize the safety mood set by these events, here’s a few safety videos for your weekend watching!
By Jesse Kohl on May 9th, 2013 @ 3:44 pm
Bring your own device (BYOD) programs are gaining the attention of business and government leaders faster than ever before, and it makes sense.
Devices such as smartphones and tablets are becoming a part of our daily lives, and there are some good arguments for allowing and encouraging employees to use their own personal devices while on the job.
Of course, many companies still prefer to draw the line between work and personal devices. But that is going to change, according to new research from Gartner. And health and safety managers looking for a few good reasons to encourage BYOD may find them here.
By Alina Libkind on May 8th, 2013 @ 3:34 pm
May 8th marks the Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day, established by the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) seven years ago.
It’s held every year during North American Occupational Safety and Health Week and celebrates those who dedicate their careers to protect people, property and the environment and make sure that every day spent on the job is a safe one.
Here at Field ID we strive to empower safety professionals across many industries introducing efficiency and productivity into their everyday work. And today we want to take a minute and wish all workers involved in safety Happy Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day!
Don’t forget to thank safety inspectors and managers working in your jobsite. Their efforts save lives.