Tag: workplace safety

Tragic Worksite Blast Injures Five: Could it have Been Prevented?

According to Global News, an industrial facility in Sarnia, Ontario has seen a dangerous explosion and fire.  Four workers were injured and one was taken to a hospital in critical condition.  He passed away soon after.

The explosion started a fire which seriously burned several workers.  The explosion itself caused a partial collapse of the roof, which could have resulted in more fatalities had any workers been near the collapse.  In this case, there is no good news.  Whenever workers are injured, their lives are at stake.  Whether it’s from faulty machinery or improper work site procedures, it’s imperative to be cautious around machinery and hazardous materials.

No reports as of yet have found the cause of this accident, though they have ruled out any chemicals or gas explosions.  Though speculation points to faulty machinery being the origin of the explosion, an important question remains: could this tragedy have been prevented?

Innocent lives are lost every year to fatal workplace accidents.  This is just an isolated case out of hundreds reported by OSHA annually.  These tragedies, in this day and age, could be avoided with the proper tools and procedures. That’s exactly why Master Lock introduced Field iD.

Field iD is a customizable application that makes auditing and inspecting easier than ever.  With this invaluable tool, you can keep your workers safer than ever before and prevent the most common workplace risks.  With Field iD, supervisors and workers can manage and stay tuned to all the changes and inspections at the work site and beyond. Here are just a few ways Field iD can help you keep your workers safe and machinery running smoothly:

Scheduling tools: Keep track of your inspection and audit due-dates.  Stay ahead and prepared for your inspections so you can pass on-time with flying colors.

Paperless Audits and Inspections: Field iD will keep your inspections organized with checklists and one-click audits.  The paperless model allows for seamless knowledge at your fingertips so you can always stay ahead of faulty machinery, parts, and assets.  With more detailed and efficient audits and inspections, you can expect a much safer and more informed work place.

Organize your assets: Whether it’s machinery or equipment, stay on top of all of your assets with Field iD.  Assign assets to specific work sites and even workers and keep updated with the check-in/check-out functionality.  Make sure that your workers have the right tools for the job.

Safety Scoring: Go above and beyond pass-fail with safety scoring. Keeping your operation in top shape with our automated sliders and scoring query is as easy as filling out a checklist.  Customize your scoring to your work site needs and keep your jobs running smoothly.

Lockout/Tagout: Our software is an incredible lockout/tagout tool that reinforces safety procedures by giving you the power to author and assign tasks to staff.  Keeping organized can be the biggest issue with lockout/tagout procedures, but our networked software makes it easier and safer.  From assignment to review, our system is built robustly for those who want a safer workplace for their employees.

Remember that the workplace is as dangerous as the procedures are. Preventing risk while you are ahead is the best way to keep your employees safe at work.  To learn more about Field iD from Master Lock, click here.

First OSHA deadline for chemical safety training coming up

Way back in March 2013, we blogged about a new chemical safety standard from OSHA aiming to improve the quality and consistency of hazard information. Modification of the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) will conform with the United Nations’ (UN) Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) classifying chemicals according to their health and physical hazards, and establish consistent labels and safety data sheets for all chemicals made in the United States and imported from abroad.

The first deadline in the phase-in period for this regulation is coming up. Employers are required to train employees on the new label elements such as pictograms, hazard statements, precautionary statements, and signal words and safety data sheet (SDS) format by December 1, 2013Read More

U.S., China and Russia – improving workplace safety together

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and the China Occupational Safety and Health Association (COSHA) announced their decision to join efforts to improve workplace safety last month.

And today another global safety partnership was formed.

The U.S. and Russian safety organizations, ASSE and Russian National Association for Centers for Occupational Safety and Health (NACOT) agreed to work together to improve “vocational training and professional development of safety managers” and more, according to Yahoo NewsRead More

OSHA and U.S. Postal Service improving workplace safety

When one organization or company introduces safety improvements to its operations, the change can affect many people, locations, and even other organizations. Depending on the company, it may modify the way things are done across a whole country, or even around the world through global operations.

Some time ago, we blogged about measures by Canada Post aimed at improving its workers’ safety and efficiency. And now we’re seeing safety measures underway in the U.S.

An agreement reached by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) and the American Postal Workers Union on July 1st is going to improve workplace safety in postal facilities all across the United States.  Read More

Workplace safety and the temporary worker

For many countries around the world, including Canada and U.S., temporary workers are an enormous resource attributing to the economic stability and wellbeing. According to Financial Post, “In order to compete, companies need to access the best talent they can find. In some cases, there may be better, more qualified people elsewhere that can be brought in on a temporary basis. If they can’t do that, companies will simply take their business elsewhere.”

But despite the benefits, the safety concerns can be significant.

The safety situation for temporary workers in recent months has been somewhat alarming. OSHA has received a series of reports about temporary workers suffering fatal injuries. Now, the agency has launched an initiative to protect temporary workers from workplace hazards.   Read More

Ensuring combustible dust safety means cooperation

The danger of combustible dust as an explosion hazard is widely known. Tiny particles of materials such as metal, wood, paper, or other, suspended in the air may become highly explosible. And because of their force, such explosions are severe and destructive.

Not everyone is aware though that many emergency responders are injured and killed every year operating in facilities with combustible dusts.

Approached right, such risks can be minimized. With the adequate information and proper training on the explosible characteristics in the facility, first responders can handle these incidents safety and effectively.

To protect first responders and provide them with a guideline for gathering the necessary information prior to an emergency for safer operating procedures, OSHA issued an informative booklet on dealing with fires and explosions caused by combustible dust.  Read More

Take action to improve OSHA construction standards

It’s important to remember that those of you who manage safety in the field every day can often get involved in the very rules you may one day have to meet in order to stay compliant. Opportunities arise to voice your opinion, or even offer your expertise, when it comes to improving existing rules and regulations.

One such opportunity was offered by OSHA issuing a Request for Information to update its construction standards. The deadline to submit recommendations is just two weeks away – February 4th. So have your say in what matters to you today.    Read More

Workplace safety trends from the BLS

We’re always excited to see new safety stats released. There’s something special – and often revealing – about this process of comparing the results with previous years, looking for trends, especially the positive ones…

Last week, we blogged about stats released by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on the preliminary top safety violations in 2012. Today, we would like to share some key findings of the new Workplace Injuries and Illnesses 2011 report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) that caught our attention.    Read More

5 things safety managers can learn from Halloween

It’s Halloween! And Field ID Senior Sales Executive Christopher Smith is busy working!

Even though this year’s Halloween is a work day, one can still feel the fun holiday atmosphere in our office today! Just look at this picture of our Senior Sales Executive Christopher Smith working hard at his desk!

His costume really set the mood for today and made us think: Can Halloween be related to workplace? Workplace safety? Seriously, are there any lessons safety managers can learn from Halloween?    Read More

Safety video review – Modern Safety – 10.26.2012

This has been a special week for the Field ID team. If you’ve been following our blog and social media updates, you’ll know that from October 22 to 24 Field ID participated at the 2012 National Safety Council Congress and Expo that took place in Orlando, Florida!

It was a great experience to meet so many safety professionals from around the world, all sharing the same passion – improving workplace safety. And today, energized by the safety spirit, we are excited to present you this set of Friday safety videos. We really hope they will serve as a reminder for you to always put safety first.   Read More