USDOL-MSHA Electrical Safety Alert - Don't Rush. Lockout/Tagout. Control Hazards

Electricity has killed three people in the mining industry since August 7, 2019
An electrician contacted an energized component of a 4,160 VAC electrical circuit...
A contract electrician contacted an energized 120 VAC conductor...
An electrician contacted an exposed energized connector while troubleshooting a 995 VAC...

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Consumer Product Safety Commission - CPSC - Recall Notice 20-007: Ronson Brand Tech Torch Recalled by Zippo Due to Fire Hazard

Name of product: Ronson Tech Torch Auto StartHazard: The Ronson Tech Torch can continue to produce a flame after the activation trigger is released into the off position, posing a fire hazard.
Remedy: Refund
Recall date: October 8, 2019
Units: About 660,000 (in addition, approximately 98,000 were distributed in Canada)

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Equipment Failure Leads to Unintended Contact with Hazardous Energy

A component failure inside a piece of equipment not related to the approved scope of work led to unintended contact with a hazardous energy source. Fortunately, in this case, no injury occurred, and the worker returned to work without restrictions.

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Operating Experience Level 3 2019-04: Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Awareness

This Operating Experience Level 3 (OE-3) document provides information about emerging contaminants referred to as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). PFAS is a class of Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) contaminants.

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Health Hazards of Prolonged Sitting

According to research, sitting for extended periods of time is associated with an increased risk of developing chronic diseases, such as diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and high blood pressure. A recent analysis suggests there are 34 chronic diseases and conditions associated with excess sitting. By just adding one hour of standing increases bloo...

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Evaluating the Use of Sit to Stand Workstations

As a result of an article published in April 2015 by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Environment, Health, Safety & Security titled "Health Hazards of Prolonged Sitting," an increased installation of Sit to Stand Workstations occurred at Nevada National Security Site. To determine if or how users benefited from the installation of the Sit to...

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Employee Ignores Peer Pressure and Reports Safety Concern

An employee performed a safety intervention with a co-worker who crossed a lockout/tagout boundary without complying with the required hazardous energy control process. The co-worker resisted the safety intervention and encouraged the employee to ignore their concern. Disregarding the peer pressure, the employee notified management and a stop wor...

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How Silly Putty Saved $1.8 Million at the Advanced Test Reactor

Summary:This article describes how a group of Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) workers completed a job that saved 17 ATR fuel elements from becoming scrap for a total savings of $1.8 million. The use of a nuclear-grade equivalent of silly putty called Reprorubber-putty allowed measurement of the depth of scratches on the inner most and outer most fuel...

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MSA Distracted Driving Safety Video

Mission Support Alliance (MSA) Safety Video to help motivate safe attitudes.
Contained in the video are ideas you can implement to avoid distracted driving.

Types of distracted driving are:

Visual Distractions - Anything that takes your eyes off the road
Manual Distractions - Anything that takes your hands off the wheel
Cognitive D...

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3.5 Minutes, Driving Safety at Idaho National Laboratory

This INL-produced driver safety video was developed to heighten awareness of driver safety and build on INLs strong safety culture. The video shows actual footage of a few close calls that INL professional bus drivers witness almost daily as they drive employees between their pickup locations and the desert Site. In some cases, defensive actions...

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MSA Releases Rehabilitated Owl (historical news article from 2016, but still timely)

(Historical Video previously published on the web October 12, 2016. Republished here as it is still timely material)
In October 2016, Wildlife biologists from Hanford Site Contractor Mission Support Alliance released a rehabilitated barn owl back into the wild. The owl had been discovered by Hanford Site employees in late September on the ground a...

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Construction Safety: Choice or Chance?

This video highlights the four leading causes of fatalities on construction job sites and stresses that safety is also the workers responsibility.
Material: Video, 15 minutes
Industry: Construction

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Mechanical Door Failure Operating Experience Prevents Possible Injury

After receiving and sharing OE-3-2014-03, "Mechanical Door Failures," in March of 2015, measures were put into place at the Idaho National Laboratory to ensure that employees were not in the direct line of fire in case of door failure. On October 26th, 2015 the measures prevented personnel from being injured when a overhead door sprocket came loo...

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