USER ADVISORY IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED 3M Half Facepiece Disposable Respirators 5000 Series - Medium

3M announces an immediate stop use and inspect or return notice for certain versions and lots of the 3M Half Facepiece Disposable Respirators 5000 Series - Medium.
A small percentage of the facepieces in the specified respirator versions and lots may contain a pinhole in the chin area of the faceseal. This may result in air leakage through the pin...

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On Monday July 22nd, 2019 a lightning strike ignited the Sheep Fire, the largest wildland fire in Idaho National Laboratory's history. It lasted four days and burned 112,107 acres. Most notably, no injuries were incurred to employees or response personnel and property damage was kept to a minimum throughout the event. The success of the response...

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Operating Experience Level 2 2019-01: Over-Pressurized Drum Event Involving Reactive Materials and Flammable Gases in Radioactive Waste

This Operating Experience Level 2 (OE-2) document provides information on a safety concern related to site waste generation activities, waste generated and stored on-site or being repackaged, and retrieval and repackaging of legacy wastes received from other Department of Energy (DOE) sites. Although the events in this OE-2 are related to transura...

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The Wrong Personal Protective Equipment is no Personal Protective Equipment

Selection of the wrong personal protective equipment (PPE) may or may not provide needed protection against the hazard encountered.

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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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Two Workers Electrocuted when Boom Crane Contacts 7,200 Volt Overhead Power Line

On the day of the incident, a material handler rigged a propane tank with a metal chain so that it could be lifted by the crane. The tank was located at the end of a row of 320-gallon capacity tanks adjacent to a fence marking the yards boundary. Just beyond the fence, a 3-phase 7,200 volt overhead power distribution line, crossed over into the yar...

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USDOL-OSHA: Excavations in Construction Soil Classification

Safety Video and Transcript:
In the U.S., more than 800 construction workers die every year while on the job. One of the most dangerous types of construction work is trenching, which kills 40 construction workers every year. Workers can suffer death or serious injury within minutes of being caught in a trench cave-in. But these deaths can be preve...

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Arc Blast Survivor: How a Questioning Attitude Can Save a Life

Prior to working for PNNL, Dan Wharton was a 25-year-old apprentice on a job in Milton-Freewater, Oregon when his life changed forever.
Wharton was severely injured in an arc blast while installing a 480V panel without the benefit of proper personal protective equipment.

In this five-minute video, the 7th in the series, you'll hear Wharton de...

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Lessons Learned Examined After Three Events at PNNL Involving Work Performed by Subcontractors

Many DOE sites and national laboratories commonly partner with subcontractors for various types of work. It's the responsibility of each site to flow down expectations to subcontractor employees on the safe performance of work, and to provide the accompanying oversight so each worker goes home in the same condition in which they arrived.
In the l...

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Manual Material Handling Event - A Near Miss that Came Much Too Close

A near miss occurred at the Materials and Fuels Complex (MFC) in the MFC-765 Fuel Conditioning Facility (FCF) on Thursday, January 31, 2019 at approximately 0620 hours. Four MFC equipment operators were moving a 6,000 pound milling machine using three Hilman rollers. While making final adjustments to position the mill for transport out of the facil...

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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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