ANSI A13.1 Benefits & Problems

ANSI A13.1 Benefits & Problems

ANSI A13.1 is the set of guidelines which is used to ensure that all pipes in a facility are clearly marked with what they contain.  The idea behind these standards is to ensure people working with and around all pipes know exactly what they contain before they take any action.  If, for example, an unlabeled

Renovation, Repair, Painting

Renovation, Repair, Painting

The EPA has a program known as the renovation, repair, and painting program. This program focuses on helping to ensure homes and businesses are using the proper safety requirements during a renovation.  Issues with lead paint, contaminated areas, and other potential problems can put people doing the work and those in the surrounding area at significant risk

Hazardous Energy Control

Hazardous Energy Control

Servicing heavy machinery has been an extremely dangerous occupation for many years.  In an attempt to reduce the possibility of injury or even death there have been standards created by OSHA and other groups to help limit the dangers.  One of the main focuses of these standards was hazardous energy control.  The idea is that when people

Minimal Lockout/Tagout Procedures

Minimal Lockout/Tagout Procedures

While many facilities choose to implement a higher standard for their lockout / tagout procedures, the OSHA standard does have some minimal requirements to be in compliance for this type of work.  Following the minimal lockout/tagout procedures will keep people much safer than having no safety standard in place at all, and it is a great place to start

Emergency Egress

Emergency Egress

There are few things more disturbing than reading about fires and other emergencies in areas that did not have proper exits for the people inside the buildings.  A quick look back in the news can find several examples in both the US and around the world where dozens or even hundreds of people died because

Workplace Injury Statistics

Workplace Injury Statistics

The number and type of injuries that take place in any given facility will have a major effect on many things including the overall profitability and efficiency of a given area.  Injuries of all types cause major work slowdowns because the individual has to get treated and depending on the situation the entire area may

5S and 6S

5S and 6S

The traditional 5 “S’s” of 5s are Sort, Straighten, Shine, Standardize and Sustain.  Facilities around the world have been following the 5S standards for years with incredible successes.  Some companies today, however, want to add in another S to try to further improve on this already very popular set of standards.  The sixth S is

Do you need a safety manager?

Do you need a safety manager?

In a perfect world every company, regardless of its size, would have a full time safety manager who is dedicated to locating any hazards in the work environment and reducing or eliminating them quickly.  The reality is, however, that many companies can’t afford to have a full time employee dedicated to this area and others don’t want

5S Floor Tape

5S Floor Tape

When managing a factory or other potentially hazardous facility it is important to take every measure possible to ensure the safety of the employees who work there, any visitors who come through and of course the equipment and products which are in the facility.  As with any business, however, you also have to balance your