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Machine Safety Guards – Brief Review

Machine safety guards are hazard controls against machines hazards. Machine-related hazards can be appeared during machine installation, operation and maintenance. Machine safety guards are designed to prevent human injury and death as well as equipment damages from these hazards.

machine-safetyIdeally, machine safety guards should be able to eliminate potential hazards from the machine. Otherwise, another hazard control method has to be applied to reduce the hazard level into an accepted level. Selection of hazard control methods should always be referred to hazard control hierarchy.

Machine safety guards are usually designed by the machine’s manufacturer. And the safety precaution related with machine installation, operation and maintenance are mentioned in manufacturer’s manual. However, there may be some potential hazards that appear after the machine installed at plant site, which have not been included in the safety manual. (more…)

Construction Safety Program Examples

This is a short post about construction safety program. In this post, you can find two examples of construction safety programs which can be used as case studies.

Construction works come with various hazards. Falls, slips, hit by object, fire and explosion are some common hazards associated with construction works. Due to its high potential hazards, reliable hazard controls are required to prevent worker from injuries, ill health and death, as well as facility damage. (more…)

Xylene MSDS Download

Xylene is an organic substance that is toxic to blood, nervous system, kidney and liver. Xylene is flammable liquid with flash point 25oC (closed cup). It can be explosive in the form of vapor when is exposed to open flame, spark or heat.

msds-xyleneXylene is generally used as solvent, paint thinner and cleaning agent. Rubber and leather industries are examples of industry that use xylene in their production processes.

Special safety precautions shall be given in case of its handling and storage. All ignition and heat sources have to be kept away from xylene storage. And all equipments containing xylene have to be grounded. Meanwhile, in laboratory, xylene has to be stored in flammable safety storage cabinet. (more…)

Chemical Safety Labels – Overview

Chemical safety labels are parts of hazard controls against hazardous chemicals. Correct chemical safety labeling is fundamental factor to workplace safety. Besides, it is also required by legal.

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Chemical safety labels inform potential hazards posed by hazardous chemicals, as well as other important information such as first aid procedure and emergency procedure. Their applications on hazardous chemical containers are very practical on how to use the products safely.

Potential hazards contained in a specific hazardous chemical may in form of physical and health hazards. Physical hazards could be combustible liquid, explosive, compressed gases, flammable, oxidizer, organic peroxide, water reactive and unstable or reactive. Health hazards of hazardous chemical could be carcinogenic (cancer-causing), irritant, corrosive, sensitizer, acutely toxic, chronically toxic, reproductive toxin, hepatotoxins, nephatoxins, neurotoxins, substances that damage the skin, eyes, mucous membranes or lungs, and substances that work on the circulatory system.

Failure to provide correct chemical safety labels or chemical hazard labels can cause injuries, ill health, death, fire and explosion. As an example, when a worker is mixing two chemicals or more without clear labels, could create toxic gases or even explosion. (more…)

Understanding the Vital Role of Work Gloves

There are several factors you should consider before selecting work gloves that fit with your work types and working conditions. In chemical plant operation where various hazardous chemicals handled and multiple activities that can harm worker’s hands done, reliable work gloves could prevent workers from injuries.

Work glove is a part of the whole personal protective equipments that are used by workers. Like other personal protective equipments, work gloves can only give adequate protection if they are selected with care and meet the required working conditions as well as the applicable industrial standards.

Work gloves act as defense against various hazards like chemical burns, thermal burns, electric current, cutting, aberration and puncture. They are the last defense against those hazards. Relying on work gloves is too risky. (more…)

Take Important Notes From Forklift Safety Video

Have you included working accidents that are caused by forklift operation in the plant site? Or have you ever imagined that forklift can present real hazard in your workplaces?

The forklift safety video below will tell you the answers. It was a real case and could give you idea on how to make hazard identification associated with forklift operation. Of course this forklift safety video is just one example. You could search other ‘real case studies’ forklift safety video from youtube.com.

After watching the forklift safety video, then you should be able to identify possible hazards coming from forklift operation. This is very important because after that you are requested to provide hazard controls as explained in Hazard Identification, Risk Analysis and Risk Control procedure. (more…)

15 Preventive Measures against Carbon Monoxide Hazards

Because carbon monoxide is odorless and colorless, many workers in the plant site do not realize its existence in the workplace. Thus, preventive measures hold fundamental safety function in order to reduce carbon monoxide generation, avoid concentration buildup, alert workers about its existence and prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.

You may have established some preventive measures against CO. But the list below may give you another idea for completing hazard controls against CO. (more…)

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