Safety Current Express
  August 16, 2010   |   Volume 8, Number 16
Second Summit On Distracted Driving
Cranes and Derricks For Construction Standard Ready For Lift-Off
Get Safety Going™
Step On A Crack…Don't Break Your Back
CSB Calls For Improved Safety in Waste Processing, Handling and Storage
Safety Snippets
Second Summit On Distracted Driving
Summit aims to build on the growing momentum sparked by the first.

All eyes will be focused on D.C. on September 21, 2010.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced last month that the second National Distracted Driving Summit will take place that day at the Renaissance Hotel in the nation’s capital.

According to a Department of Transportation (DOT) press release, the event will once again see the gathering of leading transportation officials, safety advocates, law enforcement, industry representatives, researchers, and victims affected by distraction-related crashes. They will continue to address challenges and identify opportunities to boost anti-distracted driving campaigns.

As of August 9th, there is still no specific agenda, but the summit will discuss research, technology, policy, public outreach, and best practices and plans to build on the momentum gained by the first summit last fall.

Since then, several anti-distracted efforts have been launched, such as the law enforcement pilot program in Hartford, CT and Syracuse, NY. Also, more states have enacted laws banning texting while driving while President Obama himself signed an Executive Order prohibiting four million federal employees from text messaging when they’re driving at work. A website devoted to distracted driving – – was set up, along with FocusDriven, an organization helping victims affected by distracted driving.

Check here regularly to read about updates and further developments. View the press release.

Distracted Driving Summit
Cranes and Derricks For Construction Standard Ready For Lift-Off
OSHA publishes final rule.

Last month, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published the Cranes and Derricks in Construction Final Rule.

According to an OSHA Fact Sheet, the revised standard updates the 1971 rule and addresses the key hazards related to cranes and derricks on construction worksites, including the four main causes of worker death and injury:
  • Electrocution
  • Crushed by parts of the equipment
  • Struck-by the equipment/load, and
  • Falls.
The new rule also requires, among others:
  • Pre-erection inspection of tower crane parts.
  • Use of synthetic slings in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions during assembly/disassembly.
  • Assessment of ground conditions.
  • Qualification or certification of crane operators.
  • Procedures for working in the vicinity of power lines.
View the Fact Sheet. See a copy of the regulatory text or view the complete rule.

The Rule takes effect on November 8, 2010.

Cranes & Derricks Standard
Communication and Safety Interdependence

In the most effective safety cultures employees, managers and supervisors take responsibility for their safety and the safety of others. This is "the culture of interdependence." In this culture everyone is free to talk with everyone else about safety, regardless of his or her position in the organization. Safety can be discussed with anyone at any time. The idea that “we depend on each other” is part of the everyday life of the organization.

Communication is not just a hallmark of interdependence; it also helps create that kind of culture. Talking with one another about safety on an ongoing basis keeps safety at the forefront of everyone’s mind. Once that happens, the organization is well on its way to developing a culture of interdependence.

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Step On A Crack…Don't Break Your Back

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CSB Calls For Improved Safety in Waste Processing, Handling and Storage
Recommendations following investigations of a plant explosion.

The Chemical Safety Board (CSB) released a case study of an explosion that occurred at a hazardous waste facility in May 2009. The document records the findings of CSB’s investigation of the event and outlines its safety recommendations.

According to a CSB press release about the study, a waste recycling process went awry at the facility, releasing flammable vapor that eventually ignited and exploded. The leak occurred during a routine shutdown, which was conducted after a normal run of the tetrahydrafuran solvent recovery process.

Before the valves were closed, nitrogen was blown back through the circulation piping for cleaning. Vapor then seeped to a laboratory and found an ignition source inside the operations building. The explosion severely injured two workers while 20 adjacent homes and five businesses were damaged.

The CSB case study was inconclusive about the exact cause because of extensive fire damage but did offer two possible scenarios:
  • Air may have entered a tank containing tetrahydrofuran (THF) residue and peroxides, increasing pressure in the tank and forcing flammable vapor [there] to escape through a manway cover or a vacuum breaker, OR
  • A line hose supposed to send pressurized nitrogen into a different tank may have instead been connected to a tank containing unprocessed, flammable liquid. The nitrogen was then applied and forced flammable vapor out through the tank vent.
In the case study, the CSB issued recommendations to the facility in question and several other agencies. As it rebuilt its facility, they were asked to:
  • Revise policy to restrict occupancy of non-essential personnel in buildings in close proximity to operating plants.
  • Design and install a closed relief system and develop a policy for safe venting (e.g. use of a flare) for relief systems to the atmosphere.
  • Conduct a process hazard analysis on all OSHA Process Safety Management covered processes to ensure all buildings and structures at the facility are located and designed in according with electrical classification and spacing as defined in NFPA 70.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) was also urged to require companies to perform engineering analyses to determine safe separation distances between a facility’s buildings, while the Environmental Technology Council was asked to petition the NFPA to develop a standard specific to hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facilities, one that could help reduce the risks of fires, explosions and releases of hazardous waste.

View the CSB press release or download the actual case study.
Public Transportation bill
Safety Snippets
Safety-related initiatives in and by the federal government.

National Emphasis Program (NEP) on Highly Hazardous Chemicals

OSHA issued a directive that would extend a NEP on process safety management until September. Specifically, the directive seeks to reduce or eliminate the risks of a highly hazardous chemical (HHC) release, and applies to facilities working with HHCs that are at or above the threshold quantities defined in 1910.119.

OSHA will conduct "programmed inspections" of these worksites in Regions 1, 7, and 10. "Unprogrammed" ones will be carried out OSHA-wide. See the entire directive here.

Whistleblower Website

OSHA launched, a site that provides information on 18 federal whistleblower protection statutes that OSHA oversees. It also lists worker rights and gives program fact sheets, including one that shows workers how to file a retaliation complaint with OSHA.

The whistleblower website seeks to uphold a provision of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, under which workers can file a discrimination complaint if their employers retaliate against them for exercising their rights.

For more information, view the OSHA press release.

Revising Standards on Slips, Trips, and Falls

To help prevent slips, trips and falls, OSHA has proposed revising the Walking-Working Surfaces and Personal Protective Equipment standards. Under the changes, employers must update fall-protection systems to provide general industry workers with safer, more effective protection, which construction and maritime employees are already receiving. Also, the revisions mandate that employers be fined if they let employees climb ladders without fall protection. Read the OSHA press release. The proposal itself can be viewed in the Federal Register link.

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