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Looney Tunes, “Of Mice and Men,” and Safety Data Sheets

by Paula Reavis on February 20, 2015 at 11:53 am · in GHS (OSHA HazCom & WHMIS 2015), Paula's Blog


Which way do I go, George?

John Steinbeck’s novella “Of Mice and Men” is often a required reading for many school children. Though published in 1937 about a story of migrant workers in the Great Depression, it has many themes that are still powerful today. What many don’t know is that one of Steinbeck’s characters from this story is parodied in a classic Looney Tunes cartoon.

Of Fox and Hounds

In this cartoon, Willoughby the dog is fooled by George the fox. Willoughby is voiced by Tex Avery, while George’s voice is done by Mel Blanc.
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Auditing – I’m Here to Help You*

by Clifton Brown on January 30, 2015 at 9:00 am · in Clifton's Blog, Products, Regulations, Safety


Let’s Start With Some Definitions

According to the Oxford English Dictionary there are essentially two types of audits:

1. “Conduct an official financial inspection…”
1.1 “Conduct a systematic review of…”

The latter is of interest here as, whether the topic is environment, health & safety (EHS) or transportation of hazmat/dangerous goods; we aren’t generally in the business of inspecting financial issues.

To expand, in the context of auditing in the non-financial context, a more relevant definition was provided in the classical (some things never grow old!) handbooks authored by Greeno et al:
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US Report on Chemical Safety and Security Issued

by Barbara Foster on July 1, 2014 at 12:53 pm · in Barbara's Blog, Industry News, Safety

Chemical safety and security in the USA

On June 6, a working group of Federal departments and agencies issued a report to President Obama titled Actions to Improve Chemical Facility Safety and Security – A Shared Commitment. This report is the result of Executive Order 13650, issued in August, 2013, requesting these departments and agencies to:

  • Strengthen community planning and preparedness;
  • Enhance Federal operational coordination;
  • Improve data management within the Federal government, and improve information sharing;
  • Modernize policies and regulations, to reflect the most up-to-date practices; and
  • Incorporate stakeholder feedback and developing best practices.
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Be Safe This Summer . . . and Somebody Wake Up Larry!

by Bob Holder on May 7, 2014 at 1:00 pm · in Safety

Be Safe this Summer

As summer approaches and you consider hiring extra hands, make sure those hands are trained. The kind of hands I am referring to are those that are weary from holding textbooks. Kids out of school are going to be looking for summer jobs. Ah, Summer. Summer means cutting the grass, lighting up the grill, the smell of a sunscreen and mosquito repellant cocktail, weeding the garden, and setting off fireworks. Whether they run a cash register, or clean hotel rooms, proper training is needed. People often think of training as learning to do something “right”, but doing it right also means doing it “safely”. Loss of life is supposed to come before loss of profit, isn’t it? Let’s make sure these kids come back next summer. Training is important, especially if those hands you hire will be operating machinery or certain tools. Often, this training could involve the use of certain tools such as copy machines, drills, shovels, saws, espresso machines or a deep fryer. Don’t expect someone to walk, right in, and assume they know what they are doing.  It’s not only a bad business decision, but it’s often dangerous.
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When is “Approved” Not Approved? – Storing Flammables in IBC

by Clifton Brown on April 14, 2014 at 8:00 am · in Clifton's Blog, Safety

NFPA has initiated an awareness campaign on dangers of storing flammable/combustible liquids in composite intermediate bulk containers (IBC)…

Earlier this month the US National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) launched a campaign to raise awareness regarding the fire risk posed by indoor storage of flammable or combustible liquids in IBC.

The hazards are considered particularly significant in plastic or the ubiquitous composite (“bottle-in-cage”- UN 31H’Z’1 type) IBC. These containers may not provide resistance under fire conditions and can release significant volumes of liquid; as well as the plastic itself subsequently contributing to the fire. The resulting intensity of heat may overwhelm fire protection systems and lead to catastrophic events in storage/processing buildings.
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