Now, more than ever: Keep water out of your storage tank system

- Courtesy Steel Tank Institute/Steel Plate Fabricators Assn

Over the past ten years, there has been a proliferation of documents emphasizing the importance of fuel storage system maintenance--especially keeping water out of your tanks.

Why it's important

There are a number of reasons why keeping water out of storage tank systems is important.

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

By now, most of us have been impacted in one way or another by “distracted driving”. A commonly accepted definition of “distracted” is “any activity that could divert a person's attention away from the primary task of driving.” All distractions endanger not only the driver and passengers, but also bystanders.

Hazard Communication: Workers must be trained by Dec. 1, 2013

OSHA's updated Hazard Communication Standard provides a common and coherent approach to classifying chemicals and communicating hazard information on labels and safety data sheets. The first deadline in the implementation phase is Dec. 1, 2013, the date by which employers must train workers on the new label elements and safety data sheet.

Safety 2013: OSHA Administrator Michaels Calls I2P2 “Highest Priority”

During a plenary session at the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Safety 2013 conference, OSHA Administrator Dr. David Michaels discussed his second term leading the agency and his hopes for the proposed I2P2 program.

In a June 25 plenary session at Safety 2013 in Las Vegas, OSHA Administrator Dr. David Michaels once again called the proposed Injury and Illness Prevention Program (I2P2) his “highest priority” but acknowledged that some consider the proposal controversial.

Michaels reflects on OSHA’s past accomplishments, future directions for 2013

On February 4, 2013, Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary for Occupational Safety and Health spoke at an OSHA Employees All-Hands Meeting where he recognized some of the agency's successes over the past several years, and discussed its future directions for 2013. This past December marked Michaels' third anniversary of becoming Assistant Secretary of OSHA.

The significant accomplishments Michaels highlighted were:

Launching the new Severe Violator Enforcement Program to target the worst of the worst violators.

Return to Work-A Great Way to Control Your Comp Dollars

Courtesy of Summit, a Liberty Mutual Company

Returning injured employees to work has become more and more important in controlling claims costs. However, it is easy to think that you don't need a formal return-to-work program—until it's too late.

Dollars and sense

No matter how safe a business strives to be, accidents can still happen.

Today is the day, New Designated Operator Requirements

On August 8, 2005, President Bush signed the Energy Policy Act of 2005 that requires everyone from clerks to senior management to receive some form of Designated Operator Training. This training must be completed on or before August 8, 2012. This law significantly affects all underground storage tank programs and will require major changes to existing policies and procedures.

Two Firms Fined $199,800 for 30 Safety Violations at Missouri Plants

The violations involve deficient lockout/tagout procedures, a lack of machine guarding, defective slings, poor housekeeping, a lack of protective footwear, and failing to have legible load ratings on slings.

OSHA has cited National Vinyl Products Inc. and subsidiary NVP Hospitality Design LLC, both located in St. Genevieve, Mo., with a total of 30 safety and health violations, including three repeat violations for failing to properly ground electrical equipment and a lack of machine guarding.

Union: Police Officers on Capitol Hill Endangered by Recent Asbestos Abatement

Even under the nose of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) headquarters, unnecessary and dangerous exposure to asbestos still is occurring, leading directly to long-term health concerns now in Washington, D.C.

The union representing Capitol police force filed an official complaint with the Office of Compliance for failing to warn or protect its officers from exposure during the three-month, asbestos abatement project in the Senate subway tunnels.