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NFPA 170

NFPA 170

Developed by the National Fire Protection Association, NFPA 170 is a standardized catalog of uniformed symbols for use on emergency signs and labels. It combines four previous standards for fire safety and emergency symbols: NFPA 171, NFPA 172, NFPA 147, and NFPA 178. NFPA 170 uses easily understood uniform symbols to eliminate confusion and improve communication in

ANSI Z359

ANSI Z359

Developed by the American National Standards Institute and the American Society of Safety Professionals, ANSI/ASSP Z359 is known as the series of Fall Protection and Arrest Standards. The scope of this standard has expanded throughout the years to address different fall protection systems, training, testing, and more—but it began with ANSI Z359.1. What is ANSI Z359.1? ANSI

Production Efficiency

Production Efficiency

Also known as productive efficiency, production efficiency in manufacturing is a state where a system can no longer produce more goods without sacrificing the production without sacrificing production of another good. Facility managers often use this metric to ensure costs are effectively optimized without the quality of goods and services being sacrificed. How is production efficiency calculated?

Lean Maintenance

Lean Maintenance

Lean maintenance is a strategy that aims to incorporate Lean principles into a maintenance program to boost productivity, reduce costs, and improve asset management. Tools for Lean Maintenance Many of the tools in the Lean manufacturing toolbox can be translated to a maintenance strategy. Some of these include: 5S: This methodology is used to organize the workplace

Compliance Officer

Compliance Officer

In its traditional definition, compliance officers are responsible for ensuring their company complies with regulatory and legal requirements, as well as internal bylaws and policies. Chief compliance officers, sometimes called a compliance manager, are most common in banking and healthcare. Officers are hired to keep the company running smoothly by meeting outside laws and regulations as well

Heat Stress

Heat Stress

Text From Infographic Heat Stress What is it and how to prevent it. High temperatures can be dangerous and even fatal at work. In 2015, exposure to environmental heat led to 2,830 nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses, as well as 37 work-related deaths. What is heat stress? The human body relies on its ability to

Maintenance Planning

Maintenance Planning

A facility’s maintenance operation can be extremely reliable, efficient, and effective given the right planning. When it comes to going Lean, maintenance planning and scheduling is one of the keys to producing quality products at the lowest cost for the customer. Maintenance planning is all about determining what maintenance work needs to be done and how

Site Safety Health Officer (SSHO)

Site Safety Health Officer (SSHO)

A Site Safety Health Officer (SSHO) is defined in the Safety and Health Requirements Manual (EM 385-1-1) of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as the “superintendent or other qualified/competent person who is responsible for on-site safety and health,” and requires a full-time SSHO on site for most construction projects. An SSHO is typically a safety specialist

Asset Tag

Asset Tag

Asset tagging is a simple (but powerful) tool for monitoring and tracking an organization’s fixed or movable assets. By using a unique serial code or barcode, companies can implement an asset tagging system to improve maintenance programs and inventory control of equipment. Asset tags are used to track assets that move, like vehicles or laptop systems,

Bathtub Curve

Bathtub Curve

Named because the primary curve resembles a tub, the bathtub curve is particularly useful in reliability engineering and deterioration modeling. In manufacturing plants and industrial facilities, using the bathtub curve can greatly improve maintenance programs and efficiency. Operational Failure Rate As a visual representation of machinery or equipment failure, the bathtub curve describes the failure rate in

Injury Prevention

Injury Prevention

Accidents and noncompliance can cost a business a lot of time and money. Rather than taking a reactive approach to safety, injury prevention is all about preventing unintentional injuries by finding and fixing hazards before someone is hurt. Injury prevention will also help companies stay in compliance with regulatory standards, reduce costs, and improve productivity. What is

Heat Illness

Heat Illness

Working in warm or hot environmental conditions can leave anyone susceptible to a heat illness—regardless of age or physical condition. Heat illnesses, such as heat stroke or heat exhaustion, are a result from heat stress caused by working in extreme heat, around hot machinery, or outdoors for a long period period of time. When the

Leak Detection and Repair (LDAR)

Leak Detection and Repair (LDAR)

Developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), leak detection and repair (LDAR) regulations help reduce and eliminate unintended emissions of liquids and gases. It is a work practice used to identify leaking equipment through monitoring to reduce emissions through repairs. Companies working with oil, gas, and chemicals are required by law to to follow these regulations by

Fire Prevention Plan

Fire Prevention Plan

As the name suggests, a fire prevention plan is something workplaces institute to prevent fires through identification and mitigation of hazards. Preventing fires will prevent the loss of life, injuries, and other costs associated with property damage. OSHA requires fire prevention plans under the standards for ethylene oxide (1910.1047), methylenedianiline (1910.1050), and 1,3 Butadiene (1910.1051).

Warehouse Automation

Warehouse Automation

Warehouses have long taken advantage of emerging technologies to improve processes—and automation is no exception. While some fear that robots are set to take over jobs, automation technology can actually be extremely beneficial to both the warehouse and its employees. Companies don’t completely automate their operations, but rather use automation to complete repetitive or unsafe tasks to

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