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Critical Control Point (CCP)

Critical Control Point (CCP)

A critical control point (CCP) is a point or step at which control can be applied so a hazard may be prevented, completely eliminated, or reduced to an acceptable level. In some cases, more than one CCP may be required to control a hazard. The number of necessary CCPs depends on processing steps and how

DFMEA (Process Failure Modes and Effects Analysis)

DFMEA (Process Failure Modes and Effects Analysis)

Design Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (DFMEA) is a Six Sigma tool that is used to identify potential failure in products, systems, or processes as well as the cause for these failures and their outcomes. It is an effective way to attempt to avoid failures and enhance the overall process of production within a facility. Although DFMEA

Fall Arrest System

Fall Arrest System

A personal fall arrest system (PFAS) is required by OSHA for workers who are exposed to vertical drops of six feet or more while performing their duties. OSHA standard 1926.502 covers fall protection system criteria and practices for construction. However, fall arrest systems are important in other industries, including painting, roofing, mining, and electrical utility repair. A

Alpha Radiation

Alpha Radiation

Alpha radiation is a type of ionizing radiation that is emitted during the process of radioactive decay. It produces alpha particles, which consist of two neutrons and two protons. When the atoms within matter attempt to balance and need to get rid of excess atomic energy, this creates radioactivity. The unstable nuclei emits energy, and this

Radiation Safety

Radiation Safety

Radiation is an ordinary part of everyday life, as its primary source is natural minerals. However, situations may arise where a person is exposed to an uncontrolled amount of radiation. This most likely occurs to workers who handle or who are in the proximity of radioactive material, and in the event of an accident. Exposure

Safety Culture

Safety Culture

Safety culture is the overall attitude and values that employees and those working in management share when regarding safety in the workplace. Some argue that this particular atmosphere can be created by the nature of the business. However, more often than not, this is something that the company creates for itself and continues to grow

Safety Audits

Safety Audits

Often confused with a safety inspection which are used for the identification of safety hazards, safety audits are evaluations of programs, training, and practices in a company that work to minimize or eliminate those hazards. Employers who conduct these audits should consider the following: Look to see if the safety program meets company goals. Does the new

Signal Word

Signal Word

Signal words are used to communicate the severity of a hazard as well as alert the reader who is coming into close proximity of the hazardous material. The HCS requires one of two signal words to appear on a label in its GHS labeling standards set by OSHA, these include “Danger” or “Warning.” This important

Risk Assessment

Risk Assessment

Risk assessment is defined as closely looking at hazards present in the workplace which can disguise themselves in manufacturing processes, day to day tasks, and substances/machinery involved. To combat the large amounts of workplace injuries and illnesses, companies are encouraged to identify problems before something new is put into place or when something is being changed.

Hard Hat

Hard Hat

Hard hats are one of the most universally recognizable forms of personal protective equipment and one of the easiest ways to protect workers from permanent and devastating head injuries. Also known as industrial safety helmets, har hats protect the wearer’s heads from object-generated impacts, penetration hazards, electrical shock, and even burn hazards. OSHA mandates the

Bump Cap

Bump Cap

When people think of head protection, hard hats are usually the first thing to come to mind. Construction site and roadway workers don hard hats for protection from object-generated impacts caused by flying and falling objects, but for contractors, warehouse workers, airline workers, mechanics, and those working in a less hazardous environment, bump caps are

Anti-Fog Glasses

Anti-Fog Glasses

Safety glasses are critical for preventing lifelong damage caused by impact, protecting the user’s eyes from flying objects, dust, metal slivers and other environmental dangers. Even minor scrapes or scratches caused by small particles have the potential to cause permanent vision problems or corneal erosions. Did you know that the majority of on-the-job eye injuries could

MUTCD

MUTCD

The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices known as MUTCD specifies the rules and regulations on how traffic signs, road surface markings, and signals are designed and implemented. The regulations are determined by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), but the individual state and local highway agencies are the ones that select, install, and operate the approved traffic

MSDS

MSDS

MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheets) is the old term for SDS (Safety Data Sheets) and were a vital part of complying with OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS). In 2012, the HCS was updated to align with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS), a universal standard, and MSDS simply became SDS. MSDSs

ALARP

ALARP

ALARP is an acronym for “as low as reasonably practicable.” It is similar to SFAIRP, “so far as is reasonably practicable.” Both of these involve calculating a risk against the money, time, and effort required to control the risk. Essentially, ALARP describes the level to which risks may be expected to be controlled within the workplace.

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