Succeed Releases a Newly Updated Software Platform!

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We are excited to announce that on November 16, 2015, Succeed released a major update to their Risk Management Center software platform. The Risk Management Center is a tool that helps organizations industry-wide develop a best-practice driven safety culture.

The platform’s interface has been improved with a modern new look and feel. The performance of the Risk Management Center has also been upgraded so that it’s faster and easier to use. Intuitive navigation and workflows make it easy to use for new users as well as existing users.

The Risk Management library now contains new multimedia training materials including safety videos on various industry topics that you can easily stream from your computer.

The Risk Management Center can be tailored according to an organization’s needs. The Dashboard is a prominent new feature that allows for custom alerts, notifications, and Quick Links™ which can point to frequently used tools and documents.

According to Curt Shaw, founder, president, and CEO of Succeed Management Solutions, “the revised Risk Management Center captures the best ideas of our customers, partners, and engineers and delivers a SaaS solution that is tablet-accessible, easier to use, and perfect for organizations of all sizes who want to develop a genuine safety culture.”

OSHA updates National Emphasis Program on amputation inspections

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In August, a new employee lost four fingers on his first day of work at a plastic molding company in Ohio. The company did not provide adequate training, nor did they report the amputation, as required by OSHA (From OSHA News Release 08/13/15). If the company had trained the employee about lockout/tagout requirements and machine hazards, the incident could have been prevented.

Amputations are among one of the most frequently cited OSHA standards. According to the most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics data, 2,000 workers suffered amputations in 2013. Data reveals that amputation injuries are being underreported, across all industries. Employers can prevent these by following proper safety precautions. In 2006, OSHA created the National Emphasis Program that focuses on industries with high rates and numbers of amputation injuries (From OSHA’s Trade News Release, 08/13/15).

OSHA has recently updated the National Emphasis Program to target organizations whose workplaces possess machinery that has a high risk of amputation hazards. OSHA is expected to carry out more inspections of employers that fit these credentials. “This directive will help ensure that employers identify and eliminate serious workplace hazards and provide safe workplaces for all workers,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. The inspections will consist of an evaluation of exposures found present during employees’ operation of machinery including: cleaning, oiling or greasing machines or machine pans; and locking out machinery to prevent accidental start-up.” (From OSHA’s Trade News Release, 08/13/15).

Succeed Management Solutions, LLC has digital library resources that focus on Lockout/Tagout procedures, including audit checklists, training shorts, quizzes, and PowerPoint presentations. They also have content that focuses on machine safeguarding, interlock guarding, light curtains, and more. Most importantly they have Lockout/Tagout and Machine Safeguarding training courses, which are comprehensive and aim to educate employees and help prevent amputation hazards.

Natural Gas: The Silent Killer

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Natural gas is a colorless and odorless gas that is highly flammable. The biggest hazard that can result from a natural gas leak is an explosion; it also causes those in an exposed area to become sick. Gas companies add an odorant called mercaptan that allows a leak to be easily detected by emitting a strong sulfur, rotten egg scent. It is crucial to know how to react when exposed to natural gas in different environments.

If you are inside and smell a faint natural gas odor:

• Turn off all burners and gas appliances completely.
• Extinguish any ignition sources such as open flames.
• Open all windows and doors to ventilate the area.
• Check pilot lights on gas appliances to see if they are lit.
• If you are unable to determine the source of the gas odor, call your gas company and report the odor.
• Relight extinguished pilot lights only if you know how to do so safely. Otherwise, call an appliance maintenance professional.


If you are inside and smell a strong gas odor:

• Quickly extinguish any ignition sources, such as candles, burners, or embers.
• Evacuate the building immediately, taking all residents with you. Notify others in the area of the possible leak.
• Do not use lights or any electrical equipment that might produce a spark.
• Once safely outdoors and away from the building, call the gas company or 911 with a cell phone or from a neighbor’s phone to report the odor. Do not place the call from inside the building where the strong odor is occurring.
• Do not renter the building unless instructed to do so by emergency personnel.


If you are outside and smell a strong natural gas odor or hear the sound of escaping gas:

• Leave the area where the smell or sound is occurring.
• Do not do anything that could create a spark, such as lighting embers, fires, or fireworks.
• Once away from the area of smell, contact the gas company or emergency responders using a cell phone or neighbor’s phone.

Succeed Management Solutions, LCC offers more toolbox talks that educate employees on natural gas and the associated hazards. Other toolbox topics include: how to properly handle various acids and bases, carbon monoxide poisoning, and preventive safety measures.

New Confined Space Entry Regulations – Starting October 2nd

OSHA has added a new sub-part to their existing Confined Space Entry standard. This change addresses construction-specific hazards that will be enforced beginning October 2nd, 2015. The construction industry encounters unique hazards and is subject to a higher risk of death and serious injury. This prompts the request for specific modifications to be made to the current confined space entry standard.

Confined Space Communication

The additional regulations encourage employers to heighten communication throughout every step of the confined space entry process, including the clear communication of roles and responsibilities, proper pre-entry procedures, atmospheric testing, and acquisition of the appropriate permits. OSHA believes once properly implemented by employers, this final rule will reduce the amount of fatalities and injuries in confined spaces by 96 percent (from OSHA’s Final Rule, 5/04/2015).

The nature of a confined space can be unpredictable. It is essential to train employees and all personnel involved about the changes to the confined space entry in construction standard. Learn about the roles and responsibilities to assure understanding of each person involved in the process:

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Succeed Management Solutions, LLC offers a newly updated Confined Space Entry online training course that includes the newest confined space in construction regulations. There are also toolbox talks that cover the same regulations.

September is National Preparedness Month!

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September is National Preparedness Month, sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). It’s a great time for employers to reevaluate their Emergency Preparedness and Action Plans. Emergency situations can occur at home or at the job, and can be devastating for communities. Establishing an effective Emergency Action Plan is crucial.

In the workplace, emergency procedures should be tested and practiced by all staff. It is important to perform drills regularly and ensure staff know the correct actions to take, should an emergency occur. Re-evaluating and making necessary changes to the emergency plan is crucial to maintain a safety culture at a workplace.

An emergency can present itself in many forms. Emergencies can result in property damages, injured employees, customers, or other individuals, business interruption and more. Such emergencies can include…

– Fire/Flood
– Earthquake/Tornado/Hurricane
– Explosion
– Hazardous Material Accidents
– Loss of an important customer or provider
– Communications Failure

Below are some initial steps to formulate your own Emergency Action Plan within your organization:

– Formulate a team to develop the Emergency Action Plan.
– Analyze all potential hazards and estimate the probability of the hazard occurring
– Outline response procedures for all potential emergencies
– Conduct training/drills to assure all personnel are aware of their role during each emergency
– Assess and amend the plan as necessary.

Last month was National Immunization Awareness Month, which emphasizes safe practices in healthcare facilities and the prevention of the spread of bloodborne pathogens. Immunization and bloodborne pathogens awareness goes hand-in-hand with emergency preparedness.

Succeed Management Solutions, LLC offers a newly updated Bloodborne Pathogens training course that applies the most recent safe practices, along with three updated safety toolbox talk resources focusing on the topics of Staph and MRSA Infections, Sharps Safety, and West Nile Virus. They also offer an Emergency Action Plan course and associated toolbox talks.

Do You Know Where Fall Hazards Are Present in Your Workplace?

Fall protection is a safety standard that applies to nearly every industry. According to OSHA, fall prevention safety standards were included in the top 10 most frequently cited OSHA standards, during fiscal year 2014 (From OSHA.gov).

OSHA created the annual campaign called the National Safety Stand-Down with its intent to raise awareness of preventing fall hazards in construction. Falls continue to be the leading cause of death for construction workers. It is critical that all employers and employees in all industries communicate directly about safety and learn to identify the conditions and behaviors that cause falls.

The following identify some specific conditions and behaviors that cause falls:

Stairways:
– Carrying objects that block the view of the steps
– Running
– Failure to use the handrail
– Working in areas cluttered by objects
– Inattention

Ladders:
– Use of ladders that do not suit the job
– Use of ladders that are in poor condition
– Improper ladder placement
– Improper ladder use
– Reaching/leaning too far
– Using a step ladder that is too short

Scaffolds:
– Using scaffolds without guard rails or toe boards
– Using poorly constructed scaffolds
– Using scaffolds without bracing to prevent sway
– Rushing your work

Floor Openings:
– Working around uncovered floor openings
– Working near floor openings that have been insufficiently covered
– Working around floor openings that have been insufficiently marked

Wall Openings:
– Failing to ensure that wall openings are barricaded
– Working near wall openings that may break easily
– Failing to tie-off when working near exposed wall openings

Succeed Management Solutions, LLC offers a fall prevention training course describing the basic components of a fall protection program including identifying fall hazards, how to use fall arrest systems and equipment, ways to develop controls for safe work practice and maintaining fall protection equipment.

Use the Safety Pyramid to Encourage Accountability

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Ignoring the root causes of incidents that occur within your workplace can lead to serious injuries or even fatalities, sooner if not later. Addressing the underlying issues within your organization is essential to preventing OSHA-recordable incidents and saving lives!

Although less severe incidents occur more often, they are the ones that typically go completely undocumented. According to the Safety Pyramid, for every ten thousand unsafe behaviors and hazards that are observed, there will likely be one serious injury or fatality.

The Safety Pyramid compares the frequency of different types of incidents, ranging in severity from generally unsafe behaviors and hazards, to incidents that end in serious injuries or fatalities. While you may not want to spend the time and effort to officially document minor incidents, it is these recurring near misses and unsafe behaviors that reveal the internal problems within the organization. If they go uncorrected, they will eventually lead to more serious incidents. Don’t neglect minor incidents or deem them as insignificant.

Make it a habit to observe, investigate, and document each incident thoroughly – no matter how minor. The Safety Pyramid is a reference tool that can help to encourage an effective safety culture within your organization and promote accountability throughout the workplace.

Watch a video on the safety pyramid:


Electrical Installations – Safety & Execution

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For temporary and/or permanent electrical equipment used on the job site:

Lock out/tag out procedures must be followed:

  • If systems need to be energized for work, only properly trained, licensed and qualified persons may work on these systems and only with proper controls in place.
  • Qualified persons must don the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as specified in the specific procedure for that equipment.
  • Extension cords are not to be used in lieu of permanent wiring. Extension cords used with portable electrical tools and appliances shall be of three-wire types.
  • Grounds are never to be removed from equipment or extension cords.

Tool and equipment condition:

  • All wiring and electrical equipment, tools and machinery shall be in excellent repair and part of a sound Preventive Maintenance Program with frequent inspections and full documentation.

Temporary lights:

  • Temporary lights and lighting where exposed to breakage, shall be equipped with guards to prevent accidental contact with the bulb.
  • Temporary lights shall not be suspended by their electric cords unless cords and lights are designed for this means of suspension.
  • Splices are not permitted.

Electrical lines, extension cords, and cables:

  • Do not to lay them on floors or in walkways, etc.
  • Secure and place in doorways and work areas so they won’t be damaged.
  • Do not use flexible cords as a substitute for fixed wiring, run flexible cords through walls, ceilings, floors, doorways, windows, attach to building surfaces, or conceal behind building walls, ceilings, or floors.

Panel boards, access, and ground fault systems:

  • These must have dead fronts on them at all times, except when being serviced.
  • All electrical equipment should have at least a three foot clearance in front of the equipment.
  • The area needs to be controlled for unauthorized access.
  • A “ground fault system” is used to prevent shock hazards. This may include the use of “ground fault circuit interrupters” (GFCIs) or an “assured equipment grounding program”.

Fire Extinguisher Safety

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Have you inspected your fire extinguishers lately?

Are they fully charged, strategically located, accessible, and ready for use? Or, are they covered with dust and hidden in a corner where they create a false sense of security?

Fire extinguishers are often purchased with enthusiasm and then forgotten because they are not needed. It is a good thing that they have not been needed, but they still need proper inspection and maintenance. Not only is this a legal requirement, but ensures they are ready to use if needed! Remember, fire extinguishers are a first line of defense against fire.

Fire extinguishers must be kept accessible and functional to eliminate lost time when they are needed. Inspect your extinguishers monthly to be certain they are charged and in ready to use condition. Annual maintenance inspections are required in accordance with NFPA 10. Other maintenance and inspection requirements are required based on the type of extinguisher. Check the manufacturer owner’s manual for these requirements.

Also, if staff will be expected to use fire extinguishers in an emergency, be sure that they have received training on how to use them correctly.

Do you have the proper Class of extinguisher for the kinds of materials that are most likely to burn in your operation?

The following is a list of the different classes of fires and the recommended fire extinguishers to be used for each. The correlation is very straightforward: Class A fires require Class A extinguishers; Class B fires require Class B extinguishers, etc. Some extinguishers have multiple ratings which makes them usable on different classes of fires. But remember, if you do not know what kind of materials are burning or if you do not have the proper class of extinguisher, do not try to fight the fire; evacuate immediately.

  • Class A Fires involve ordinary combustibles such as paper, plastic, rags, and wood. The recommended extinguishers are Class A.
  • Class B Fires involve flammable liquids such as oil, grease, gasoline, and paint. The recommended extinguishers are Class B.
  • Class C Fires involve electrical equipment such as motors, heaters, and office machines. The recommended extinguishers are Class C.
  • Class D Fires involve combustible metals such as magnesium, aluminum, sodium, and potassium. The recommended extinguishers are Class D.
  • Class K Fires involve combustible cooking fluids such as oils and fats. The recommended extinguishers are Class K.