We have lived under the same OSHA regulations on silica exposure for 45 years, but all that changes this weekend when the agency begins enforcing its new silica rules. The first phase will apply to the construction industry, with general industry, maritime and fracking operations falling into place next June.
I had not seen a good plain English guide for volunteers who come into a hurricane area to do recovery work, so I combined a lot of OSHA and industry tips into one document: Hurricane crew safety. I hope it is helpful.
Here in Houston, people are starting to put their lives back together. With more than 185,000 homes damaged on the Gulf Coast, recovery will take a while. Now Irma threatens to impact thousands of people in Florida.
In my last post I looked at the ways that the government agency overseeing offshore safety is addressing the challenge. As a followup, here is a look at some of the trends impacting offshore safety.
The safety net is bumping into the bottom line in offshore oil and gas. We are three years onto a truly savage downturn in prices and at least one Supermajor wonders if the phrase “lower for longer” should really be “lower forever.” Continue reading “What’s Going On With Offshore Safety? Four Trends To Watch”
The last decade has been a wild ride for offshore oil and gas in the Gulf of Mexico. Macondo oil spill disaster. Crash of oil prices. New regulations like the Safety and Environmental Management (SEMS) rule. Then there is decommissioning, a trend that which hasn’t gotten the attention it deserves.
It has been traumatic for industry, but it has also had a big impact on government regulators, who have gone through three name changes (MMS-to-BOEM-to-BSEE), four directors and a sea change in the way they do business. So it is worth asking, how has BSEE – the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement – adapted. Continue reading “Offshore Oil & Gas Enforcement: Smarter, More Focused”
ASSE holds its Region III Professional Development Conference just outside Fort Worth in Hurst September 11-13. I’m honored to be one of the presenters. I’ll be talking about turning operating procedures into a powerful safety tool. Continue reading “Don’t Miss The September ASSE Development Conference in Texas”
OSHA’s silica rule had been debated and delayed so many times and industry opposition has been so loud, many thought the new standard would never be put in place. Think again.
Your car stalls on the tracks when a train is coming. Do you know which way to run? More importantly, do your crews?
The answer is to run at a 45 degree angle toward the train, even though your instincts may be to run away from the direction of the train.
How much of your company budget for workplace injuries is going to fix injuries that are misdiagnosed in the initial phase? A new study by a consulting group called “Best Doctors” estimates that more than 20% of on-the-job injuries may be misdiagnosed and that number climbs to 50% for the most expensive workers compensation case. All told, the group believes that American industry spends $15 billion a year on cases that were misdiagnosed. You can review the study here.
Here are a few of the ways that Best Doctors says misdiagnosis costs companies: Continue reading “Half Of Your Most Expensive Workers Comp Cases May Be Misdiagnosed!”
Summer is here. Are your crews ready? OSHA warns that heat is the number one cause of weather-related deaths in the United States. Here’s what the death rate looks like spread out over the country. Continue reading “Six Ways To Beat The Heat Before It Beats Your Crews”
Very honored to be participating in a morning-long session on best practices for Job Safety Analysis at the next Gulf Coast Safety Training Group Meeting on Friday, July 14th in Lafayette, LA.
They have put together an outstanding lineup of speakers, including representatives from the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, Chevron, Fieldwood Energy and Versa Integrity. it is a great chance to learn best practices on JSA’s from the perspective of government regulators, large and medium oil and gas companies and contractors.
I will focus my presentation on the role of supervisors in making sure everyone understands their role in the JSA and aligning operating procedures with JSAs to supercharge your safety program.
You need to RSVP to attend. Go to http://www.gcstg.com/Contact.htm to learn more and register.