This short guide is to help those involved in warehousing and storage to reduce the number of injuries and cases of occupational ill health. It contains simple advice that you should be able to apply to your business. You can find more information in Warehousing and storage: A guide to health and safety HSG76. The main causes of accidents in warehousing and storage are: slips and trips; manual handling; work at height; vehicles in and around the warehouse; and moving or falling objects. There may be other risks on your site that you should also consider.
How Seismic Use Group Classification affects your Water Storage Tank
When purchasing a bolted steel tank or a welded steel water storage tank, one of the key criteria determining the design parameters of the tank is the Seismic Use Group (SUG) classification. The term Seismic Use Group is essentially the same as the terms Occupancy Category and Risk Category used by the International Building Code (IBC) and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). The Seismic Use Group classification is used to determine the magnitude of environmental loading applied to the bolted or welded...
University Environmental Health & Safety Departments: Handling Compressed Nitrogen and Cryogenics
An explosion at a university research lab in Hawaii last year highlights the dangers of working with compressed gas and the need for safety equipment on campus. Learn the dangers of working with compressed gas, how an oxygen deficiency monitor can help, and campus safety best practices. Compressed Gas on Campus: Uses and Dangers Compressed gases including nitrogen, argon, and oxygen are widely used on campuses. These gases have many practical and educational uses across educational institutions. While the...
Automating Data Collection for Food Safety and Regulatory Compliance Audits
[ Original Article Published on February 23, 2017 at www.Enviromon.net ] The demand for audits into manufactures and cold chains regarding food safety has surged in recent years due to changes in government mandates in response to an increasingly complex global food supply chain and expanding market requirements for supplier verification. As a result, the environmental conditions under which food is packaged, stored and prepared are becoming increasingly subject to stricter legislation, with penalties to be...
Construction site health and safety failures
As what is largely agreed to be the world’s most dangerous industry, construction site Health and Safety failures constitute potentially severe harm to worker wellbeing, with the capacity to severely impact quality of life or – put bluntly – end it. Running contrary to this doom-laden approach though, improvements to the industry typically arise from assessing HSE failures and implementing measures to reduce risks and control common hazards. In line with this thinking, in an effort to help...
Case study - Log storage handling yard
The logging yard at Canfor’s Fort St. John mill is subject to the heaviest loading operations in the worst soil conditions. Saturated peat with a CBRCat 988H loaders weighing more than 43,000 kg, heavy hauling trucks, and other mechanical equipment created heavy rutting in the soft soil. The logs, stockpiled in huge, 6-metre high stacks, suffered from large settlement, which further impeded operations, while frequent access to the log feeder resulted in the worse rutting. Coupled with a freeze-thaw cycle,...