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Blog Author Angelique Sanders

Weekly safety news. Stay in touch with regulations from OSHA, NFPA, and other safety codes. Find out about other companies' best and worst practices. We scour the internet to provide you with helpful training resources and the latest safety information.


Monday, February 03, 2014

World Safety News - Intrinsic Safety



A regular feature summarizing workplace safety news.



We scan newspapers, magazines and the internet for safety news that isn't reported elsewhere.

The following are links to safety-related news and articles that came out during the past week. If you have international safety news, safety tips, or suggestions send them to: duralabelpro@gmail.com.



United Kingdom - Loading Bays Are Common Places For Accidents

Based on a interviews with Fujifilm Specialty Ink Systems and Thorworld Industries, this article in Plant Engineer looks at safety practices that have improved the safety of moving materials in and out of the Fujifilm warehouse.  In the article John Meale from Thorworld points out:

"Confusion may arise, he says, because while one regulation applies to all forms of machinery in Europe, here in the UK there are two regulations covering different aspects. The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) applies to all equipment used at work; and equipment used to lift or lower loads, or people, is also subject to the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER)."

Read the complete article


Canada - When Intrinsic Safety Is Essential For Industrial Displays

What does this headline mean? It is from Manufacturing Automation magazine in Canada. It's about a topic I had not considered.

Intrinsic safety means that safety has been designed into the device. This article is about electrical devices that, because they are electrical, have the potential to create a spark that ignites a hazardous atmosphere. The objective is to design these devices so they are intrinsically safe.

The introduction to the article states:

"Many process plants have hazardous areas where there are explosive atmospheres. These can be ignited even by low levels of electrical or thermal energy, such as arcing or sparks from electrical circuits. It’s therefore essential that industrial displays are designed to prevent any such ignition opportunities in a hazardous environment — an environment where flammable vapours or gases, combustible dust, flammable liquids or ignitable fibres are present."

Read the complete article to learn about intrinsic safety.


U.S. - White House Releases Plan To Make Arctic Shipping Safer

Reuters has a news story about a plan announced by the White House to make arctic shipping safer.  The plan is based on reduced amounts of ice, resulting from global warming, making shipping through the arctic more common.  The plan involves building new facilities in the artic, such as ports.  Reuters reports that:

"The State Department will attempt to reach an agreement with Canada on the Beaufort Sea maritime boundary, and the Department of Homeland Security will lead work on developing an international code for ships operating in polar waters."

"Norwegian Ambassador Kare Aas welcomed the U.S. plan and said it would help Norway and the United States identify new areas for collaboration as both countries addressed the challenges and opportunities emerging in the Arctic region."

Read the complete story here.


Related past posts:
World Safety News - Safety Skills In Demand In UAE
World Safety News - New Zealand Focuses On Improving Safety
Partial Loss Of Fingers Leads To Post Traumatic Stress

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