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Occupational health and safety management systems (OHSMS) are receiving much attention in the safety community and among regulators and consensus industry groups. Few differences exist between individual systems, but significant differences exist in their implementation.

Differences also exist between the OHSMS approach and the traditional safety program approach. If a company elects to implement an OHSMS, the challenge is not deciding which one to use, rather, it is implementing the many policies, processes, intervention initiatives and activities and protocols that make up the sp... More →
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In the past, healthcare providers and public health entities interpreted federal law as a requirement that a paper copy of each VIS had to be handed to the recipient prior to vaccination, and that the recipient must take this copy away with him or her following the vaccination. The evolution of electronic media has resulted in broadening of this interpretation. For example, A practice may produce permanent, laminated, office copies of each VIS, which may be read by recipients prior to vaccination.

VISs may be reviewed on a computer monitor (or any video display).

VISs may... More →
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A young engineer from Cornwall is believed to have died after he was electrocuted in a hotel shower in Africa. It is thought Alex Osborne, 24, from Lanner, was killed while using a workmate shower when his did not work properly at the Stellar Lodge in Takoradi, Ghana on February 25. Huseini Musah Awinaba, Takoradi District Police Crime Officer, told a news website in Ghana that Mr Osborne had suffered a small shock just before his death in his own shower.He then asked his colleague, fellow drilling engineer Andrew Rowe if he could use his. Moments later Mr Rowe heard screams and allegedly saw ... More →
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CORESafety is offering a new resource that establishes standard operating procedures for the reporting and investigation of accidents and incidents to determine the underlying causes. Performance requirements include accident/incident reporting and investigation process. The resource document also includes -

Preventative and Corrective Actions
Accident and Incident Trend Analysis
Accident and Incident Investigation Training
Accident and Incident Investigation Quality and Verification, and
Records Management... More →
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Howard J. Gordon, CPG-07190 indicated that the first sentence of the American Geological Institute 1992 book,Planning for Field Safety, states that safe fieldwork is no accident. In the world of safety professionals, there are no such things as accidents, just unsafe acts and unsafe conditions or a combination of the two. In the November-December issue of The Professional Geologist - TPG, an article by N. Price, How Safe is Fieldwork discussed the tragic death of Alyssa Heberton-Morimoto at the hands of a now-convicted murderer. He was sentenced to life in prison. The article presented well th... More →
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In the past, healthcare providers and public health entities interpreted federal law as a requirement that a paper copy of each VIS had to be handed to the recipient prior to vaccination, and that the recipient must take this copy away with him or her following the vaccination. The evolution of electronic media has resulted in broadening of this interpretation.

VISs may be reviewed on a computer monitor or any video display.

VISs may be downloaded by the recipient to a smartphone or other electronic device to read at his or her convenience. VISs have been specially forma... More →
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Bruce Watzman reports that the National Mining Association - NMA - is an advocate at the federal level for mining companies in the U.S. The NMA not only advocates for mining companies, but also acts as a leader in key areas that are critical for the sustainability of the industry. Few issues are more important to the mining industry than safety. Therefore, the NMA is spear-heading a movement to improve safety and health management in the U.S. mining industry. As the largest constituent of the U.S. mining industry, coal producers must be an integral part of any overall effort to further improve... More →
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Rick Marlowe, Director of Safety Awareness at CONSOL Energy, recently gave a presentation on Risk Management and addressed the issue of how would CORESafety and its focus on risk assessment could impact the safety incidents at your location in the past year.

Please download the Risk Management presentation or visit the Fatality Prevention/Risk Management module for more information and resources.
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Experts are unsure what caused a giant hole in Siberia earlier this week. The phenomenon was revealed in incredible footage from a helicopter. It is in the Yamal Peninsula, also known as the end of the world. At the time some thought it may have been caused by a meteorite, but predominant theories now suggest it is a pingo or the result of a gas explosion from deep below surface. A pingo is an accumulation of ice underground that melts, leaving a hole.

The explosion theory is based on the abundance of gas in the area. An expedition is currently underway to learn more about the feat... More →
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The winter of 2013-14 will be remembered for seemingly incessant rain and flooding, particularly in the Somerset Levels and across southeast England. Records from the UK Meteorological Office show that this winter was one of the most exceptional periods of winter rainfall in at least 248 years for England and Wales possibly the most. For south-east and central southern England, over 492 mm of rain fell - 238 percent of the average and beating the previous (1915) record of 437.1 mm. However, not only flooding made the headlines. During three weeks in late February/early March, over 25 sinkholes... More →
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Where does the UK energy come from, and how this has changed over time. Carbon capture and storage, and fracking are also defined. Types of floods are discussed and what can be done to protect humans, livestock and property. An overview of significant volcanic eruptions and the volcanic products that can cause damage on the ground and in the air.
Earthquakes are discussed, as well as sites located and a discussion on how they are characterized.

A list of factsheets (with PDFs) is presented on how geoscientists serve and protect the general public. This is a series of 12 A4 (col... More →
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In May 2013, an Alpha Natural Resources underground mine encountered an active, unmapped gas well. Mining ceased due to high methane levels. There were no injuries and no ignition. Alpha Natural Resources asks the question, How Can Such Incidents Be Prevented. Utilizing CORESafety Module 4 on Fatality Prevention and Risk Management, the Plan, Do, Check, Act process helps identify risk, assess and prioritize, apply controls, and verify that the controls are effective.

Download the latest resource, Risk Reduction by Applying CORESafety, to learn more about how Alpha Natural Resource r... More →
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The Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) is a program within the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that is responsible for developing toxicologic assessments of environmental contaminants. An IRIS assessment contains hazard identifications and dose-response assessments of various chemicals related to cancer and noncancer outcomes. Although the program was created to increase consistency among toxicologic assessments within the agency, federal, state, and international agencies and other organizations have come to rely on IRIS assessments for setting regulatory standards, establishi... More →
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Ask Argus-Hazco for advice and support for any of your technical issues involving safety equipment, instrumentation and OSHA compliance issues.
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A full day, frank, and interactive discussion will be held on risk communication, risk tolerance, and risk perception for rare but serious events. We will consider the impacts of these three factors on our approach to geohazard problems, both before and after high-profile events occur. The discussion will be led by a multi-disciplinary group of experts, some whom will be drawn from outside the normal geohazards community, and will be anchored around some common ground, such as linear transportation and energy infrastructure (e.g. railways and pipelines) and high-reliability scenarios (such as ... More →
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Gary Ganson, CIH, CSP, asks why is it important to investigate an accident. He suggests that the goal of an accident investigation is to learn from the events that occurred with the goal of preventing them from occurring again. He also suggests that the best results can be achieved by conducting a root cause analysis as well as tracking near miss events.

When undertaking a root cause analysis, the person responsible for conducting the incident investigation should be the direct supervisor. Once the supervisor has identified the parties involved, he or she needs to bring them togethe... More →
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U.S. mining has improved overall safety performance as reflected in injury statistics, but continues to experience high severity events that seem resistant to both regulatory and company-specific intervention. The human tragedy has produced enormous suffering for the affected families and the entire mining community. The persistence of high severity events suggests a new approach, rooted in safety management systems,is clearly needed in order to have different mine safety outcomes. The backbone of this effort is the risk management process, which identifies risks associated with specific minin... More →
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The CORESafety Safety and Health Management System (SHMS) involves 20 modules with suggested timelines for completion. The modules and timelines were developed by mine safety professionals specifically for U.S. mining as a pathway to achieve zero fatalities and a 50 percent reduction in the injury rate within five years. While CORESafety provides a common roadmap and a common language to achieve, it does not specify the details of each company system. Rather, company systems should be designed to be functionally equivalent to the CORESafety HSMS taking into consideration each companys unique o... More →
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CORESafety releases new training module. New operations and modifications to existing facilities should be designed, procured, constructed and commissioned to promote good safety and health performance throughout the operational life of the operation, mine and/or processing facility by applying recognized engineering standards, procedures and management systems.
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Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences (NHESS) is an interdisciplinary and international journal dedicated to the public discussion and open access publication of high quality studies and original research on natural hazards and their consequences. Embracing a holistic Earth System Science approach, NHESS serves a wide and diversified community of research scientists, practitioners and decision makers concerned with natural hazards detection, monitoring and modelling, vulnerability and risk assessment, and the design and implementation of mitigation and adaptation strategies, including econ... More →
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Companies should establish and maintain appropriate safety and health management records as designated by senior management that include, among others

1. Safety and health policy
2. Objectives
3. Responsibilities
4. Audit investigations
5. Management reviews
6. Documents required by law or regulation

The type and volume of records should reflect the size, complexity and risks of the organization. The safety and health management systems should identify those documents that require retention and maintenance. Documentation should be develop... More →
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The heart of safety management in mining is risk management, i.e., identification of hazards, assessment of their risk, and application of appropriate controls. Regardless of the nature of the hazard (e.g., geological or other energy sources, environmental, process, human error and behavioral, etc.), they should all be addressed through effective risk management.        
    
This is the core work within CORESafety. Everything else within CORESafety is in support of risk management (leadership, culture, behavior, training, e... More →
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Visiting scientists from the country of Colombia have a warning for people living in the valleys below our Northwest volcanoes. Get educated about a rare but dangerous phenomenon called a lahar. Colombia was destroyed by a lahar on November 13, 1985. More than 23,000 people were killed when lahars (volcanic debris flows) swept down from the erupting Nevado del Ruiz volcano. The volcano that geologists consider the most dangerous in the Northwest is not Mount St. Helens even though an eruption there killed 57 people in our lifetime. it is Mount Rainier that is of most concern, chiefly because o... More →
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Operations should be in full compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements to ensure value-added regulations are leveraged. This can be best accomplished by integrating an improvement cycle with the companys safety and health management system and applying the Plan-Do-Check-Act process to each regulation. Each requirement should have someone responsible for ensuring the requirements have been met and are working as designed on an ongoing basis. This feedback is essential for consistent compliance.... More →
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A brain-eating amoeba was found in the drinking water in St. Bernard Parish, LA, resulting in the death of a four-year old boy playing on a Slip 'N Slide last month. According to the state Department of Health, the municipality is fighting the threat by adding chlorine to its water lines to kill off any remaining parasites. The parasite in question, Naegleria fowleri, afflicts people who inhale it with the symptoms of meningitis, including headaches and vomiting. The amoeba generally enters through the nose and eats the brain.

The amoeba is not a new plight. As Water Online reported... More →
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