Beer Line Cleaning Risks

With breweries and distilleries reopening as COVID-19 restrictions are loosened, there is a high demand for great tasting beer and because of this, establishments have also elevated their need for line cleaning services to create the highest quality for the beer lovers in their establishments. 

The chemicals used to clean beer lines are strong and must be used with precaution, but most establishments either have new hires or employees who are becoming familiar with their jobs again after the long shut down. Therefore it is more crucial to implement basic programs and procedures to protect people and equipment such as: 

  1. Proper Training
    All employees should be trained on how to properly clean the line as well as what PPE should be used, and the correct measures to take to ensure the job gets done safely. 
  2. Clear Communication
    Employers should clearly communicate with coworkers by hanging signs on the tap handles to inform whether or not a line is being cleaned. 
  3. Constant Presence
    Employees should also be aware that their constant presence is required when line cleaning. They should stay onsite and visible until the job is completed. 
  4. Rinse Verification
    Test strips should be used to ensure that the line has been properly rinsed and free of any chemical residue. 
  5. Chemical Information
    Employees should also be knowledgeable of the chemicals they are using. Employers can help by providing the necessary safety data sheets for each chemical and having employees review them regularly. 

By following the above procedures, safety incidents can be prevented and the beer lovers at your establishment will be completely satisfied with your products. If you have any questions about chemical training contact us here at Safety Solutions and Supply and let one of our professionals help you. If you have any additional concerns, feel free to visit us online, check out our training services, or give us a call here at 866-537-2262. 

Safety Solutions & Supply
314 E. Canal St. (State Road 60)
Mulberry, Florida 33860
Phone: 1-866-537-2262 (toll free)

Carbon Dioxide Effects and Control

Carbon Dioxide can be an extreme health hazard in the workplace. That’s why we here at Safety Solutions and Supply want to share the effects Carbon dioxide (CO2) has on you and your employees and how to control it. The risky part of CO2 is that it is almost undetectable without the proper equipment as it is odorless, colorless, non-flammable, and it’s density is 1.98 kgs/m3 – 1.67X Greater than air. 

According to OSHA, “Carbon dioxide is classified as an asphyxiant gas. In the atmosphere, CO2 normally exists at concentrations between 300 and 700 ppm.” Depending on the concentration of CO2, the health effects will vary. For example, 3000 – 5000 PPM will cause a slight increase in respiration while 20,000 PPM will cause a 50% increase in respiration and a severe headache. If the concentration becomes too high it could cause violent panting and fatigue to the point of exhaustion merely from respiration & severe headache. Prolonged exposure at a high level could even result in irreversible health effects. If the concentration reaches 90,000 PPM, it can result in death within 5 minutes. The Health Effects of  CO2 is too great to not take safety precautions and put practices in place to control exposure, whether the exposure is occupational, environmental or community exposures. 

According to OSHA, “When preparing CO2 standards, an Ascarite II filter is used to remove CO2 from the diluent air. Ascarite II contains sodium hydroxide and silica:” You should also try to avoid contact with skin and mucous membranes by wearing gloves and safety glasses when handling Ascarite II.The preparation of CO2 standards should be performed in a hood in order to avoid breathing in any toxic concentrations of CO2. Other controlling methods include Video Exposure Monitoring (VEM), a CO2 Sensor, a Heart Rate Sensor such as a Garmin wrist fitness tracker, a Raspberry PI computer and proprietary software. 

By bringing awareness to the health effects of Carbon Dioxide, and finding ways to control it, you’ll create a safer working environment for your employees. If you have any questions about CO2, contact us here at Safety Solutions and Supply and let one of our professionals help you. If you have any additional concerns, feel free to visit us online, check out our training services, or give us a call here at 866-537-2262. 

Safety Solutions & Supply
314 E. Canal St. (State Road 60)
Mulberry, Florida 33860
Phone: 1-866-537-2262 (toll free)

Celebrating New Year’s Safely

While New Year’s is a time of reflection on the previous year and celebrating the new year at hand, it is also one of the most dangerous times for some. The National Safety Council (NSC) estimates that 384 people may die on U.S. roads this New Year’s Day holiday. We here at Safety Solutions and Supply want to help you celebrate safely and provide you with a few tips to remember this New Year’s. 

    1. Drive Safely
      Holidays traditionally are a time of travel for families across the United States. Many choose car travel, but holiday celebrations often involve alcohol consumption, which statistics say is involved in over 50% of motor-vehicle crashes on New Years Day. So be sure to plan your travel options ahead of time, check out local Sober Ride programs, use public transportation, and bring only what you need such as identification, money, and one credit card. 
    2. Drink Safely
      It may sound strange but a projectile champagne cork can be unsafe. It is suggested to use the “45 Rule” when drinking bubbly such as Champagne and that is to chill champagne to 45 degrees F, and hold the bottle at a 45 degree angle away from yourself and others when ready to open.
    3. Celebrate Safely
      If you will be celebrating with fireworks or firearms, be sure to check your local regulations regarding personal use of fireworks. If you decide to use legal fireworks, keep children and pets away from the area, keep a bucket of water ready, and never attempt to re-light a firework that did not go off the first time. If your culture participates in the tradition of celebratory gunfire at midnight, remember that it is illegal and people have died because of such action. So leave all firearms safely locked inside during the celebration. 

As you plan your holiday celebration remember that it comes with responsibility as well, and be sure to follow the above tips so you can celebrate safely. If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact us at Safety Solutions and Supply  or give us a call here at 866-537-2262 and let one of our professionals help you.

Safety Solutions & Supply
314 E. Canal St. (State Road 60)
Mulberry, Florida 33860
Phone: 1-866-537-2262 (toll free)

6 Common Brewery Violations

Safety is the most important part of any brewery program, specifically the control of hazardous energy such as electrical, hot water or steam in vessels and piping, pressurized gases, various chemicals, and hydraulics. In order to keep your employees safe and follow OSHA guidelines, we suggest learning from these top 6 common brewery violations. 

  • Permit-required Confined Space Entry
    Equipment such as fermenters, silos, mash tuns, and kettles fall within OSHA’s definition of a confined space. Therefore, they should be inspected to see if any spaces are Permit Required Confined Spaces (PRCS). If they identify as PRCSs, employers should post warnings and provide the necessary training for their employees. Employees should also receive an entry permit, signed by an entry supervisor before entering the PRCS. 
  • General Duty Clause
    OSHA’s General Duty Clause states that “employers are to provide a workplace free from recognized hazards that cause or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm.” In order to take precaution against violating this cause, employers should train employees on proper lifting techniques, invest in the appropriate tools and equipment and train employees how to use them, and create work schedules that will allow lifting duties to be shared by multiple employees. 
  • Process Safety Management of Highly Hazardous Chemicals
    OSHA has issued the Process Safety Management (PSM) of Highly Hazardous Chemicals standard (29 CFR 1910.119), which contains requirements for the management of hazards associated with processes using highly hazardous chemicals. Businesses are required to not only comply with the PSM standard, but also to maintain proper paperwork regarding the use and handling of any hazardous chemicals. Employers can comply with the PSM standard by conducting a process hazard analysis, developing written procedures for the safe operating and maintenance of refrigeration systems, and install controllers as well as a fixed gas detection device to measure the air quality. 
  • The Control of hazardous energy (Lockout/Tagout)
    One of the most common OSHA citations involves lockout/tagout (LOTO). Employers should develop and enforce a LOTO program to make sure the proper procedures are completed to disable any machinery or equipment and prevent the unexpected startup or release of hazardous energy when employees are performing maintenance. Employees should also be provided with LOTO devices to verify that the energy has been isolated effectively. 
  • Hazard Communication
    OSHA provides hazard communication regulations to help companies properly label chemical hazards and wear the correct PPE. This helps ensure chemical safety by providing employees with information about the chemicals and the hazards associated with them. In order to protect employees from any hazards in the workplace, develop a hazard communication plan, label all chemicals, and train employees on how to handle and monitor chemicals. Employees should also be provided with the necessary PPE such as coveralls, gloves, goggles, and full face mask. 
  • Powered Industrial Trucks
    OSHA’s requirement for forklifts and powered trucks states that “employers should provide training that meets all safety requirements with operating a powered industrial truck.” Safety requirements include the fact trainees may only operate an industrial truck under the supervision of a knowledgeable manager. Training should also include a mis of formal instruction practical training and an evaluation of the trainee’s competence as well as proper steering, how to use the controls and instrumentation, and awareness of workplace conditions. 

If you or your employees need training in any of the above areas, feel free to contact us here at Safety Solutions and Supply and let one of our professionals set up a training class for you. If you have any additional concerns, feel free to visit us online, check out our training services, or give us a call here at 866-537-2262. 

Safety Solutions & Supply
314 E. Canal St. (State Road 60)
Mulberry, Florida 33860
Phone: 1-866-537-2262 (toll free)

Mobile Equipment at Surface Mines

According to the United States Department of Labor (USDL), haul trucks and other large surface mining vehicles are capable of destroying smaller vehicles that cannot be seen by the operator. Therefore enhancing safety precautions is vital to the health of the employees. You can enforce precautions such as traffic controls, safety training, and reminding employees of the dangers of being distracted on the job. 

You can also apply key safety practices such as: 

  1. Communicate and verify with all equipment operators any planned movements and location upon entering or exiting a work area.
  2. Ensure all persons are trained to recognize workplace hazards. Specifically, train equipment operators on the limited visibility and blind spot areas that are inherent to the operation of large equipment. Do not drive or park smaller vehicles in mobile equipment’s potential path of movement.
  3. Instruct all operators on the importance of using flags or strobe lights on the cabs of their vehicles to make haulage truck operators aware of their location.  Flags must be high enough to be in the view of equipment operators.
  4. Install and maintain collision avoidance/warning technologies on mobile equipment.

By applying these safety practices as suggested by the USDL, you’ll be able to minimize and prevent any hazards, injuries, or fatalities involving mining vehicles on your worksite.

If you are interested in participating in one of our safety training programs, feel free to contact us here at Safety Solutions and Supply and let one of our professionals help you. If you have any additional concerns, feel free to visit us online, check out our training services, or give us a call here at 866-537-2262. 

Safety Solutions & Supply
314 E. Canal St. (State Road 60)
Mulberry, Florida 33860
Phone: 1-866-537-2262 (toll free)

Ensure Productive Facility Safety Inspections

Even though the size and nature of your business will determine the specifics of your safety inspection, facility safety inspections are important for all businesses no matter their size or nature. These inspections will help identify hazards, make sure you are up to OSHA standards, and take the appropriate corrective actions. 

One of the best ways to ensure productive facility safety inspection is to develop checklists for each inspection that must be carried out and involve workers in the process of creating the list to ensure every facet of operations is covered. This will also help your employees feel valued, and promote health and safety as a core value for your company. After the employees have completed the checklist, have a trained safety officer look them over and make sure they comply with legal regulations. 

When you ensure productive facility safety inspections, you’ll be a step closer to ISO 14001 certification, you’ll gain shareholder trust because of your transparency and green marketing, you’ll save money by fixing the small problem before it becomes big, you’ll optimize efficiency, and you’ll be better prepared for external audits. The biggest benefit of productive facility safety inspections is that the workplace will be safer.

So take the time to make the checklist, adhere to all legal regulations, and get input from individuals on the front line. This will boost the morale and motivation of your employees and increase the wellbeing of your employees and organization. 

If you need more guidance toward a safer workplace for your employees, feel free to contact us here at Safety Solutions and Supply and let one of our professionals help you. If you have any additional concerns, feel free to visit us online, check out our training services, or give us a call here at 866-537-2262. 

Safety Solutions & Supply
314 E. Canal St. (State Road 60)
Mulberry, Florida 33860
Phone: 1-866-537-2262 (toll free)

Using Personal Fall Arrest Systems Require Serious Planning and Training

If employees work four or more feet above a lower level, taking the right precautions could keep them safe from suffering injury or even death. In 2018, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 615 fatalities from falls to a lower level. Personal fall arrest systems (PFAS) will help prevent these falls, but they may also require serious planning and training. That’s why OSHA has specific regulations to address these precautions for fall protection in general industry facilities at 29 CFR 1910.28 and 1910.140. 

Before allowing an employee to use PFAS, they should be trained on the limits of the PFAS, how to properly anchor, how to estimate free fall distance, how to identify conditions at the worksite that may impact the use of the PFAS, how to properly use one, and how to inspect and store it. 

When teaching them how to properly anchor the PFAS, OSHA requires the anchorage point to be capable of supporting at least 5000 pounds for each employee attached. Employees should also be aware that they should not free fall more than six feet, and that PFAS must be worn with the attachment point of the body harness located in the center of the employee’s back near shoulder level. The tie-off attachment point to the lifeline or anchor must be located at or above the connection point of the harness (for example, above the employee’s head). If this isn’t done, additional free fall distance is added to fall.

No matter if you are an employer or an employee, fall protection should be taken seriously. Therefore the proper planning, selection, training, and inspection must be put in place. If you need someone to help train you and your employees on PFAS, feel free to contact us here at Safety Solutions and Supply and let one of our professionals help you. If you have any additional concerns, feel free to visit us online, check out our training services, or give us a call here at 866-537-2262. 

Safety Solutions & Supply
314 E. Canal St. (State Road 60)
Mulberry, Florida 33860
Phone: 1-866-537-2262 (toll free)

Identifying Workplace Hazards

A safe workplace is the one everyone wants to work for, and in order to promote a safe workplace we need to get in the habit of identifying workplace hazards and teaching our employees to do the same. 

There are four mechanisms that support our ability to identify and resolve workplace hazards. It all starts by developing an inventory of the hazards we identify and determine what risk they represent. Then depending on the results of our assessment, the hazard must be contained until an ultimate resolution is in place. Next, similar risk must be determined and addressed as well. Lastly, communication must be made between all employees about the hazards found and the action that was taken. 

While our brains determine what it is that we see, we must condition ourselves to be observant and objective about our environment and the work activities. We must also slow down to really see and draw meaning from what we are seeing. The goal should always be to see the hazard, interpret it through risk assessment, and take action in response to the risk it represents. When we condition ourselves properly and take the time to slow down and process what we are seeing, we will be more effective at assessing the hazards that exist and the impact they will have in the workplace. 

Once the hazard has been identified, follow the four steps listed above and take the appropriate action by taking inventory, containing the hazard, finding where else it might exist, and communicating with all employees. 

If you have any questions about our safety training programs or how to train your employees on identifying workplace hazard, feel free to contact us here at Safety Solutions and Supply and let one of our professionals help you. If you have any additional concerns, feel free to visit us online, check out our training services, or give us a call here at 866-537-2262. 

Safety Solutions & Supply
314 E. Canal St. (State Road 60)
Mulberry, Florida 33860
Phone: 1-866-537-2262 (toll free)

How to Cook a Turkey without Burning the House Down.

As Thanksgiving quickly approaches, we here at Safety Solutions and Supply want to bring awareness to the hazard of deep frying your turkey and give you some safety tips on how to cook it without burning the house down. 

Common mistakes include having too much oil in the fryer, heating the oil up too much and not making sure the fryer is stable so that it tips over. In order to avoid these common mistakes follow these safety tips: 

Safety Tips 

  1. Never leave the area when you are frying food. 
  2. Check your food regularly, when baking or boiling and make sure to set a timer to remind you about your food. 
  3. Be sure the stove is clear of any flammable liquids. 
  4. If a small grease fire starts in a pan, smother the flames by carefully sliding the lid over the pan, turn off the burner, do not move the pan to keep the fire from restraining and leave the lid on until the pan is completely cool. If a fire starts in the oven, turn off the oven and leave the door closed. The oven should be checked before being used again. 
  5. If a fire starts and you are in doubt on how to control it, get out of the house quickly and call the fire department. 
  6. Always be alert when cooking. Be sure to avoid cooking when sleepy, when you have taken medicines, or consumed alcohol. 
  7. When using a fryer, stay away from the house, set up on flat ground, use a thawed turkey, monitor the temperature, and be sure to have a fire extinguisher ready in case the oil ignites. 

By following these safety tips, you’ll be able to prevent devastating burns, as well as other damages to your property. 

If you have any questions about our safety training programs, feel free to contact us here at Safety Solutions and Supply and let one of our professionals help you. If you have any additional concerns, feel free to visit us online, check out our training services, or give us a call here at 866-537-2262. 

Safety Solutions & Supply
314 E. Canal St. (State Road 60)
Mulberry, Florida 33860
Phone: 1-866-537-2262 (toll free)