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Residential Carbon Monoxide Regulations Improving. -

Monday, February 24, 2014

She’s In Danger & So Are You -

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

He Thinks He’s Tougher Than Carbon Monoxide -

Monday, January 6, 2014

Carbon Monoxide, A Clear and Present Danger -

Monday, April 1, 2013

Gas Detection Mythbuster! -

Monday, June 27, 2011

Carbon Monoxide is Not Forgiving -

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Incident Commander -

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

  • Silica More Dangerous Than Ever!

    A new OSHA standard lowers the limits.

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    Hurricane Safety Tips

    Hurricanes are always dangerous business, and Hurricane Matthew is a serious problem for those Floridians in its path.   The National Hurricane Center posted the following bulletin:   ***************************************************************   000 WTNT34 KNHC 062354 TCPAT4 BULLETIN HURRICANE MATTHEW INTERMEDIATE ADVISORY NUMBER  35A NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL       AL142016 800 PM EDT THU OCT 06 2016 …EYE OF EXTREMELY DANGEROUS HURRICANE MATTHEW OVER THE WESTERN END OF GRAND BAHAMA ISLAND… …TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS SPREADING ONTO THE FLORIDA EAST COAST… SUMMARY OF 800 PM EDT…0000 UTC…INFORMATION ———————————————- LOCATION…26.6N 78.9W ABOUT 15 MI…25 KM WNW OF FREEPORT GRAND BAHAMA ISLAND ABOUT 75 MI…120…

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    OSHA Fines Landscaping Products Manufacturer

      This OSHA News Release caught our eye because it details the unnecessary negligence that occurs over and again from companies that simply ought to know better. With all the years OSHA has been around, you’d think these people would know better, but it happens year after year, company after company. Levied fines are a horrible way to learn the lesson, but with some companies it’s the only way they seem to learn. July 5, 2016 OSHA fines landscaping products manufacturer $66K for repeat, serious violations after complaints of unsafe working conditions Employer’s name: L&M Bag and Supply Company Inc.,…

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    Gas Main Explosion Allen Park, Michigan

    At three o’clock in the morning on July second, I was returning home the corner pharmacy when I heard a massive boom and the sky exploded in a rage of orange and yellow.  It came from the direction of AK Steel in Melvindale, although I couldn’t be sure if it was the Marathon refinery down the street from Oakwood and Dix Toledo Road.  Even with my window closed and the air conditioning on I could hear a continuing rush of wind like what I’ve heard before near a tornado. Methane, I thought.  A gas main has ruptured. People burst from…

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    P2 Plan and Environmental Safety

    “Pollution prevention (P2) is any practice that reduces, eliminates, or prevents pollution at its source, also known as “source reduction.” Source reduction is fundamentally different and more desirable than recycling, treatment and disposal. There are significant opportunities for industry to reduce or prevent pollution at the source through cost-effective changes in production, operation, and raw materials use. The opportunities for source reduction are often not realized because existing regulations focus upon treatment and disposal.” This is the way the P2 program is  described on the EPA website. We’re all affected by environmental safety issues, both at the workplace and in our personal…


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Respirator Use and Terror Attacks

Dec 10, 2015

According to the CDC/NIOSH, “Some employers and consumers are considering purchasing escape hoods or other respirators to protect themselves against potential terrorist threats, including biological and chemical substances.” They neatly avoid slipping down the slippery slope of trying to cover all situations, and instead give us a strong dose of common sense. Their first recommendation is this: “As a first step, plan how to respond if an emergency happens. A respirator is only one small part of that plan.” Think hard, they suggest, about whether to go outside or stay in place. The US Department of Homeland Security offers information…

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Distant Measurement and Responder Psychology- Part Three of Three

Feb 22, 2015

How Close Would You Like to Be to This? Responders need to reduce unnecessary job stress so they can think clearly during the performance of their already stressful jobs. Training is critical toward that end, of course, and so is having the right equipment. These two concerns are discussed a lot in the industry. But today I’d like to deal with an issue that is too seldom discussed, and that is the distance factor in hazards detection and its effect on a responder’s psychology. In general, the further removed we are from physical danger, the more clearly we are able…

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Looking Down the Barrel of an Infrared Temperature Gun- Part Two

Jan 22, 2015

Last week I talked about some of the potential issues for Emergency Responders re build up on the Fresnel lens system in an infrared temperature gun.  Smoke & ash from fires are one set of issues, and chemical extinguishing agents are another.  Chemical vapor residues from a chemical leak (say methyl bromide, for example) can cause problems, too.  There’s a fourth category for all detection & measurement equipment, but I’ll address that next posting. But how often should you clean a top notch temperature gun (say our Top Temp Gun or the Flash Point Temp Gun)?  Here’s the answer from our techs: *****…

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Residential Carbon Monoxide Regulations Improving.

CO Detector Placement Recommendation “The International Association of Fire Chiefs recommend a carbon monoxide detector on every floor of your home, including the basement. A detector should be located within 10 feet of each bedroom door and there should be one near or over any attached garage. Each detector should be replaced every five to six years.” homesafe.com (an interesting site that I recommend) According to a New York Times story run on September 11, 1997, “Many carbon monoxide detectors sold in hardware stores sound their alarms for no reason, or fail to sound an alarm even when high concentrations…

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She’s In Danger & So Are You

It looks safe enough, doesn’t it? Maybe you think she’s in danger from a stalker or a schoolmate. No, that’s not it at all. She’s in danger because the library she’s visiting was built on a landfill. It emits a lot of methane.  It emits a lot of CO2.  Worse still, it emits a lot of H2S (hydrogen sulfide) and CO (carbon monoxide). Three out of these four gases are not only invisible, but odorless, too.  Hydrogen sulfide has the odor of rotten eggs, but after being exposed to it for a little while, people get olfactory fatigue and can’t…

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He Thinks He’s Tougher Than Carbon Monoxide

Over the years I’ve heard a lot of otherwise smart people tell me that you can build up a tolerance to carbon monoxide and a variety of other toxic gases.  For the purposes of this post, let’s stick to carbon monoxide. You can never, ever build up a tolerance to carbon monoxide.  The idea that you can is sheer stupidity.  But many people buy it. But carbon monoxide seems to attract stupid ideas.  Years ago, I saw a plant worker sniffing near the compression fittings of a CO trans-fill panel board.  When I asked him what the hell he was doing, he…


Carbon Monoxide, A Clear and Present Danger

  We’ve partnered with the Esco Institute’s publishing division to promote awareness of the dangers associated with carbon monoxide exposure by offering their latest book on the subject to those who need it most.  Carbon Monoxide a Clear and Present Danger is the collaborative effort of several of the brightest in the field of carbon monoxide detection, combustion analysis, and remediation. This book is intended to address carbon monoxide issues encountered by; First Responders (Fire Department EMT personnel and other Paramedics) Inspectors (local government and independent home inspectors) Technicians (HVAC, Plumbers, and utility company workers). Carbon Monoxide a Clear and…