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How to Plan for a Successful Plant Turnaround

From oil and gas to refining and chemical processing, a plant turnaround (or shutdown) is an inevitable reality in most industries. Turnarounds provide an essential opportunity for various maintenance issues to be identified and resolved. A turnaround that stays within budget and timeline can have a positive effect on a plant’s overall efficiency and safety. On the other hand, a turnaround that’s too long or exceeds its budget could result in the company reporting a financial loss. The success of any turnaround project is the result of thorough strategic planning and the careful execution of that plan. 

 

What is a Plant Turnaround?

A turnaround is a scheduled stoppage of part or all of a plant’s day-to-day operations. It’s common for operations to stop for maintenance, cleaning, equipment replacement, repair, upgrade resources, or to maintain regulatory compliance. Employees and contractors work (sometimes around the clock) to get everything ready for the plant to resume its regular operations.

Today, thanks to advances in equipment reliability and maintenance programs, turnarounds happen less often than before. In the oil and gas and refining industries, for example, a company may schedule a turnaround every 3-to-5-years. In chemical processing, the cycle may be 10 years.

Turnarounds also vary of duration, typically lasting between 2 weeks and 2 months – depending on the industry, plant, and other variables.

During a turnaround or shutdown, speed is of the essence. Shutdowns can be extremely expensive in terms of production lost, increased labor, and equipment expenses.

“Plant or refinery turnaround planning is a complex process that requires strategy and careful execution.”

 

Planning For a Successful Plant Turnaround

Plant turnaround planning is a process that requires strategy and careful execution that sees project success to fruition. The following points can ensure effective turnaround management, helping operators save significant time and money.

 

    1. Plan Ahead

As an organization, it’s important to define turnaround objectives. Setting goals, developing strategies, defining tasks, and creating schedules form the basis of turnaround development and success. With your turnaround project, plan at least 8-12 months in advance before the shutdown or turnaround occurs. Here, management must clearly outline what work needs to be accomplished by creating a clearly defined set of criteria. A sound turnaround strategy helps reduce downtime, improves safety, and reduces costs while enhancing business process optimization and mitigating risk.

There are normally two phases in turnaround planning: strategic and detailed. Strategic planning involves an overview of what will take place and how objectives will be accomplished. During the detailed planning phase, turnaround specifics are determined and further strategic plans if necessary are set.          

Along with planning a turnaround strategy, it’s key to share facets like objectives, project preparation schedule, and dynamic risk management initiation with stakeholders. If a problem or delay does occur, resolution will be much easier if you’re in consistent communication with shareholders.

 

    1. Expect the Unexpected

Plan for the unseen. With any turnaround project, certain obstacles or circumstances beyond plan are inevitable. Anticipating these variables is a way to improve overall turnaround effectiveness. From one phase to the next, your plan needs to address all activities and expected deliverables. Even with those factors addressed, it’s still difficult to foresee certain variables, such as the exact number of parts needed during a certain turnaround. Waiting for a single part can cause significant progress delays. So, it’s important to have a variety of parts, tools, and equipment on hand before the project begins. You want to avoid ordering certain parts one the project has started. Having the essential tools and parts on site will help save you time and money.

  

    1. Coordinate Early with Suppliers

During a shutdown, it’s crucial to prepare as much as possible to help minimize potential challenges. A good tip is to enlist the help of suppliers and partners early in the turnaround process. As mentioned earlier, this will prove advantageous if certain obstacles or challenges do arise. Turnarounds are multifaceted, complex operations that require specialized components. Certain parts may require longer lead times, so early engagement with vendors will help to ensure these parts will be available when needed. Bottomline…early coordination with suppliers can help you plan potential contingencies to ensure maximum project efficiency and effectiveness. 

 

    1. Uphold Tight Quality Control

Maintaining tight quality control is an essential component in a successful turnaround project. Only allow the use of high-quality parts and components…this will help make your turnaround more effective. With too much specification flexibility, a contractor may use cheaper, lesser quality parts to complete a project. As a consequence, inconsistent part quality brings about unpredictable performance, unnecessary maintenance requirements, and possible downtime.

 

    1. Identify Opportunities

During a normal turnaround or shutdown, companies are looking to return their systems to their actual original working condition. Yet a turnaround can be a great opportunity to upgrade and improve their systems for higher reliability and performance. True, this process does take time and further strategic planning to execute such improvements. But this proactive measure will save time, effort, and money in the long term.     

 

“Regardless of the temporary expense and delay, a strategic, well-planned turnaround will prove beneficial to your company.”

 

Plant Turnaround and Shutdown Services

A plant turnaround is a major endeavor. If you need help, Total Safety is ready! Our experienced professionals will work with your operation to decrease turnaround periods and lower costs at any location. We have the people, programs, and experience to provide the support you need during crucial turnaround and shutdown periods. We’ve developed effective and efficient services that can help improve safety and drive project efficiency. 

Talk to a Total Safety expert today at 888-328-6825!

Protecting Workers from Hazardous Air Quality with a SmartCompressor

Learn About Its Advantages Over Traditional Industrial Breathing Air Systems

 

Working in conditions where respiratory hazards exist, clean air is of  vital importance.  To ensure the safety of workers, employers should understand the importance of traditional breathing air systems along with other advanced capabilities. By utilizing technology such as Total Safety’s SmartCompressor®, projects can become more efficient, less costly, and workers will be equipped with clean, breathable air.

 

What is a Breathing Air System?

Traditional breathing air systems provide adequate quality air to workers in industrial settings with poor air quality. This system includes an air source, a compressor, air distributors, and respirators.

There are three main types of breathing systems:

    • Constant flow – A continuous supply of air is sent through the respirator, minimizing air leakage and the entry of air contaminants.
    • Demand flow – Here, individual users control the flow of air to the respirator…air enters the respirator when the user inhales. Air is provided by compressed air, either from an air cylinder or an on-line A demand flow system is ideal for projects with short time durations.
    • Pressure-demand – In a pressure-demand system, airflow is continuous and increases when the user Utilizing compressed air, this system requires a tighter fitting respirator due to the increased pressure.

An operation’s size and complexity for providing clean and safe air to employees depend on many factors, including what the system’s use and how many workers will use it.

 

Limitations of Traditional Breathing Air Systems

As much as traditional breathing air systems do to protect a jobsite, they also generate contaminants that safety managers need to monitor.

 

    • Carbon Monoxide (CO)

Typically the most common contaminant, carbon monoxide has no odor or color and is produced when fuel is burned. Carbon monoxide can enter the airline through the compressor’s air intake or when piston air compressors are overheated.

    • Oil

      Lubricated air compressors sometimes have oil from the pistons enter the air system. Unlike carbon monoxide, oil mist has an unpleasant odor and is quite noticeable.

    • Water

      Moisture from the air can enter a compressor, change to a vapor, and condense when it’s cooled. Condensation, in the helmet for instance, can cause problems for the wearer. Also, if temperatures are low enough, water can freeze and block the flow of air.

    • Solids

      With the most advanced detection capabilities, Total Safety monitors breathing air closely. Throughout the world, we provide top respiratory equipment, systems, and services to help keep people safe and operations profitable.

 

Hazardous Air Quality

Hazardous air pollutants and toxins are known to cause cancer or other serious health effects. These harmful pollutants also have an adverse effect on our planet.

Examples of toxic air pollutants include:

    • Hydrogen Sulfide
    • Benzene
    • Perchloroethylene
    • Methylene chloride

 

Examples of other listed air toxins include dioxin, asbestos, toluene, and metals such as cadmium, mercury, chromium, and lead compounds.

 

OSHA Standards

OSHA’s breathable air regulation stipulates equipment and machines create air safe for people to inhale. It’s most critical that workers have access to manufactured air when working in chemical plants or in spaces where oxygen levels are low.

Processing, chemical and other industrial facilities need to follow OSHA standard 29 CFR 1910.134 closely because these workspaces often involve the use of harmful substances that impact air quality. Industrial breathing air systems have to meet the following chemical element requirements:

    • Oxygen content 19.5 – 23.5 percent
    • Hydrocarbon content no more than 5 milligrams per cubic meter of air
    • Carbon monoxide content less than 1,000 parts per million
    • A lack of noticeable odor

 

Due to the prevalence of harmful substances in industrial facilities, employers have to ensure employees have the proper respiratory equipment on hand. These can include personal respirators as well as larger products that produce high-volume breathing air on site. If breathable air doesn’t meet standards, employees may suffer health side-effects associated with poor air quality.

 

Effects of Poor Air Quality

Poor air quality in the work environment can have an impact on employee health. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency has concluded that poor air is one of the most urgent public risks to health.

Common short-term side effects of poor air quality may include some of the following:

    • Headaches.
    • Fatigue.
    • Irritation in eyes, nose, throat and lungs.
    • Difficulty concentrating.

 

“The SmartCompressor Is A Safer, More Efficient Breathing Air Solution”

SmartCompressor

Total Safety’s innovative, exclusive high-volume, low-pressure SmartCompressor makes turnaround projects safer, more efficient, and less costly. Compared to traditional breathing systems, the SmartCompressor provides 220 cubic feet of Grade D breathing air per minute. Smart Compressors can support up to 100  people working under air continuously, from 100 feet to a quarter of a mile away, with the right respirator equipment. This breathing air system monitors air pressure, air flow, air temperature, dew point and the levels of gas detection, including O2, CO, CO2, and VOC and provides real-time breathing air analysis that is monitored 24/7 in real-by a trained operator

By utilizing Total Safety’s SmartCompressor, your operation can achieve:

    • Increase in efficiency: no moving, refilling cascades
    • Improvement in utilization: easy to use
    • 24/7 automatic air monitoring supervision
    • Fewer breathing air hardware requirements
    • Centralization of breathing air services
    • Safer working atmosphere

 

Quality respiratory protection is a serious concern that affects the health and wellbeing of your workforce. Employers must address these issues and provide quality breathing air solutions in order to create a safer working environment during turnaround and maintenance projects.

For more information about SmartCompressor,  supplied breathing air products and other types of respiratory protection services, plus learn how to achieve higher air standards, contact Total Safety today.

How To Stay OSHA Compliant Year-Round

 For all employers, providing a safe work environment for employees should be top priority. To ensure this obligation, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was set up to keep employees as safe and healthy as possible. OSHA creates actionable standards and rules for employers that are enforceable by law to ensure workplace safety. As with rules of any federal regulatory agency, compliance is key. Read on for tips on how operations stay compliant with safety procedures and regulations?     

What Does It Mean to be OSHA Compliant?

Since employers need to comply with OSHA standards, it’s crucial to know exactly what compliance means. To put it simply, being OSHA compliant means adhering to the agency’s rules and regulations that help keep workers safe by preventing workplace injuries and illnesses.

Companies have a duty to create a safe working environment and to follow health and safety standards. Creating an OSHA compliant work environment is much more complicated than just providing the proper PPE, employers must identify and correct all operational safety hazards by making required changes to working conditions, and even operational procedures. Employers need to address the compliance on a continuous basis to improve the working conditions and prevent illness or injury.  

Top OSHA Violations of 2021

The following are the top OSHA violations so far this year:

    1.     Fall Protection, General
    2.     Respiratory Protection
    3.     Ladders
    4.     Scaffolding
    5.     Hazard Communication
    6.     Lockout/Tagout
    7.     Fall Protection, Training Requirements
    8.     Eye and Face Protection (PPE)
    9.     Powered Industrial Trucks
    10.   Machinery/Machine Guard

 

As employers look to stay compliant, they must also:

    • Inform employees of chemical hazards via training, information sheets, and other methods.
    • Enforce latest COVID-19 mandates.
    • Provide safety training to employees in languages they understand.
    • Keep accurate records of all workplace injuries and illnesses.
    • Conduct required exposure testing in the workplace.
    • Provide hearing exams and other medical testing.
    • Post any OSHA citations and injury data where employees can read them.
    • Notify OSHA of a workplace fatality within 8 hours or 24 hours of a workplace injury.

By being vigilant and proactive, you can make sure your company remains fully compliant with OSHA regulations. Here are three additional strategies you can utilize to help ensure year-round compliance.      

 

Inspect Equipment and Workplace Regularly

One way to stay in full compliance with OSHA regulations is to schedule regular inspections of your equipment and workspace. These inspections should include OSHA rules that apply to your specific company along with any other safety-related areas. For example, if your operation uses machinery, routinely inspect this machinery and whenever possible take apart the equipment to check the working parts inside. If you discover parts worn, cracked or broken, replace them before letting your team use the equipment. To keep this process moving forward and not fall behind on your work, keep basic parts on hand.

 

Determine Rules Applicable to Your Operation

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has specific rules that affect many industries. To stay OSHA compliant, you should determine which rules and regulations apply to your company. Some rules are true across the board, like containing, storing and labeling hazardous chemicals, keeping floors and work surfaces clear, and providing proper safety equipment. There are also other OSHA requirements that pertain to certain types of operations. For example, a plant that utilizes loud machinery must protect employees with proper hearing PPE, such as earmuffs or earplugs.   

Common requirements that apply to most industries include:

    •   Hazard Communication – This requirement includes using appropriate GHS labels for hazardous chemicals.

 

    •   Emergency Action Plan – You want your workers to be prepared for worst-case scenarios: emergencies such as injuries or toxic contamination. Employers must have a plan to ensure safety in a fire or other emergency, including identified evacuation routes.

 

    •   Fire Safety – OSHA recommends all employers have a plan for fire prevention. You should also train your personnel on how to use firefighting equipment and how to safely exit the building.

 

    •   Exit Routes – It’s important that exit routes are unobstructed with doors that are clearly marked.

 

    •   Walking / Working Surfaces – These areas must be clear from potential hazards and include standards for fall protection.

 

    •   OSHA Compliant First Aid Kit – Make sure employees know where first aid kits are kept and understand basic first-aid protocols.

 

Assign a Safety/Health Compliance Officer

Having someone to manage employee safety is a great way to stay OSHA compliant. Allow your safety compliance officer the time and space to proactively research any changes in rules, create safety plans, and record any injuries that happen at work. By having a safety officer on staff, you’ll be reassured knowing that someone is devoted to OSHA related issues in the workplace, and alerting you to any situations before they become a problem. With COVID-19, for example, guidelines are constantly changing in response to managing the health and safety of workers. Total Safety Health Compliance Officers are trained in current pandemic workplace guidelines, and they have the leadership skills to adequately address issues with your management team on current health compliance.

 

By knowing what rules apply to your business, performing regular inspections, and assigning a safety officer, you can easily stay compliant with OSHA regulations. These are just a few ways your company can stay compliant and more importantly…keep your workforce safe year-round.

To find out how Total Safety can help keep your operation OSHA compliant, you can check out our compliance page or talk to a safety expert today. We’re ready to help!

How Safe is Your Fall Protection?

 According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), falls remain a serious threat to workers across many industries, including the construction and infrastructure sectors. In fact, falls are the leading cause of work-related injuries and fatalities in the construction industry. For these reasons, identifying fall hazards (prevention) and having reliable fall protection procedures in place is critical to keep your workforce safe. 

Question is…how safe is your fall protection and prevention?

 

What is Fall Protection and Prevention?

Fall prevention is a system that eliminates or prevents workers from falling. Fall protection, on the other hand, refers to the controls and processes used to lessen the impact and severity of a potential fall if it does occur.

Fall protection includes Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as hard hats, harnesses, and lanyards that meet OSHA standards. OSHA’s Fall Protection standard also requires properly training construction workers to understand how to wear and utilize this PPE.

Fall prevention controls include equipment such as scaffolding, guard rails or barricades; and process controls such as fall prevention planning and fall prevention training for construction workers.

“Falls are the leading cause of fatalities in the construction industry.”

When is fall protection required?

OSHA requires employers to provide and install fall protection equipment and fall prevention systems when hazards are present on a jobsite. In general, fall protection is required when working on levels measuring six feet tall and higher. Hazards that may require fall protection and prevention systems include: 

  • Formwork and reinforcing steel
  • Holes
  • Hoist areas
  • Ladders
  • Ramps, runways, and other walkways
  • Areas above dangerous equipment
  • Steep roofs
  • Wall openings
  • Unprotected sides and edges

 

 Fall Prevention Best Practices

Make fall prevention a priority at your operation by following OSHA’s comprehensive fall prevention standards and practices. Here are a few fall prevention best practices to incorporate:

Provide fall prevention training – Employers must clearly inform and train employees about potential fall hazards. Make training a regular part of the job to ensure workers are up to date on current standards and help to identify possible fall hazards.

Develop a plan appropriate for the job – Rather than taking a one-size-fits all approach, tailor your fall prevention measures to the unique hazards present on the jobsite. By taking the time to inspect conditions and identify potential hazards, employers can better protect their workers and avoid incidents.

 Fall protection equipment – Having the right fall protection and prevention equipment (harnesses, lanyards, lifelines) on the job can determine whether a worker goes home at the end of the shift or goes to the hospital. Invest in the proper equipment for each hazard presents – it’s worth the cost.

 Use qualified workers to install equipment – Whether it’s guardrails, scaffolding, or any other fall prevention system component, have them installed by qualified workers who understand the installation requirements.

 Avoid shortcuts – On the job, taking shortcuts like putting a ladder on top of scaffolding or temporarily disconnecting from a lifeline are how accidents happen.

 

Methods of Fall Protection

Fall protection falls into four basic categories: fall arrest, positioning, retrieval, and suspension.

    1. Fall Arrest – Fall arrest systems are required whenever a worker is exposed to a fall hazard. Common fall arrest equipment includes an anchor point, body harness, and connectors such as a lanyard or self-retracting lifeline.
    1. Positioning – Positioning systems allow the worker to sit back in their harness while performing work with both hands. The most common application is working from a ladder. This type of protection is not designed to be used to arrest a fall and must be used in conjunction with a fall arrest system, such as body belts, harnesses, and components.
    1. Retrieval – Also known as a rescue plan, this system covers the post-fall scenario of retrieving a worker who has fallen. Though OSHA doesn’t list or set examples, it’s noted that operations need to have a retrieval plan in place.   
    1. Suspension – A suspension system lowers and supports the worker providing a hands-free work environment. It’s important to note that a fall arrest system must be used alongside the suspension system.

 

OSHA, Subpart M, & Fall Protection 

According to OSHA, Subpart M lays out the requirements and criteria for fall protection in construction workplaces. It also covers protection from falling objects, falls from tripping over or falling through holes, and protection when walking and working around dangerous equipment.

Employers must set up the workplace to prevent employees from falling off a platform, elevated workstation, or into holes in the floor and walls. OSHA requires that fall protection be provided at elevations of four feet in general industry workplaces and six feet in the construction industry (as previously noted). In addition, OSHA requires that fall protection be provided when working over dangerous equipment and machinery, regardless of the fall distance.

To prevent employees from being injured from falls, employers must:

  • Guard every floor hole into which a worker can accidentally walk
  • Provide a guard rail and toe-board around every elevated open sided platform, floor, or runway
  • If a worker can fall into or onto dangerous machines or equipment, employers must provide guardrails and toe-boards to prevent workers from falling
  • Other means of fall protection that may be required on certain jobs include safety harnesses, safety nets, stair railings, and handrails

Total Safety Fall Protection Services

Looking for top-of-the-line fall prevention and protection services? Trust in the experts at Total Safety! We’ll ensure the safety of your fall protection and that it meets OSHA compliance regulation requirements. Our inspection services include comprehensive testing and inspection of all your fall protection gear. We also gather information to assess your site to determine what fall arrest equipment is needed. For more information, talk to one of our experts at 888-328-6825 or visit our site today. We’re ready to help!

The Benefits of a Connected Gas Detection Program and How to Make it Successful

Gas detection plays a fundamental role in helping keep workers and worksites safe from flammable and toxic gases. In fact, gas detection is one of the most critical aspects of any safety program, which is why safety teams must continually be on the lookout for the best, most up-to-date solutions.

There was a time when a gas detection program consisted only of detection devices, fast-responding sensors, and effective maintenance. These things are still foundational and essential, but today, they represent only part of the equation. 

The following are a few key items to keep in mind when developing a gas detection program:

Durability

You need to trust your gas detectors to run effectively even on the toughest worksites. That’s why a detector’s Ingress Protection (IP) rating matters. Look for equipment that has passed a 10-foot drop test and has an IP rating of IP68 for spray, dust and submersion.

Long Battery Life

Battery capacity is key…the longer the field life of the battery, the less maintenance and attention needed.

Fast, Effective Maintenance

Automated test systems calibrate and bump-test gas detectors automatically. A test stand should be able to select a gas cylinder automatically and help you save gas volume.

Wide Range of Applications

Whether used in confined spaces or locations like oil and gas platforms, the ideal product is designed to withstand the unique challenges of each environment and activity.

Substantial Warranty 

Gas detector suppliers that offer strong warranties stand behind their customer service and technical support. Substantial instrument and sensor warranties are a great indication of product quality and durability.

Software as a Service

Software as a service consolidates all information from portables in one place. It should bring data from devices together in a user-friendly format so safety professionals can make the most of it.

Seamless Connectivity

Your solution should alert you at the detector and remotely via computer or mobile device, simplifying system setup and connectivity.

And of course…Advanced Technology

Total Safety & MSA: Trusted Partners in Gas Detection Solutions For Over 30 Years.

Total Safety are experts in leveraging MSA gas detection technologies to fit your unique needs in any hazardous environment, recording data even when offline and in the most rigorous conditions.

As safety managers face new challenges in maintaining a healthy fleet while balancing it with other safety goals, cloud connectivity has become vitally important in gas detection. Connected gas detection programs save safety managers precious time on gas detection management, and it enables much-needed insight which drives improved safety outcomes.

Having technology that works brings peace of mind to your operation. A successful gas detection program fulfills safety expectations, objectives, and improves safety outcomes. When combining gas detection equipment and sensor technology with software technology, operations are provided benefits such as:

  • Safety process improvements
  • Informed decision making
  • Drive worker compliance and accountability
  • Maximize gas detector uptime
  • Identify training opportunities
  • Record keeping compliance
  • Real-time alarm alerts

World-class MSA detection equipment combined with Grid services puts detection data to work for people in charge of safety. Safety io Grid software has a user-friendly interface that creates a comprehensive picture and helps streamline the gas detection program. 

From volatile compounds to CO2 and carbon monoxide, the system monitors, measures, and collects data on these and other elements that could pose a risk to workers. Grid services help bring workers home safely, providing real-time, data-driven insights for people to make informed decisions, maximize detector up time, document alarm activity, and drive accountability.  

The Safety io Grid will further streamline gas safety management:

  • Safety managers can now determine the warranty status of a sensor remotely, without having the device to hand.
  • Grid services now allow devices to be assigned to a specific department, worker and/or location via virtual device labelling.
  • The notification system now helps customers automate calibration gas refills and other maintenance concerns

 

Data Security

Together, Total Safety and MSA Are Committed to Protect Employee Privacy and Data.

Just like choosing the most reliable gas detectors and selecting the most practical gas detection management software, safety professionals also should look for the most reliable and secured connectivity solution.

Here are two key reasons why:

  1. Sensitive Data: Connected portable gas detectors store and process sensitive information, such as worker location information. For this reason, keeping workers safe means keeping sensitive data safe, too.
  1. Data Integrity: Because device readings and test information are critical to protecting workers, they must be complete and free from error. Maintaining data integrity means ensuring that device information that’s stored in the cloud remains complete, accurate, and reliable – no matter how long the data is stored or how often it is accessed by authorized personnel. 

For safety managers who want to reap the benefits of a connected gas detection program, it’s essential to embrace the advanced technologies that make secure connectivity a reality. 

Secure connectivity that’s coupled with best-in-class detectors, test equipment, and practical insights gives safety managers peace of mind, freeing them up to focus on the bigger goals of the overall safety program. MSA ensures that measures are in place which allows Total Safety to deliver sensitive reports and information to only authorized people in efforts to protect employee privacy and secure data integrity.      

MSA (with Safety io software) maintains a rigorous data privacy policy and strict protection system to help ensure that the information from your devices remain confidential and safe. 

Safety io backs up customer data every 12 hours and provides an advanced set of access, encryption, and logging features to help customers control their data more effectively. Safety io also is certified to ISO/IEC 27001:2013 for information security management practices. 

 

Conclusion

In partnership with MSA, trust Total Safety with your connected worker safety program. Through our connected gas detection programs, we combine our highly trained expertise with the latest equipment to fulfill our mission of ensuring the safe Wellbeing of Workers Worldwide. 

Together, we ensure that data integrity of gas detection equipment is at the forefront for workplace safety. Total Safety and MSA both have the experience and track record you can trust. Call, email, or text when you will reach an expert…no matter where you live.

Learn more here about MSA’s commitment, capabilities, equipment, and services.

EHS Best Practices with Management Systems and Training Programs

An EHS management system can provide many benefits to an organization. Worker safety, meeting regulatory requirements, minimizing operational risks, and meeting the demands of your customer are just a few advantages of an efficient EHS system. For the success and safety of your business or operation, it’s important to have a smooth implementation of an EHS Management System.

 

What is EHS?

Before we talk about best practices, let’s go over the definition of EHS and the role an efficient EHS management system has on safeguarding your operation. EHS stands for Environment, Health, and Safety. EHS is a term used to refer to laws, regulations, programs, and workplace efforts to protect the health of workers, the public, and the environment from hazards associated with the workplace.

(E) Environment – This term represents the world we live in and concerns the prevention of things like air pollution, environmental releases, and chemical spills.

(H) Health – Health refers to things that can make workers sick, like biological pathogens, airborne particulates, radiation, and exposure to noise or harmful smells.

(S) Safety – Here we’re talking about the things that can cause injury at the workplace such as falls, machinery accidents, and other equipment mishaps or malfunctions.

 

Why is EHS so important?

To put it simply, EHS programs and protocols help prevent injuries, illnesses, and harmful effects on the environment. Worldwide EHS programs have made worksites much safer for workers, but events such as the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon spill are reminders of the significant importance of EHS management. Because such hazards are real, these programs are increasingly necessary and provide real benefits to operations around the globe.

EHS programs also show that companies care about the physical and mental well-being of employees. By implementing an active EHS culture, your company can have a positive effect on employee morale, retention, and productivity. Studies conducted by the American Psychological Association indicate that millennials rank safety as an issue of workplace stress higher than any other issue.

Other EHS management systems benefits include:

  • Improved reporting consistency
  • On-the-go data-logging
  • Streamlined data collection
  • Better regulatory compliance

 

What’s an EHS manager?

Overall, the EHS manager is there to identify, reduce, and control risks and hazards at a jobsite. Some of the responsibilities may include:

  • Risk management analysis
  • Performing incident investigations
  • Job hazard identification
  • Organizing safety committees
  • Ensuring regulatory compliance
  • Tracking environmental, health, and safety training
  • Improving operational performance

These duties are normally carried out by one person, but it’s not uncommon to divide tasks between a team of people.     

 

EHS Software

There are applications that can be used as part of a company’s EHS management program. Here are examples of how software can make this process more effective:

  • Storage of safety data sheets
  • Manage confined space entry permits
  • Organize incident investigations
  • Track spill responses
  • Manage emissions tracking
  • Organize EHS training

 

EHS Best Practices

Along with regulations and compliance standards, it’s important to go above and beyond to keep your employees safe. Incorporating insights and procedures toward environment, health, and safety management are keys to the success of your business. From training to compliance, these following practices can help maximize the stability and safety of your operation.

 

Training

Training is a fundamental element in general safety compliance programs. This may include initial, refresher, or annual training. Training content generally must be workplace and equipment specific. Training subjects may include:

  • Hazard recognition
  • Protection
  • Equipment usage
  • Equipment care
  • Emergency procedures

While training records aren’t always required by the regulations, it’s a best practice to keep documentation of training. This will make it easy to track who’s been trained, when training occurred, and provide proof of compliance with regulatory standards.

 

Safety Plans

Whether required or not, having a written plan can help your company and employees. Before writing any plan, find out what your company is required to do under applicable regulations, and see if a written plan or written requirements are specified in the regulations.

If the regulations don’t have any written requirements, decide whether your company could still benefit from a written plan. Reasons to develop a written plan may include:

  • Work involving safety concerns is carried out safely
  • Requirements designed to ensure safety measures are communicated and understood by workers
  • Company-specific procedures are in place to safeguard the health and safety of all employees.

 

Chemical Management

If a worker has been exposed to harmful chemicals on the job, it’s critical to know compliance requirements and have a plan set to help manage the situation. One requirement is an inventory of the chemicals your facility uses. Developing a list can be a formidable task, but it is a requirement. Be sure to have a solid procedure in place to keep your chemical list updated.

Labeling is another important step. All containers of hazardous chemicals in your facility should be properly labeled with information on the chemical’s identity and potential hazards.

One common misstep is not having safety data sheets for each chemical. There are many different systems available to help with this process, so whatever method you choose, make sure your workers have access when they need it.

Training is a very important component when dealing with chemicals. Train all workers and provide the valuable information needed when chemicals with new hazards are introduced. In fact, compliance officers can issue citations if employees can’t answer questions about your operation’s HazCom program.   

 

Incident Management

Even for short durations, losing employees to injury or illness can be a major disruption to your operation. It may also hurt morale, productivity, turnover, and company reputation. So it’s good practice to maintain and analyze injury and illness records. Incident management helps your operation uncover workplace safety and health issues and track your progress in resolving them.

Under compliance regulations, covered employers are required to prepare and maintain records of serious occupational injuries and illnesses. This is important for employers and workers in evaluating the safety of a workplace, understanding industry hazards, and implementing worker protections to reduce and eliminate hazards. When incidents do occur, EHS managers may want to evaluate injuries and illnesses to look for patterns and implement ways to minimize risk.

 

Audits

An audit process to identify existing or potential hazards should be included in any effective safety and health program. A safety audit is a good way to see if your operation is following proper health and safety guidelines.

Audits are not inspections. Inspections are necessary to look at the facility, the process, and the jobs in order to control any hazards that may exist. An audit is simply to check how an employer’s inspection process is working.

Audits help ensure compliance with safety regulations because the process requires a close examination of the workplace and processes.

Records – This may include written plans, injury reports, confined space permits, or other documentation. If there is a safety inspection, the compliance officer will likely review these records, so you’ll want to make sure that they’re current and in order.

Training – It’s important that training and documentation is up to date and reflects your current operations.

Employees – A good practice is to talk to employees about their training to ensure knowledge and understanding of work safety.

 

EHS management will continue to evolve as the world changes, technology advances, and new issues arise. But the importance of the health and safety of workers, communities, and the environment will never change. We hope this article helped define EHS, why it’s so important, and some best practices to implement at your operation.

What is Lone Working + How Can Lone Worker Technology Protect Workers?

How Safe Is Your Lone Worker?

Enabled by flexibility, adaptation, and technology, ‘lone working’ in almost every industry is on the rise. Yet lone workers face many challenges in the workplace, among them increased risks from both social and environmental hazards. Since lone workers operate in isolation, they require a different set of safety measures and solutions. In today’s industrial work environment, providing lone worker protection and advanced safety technology is absolutely crucial.

 

What is a lone worker?

The term ‘lone worker’ is actually more than it sounds. A lone worker is anyone who carries out their job tasks out of eyesight of colleagues and employers. You can find lone working jobs in a considerable number of industries such as construction, security, healthcare, and factory work.

“Total Safety is there to protect lone workers on the job, 24/7.”

 

Workers in every industry confront some degree of risk, yet the lone worker faces an increased risk simply due to the fact that they are alone. Lone workers cannot call out for help to a fellow worker in the event of an emergency. Furthermore, if workers run into any dangers or hazards, there’s nobody nearby to assist them or provide medical treatment.

 

OSHA Guidelines

Although there are no other federal OSHA rules that specifically apply to working alone, requirements of health regulations still apply. For example, OSHA’s guidelines for medical assistance require employers to have someone on site who is trained to administer first aid and that medical supplies are available (unless there is a hospital or clinic 3 to 4 minutes away). It is the employer’s responsibility to have medical treatment and first aid readily available to all lone workers.

According to Health & Safety International magazine, there are over 50 million lone workers in the United States, Canada, and Europe combined. This number represents about 15% of the entire overall workforce. These additional stats reflect the importance of implementing a lone worker safety policy:

  • 44% of workers say they face personal safety issues at their primary worksite
  • According to the US Department of Labor, there are 10,000 victims of sudden cardiac arrest at work annually
  • Each year, approximately 92 workers die in confined space related work incidents

These numbers indicate how dangerous it can be as a lone worker. S it’s clear that lone worker safety (and applying lone safety technology) should be a high priority for any organization.

 

Lone Worker Safety Devices

“Response time in emergency situations is critical. Every second counts. Connectivity is a key component in managing a timely response.”

Lone worker safety devices have become increasingly popular in recent years. These devices are designed to protect workers from the challenges that come with working alone. A lone worker safety device is a tool, app, or service which allows for communication with managers or a safety team in emergency situations. It provides a quick way to reach others in an emergency and provide reassurance for workers so they can get the job done with confidence.

To notify safety personnel, a lone worker safety device can have features like a has a panic button and GPS location capability to alert responders to where the worker needing assistance is located. Some devices will also offer additional functionality such as discreet panic, two-way audio, and recorded voice notes.

 

Device/System Advantages

Lone worker safety devices and systems connect workers across a variety of lone working job roles. Here are situations where lone worker systems provide such an advantage to employees:

  • Invisible Hazards (ie. poor air quality)
  • Trips and Falls
  • Heavy Equipment Accidents
  • Environmental Dangers
  • Medical Emergencies
  • Hazardous Objects (Injuries from being struck by or against nearby object)
  • Violence at Workplace
  • Vehicular Accidents

“Employee-worn technology and monitoring automation are the most robust solutions to keep lone workers safe.”

Employees may also be outfitted with a warning device or alarm. This may include panic alarms or other distress signals the employee can activate from the work site. Employers may also choose to utilize an automatic alarm that goes off under certain conditions, such as lack of movement or exposure to hazardous substances. Automatic alarms can be especially helpful for reducing safety risk in the event a lone worker has fallen unconscious or is unable to speak.

Alarms are available from multiple manufacturers and may be selected based on the specific characteristics of the work environment. The alarm itself won’t protect workers, so it’s absolutely critical to have an emergency response procedure in place once the alarm is triggered. It is the employer’s responsibility to protect their workers and train them on the Emergency Response Plan(ERP) specific to their job.

Finally, employers should implement a system for incident reporting so that if any accidents or injuries do occur, the situation can be remedied before additional incidents occur.

 

Implementing a lone worker policy

Training

Lone workers need to be trained and prepared for every possible scenario. Upon entering a workspace, it’s important for lone workers to know how to scan the environment for potential hazards. Some common conditions to look into include weather risks, chemicals, biohazards, or the potential for slips or falls. Conduct risk assessments to determine the best way to handle each individual situation. Your operation should have a clear emergency response plan in place and site managers must know how to execute the plan. Training and practice are critical in emergency situations.

 

Employee Communication

Communication technology has come a long way over the years. Advanced innovation in worksite communication gives lone workers access to intrinsically safe devices with features such as:

  • Panic Buttons
  • SOS Calling
  • GPS Location Capability
  • Two-way communication
  • Automatic check-ins
  • Fall detection
  • Movement detection

 

Mobile app solutions

Organizations are turning to mobile apps to improve lone worker safety. Today, mobile apps use location services to pin-point workers’ precise location and give them a connection to emergency assistance without pushing a button. Employees need personal safety devices that deliver such notifications within seconds.

 

Total Safety’s SafeTekGuard

SafeTek Guard™ keeps lone workers safe with connected worker technologies to provide real-time data and assistance in critical situations including emergency notification monitoring, motion detection, and open communication and alarm technology. From gas monitoring to motion and fall recognition, our connected wearable technologies  have a variety of capabilities.

 

When Safety Matters, We’re Ready.™

Now more than ever, it’s important to have the technology, real-time insights, and a working emergency response plan in place to protect your lone workers. For more information about lone worker solutions and our SafeTek Guard™ technology, talk to a safety expert at Total Safety today. We’re ready to help!

Protecting Your Workers With Advanced Safety Technology

Without a doubt, your most valuable asset is your workers. Keeping workers safe should be at the top of every company’s priority list. To get the job done right, workers need to be healthy, safe, and protected. Safety is more than an action item, it’s a responsibility. Advanced safety technology is one way to help create a safer environment for your workers.

Technology can help prevent accidents, injuries, and loss of life through advancements like fall protection, GPS, wearable devices, real time communications, and gas detection. Not only does technology protect workers, it also helps operations stay in compliance with OSHA regulations.

Falls remain the number one cause of injury and death at construction worksites.

Innovation provides other benefits to your operation as well. For example, state-of-the-art monitoring systems centralize, analyze, and report data in real-time to help your business be more efficient, productive, and streamlines costs.

At Total Safety, our mission is to ensure the safe wellbeing of workers worldwide. That’s why we provide advanced safety technology and innovation to worksites around the world.

Let’s look at a few of our breakthrough technologies that help keep workers safe.

 

Fall Protection

Fall hazards can never be ignored. In fact, fall protection was the most-cited standard enforced by OSHA in 2019 and remains the number one cause of injury and death at construction worksites. Falls usually happen due to inadequate safety equipment, failure to safety procedures, improper use, and neglecting safety measures. With Total Safety, new innovations keep workers safe with real-time monitoring, motion and non-motion detection, and immediate alert technology. Fall detection devices are regularly inspected to ensure that protection meets safety and compliance regulation requirements.

 

Centralized Confined Space Monitoring (CCSM)

Working in tight, enclosed spaces can be a very challenging situation. Total Safety’s patented Centralized Confined Space Monitoring™ System (CCSM) maximizes worker safety by monitoring confined spaces remotely from a central control room. CCSM includes an innovative risk control process to employ dedicated equipment with trained safety technicians. Our system uses five types of technology which includes badge/ID reader technology, fixed gas monitoring, closed-circuit cameras, audible and visual alarms, and push-to-talk communications.

 

Gas Detection

Industrial worksites face the threat of gas exposure, which can endanger the lives of workers and compromise the project at hand. Our gas detection technology helps keep your workers safe from invisible threats. Trained technicians, intelligent software, and specialized equipment provide gas detection monitoring in real-time. Mobile-connected smart inspection, alerts, and asset tracking will safeguard your jobsite in compliance with OSHA regulations. Connectivity also provides the gateway to relay data to smart software for storage, organization, and reporting. 

 

Wearable Devices

When it comes to work safety, be assured that protection is always with you. Wearable technology, such as Total Safety’s SafeTek ShieldTM, keeps workers safe with real-time monitoring, detection, and immediate response. From gas monitoring to motion and fall recognition, wearable GPS devices track, notify, and provide emergency assistance in an instant to protect workers during critical situations.

 

Real-Time Communication

Direct, real-time communications is vital in mission critical situations. At Total Safety, we use Motorola 2-way radios because they are engineered for reliability in the toughest conditions and situations. Our connected 2-way radio systems, networks, and communications monitoring link workers to a centralized control room, ensuring immediate assistance and responsive incident resolution. Real-time communications help keep your workers safe, when they need it most.   

 

PPE Distribution

Today, personal protective equipment (PPE) is one of the most important items available to help safeguard your workforce. We utilize smart vending and online ordering of PPE to provide workers the essential equipment needed to get the job done safely and efficiently. SafeTek eDistribution™ technology makes it easy for you to order, monitor, track, and distribute PPE, tooling, and supplies. Total Safety’s eProcurement solutions combines technology and advanced reporting to ensure workforce safety and increase productivity.   

 

Asset Management

It’s crucial to make sure your workers have the right tools, at the right time, right at their disposal. Asset management solutions are designed to monitor, control, distribute, and maintain PPE, tools, and supplies to optimize production output. With our industrial vending machine’s auto-refill functionality and tool cribs, these solutions help increase productivity, efficiency, and peace of mind. 

 

The best way to keep workers safe is having the latest, most advanced technology on your side. We can help. Talk to a Total Safety expert today (888-328-6825) and find out more about our SafeTek™ worker safety technology. 

 

The Importance of Head Protection in Industrial Safety

On any industrial worksite, the most important and vital asset to protect is your head. The human brain is delicate, fragile, and the ‘packaging’ which houses it is vulnerable to impact, bumps, and shock. In fact, head injury is still one of the most common causes of fatal accidents on the jobsite. Since the brain is so soft, it can be damaged by contact with the inside of the skull and also by compression. Proper head protection acts like the crumple zone on your car, absorbing the energy and spreading out the time of the impact.

“Head injury is one of the most common causes of fatal accidents on the jobsite.”  

It’s imperative that you select the right gear to protect your head and brain. Honeywell, a partner of Total Safety, makes some of the most durable, reliable, and comfortable safety helmets available. We’ll learn about that more a little later in the article.

 

 

Sensible Risk Management

It’s essential for you to get the best performance from your head protection. Helmets and head protection should come with full instructions and the manufacturer or supplier should also provide additional information. It’s imperative to always follow the manufacturer’s set instructions.

There may be other specific national regulations that require head protection. In the UK, regulations require that suitable safety helmets be worn where there is a foreseeable risk of injury to the head.

Before choosing any protective gear, you should try to remove the hazard or make the hazard less severe. In accordance with sensible risk management, assess the hazards and take the necessary steps to reduce risks until they are as low as is reasonably possible.

 

The Most Popular Head Protection: Helmets

At work, the best way to protect your head is with a good helmet. Problem is, workers won’t wear a helmet that’s uncomfortable or fits poorly. So it’s important that you select a comfortable, proper-fitting helmet, like the Honeywell North Zone™ Hard Hat. Here are a few things to know about the care, cleaning, usage, and proper fit of your helmet.

 

Proper Fit – The ideal fit for protective headgear should leave a little breathing room so that air can flow freely. There are many helmets designed to adjust to the user’s head shape and size. A common feature includes a sliding mechanism that allows you to adapt the tightness of your helmet. When finding your fit, try to locate a spot in which the hard hat feels secure, yet not painfully tight. Skin abrasions are a sign that you haven’t adjusted your hard hat to the appropriate size.

 

Strap Adjustment – Make sure your strap is secure, yet not too tight. Always adjust the harness suspension to maintain the proper clearance between your head and helmet. There should be approximately 1 to 1 ¼ inches of clearance from your head. Also, examine the strap to ensure it’s not frayed or tattered.

 

Signs of Wear – Every time you use your helmet, look for any cracks in the outer covering. Any cracks, gouges, or flaking can be problematic. Deterioration such as cracks or chalking can cause the hat to break when hit, banged, or knocked.

 

Proper Cleaning – When cleaning your hard hat, use a mild soap and some warm water. Abrasive cleaners could damage the surface and weaken the shell. Keep your head protection stored away from contaminates, dirt, and debris that can damage the helmet. Also, keep your helmet out of direct sunlight and excessive heat. Sun and heat can harm the outer shell and cause the harness to deteriorate over time.

 

Proper Replacement – Determining when to replace your hat is dependent on usage, time, and discretion. A helmet should be replaced when or before its protective capacity is significantly reduced. The manufacturer of the helmet is a good source of guidance when deciding replacement. Most manufacturers have specific recommendations detailing when you will need to replace your hard hat. The average lifetime for a safety helmet is approximately 2 to 5 years. Ultimately, if your helmet shows advanced wear and tear, then it’s probably a good time to replace it.

 

Head Protection Standards

OSHA mandates specific requirements for head protection in the workplace and states that employers are responsible to ensure that workers wear proper head protection. OSHA has two standards that carry out safety hat requirements: 29 CFR 1910.135, which refers to industrial workers, and 29 CFR 1926.100 that applies to construction, demo, and renovation workers. Both standards require workers to wear hard hats or safety helmets if there is any potential risk of head injury.

 

Protective Pairings

Helmets are also paired with other PPE such as eye protection, visors, and ear protection. According to Honeywell, Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) is the number one occupational disease in the US and Canada. Unlike most injuries, it’s hard to tell when someone has been affected by NIHL because it’s painless and progressive. Yet the good news is that Noise-Induced Hearing Loss is totally preventable. Learn about Honeywell’s award-winning hearing technology and how they can help your team understand more about NIHL.

Speaking of Honeywell, this top brand is one of the leading providers of head protection in the industry. Combining innovation, technology, and quality, here is a sample of Honeywell’s game-changing, top-selling head protection products:

 

Honeywell Fibre-Metal E-1 Full Brim Hard Hat
On impact, the SuperEight impact energy control system dissipates force by reducing it to smaller increments and spreading it over a greater area. Full brim adds an extra margin of protection from hazardous sun rays and hazardous falling substances.

 

Honeywell E-2 Cap Style Hard Hat
The exclusive smooth crown design contains a technically advanced suspension with eight load bearing points to stabilize and balance the hard hat during everyday wear.

 

Honeywell Fibre-Metal Roughneck Fiberglass Cap
Fibre-Metal Roughneck caps with the SuperEight suspension are the industry standard for heavy duty protection. These injection-molded fiberglass caps have earned a solid reputation on construction sites, steel plants, and other extreme jobsite environments.

 

Honeywell North Matterhorn Hard Hat
All-purpose lateral impact HDPE hard hat with foam liner is tough and durable. It’s the choice of quick fix or ratchet suspensions, both with forehead comfort band and crown pad for optimal comfort.

 

A safety helmet is a necessary part of the work day. It helps protect your head from impact, shock, and major injury. To put it simply, proper head protection can save your life! Wearing a hard hat may be a little uncomfortable at first, but with a few adjustments, it’ll become second nature. Most importantly, the right helmet will protect the most important asset of all…your brain. So as you gear up for work, remember to put on your Honeywell hard hat, protect your head, and return home safely at the end of the day.

Tips for Turnaround Project Planning

 Plant turnaround is an inevitable reality and a common occurrence in many industries. A turnaround is a scheduled stoppage of part or all of a plant’s operation. It’s normal for operations to stop for maintenance, replace equipment, upgrade resources, or to maintain regulatory compliance. Over time, assets age, processes fail, and you may need to periodically shut down in order to get your operation back to full production again.

For any organization, turnaround is a massive undertaking. Beyond the possible financial pressures, this process can be one of the biggest challenges an operation can encounter. A shutdown can bring up many questions, complexities, and logistical concerns. Let’s look at how your next turnaround project can be more simple, safe, and streamlined.    

 

Planning For Success

As an organization, it’s important to define turnaround objectives with your turnaround project, plan 6-18 months in advance before the shutdown or turnaround occurs. Management must then clearly outline what work needs to be accomplished by creating a clearly defined set of criteria.

A sound mitigation strategy helps reduce downtime, improves safety, and reduces costs while enhancing business process optimization and mitigating risk. Plan for the unseen! It’s vital to control the shutdown without scheduled delays. From one phase to the next, the plan needs to address all activities and expected deliverables. Setting goals, developing strategies, defining tasks, and creating schedules form the basis of turnaround development and success.

Leadership can maximize efficiency by creating a Gantt chart and utilizing project management software. With these tools, teams can schedule and assign tasks, create a work breakdown structure, and evaluate progress in real-time.

Also, make sure stakeholders are on board with the process upfront. Share all facets of the upcoming event with stakeholders, like turnaround objectives, project preparation schedule, capital project integration, resource requirements, and initiating a dynamic risk management process.

 

Scope Management & Cost Control

After the initial planning is complete, it’s time to define the scope of the project and select the actual work to be accomplished. Cost control is a key component. It’s important to determine, for instance, if monitoring technology is more cost effective than hiring extra workers for the project. Once you have identified the specific work to be added to the scope, evaluate it thoroughly. If proposed work meets the requirement, include it in the project. If it does not meet the requirements, staff should consider scheduling it at a different time. During this phase, take time to identify and formulate cost estimates, schedules, work lists, and resources needed to complete the turnaround.       

 

SafeTek Worker Safety Technology

“Almost 50% of work-related accidents occur during plant maintenance outages and stoppages, according to TA Cook and Solomon Associates.”  

Turnaround is where operational and worker safety are at their peak of vulnerability. Ensuring jobsite safety for workers, contractors, and visitors should be a top priority during shutdown. Turnaround can present many challenges for safety and may involve workers performing tasks that aren’t necessarily routine. Also, a large number of contractors may be working on site for the first time with little knowledge of the equipment, supplies, and processes.

Here are a few advanced safety solutions you should include in your next turnaround phase.

 

 

SafeTek SmartMonitor™

During large-scale turnaround projects, monitoring in confined spaces is absolutely critical. A Centralized Confined Space Monitoring (CCSM) system utilizes advanced technology, connecting safety equipment and highly specialized technicians to keep an eye on workers in tight areas. With CCSM, entrants to confined spaces have an improved line of communication and visibility to operators in the centralized control room.        

 

SafeTek WorkZone™

Lockout/Tagout (LOTO) procedures ensure that machinery is properly shut off and unable to start up again prior to completion of maintenance work. LOTO software increases efficiency in creating complete and accurate lockout/tagout packages that include tags, field lists and associated documents, to help companies meet regulatory safety requirements by reducing inconsistencies caused by manual processes.

 

SafeTek Communication™

During turnaround, communication is key. Mission-critical 2-way communications like Motorola’s push-to-talk radios are ideal for these projects, maximizing safety, efficiency, and compliance by providing immediate service during maintenance or shutdown.

 

SafeTek Guard™

Wearable technology, such as SafeTek GuardTM, keeps workers safe with real-time monitoring, detection, and immediate response. This portable technology is especially crucial during shutdown and turnaround projects. From gas monitoring to motion and fall recognition, wearable technology can track, notify, and provide emergency assistance to protect workers during critical situations. 

Total Safety provides all of these solutions to help safeguard workers during turnaround, shutdown, or maintenance projects.   

 

Risk Management

It’s important to know the potential risks associated with turnarounds. To help mitigate risk, work with experienced partners who understand turnaround procedures and provide solutions that enable you to plan for the unseen.

Risk management begins by minimizing the risks with the highest impact. Risks are added and subtracted from a list based on potential new risks, existing uncertainties, and other changing conditions. Not all risks can be managed, but if the team focuses on areas with the highest impact, the success of the project will be maximized.

Also, make sure your workplace is compliant with OSHA regulations. OSHA guidelines will help your operation adhere to required safety standards. To further manage risk, utilize worker safety technology, provide equipment such as air-breathing apparatus, and establish emergency response and safety personnel during the turnaround process.                

 

Stakeholder Communication   

It’s a good idea to communicate with shareholders as often as possible. Provide daily email updates and have scheduled check-in meetings to discuss progress, problems, or any potential monetary concerns. If a problem or delay does occur, resolution will be much easier if you’re in consistent communication with shareholders.            

Turnaround is a complex (and expensive) endeavor. But if your operation plans accordingly, assess the risks, and applies advanced technology to keep workers safe, your turnaround phase will go as smoothly and efficiently as possible.

Need help planning your next turnaround? Talk to a Total Safety expert today.