How can PLC Members Go Green for Safety?
Evaluating risk is the first step in preventing accidents in the workplace. As we review safety issues in this newsletter, we will consistently talk about “Going Green” in regards to safety. What does this mean? Very simply, we classify potential safety risks in the workplace using a three-color system.
• Red is used to classify tasks that are dangerous or clear hazards present in the workplace.
• Yellow is used to classify tasks that could be dangerous or potential hazards present in the workplace.
• Green is used to classify tasks and potential hazards in the workplace where risk is low or eliminated thanks to measures including Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) being used and readily available; employees being made aware of and able to communicate about hazards, PPE requirements, first aid measures, storage requirements and handling procedures; or where annual training on preventing injury is being completed.
The goal with going GREEN is to get all tasks and potential hazards to GREEN and to have a system for recognizing tasks and elements in the workplace that are clearly hazards – RED, or potentially hazardous and in need of improvement – YELLOW.
PLC Safety Newsletter
March 1, 2018
By Miranda Gowell, PLC Safety Coordinator
When you are conducting routine fire prevention maintenance you may want to consider the following guidelines:
- Clean up fuel, oil or grease spills.
- Perform routine maintenance provided by manufacturer.
- Remove any debris from your machine daily after your shift.
- Look for damaged wires and repair or replace them weekly.
- Be mindful of overheating brakes.
- Ensure flammables are not stored on or in equipment.
- Inspect the drive shaft and ensure there is no built up debris.
- Drop the belly pan and remove side shields to remove spills and debris once a week.
- Steam clean the unit at least once a month.
- During dry conditions you should clear debris from the equipment half way through your shift and at the end of your shift or twice a day or as frequently as needed.
- Engage battery disconnect switch if available at shutdown.
- Have a charged inspected fire extinguisher on the machine at all times.
- As a backup, have a gallon of water in the machine.
- Have water tanks available.
- Check water tanks for air pressure and water levels.
- Regularly test and maintain fire suppression equipment.
- Check the equipment 15-20 minutes after shutdown. Many fires occur after shut-down.
- Maintain the engine cooling system.
- Keep the cab of the equipment clean.
- Do not transport flammable liquids on the machine.
- Before refueling, shut off the engine.
- No smoking within 50 feet of refueling station.
- Clean all spills completely and dispose of cleanup materials in approved containers and dispose per SDS recommendations.
- Park equipment out of debris and 50’ from other equipment.
Does your company need help performing Safety Audits?
For assistance contact:
Miranda Gowell, PLC Safety Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or (207) 841-0250