Lightning Master is a full service static solutions and lightning transient protection company. We have been serving the oil, gas, and chemical industries since 1984, and since then, safety for our customers and employees has been top priority. Every year workplace injuries cost the economy 198.2 billion dollars. Our goal is to reduce this number by providing a safe and favorable workplace. Please utilize the below safety checklist as a guide to comply with OSHA standards and to help insure the safety of yourself, your co-workers and your facilities.
- Have all new employees gone through proper safety training procedures?This should include training in a variety of areas, including:
- How and when to utilize a fire extinguisher vs. other fire repellant options
- Proper use and application of a respirator
- Use of ladders, lifts and raising equipment
- Company policy for notification during an emergency
- Are safety meetings held to educate employees on how to prevent illness in the work place? These illness prevention meetings should cover topics such as:
- Preventing heat exhaustion
- Avoiding sun over exposure
- Preventing ear damage from load noises and long term sound exposure
- Reducing the spread of common seasonal illnesses such as colds and flus
- Avoiding exhaustion
- Are safety trainings performed often enough?It is important to train all field personal on a regular basis to ensure they know how to avoid an incident and what to do during and after one occurs. Be sure of it by offering classes at least 3 times a year. OSHA provides a 10-Hour General Industry Outreach-Trainer presentation that can be utilized as a basis for training.
Proper Safety Attire
- Hard hats or helmets: are required to be worn on all construction sites to protect against head injuries.
- Protective goggles or face shields: should be easily accessible and are required on all facilities where there is danger of flying materials.
- Gloves and aprons: are utilized to protect against cuts, corrosive liquids, and chemicals.
- Reflective clothing: should be issued to all employees working at night or in areas of low lighting.
- Ear protection: such as ear plugs and ear muffs are warn to protect the ear drum from load, close and dangerous sounds and noise.
- Maintenance and storage: All safety and protective gear should be maintained and tested regularly. Additionally all materials should be stored in a sanitary and easily accessible place for ease of access and safety procedure implementation.
- Site changes and updates: Since each lightning and static protection system is installed based on each individuals site specifications, changes can make a big impact. Ensure that all impacted parties are notified of site changes and updates as well as any item that is scheduled for update.
- Weather preparedness: Having a weather plan for all condition changes, including rain, snow, or hail and informing employees of these plans is critical to avoiding incident. This plan should provide a working knowledge of which equipment needs to be stored for weather and when to shut down aspects of a site or even the entire job.
- Inspections: Sites should be inspected each day or before the beginning of a new job. Look for any potential hazards that violate OSHA regulations including damaged pipes, vales, or plugs.
Through addressing the above regularly, the number of workplace injuries can be greatly reduced. Visit the OSHA website to learn more about safety hazards in the oil, gas, and chemical industry, and to learn additional strategies to prevent them.