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Be Safe - Don't Be A Turkey - manufacturing hazards have no holiday

December 02, 2009


Machine Safety is 24/7 - so don’t be a turkey. In the annual tradition, my family gathered around the Thanksgiving table as the turkey was served. The turkey was carved, we gave thanks, and we enjoyed a wonderful meal of abundance. And at the end the turkey was no more.

So, as the analogy goes, keep your eye on machine safety 24/7, follow OSHA’s directives by completing those risk assessments and complying with the regulations, and mitigate the identified hazards to tolerable risk levels. Hazards have no Holiday!

By following these simple steps you can avoid becoming the “turkey”. As we all know, the president only pardons one turkey per year at Thanksgiving. So my advice is - Don’t Be A Turkey.

Have a great Holiday!

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Posted by J.B. Titus on December 2, 2009

COMMENT

December 29, 2009

In response to: Be Safe - Don't Be A TurkeyClive Lee commented:

 

Regarding: “complying with the regulations, and mitigate the identified hazards to tolerable risk levels. Hazards”.

Who decides the level of tolerable risk? To ensure that buyer and seller agree what is acceptable for a given industry a common standard should exist.



For more than 30 years, J.B. Titus has advised a wide range of clients on machine functional safety solutions, including Johnson + Johnson, Siemens, General Motors, Disney, Rockwell Automation, Bridgestone Firestone, and Samsung Heavy Industries. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Oklahoma University in industrial management and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University in marketing and finance. He is a professional member of the American Society of Safety Engineers and is OSHA-certified in machine guarding. Titus is also TUV-certified as a Functional Safety Expert and serves on several American National Standards Institute, National Fire Protection Association, and National Electrical Manufacturers Association national safety and health standards committees. Reach him at jb(at)jbtitus.com and via www.jbtitus.com.