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Are You a New O&G Facility Owner or Manager? EPA Has a Customized Audit Program for You

The EPA has launched its voluntary Oil and Natural Gas Exploration and Production New Owner Audit Program (O&G Audit Program), a descendent of the Agency’s various self-audit policies designed specifically for the upstream O&G sector. The new program offers incentives to new owners of O&G facilities who discover, disclose, and correct noncompliance with federal Clean […]

Drone

Could OSHA Inspect Your Facility by Drone?

If your facility is subject to an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inspection in the future, you may see a new tool in use. Last year, OSHA authorized its regional offices to use unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”) during workplace inspections.

Properly Handling Mail and Packages Inside Your Facility

Though the likelihood of a suspicious and/or malicious package being sent to your facility is incredibly rare, it’s better to have workers that can recognize and address a potential threat. Because it’s easy to get complacent about how U.S. Postal Service (USPS) mail and packages from various delivery companies come into a facility, make sure […]

Bees

Facilities Groundskeeping Safety Week, Part 4: Deadly Insects

Would you consider bees to be an occupational hazard? In 2007, three workers were stung by bees while harvesting almonds in Texas; one of them was stung more than 60 times and had to be taken to the hospital. In 2008, a worker in California was stung while driving a tractor and died of an […]

Pesticide safety

Facilities Groundskeeping Safety Week, Part 3: Pesticide Hazards

How do you get rid of crabgrass on your facility grounds? Or insects? Or clover, thistle, dandelion, or any of the other weeds that mar your attractive landscaping? Hand weeding may be a good option for a well-mulched flowerbed, but pesticides may be the most effective solution for large grounds and lawns. If your workers […]

Leaf blower

Facilities Groundskeeping Safety Week, Part 2: Leaf Blower Hazards

Leaf blowers aren’t just for autumn—you’ll see them in use throughout the year. They can be used to blow the grass off your mower, to blow cut grass off sidewalks and paths … they have essentially replaced brooms and rakes for many tasks. They may be time-savers, but leaf blowers also pose hazards.

Mower, mowing

Facilities Groundskeeping Safety Week, Part 1: Mower Hazards

Summer is fast approaching in the northern hemisphere. Soon enough, facilities management professionals will be out in force, working hard to keep their grounds and buildings attractive for tenants and customers, with the familiar growl of mowers and lawn tractors, the howl of leaf blowers, and the whiz of string trimmers echo through the land. […]

Tips for Small Manufacturers Looking to Go Green

Small manufacturers do not have the staff or resources that larger manufacturers do when it comes to bowing to pressure to make products and processes greener. We are always on the lookout for tips and suggestions to help small manufacturers and their facility management professionals make their operations more environmentally friendly. Here are tips, some […]

olar Panel Array, Parking Lot

Solar Power Canopies Over Parking Areas Require Extra Planning

Making your facility sustainable through solar power has many benefits beyond the immediate and long-term impacts to your bottom line. It’s helpful to the local and global environment through a reduction in your carbon footprint, and it makes a statement to the communities in which you operate. Although solar installations are typically associated with roofs, […]