Its not about chemical safety Neal Langerman Advanced Chemical Safety San Diego, CA
Field Operations Safety• Operations which involve chemicals and fall outside the normal discipline of “chemical safety”. • Environmental sampling • Construction related • Environmental Site Assessments • Remediation
Environmental Sampling Slip, trip. Fall Heat Stings and bites Chemical?
Construction Electrical Slip, trip, fall Heat Impact Toxicity???? PCBs
Construction Sewer gas Light NAPL (gasoline derived) Height Slip trip. fall Collapse Air quality
Environmental Site Assessments Slip trip fall Heat Impact Chemical ????
Remediation Confined space entry Slip trip fall Noise Heat Impact Chemical ??? Tank cleaning (industrial waste water)
Activities with significant chemical safety impactsHazards:ChemicalSlip, trip, fallHeatImpactNoise
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Site Safety PlanningAs a minimum the plan must • Name key personnel • Task/operations risk analysis • Employee training • Personal protective equipment • Air monitoring program • Personnel medical monitoring • Site control measures • Decontamination procedures
Additional Site Safety Issues• Emergency planning/medical facilities• Confined space procedures• Medical surveillance program• Weather-related problems• Buddy system• Communications (visual/verbal)• Spill containment
Its not about chemical safety• Field operations require realistic hazard recognition and risk assessment• Chemical risks usually are lower than occupational risks• Slip, trip, fall is frequently a high impact risk• Specialized hazards must be considered • Overhead power lines • Heavy equipment movement and noise • Traffic
Its not about chemical safety• Be very familiar with the activity• Plan carefully• Be flexible• Review activity daily and adapt
Its not about chemical safety• Questions, comments …