Safety school provided huge volume of day one info
Next up was William DelBagno, chemical countermeasures unit of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), who explained the vision to “eliminate the acquisition and use of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) by all adversaries.” A big focus in the U.S. has to be on “explosive precursor chemicals,” or the type of chemicals that can be bought over the counter, whether it is nitrate fertilizers, pool water cleaner chemicals or hair salon chemicals.
Shawn Lambert, risk management coordinator with the Co-Alliance Co-op in Indiana, provided his company’s experience with a federal inspection from the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration. He noted some of the problems that can occur if the inspector is given full access without the business shutting down during an inspection.
Brian Bothast, compliance assistance specialist with the OSHA office in Illinois, also talked about the “hot topics” that are the focus of inspections. He noted the six major hazards being focused on are falls, electrocution, engulfment in grain/fertilizer, auger entanglement, combustible dust explosions and struck by equipment. Of the top 10 most frequently cited OSHA violations in Region V, two related to hazard communications are in the top three—1) general improper machine guarding, 2) lack of program hazard communications, and 3) lack or proper hazard communications training.
The day was rounded out with an explanation of the Progressive Agriculture Safety Days program, a panel explanation/discussion of how states are dealing with the National Pollutant Discharge Ellimination System (NPDES), and the Powerpoint presentation that goes along with the Purdue University printed “The ABC’s of Trailers and Hitches” was presented by its author Fred Whitford.
Whitford, Ph.D., coordinator of the Purdue Pesticide Programs, showed his ability to wake up any tired crowd at the end of a long day of meetings. He provided a large volume of comedy about serious topics whenever he takes the microphone.