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September Safety

September 1, 2015  (Monticello - Corporate Office)

Monticello, IA – Innovative Ag Services Co. (IAS), focuses on safety every day.  This month we are covering several topics: Fire Safety, Lock Out/Tag Out procedures (LOTO), Housekeeping & Accident Prevention.

 

We will start with Fire Safety. Do you have a plan? Whether you are at work or at home, you should know where the exits are in case of an evacuation. You should also know where the fire extinguishers are kept and which types of fires to use the extinguishers on. Most fire extinguishers are Class ABC. This means that the extinguisher can be used on three different types of fires; A is for paper, wood, packing material, cloth & rubber, B is for flammable liquids such as solvents and gases. C is for electrical fires. Class D is for combustible metals such as magnesium, titanium and sodium, K is for cooking oils and fats. Class K is generally found in kitchens. You should not use a fire extinguisher until you have been properly trained to do so.

 

LOTO is a safety standard put in place by OSHA to protect employees from hazardous energy sources on machines and equipment during service and maintenance.  The required components of the LOTO standard are:

  1. Company must have written LOTO procedures
  2. Company must conduct training for employees on these procedures
  3. Company must conduct periodic inspections to ensure procedures are being followed
  4. Company must maintain records to document compliance of the LOTO procedures

 

Following general housekeeping practices can help to prevent accidents at the workplace. Some examples include:

  1. Wearing proper shoes such as steel toed boots
  2. Always tape down extension cords to avoid tripping over them
  3. Slow down and watch where you are going when walking
  4. Do not carry something that will obstruct your view, instead use a cart or dolly and ask for someone to help you.
  5. When you are finished at your workspace remember to put things away, sweep the area and move any debris that could cause an injury.

For more information on the topics discussed in this news article visit www.osha.gov

Innovative Ag Services has a safety policy in place that meets OSHA regulations for the topics discussed above. Employees receive training on the topics when they are initially hired and annually after that. Safety is a top priority at Innovative Ag Services, Co.

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