Site Specific Safety

Written by Shirley Parker
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Every work site has its specific areas where extra caution is needed, as well as areas where just a plain dose of horse sense would prevent accidents and even injury. However, site-specific safety is exactly that, although sites will often share similar hazards that must be avoided. Often, these involve spaces that need to be cordoned off temporarily, or on a semi-permanent basis, meaning that only authorized persons are granted access. An analysis of the site is a first step.

Experimental set-ups require discrete training and operating procedures. For example, sonic flow meters or laser displacement meters have mandatory operational manuals that must be studied and followed. In a different light, perhaps, working with sand, silica or gravel requires that everyone in the area wear the proper respirators, as well as goggles.

Laser hazards aren't restricted to just the person operating the machine. Laser safety procedures are explicit because of the power of a laser beam. It's important to wear special eye protection and to warn others in the vicinity to keep clear. Flashing lights may operate while the laser is in operation.

Other Site Specific Hazards

Other site-specific safety precautions may include handling common materials that have been in use in industry for so long that people may have become complacent about them. This includes cleaning solvents, asbestos, lead or mercury in specific fields. Hoists have strict loads for which they're rated. Forklifts can be extremely dangerous and must only be operated by fully trained and authorized personnel. Cranes must never be operated over or near nonessential people; the area must be cleared first. Improperly placed ladders have been a hazard for centuries. Use caution!


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