Personal Protective Equipment

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is the last line of defense against workplace hazards but there is no question that the correct and consistent use of PPE in the workplace or at home, will reduce injuries and prevent unnecessary fatalities.

Although hazard controls such as Elimination, Engineering and Administrative options must be considered first, if PPE is deemed the acceptable option to prevent injury it must become habit for all employees and should be reasonably enforced by the employer.

Taking a moment to consider what PPE is necessary before starting any job or task could be the difference between life and death.

Furthermore, wearing PPE correctly the way it was designed to be worn could be the difference between Near Miss and severe injury. Never let simple comfort or style get in the way of donning PPE appropriately or wearing PPE when necessary.

Leaders – Take a moment and ensure your employees are wearing the required PPE the next time you conduct a routine workplace observation. If they are wearing PPE, are they wearing it correctly?

CalOSHA Training Requirement  – “Personal Protective Equipment”


LOTO – Lockout Tagout/Blockout

Working on any equipment without first isolating all sources of energy is dangerous and could injure or kill you and/or peers.  Do not perform maintenance on any equipment that requires LOTO unless you have been trained to do so.

Hazardous energy sources that need to be controlled include: Electrical, Mechanical, Pneumatic, Hydraulic, Chemical & Thermal.

Pressurized air (pneumatic source) is frequently used to power gates, mixer doors, and valves.  This requires LOTO just like any other power source that can injure or kill.

Electrical sources from 110V to 480V are scattered throughout our mills and offices to power equipment. Depending on the amperage and the human body’s reaction, any one of these sources can kill a person.

Remember, safety is our utmost top priority. Energy sources that power our day-to-day are tremendously beneficial but need to be treated with respect and maintained safely without exeption.

Our LOTO written program is located and accessible to users on the Train Trac under “Written Programs”.

CalOSHA Training Requirement Satisfied – “Lockout/Blockout.”

IIPP, Safety Culture & Safety Observation (SOS) cards

As we launch into a brand new year, our top priority is to send everyone home the way they arrived to work. Communication is vital to this goal.

The Safety Observation System (SOS) is a communicative and comprehensive tool that helps us both address at risk and positive safety behavior & conditions.

This Safety Observation System unit you’ll cover with your teams this month reflects the core values of our SOS program and gives real examples of actual SOS observations made within our Company.

Please view both trainings on “How to fill out an SOS card” and “Growing Safety Culture” with SOS card examples then complete the quiz.

This training unit satisfies the CalOSHA requirement for Injury Illness and Prevention (IIPP) training.

Hazard Communication, GHS & Chemical Safety

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration created the Hazard Communication Standard, commonly called HAZCOM, to protect workers from any chemical hazards they may encounter while on the job. This standard is also used to assist employers in identifying and addressing any potential dangers in their workplaces.

The Globally Harmonized Standard (GHS) defines and classifies the hazards of chemical products, and communicates health and safety information on labels and safety data sheets). The goal is that the same set of rules for classifying hazards, and the same format and content for labels and safety data sheets (SDS) will be adopted and used around the world.

In December’s training, we’ll watch a video on Chemical Safety and also review a power point on GHS.  There are also instructions on how to retrieve SDS information separately attached to the month’s training material.  Please let your team know that this is where our employees can access SDS material.

CalOSHA training requirement satisfied with this unit – “Hazard Communication”


Combustible Dust, Housekeeping, Fire Prevention

CalOSHA Training Requirement Satisfied – “Fire Prevention Plan”

Hazard Alert: Combustible Dust Explosions – Combustible dusts are fine particles that present an explosion hazard when suspended in air in certain conditions.

A dust explosion can be catastrophic and cause employee deaths, injuries, and destruction of entire buildings. In the grain and feed industry, removal of “fuel” (Grain dust) and good equipment maintenance (Potential heat sources) are the top priorities in reducing the possibility of a dust explosion.

This unit provides important reminders of the fires and explosions that can result from working around combustible dust and the importance of keeping our facilities well maintained and free of accumulations of these potentially dangerous materials.

Remember, housekeeping is a very important key to fire prevention!

Back Safety & Proper Lifting

The Bureau of Labor Statistics says that LIFTING, PLACING, CARRYING, HOLDING and LOWERING objects accounts for 4 out of 5 (80%) of lower back injuries.

Whether you are working in a production zone or in an office environment use the instructions outlined in this Post attachment and information in the “Back Safety” Training video to help you prevent back & neck injuries at work and at home.  Back pain can be excruciating.  Don’t let simple prevention methods slip by you!

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Industrial Vehicle Hazards

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Feed manufacturing and shipping simply cannot be accomplished without the use of heavy mobile equipment.  Along with the wonderful benefits of these tools come hazards that must be understood and managed.  The September Safety Training Unit provides a few good reminders for avoiding injury in and around forklifts, wheel loaders tractors and man lifts.

For further information visit for Operating Requirements under General Industry Safety Order 3664 Operating Rules (Part (a))  &  General Industry Safety Order 3650 Industrial Trucks. General (Part (t))

This Unit Satifies OSHA Training Requirement:  Industrial Lift Trucks (Forklifts) and Tractors


Confined Space Safety

Many workplaces contain areas that are considered “confined spaces” because while they are not necessarily designed for people, they are large enough for workers to enter and perform certain jobs. A confined space also has limited or restricted means for entry or exit and is not designed for continuous occupancy. Confined spaces include, but are not limited to, tanks, vessels, silos, storage bins, hoppers, vaults, pits, manholes, tunnels, equipment housings, ductwork, pipelines, etc.

OSHA uses the term “permit-required confined space” (permit space) to describe a confined space that has one or more of the following characteristics: contains or has the potential to contain a hazardous atmosphere; contains material that has the potential to engulf an entrant; has walls that converge inward or floors that slope downward and taper into a smaller area which could trap or asphyxiate an entrant; or contains any other recognized safety or health hazard, such as unguarded machinery, exposed live wires, or heat stress.

Our Safety Program specifically outlines responsibilities for Confined Space Entry Supervisors, entrants and attendants.  Do not work near or in Confined Spaces without knowing and practicing our Confined Space Safety Program.  Thanks and be safe!

For more information on Confined Spaces contact your Safety Department representative and/or visit

Emergency Action Plan – Know what to do and where to go

An emergency action plan (EAP) is a written document required by particular OSHA standards. The purpose of an EAP is to facilitate and organize employer and employee actions during workplace emergencies. Well developed emergency plans and proper employee training (such that employees understand their roles and responsibilities within the plan) will result in fewer and less severe employee injuries and less structural damage to the facility during emergencies.

It’s important that we regularly train EAP’s and that you know and understand emergency procedures.  Please watch the videos and complete the training and quiz attached to this month’s Safety Topic.  Thanks for continuing to improve our Safety Culture!

Satisfies OSHA training requirement for “Emergency Action Plan”.

First Aid and CPR – Lives Can Be Saved

Knowing how to respond in the case of a medical emergency is an important life skill.  A safe work environment is our top priority, but accidents are sometimes unavoidable. In the case of a major illness or injury it is important to know when to contact emergency medical services as well as how to treat the victim until help arrives. This unit will also emphasize the importance of treating minor injures. Even a small cut may turn into a more serious condition if not treated properly. This unit is geared towards reminding us of the correct treatment methods for any incident, whether a minor cut or bruise or a medical emergency caused by a more serious accident.  Remember, First Aid is used by First Responders and applies to ALL injuries.  Good First Aid treatment can and WILL save lives!  Take care.

Training Requirement Satisfied – First Aid & CPR