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

Heat Stress – The Preventable Illness

As we enjoy the wonderful (Higher than average) spring temperatures these days, we are reminded of the fast-approaching long and hot days of summer. We must remember the physical dangers associated with working in high heat whether out in the sun or operating heat-generating equipment inside our industrial plants. The May safety training unit will remind us of some of those heat-related hazards and how to recognize the symptoms of Heat Illness in ourselves and our co-workers. All Team Members should view the short video, study the slides carefully and finally take the quiz for unit completion. Let’s have a safe summer! Take Care.

CalOSHA Training Requirement Satisfied – “Heat Stress”

Fall Protection – Prevention or Arrest?

Did you know that over the last decade there have been about 6000 deaths in the U.S. from falls?  That is a huge number.  There have been real advances in the design and quality of fall arrest PPE which if  properly used will definitely reduce injuries and save lives in the workplace.  This newly created training unit focuses on work from heights, the differences between fall prevention and fall arrest and the correct use and care of the needed PPE.  May we each do our part in making sure we follow safe practices as we work in areas where a fall is often fatal or results in serious, life-changing injury.

New OSHA fall protection rules will soon be in place that will require a complete review of our fall protection systems and practices.  Let’s polish our skills and enhance our knowledge as we prepare to take on new challenges that will be coming our way.

CalOSHA Training Requirement Satisfied = Fall Protection


PPE and ME = BFF (Best Friends Forever)

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) has become a fact of life.  There is no question that the correct and consistent use of PPE in the workplace or at home, will reduce injuries.  During this month, the focus of our Safety Observation System (SOS) will be finding hazardous conditions and behaviors related to PPE and commending examples of good PPE behavior.  In order to emphasize this important safety topic, we are going to choose the top SOS card from a PPE-related observation.  Additional winning cards may be from PPE or other observations but the top card must be PPE related in some way.  Let’s have some fun with this and good luck in recording that winning PPE observation!  Thank you for working Safely!

CalOSHA Training Requirement  – “Personal Protective Equipment”

LOTO and Safety Instructions

Working on any equipment without first isolating all sources of energy is hazardous duty.  Our plants are full of equipment powered by 480 VAC which has enormous killing power when handled carelessly.  Pressurized air is frequently used to power gates, mixer doors, and valves.  Many types of energy are employed in the manufacturing process and all of them have the power to injure.  We are incorporating safe operating guidelines into our machine-specific LOTO instructions so we can get a double benefit in training our new production employees as well as good general reminders for all employees of the common hazards we face in our equipment operation.  May we all commit to taking every precaution possible as we go about our daily work on equipment that can and will hurt us if we allow ourselves to become careless about locking out or tagging our equipment correctly, every time.

CalOSHA Training Requirement Satisfied – “Lockout/Blockout”

Nurturing a Culture of Safety

Whether at work or home, we are in the process of developing the ability to recognize and take action when we observe unsafe behavior or hazardous conditions that could harm us or a coworker.  The Safety Observation System is a useful tool to help us practice that skill every day.  The Safety Observation System training unit for January covers the core values of our SOS program and gives real examples of actual observations documented on SOS cards within our Company.  Please view the short video with a message that is not easily forgotten.  Review the presentation slides before taking the quiz to complete the unit.  As we launch into 2017, may we each make a fresh and real commitment to strengthening our Safety Culture which will in turn reduce injuries within our Company.  Thank you all for looking out for each other and for working safely!  Happy New Year!

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