A day at work

My job title is Occupational Safety and Health Specialist, which is just fancy way of saying that I am a safety inspector and mishap investigator. I work near, around, and with some interesting people, and see some interesting things. Every once in a while, my job is actually work though.

This is not the typical safety inspection end result, but it is not uncommon either:


Per our walkthrough and meeting, here are my findings.

Program findings:

1. MSDS binders need to be updated; Old MSDS sheets need to be disposed of or replaced with current ones. You don’t want old MSDS sheets for stuff you don’t have, hanging around and cluttering up the binders.

2. No documented ORM/SOP (Operational Risk Management/Standard Operating Procedure) for any process other than the laser lab processes. The machine shops and optics labs need to have ORM’s and SOP’s.

3. No formal ORM training is documented for your employees.

4. No HAZCOM (Hazardous Communications) training is documented for your employees.

5. No documented NAVOSH orientation for your employees.

6. No documented Energy Control/Lock Out Tag Out training for your employees. 

7. Fire Extinguishers are not being inspected.

8. There is a NAVOSH Safety for Advisors class that is in ESAMS. This class is designed for any Safety POC that interacts with our office. It is not a required class, but I do recommend it.

Facilities Findings:

Building XXXXX

Room C-33
1. Air nozzle in machine shop is not compliant with 1910.242(b)

Rooms C13-17
1. Extension cord being used as permanent wiring. This Vilates NFPA/NEC regulations.  
2. Old fridge being used to store hazmat. If hazmat needs to be stored in a fridge, it needs to be a “laboratory safe refrigerator.” This is per NFPA-45 Section and Section
3. HAZMAT is being stored in regular cabinets, not HAZMAT lockers.
4. Cabinets need to be secured to the wall.
5. Blade guard was removed from the optical saw.
6. Drill press is not secured to the floor.
7. A power strip is next to flowing water.
8. Housekeeping over all is poor.

Room C-9
1. Housekeeping is needed. 

Room c-6
1. Small fridge being used to store batteries has a microwave located on top of it. Technically batteries should be stored in a fridge like the one I referenced earlier. However,  it would suffice if you just relocate the fridge away from the microwave and re labeled it as a “batteries only” fridge.

Room C-20
1. Exposed electrical panel. Fixed on the spot.
2. Housekeeping is needed.

Room B-26
1. Housekeeping.
2. Cabinets need to be secured.

High Bay
1. Housekeeping.
2. Storage shelving needs to be rearranged. Heavy and unstable items are stored up high, with small and light items stored below. 

Building YYYYY
1. Nitrogen bottles improperly stored.
2. Oxygen and Acetylene bottles shall not be stored next to one another, ever.

Wing 4 of building IIIIIIIII:

Room 1404
1. Microwave is located in work area with chemicals. Food and chemicals shall not  be around one another.

Room 1406
1. A bunch of paper is located under a breaker box, this needs to be relocated. If a breaker malfunctions, shorts, etc., those papers are going to catch on fire.

Room 1419
1. Power strips are “daisy chained.”

Room 1423
1. Extension cord is plugged in to a power strip, and then that power strip is plugged in to another power strip. NFPA/NEC regs explicitly forbid this.

Room 1426
1. Emergency light does not work.
2. House keeping is needed.


Travis Wilkins
Site Safety Office 

The funny thing is, I just created a bunch of work for myself. I have to keep track of all these findings to make sure the supervisor actually does something about them. 

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One thought on “A day at work

  1. Thanks for keeping them safe from themselves. 😛

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