Industrial Safety Guide

Safety by Industry

Employers have a responsibility to keep employees safe. Each industry faces its own set of unique safety challenges. Government codes and regulations dictate the correct selection of hazardous material storage solutions. All engineered solutions are developed to fit the needs of your industry. In this guide, we highlight the most common safety violations in five popular industries.

1. Pharmaceutical Manufacturing

The pharmaceutical industry produces vital medications for our health, but workers in this industry can face health hazards of their own. The production of pharmaceuticals can expose employees to harmful chemicals. Production processes could include table presses, v blenders or other equipment that could release hazardous energy. 

From October 2018 through September 2019, OSHA cited 172 violations totaling $553,146 in the pharmaceutical industry:

  1. 24.4% - Respiratory protection
  2. 18.6% - Hazard communication
  3. 8.1% - Lockout/Tagout

Using a DENIOS Chemical Storage Building will keep hazardous substances used during the production of pharmaceuticals securely locked away. Whether occupancy or non-occupancy, each chemical storage building is equipped with a compliant spill containment sump to keep chemicals contained. DENIOS Chemical Storage Buildings reduce exposure to employees by protecting them from these harmful substances.

2. Agriculture

Agriculture has routinely ranked as one of the most dangerous professions. According to OSHA, "Farmworkers are at a high risk for fatalities and injuries, work-related lung diseases, noise-induced hearing loss, skin diseases, and certain cancers associated with chemical use and prolonged sun exposure." Additionally, agricultural workers use mechanical equipment, such as tractors, on a regular basis. According to OSHA, this type of equipment is the leading cause of fatalities in the agriculture industry.

Agricultural workers could also be exposed to pesticides used during farming to keep to keep pests from destroying produce. According to a case study from Montana University, "Those who work with agricultural pesticides are the most at risk if they are not properly dressed or if there are broken and leaking equipment."

"Pesticides cause headaches, blurred vision, vomiting, abdominal pain, suppress the immune system, lead to blood and liver diseases, depression, asthma, and nerve damage," the case study continued.

OSHA data from October 2018 through September 2019 can reveal the most common safety violations in the agricultural industry. There were 415 violations totaling $1,285,943 in penalties:

  1. 10.3% - Hazard communication
  2. 8.9% - OSH Act General Duty Paragraph
  3. 7.2% - Guarding of farm field equipment, farmstead equipment, and cotton gins

DENIOS Chemical Storage Buildings or Chemical Storage Lockers can be used to safely store pesticides or other harmful substances used within the agricultural industry. DENIOS Chemical Storage Buildings keep chemicals contained within a compliant sump preventing them from reaching the environment. 



3. Food Manufacturing

According to OSHA, some potential hazards food manufacturers face are, "exposure to high noise levels, dangerous equipment, slippery floors, musculoskeletal disorders, and hazardous chemicals (including ammonia that is used as a refrigerant)."

From October 2018 to September 2019, OSHA handed out 1,168 citations totaling $7,171,513 in fines in the food manufacturing industry:

  1. 21% - Control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout)
  2. 13% - General requirements for all machines
  3. 5.5% - Mechanical power-transmission apparatus

Use pumps approved for corrosive and neutral, aqueous to slightly viscous fluids in the production and processing of food products. These pumps are approved for food contact materials. The Automatic Spill Barrier can be used to protect the environment in case a spill occurs inside the facility. The barrier requires no electricity source protecting your facility 24/7.

4. Mining

Mining annually ranks among the most dangerous professions globally. Underground and surface miners each face their own set of hazards. Among these could be dust inhalation, falls or chemical exposures, "In addition to cave-ins and explosions, miners face dangers they cannot see, from carbon monoxide to methane gas."

There were 571 violations totaling $2,057,037 in penalties:

  1. 14% - Hazard communication
  2. 10.8% - Respiratory protection
  3. 7.5% - Process safety management of highly hazardous chemical

DENIOS offers a selection of respirators to protect employees from inhaling harmful substances. These substances could be in the form of airborne vapors, gases, dust, fogs, fumes, mists, smokes, or sprays. Explosion proof lights can be used to illuminate dark areas within mines. 




5. Chemical Processing

According to OSHA, "The U.S. chemical industry manufactures over 70,000 unique products, many of which are critical to the health, security, economy of the Nation." A chemical process as defined by OSHA is, "any mixing, blending, heating, cooling and storing of materials in the course of manufacturing." These processes can result in the unexpected release of harmful chemicals. OSHA states,"Incidents continue to occur in various industries that use highly hazardous chemicals which may be toxic, reactive, flammable, or explosive, or may exhibit a combination of these properties." The adverse reaction of chemicals of always possible. According to OSHA, "Regardless of the industry that uses these highly hazardous chemicals, there is a potential for an accidental release any time they are not properly controlled."

There were 1,208 violations totaling $4,334,565 in penalties: 

  1. 12.9% - Respiratory protection
  2. 11.2% - Lockout/Tagout
  3. 10.6% - Process safety management of highly hazardous chemicals

DENIOS offers drums and IBCs to safely hold chemicals used during chemical processes. Use spill carts to safely transport chemical storage drums around the facility. DENIOS Chemical Storage Buildings will segregate flammables or other process chemicals from employees.