Industry Safety Council
Coweta County Safety Council
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
3 – 5pm
Delta Community Credit Union
1825 Highway 34 E, Newnan
Open to safety conscious businesses-Meets monthly-No cost to attend
For more information, contact President Ken Pinkerton at Ken.Pinkerton@Grenzebach.com
The Coweta County Safety Council provides guidance and training to businesses in Coweta County. It is comprised of safety professionals who desire to share their collective knowledge to help local industry comply with OSHA regulation and ultimately keep the Coweta County workforce healthy and safe. The Safety Council believes that it takes the combined efforts of local companies and community resources to effectively promote safe work practices.
Formed under the auspices of the Chamber, the Coweta County Safety Council exists to help make sure that local businesses are leading the way in keeping employees safe and preparing for natural disasters and unexpected emergencies.
The Coweta County Safety Council meets monthly, usually at The Summit in Newnan. For more information, contact CCSC President Ken Pinkerton at Ken.Pinkerton@grenzebach.com or call the Newnan-Coweta Chamber at 770.253.2270.
Coweta County Safety Council learns about safety solutions in the manufacturing industry
June 21, 2017 (Newnan, GA) – Ronnie Underwood, vice president of Advantage Industrial Automation, was guest speaker at the Coweta County Safety Council’s June 20, 2017 meeting at The Summit and discussed ways local companies can make their manufacturing processes safer.
A graduate of Auburn University with a degree in electrical engineering, Underwood began his career by designing computer typing stations for IBM, which then led to his work in the industrial automation business and a job at Ralston Purina. There he became the plant engineer responsible for keeping the facility running and capital upgrades at the plant. In 1994 he joined Advantage Industrial Automation, where he now solves automation challenges including facility and machine guarding safety, reducing facility downtime, increasing plant productivity, managing facility energy and quality improvement projects.
Today’s workforce is changing, Underwood said, and the workforce’s processes are changing as well, with safety increasingly being a concern. “Safety is a growing field,” he said. Click here to read more
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July 19, 2016 Meeting
At the July meeting of the Coweta County Safety Council are, from left, Mike Lake of KCMA Corporation, Ken Pinkerton of Grenzebach and Dr. Scott Ross of West Georgia Technical College. The group welcomes the participation of any Coweta County business that seeks to improve the health and safety of its employees.
June 21, 2016 Meeting
Common OSHA violations are discussed at Coweta County Safety Council's June meeting
Kristen Butler of Georgia Tech's Occupational Safety and Health Cooperative Programs Office was the guest speaker at the June meeting of the Coweta County Safety Council.
In her slide presentation, Butler shared photos and examples of some of the most frequently cited OSHA safety standard violations found in 2015. The number one violation was a lack of fall protection, and most citations were issues for residential construction and roofing work where workers were not wearing fall protection or were working from positions that had open sides and edges.
The second greatest number of violations concerned hazard communication, which refers to the classification and labeling of chemicals. Some employers failed to have a written program regarding the use of such chemicals, and others failed to provide adequate training for employees using the materials.
Other common safety violations included improper scaffolding, lack of respiratory protection, and improper Lockout/Tagout, a method of disabling machinery that can injure or kill someone if not properly controlled.
Also cited were violations regarding the use of powered industrial trucks, the improper use of ladders, unsafe wiring and electrical methods, improper machine guarding, and a failure to meet general electrical requirements.
Butler also discussed the OSHA consultation program offered through Georgia Tech. A free and confidential on-site consultation is available to small companies, those with fewer than 500 employees, who need help in the areas of occupational safety and health. The program offers such services as a walk-through safety and health survey, an evaluation of work practices, noise measurement, air sampling and analysis, evaluation of technical programs, assistance with safety and health management, ergonomic assessments and citation abatement assistance. Although companies who participate are required to correct any problems that are found, they are not fined in any way, and the service is completely confidential.
"We're an open, free resource to everyone in Georgia," Butler said.
For more information on the program, visit oshainfo.gatech.edu.
May 17, 2016 Meeting
Signs and symptoms of heat-related illnesses discussed at Coweta County Safety Council’s May meeting
June 1, 2016 (Newnan, GA) – During the hot summer months, companies will want to make sure their employees avoid heat-related illnesses, Tomas Motiejunas of Orizon IPE told members of the Coweta County Safety Council at their May 17, 2016 meeting. Motiejunas serves as director of environment health and safety at Orizon IPE, an Atlanta company that addresses the ongoing environmental health and safety needs of business and industry.
Heat-related illnesses occur predominantly in those 25 to 55 whose work includes physical activity, particularly in such fields as agriculture, construction and materials handling. Heat-related illnesses happen, Motiejunas said, when the body isn’t able to cool itself and overheats, a condition that can cause injury, disability or even death.
April 19, 2016 Meeting
Coweta County Safety Council learns about fire code history, safety
Fire codes began after a series of tragedies, including one here in Georgia, Coweta County Fire Marshal Blaine Shirley told members of the Coweta County Safety Council at their April 19, 2016 meeting.
Atlanta’s Winecoff Hotel, built in 1913, was said to be “fire proof,” a claim Shirley likened to claims that the Titanic was “unsinkable.” The 15-story hotel, however, had only one set of stairs serving all 15 floors, and the hotel had no fire escape, sprinkler system or fire alarm system. When a fire started there one night in December of 1946, the stairwell was already compromised by the time the occupants were alerted, so they had no means of escape. Some 119 lives would be lost, making the tragedy the worst hotel fire in the nation’s history. Shirley noted that most of those deaths were from burns, suffocation and injuries from those who leaped through windows while trying to escape the fire.
After this fire, the Building Exits Code of 1946 was adopted, and buildings were no longer described as “fire proof” but “fire resistant.”
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