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Health & Safety - Saline Plant Safety Team

Odds and Ends of Safe Practices

"ATTENTION IN THE PLANT, ATTENTION IN THE PLANT. WE ARE CONDUCTING A PLANT EVACUATION DRILL. EMPLOYEES EVACUATE YOUR WORK AREA AND REPORT TO YOUR SUPERVISOR AT YOUR OUTSIDE ASSEMBLY AREA. THIS IS A DRILL." 

On August 29 and September 1, 2000 the Saline Safety Team conducted a plant wide evacuation drill. Over all the drills went smooth, quick, and in a orderly fashion.

The number 1 shift alarm was sounded at 3:20 a.m. and the all clear signal and announcement was given at 3:34 a.m. 

The number 2 shift alarm was sounded at 8:15 a.m. and the all clear signal and announcement was given at 8:35 a.m.

The number 3 shift alarm was sounded at 5:15 p.m. and the all clear signal and announcement was given at 5:32 p.m.

The Safety Team along with members of the Emergency Response Team held a debriefing of all the drills and issues were noted to improve on for future drills.

EVACUATION GUIDELINES

        The following guidelines should be observed to ensure the safety of all employees during the evacuation process and assure that the correct exits and head-count are utilized.

        REACT TO THE MESSAGE! Respond accordingly to the map in your area. Do not wait for verification or permission to respond.

        Do NOT call the Security Office or other essential departments unless you have an emergency.

        Keep phone lines, main aisles, and exits clear. If you are operating a personnel carrier, PMHV, or bicycle, park it out of the aisle and walk to the nearest exit.

        REMAIN CALM!!

        Know your zone number you work within, follow the map for the location you are in. Seek instructions from area supervisors or security personnel if necessary.

        If you are not in your own zone, follow the map for the location you are in. Seek instructions form area supervisors of security personnel if necessary.

        If possible, shut down your machine or equipment before heading to an exit, do not jeopardize your safety to do so.

        Walk rapidly, single file or two abreast. DO NOT RUN.

        Do not talk loudly or shout, engage in horseplay, crowding or pushing.

        Check for fellow employees who may have not heard the announcement because of ear plugs or headsets.

        One evacuated, if you notice an employee you work with is not in the assembly area, report it to your supervisor.       

Every now an then we all need to return to our basics and stop and think!

Industrial safety glasses are required to be worn in the manufacturing area. Eye protection is not required in production offices, locker rooms, rest rooms, cafeterias and bread areas.

Use Energy Control and Power Lockout (ECPL procedures. Remember the ECPL Rule: "Whenever a worker has a need to place any part of his/her body in a position on or near machines or equipment where unexpected movement, rele\ase of stored energy, energizing of electrical systems, or the flow of gases, fluids or other materials could have the potential to injure the worker, then the worker has the RESPONSIBILITY and the AUTHORITY to correctly apply ECPL procedures shall be held ACCOUNTABLE for that correct application".

Use only authorized aisles, walkways and stairs. Do not cut across storage areas. People can trip on material left in storage areas, or slip and fall on oil or other material left on the floor; pedestrians entering an aisle at unexpected locations are exposed to potential collisions with powered vehicles.

Good housekeeping is required  of all employees. Keep your work area neat and clean. Maintain proper storage of stock. Parts or material must never be placed in an aisle or walkway.

These Safety items only provide a few general guidelines: but violations of these items have been noted in our plant on a recurring basis. Following these and other "rules of the road" will help protect you at work.

The Saline Safety Team