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					                                      Safety Procedure                               SP110.390
                                     Materials Handling                             Page 1 of 3

   Prevent injuries resulting from the improper handling of materials.
  2.1. Provide the needed tools, equipment and personal protective equipment for materials
       handling and maintain in good repair.
  2.2. Communicate the proper methods for handling each type of material at the location as
       covered by this procedure.
  2.3. Inspect any equipment used to carry or lift before each use.
  2.4. Immediately tag any defective equipment, "Out of order: Do not use." Defective
       equipment must be repaired before use, or destroyed.
   3.1. Lifting Heavy Objects
        3.1.1. If an object is heavy or large, check its weight by tipping or moving it before
                attempting to lift or carry it.
        3.1.2. If an object is too heavy for you to lift, get someone to help, or use mechanical
        3.1.3. When it is necessary to move or lift an object use the following procedure:
       Ensure you can lift and carry it.
       Ensure you have a clear route to where you are going.
       Verify the footing is clear of obstruction.
       Verify there is a clear place to put the object down.
       Walk carefully, and avoid twisting movements.
       Set the object down carefully, by reversing the lifting procedure.
       Never carry a heavy object onto or off of a truck unless the truck bed is
                          flush with, and against the dock or loading platform, or a suitable deck
                          plate or ramp is securely in place.
       Don't attempt to step up or down a high step with a heavy or bulky
                          object. Use a ramp or skids instead.
   3.2. Handling Lumber
        3.2.1. Always wear gloves when handling any type of lumber.
        3.2.2. Remove or flatten nails that could cause injury.
   3.3. Handling Pipe
        3.3.1. Do not carry full joints of pipe alone. Each end should be carried by a worker to
                prevent injury to others.
        3.3.2. Never drop one end of a joint of pipe while someone is holding the other end.
                Always lay both ends down together.
        3.3.3. Never carry joints of pipe on shoulders. Use the hands to carry the joints of
        3.3.4. Never place fingers in the open ends of a joint of pipe to move or carry it.
        3.3.5. Wear gloves and exercise extreme caution when handling pup joints and large
                fittings. Burrs, sharp threads and sharp edges are frequently present on these

Unrevised                                                                   Issued 2/2008
                                      Safety Procedure                               SP110.390
                                     Materials Handling                             Page 2 of 3

        3.3.6. Use carrying bars with U-shaped recesses or grip-carrying tongs to carry long
               pipe too large to be firmly gripped with one hand. Do not carry smaller pipe
               inside larger diameter pipe.
   3.4. Handling Drums
        3.4.1. Always use the proper type bung wrench with a long handle to loosen or tighten
               a bung.
        3.4.2. Hold a wadded rag, or similar item, tightly over the bung when it is loosened in
               order to catch any possible spray from pressure in the drum.
        3.4.3. Wear goggles, face shield, acid-resistant rubber gloves, and aprons when
               removing the bung from any drum containing acid, caustic or other hazardous
        3.4.4. Use drum carts, drum tilting tools and drum racks when handling full or partly full
               drums. Securely engage the chime catch before raising or tilting the drum.
        3.4.5. Move drums a short distance by tilting and rolling it on the bottom chime. Use
               extreme care in watching both the balance of the drum and other objects that
               might smash the fingers.
        3.4.6. Use a winch, hoist or other power equipment, when available and practical, to
               move a drum.
        3.4.7. Roll drums by pushing, with hands on top. Change direction by gripping one
               chime and pulling back, then proceed to push with both hands on top. Do not
               kick or roll the drum with the feet.
        3.4.8. When necessary to go down a skid or slope, skid the drum endwise, or use a
               snub rope with the drum in a rolling position.
        3.4.9. Use only power equipment to move barrels up any inclines.
   3.5. Handling Sacked Materials
        3.5.1. Wear proper eye protection and dust masks when handling materials that create
               excessive flying particles or dust.
        3.5.2. Keep as much of the body covered as possible when handling sacked material
               for prolonged periods. Wash exposed parts of the body frequently to prevent
               chemical irritation and burns.
   3.6. Handling Chemicals
        3.6.1. Use only chemical containers from which you can pour, pump or scoop without
               excessive splashing, spraying, or other uncontrolled contamination of the
        3.6.2. When dispensing flammable chemicals from metal containers, bond and/or
               ground the two containers, as necessary
   4.1. Use power-operated equipment to handle all materials too large or heavy to be safely
        handled by hand.
   4.2. Use power equipment when handling pipe larger or heavier than 4-inch line pipe
        except where precise alignment or stacking operations are required.
   4.3. Use a signal worker for assistance if the power equipment operator cannot see every
        part of the operation to be performed.

Unrevised                                                                   Issued 2/2008
                                    Safety Procedure                             SP110.390
                                   Materials Handling                           Page 3 of 3

   4.4. Position the signal worker to see every phase of the operation and be seen by the
   4.5. Designate one qualified signal worker to work with the crane operator. Use standard
        signals. The signal worker will perform all signals. The operator should obey an
        emergency stop signal given by anyone.
   4.6. Stand clear of loads about to be lifted. Do not move hoisted loads over team
   4.7. Attach a tag line to all loads to help control their movement.
   4.8. Keep winch, load, all tag lines, wires, equipment, etc., at least 10 feet away from
        electrical power lines.           Contact the local power company for voltage
   Depending on waste type (hazardous or solid) EPA regulations require special procedures
   for storage and disposal of waste. For further instructions consult the EMS Environmental,
   Safety, Health & Compliance Division in Houston Corporate Office.
   Employees should be made aware of procedural requirements and precautions.

Unrevised                                                               Issued 2/2008

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