5 Easy Steps to Clean and Care for Your Safety Lenses

Posted on Friday, April 7th, 2017 by Mila Adamovica

The number one reason for scratched lenses is improper cleaning. The second reason is poor handling and storage of safety eyewear.

It’s no surprise that the best way to make sure your eyewear is long lasting and high performing is through proper care, cleaning, and storage.

Take a moment to think about how you clean and care for your safety eyewear. Do you hold the lens to your shirt to rub it clean? Do you use a paper towel and regular soap to clean the lens? Or, do you (gasp!) use your saliva to clean your lenses?

We actually recommend avoiding all of those options. You could be scratching your lenses cleaning them with the materials above and the soap (and saliva) will leave a film over your lenses, which defeats the purpose of why you were trying to clean them in the first place!

Instead, try these steps to help you properly clean and care for your safety eyewear.

Step 1: Lightly blow off any loose dirt or debris from your lenses.

Step 2: Rinse your lenses with cool water.

Step 3: If you have an eyewear cleaning station at work, spray the cleaning solution directly onto the lenses.

Step 4: Use a lens-safe tissue provided at the cleaning station to dry and wipe clean. Let the lenses air dry before re-wearing.

Note: If you don’t have an eyewear tissue dispensing or cleaning station, use a soft microfiber cloth or eyewear approved tissue to dry the lens after rinsing off with water.

Step 5: If you’re not immediately putting the safety eyewear on, store it in a secure spot like a locker, or in a pouch. Never put unprotected safety eyewear in your pocket.

Following these steps will help you increase the longevity and usefulness of your safety eyewear.

This article was originally published in HexArmor Safety Blog, March 20, 2017.

If you have questions about the eye protection equipment for your specific application, please contact one of PK Safety Customer Service experts at 800-829-9580, or visit


ANSI Compliance, Safety and Health for Food Processing

Posted on Monday, February 27th, 2017 by Mila Adamovica

By Samantha Hoch, Marketing, Haws Corp.

From the oil industry to mining, agriculture to research, any working environment that puts employees in close proximity to occupational hazards, such as potentially harmful chemicals, must make workplace safety a priority. The food processing, meatpacking, and poultry processing industries are no exception.

Industry Risks

In addition to physical hazards like high noise levels, cuts, and musculoskeletal disorders, exposure to substances like ammonia, carbon dioxide, and carbon monoxide can pose another risk to employees in the meatpacking and food processing industries.

In March of 2016, OSHA fined a Texas-based poultry plant for allegedly allowing the release of anhydrous ammonia, a gas commonly used in significant quantities as a refrigerant across a variety of food processing facilities. This colorless gas, classified as hazardous by the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard, is known to be highly irritating, with a very sharp, suffocating odor. Immediate health effects of exposure to anhydrous ammonia include:

• Burning of the eyes, nose, and throat
• Coughing and choking
• Swelling of the throat and/or chemical burns to the lungs

Prolonged exposure can lead to eye damage, severe burns, and even death.

Another OSHA violation occurred in December 2012, when a food manufacturing facility did not provide an emergency shower or eyewash in the immediate vicinity of a forklift battery charging station.

Meeting the Standard

Immediate first aid for exposure to anhydrous ammonia or battery acid includes providing fresh air and immediate flushing with water for no fewer than 15 minutes. Safety data sheets for many chemicals require that eyewash stations and safety showers are close to the workstation location as a protective measure. And OSHA 29 CFR 19010.151(c) states “where employees were exposed to injurious corrosive materials, suitable facilities for quick drenching or flushing of the eyes and body.” This kind of emergency response access necessitates appropriate safety equipment and proper employee training – hallmarks of industry guidelines set forth by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

ANSI Z358.1 is a comprehensive guideline that outlines specific parameters for the appropriate design, installation, performance, certification, use and maintenance of emergency eyewash and shower equipment across a range of industries. Failure to comply with all aspects of ANSI Z358.1 not only puts employees at risk, it opens a facility to potential liabilities and penalties. When working with chemicals, such as anhydrous ammonia, taking preventative measures is your safest bet. By supplying the appropriate emergency eyewash and shower equipment, you’ll be able to prevent further injury as well as reduce the risk of OSHA and ANSI non-compliance.

This post was originally published on blog, February 8, 2017.


Addressing Occupational Safety for Locksmiths: Protective Equipment Must Haves

Posted on Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 by Mila Adamovica

By Dusty Henry, Sevan Locks & Doors 

When you consider occupational safety, there are a lot of different occupations that may come to mind first for needing protective equipment – construction workers, welders, etc. Being a locksmith can actually be rather hazardous work for your health as well. There is, of course, the inherent danger of dealing with going into a stranger’s home, business, or locked car. But there are even more dangers than this to consider. Protective equipment is a must, as with any occupation using powerful tools to shape and cut materials.

Metal Shavings

Metal shavings can be produced by many of the different tasks done by a locksmith. This is one of the biggest dangers that a locksmith faces during their schedule. Their small sizes make them likely to be brushed off without thinking. Metal shavings are a small annoyance, but ask anyone that has to deal with them, and they’ll tell you that they can be painful if you get them in your eye, under your nails, or embedded in your skin. Speed is an important factor in getting any job done, and this can cause metal shavings to fly. Protective gear like gloves or eyewear can be a good investment that keeps these pesky shavings at bay while still being able to work efficiently.


Just like metal shavings, splinters are another hazard that doesn’t seem like a very big deal until you get one stuck under your skin. Locksmiths that are installing new locks and equipment in buildings will potentially come into contact with cut wood. This means that splinters will be a likely possibility.

Lead Hazards

The metal shavings that locksmiths come into contact with may have an added detriment – lead.  Brass keys that are machined to fit into client’s locks often contain 1.5 percent to 2.5 percent lead. This small amount of lead can have some serious health consequences when locksmiths come into contact with it. Some may scoff that this small amount is nothing to be concerned about, but participants in a research study found that they had elevated levels of lead in their system and they urged for further investigation on this issue.

Lead at high enough levels can result in death, and medical professionals note that even small amounts can be bad for a person’s health. There’s a lot of attention given to the symptoms that can happen to infants and children from lead exposure, but this can also have negative health consequences to adults as well. There are some symptoms that can occur to adults from exposure to lead, such as reproductive health issues, high blood pressure, pain in your muscles and joints, mood disorders, headaches, and memory issues.

Equipment Must Haves

Locksmith working

For locksmiths, there are three areas of protective equipment that should be addressed if it’s not already: eye protection, hand protection, and skin protection. Eye protection through safety glasses is necessary to protect eyes from any flying debris that comes from cutting and drilling through materials or machining keys. There are a variety of glasses available that have the options that will work best for the particular tasks at hand.

Hand protection through gloves will help to protect the sensitive skin of your hands and the nail beds. A good choice here is cut resistant gloves that fit the hand closely allowing for an easy freedom of movement for handling any task.

The final aspect is protective clothing. This is probably the easiest to convince anyone to wear since they’ll be wearing shirts and pants anyway. This clothing is useful because it can give that extra protection to sensitive areas of the body. In addition, you can find reinforced elbows and knees that can help make this clothing last, compared to clothing that isn’t reinforced. In an occupation that can result in a lot of arm movements and kneeling, this can truly come in handy. This is especially true in the case where you’ll be kneeling right where the metal shavings and splinters are located.

The safety and security of a locksmith are more than just ensuring that they have personal safety in their surroundings. There are innate dangers that exist in this line of business that may be overlooked by some, but the best way to handle these issues is by getting the proper protective gear necessary for the job. The safety glasses, protective gloves, and protective clothing can be beneficial in providing you and your locksmiths a better working condition.

Sevan Locks & Doors is an award-winning locksmith and garage door company based out of Seattle, Wash. They offer fast response times, reasonable rates, and crucial security services for homes and businesses.


How to Comply with Important Requirements for Eye Wash Stations

Posted on Friday, February 17th, 2017 by Mila Adamovica

The ANSI/ISEA Z358.1-2014 American National Standard covers emergency eye/face washes, showers, and combination units. It is important to know that emergency showers are designed to flush the user’s body, and should not be used to flush the eyes as the high water flow pressure can damage the eyes. Eye wash stations are designed to flush the eyes/face area only. Combination units contain both features: a shower and an eyewash station.

The main requirements for eyewash stations include providing a controlled flow of flushing fluid to both eyes simultaneously, at low velocity, and no less than 0.4 gallons per minute for the duration of 15 minutes. Ensuring that the appropriate flushing system is installed within 10 seconds or 55 feet from the hazardous area is critical. The first 10-15 seconds after exposure to hazardous substances are vitally important. Medical specialists define that the correct way to irrigate eyes is from the inside-out. Washing from the outside-in has the potential to increase the damage by pushing chemicals further into the nasal cavity and the lungs.

OSHA has adopted several regulations that refer to the use of emergency eyewash and shower equipment. The primary regulation is contained in 29 CFR 1910.151, which requires that “…where the eyes or body of any person may be exposed to injurious corrosive materials, suitable facilities for quick drenching or flushing of the eyes and body shall be provided within the work area for immediate emergency use.”

Why is this standard important?

The ANSI/ISEA Z358.1-2014 establishes minimum performance, installation, use and maintenance requirements for eyewash equipment in the emergency situation under hazardous conditions.

Here are some of the most common causes for ANSI/ISEA Z358.1-2014 non-compliance: missing dust covers expose nozzles to airborne contaminants, lack of proper signage on the equipment, poor lighting around the wash station, providing the improper equipment for the application (for instance, an eyewash instead of a face and eye wash), physical obstructions on the way to eyewash stations (a closed door), incorrect assembly of the unit parts (improper alignment of showerheads), lack of flow control to the eye wash, not providing the tepid water, insufficient water pressure and flow rate.

Statistics shows that the most common reason for non-compliance is the inability to maintain the required flow rate when both shower and eye/face wash are activated at the same time (a standard requirement since 2009).

What does this mean for you?

For the first time in 25 years, OSHA penalties for non-compliance have increased by 80 percent starting from August 1, 2016 in all states regulated by OSHA. It is time to ensure your workplace emergency response equipment meets the ANSI/OSEA Z358.1-2014 Standard to keep your workers safe and avoid those costly penalties.

To ensure you are meeting all the necessary requirements, activate all eyewashes, drench showers and drench hose systems to ensure they are fully operational in case of an emergency. Replace any broken or missing parts immediately. Remove any obstructions or trip hazards on the way to the wash station area. Protect equipment against the extreme temperatures. Today, just providing emergency showers and eyewashes isn’t enough, monitoring their condition is as important.

Get started by taking the following steps:

  • When working with chemicals, check their safety data sheets for first aid instructions
  • Select eyewash equipment: plumbed if water source is available, and self-contained if there is no water source
  • Place eyewash stations in proper locations, within a 10-second walking distance (about 55 feet) from a hazardous area. This is a new requirement as of 2016, so be sure to check the locations of your stations!
  • Make sure all parts work properly: valves, heads, and drainage system
  • Use potable water, i.e. water that is safe for drinking
  • Use tepid water: 60-100°F
  • Ensure eyewash uses correct water pressure: 0.4 gallons per minute for 15 minutes
  • Train employees on how to use an eyewash station
  • Label equipment and routes with appropriate signs
  • Test eyewash regularly: turn the system on once a week to flush the water

Work sites that are required to provide wash stations include laboratories, high dust areas, spraying and dipping operations, battery charging and hazardous substance dispensing areas, etc.

Emergency showerNo barrier eyewash station


How to Get Your Eyes Protected at Work

Posted on Monday, December 12th, 2016 by Mila Adamovica

Eye injuries are very common in a workplace. How do you protect your eyes? By wearing glasses, goggles, and face shields, depending on the type of work you are doing. Eyewear is important for safety because, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, three out of five accidents at work happened when the PPE was not worn at all or when the workers were wearing the wrong type of protection for the job. That is why it makes sense to consult a safety professional before making a purchase of eye protective equipment. Your trusted distributors can answer all your safety questions.

Why Uvex?

Honeywell Uvex® eyewear is a popular choice because it provides maximum protection, optimal comfort, and stylish design for people at work. The mechanical and optical properties of Uvex safety glasses are being continuously tested in the lab for quality improvement. The unique high-performance safety eyewear coating is made in-house by Uvex.

Why Do We Recommend Uvex Livewire™ Sealed Eyewear?

Uvex Livewire™ Sealed Eyewear includes matte grey frame glasses with two options of lens color: clear S2620XP, and grey S2621XP. Both are also available with an FR cloth headband.

These glasses are easily adaptable to individual head shapes while providing a personalized fit and a complete eye protection. Employees working in extreme conditions will benefit from the perfect fit and extra comfort. Possible applications include oil and gas, steel and metal, agriculture, construction, forestry, manufacturing, mining, municipal services.

The advantages of wearing these glasses are that they are 100% dielectric, lightweight, and scratch resistant. Anti-fog coating, interchangeability of arm temples and a head strap provide additional safety. The wraparound design creates a seal around the eyes. They meet OSHA, ANSI, and CSA requirements.

Here are four excellent options to choose from:

1. Uvex Livewire Glasses with Clear Lens

Uvex Livewire S2620XP Clear Lens
2. Uvex Livewire Glasses with Clear Lens and FR Cloth Headband

Uvex Livewire S2620XP with FR Cloth Headband
3. Uvex Livewire Glasses with Grey Lens

Uvex Livewire S2621XP
4. Uvex Livewire Glasses with Grey Lens and FR Cloth Headband

Uvex Livewire S2621XP with FR Cloth Headband

Want More Protection?

Uvex Turboshield™ headgear with a visor will get you covered. It provides an outstanding protection for your face and neck and a superior visibility due to its curved lens.


This unique product offers the reliable defense strong enough to protect you from safety hazards at work. The benefits of the shield are that it is easily adjustable and well-balanced. A simple push-button system allows for a fast shield replacement. A comfortable headband is ergonomically designed for the best fit. Other prominent features include a visor that slides back 7 in. improving balance and weight distribution, ergonomic adjustment knobs, and increased chin coverage. It meets OSHA, ANSI Z87.1-2010, and CSA Z94.3 face shield requirements. The headgear is ideal for manufacturing and utility workers exposed to falling and flying objects, airborne debris, impact, and splash. Faceshields provide secondary protection and must be worn with glasses or goggles.

For more information on protective eyewear and to see the full range of PPE that we offer, go to our website, or give us a call at 1-800-829-9580. Please feel free to engage with PK Safety on social media. We deliver the latest news and tips regarding the best safety solutions for your applications.


pH Neutral vs Saline Eyewash: When To Use

Posted on Monday, December 5th, 2016 by Mila Adamovica

By Samantha Hoch, Marketing, Haws Corp.

Personal Emergency Eyewashes are for use when dust, dirt, chemicals and other contaminants come into contact with the eyes. With multiple solution options, you need to determine which is appropriate for the most effective rinse.

STEP 1: Determine Type of Substance (Foreign, acid, alkali, irritant)
STEP 2: Select Appropriate Fluid Type and Rinse (pH Neutralizer or Saline)
STEP 3: Continue Rinsing
STEP 4: Rinse as Directed (Duration)

It is important to ensure the eyewash liquid hits the eyes with a soft, even flow. The Haws’ DUO Personal Eyewashes provide simultaneous eye coverage allowing for both eyes to be treated with an advanced rinse process for supplementary flushing support.

Learn more about how the pH Neutralizer phosphate solution works by viewing the back page of this chart. Download the pH Neutralizer vs Saline Solution Chart.


This guest blog post was originally published in Haws Corp blog, December 2016.

If you have questions about eye protection equipment for your specific application, please contact PK Safety Customer Service experts at 800-829-9580, or visit


Portable vs. Plumbed Eyewash: Which Do I Need?

Posted on Friday, October 14th, 2016 by Mila Adamovica

By Samantha Hoch, Marketing, Haws Corp.

The most costly injury of the more than 5 million unintentional work-related injuries in the US involves the head, averaging $82,382 per claim. In any environment, occupational safety should be taken very seriously and the appropriate emergency response is a crucial component to the overall safety of your employees and your company.

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), 29 CFR 1910.151, requires that “Where the eyes or body of any person may be exposed to injurious corrosive materials, suitable facilities for quick drenching or flushing of the eyes and body shall be provided within the work area for immediate emergency use.” OSHA turns to The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Z358.1-2014 Standard for specifics on selection, installation, operation and maintenance requirements.

Proper emergency equipment selection is a function of knowing your risks, the characteristics of the materials you work with, and logical consideration of the variety of products and design configurations available.

Once you’ve determined that an emergency station is needed, you need to define whether a portable or plumbed station is most appropriate. But first, you must be aware of the difference. A portable eyewash is a self-contained ANSI-compliant emergency response product that is needed for locations without access to water and can be moved at a moment’s notice to meet the rapidly evolving needs of a chemical, manufacturing, or construction environment. There are various types of portable eyewashes including gravity-fed, air-pressurized, and personal squeeze bottles (reference ANSI Z358.1 Supplemental Equipment/Personal Wash Units (Section 8.1)). Portable stations can provide added flexibility that is a benefit in to7361-7461day’s dynamic work settings. A plumbed unit is just as it sounds; a permanent emergency response solution that is in a fixed location connected to a continuous source of potable water with sufficient flow and pressure for ANSI compliance and victim comfort.

ANSI Z358.1 requires that all emergency stations, portable or plumbed, must provide sufficient flow (flow rate depends on product type i.e. eyewash vs. eye/face wash vs. shower) for a minimum of 15 minutes. They are also required to be located within 10 seconds of the potential hazard. Supplemental eyewashes, such as personal squeeze bottles, are a useful solution while a victim is en route to primary equipment.

In addition to water source, ask yourself these questions when determining if a portable or plumbed unit is needed:

  • Does the potential hazard stay in the same location within the facility or is it mobile? If it is a static workstation, a plumbed unit is the recommended product choice and must be installed within 10 seconds of the hazard. If the hazard is mobile such as a construction site, a portable product is recommended and is to be placed within 10 seconds of the hazard.
  • Does the location need tempered water (60-100°F/16-38°C)? If the emergency fixture will be located in areas where the internal water temperature could drop below 60°F (16°C) or rise above 100°F (38°C), the water temperature will need to be regulated. Most portable units do not provide an option for tempered water, therefore a plumbed unit along with a tempering solution is the recommendation. Although, a few manufacturers do offer a tempered portable station.

Maintenance of portable and plumbed units differ. As portable units hold stagnant water, they are required to be drained and refilled with potable water on a more frequent basis. Most eyewash manufacturers offer a sterile preservative that keeps the water for an average of 3 months. On a weekly basis, ANSI requires a visual inspection should take place to ensure the unit is full and clean. Regarding plumbed units, there is an ANSI-mandated weekly activation requirement to verify proper operation and to flush buildup that may have formed due to stagnant water in the piping and unit.

It’s impossible to predict when an injury will harm a workers’ eyes, face or body, but it is possible to take proactive preventative measures by supplying the appropriate emergency response equipment for maximum victim comfort and response.

This post was originally published in blog, October 12, 2016.

If you have questions about the eye protection equipment for your specific application, please contact one of PK Safety Customer Service experts at 800-829-9580, or visit


How to Use an Eyewash Testing Gauge

Posted on Wednesday, June 29th, 2016 by Mila Adamovica

By Samantha Hoch, Marketing Specialist, Haws

Eyewash testing gauges are an important tool when testing eyewashes and eye/face washes for ANSI Z358.1 compliance. Make sure you are utilizing it correctly with this quick guide.

How To Use An Eyewash Gauge

To determine a suitable eyewash pattern, the eyewash testing gauge should be a minimum of 4 inches in length with two sets of parallel lines equidistant from the center. The interior of the lines should be 3.25 inches apart. (Section 5.1.8)

STEP 1. Activate the eye/face wash. Note: If the eye/face wash is a part of a combination unit, ensure all other outlets are activated to confirm proper flow and simultaneous use. (Section 7.1)

STEP 2. Place the testing gauge in the streams of the eyewash. (Section 5.1.8)

STEP 3. The flushing fluid should cover the areas between the interior and exterior lines of the gauge at some point less than 8 inches above the eyewash nozzle. (Section 5.1.8)

Eyewash Gauge

This guest post was originally published in Haws Blog, June 28, 2016.


Learn to Be Safe: Responsible 4th of July Celebration Tips

Posted on Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016 by Mila Adamovica

The Fourth of July is a time to enjoy fireworks in the company of family and friends. The first commemorative Independence Day fireworks were set off by John Adams in 1777. Since then, the nation has celebrated this holiday by staging pyrotechnic extravaganza shows with live music and family fun, or just by lighting smaller displays at home. Explorer Richard Byrd even set off fireworks to salute the USA in Antarctica on a day that was comparatively warm for that region (- 30°F)!

The thrill of fireworks could be ruined by unexpected explosions and injuries. No one wants the drama of dealing with an accident. Here’s our guide on how to stay safe around fireworks.

Follow these safety tips when using fireworks to avoid accidents:

  • Before using fireworks, make sure they are permitted in your local area.
  • Read the label and performance description before igniting the fireworks.
  • Federal Aviation Administration prohibits the transportation of fireworks in your luggage.
  • Do not carry fireworks in your pocket, or shoot them into metal/glass containers.
  • Have a responsible adult supervise all fireworks activities. Do not allow children to play with fireworks.
  • Don’t take your pet to a public fireworks event: they can be traumatized by noise. Make sure your pets have an ID tag/microchip, in case they escape.
  • Use fireworks only outdoors, and keep them away from vehicles and buildings. Do not point the fireworks at a person, an animal, or a structure.
  • Put on FR clothes, safety glasses and safety gloves before shooting fireworks. Most fireworks-related injuries involve hands and fingers (46%), and eyes (17%).
  • Always have a water hose and a fire extinguisher nearby.
  • Light one firework at a time and then back up to a safe distance. Never try to re-light a firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
  • Dispose of fireworks by placing them in a metal trash can.
  • Do not experiment with homemade fireworks. Report illegal explosives to the fire or police department.

When you follow safety rules, fireworks are a wonderful way to add fun and excitement to your family gatherings.

Fireworks Injuries Infographic

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Top 12 Non-Compliance Issues in Emergency Equipment

Posted on Monday, June 20th, 2016 by Mila Adamovica

By Samantha Hoch, Marketing Specialist, Haws

There are two types of non-compliance when referring to emergency shower and eyewash equipment.

A. Performance Related: Any type of issue that affects the ability for the emergency shower or eyewash to provide proper first aid in the event of an emergency. This could include lack of tepid water, insufficient flow to the showerhead, eyewash heads or both, too much flow or pressure to the heads, or a combination unit that does not have the capability of providing adequate flow to both the showerhead and eyewash heads simultaneously. Failure to meet the requirements in these areas can have a significant impact on the outcome for the victim.

B. Not Performance Related (other): Issues that do not affect the proper functioning of the emergency equipment and the ability to deliver tepid water at the proper flow rates etc. These are considered low-impact non-compliance. Typical examples include missing signs, misplaced or missing dust covers, minor deviations in installation heights, obstructions in the pathway to the equipment, and failure to conduct weekly inspections. These issues may not affect the ability of the equipment to deliver proper first aid so they are considered “non-performance” related reasons for failure to be in compliance with the ANSI requirements. Although seemingly minor, these issues will be cited by OSHA and still need to be corrected.

Eyewash station

To highlight, we have identified the top 12 most common reasons emergency showers and eyewashes do not comply with the standard.


#1: Improperly installed or missing dust covers
This exposes the nozzles or outlets to airborne contaminants which can ultimately make their way into a victims eyes and exacerbate the issue.

#2: Lack of proper signage on the equipment or lack of acceptable lighting
Although this does not affect the unit’s ability to perform, it can prevent a victim from finding the shower or eyewash during an emergency.

#3: Providing the improper equipment for the application
Meaning that maybe an eyewash has been installed when an eye/face wash is the correct solution.

#4: Obstructions in the path of travel to a shower and/or eyewash
Examples include hosing, boxes, and other equipment. This could prohibit a victim from being able make their way to the equipment, thus inhibiting its use or possibly leading to a trip or fall and the risk of further injury.

#5: Improper installation of eyewash nozzles, actuators and showerheadsIncorrect placement or assembly could result in an inadequate emergency response thereby potentially causing further injury.

These next 7 reasons for non-compliance are considered performance related, affecting the ability of the unit to provide proper first aid.


#6: Parts of a unit, such as the pull rod or push flag, in a dysfunctional, non-usable state
This could create a situation where a victim is unable to use the equipment if needed. This is a very common issue we have witnessed in the field.

#7: Lack of flow control to the eye or eye/face wash including erratic, inconsistent or unpredictable water flow
From an independent study of practicing ophthalmologists, comfortable water pressure is important and should be provided to a victim with the expectation that they will be flushing for a full 15 minutes. This is commonly seen pertaining to showerheads as well.

#8: Insufficient water pressure or flow rate
With not enough water pressure or flow, the eye, eye/face wash and/or shower can be considered unusable and may not provide proper flushing capabilities to a user with chemicals or harmful substances on their body.

#9: Uneven flow patterns
The eyewash is not capable of providing flushing fluid to both eyes simultaneously. This is considered non-compliant as the standards requires that a controlled flow be provided to both eyes.

#10: Improper alignment
Regarding combination units, the second most common compliance issue is improper alignment. Many times, the showerhead is not in alignment with the eye or eye/face wash and vice versa, thus not allowing for simultaneous use of the shower and eyewash by the same user.

#11: Does not maintain flow rates for simultaneous use when shower and eyewash are both activated
The most common reason for non-compliance is the inability of the equipment to maintain the required flow rates when both the shower and the eye/face wash are activated at the same time – a requirement of the standard since 2009. Although the eye/face wash may meet all flow requirements when activated alone, once the shower is activated, the flow to the eye/face wash is often impacted, making the unit no longer compliant – and more importantly, impacting the ability to deliver proper first aid, putting the victim at risk.

#12: Not providing tepid water
As of 2004, the ANSI standard incorporated the tepid water requirement, yet many existing and new units have yet to comply. All showers and eyewashes must provide tepid water in between 60-100 degrees Fahrenheit or 16-38 degrees Celsius.

This guest post was originally published in Haws Blog, June 9, 2016.


What Is The Best Protection Against Welding Hazards?

Posted on Monday, May 23rd, 2016 by Mila Adamovica

The history of joining different metals together dates back to the Bronze Age. But it wasn’t until the end of the 19th century that the only welding process that existed was forge welding. Welding is a process that joins materials together by melting a metal piece with a filler metal to form a strong joint. Today, the most common types of welding processes are:

  • Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), or Manual Metal Arc Welding (MMAW)
  • Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW), or Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) Welding
  • Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW)
  • Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), or Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding
  • Plasma Arc Welding (PAW), Plasma Arc Cutting (PAC) and Gouging
  • Resistance Welding (RW) or spot welding
  • Air Carbon Arc Cutting and Gouging
  • Submerged Arc Welding (SAW)
  • Oxyfuel Welding, Cutting and Heating
Underwater welding

Underwater welding

Below is a table of safety hazards existing in different types of welding operations, and the recommendations on how to prevent injuries.

Welding Safety Hazards  and Protective Measures

Types of Hazards MPAW/PAC, Air Carbon Arc Processes SMAW, GTAW, GMAW, FCAW SAW OXYFUEL

Protective Measures

Ergonomic Y Y Y Y Use proper lifting techniques, foot rest, knee pads, and take breaks, or frequently change position to prevent musculoskeletal injuries, minimize vibration, remove debris and clutter to avoid slips and falls
Electric Shock Y Y Y N Inspect electrode holder for damage, do not touch electrically “hot” parts inside the welder case, keep welding cable and electrode holder insulation in perfect condition, use insulated tools, wear Arc Flash clothing, aprons, FR glovesheadwear and footwear.
Bright Light Y Y Y Y Make sure you are wearing protective glasses with side shields, or a welding helmet with a dark lens.
UV Radiation Y Y N N Wear UV protective clothing and headgear; the chart below indicates the correct lens shade numbers.
Toxic Fumes, Gases Y Y N Y Do not weld in confined spaces without ventilation,  stay upwind when welding outdoors; use respirators, portable exhaust systems: fans, fixed or removable exhaust hoods.
Fire, Burns, Heat Y Y N Y Inspect work area, remove any flammable materials, ensure access to fire hoses, sand buckets, fire extinguishers, wear a welding helmet, FR cotton, FR leather work clothes, do not roll up sleeves, wear pants over the top of leather work boots with 6-to-8-inch ankle coverage and metatarsal guards over the shoe laces.
Noise Y Y Y Y Define the appropriate hearing protection with the help of certified intrinsically safe sound meters. Use ear plugs or ear muffs in the environments with high levels of noise pollution.
Height (tower climbing) Y Y N Y When working at heights, prevent falls by using Arc Flash harnesses and lanyards.

Filter Lens Shade Numbers for Protection Against Radiant Energy

Welding Operation Shade Number
Shielded Metal-Arc Welding using 1/16, 13/32, 1/8 and 5/32 inch diameter electrodes 10
Gas-Shielded Arc Welding (nonferrous) using 1/16, 3/32, 1/8 and 5/32 inch diameter electrodes 11
Gas-Shielded Arc Welding (ferrous) using 1/16, 3/32, 1/8 and 5/32 inch diameter electrodes 12
Shielded Metal Arc Welding using 3/16, 7/32, and 1/4 inch diameter electrodes 12
5/16, and 3/8 inch diameter electrodes 14
Atomic Hydrogen Welding 10-14
Carbon-Arc Welding 14
Soldering 2
Torch Blazing 3 or 4
Light cutting, up to 1 in. 3 or 4
Medium cutting, 1-6 in. 4 or 5
Heavy cutting, over 6 in. 4 or 5
Light gas welding, up to 1/8 in. 4 or 5
Medium gas welding, 1/8-1/2 in. 5 or 6
Heavy gas welding, over 1/2 in. 6 or 8

The following OSHA standards are applicable to welding:

Welding, Cutting & Brazing 29 CFR 1910 Subpart Q,
Welding & Cutting 29 CFR 1926 Subpart J,
Welding, Cutting and Heating 29 CFR 1915 Subpart D,
Permit-Required Confined Spaces 29 CFR 1910.146,
Confined and Enclosed Spaces & Other Dangerous Atmospheres 29 CFR 1915 Subpart B,
Hazard Communication 29 CFR 1910.1200,
Respiratory Protection 29 CFR 1910.134,
Air Contaminants 29 CFR 1910.1000, 29 CFR 1915.1000, 29 CFR 1926.55.

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I-Force / I-Force Slim by Pyramex Safety Products

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2016 by Mila Adamovica

By Marketing at Pyramex

When you ask for it, Pyramex Safety Products delivers. We took feedback from users who work in the harshest conditions and paired it with cutting edge anti-fog technology to create I-Force safety eyewear. The I-Force has a light-weight dual pane lens system. The outer polycarbonate lens protects against the environment while the inner acetate lens is designed to prevent fogging by equalizing the temperature difference between external temperature and the user’s body heat. A vented foam carriage provides maximum dust protection and further helps to prevent fogging by providing a sufficient airflow outlet.

The I-Force is available in several lens color options which are treated with an anti-fog coating to ensure maximum visibility. The included quick-release ratcheting temples and elastic strap are easily interchangeable. Simply rotate the hinge 90 degrees and lift for removal. Installation is just as simple. The temples and strap allow you to wear the I-Force as goggle for an extra snug fit or in situations where a safety glass is preferred.

The I-Force is popular for its sporty lightweight design and comes in a slim option for smaller facial structure. For more information about the I-Force or other high quality safety products, visit

If you have questions or need help finding the right safety glasses, please feel free to call PK Safety Supply at 800-829-9580, or visit us online at


Landscaping: How to Avoid Hidden Hazards

Posted on Tuesday, April 5th, 2016 by Mila Adamovica

Landscaping is a job that many DIYers who love to work outdoors take upon themselves. There are obvious dangers to this kind of work when operating heavy automatic machinery (rototillers, mowers, weed wackers, Bobcats, tractors, trenchers and blowers) that we will cover below. Many creative home improvement enthusiasts, and even some professional contractors, are unaware of the potential hazards of landscaping.

“An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure.” (Benjamin Franklin)

Top 8 Landscaping Dangers and Preventive Measures:

1. Learn how to use your equipment before working with it. Study the user manual, read the safety instructions carefully, and if possible, ask a fully-trained professional to show you how to use the tool for the first time. Do not attempt to repair equipment that is malfunctioning or jammed. Numerous tragic cases of injures that happen while operating various tools are reported every year. It is important to keep tools in excellent working condition – sharp and clean – to help prevent repetitive stress injuries. After the landscaping work is done, make sure that your equipment is properly cleaned and ready for your next landscaping job. Do not leave machinery unattended. Properly secure and store any equipment, chemicals, or materials that will be left at the site.

2. Wearing PPE is required for landscaping work: protective gloves and glasses, ear muffs or ear plugs, face masks and shields, respirators, helmets, non-slip sturdy shoes, and the appropriate workwear – long sleeve loose-fitting shirts and long pants. Last but not least: absolutely no jewelry, as it may get caught in the machinery while performing the work.Ranger Hat

3. Wear high-visibility clothing to be easily spotted on the street: vehicle accidents are the leading cause of fatal incidents among landscapers. Exposure to extreme temperatures may result in heat stress, so dress according to the weather conditions. Take the shade with you by wearing the Evaporative Cooling Ranger Hat. To protect yourself against the harmful ultraviolet radiation, use a sunscreen lotion with at least SPF30, wear sunglasses that block 99-100% UVA and UVB radiation. Limit your sun exposure time by taking frequent breaks and staying in the shadow. Drink plenty of water and avoid caffeine to prevent heat cramps and exhaustion. In wet conditions, don’t forget to put on the appropriate rainwear.

4. Proper eye and respiratory protective equipment – goggles and respirators – must be used while working with toxic chemicals, such as Roundup and other glyphosate-containing herbicides for weed and grass control, that are very dangerous. Clean water supply and a space where workers can wash themselves in the event of chemical splashes should be located in close proximity to working areas where chemicals are handled. One more safety reminder: chemicals must be transported properly via truck or trailer in special containers.

5. Prevent falls from ladders by making sure the ladder is placed on a stable, leveled surface, and by not loading it beyond the maximum load capacity stated in the manufacturer’s brochure. Make sure the top and the bottom of the ladder are free of tools or any debris, and use ladder safety and fall safety systems for extra protection.

6. The main source of injury for tree care professionals and the DIY-trimmers is that tree branches fall in unexpected direction. Falls from high trees, ladders or aerial lifts are extremely dangerous, and should be prevented with Fall Safety equipment. In addition, electrocution due to tree trimming performed near utility lines, or improper handling of outdoor lighting systems can result in major injury or death. When working near the electrical lines, wear Arc Flash Rated clothing and avoid the danger of electrical shock and electrocution by remaining at least 10 feet from electric lines to perform tree care operations, or contact the utility company to de-energize and ground the lines. Do not operate electrical equipment in humid conditions, and use special cut–resistant rubber gloves and boots.

Landscaping worker7. Other easily-preventable dangers include: allergic reaction to plants or insect bites and stings, Histoplasmosis from bird droppings, Hantavirus from mouse droppings. Wearing the appropriate PPE will completely eliminate these risks. Wearing HazMat suit, gloves and booties will protect you from exposure to the hazardous substances.

8. To protect from fire danger, wear flame resistant clothes, and make sure your electrical equipment does not cause a fire by keeping it in perfect working condition, especially in severe drought conditions and in high fire risk environments.

Be aware of hidden dangers at your work environment at all times, and be safe by following  Landscaping and Horticultural Safety Guidelines and best practices provided by OSHA.

If you have questions or need help finding the right landscaping safety equipment, please feel free to call us at 800-829-9580, or visit us online at


Try a Pair of Flex-Zone Safety Glasses by Pyramex

Posted on Monday, March 14th, 2016 by Mila Adamovica

By Marketing at Pyramex Safety Products

Flexibility has proven to be successful in the workplace with the ever-changing environments on job sites. Pyramex Safety Products now brings flexibility in the form of comfort to an affordable safety glass. The Flex-Zone glasses have a cushioned nose piece and temples with a patented structure that we are proud to introduce to the safety eyewear market. Our unique design delivers exceptional performance in a wide range of work settings.

“Blessed are the flexible, for they will not be bent out of shape.”

The Flex-Zone has a durable, flexible nylon frame and straight-back temples specially configured for lens replacement. The ability to change the lens is ideal for users who regularly switch from indoor to outdoor settings or those who get the lenses dirty quite often. With a simple squeeze of the nose piece, the temples release the lens for easy interchangeability.

The Flex-Zone only weighs 25.16 gm and is comfortable for all day wear. The ventilated nose piece is soft and adjustable creating a custom fit for your face. While the comfort techniques are flexible, safety remains constant in all Pyramex eyewear. The Flex-Zone has a 9.5 base curve lens that delivers excellent side protection. All the lens options are made from scratch resistant polycarbonate which provides 99% UVA/B/C protection.

Pyramex offers safety around the world! Like many of our eyewear options, the Flex-Zone meets the following standards: ANSI Z87.1 High Impact (US standards), CE EN166 (European standards), and CAN/CSA Z94.0-07 (Canadian certifications). So don’t get stuck in a rut when it comes to eye protection. Try a pair of Flex-Zone safety glasses by Pyramex and let your face benefit from the flexible options we provide for multi-environmental use.

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OSHA: Potential Risk From Contaminated Water in Non-Compliant Eyewash Stations

Posted on Tuesday, March 8th, 2016 by Mila Adamovica

By Samantha Hoch, Marketing Specialist, Haws

Paragraph (c) of OSHA’s Occupational Safety & Health Standards – 29 CFR 1910.151 (Medical services and first aid.) requires “where the eyes or body of any person may be exposed to injurious corrosive materials, suitable facilities for quick drenching or flushing of the eyes and body shall be provided within the work area of immediate emergency use”.

A recent OSHA Info sheet details the adverse side effects caused by contaminated water from improperly maintained emergency eyewash stations. According to the fact sheet, organisms including Acanthamoeba, Pseudomonas and Legionella thrive in stagnant, untreated water and are known to cause infections when they come into contact with the eyes and skin or if they are inhaled. The fact sheet specifies that workers using emergency equipment following an eye injury may be more susceptible to infection.

Read the full info sheet here: Haws OSHA Paper

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New Pyramex Proximity Safety Glasses: Comfortable, Stylish & Safe

Posted on Thursday, March 3rd, 2016 by Administrator

By Marketing at Pyramex Safety Products

When it comes to safety wear, you don’t have to sacrifice comfort and style when you wear glasses from Pyramex Safety Products. As a leader in the safety eyewear industry, Pyramex continues to develop innovative products with the daily user in mind. The Proximity – new from Pyramex – is comfortable, stylish, and safe.

At only 26.3 grams, this lightweight spectacle has slim co-injected temples for a snug, secure fit. The flame-resistant foam padding cushions the facial bones from impact and is comfortable for all day wear. With several color options and cutting edge lens technology, there is no need to let the weather elements cloud your vision! The clear (SB9310ST), dark gray (SB9323ST), and amber (SB9330ST) lens options are treated with an H2X anti-fog technology that blocks out fog, mist, sweat, and steam. The indoor/outdoor mirror (SB9380ST) has a glare-reducing tint and is an excellent option for users who alternate between indoor and outdoor environments. All of the lenses are made from scratch resistant polycarbonate and provide 99% UVA/B/C protection. The Proximity exceeds ANSI Z87.1 High Impact standards and the 9.5 base curve lens provides excellent side protection.

When you choose the Proximity by Pyramex, you are covered in comfort, safety, and style.


Safety Equipment Suitable for the Zombie Apocalypse

Posted on Monday, June 16th, 2014 by Justin McCarter

At PK Safety we’re as worried about the Zombie Apocalypse as anybody. Maybe more. And while we lack chainsaws or longswords in our warehouse, we make up for it with loads of other nifty and useful equipment. Whether you’re running for your life, or looking for the cure, PK Safety should definitely be on your to-do list before the web disappears for all eternity.

Planning for the Zombie Apolcalypse

Photo credit: Robert Barnett/US Air Force/Stars and Stripes

First of all, think about picking up a DoseRAE 2 Personal Radiation Detector. This is especially important for you heroes entering the nuclear medical facility where everything went to heck. The DoseRAE 2 provides real-time readout of both X- and Gamma radiation. Just remember to adjust the alarm settings. Having the audible, visual, and vibration alarms going off while the hoard is close by is really a rookie move.

Next, think about eye safety. This is something that often gets overlooked. Remember that episode of the Twilight Zone where the guy smashes his glasses after the nuclear war? Well, it’d be worse if you were dealing with a Zombie Apocalypse and you got a shard or a stick in your eye. No doctors handy. Bad news. Put something like the MCR Memphis ForceFlex Ballistic FF120 Safety Glasses on your shopping list. Not only do they have an anti-fog coating, but they also have military ballistic level impact resistance for a small object moving over 1,000 ft. per second.

I’m not positive about this next item, but I think it’s worth investigating. The Aervoe Super LED Road Flare 1165 has 24 extremely bright LEDs inside a crush-proof, waterproof, dust-proof housing. Doesn’t it seem like zombies are attracted to emergency blinking lights? They are always milling around them in the (verified-accurate) video games and in some scenes of World War Z. If you are in a bind, it might be worth throwing one of these durable flashing lights down the wrong corridor as you try to escape. It could buy you the extra few seconds you need to get away.

Finally, take care of your hands. We’ve all seen what happens when zombies bite some poor, ill-equipped bastard on the hand. His best friend has to shoot him to put him out of his misery, or he’s got to do it himself. Not fun. A better choice is the MaxiCut 5 Cut Protection Gloves from ATG. These gloves provide outstanding cut resistance while still providing excellent dexterity for firing your Kel-Tec KSG Tactical Pump Shotgun (a personal favorite). And if you wear the MaxiCut 5 with an MCR Memphis 9378T Kevlar Knit Sleeve you’ll be protecting your entire forearm as well as your hand from zombie bites.

While none of us knows when the ZA is coming, it’s unlikely we’ll still be offering our Free Shipping after it kicks off. So act now. And best of luck.


Photo credit: Robert Barnett/US Air Force/Stars and Stripes


What You Need to Know About Safety Eyewear in Winter

Posted on Wednesday, December 4th, 2013 by Justin McCarter

As temperatures drop around the country, effective safety eyewear is more important than ever. Here are a few tips for choosing the right eye protection for cold environments.

Cold Weather Eye Protection

Anti-fog coatings are most effective when they are permanently bonded to the lens. These advanced coatings supply the longest lasting clear views. Having your eyes protected isn’t much good if you can’t see what you’re doing, so anti-fog properties are especially important when cold air on the outside and warm air create the fog that obscures your vision. Goggles like the Pyramex Capstone Anti-Fog Goggles also have removable vent caps to allow greater ventilation in cold climates. This helps balance the air temperature levels and reduces fogging.

Another way to keep the fog down is to use safety eyewear with dual-pane lenses like the Pyramex V2G-XP Hot/Cold Resistant Goggles. This style of protective eyewear is especially well-suited for cold weather applications. The two lenses are separated by a layer of insulating air. This still air helps regulate the inner lens temperature. Goggles like the V2G-XP also provide excellent protection from both UV-A and UV-B rays. Just because it’s cold doesn’t mean the sun isn’t making its feeble attempt at providing warmth while also flooding you with potentially harmful rays.

But goggles aren’t the only way to go. MCR Safety produces the PRO Shock Safety Glasses which are sold by the dozen and provide dual-pane lens and superb anti-fog protection. Another great option are the single-pane Carhartt Carthage safety glasses. They have a permanently bonded anti-fog coating that is second to none, and they come with interchangeable temple arms and elastic strap. This allows you the choice of wearing them as glasses or goggles.

Ski goggles often provide great anti-fogging lenses, but don’t use them for work as they are not designed as industrial eye protection. They don’t provide adequate impact protection and aren’t up to the ANSI Z87 standards. One thing those ski goggles do have going for them are the wide elastic bands. Look for safety glasses with a wide strap for winter work. Goggle bands not only help keep the goggles in place, but they also provide a little more warmth. While it may not be so great for summer work, wide elastic bands are preferred by many folks in the winter.

One final word about winter eye safety is concerning eyewash stations. Whether they are portable or permanant stations the eyewash solution needs to be between 60 and 100 degrees. It certainly can’t be frozen solid, so this is something that needs to be considered and monitored during the cold weather months especially.

If you have questions about eye protection in general or anti-fog or winter eye protection specifically, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We are available online or call us at 800-829-9580 between 6am and 5pm Monday through Friday (PST).


Sealed Eyewear Represent the Newest Wave in Eye Protection

Posted on Monday, March 4th, 2013 by Justin McCarter

There are still plenty of dirty jobs across America. Particles are flying and working men and women are exposed to them every day. Luckily eye protection for these folks is keeping pace with the times. A new category of eyewear has emerged that finds fans in heavy manufacturing and oil & gas production. Suppliers call it “sealed eyewear” and it’s bridging the gap between safety glasses and standard goggles.

Crossover Glasses Provide Protection of Goggles and Clarity of Glasses

Traditionally it has been a challenge to find the correct eye protection on a fixed budget for workers doing a wide variety of tasks. Until sealed eyewear came along, supervisors were forced to present either a range of safety glasses which provided comfort and a clear view, but little protection from swirling dust and particulate matter, or goggles that provided more protection, but sacrificed comfort and clarity.

Eye safety standards have gotten tough too. If your company finds itself outside the updated ANSI Z87.1 standard, which groups eye protection solutions according to hazard type and more closely follow international standards, you could find OSHA assessing penalties up to $70,000 for each infraction. But sealed eyewear is helping keep employers in compliance in a relatively simple way – employees don’t mind wearing them.

Chad Carney is an eye safety expert at Pyramex Safety Products. “We call these crossover glasses,” says Carney. “Products like the I-Force Glasses feature foam padding around the lenses which improves protection against dust, debris, and wind over traditional safety glasses. Many of our similar models also have interchangeable temples and straps.”

Turns out getting rid of the hard temple arms and replacing them with an adjustable elastic strap goes a long way to increase user comfort, especially when workers are also wearing lots of other PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) like hard hats and hearing protection.

Carney goes on to say the majority of the Pyramex glasses in this class are treated with their proprietary H2X anti-fog coating which is important when you don’t have lots of air circulation. Safety gear that workers want to wear will provide greater protection simply because it’s being worn when an accident occurs. Crossovers like the I-Force glasses provide worker safety without impairing their vision or interfering with their work. Goggles don’t always fit right when being worn with a hard hat, and ill-fitting safety glasses simply won’t get the same frequency of use that comfortable protection does.

Crossover glasses provide both comfort and safety in a way that doesn’t impede a worker completing their task. At the end of the day, that’s all anyone can ask from their PPE.


Goggles and Face Shield That Work Over Prescription Glasses?

Posted on Monday, July 30th, 2012 by Justin McCarter

There is a lot to like about the Capstone goggles with combination face shield from Pyramex Eyewear. For one thing, it gets rid of the need for secondary eye protection which is required when you are wearing a regular face shield. It’s lightweight and comfortable to wear. And it makes you look a little like Jason from Friday the 13th. But when I was watching their video about this new product, I was skeptical about the part where it says you can wear it with your regular prescription glasses.

Really? Just pop them on over my glasses? That never works. And I’m sure if you have giant coke-bottle glasses it might not. But I’m here to say, the Capstone goggles with combo face shield worked great over my glasses.

Goggles with Face Shield Also Fit Prescription Glasses

The vinyl piece that conforms to the face is comfortable and deep enough so my glasses weren’t hitting the front of the goggle lenses. Where the goggles seal around the glasses is wrapped far enough back behind my temples, at least for my glasses, that it just pulled the arms a little closer to my head. Granted I probably don’t want to wear them all day every day. But there aren’t too many jobs that require that, thank goodness.

And if I really did want to wear this contraption on my face every day, there is an available prescription insert for the GG504TSHIELD as well.

Oh, and one more thing to like about this Pyramex safety goggles/face shield combo – extra visor tear-offs are available in packs of 6. If your lens gets scratched or covered in paint, just peel off a layer, and you’re back to the crystal clear vision. Like wipers for your goggles. Nice.

If you have questions or would like help selecting the right equipment for your application, please give us a call at 1-800-829-9580, or visit us online at