Father’s Day was not celebrated in the US until the 20th century. A big credit for promoting the Father’s Day celebration goes to Ms. Sonora Louise Smart Dodd from Spokane, Washington. She was deeply attached to her father, as she and her five siblings were parented by their father alone. Due to her efforts, it became possible that on June 19, 1910, Washington State started to celebrate Father’s Day. In 1972, President Richard Nixon established a permanent national observance of Father’s Day to be held on the third Sunday of June every year.
Father’s Day is coming up fast! Although any Dad will love any gift from his kids, one guy can only have so many ties hanging in his closet. Looking for something unique? We have you covered. We have put together some awesome Father’s Day gifts that your Dad will love! Let your Dad know how much he means to you by giving him a thoughtful present for Father’s Day. He will cherish and appreciate extra thought and effort you put into selecting a gift for him this year.
1. CORETEX PROFESSIONAL OUTDOOR SKIN PROTECTION KIT – a collection of sun and burn protection, insect repellent, anti-itch, and hand sanitizing towelettes and pouches
2. TELESTEP FOLDING ALUMINUM STEP LADDER – a lightweight aluminum step stool, perfect to have at home
3. KLEIN TOOLS TRADESMAN PRO ORGANIZER LIGHTED TOOL BAG – offers 31 pockets, an orange interior, and a built-in LED light to easily find tools in the bag
4. WATERPROOF REFLECTIVE BOMBER JACKET – provides excellent protection from the elements and offers superior visibility
5. LIFT RIGGER APEX GEL KNEE PADS – feature gel insert forms to patella and knee cap, maximizing comfort and protection
Discover more gift ideas in our previous blog post: Top 7 Gifts for Dads
It’s never too late to show yourself some love. Here is what we have for you: Best Buys for Yourself.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) reports that falls remain a leading cause of occupational injury and mortality nationwide. The industries cited for OSHA violations include wholesalers, specialty trade contractors, civil engineering and building construction, real estate, equipment and machinery repair and building maintenance. Here are some examples of why and how fall-from-a-ladder accidents happen: workers utilized the wrong type of ladder for their job assignment (ladders were too heavy for the job, which caused sprains and strains); workers used a wrong way of leveling ladders (boards or bricks instead of leveling devices); employees tried to over-reach which caused trip-and-fall accidents (they should have added outriggers to the bottom of an extension ladder to increase the footprint or just moved a ladder closer to the job area).
It doesn’t take expensive equipment to prevent these kinds of accidents. All it takes is common sense, backed by effective training and a thorough development and enforcement of best practices.
Working on and around stairs and ladders is common to many workplaces. Basic safety rules that apply to most tools also apply to ladders. And because it seems like an ordinary tool to use, most workers do not take them seriously which increases their chances of getting injured while using ladders.
Here are the main requirements:
OSHA requires that portable wood ladders be inspected frequently. Before using a ladder, inspect it to make sure it is in a good working condition.
Ladder Inspection Checklist:
Fixed ladders are ones that can be fixed in place on a building; portable ladders are movable. If you require a portable ladder, assess whether you need a self-supporting ladder, like an “A” frame, or a straight or extension ladder.
Since ladders are usually not assigned to a particular worker, consider buying a ladder suitable for the heaviest person in your team. Ladders are rated at 200, 225, 250, 300, and 375 lbs of the maximum recommended total load (including worker’s weight, clothes, tools, shoes, and the load a worker is carrying). Construction jobs should use a Type 1, 1A, or 1AA, which hold up to 250, 300, and 375 pounds, respectively.
Fiberglass ladders are best for electrical work since they are non-conductive. Aluminum ladders are lighter and more durable than wooden ladders, but their disadvantage is that they cannot be used around electricity. When using a wooden ladder, be sure it’s treated but not painted so you can tell if the ladder structure is sound. Defects may be hidden by the paint. Wood preservatives or clear coatings are usually safe.
If you have a 6’ step ladder, don’t climb above the 4th step. Step ladders are not designed for climbing to the roof, use an extension and a lean-to ladder instead.
According to the American Ladder Institute, workers can reduce chances of falling during a climb by:
Workers who use ladders are at high risk of injury or death from falls. This hazard can be eliminated or substantially reduced by following the safety regulations mentioned above, and by the enforcement of these best practices in the workplace.
Learn about OSHA Safety and Health regulations for construction; specifically the use of ladders at work sites.
OSHA Quick Card: Portable Ladder Safety offers instructions on preventing falls from portable ladders.
Many workers are required to spend hours on their feet during their work shifts. Did you know that excessive standing is as detrimental to your health as prolonged sitting? The usual complaints are lower back and knee pain, shoulder and neck stiffness, sore feet as a result of too much standing at work. To reduce the negative effects, it is recommended to change working positions frequently, avoid extreme stretching, allow regular rest periods, and use anti-fatigue standing mats.
By law, employers must provide a healthy and safe environment for everyone in the workplace. This is why in working environments where employees stand for a long time, employers should provide anti-fatigue mats that will significantly reduce the chances of getting a workplace muscular skeletal disorder (WMSD). Studies have shown that the use of specially designed anti-stress and anti-fatigue mats eliminate discomfort. With so many mats available to choose from, how do you know which one is the best for you?
In damp environments, some types of mats could absorb moisture and potentially breed bacteria or mold. An open-surface mat that provides good drainage or a sealed mat with a textured surface will work in this case. This is particularly problematic in workplaces where various chemicals are being handled. It is important to verify that the materials from which the mat is made and the chemicals being handled in the area will not start a chemical reaction and will not cause mat deterioration.
If the workers are walking more often than standing, a firmer mat is needed to avoid sinking in with each step. For those who are kneeling a lot while performing their work assignments, an extra-cushioned kneeling mat is recommended.
Work mats come standard in rectangular and square shapes and are available in various sizes. To avoid tripping hazards, sometimes customized mat sizing might be a better solution for a large area, or when mat installation is needed under heavy equipment.
Another thing to keep in mind is that mats that will be heavily used have to be of the highest quality possible to avoid the need to replace them frequently. Anti-fatigue mats constructed from various durable materials including PVC, nitrile, polypropylene, and natural rubber are available for you to choose from. A cost-effective mat solution can be a good choice for the situations when only limited use is expected.
Here are a couple of amazing, high-quality mats you are guaranteed to be satisfied with:
Working Concepts ErgoKneel mats are designed for all-day standing or kneeling. They are extra comfortable, durable and are proven to improve your overall health. These ergonomic mats are made of heavy, resilient, closed-cell foam rubber, and are non-conductive, resistant to petroleum, and will not absorb liquids. They can also self-extinguish if accidentally exposed to fire, and are great for standing or kneeling on cold or hard surfaces, like steel, concrete, or gravel.
The ErgoKneel 5010 Extreme Standing Mat is a workstation mat with tapered edges that offers great relief from pain associated with standing all day while operating heavy machinery at work, or doing DIY projects at home.
The ErgoKneel Kneeling Mat 5050 with a built-in handle is perfect for utility workers (telecommunications, plumbers), petrochemical workers, and electricians, or for use at home (gardening, DIY). The advantage of this mat is that it is easy to clean because it is made with closed-cell rubber not plastic like some kneeling mats so you can use soap, power wash, or even some harsh solvents.
Top occupations for WMSDs that could benefit from high-quality standing mats are nurses, aides, attendants, truck drivers, assemblers, janitors, cleaners, stock handlers, baggers, cashiers, construction workers, carpenters. Some of the benefits of using anti-fatigue matting include an increased blood flow, stress-relief on legs, the back, and joints, and the prevention of slips and falls.
For more information, check the selection of work standing mats at PK Safety and learn more from these resources:
CCOHS.ca: Anti-Fatigue Mats
OSHA.gov: Ergonomics: The Study of Work
Make projects easier and more efficient with Klein Tools Tradesman Pro tool bags, backpacks, and specialized cases or an aerial apron. Whether you work on site or travel from one job to another, you have to keep your tools and instruments transportable, accessible, and secure. You can save yourself a lot of time by storing tools in professionally designed and engineered portable, impact-resistant containers that will protect them against tough environments, accidental misplacement, or even theft. Most likely, you have invested a lot in tools, so protecting them from possible damage and getting them to your job site in a secure and organized way is a top priority.
PK Safety carries several storage options that are made in the USA: tool bags, cases, buckets, aprons, and backpacks. Consider which features are most important for your application to narrow down the options in order to choose the right container. Whichever tools you are using, if the container is functional, it will streamline your work and help reduce stress on the job.
Rolling Bag for Tools
The Tradesman Pro Rolling Bag is a heavy-duty wheeled tool bag featuring a telescoping handle and rugged 6-inch wheels that can easily handle any rough terrain. This rolling bag includes 24 pockets for a great space to hold all the tools you will need on a job, and the interior is orange for easy visibility. This rolling back is very durable and great for moving tools from your truck to the site. It is load tested for up to 200 lbs. of contents for your best tools.
Keep your hands free and your tools organized and easily accessible with the Tradesman Pro Hi-Vis backpack. The high-visibility interior makes it super easy for you to find small tools. The outer reflective stripes create a much better visibility in low light conditions.
Lineman’s Tool Bucket
For portable and long-term storage, many professionals who work at heights need to use tool buckets. Constructed of rugged denier polyester to resist wear and tear on the jobsite, the Hard-Body Aerial Bucket provides abundant and secure storage with its 15 interior pockets and 14 outside pockets. These are great for linemen and electricians.
When it comes to performing many electrical or mechanical jobs, a tool bag provides an easy access to all the necessary tools. For carpenters, mechanics, repair people, and DIY homeowners, tool bags are an essential part of their working day. The Tradesman Pro Organizer Lighted Tool Bag features 31 pockets and a built-in LED light to see the tools in your bag. The LED light can also be removed and comes with a hook to hang in place while working in dark environments. The 1680d ballistic weave bag and molded plastic bottom provide long-term durability and protection from the elements.
The extra-sturdy Klein tool case is a great solution for bringing your tools into tough environments like construction sites or manufacturing plants. The piano-hinged case cover has both a combination lock and two key-locked latches for security.
The Klein Tools Aerial Apron features a large pouch for a hot stick and attachments as well as pockets many other tools. The apron includes 10 hand tool pockets, two pouches reinforced with heavy duty rivets, holes for hanging, a hammer loop and a drill bit pocket. The sewn-in magnet for small pieces like screws and bolts won’t catch on your gloves.
Having a good storage container for your tools also contributes to your own safety and allows you to avoid a dropped tools hazard and a tripping hazard. Our tool storage selection will keep you safe and organized, save space, and get your projects completed with ease.
Need help to determine the best way to store your tools? Give us a call at 800-829-9580.
Let the Cinco de Mayo festivities begin early! Find your sombreros, grab some amigos, and shop our top 5 must-have safety products, perfectly paired for your easy everyday protection.
The BW Clip4 Four‑Gas Detector provides portable, easy-to-use multi‑gas detection that’s always on. It detects Oxygen (O2), Hydrogen sulfide (H2S), Carbon monoxide (CO), Lower Explosive Levels (LEL) of a variety of combustible gases. It offers a full 2‑year warranty including all sensors.
The IntelliDoX Docking Station is a bump test and calibration station for BW Clip4 four-gas detectors that performs the quickest bump test in the industry for increased uptime and no wasted calibration gas.
The 2-Year BW Clip H2S is a maintenance-free, single gas detector for hydrogen sulfide detection. Just turn on the device and it runs continuously — no need for calibration, sensor replacement, battery replacement or battery charging. That means great reliability and no downtime.
The BW Clip Hibernation Case is an excellent companion to for two-year BW Clip gas detectors for H2S or CO. It is able to hibernate monitors for a week or more, for up to 12 months of extended service.
The BW Honeywell GasAlert Max XT II Confined Space Muti-Gas Monitor is one of our popular multi-gas monitors that comes calibrated with a fully-charged battery, and is ready to use right out of the box. The handheld gas detector displays levels of all four gases on its bright, backlit LCD screen (which also shows you battery levels and pump activity). It allows you to clearly monitor your environment no matter how dark and dingy your confined space may be.
Your gas monitor needs to be bump tested and calibrated regularly to make sure it is functioning properly. This standard Bump Test and Calibration Gas for BW Honeywell gas detection units contains specific gas concentrations: Methane (CH4) – 2.5 percent, Oxygen (O2) – 18.0 percent, Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) – 25 ppm, Carbon monoxide (CO) – 100 ppm.
The low maintenance 3M 6000 Series Full Face Respirator is light and well-balanced. An innovative lens design offers a wide field of vision. The polycarbonate lens is rated as primary eye protection, meaning that you don’t need safety glasses when wearing one. Mask comes with a peel off clear lens cover to protect it from paint and debris.
The 3M 2091 P100 (HEPA) Filter is sold by the pair and features extremely fine filtration that traps all but the most minuscule particles. Our customers use them to protect against asbestos and lead dusts in particular, as well as a host of other dusts, allergens, and fumes.
Allegro Manhole Guard Rail is designed to protect an area of 33 in. x 33 in. This 42 in. high guard rail collapses to only 44 in. by 4 in. square for easy storage. The entire unit weighs only 34 lbs. Made from one inch tubular .078 gauge steel construction, the Rail is powder-coated in safety yellow for a durable finish and high visibility.
The Allegro Guard Rail Winch is a necessity for workers who need to lower gear into a manhole. With its 300 pound capacity, you can lower most gear down, but this winch is not man-rated and not subtle for lowering workers.
The 5th of May is nearly upon us! Stock up on our best personal protective equipment, and fiesta like there’s no mañana!
If you have questions, please feel free to call us at 800-829-9580, or visit us online at www.pksafety.com.
Did you know that every year thousands of people get injured at work? Having a well-stocked portable first aid kit is extremely important, regardless if it is at work, at home, in a car, or outdoors, because if an accident occurs, an immediate First Aid response can reduce the severity of injuries. All employers have to ensure that they fulfill their legal responsibilities by offering immediate and appropriate first aid help to employees, as well as supporting them with taking care of their work-related health issues.
Here is a list of what is necessary to ensure that the first aid requirements are met for your specific location:
The 1910.266(d)(2) OSHA Standard can be used as a guide to determine which type of first aid kit is necessary for each particular environment. The required content of a kit varies from one worksite to another. Some workplaces have greater risks of injury and illness because of the sort of work they do. Low-hazard environments include shops and offices. High-hazard environments are warehouses, factories, oil and gas operations, and construction sites. Where there are unusual hazards that have been identified during a risk assessment of a particular environment, workplace first aid kits should be supplemented with the appropriate components. For example, first aid kits sold for use in watercraft may contain seasickness remedies. A travel first aid kit may contain these items: antihistamine cream, sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more, and insect repellent.
The OSHA Standard on Medical First Aid Kits also gives recommendations on key features of a First Aid container. It should be clean and dustproof, have enough space to fit all the relevant components, and must be closed securely.
The following table can help you make an informed decision about the correct size and content of the kit that is required for your environment:
|Category of Hazard||Number of Employees||Size of First Aid Kit|
|Low hazard||Less than 25||Small|
|More than 100||1 Large kit per 100 employees|
|High hazard||Less than 5||Small|
|More than 25||1 Large kit per 25 employees|
It is important to maintain adequate supplies in the first aid kits. Here is a minimally acceptable number of first-aid items:
In an emergency situation, you have to act quickly, so it is vitally important to be familiar with your first aid kit and know what to use for different kinds of injuries. Call our product experts for additional information about first aid kits: 800-829-9580.
Operational shutdown/turnarounds are when maintenance and renewal work is performed in oil and gas refineries. They can occur at any time between three to five years and allow for businesses to maintain safe operations, stay competitive and meet government regulations.
Poorly conducted shutdown/turnarounds can cost businesses millions of dollars in lost revenue and drive up operating costs, so it’s crucial they’re performed correctly. Some refineries are even requiring that their employees switch from single-gas to multi-gas monitors. Many of our customers have chosen BW Honeywell’s multi-gas monitors with their shutdown/turnaround needs.
Here’s a list of our of our top five multi-gas monitors:
This is our most popular multi-gas monitor thanks to its small size, durability, extended battery life and ease of use. It can be used up to 18 hours on a single 4-hour charge. The MicroClip XL is a rugged diffusion monitor ideal for a range of industrial work sites and confined space entry.Thanks to the one-button user interface, workers can easily access all major features with very little training required to use the device on site.
This gas monitor has an internal pump that detects and monitors toxic gas levels for remote sampling. No matter how dark and dingy your confined space may be, it displays levels of all four gases on its bright, backlit LCD screen (which also shows you battery levels and pump activity).
Once activated, the BW Clip4 is always on. Two years of runtime with no charging, no maintenance or servicing, and no battery replacements. The BW Clip4 has a two‑year warranty to cover its entire service life.
Slim, compact and easy to wear, the X3 protects you from gas hazards that are ever present at job sites, especially in cold weather. This monitor uses a new revolutionary O2 sensor which allows the manufacturer to provide a three-year warranty. This significantly reduces the cost of ownership over the life of the monitor.
The Quattro we stock comes with changeable rechargeable batteries, offering hours of run time. Should it be needed, you can easily swap the batteries for alkalines in the field, though this does require purchasing the alkaline battery pack.
Every month our Product Experts offer top product picks for a given category. This month we select our favorites for hard hats because they are some of our most popular head protection products that are vital for workplace safety.
Petzl Alveo – the most comfortable, light, best-looking helmet on the market (in our opinion). The best-looking one keeps you nice and cool too.
Petzl Vertex Vent – More durable than the Alveo but not quite as comfortable. If you don’t want to replace your helmet after every little impact, this is a top pick for you!
PIP 280-EV6151V – Simple, basic hard hat. Reasonably comfortable and gets the job done. If you frequently loose your things, this is a great option (because it’s inexpensive to replace).
The previous posts in this series are:
If you have questions or need help finding the head protection equipment, please feel free to call us at 800-829-9580, or visit us online at www.pksafety.com.
St. Patrick’s Day is a traditional Irish feast day that takes place each year on March 17 to honor Ireland’s patron Saint Patrick for his extensive missionary work. Holiday parades and the custom of pinching people for not wearing green are fun! However, most people look forward to St. Patrick’s Day for eating traditional St. Patrick’s Day dishes, like corned beef and cabbage and Irish soda bread, and for social drinking. This is why drunk driving is a special concern for the state and local law enforcement agencies and should be taken very seriously. The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) reports that 252 people died in fatal auto accidents involving drunk drivers during St. Patrick’s Day weekend from 2011 to 2015.
1. Celebrate at home: it’s much safer to host the party since you don’t have to drive after it’s over. If your guests drink too much, provide a safe place for them to rest until morning, or help them call a taxi or Uber or Lyft for the ride home.
2. Know where you are going: map out your travel to the place where the party will be hosted, and check for traffic delays which are very likely to occur due to bad weather conditions, transportation issues, or big crowds. If you have enough time to get there, you will not drive aggressively, which makes your trip much safer.
3. Keep contact with your family and friends: get a good phone charger to make sure you keep your cell phone charged at any time, so you could contact them in case of emergency.
4. Hydrate well and eat more: don’t drink alcohol when dehydrated or on an empty stomach: have some a shepherd’s pie or a corned beef sandwich. Drink lots of water to stay hydrated.
5. Have a designated driver in your party. If your friends are intoxicated and you do not have an assigned driver, you should arrange a different way to get home.
6. Buckle up to save lives and be cautious. Watch out for pedestrians: they may be drunk. If you are a designated driver, drive carefully, slow down, and remember: you might be sober, but you’re not the only one on the road.
7. And finally, if you walk or to bike to a party, wear high visibility clothing (it actually can be in hi-vis green), so vehicles could easily spot you on the road or sidewalks.
Unlike traditional family holidays, like Thanksgiving when most people prefer to celebrate at home, St. Patrick’s Day is an event which leads people to dress up in green outfits and go out to pubs and bars. So, follow these tips above and have a safe and festive holiday! Remember – you will have to go to work tomorrow, so be responsible!
No matter what color you are wearing this St. Patrick’s Day, we will be happy to answer your questions, just call us at 800-829-9580.
By Brian Mitchell, HSE officer, and drilling consultant
The rig count is climbing once again, and completions activity is increasing. Personnel who have been out of the business for a period of time and new hires are being put to work. With that, many are expressing concerns about restarting effective safety programs and avoiding serious injuries that come with the early stages of a boom.
In 2006 Patterson-UTI had 5 fatalities in 6 days. They did a company-wide safety stand down, and as a third party supervisor, I was required to attend a safety meeting conducted by the regional safety manager. At the beginning of the meeting, he asked the four crews, “Who has more than a year’s experience in the oilfield?” One person raised his hand and he wasn’t a driller. That rig went on to have a number of serious incidents, but no fatalities. They took several kicks, crowned the rig and dropped the blocks to the floor. 2017 may not be that bad, but every new hand and every hand who has been out of operation for a while is at risk.
There is an engineering axiom that simply states – “The more complex the system, the higher the probability of failure.”
Anyone who doubts the veracity of this statement has never stood in the door of the VFD House while a tech tries to figure out what is wrong with the Top Drive.
Engineers thrive on complexity to our benefit while a roughneck thrives on practicality and getting things done. Nowhere can this contrast create more problems than in Health, Safety and the Environment. As the rig count begins to tick higher there is a corresponding increase in concern for rig, completions and related safety.
No denying, Safety Engineers have made huge strides forward for the people in the field. The International Association of Drilling Contractors reported prior to the bust of 2015 that since 1968, Lost Time Incidents have declined 98%. Regulatory compliance requires that certified people hold HSE positions. While justified, the policy makes no allowance for the value of experience and outstanding past performance.
Watching a Derrickhand climb to the board I think about how many times I climbed without being tied off or the benefit of a derrick climber. If you were too tired and slow climbing the ladder, the driller would send you to the board on the blocks. Eventually, we started using a belt that had a better chance of breaking your back if you slipped than breaking a fall. I brought a climbing harness I used for rock climbing because it made working in the derrick a little more comfortable. What a far cry from the fall protection on every rig today.
But as with anything that requires an engineering degree, complexity has increased in the safety category to the point that there was this report in eNews from DrillingContractor.org, ”at the 2015 IADC Drilling HSE&T Asia Pacific Conference on March 11 in Kuala Lumpur, Alain Moonen, Manager Wells Safety at Shell, noted that the industry’s safety performance is tailing off even though we are still going in the right general direction. ‘It’s unacceptable that we create an environment where people still get hurt,’ he said.”
HSE has become more complicated with the addition of one more letter to become HSE&T, and presumably another certification to be competent in safety. I’m only guessing the T stands for Training, or is it Technology, or maybe Terminology? I better ask a safety engineer.
Each basin and state has different safety standards and operational procedures, and most companies have specific safety standards. Rig crews often complete classroom, computer-based and field- specific training before they can deploy. The IADC is trying to standardize safety, with most programs oriented to offshore and reacting to the Macondo blowout, and this may not be a good solution. Safety shouldn’t shift to a one size fits all mentality.
Having participated in many different safety programs, I’ve seen which are most effective and which programs aren’t. The trend is always toward increasing complexity. The IADC adds more requirements with every committee meeting, OSHA has historically added more requirements with each passing year and every state regulatory agency is compelled to add standards for compliance as well. Operator safety departments address specific incidents in their operations. While equipment gets safer, the culture of safety becomes more difficult to navigate.
Many of you will recognize a company who uses a “safety wheel” which lines out nine specific safety areas that each rig is to be concerned with. I’ve completed this training with a number of crews and very intelligent hands and attended daily safety meetings where each of these points is highlighted. Yet at the end of the day, even the sharpest men on the rig are hard pressed to recite the entire nine components of that safety program.
Read the full article: OilPro.com
March 12, 2017 — a day many dread. Daylight Saving Time is responsible for you losing an hour of sleep, causing your internal clock to suffer.
On the (literally) brighter side, you get more sunlight. A huge plus for those no longer having to commute in the dark during rush hour. Though you lower your risk of accidents thanks to increased visibility, there are still other safety measures you should consider during this time of year.
1) Replace Batteries In Your Smoke & Carbon Monoxide (CO) Alarms
Check that these are working properly and replace the batteries. Replace CO alarm units older than 5 years old and smoke alarm units older than 10 years old. In addition, if you don’t have one already, create a fire escape plan in the event of a fire. If you already have one, now would be a good time to brush up on it — it could mean the difference between life and death.
2) Prepare An Automobile Emergency Kit
If stuck in bad weather while driving, this kit could be a lifesaver. Make sure to include items like warm, hi-vis clothing, blankets, flashlights or headlamps, batteries, water, non-perishable snacks, flares, jumper cables, and anything else you think you may need.
3) Recharge or Replace Fire Extinguishers
Check the pressure gauge at the top of your extinguisher. If it’s green, the extinguisher is still functional. If it falls anywhere else, especially in the red area, it is unreliable and should be serviced or replaced. For older models without a gauge, have it checked by a professional.
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 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.
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
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.
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), the average retail price of regular gasoline in the US was $2.24/gallon on August 29, 2016, (the lowest price on Monday before Labor Day since 2004). In spite of the fact that gasoline consumption has been robust in such countries as India, China, and the U.S.A., growth in supply has been steadily outpacing consumption starting from 2015.
Refineries have the ability to adjust petroleum product yields by improving production processes and by upgrading their equipment. In 2015, they have increased production of gasoline to take advantage of high margins. As a result, gasoline production exceeded the growth in gasoline demand, which was followed by the excessively high gasoline inventory levels that remained steadily above 5-year averages and caused the drop in gasoline pricing.
Today, one of the conundrums for experts to solve is how to increase operational efficiency without increasing expenses. The recent collapse of oil and gas prices was followed by the attempts to decrease operational expenses by spending less on safety equipment.
Oil and gas refinery operation is a complex downstream industrial process which involves a wide range of equipment and materials that create potential dangers for workers. Identifying these hazards and making fundamental changes to ensure safety is critical for preventing injuries and deaths at work. Unfortunately, fires, explosions, and gas leaks are still common at refineries.
These refinery accidents were caused by failure to follow OSHA guidelines, by usage of outdated equipment, or by negligence.
Safety must be a core value and a main concern in the oil and gas industry not only because people’s health and lives are priceless, but also from the financial point of view, as it makes more sense to keep workers and environment safe because eliminating accident consequences is more expensive than preventing them.
Current Trends in Safety Approaches
1. Creating a New Safety Model: involve general public in emergency planning, air quality control, give surrounding communities access to information and data
New regulations to strengthen workplace safety in oil refineries have been recently proposed by California’s Department of Industrial Relations, California Environmental Protection Agency and the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. The Department of Industrial Relations commissioned the study to assess the impact. The benefits and costs to implement the regulation are addressed in the following two categories: the costs and benefits to the industry and to the society. These initiatives were driven by the fast changing situation in the oil and gas industry and were speeded up by the recent major fire and chemical release in California. Their main purpose is to prevent incidents at refineries and to protect workers and nearby communities from exposure to health risks.
For years, many companies have been implementing exactly the same safety measures and performing exactly the same safety activities, trying to improve safety without taking into consideration rapid advancements in technology and changes in the economy and the environment. In current market conditions, companies should start working together with government agencies to implement the highest possible level of safety culture. To maintain profitability, companies must focus on ensuring consistent safe operations to avoid compliance violations.
Important changes in OSHA regulations regarding severe injuries reports were announced in 2015. The one-year impact evaluation report on the implementation of 2015 OSHA Regulations, (which requires employers to report severe injuries within 24 hours of the incident), shows that employers and employees are more likely to increase efforts to make their work environment safe when they are involved in collaborating with OSHA. Today, instead of sending inspectors to the site where injuries occurred, OSHA responds by providing all the necessary materials to the employers to do their own investigation and to find a solution to the safety problem.
Reports filed by industry sectors in 2016 show that the oil and gas industry has the lowest hospitalization rate of 3% and the lowest amputation rate at 4% among the major sectors. However, OSHA officials are stating that only about 50% of severe injuries have been reported, judging by the number of filed claims and compensation received. Many employers, especially small and medium companies, prefer to hide the problem rather than fix it. Oil and gas industry data shows that safety is the number one priority for the oil and gas industry and safety measures are being implemented successfully in many cases.
2. Adopting the European approach to occupational safety
“U.S. regulators should adopt the approach taken by the U.K. and Norway, in which oil producers are required to prepare detailed analyses and plans prior to obtaining drilling permits,” suggests Tom O’Connor, executive director of the Council for Occupational Safety and Health (COSH). A new safety model is based on community and worker education and involvement. This new approach emphasizes the importance of the general public’s involvement in emergency planning which could be achieved by providing full access to relevant data and information.
The positive experience of the countries where this safety model has been implemented indicates that their success was based on the presence of several regulatory prerequisites:
3. Showing more willingness to invest in new technology from adjacent industries
“Unlike in the past, the oil and gas industry now embraces emerging technologies from adjacent industries,” said Daniel Choi, Lux research analyst. “Weaker oil prices will likely facilitate the more rapid adoption of new technology, such as fit-for-purpose rigs for onshore drilling. The decline in oil prices could result in companies going either toward doubling down on efficiency imperatives or focusing on technology investment, depending on the exploration and production company’s culture, talent, leadership, play circumstances, and the regulatory regime under which they operate,” said Mike Mueller, vice president of technology development with MicroSeismic.
The following technologies will significantly increase the safety of operations:
New equipment and technologies will require highly-skilled and experienced technical professionals to run them.
4. Developing best practices that allow new technology to get implemented at lower cost
“Efficiencies have a way of moving through the industry in quicker periods of lower prices,” says R.T. Dukes, an upstream analyst with Wood Mackenzie. “Companies are developing best practices at all times and those practices get implemented faster at lower prices.” A large portion of cost savings to date have come from time saving. Today, preventing incidents compared to just improving emergency response is the best cost-saving strategy.
Facing the Future
By 2020 the worldwide demand for energy is expected to increase by 24%, according to ExxonMobil’s prediction. Although alternative fuel sources have been developed, oil will remain the main source of energy for the nearest future. Since energy is fundamental to our society, the refining will remain crucial to the nation’s economy. Therefore, in the contemporary world, policies that influence energy production should be based not only on what’s good for the industry, but also on understanding what is best for the consumers and for the environment. The oil and gas industry influencers and the community enthusiasts should combine their forces to create a safe environment around refineries without compromising fuel production efficiency.
If you need the expert advice about the best gas detection devices, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 800-829-9580, or visit us online at www.pksafety.com. Follow us on Twitter: @PKSafetydotcom.
By Courtney Bloom, Product Marketing Specialist, Heavy Infrastructure Business Unit, Klein Tools
Klein® Tools, for professionals since 1857, launched its new Illumination line, including a headlamp designed specifically for electricians. “Most headlamps used on jobsites now are designed for activities like camping and hunting,” said Laura Ranieri, senior product manager. “They often include extra features like colored LED’s or strobe lights that electricians don’t use. We designed ours to include essential features used daily by electricians and uniquely secured it with a silicone strap which stays put and won’t stretch out.” Klein Tools’ new Illumination product line includes:
Headlamp (Cat. No. 56220)
• Anti-slip silicone strap comes pre-adjusted to fit a hard hat
• Lamp has 45-degree tilt for varied beam direction
• Spotlight mode: 150 lumens, six hours of run time (3xAAA batteries included)
• Floodlight mode: 50 lumens, 10 hours of run time
• Impact (6ft. drop protection) and water resistant
Slide Focus Flashlight (Cat. No. 56223)
• Adjustable focus: forward for spotlight and back for floodlight
• Aluminum body with cushion grip handle and rubberized power button
• 215 lumens, six hours of run time (3xAAA batteries included)
Penlight (Cat. No. 56222)
• Aluminum body with cushion grip handle and rubberized power button
• Soft-on feature for quick reference lighting; click to stay on for extended usage
• Pocket clip for hands-free use
• 36 lumens, five hours of run time (2xAAA batteries included)
Clip Light (Cat. No. 56221)
• Rubber overmold for protection and grip
• Pocket clip is magnetized for hands-free options
• High mode: 150 lumens, 6 hours of run time (3xAAA batteries included)
• Low mode: 50 lumens, 10 hours of run time
If you have questions about the safety equipment for your specific applications, please contact one of PK Safety Customer Service folks at 800-829-9580, or visit pksafety.com.
PK Safety Supply offices will be open all week before Christmas.
We will be closed on:
Monday, December 26, 2016
Monday, January 2, 2017
From our family to yours, we wish you a safe and happy holiday season!
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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 go to www.pksafety.com.
Holiday season should be filled with joy and happiness, but not the anxiety that comes along with trying to find the perfect gift. Can’t figure out what to give to that handy person? Take a look at the list of the latest and greatest safety products. These are some of our top picks for gifts to give to your friends and family, or to your employees.
1. MCR Safety Forceflex Anti-Impact Gloves
Why is it a great gift?
These gloves have Zoomband technology, which allows you to avoid injuries, maintain a steady hand, and manage the most jarring jobs in the automotive assembly, carpentry, impact tool handling, etc. Battle-tested in professional sports, Zoombang technology was adapted for industrial workplaces. The advantage of this innovative protective polymer is that it stays soft and supple, yet stiffens upon impact force, vibration or g-force side loads.
2. ALVEO VENT Helmet
Why is it a great gift?
Designed for confined space workers and those working at height, including technical rescue, as well as tower climbers and wind energy technicians, this lightweight helmet is also popular among workers who carry heavy loads or perform work that makes regular helmets too hot to wear. The CenterFit adjustment system allows you to get the helmet perfectly centered and balanced on your head for maximum comfort. It is compatible with the Petzl PIXA Headlamp and other headlamps with elastic bands for work at night. The scratch- and fog-resistant VIZIR Face Shield can be easily attached to this helmet for enhanced eye protection.
3. MSA Skullgard Hard Hat
Why is it a great gift?
MSA Skullgard Hard Hat with full brim and Fas-Trac suspension is a hit among folks who prefer a vintage look. Made-in-the-USA Skullgard helmets can withstand radiant heat loads producing temperatures up to 350F. The full brim provides additional protection against the sun, glare, rain and falling debris.
4. Tradesman Pro Organizer Lighted Tool Bag
Why is it a great gift?
This Tool Bag features 31 pockets for maximum storage, an orange interior for increased visibility, and a removable built-in LED light to see all the tools in your bag. It is ideal for moving tools from a truck to a work site. The shoulder strap and handles have extra padding which provides additional relief for your shoulders and hands.
We believe gifts should be just as exciting to give as they are to receive. Our guide highlighting the best safety gifts is perfect for any holiday. Want even more gift ideas? Browse our website to find great gifts.
We recently learned about a nationwide program instituted by the U.S. Department of Energy that promotes the use of clean and sustainable energy through weatherization funding. It’s the Weatherization Assistance Program. This came to our attention when a couple of new customers approached us from community action groups that specifically carry out weatherization services. These customers purchased gas detectors for their organizations so we looked into it a bit to find out more and how they are helping their communities. We worked with the Illinois Home Weatherization Assistance Program, and B.C.M.W. Community Services. They found us after being advised to purchase RKI Instruments four gas monitors that would bring them into OSHA compliance for their services and qualify them for their state’s funds. One of our Corporate Account Experts worked with them to help choose the right solution for gas detection in their projects, and recommended the GX-2009 4-Gas Monitor from RKI Instruments.
What’s Involved In Weatherization?
In order for a residence or building to be properly weatherized, it will need to undergo an audit. During the home audit, several elements in the home are checked and assessed for energy use in every room and to pinpoint problem areas. These include appliances and home electronics, insulation and air sealing, lighting and daylighting, space heating and cooling, water heating and windows, doors and skylights. Services and upgrades may include:
Some upgrades that are often needed in a weatherization retrofit are: insulating walls, attics, water heaters and pipes, sealing doors, basements and crawl spaces, applying weather stripping and caulk or replacing doors, windows, walls and roofing, installing new HVAC and ducting, and even adding solar energy panels. Confined spaces, like attics and crawl spaces, may be poorly ventilated and, as a result, contain insufficient oxygen or hazardous levels of toxic gases.
Why Are Gas Monitors Needed for Weatherization Projects?
Contractors and service providers encounter a wide variety of health and safety risks when entering a home to accomplish weatherization audits and services. In order to qualify for federal and state funding through the Weatherization Assistance Program, the organizations that carry out these projects need to ensure they are OSHA-compliant. OSHA requires gas monitoring of confined spaces before entering them in order to prevent serious injury or death. In 2015 the definition of a confined space was expanded to include attics and crawl spaces. Most commonly, there are cases where a worker could be exposed to hydrogen sulfide, carbon monoxide, combustible gases or a combination that would poison them or leave them with a lack of oxygen. RKI Instruments is a very dependable and respected brand of gas detection equipment. It makes sense that the OSHA representative recommended these instruments to the Illinois Home Weatherization Assistance Program for their gas detection needs. PK Safety carries many RKI Instruments gas detectors and is happy to help you find the right gas detection solution for your projects.
What Are The Benefits of Weatherization?
Weatherization improvements in buildings and residences can make a positive environmental impact through clean energy use and reduced need for energy consumption. Through the program, organizations are working with qualifying low-income residents who normally wouldn’t be able to make this type of change, and also help them with a reduction in energy bills. In addition, the safety of the residents is often improved with better air quality in the home from newer, retrofitted insulation and filtration systems.
Improved insulation, windows, and sealing leaks around doors and wall joints can keep heat out of your home in the summer and in during the winter. These simple changes can really reduce energy use through the seasons. Depending on your climate, you will have different needs for levels of insulation, moisture control and ventilation. Insulation provides resistance to heat flow, and the more heat flow resistance provided in your insulation, the lower the heating and cooling costs and the more comfortable it will be. Not only is weatherization good for your energy bill, it can help with safety issues caused by aging appliances, insulation, and HVAC systems.
More About The Weatherization Assistance Program and Services
Instituted by the U.S. Department of Energy, the Weatherization Assistance Program will fund qualifying community organizations like these, to help local low income residents to reduce energy bills and improve health and safety. The U.S. Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs Office coordinates with local and state leaders to accelerate the adoption of energy efficiency improvement best practices and technologies. These partnerships help American communities overcome barriers to clean and efficient energy use.
The state governments and local agencies usually work to leverage this Energy Department funding with other federal, state, utility and private resources to increase the amount of homes that can be weatherized. The local agencies and organizations work to provide weatherization assessments and services to those who may be in need of solutions or improved technologies for home energy upgrades.
The U.S. Department of Energy developed the Home Energy Score system to build market value for home energy efficiency with nationwide household recognition. In order to score a home, a builder or contractor will use the “house-as-a-system” approach for evaluation. A home is audited and receives a score that reflects its energy efficiency based on the structure, heating, cooling, and hot water systems. This approach ensures that the team of building professionals consider all the variables, details and interactions that affect energy use in the home. In addition to this, they evaluate the occupant behavior, site conditions, and climate.
Who is eligible for Weatherization Assistance?
Weatherization Assistance resources are available in every state through the U.S. Department of Energy. More than 30 million U.S. families may be eligible for weatherization services nationwide. Energy services are provided by the states’ local weatherization agencies, and each state has slightly different eligibility requirements. If you receive Supplemental Security Income, you are automatically eligible to receive weatherization services. Not only owner-occupied households are eligible, but renters who meet the criteria are eligible if the landlord accepts the terms of the weatherization contract.
DOE guidelines mandate that states must give priority eligibility to the elderly, persons with disabilities, families with children, and families with high energy burden or high energy use. Each state sets how these priority factors will be applied. One of the primary factors affecting eligibility is income. Depending on what state you live in, you are eligible for weatherization if your income falls below the “200% poverty level” (as defined in http://waptac.org/data/files/website_docs/government/guidance/2013/wpn-13-3.pdf).
Options for assessing and completing energy efficiency through weatherization are available through your state and local government’s Weatherization Assistance Program, and likely through your local energy providers home efficiency programs. Check your local government and power company website for more information. Thank you to organizations like B.C.M.W. Community Services or the Illinois Home Weatherization Assistance Program for providing service options and promoting clean energy use.
This post was originally published in A CONSUMER RESOURCE FOR HOME ENERGY SAVINGS, December 14, 2016.
The BE-10BR Hood is designed to provide respiratory protection against certain particulates like dust, fumes, mists, radionuclide, asbestos, organic vapors, and inorganic gases. The butyl rubber hood offers resistance to certain chemical warfare agents. It meets Military Standard MIL-C-51251A for butyl.
In September 2016, 3M issued a User Advisory Notice regarding the Breathe Easy BE-10BR Rubber Butyl Hood, the purpose of which was to communicate the valve replacement requirement and the use and storage limitations that were defined by 3M while redesigning the hood. 3M established a 10-year maximum life for this product. When used beyond the 10-year shelf life or stored outside of the recommended temperature range, these hoods may not work properly because they are more likely to deteriorate. In this case, hoods must be replaced immediately.
For details, download the pdf version of this document: User Advisory Notice
To answer all the inquiries, 3M provided more explanation about why hoods older than 10 years need to be replaced in their second notice in November 2016. The recommended 10-year period was determined to be necessary after 3M inspected several BE-10BR hoods that were in service for different periods of time. A number of hoods that had been in use for over 10 years experienced deterioration of various components.
3M recommended the following action plan for the customers who choose to use the hood past the 10-year recommended shelf life:
1. Ensure that the product is being stored in accordance with the conditions specified in the user instructions.
2. Replace the over-pressure valve and valve holder assembly in the hood. Call 1-855-317-4203 and request a complimentary replacement valve and valve seat.
3. Carefully inspect the condition of the hood and all the components for signs of degradation.
To learn more, download the pdf: BE-10BR Notice
If you have questions, please give us a call at 1-800-829-9580, or visit us online at www.pksafety.com.
Holidays are wonderful when we share a meal with our friends and family. It can be a quiet peaceful time, filled with joy, but according to the National Fire Protection Association, Thanksgiving is also the number one day for fire danger. Most of these fires are a result of the use of candles and also home-cooking gone wrong, destroying hundreds of homes every year. Luckily, this kind of disaster is easily preventable.
Shopping for a turkey: Raw turkeys are tricky to cook, but if you follow the rules, it should turn out fine. First and foremost, when shopping for a turkey, put the bird in your shopping cart as far from other products as possible.
When transporting it to your kitchen, use a separate bag for the turkey to avoid cross-contamination. Keep it in the fridge in the lower levels, far from other food items. De-frosting rule of thumb: 24 hrs per 5 pounds of frozen meat.
The most important tip: Take extra precaution with turkey deep fryers.
Turkey and oil is a dangerous combination: use extra care when cooking it in a deep fryer.
Tip #1: Avoid oil spillover, don’t overfill the pot
Tip #2: Turn off flame completely when lowering the turkey into oil
Tip #3: Fry outside, away from houses, cars, and other flammable objects
Tip #4: Properly thaw the turkey in the fridge before frying
Tip #5: Keep a fire extinguisher nearby
Tip #6: Cook the turkey thoroughly to a minimum internal temperature of 165 °F as measured by a food thermometer
After the Thanksgiving Dinner: Put turkey leftovers and other prepared food back to the fridge within 2 hours.
Hopefully, these easy-to-follow rules will help you keep your family safe and will allow you to remember the Thanksgiving dinner not as a disaster, but as a warm family get-together, where everyone feels loved and secure.
If you have questions or need help finding the right protective equipment, please feel free to call us at 800-829-9580, or visit us online at www.pksafety.com.
Do you know why Veterans Day is celebrated on November 11th? It originated as Armistice Day on 11.11.19, celebrating the end of World War I, and became a national holiday in 1938. President Eisenhower officially changed the name of the holiday to the Veterans Day in 1954. The meaning of the day has evolved into a tribute to all veterans who have served in the military during times of war or peace. According to the HISTORY® Channel, there are about 23.2 million military veterans in the United States. Let’s pause on November 11th to remember their selfless service and courage.
Thankful for Our Veterans and Proud of Made-in-the-U.S.A. Products
Using high-quality safety products is essential to ensure a safe environment and save lives. A product’s country of origin is an important criterion for making a purchase decision. U.S.A.-made products have earned their right to be considered the highest quality products due to their reliable performance ensured by strict standards of safety product manufacturing.
Here are three excellent products, you can be glad to know are made in the U.S.A.:
1. EZ Air Pro Deluxe Air Shield PAPR 9904-10
Allegro’s EZ Air Pro Deluxe Air Shield PAPR is the ultimate Personal Protective Equipment for industrial manufacturing environments that demand respiratory protection from contaminates. The Deluxe Supplied Air Shield/Helmet uniquely provides all-in-one head, eye, face and respiratory protection against hazardous airborne contaminants and flying debris. Complies with ANSI Z89.1 Type 1 Class G for head protection; ANSI Z87.1+ for face shield/eye protection, and is NIOSH approved.
2. Skullgard Hard Hat with Full Brim 475407
The MSA Skullgard Hard Hat with full brim and Fas-Trac suspension is one of our top-sellers. Skullgard helmets have been able to withstand radiant heat loads producing temperatures up to, but not exceeding, 350F. The full brim provides additional protection against the sun, glare, rain and falling debris.
3. 3M N95 Disposable Respirator 8210V
The 3M N95 Disposable Respirator 8210V blocks 95% of all non-oil particle matter down to .03 microns from getting into the lungs. Providing the same protection as the 3M 8210 Respirator, the addition of a CoolFlow Exhalation Valve makes this disposable respirator both comfortable and effective. This respirator mask features a cushioned, adjustable nose pad that forms to provide a custom fit and secure seal. Lightweight construction added to the cooling exhalation vent makes this a good choice for all-day work that involves grinding, sanding, sweeping, or general clean-up.
If you have questions or would like help selecting the right equipment for your application, please give PK Safety folks a call at 1-800-829-9580, or go to www.pksafety.com.
Workplace safety is critical for your business success. The number one cause of major workplace injuries and fatalities are falls from heights while working on ladders and roofs. Most falls can be prevented and lives can be saved with proper planning, personal protective equipment (PPE), and training that allows workers to understand the correct set-up and use of the protective equipment. Take a pragmatic approach when considering precautions for working at heights, and weigh in all the factors that might disrupt safety. These factors include the duration and the frequency of the task, the height and the condition of the surface being worked on, the weather and the location of the job site. It is a good idea to reinforce these efforts by the extensive training of your employees on the safe use of the equipment they will need in order to complete the job: scaffolds, ladders, fall protection systems, etc. It is important that work equipment is assembled and installed according to the manufacturer’s instructions and is in line with the industry guidelines. If the equipment is exposed to any conditions that may cause deterioration, it should be inspected at appropriate intervals. An employer should ensure that before use, the PPE has been inspected by a competent person who has all the required knowledge, skills and experience to manage onsite safety.
Providing a healthy work environment for your employees is required by OSHA. OSHA made numerous materials and resources available for employers to use during safety talks and training on safe practices to avoid falls.
Why Should You Choose Miller Harnesses for Tower Climbing?
Miller Fall Protection offers a wide variety of fall protection devices that include harnesses, SRLs, lanyards, and ladder climbing systems to keep you protected when your feet are off the ground. Striking a balance between comfort and safety is a challenge. Miller harnesses meet strict OSHA and ANSI fall safety requirements and standards with the advantage of being much lighter than their competitors’ harnesses, which ensures better mobility and comfort.
Here are the best harnesses picked by our tower climbing safety experts:
1.Miller AirCore Tower Climbing Harness With Steel Hardware ACT-QCUG
The AirCore Tower Climbing Harness is designed for construction and utility industries and features front and side D-rings, removable belt, and tongue buckle leg straps in addition to AirCore’s famous breathable padding, and quick-connect chest strap. It’s lightweight (total weight is 6.6 lbs.), and easily visible with bright green coloring.
2. Miller AirCore Tower Climbing Harness With a Bos’n Chair ACT-QCBCUG
The lightweight Miller AirCore Tower Climbing Harness with Bos’n Chair provides ultimate performance, comfort, and durability in the most challenging work environments. In addition to its breathable padding, this version features a removable/adjustable leather rigid work seat for added support, side D-rings, removable belt, and quick-connect chest and leg strap buckles.
Click to watch the video about the AirCore Harness
If you want to take your tower climbing experience to the next safety level, accessories such as the Bos’n Chair, Tool Loops, and a Spreader Bar Hook should be on your buying list.
Here is our selection of the best fall protection accessories:
1. Bos’n Chair With Steel Side D-Ring ACT-BC
The Miller AirCore ACT-BC Bos’n Chair with Steel Side D-Rings provides versatile convenience for climbers. This leather attachment is removable and adjustable for added support. Key features are steel side D-Rings, rigid work seat for added support, removable and adjustable support attachment, comfortable and lightweight design, and leather construction.
2. Miller Tool Loops ACTL10
The Miller AirCore ACTL10 tool loops are engineered to conveniently carry your tools while climbing and are designed to stay in position when disconnected, even when tools are attached.
3. Miller Spreader Bar Hook 6758WRS/18INGN
The Spreader Bar Hook is an accessory for the AirCore Tower Climbing Harness that is attached to an 18-in. web lanyard with a locking rebar hook. Key features include a unique design which allows for staying in position and connectors with 3,600 lb. gate strength.
All the above-mentioned harnesses and accessories are designed for workers who are climbing towers (cell phone, TV, radio, and utility), building/decommissioning towers, changing out transmission lines/antennas, and installing/replacing lights. Possible applications include various maintenance industries, utilities, and construction.
Read our previous blog post on Miller Fall Protection: Less is More with the Miller AirCore Harness
If you have questions about fall protection equipment, please visit us online at www.pksafety.com or call us at 1-800-829-9580.
Have you ever felt like you are lost in a jungle of raingear not sure what to choose? Understanding the difference between waterproof and water-resistant work wear will allow you navigate easier and solve your next rain gear challenge like a pro.
Although many jackets offer some level of water protection, if you have to work outside in the rain for an extended period of time, water-resistant or waterproof clothing will be a perfect solution depending on your particular situation.
1. Water-resistant gear is lightweight and can handle light rain for a short time. This type of jacket works great for some activities that are brief, outside in drizzly conditions. In windy, wet weather and in situations when you are highly active, for example, working at a construction site, you will need more protection.
2. Waterproof gear (rain coat or rain suit) keeps the rain out and is a cost-saving alternative ideal for frequent use in heavy rain. It also makes sense to add waterproof gloves to protect your hands.
Today’s protective rain gear is based on advanced technology and provides complete protection against unfavorable weather conditions. Some rain jackets are also flame-resistant and hi-vis, and provide excellent resistance to most chemicals, oils, and acids, and are able to keep you warm.
Air permeability in rainwear is a game changer. No one wants to work in a “wearable sauna” – that is why breathability is so important. The key component of rainwear fabric is a membrane, bonded to a protective fabric to create a laminate that blocks the rain while also allowing sweat vapor to escape. Today’s jackets have much better breathability performance than the previous versions. This diagram helps you understand fabric composition and how rain gear protection works.
1. PIP Waterproof Reflective Value Bomber Jacket 333-1766-LY
The Waterproof Reflective Value Bomber Jacket 333-1766-LY provides excellent protection from the elements and can be used by roadway construction workers, survey crews, utility workers, railway and metro workers, and emergency response personnel. It’s ANSI 107 Class 3 certified for safety on the road and on sites where you need to be seen.
2. PIP Hi-Visibility 2-Piece Reflective Rain Suit 353-1000LY
Ideal for rainy conditions in construction, municipalities, shipyards, this Hi-Vis Yellow Rain Jacket and Pant Suit are made of lightweight polyester with a 100 % waterproof polyurethane coating. The jacket features a zipper closure with a storm flap, roll-up hood, and an elastic waist pant for extra comfort. Two-inch reflective tape adds superior visibility. The suit meets ANSI 107-2010 Class 3 standards.
3. Muck Chore 12 in. Steel Toe Boots CMS-000A
Wearing boots in the rain is imperative. The high-performance 12″ tall Muck Boot Company’s Chore Boots are 100% waterproof, lightweight and flexible. They feature the steel toe, the steel shank for additional arch support, the bootstraps, and the top quality Vibram outsoles based on the latest technology in providing comfort and reliability, even in the temperatures ranging from sub-freezing to 85°F. The 5mm NEOPRENE four-way stretch nylon, the Airmesh for extra breathability, and the self-insulating CR flex-foam ensure a snug fit to keep out cold temperatures and keep workers’ feet warm. Perfect for wearing in different job environments from muddy livestock fields to oil drenched grounds, the Chore Boots will also work great for rainy roads and construction sites.
4. MCR Memphis Waterproof Luminator Drivers Glove 34411
The Memphis 34411 Luminator Drivers Glove is a grain pigskin glove (great for abrasion resistance and breathability) from MCR Safety with Thermosock® lining and hi-vis reflective tape on the back. This 3-layer system is made to keep your hands warm and dry in bad weather working conditions. Instead of water soaking through leather, the waterproof layer keeps the Thermosock® lining dry. The durable grain pigskin outer layer remains pliable, even after going through repeated wet/dry cycles. We have had success with customers using these gloves in the snow for tire chain installation and removal, shoveling, snowmobile riding, and staying warm while directing traffic. The hi-vis reflective stripe and bright orange color on the back help keep you visible in low light conditions.
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If you have questions or need help finding the right protective gear, please feel free to call us at 800-829-9580, or visit us online at www.pksafety.com.
Finding a perfect Halloween costume does not have to be stressful and pricey. Get creative inspiration from PK Safety! But first, here are some safety tips to remind you that safety should be your number one priority anytime, especially during the hectic holiday season.
Now that you know some of our top safety recommendations, it’s time to dress up. Here are some fresh costume ideas from PK Safety:
Check out our previous posts to get additional costume suggestions: Grown Up Halloween Costume Ideas from PK Safety
If you have questions or need help finding the right protective gear, please feel free to call us at 800-829-9580, or visit us online at www.pksafety.com.
The American National Standards Institute and the European Union have developed different standards for cut resistant gloves testing and rating criteria, the purpose of which is to facilitate the classification of cut protective clothing. The United States uses ISEA/ANSI standards, while Europe uses EN certification. The standard has no impact on poking or piercing hazards like needle sticks and sharp corners of the broken glass. Two types of cut testing equipment are used to support these standards: a TDM (Tomodynamometer) and a Couptest.
Per OSHA regulations, the final burden of responsibility concerning cut resistance falls on the employer. In order to make an informed decision about the needed apparel performance and cut level protection, it is important to know that these standards and test methods are not interchangeable, which means if you are comparing products, make sure you compare the ones that were tested using the same test method, or at least keep in mind that these two types of testing and certification standards are different.
The recent changes to ANSI cut resistance standards aim to significantly improve the rating of cut protection at a workplace, especially on the higher range of the cut-resistance scale. The increased number of cut levels from five to nine (A1-A9) will provide a more detailed classification and will make it easier for the PPE manufacturer to classify their products. These changes will also allow the employers to speed up the process of finding the best fit for their cut-protection applications.
An overview of the test standards and methods for measuring cut resistance:
This test method is now the only one that is recognized by the ANSI/ISEA 105 Handbook. The new ASTM F2992-15 test method allows for only the TDM-100 machine to be used in simulating an accidental cut or slash with a sharp object since this machine generally produces more consistent results. The test measures weight in grams necessary to cut through the material when applied to a razor blade tested over approximately a 1-inch distance. The sample is cut by a straight-edge blade, under load, that moves along a straight path, and is cut five times each at three different loads. The data from these cuts is used to determine the required load to cut through the sample at a specified reference distance. Depending on the results, the glove made with this material will be given a rating between A1 and A9.
The European standard for protective gloves against mechanical hazards uses the Couptest cut machine. A circular blade, under a fixed load of 500 grams, moves back and forth across the sample until cut-through is achieved. A cotton canvas fabric is used as a reference material. The reference material and the test sample are cut until at least 5 results are obtained. The cut resistance is a ratio of the number of cycles needed to cut through the test sample vs. the reference material. The Couptest is not recommended for rating the high cut-resistant material that dulls the blade quickly (for example, glass fiber, para-aramid, etc.) resulting in an inaccurate representation of the protection capability of such materials.
In summary, before continuing with a purchase decision while discussing the product performance levels with sales representatives to determine what product fits best for your needs, make sure you clarify which standard was used to classify the product, and if it is suitable for your particular application and work environment. Also, request a trial sample of the gloves you intend to buy. Ask your employees to test-drive these gloves and to provide you feedback about their performance. Testing a product against worksite hazards at your workplace is vital to the success of your PPE program.
Once the new cut level testing methods are fully implemented across safety glove brands (they are required already as of 2016), it will allow for a higher level of accuracy and a broader range in glove testing capability. This will in turn eliminate the gaps between cut levels that existed under the old classification, and result in achieving a better hand and arm protection and in a decrease in occupational injuries, since it will be easier and faster for manufacturers to classify their products and for the distributors and customers to find a perfect solution for their specific applications.
To learn more about the new classification standards, read our previous blog post:
Understanding the New ANSI/ISEA 105 (2016) Hand and Arm Protection Cut Level Classification
If you have questions or need help finding the right hand protection solution, please feel free to call us at 800-829-9580, or visit us online at www.pksafety.com.
While it may seem obvious, one of the easiest things you can do to decrease your PPE cost is to take care of it. Companies who properly launder their safety gloves can often increase lifespan by up to 300%. Laundering removes harmful chemicals, perspiration, and everyday grit and grime that can weaken protective fibers and seams. Think of the grit like sandpaper. Every move you make is creating friction as these particles rub against the threads of your gloves.
Additionally, many OBMs and other chemicals over time begin to break down the fabrics from which gloves are made. Even OSHA has a statement regarding PPE cleaning “Clean and properly maintained PPE is important to ensure the effectiveness and proper functioning of PPE…“
At HexArmor®, we have countless examples of companies that instituted simple cleaning procedures whereby doubling, or tripling the life of their gloves. Some of the things that we have seen work well include:
Download washing instructions: Glove Care
This article was originally published in HexArmor Safety Blog, March 2015.
If you have questions about the hand protection equipment for your specific application, please contact one of PK Safety Customer Service experts at 800-829-9580, or visit pksafety.com.
By Jim Moryan, Marketing Communications, Allegro Industries
Introducing EZ AIR Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR) as a Complete System for Ultimate Worker Protection by Allegro Industries
Workers will experience more comfort, less fatigue and improved productivity with the Allegro EZ AIR PAPR complete particulate system intended for industrial applications where respiratory, eye and face protection is required. The System features a motorized, Lithium-ion battery operating system that supplies a constant supply of fresh, filtered air over the user’s face. At an APF level of 25, it creates optimal protective pressure inside the respirator head top keeping away harmful gases, vapors, particulates, and fumes. Recommended applications are welding, assembly, facility maintenance, grinding, machine operations, painting, and sanding.
The Allegro EZ Air Deluxe PAPR System includes: a Welding Shield made of Dupont super tough, flame retardant Nylon that withstands extreme cold and heat, can accommodate safety glasses and comes equipped with the 9935-X81V ADF lens that is ANSI and CSA approved; a flame retardant shroud that covers the user’s ears, neck and back of head to prevent arc burns; a flexible 30” breathing tube with quick disconnect and FR cover; a Blower assembly with eight airflow settings, audible, visual and vibration alarms; a convenient single replacement NIOSH approved HEPA filter which filters 99.97% particulates; an adjustable and lightweight FR belt; a Battery Charger and Lithium-ion rechargeable battery with up to eight hours usage; and a Storage bag. Complete assembly weighs under 5 pounds.
The Allegro EZ Air Economy PAPR System includes all of the features of the Deluxe System but offers an ANSI and CSA approved 9935-X54V ADF lens that offers UV/1R protection up to shade 16 with a permanent outer coating to protect eyes. Both systems come with a 3-year warranty.
Ask our Sales team at PK Safety about accessory items for both helmets. They include Helmet Decals to customize the Welding Shield for a personal, unique look and Magnifier Lens (Diopters) for Shields. These magnifier lenses have a built-in magnifier lens holder. Simply slide the magnifying lens into the holder and it’s ready to use. Available in 4 different magnification strengths.
Allegro offers a comprehensive line of products and accessories for Welding and Grinding that include: EZ AIR PRO Shields and Helmets, Economy and Deluxe Supplied Air Shields, Helmets and Systems, replacement lenses, Hardhat Adapters, Browguards, Goggles, Portable Fume Extractor, Knee Pads, Storage options, Cooling Products and Lens Care items.
Follow Allegro Industries on social media to keep up to date with the latest literature, product updates, and introductions, updates in the industry and videos made available.
If you have questions or would like help selecting the right equipment for your application, please give PK Safety folks a call at 1-800-829-9580, or go to www.pksafety.com.
Folks experienced in working under harsh conditions are usually great at keeping themselves warm. Nevertheless, it is a good idea to review some cold weather protection basics with your workers before the temperature hits extremes. Now is a good time to hold a safety meeting and explain the importance of hypothermia prevention. In general, the objective should be learning or refreshing the knowledge of best practices on how to conserve body heat and avoid bare skin exposure when working in cold weather conditions.
1. Wear insulated jackets, heavy coats, and coveralls which provide superior protection combined with a good range of motion.
2. Use your helmets and hardhats with insulating liners and a mouthpiece to effectively protect head and neck.
3. Wear gloves with a double-layer lining or insulated mittens for better dexterity and comfort. Seamless string knit gloves have excellent thermal insulation properties and a snug, comfortable fit that does not chafe or irritate skin.
4. Sometimes, in warmer climates, it is sufficient to wear a beanie and a scarf to cover your head, neck, and chest from the cold and the wind. Fleece liners with drawstring perform both functions and are ideal for use in cold weather work conditions in such industries as construction, woodwork, refineries, oil drilling, maintenance, and mining.
5. If you are continuously walking on extremely cold surfaces, wearing double-layer thermal socks and insulated boots with steel or composite toes is a good idea.
6. Create an instant barrier between the frozen ground and the feet by standing on a mat. Go inside the building during your break and have a hot beverage to warm up.
7. According to OSHA, “protecting workers’ eyes from wintry conditions is an important yet easily overlooked part of an overall eye safety program. Without the proper cold weather eyewear, workers are vulnerable to an array of hazards, and the chances for injury increase significantly.” Goggles with a Thermo Lens System are perfect for protecting those at risk of eye damage.
Following these basic safety practices will help you make sure you don’t fall prey to the chill.
If you need the expert advice about the best means of cold weather protection, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 800-829-9580, or visit us online at www.pksafety.com, and follow us on Twitter @PKSafetydotcom.
Providing workers with clean breathable fresh air while working in dangerous environments is essential. According to OSHA, “Employees need to wear respirators whenever engineering and work practice control measures are not adequate to prevent atmospheric contamination at the worksite.” Respiratory protective devices must be approved by NIOSH for the contaminant to which the employee is exposed.
Advantages of Constant Flow Respirators:
If you have a job that involves spray painting, chemical handling or mixing, construction, spray foam application, or light grinding, here are two reliable solutions from Allegro to provide healthy air to you in the workplace:
1. Ambient Air Pump A-750 by Allegro
Ambient Air Pump A-750 is a rotary vane, extra portable and lightweight air source for one hood user or for two full- or half-face respirator users. The benefit of this device being lightweight and portable is that it has the flexibility to be used at multiple sites, and be easily stored when not in use. Another advantage of this oil-less pump is that it does not produce any carbon monoxide, oil vapor or oil mist. Inlet and discharge filters need to be changed every 200 running hours or if the pressure gauge shows a drop in pressure. Carbon vanes should be replaced every 4000-5000 running hours.
Low-pressure ambient air pumps differ from air filtration units in that they are electrically driven, oil-less compressors–and are usually placed in locations with fresh air away from work areas. This pump is designed to move air through a hose to a breathing area. This is why it is important for the air inlet to be located where the breathable air is supplied at all times. Air delivery can be adjusted via the brass pressure relief valve. The steel handle offers protection for the pressure gauge in case the unit tips over. The device pumps the existing air but does not provide an independent air supply, that is why it is not recommended for use in extremely hot or cold environments, as the air temperature cannot be changed. The longer airline will help cool the air. Ambient Air Pumps are not intended to be used with generators, and Vortex coolers. Fittings for other brands respirators can be swapped out for free.
The ambient air pump is only designed for use with constant flow respirators and does not have the psi or CFM capabilities to run a pressure demand respirator. It is not approved for an IDLH (Immediate Danger to Life and Health) application. Respirators receive air from an ambient air pump that draws in fresh air from wherever it is located and sends it to the respirator. The pump should be located away from any area where vehicles may pass by or stop and stay idle. In can be used in medical facilities while mixing chemicals or cleaning the rooms, in pesticide operations when handling chemicals and spraying, in foundries, etc.
Other possible applications include: spray painting, spray coating, fiberglass coating, pharmaceutical manufacturing, spray foam, chemical handling and mixing, pesticide operations, light grinding, medical facilities, foundries, building, construction, restoration. When placed in a clean air environment, pumps offer a low-cost alternative of supplying clean, breathable air to respirator wearers working in contaminated environments. Air pumps do not require temperature alarms, CO monitors or airline filters, so they are considered to be a cost-effective way of providing air supply.
2. Air Filtration Panel 9872 by Allegro
Air Filtration Panel 9872 filters out impurities (most particles, fumes, moisture, hydrocarbons) from an air compressor and converts it into the grade D breathable air. The panel provides up to 30 CFM of air within a 5-125 PSI range. It is housed in a Pelican case with a carrying handle and latches and offers a 16 gauge powder-coated steel stand for support, and all-brass plumbing with quick-disconnect Hansen couplers. You may use NIOSH-approved constant flow and pressure–demand respirators with this panel. However, it is important to know that you cannot mix an airline and a respirator from different manufacturers. Most types of compressors (piston, screw, rotary vane) are suitable to supply air for this type of application. On the inlet side, you can use a pre-filter to filter out larger particles. On a discharge side, you may use an Allegro Vortex cooler or a temperature controller, when used with the Allegro Fully Disposable Hoods. There is an optional Remote CO alarm (P/N 9871-01), a remote Point of Attachment (P/N 9871-03), which will extend the airline length. The maximum length of breathing airline is up to 300 feet.
Wearing respiratory protection may seem inconvenient, but airborne particles and contaminants – no matter how small – can cause both short-term and long-term health problems if proper use and care are not exercised.
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 www.pksafety.com.
By Melissa Gerhardt, FR Workwear and Arc Flash PPE Product Manager, NSA
What is an FR Layering System?
In general FR layering is a combination of two or more arc rated materials combined together to achieve higher protection and/or performance. FR layering systems are specifically made up of 2 or more arc rated garments that are worn together to achieve higher protection and/or performance. All FR layering combinations need to have an actual arc test performed to verify the official arc rated of the layered materials. Trying to estimate a layered system arc rating by adding together the arc ratings of the individual layers is not a valid approach. There is no formula to calculate system arc ratings and you may be required by OSHA to provide an actual test report as proof of your PPE’s protective value. FR layering systems are a great way to ensure the level of protection your PPE is providing exceeds your calculated potential risk.
What is a Moisture Management System?
All FR layering systems are not created equal. While most layering systems provide an increases level of protection, not all FR layering systems provide increased performance. A moisture management system is an FR layering system that is comprised of high-performance garments.
These systems also utilize optimal moisture management by combining both base layers and outer layers that work together to wick away moisture and allow it to evaporate quickly.
Moisture Management takes moisture wicking one step further with a combination of hydrophilic (water-loving) and hydrophobic (water-hating) fibers. A high-performance shirt with moisture management technology has a drying rate of 2-3 times faster than a standard cotton shirt. This allows you and your shirt to stay dry and comfortable. As moisture quickly evaporates is also creates a natural cooling effect by pulling heat away from the body along with the moisture. This allows the body’s natural cooling processes to function properly. Garments that work with your body, not against it, can aid in the prevention of heat stress.
Moisture Management takes moisture wicking one step further with a combination of hydrophilic (water-loving) and hydrophobic (water-hating) fibers. A high-performance shirt with moisture management technology has a drying rate of 2-3 times faster than a standard cotton shirt. This allows you and your shirt to stay dry and comfortable. As moisture quickly evaporates is also creates a natural cooling effect by pulling heat away from the body along with the moisture. This allows the body’s natural cooling processes to function properly. Garments that work with your body, not against it, can aid in the prevention of heat stress.
What are the benefits of choosing a high-performance moisture management system from National Safety Apparel®?
All of our proprietary moisture management systems feature inherent FR protection. This provides you protection and performance for the life of the garment.
These systems also provide unmatched comfort. This is achieved by utilizing ultra-lightweight fabrics that start out soft and flexible from day one. These fabrics go into garments that breathe rather than weighing you down and trapping in heat. These systems also utilize optimal moisture management by combining both base layers and outer layers that work together to wick away moisture and allow it to evaporate quickly. This combination of lightweight, breathable, and moisture management work with your body to reduce the risk of heat stress, keeping you cool and dry.
The secret to achieving this high level of performance and comfort without sacrificing protection is our proprietary technology. Our CARBONCOMFORT™ and TECGEN Select™ garments are powered by OPF, a proprietary blend of fibers that combine high thermal protection, superior performance, and lasting comfort.
We are proud to be able to offer you even more high-performance FR options with the addition of DRIFIRE® to the National Safety Apparel house of brands. DRIFIRE has an excellent reputation as being one of the leaders in moisture management with its inherent drirelease® technology.
This highly innovative brand is widely recognized for its innovative inherent FR products and superior performance which is comparable to the world’s top athletic brands. This includes their exceptional base layers. Choosing the right base layer is important when creating your FR layering system. One benefit that both DRIFIRE and our FR Control 2.0™ base layers have is they are anti-microbial to reduce odors. FR Control 2.0™ base layers include the additional benefit of proactive body temperature regulation. This phase change technology works with your body to keep you cool when it’s warm and warm when it’s cool. This is another reason why our moisture management systems are a great addition to your heat stress reduction plan.
This post was originally published in NSA Blog, September 2016.
By Benjamin Gomez, Marketing Associate, Mobile Health
If you work in the nursing, manufacturing, construction or other industries commonly affected by airborne hazards, you’re probably familiar with the respirator fit test.
Simply put, a respirator fit test is a test that will show if a tight-fitting respirator can be worn by a person without having any leaks. The test must be done using the exact same respirator that a worker is expected to wear on the job, and if the worker needs to wear glasses or other protection while wearing the respirator, they must also wear them during the test.
Generally, respirators are either categorized as loose-fitting or tight-fitting. Because tight-fitting respirators can’t protect you unless they fit, they’re held to tougher standards. OSHA demands respirator fit testing only on tight-fitting respirators, and those respirators that don’t rely on a tight seal around a person’s face do not require testing. But just because you know what one is, do you know which one your employees will need?
Qualitative vs. Quantitative Respirator Fit Test
There are two main types of respirator fit tests. Respirator fit tests are either qualitative or quantitative. Here are the differences between the two types of respirator fit tests.
Final Respirator Fit Thoughts
Respirator fit tests must be taken before a worker wears a mask for the first time. The worker must also take the fit test every year after that. Fit tests must also be taken if there are changes to a person’s face that could change the fit of the respirator. These changes can include things like:
While respirator fit tests may be easy to lose track of, it is an important element in OSHA compliance. Even more than that, the respirator fit test is an important tool in keeping your employees healthy and safe from environmental hazards. Should you like to know more about the specifics of respirator fit testing, the OSHA website is a great resource.
Visit MobileHealth.net to learn more about respirator fit tests.
Check out our previous post to find out more about respirator fit tests: How To Conduct a Respirator Fit Test For Your Company
By Samantha Hoch, Marketing Specialist, Haws
EMERGENCY RESPONSE BEST PRACTICES :: PROTECTION AGAINST HYPOTHERMIA
Low ambient temperature and wind chill may simply be part of the job in cold climates, but they can have a lethal effect on exposed skin – particularly when combined with hazardous conditions where safety showers are required. This problematic combination creates a scenario for an ineffective and injurious emergency shower response. In some cases, inappropriate safety equipment can actually speed up the potential for cold-temperature related injuries like hypothermia. To ensure everyone’s safety, awareness and adherence to proper procedures and safety standards is critical.
UNDERSTANDING COLD-TEMP RELATED INJURY RISKS
Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) defines hypothermia as a cold-temp related injury in which normal body temperature drops to or below 95°F/35°C. Symptoms include drowsiness or fatigue, bluish skin, uncontrollable shivering, slurred speech and clumsy movements. Permanent tissue damage and death can result if hypothermia is left untreated.
EXPOSED FLESH in 0°F/17.8°C with 10mph wind
speed is in danger of hypothermia within 1-minute
Specific conditions in cold-weather climates can increase the risk of cold-temp related injuries, including hypothermia, which can affect a person even when land temperatures are above freezing or water temperatures are below 98.6oF/37oC. Factors influencing these injuries include:
• Low ambient temperatures and/or wind chill
• Wet skin, which freezes at a higher temperature than dry skin
• Exposed skin
While the ANSI Z358.1 Standard outlines suitable water temperatures as tepid – with a defined range of 60 to 100°F/15.5 to 37.77°C – and requires a full 15-minute drench period, the low end of this accepted temperature range can exacerbate the effects of hypothermia, particularly when exposure lasts the entire drench period. In addition, ANSI Z358.1 Appendix B6 states: Colder ambient temperatures might require an enclosure for added protection – even with water supplied in the ANSI Z358.1 specified temperature range, there is a high risk of hypothermia for wet victims exposed to frigid ambient temperatures where loss of body heat is intensified by the effects of evaporative cooling and wind chill. It is crucial that the proper safety shower system is provided to prevent an incident where hypothermia could intensify an injury to a victim already in a hazardous situation.
SAFETY SOLUTIONS FOR COLD-WEATHER CLIMATES
Haws Integrated™ offers a variety of customized, ANSI compliant enclosed safety solutions for all climates. Features specific to equipment intended for use in cold-weather climates include combination units enclosed in booths with all-weather insulation, water-proof exterior coating, self-closing shower doors, built-in heaters, internal hot water supply and medically superior, non-injurious water flow, all of which qualify as industry best practices. Enclosures eliminate frigid environments by providing a shower area at a safe ambient temperature, out of the elements. Properly preparing a site for the use of climate specific equipment can mean the difference in minimizing or increasing the severe effects of cold-temperature injuries.
This guest post was originally published in HawsCo.com Blog, Aug.31, 2016.
Concrete Burn Causes
Concrete burns are just that, burns that are caused by skin’s exposure to concrete and other materials that can lead to a chemical reaction. Concrete burns work slowly over hours or days as the concrete hardens. In order for concrete to harden, it has to absorb moisture—cement can draw water away from anything that has moisture—even wet clothing—which only aids in the drying process. Once concrete hardens, if left untreated, skin begins to blister, swell, and bleed; second and third degree burns follow soon after. Severe cases of concrete skin irritation can lead to permanent scarring and require skin grafts or amputations. Not only is this painful and distressing to the worker, but it is harmful to their employer as well— OSHA reports that concrete workers in the U.S. lose four times as many work days for skin problems compared to other construction trade workers.
Concrete Burn Prevention & Treatment
If cement makes contact with your skin, immediately wash with cool, clean water. If your protective gear gets wet, change it out. Wash any exposed areas of skin even if you’re not aware of contact—concrete burns can take hours to form.
If you experience a cement burn, after washing your skin with water, apply vinegar to reduce the burn. Vinegar is a weak acid, so it will counteract the alkaline and help to balance your pH. Seek professional medical attention right away if a large area of skin is burned.
Dermatitis: Prevention & Treatment
Prolonged exposure to cement can make you susceptible to Irritant Contact Dermatitis (ICD). ICD will cause skin to itch, scab, and become red or swollen. Multiple ICD experiences can lead to Allergic Contact Dermatitis (ACD), a long-term sensitivity to the chemicals in cement.
ACD is difficult to cure, but short term treatments include antibiotics for infections, steroids, antihistamines, and repeated washing with a pH neutral cleanser. Because ACD and ICD take days to develop, bring persistent skin problems to your doctor’s attention as soon as possible.
As is often the case, prevention is the best cure. Invest in high-quality personal protective equipment (PPE) and make sure everyone is trained on how to use and care for it. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommends that workers who deal with cement wear PPE, such as:
Supplying employees with proper PPE decreases time loss injuries, thereby increasing employee productivity. It’s the easiest way to reduce burn-related incidents from wet cement and send your workers home safe.
This article was originally published in HexArmor Safety Blog in April, 2016.
If you have questions or need help finding the right hand protection solution, please feel free to call us at 800-829-9580, or visit PK Safety Supply online at www.pksafety.com.
By Mario Mendoza, Regional Sales Manager, Allegro Industries
On May 4, 2015, OSHA issued a new standard for construction work in confined space. There are five key differences from the Construction Rule, and several areas where OSHA has clarified existing requirements.
The five new requirements include:
In addition, OSHA has added provisions to the new rule that clarifies existing requirements in the General Industry standard.
Finally, several terms have been added to the definitions for the construction rule, such as “entry employer” to describe the employer who directs workers to enter a space, and “entry rescue”, added to clarify the differences in the types of rescue employers can use.
If you have questions about the right PPE for your specific applications, please contact one of PK Safety Customer Service folks at 800-829-9580, or visit pksafety.com.
Confined spaces become hazardous areas when exhaust gathers from cars, trucks, buses, tractors, trailers, forklifts, and other fossil fuel burning engines. Exhaust fumes are highly toxic and exposure to the fumes can result in serious health problems, and even death. That is why the CO and NO2 levels must be measured, and when concentrations reach unsafe, unhealthy levels, the areas must be ventilated. Reliable detection can also protect those who work in these areas from accidents like explosion and fire. A number of different gas detection solutions exist to satisfy these needs. Designing a proper gas detection system can be challenging because of the existing variety of applications in parking garages, hospital/ambulance bays, fire or police stations, boiler rooms, commercial kitchens, indoor stadiums, car dealerships, warehouses, loading docks, train stations, airports, and tunnels. The specifics of the design of the structure must determine which specific monitoring system suits the application best.
The Honeywell E3Point
The versatile Honeywell E3Point network gas detector monitors toxic, oxygen and combustible gases in commercial applications. It can be used as a standalone unit with single or dual-gas detection using a remote sensor, or deployed as a network device interoperable with BACnet, Modbus and other Building Automation Systems. The advantage of E3Point is that it is based on the accurate electrochemical and catalytic bead sensor technology that reduces false alarms. Other benefits of using E3Point include flexible operation, cost effectiveness, versatile communication, and advanced sensing technology. The E3Point Gas Monitor has an accuracy of ± 3%. Diagnostic information can be viewed on LCD display. Interchangeable sensors are pre-calibrated and may be easily exchanged.
To network several E3Point gas detectors together, the 301C is a gas detection controller is the device to do the job. With unique zoning and comparison abilities, it can continuously monitor and average multiple sensor readings in different zones. This unit allows for up to 96 hardwired E3Points to be linked together and back to the 301C on just two pairs of wires. To take advantage of wireless networking, the 301W is a two-year maintenance and calibration free gas detector which uses a wireless mesh network to communicate back with the 301C. The 301C can monitor up to 50 wireless transmitters, and datalogging is an option. Ventilation (exhaust fans) and alarm beacons/warning systems are also controlled and activated by the 301C, and should be placed in appropriate locations as required.
|Facility||Building Environment||Gases Present (detected by E3Point)|
|Parking Structure||CO, NO2, C3H8|
|Loading Dock||CO, NO2, C3H8, H2|
|Transport Terminal||CO, NO2, C3H8, CH4|
|Golf Cart Maintenance/Battery Charging Area||CO, NO2, CH4, O2, H2|
|Maintenance Garage||CO, NO2, C3H8, O2, H2S, H2|
|Hospital/Ambulance Bay||CO, NO2, C3H8, O2|
|Fire/Police Station||CO, NO2, C3H8, O2, H2, H2S|
|Car Wash||CO, NO2, C3H8|
If you have questions or need help finding the right gas detection solution, please feel free to call us at 800-829-9580, or visit us online at www.pksafety.com.
What is the latest universal safety danger? You will never guess, but it is a new augmented reality phone app which uses GPS-tracking and technology that imposes a digital facade on the real world – Pokémon Go. Who could have predicted this safety concern? The cute harmless cartoon critters debuted in Japan in 1996. Apps that layer a digital world on top of the real one can create awkward and even dangerous situations. The particular issues with playing Pokémon Go are the locations where players can catch and battle imaginary monsters: parks, stadiums, backyards, churches, museums, construction sites, and even in NASA. That’s where safety concerns come up.
“Because Pokémon Go is becoming so widely adopted, the app not only should cause safety concerns among parents, law enforcement officials and businesses, it also should cause concern within companies and subsequently, safety managers,” says EHS Today in one of the articles.
The first accidents have already been reported: players were struck my moving vehicles, crashed the car, got mugged, robbed, and fell in a ditch while playing the game in inappropriate places. Michael Pachter, a gaming analyst for Wedbush Securities says: “I just hope that nobody actually gets killed walking into traffic.”
You do not need an OSHA officer on your site to deal with this cultural phenomenon. To prevent injuries in your working area, issue strict rules about using personal devices at work, install “Caution: restricted area” signs, warning labels, warning lines, barricade tapes, and make sure fences around the restricted project area are secure and well-maintained. Little things like that matter for saving lives. The National Safety Council found that there were 136,053 preventable injury deaths in the U.S. in 2014 – a 57 percent increase since 1992.
Here is the list of safety tips for players to prevent Pokémon Go-related accidents:
Images courtesy of Kirsi Kuutti at NASA.
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:
When you follow safety rules, fireworks are a wonderful way to add fun and excitement to your family gatherings.
Sources of information:
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.
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
When it comes to choosing the right respirator or dust mask, it all comes down to the job you’re trying to tackle. To be safe, you should always consider using a respirator if you’ll be exposed to biological contaminants, dusts, mists, fumes, and gases, or oxygen-deficient atmospheres according to OSHA.
There are two types of respirators: air-purifying respirators and atmosphere-supplying respirators. Air-purifying respirators use filters, cartridges, or canisters to remove contaminants from the air. Atmosphere-supplying respirators provide clean air from an uncontaminated source.
Below are a few respirators we recommend based on the job you plan to use them for and the types of contaminants you’ll likely face.
The Moldex 7000 Half Mask Respirator and 7640 Cartridge Combination provides multi-hazard protection especially when doing yard work, home remodeling and cleaning, or hobbies involving sawdust, paint, chemical odors, or other debris and small particles. It complies with NIOSH standards and OSHA regulations.
Lead & Asbestos Removal
When seeking protection against asbestos, lead and cadmium dusts, we suggest the 3M 6000 Lead & Asbestos Respirator Combination. It’s ideal for use at indoor shooting ranges, when welding, working on older heating vents/ducts, ‘popcorn’ ceilings, automotive break linings or pip insulation.
The Moldex 9000 Full Face Respirator Combination may be fit for you if you want protection against the following: asbestos, mold, ammonia, chlorine (bleach), chlorine dioxide, hydrogen chloride, hydrogen fluoride, hydrogen sulfide, methylamine, organic vapors, sulfur dioxide, and formaldehyde.
Additional safety tips involving respirators:
Father’s Day can be a tough one for finding a perfect gift, or not so hard, if you know your father well and pay attention to what he likes. Sure, your dad would be happy with just a pat on the back from you, but come on, you could also add a special gift: something that he really enjoys! Also, don’t forget to treat yourself this Father’s Day. Here are 7 great gift suggestions for a handy Dad.
Discover more gift ideas here: Clothing
By Steve Rapoport, Director, Fresh2o
With the warm weather approaching, it is imperative to stay hydrated. The dog days of summer have hit with temps 100 degrees and higher! Not only is this unpleasant, it can be dangerous. Our body’s fluid requirement increases as the temperature rises and being dehydrated can have serious effects on your health. Check out my tips on how to keep yourself hydrated and learn which foods/beverages hydrate you.
Functions of fluid in the body
Our body is made up of 55 – 60% water. Water is essential for life and plays vital role in the body, including regulation of metabolism and body temperature. Every day we lose about 2 1/2 liters of water through breathing, perspiration, urine and bowel movements. And when you are outside in the heat, you lose even more. For our bodies to function properly, we need to replenish these fluid losses by consuming beverages and foods that contain water.
Who is at risk for dehydration?
Everyone who goes outside in the heat is at risk of dehydration, but those people who work or exercise outdoors, children, the elderly, and anyone who has the pre-existing conditions – such as respiratory or cardiovascular related conditions, or diabetes – has a greater risk.
Symptoms of dehydration
Symptoms of dehydration range from mild to life threatening. How many times have you had a headache, a dry mouth, felt weak or haven’t urinated in hours? It’s possible that you were dehydrated. Other symptoms include constipation, dry eyes, muscle cramps, decreased sweating, and nausea. While not a symptom, dehydration can increase risk of kidney stones. More serious symptoms include mental confusion, vomiting, racing pulse, difficulty breathing, seizures, etc. At this point, medical attention is needed immediately.
How much fluid do you need a day? The recommendation used to be that we consume 64 oz of water a day. However, newer research led to updated recommendations by the Institute of Medicine:
– adequate intake for men is ~ 3 liters (about 13 cups) of total beverages a day
– adequate intake for women is ~ 2.2 liters (about 9 cups) of total beverages a day.
It has also been shown that we can meet up to 25% of our fluid needs from watery foods, such as tomatoes, lettuce, watermelon and oranges.
*Keep in mind that your fluid needs will be higher if you work or exercise in the heat!
Tips to increase your fluid intake in the hot weather
*While I strongly discourage drinking soda, both regular or diet (for many reasons!), it does contain fluid and therefore will hydrate you. But try to get more of your fluid intake from water …
* But keep in mind that sports drinks and juices tend to contain large amounts of sugar – not a good thing for most of us …
* While caffeinated beverages can provide fluid, I don’t recommend consuming large amounts of caffeine (and some people shouldn’t consume any).
Be safe and drink up!
This guest post was originally published in HawsCo.com Blog by
Have you purchased one or several of the following products?
Capital Safety has determined that these following DBI-SALA Advanced Adjustable Offset Davit Systems manufactured before 1/1/16 do not fully meet some of the loads specified for certain davit adjustment positions as represented in the “Instruction for Use” (IFU) manual & product labels.
This is NOT a recall and there have been NO reported accidents or injuries related to this issue.
Please contact Capital Safety’s Customer Service department at 800-328-6146 (prompt #2012) or email ADVDAVITS@capitalsafety.com to request a Retrofit Kit be shipped to you directly free of charge. As always, we welcome you to call us at PK Safety with any questions at 800-829-9580.
Working in the heat, especially during Summer months, can lead to illness or even death. Common reactions are heat exhaustion, heat stroke, heat cramps and heat rash — all of which can be avoided following these heat stress prevention tips from OSHA.
Some risk factors that can cause heat stress include:
You may be experiencing heat exhaustion or heat stroke if you have the following symptoms: headache, dizziness, fainting, weakness and wet skin, irritability or confusion, thirst, nausea, vomiting, passing out, collapse, seizures, or even if you have stopped sweating.
To prevent heat stress, make sure a heat stress prevention program is in place by your employer. Cool water should be available to workers close to the work area (at least one pint of water per hour is needed). Drinks with alcohol or caffeine should be avoided as these will dehydrate you. Work schedules should include rest periods and water breaks in shaded or air-conditioned areas. New employees may need to be acclimated to the heat by gradually increasing their workloads and allowing for more frequent breaks to stay hydrated. Protective clothing that’s lightweight, light-colored and loose-fitting should be worn. Consider those that provide cooling such as a vented hard hat or hats with neck shades, cooling wraps, cooling vests, and sunscreen.
If you or a fellow worker does experience heat illness, call a supervisor for help. If the supervisor is not available, call 911. Someone should stay with the worker until help arrives. If possible, move the worker to a cooler/shaded area and remove outer clothing. Fan and mist the worker with water, apply ice (ice bags or ice towels), and provide cool drinking water if the worker is able to drink. If the worker is not alert or seems confused, he or she may be experiencing heat stroke. Call 911 immediately and apply ice as soon as possible if this is the case.
In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation officially recognizing Mother’s Day as a national holiday. Since then, Mother’s Day has become one of the major holidays in the USA, giving us a chance to honor the individuals in our lives who care for us. Some women will have the luxury of being pampered at home with entertainment and meals prepared for them by family members. Flowers, chocolates, jewelry are among the most popular gifts for Mothers.
Flashy gifts are nice, but all that Mom wants is to feel appreciated, loved and safe.
Here are a few suggestions:
As you can see, the choices are limitless. Think about what she really needs, you still have time to make the right decision. Celebrate everything that your Mother represents in your life with a gift of safety.
If you have questions or need help finding safety equipment, please feel free to call us at 800-829-9580, or visit us online at www.pksafety.com. Follow us on Twitter .
Did you know that 32.3 percent of U.S. firms in construction, maintenance, and repair, personal and laundry services are Mexican-owned? The first week of May is a tribute to Mexican companies, investors, talented and industrious workers, and the Mexican culture.
On May 5th Mexican-American workers celebrate the Mexican army’s victory over France at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. Being not a major holiday in Mexico, in US Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage. Cinco de Mayo traditions include street festivals, parades, and live mariachi music performances. It is important to keep in mind that safety at work should be the number one priority.
So, what’s the best way to prevent all of the unnecessary stress? Wear PPE even when the risk of injuries is only minimal! Check out our special offers on the safety equipment that might be handy for various types of work.
It’s better to be safe than sorry.
Doing a regular maintenance check on your HVAC unit is critical in preventing major problems from affecting your home or business. Now is the perfect time to check on your system if you haven’t been doing so regularly.
By performing regular HVAC maintenance, you can potentially lower your utility costs and extend the service life of your unit. Here’s a look at different parts of your HVAC system and why they need to be cleaned or replaced periodically according to HVACMaintenance.org.
Inspect Filters Monthly
Filters prevent dirt and grime from clogging your HVAC systems. Also, it’s crucial to use filters that specifically fit your system. They can be replaced every 90 days, but it’s good to check them monthly. If they look dark and/or clogged, it’s a good idea to change them. If you are extremely sensitive to allergens, filters help remove a greater amount of particulate matter from the air, including those carrying bacteria.
Examine Condensate Drain
Once a year, try pouring a cup of bleach mixed with water down the condensate drain to prevent buildup of mold and algae, which can cause a clog.
Maintain, Replace Fans & Belts Twice a Year
Poorly operating fans or belts not only can result in less cooling and heating efficiency, but also an excessively noisy unit or constant vibration while running. HVAC maintenance should be completed right away if you notice any problems.
Keep Coils Clean
Since they are often damp, wet and in contact with humid moist air, it’s common for coils to grow mold and bacteria. If they are left dirty for extended periods of time, coils can grow a sticky film on them that is difficult to clean and eventually become inefficient. Cleaning the mold with the necessary chemicals tends to damage and pit the coils, requiring them to be replaced.
Clean & Lubricate Dampers
Dampers keep compressors running when the temperature dips below 60 degrees Fahrenheit. If they are not properly cleaned and lubricated, they will begin to stick, causing a loss of cooling and heating efficiency in your HVAC unit. Keep the dampers well serviced to avoid this issue.
In addition, make sure there’s at least two feet of space around outdoor air conditioning units and heat pumps. Now is the perfect time to regularly remove debris such as leaves, pollen, and twigs from top and sides of these outdoor units. Summer is also the perfect time to shut down the water supply to the furnace humidifier.
We offer home and HVAC gas detection units ideal for professional technicians or home repair persons. Got questions about these units? Please give us a call at 800-829-9580.
For the first time in 25 years, OSHA will be increasing its penalties. This change is a catch-up adjustment since it has been so many years since the organization has increased fines. Violation fees are expected to go into effect by August 1, 2016.
2016 penalty increases include:
|Violation Type||Current Maximum Penalty||2016 Maximum Penalty*|
|Other than Serious Violations||$7,000||$12,600|
*Shared by OSHA Training Institute Educational Center
The new change comes after a budget deal passed by Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama on November 2, 2015. Going forward, potential fine increases may occur no later than January 15 of each year. OSHA can choose to increase the above penalties less than the maximum amount for one of two reasons:
You can ensure your workplace safety programs and equipment are meeting OSHA standards by doing the following:
If your business or organization currently doesn’t have a safety program in place, consider creating and implementing one. Check out these health and safety programs and guidelines offered by OSHA to help prevent and control workplace hazards.
Should you have any questions, we’re here to help! Give our safety experts a call at 800-829-9580 to answer your questions or help you with your safety plan.
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)
Be aware of hidden dangers in 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 www.pksafety.com.
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.
For more information about Pyramex Safety Products, go to pyramexsafety.com
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
This post was originally published in Hawsco.com blog.
By Kathy Jackson
Many skilled trades workers face great risk of injury on the job. Working conditions may involve extreme temperatures, great heights, heavy tools and machinery or various distractions. Extra care is necessary to avoid accidents. Here are five safety guidelines, recommended by Safetyblog and the report on the Golden Rules of Occupational Safety, to help reduce incidents in the workplace:
1. Get safety training and certification that is specific to the job tasks being performed.
Each job task requires a special set of skills and an acute awareness of the risks involved. Some of the risks may not be apparent or obvious. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that experienced workers know more about the risks than less experienced workers do. Experienced workers can be a great resource in better educating newer workers on understanding how to perform complicated job tasks safely.
2. Follow safety procedures, use/wear safety protection.
Protection equipment includes tools such as hardhats, safety glasses, appropriate clothing, steel-toed boots, chemical masks, harnesses, and other products to protect the body from harm.
For example, TWS writes that eye protection is always important, in order to prevent debris from entering the eyes and to protect from infrared and ultraviolet radiation. Similarly, work boots should cover the legs to about 8 inches above the ankle and be made of durable leather. When working with heavy items that frequently move, safety toe boots are the best. Use hearing protection by wearing earplugs or ear covers.
Understand all hazardous materials used on the job by reading the Material Safety Data Sheet for each item. When working in confined spaces, follow procedures to check the atmosphere. For electrical work, make sure the system is inoperative before starting work.
3. Do not operate equipment unless trained to do so.
One of the leading causes of job accidents is improper use of equipment. If unfamiliar with how equipment operates, get help from someone who is trained. Use proper precautions when operating equipment and do not skip safety steps. Using equipment correctly significantly reduces the chance of an accident in the workplace.
4. Do not do the job without the proper tools, surveying the area, and assuring enough room to work.
Working without proper tools or in a way that puts the body in an awkward position is certain to increase the risk of injury or death. Re-evaluate the situation. Get the correct tools first and find a way to accomplish the job task that does not cramp the muscles or overextend the body. Be aware of the surroundings, especially if there are any open flames nearby or flammable materials, such as solvents, being used. Use correct posture when performing the job task and take frequent breaks when working on physically challenging jobs. Know where the fire safety equipment is located and the location of all emergency exits.
5. Pay attention to routine activities.
Routine job tasks are also dangerous because you are performing them so often it is easy to go into autopilot and make a careless mistake. Practice awareness of routine climbing and lifting, and develop good safety habits that are consistent for all activities. Immediately report any hazardous material spills or potentially unsafe work conditions to the supervisor.
No one wants to be injured on the job and on-the-job accidents for both workers and employers can be costly. It is everyone’s primary responsibility on any job site to make safety a priority for themselves and others.