Retrofit Notice on DBI-SALA Advanced Adjustable Offset Davit Systems

Posted on Thursday, May 19th, 2016 by Analisa H.

Have you purchased one or several of the following products?
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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 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.

View Capital Safety’s Product Retrofit Notice directly here:

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5 Most Important Safety Guidelines for Skilled Trades Workers

Posted on Monday, March 7th, 2016 by Mila Adamovica

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.

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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.


Preventing The Spread Of Zika Virus At The Workplace

Posted on Monday, February 8th, 2016 by Analisa H.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently declared a “public health emergency of international concern” over Zika virus due to it’s rapid spread across the globe and it’s link to an alarming spike in birth defects.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Aedes mosquito-borne virus is believed to potentially cause pregnant women to have babies with abnormally small heads — a condition called microcephaly.

Numerous cases have been reported throughout South America and several in the U.S. Its common symptoms, which are usually mild and last for 2-7 days, include: fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red inflamed eyes).

The virus is considered to be a flavivirus, part of the same family as yellow fever, West Nile, chikungunya and dengue. However, unlike some of these, there is no specific treatment or vaccine currently available.

The best form of prevention is protection against mosquito bites, according to WHO. Here are several ways workplaces can help stop mosquito breeding and protect outdoor workers and their loved ones from potentially contracting the virus (via WorkCover Queensland):

  • Eliminate mosquito breeding sites by filling holes where water could get trapped with concrete or sand
  • Employers can provide insect repellent (such as those that include DEET and are DEET-free from CoreTex), protective clothing (our customers love the PIP 7 oz. FR Tan Bug Repellent Coveralls 9100-2110D), insect screens, mosquito nets, and mosquito coils and zappers for staff
  • Put a fine mesh over gutter grates to reduce the amount of litter that can enter and keep pits clear of debris that stops water flow
  • Have pest controllers treat drain tanks during routine pest treatment

Worksites should be checked at least once a week for any items that can hold water. Then proceed to do the following:

  • Tip out any water in things like plastic containers, tarpaulins, buckets, fallen palm fronds and pot plant bases.
  • Store anything that can hold water undercover or in a dry place, including work equipment, surplus materials or trailers, and keep bins covered.
  • Throw out any garbage or debris lying around like unused or empty containers, tires, and other waste materials.

If you have questions or need help finding the right mosquito repellent, please feel free to call us at 800-829-9580.


5 Things You Didn’t Know About Bug Repellent and Flame Resistance

Posted on Wednesday, June 10th, 2015 by Alastar Kerpel

Summer is right around the corner, are you adequately protected? Depending on your geographic locale, some insect borne illnesses that you may be at risk for are: Lyme disease, Heartland virus, West Nile disease, and more.There are many repellent ingredients and application types on the market. Depending on the work environment you need to use it in, there can be unique advantages and disadvantages for each of the products available. A few lesser known facts about these repellents include:

1. The well-known, longer lasting ingredients DEET and picaridin are not safe to use in  flammable or arc flash risk areas such as industrial work environments because they contain flammable contaminants. DEET and picaridin also reduce the thermal protection of FR clothing.

2. A higher concentration of DEET doesn’t mean stronger. A higher concentration of DEET equates to a longer period of protection.

3. Two common non-flammable natural insect bug repellents include geranoil and Vitamin B1. Geranoil is applied as a topical while B1 may be consumed in supplement form or via a patch. Stick with natural solutions if applying to face or neck.

4. Permethrin treated clothing, such as these coveralls, offers insect repellent while staying flame resistant. It may be applied during production of a garment or afterwards by the consumer.

5. If also applying sunscreen, the CDC suggests applying it first before bug repellent. Pay attention to when each product should be reapplied as they are likely to not be at the same intervals.

When you’re all finished working for the day wash your skin with soap and water, and wash treated clothing by itself before wearing again. If you develop symptoms of an insect related illness, see a doctor immediately.

PK Safety partners with you to meet OSHA regulations and stay safe all year round, see all of the repellents that we offer here. Work hard and stay safe!