New Mine Rules Require Operators to Find and Fix Hazards

Mine Safety Regulation

On April 5, 2010, an explosion inside the Upper Big Branch Mine in Montcoal, West Virginia killed 29 miners. It was the worst mining disaster in the United States in 40 years. An investigation into the contributing causes of that explosion resulted in a fundamental shift in the way hazards are found and fixed. Namely, who is responsible for finding and fixing them.

There are now new mining rules that are meant to prevent something like that from ever happening again. The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) recently published new rules that will require mine operators to identify and correct hazardous conditions and violations of nine health and safety standards that pose the greatest risk to minors. These nine standards are in response to the exact type of conditions and violations that led to the deaths of the 29 miners, and meant to prevent similar tragedies from happening in the future. Continue Reading…

Carhartt Boots and Shoes for Top Quality Work Boots

Carhartt Quality Work Boots

When people want the best work wear, they think Carhartt. The company has been known for decades as the leader in jackets, pants and other workwear. Perhaps it is because of this reputation for excellent jackets and pants that Carhartt boots have gone a little bit overlooked. But like the jackets and pants above them, Carhartt boots know how to work hard. Just like the people who wear them.

Carhartt boots are loved by business owners, workers and even celebrities alike. There are many benefits Carhartt offers to business owners, or “corporate consumers,” if you will. Because Carhartt boots meet OSHA mandates, they are an excellent choice for business owners who need to make sure they are in compliance with all laws and regulations. Continue Reading…

How To Care For Your Flame-Resistant Clothes

Care For Your FR Apparel

Flame resistant clothes protect you. But how do you protect your flame resistant clothes? By caring for them properly. The garment’s flame resistant properties will last much longer if properly laundered and washed.

ASTM F1449-01 gives recommended procedures for laundering flame resistant cotton clothing. It’s important to realize that some laundering procedures can damage for FR clothes. Hard water and high temperatures that are used in industrial laundering and drying can cause minerals to build up on cotton FR fabrics and make them flammable. The harder the water, the more minerals are built up, the more flammable your flame resistant clothes become. But this can be prevented. Using soft water or an adequate sour can keep minerals from building up, and thus, keep your flame resistant clothes flame resistant. Continue Reading…

Employees Won’t Wear Eye Protection? Here’s How to Fix That

Wearing Safety Glasses On The Job Is Important

When your mother said, “hey, be careful, you could put your eye out!” you knew she meant it. Mom could see things before they happened, couldn’t she? Well, when your employer says, “hey, be careful, you could put your eye out!” there’s reason behind that too. The statistics are alarming.

There were more than 800,000 work-related eye injuries treated in emergency rooms in 2008, the most recent available data. Men were four times more likely than women to suffer an eye injury. In 70 percent of accidents, the eye injury was caused by an object or equipment, and in about 26 percent of accidents, it was caused by exposure to harmful substances like chemicals.

While those statistics are cause for concern in and of themselves, the most alarming statistic is this — 90 percent of all eye injuries can be prevented by wearing protective eyewear. Continue Reading…

Red Kap Denim Offers a Multitude of Options

Red Kap Denim Workwear

If you want your company to be the best, it needs to look the best, and be outfitted with the best. And to be frank about it, the best is Red Kap denim. It’s quality that works in the marketplace. When it comes to outfitting your team members with quality uniforms (so that they look their best), Red Kap is the best option for a number of reasons.

Red Kap is part of the world’s largest denim apparel company — Wrangler. Red Kap’s fabric and manufacturing process are shared with Wrangler, which is the largest denim brand in the entire world. As a result, Red Kap uniforms are worn by more than 16 million workers across the globe, in so many different types of occupation — from mechanics to machinists to many more. Continue Reading…

Specialized Gloves Are Needed for Specialized Skills

Specialized Work Gloves

Employers these days are moving away from generalization, and placing an emphasis on hiring workers who have specialized skills. According to Forbes magazine, people without specialized skills are finding it harder and harder to find work.

Just like the trend toward needing specialized skills, there is a trend toward needing specialized work gloves. More than anything, it was a court case that demonstrated this need. Recently in the UK, a city sanitation worker successfully sued his employer and was awarded more than $150,000 in personal injury damage, for a cut he suffered at work while sifting through a pile of trash. The employee was wearing gloves provided by his employer when he cut himself on a sharp object hidden in the pile of trash, but the court ruled that his employer had provided him with “the wrong type of gloves.” Continue Reading…

Carhartt Boots: The Best Technology Makes the Best Boots

Carhartt Work Boot Technology

If you believe in working smarter, you need to be introduced to Carhartt boots. The iconic brand is using the latest and smartest technology to give you the performance and protection you need.

The Carhartt Comfort Footbed by Ortholite is a performance insole made from a lightweight open-cell compound, so it provides long-lasting comfort, superior breathability, and anti-microbial/anti-bacterial properties. It gives your feet comfort from the inside out, wicking away moisture, providing cushioning, preventing odor and fungus, and providing a nice air flow to keep your feet cool.

Carhartt LiteFire is a remarkable liner that provides 400 grams of insulation without the added bulk or weight. It is a heat-reflective technology that is breathable, waterproof, and warm, so your feet stay warm and dry. No sweat. Unlike thick layers of insulation which slowly reduce the heat, LiteFire reflects your body’s heat so it uses it instead of uses it up. Continue Reading…

Mount Vernon Mills Doubles Capacity for FR Fabric Production in Georgia

Mount Vernon Mills Fire Resistant Fabric

There’s a greater demand for flame resistant clothing and acessories than ever before. Specifically, this demand is for FR garments that protect workers from electrical energy hazards (NFPA 70E) and oil refining hazards (NFPA 2112). There’s a company based right here in the United States that is rising up to meet that demand.

Mount Vernon Mills, which manufactures Bulwark and Carhartt flame resistant products, has made a substantial million investment in its company to more than double its capacity to manufacture FR products at its manufacturing facilities in Trion, Georgia. Continue Reading…

OSHA Creates an App for Heat Safety

OSHA Releases an iPhone App To Monitor Heat Safety

We live in the Age of the Applications, more popularly referred to as apps.  And when it comes to safety on the job site, this is a very good thing. When you’re working in the hot hot heat, safety has to come first. There’s no project or work task more important than your health. There are many preventative measures you can take to protect yourself from getting heat stroke, such as taking breaks in the shade, staying hydrated, and wearing the right clothing. And now, there’s an app for that. Continue Reading…

Metal Zippers Versus Snaps on Fire-Resistant Workwear

Metal Zipper Use In Workwear

Q: Are metal zippers and snaps on FR workwear unsafe for electrical workers, and are the prohibited by NFPA 70E or ASTM 1506 regulations?

A: Let’s take a look at those two regulations:

NFPA 70E

There is only one reference to metal components such as zippers or snaps in NFPA 70E, and it is in Section 130.6 (D):
Conductive Articles Being Worn. Continue Reading…

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