OSHA Updates on New Industry Regulations and Standards

OSHA Standard Changes 2012

When there’s a safety problem or hazard in the workplace, people call the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, more commonly known as OSHA. It’s the main federal agency charged with the enforcement of safety and health legislation. And as it turns out, 2011 was a busy year for OSHA. More than 200,000 people sought assistance from OSHA in 2011, through either the toll-free 800 number or through email.

OSHA’s records show that nearly 43,000 of those who called the 800 number did so to file a complaint about workplace hazards. More than 32,000 people contacted OSHA through its email correspondence system. And more than 9,200 of those who called the 800 number selected the Spanish language option. All in all, OSHA conducted nearly 30,000 on-site visits to small business worksites in 2011, covering 1.3 million workers, approving 101 new Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) sites and re-approving 291 more. Continue Reading…

What Happens if You Don’t Wear Work Gloves?

How To Address Working People Who Don't Wear Work Gloves

Raise your hand if you’ve heard any of these excuses before: “I can do a better job without gloves” or “gloves get in the way of good grip” or “wearing gloves makes my hands sweaty and slippery.” Statistics show that wearing protective gloves in industrial work reduces the risk of hand injury by a whopping 60 percent. Yet time and time again, getting employees to wear protective gloves proves to be one of the biggest challenges employers face. Continue Reading…

QuickDuck Jackets and Vests: As Good As Their Namesake

Carhartt Workwear Quick Duck Fabric

Now, a quick lesson on ducks. Yes, the actual birds – not the hockey team or the fancy amphibious vehicles or the University of Oregon mascot. Actual ducks. The aquatic birds whose amazing feathers are water repellent. A duck’s feathers are microscopically structured in such a way that they are have optimal water repellency. It’s the way they’re made. Which means (and it’s pretty amazing once you stop and think about it), for as much time as ducks spend in the water, they are, practically speaking, basically waterproof. Incredible. Continue Reading…

Wigwam – New and Improved for 2012

Wigwam Socks Changes For 2012

Wigwam has a new look in 2012! The 2012 catalog is out, and includes many new and exciting styles. There are many exciting new things happening at Wigwam right now. Here are all the improvements this year:

  •  New Logo – Wigwam’s new updated logo has a bolder and more contemporary look.
  • New Tagline – Wigwam is now known as “The Performance Sock Company.” This marks the company’s new dedication and heavy focus on the performance attributes of its products.
  • New Packaging – This spring, Wigwam is changing to a new performance packaging.
  • New Guarantee – Wigwam is so confident in the quality of the socks it produces, that it now offers a new two-year comfort guarantee. That’s right, TWO years! There are a couple of exceptions, though. The Super 60 style socks and Pee Wee style socks still come with Wigwam’s same great one-year guarantee.
  • Ultimax is Back and Better – Two times more effective than ever before, Wigwam’s signature Pro and Fusion designs now are united under one superior performance label and are incorporated into each performance competency, providing the ultimate in moisture control. Continue Reading…

Understanding Compliance Requirements for High-Visibility Safety Clothing

High Visibility Clothing Requirements

To most people, a safety vest is a safety vest. Orange or lime green, big or small, it’s all the same. But one look at some sobering statistics, and you’ll realize otherwise. You’ll realize the importance of having the correct and compliant safety vest for your line of work.

According to the 2011 NSC Injury Fact Book, there were 667 fatalities and 28,958 injuries in work zone crashes in 2009. That’s almost two deaths per day. And it’s two too many. These statistics show that struck-by accidents remain a major workplace hazard. And they outline the importance of making sure your safety vest is fully compliant.

Because the fact is, it’s easy to wear one that isn’t compliant, without even knowing it. High-visibility apparel has become an iconic part of the image of the blue-collar worker. You see them in commercials on road construction workers, airline and transportation workers, law enforcement and other service personnel. And most of those times, in those commercials, they’re wearing a vest that isn’t compliant. Continue Reading…

Working Person’s Store Workwear Catalog

Working Person's Store 2012 Catalog

OK, you can stop holding your breath now. The day we know you’ve been pining for has finally arrived. No, the Cubs haven’t won the World Series. But we did just send the Working Person’s Store Spring 2012 catalog to the printer. In all seriousness though, we’re pretty proud of it, and we know it’ll help you outfit yourself and your employees for the coming season.

This catalog is jam-packed with all the newest and best products. It features a 68-page layout, with 64 pages of products, including our very own Working Person’s Store socks, fresh off the line. If you get nothing else, you’ve got to get a pair of these, just for the novelty of it. They’ll no doubt be our hottest seller. Think of them as a collector’s item, for your feet. Continue Reading…

Sympatex: Keeping Moisture Out

Sympatex Waterproof Liners In Work Boots

Anyone who’s ever hiked a trail or climbed a peak or shoveled a sidewalk knows that the clothing you wear while doing these things are second only in importance to the actual physical condition of your body itself. To help your body stay dry and keep your temperature regulated, your clothing makes all the difference. And the most important key to staying dry and keeping your temperature regulated is actually quite simple: Layering. That’s because breathability is vital to achieving the desired results. You need 100% breathability.

The same principles apply to footwear. In order to keep your feet dry and warm (or cool), you need a product that provides 100% breathability. Sympatex membranes, which are so effective that they are used in the leading brands of outdoor footwear – including Carhartt, Timberland Pro, Thorogood, and Golden Retriever – do exactly this. Continue Reading…

How to Detect Flammable and Combustible Liquids

Detecting Flammable Liquid

It’s a question that baffles many. It’s also the most common question when training: Why is it that that I’m getting a combustible gas reading on my instrument now, when I didn’t earlier today? The answer is not as complicated as you might think. First of all, a there is a common misunderstanding about when combustible gasses can be detected.

It is important to understand that flammable and combustible liquids are two different things. As defined by the NFPA, a flammable liquid is defined as a liquid whose flashpoint does not exceed 100 degrees fareheit when tested by closed-cup test methods, while a combustible liquid is one whose flashpoint is 100 degrees farenheit or higher. These two differences can actually be further classified into six groups: Continue Reading…

Hearing Conservation: Military Practices To Improve Your Program

Hearing Conservation Programs

We all know military families make immense sacrifices for our country. What’s startling to find out is that, more and more, military members are sacrificing something we tend to take for granted: Their hearing.

Disability claims for hearing damage are on the rise in the military. In fact, hearing damage is the most common disability among military members returning from combat in the last 10 years. Military members wear protective footwear and clothing, so why is hearing protection so overlooked?

A common-sense hearing conservation program was needed, so the Department of Defense charged the Government Accountability Office to study this issue and report back on ways that hearing loss can be avoided. What they found can be used in your business to improve your own hearing conservation program. Continue Reading…

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