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Flammable Liquids in the Workplace: The Three Key Characteristics

National Fire Protection Agency

Whether they come in aerosol cans, drums, totes or portable tanks, flammable liquids are commonly found in the workplace, as such in the oil and gas industries.  While they help us to perform a variety of essential tasks such as cleaning, fueling and manufacturing, they can also pose serious physical hazards to those who are working with or around them.  This is why it is important to know how to identify a flammable liquid by looking at the safety data sheet for the three key physical and chemical characteristics: flash point, flammable or explosive range and boiling point. Continue Reading…

Heat Stress Prevention: Monitors Make Sense To Use

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Here’s something to think about: Heat Stress is expensive. A 2010 study in the state of Washington found that the average cost of a heat-related illness claim was $3,682. There were 483 of these claims. That adds up quick. Here are some more startling statistics: From 2003-08, the U.S. Department of Labor found that there were not only 177 deaths caused by “Exposure to Environmental Heat” in the private workforce, but also 13,580 missed days of work for the same reason. That’s a lot of losst productivity. Obviously, the safety and well-being of your employees comes before any measure of money. That certainly goes without saying. But there’s no denying that preventing heat stress not only is good for the health of your employees, but also for the health of your company’s bottom line. Continue Reading…

On the Job Mining Deaths at a Record Low

Mine Safety Regulation

The mining industry has made enormous strides in safety this past year.  According to the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), fatality and injury rates in the mining industry were the lowest in history.

The 2012 mining fatality rate was .0107 deaths per 200,000 hours worked and the rate of reported injuries was 2.56 per 200,000 hours worked.  The mining industry had achieved record lows in 2011 and has now successfully shattered those records with lower rates in 2012.

The number of mines in the U.S. has decreased slightly in 2012, but the number of miners actually increased from 381,209 to 387,671.  35 miners died on the job in 2012 which ties the record low number of deaths in mining achieved in 2009.  19 of those fatalities were in coal mining, the second lowest number of fatalities in coal mining ever.  The other 16 deaths occurred in metal and nonmetal mining.

While improvements to mining safety have been immense, it is still important for those working in mines to always be mindful of safety policies and to wear and use appropriate safety apparel and equipment.  To shop for the best in high-quality work wear, visit Working Person’s Store today!

Cal/OSHA Heat Illness Prevention Standard Helps Workers Beat the Heat

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As June comes to a close, the summer is now in full-swing.  We see the days getting longer, drier and hotter as July gets closer and closer.  We’ve had a few high-temperature days, but we know that there are still hotter days to come.  Now, more than ever, we need to pay attention to the negative effects extreme heat can have on those who work outdoors.

2012 was the warmest year on record for the country according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  In fact, it was 3.2 degrees Fahrenheit above average.  The Southern states, who are no stranger to hot weather, are even feeling the heat’s brutal impacts. Continue Reading…

The Black Stallion Arcster A60 Gloves by Revco Industries

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Count on WorkingPerson.com to stock one of the first arc rated supple leather gloves on the market in the Black Stallion Arcster A60 gloves, a Revco Industries product, by a company you recognize for its testing, design, and quality protection.

Any one with an eye for quality would zero in on the functional details of this glove with is agile, softly tanned, kidskin leather.  This material, as you may well recognize from a simple pair of deer skin gloves, boasts exceptional comfort – and there’s no doubt it’s true here, too.  ArcsterTM’s A60 fire-resistant leather gloves were devised for and boast an amazing level of dexterity for hand protection. These FR gloves have an ATPV of 25.7 cal/cm2 and meet ASTM F1959 standards for flame-resistance.  This ease of movement consideration by Revco Industries in making the ArcsterTM A60 gloves means designers accounted for hand fatigue – and for you – the A60’s dexterousness means less stress on finger and hand muscles than stiff leather options of the past. Continue Reading…

Oil and Gas Industry Injuries Steadily Declining

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Good news for the oil and natural gas industries was revealed in a report from the American Petroleum Institute (API).  The report stated that operational injuries and illnesses for the oil and natural gas industries occur at a lower rate then the average for the private sector.  In addition, injuries and illnesses in this industry has been steadily declining.  The industry rate in 2011 (2.3 incidents per 100 full-time workers compared to 3.5 incidents for all of the private sector) shows a seven percent decrease since 2010 (the private sector average remained the same).  What is particularly impressive is that although industry and illness rates are declining, the oil and natural gas industries have significantly increased their production levels in recent years. Continue Reading…

Choose the Right Workwear to Avoid Heat-Related Illness and Injury

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Heat-related illness on the job can be serious, even deadly. And although there is not a specific OSHA standard that addresses hot work environments, employers still have a duty to protect workers from heat-related hazards. OSHA’s campaign against heat-related illness offers tools to help businesses educate themselves and their employees against the hazards that come from working in the heat. Continue Reading…

Putting Safety First in the Oil and Natural Gas Industry

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Good news for workers in the oil and natural gas industry: production in the U.S has increased dramatically, creating more and more jobs.  Since 2003, actively drilling rigs has increased by 92 percent.  The bad news, however, is that workplace injury and fatality rate among oil and natural gas workers has also increased, according to a National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) study.  In fact, the fatality rate has increased to 27.1 per 100,000 workers during 2003-2010. Continue Reading…

Staying Safe While Riding Your ATV

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The days are getting longer and the weather is getting warmer.  Finally, it is time to get ready for some outdoor activities and get rid of that cabin fever for the season.  We’re sure you have a long list of tasks and recreational activities that you’re just itching to embark on and, for many of us, that list includes enjoying your All Terrain Vehicle (ATV).

ATVs can be a great asset to the workplace as well as a fun way to get out and enjoy the outdoors.  They are currently used in several industries such as agriculture, emergency services and land management.  They are cost-efficient as well as versatile which makes them an ideal vehicle both on the job and off.  However, The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has released statistics revealing that ATV injuries are on the rise and ATV accidents are to blame for the deaths of 41 workers in the U.S. in 2010. Continue Reading…

Workplace Injuries Facts and Stats

Construction Has High Worker Injury Rate

As the nature of jobs and the working schedules have become tougher, workplace injuries have become very much common these days. Keeping this fact in mind, all the workers and their employers should consider the newly released facts and stats about workplace fatalities and injuries, so that efforts could be made in order to reduce the number of workplace injuries and deaths. The careless choice of workwear and other work accessories causes most of these deaths and injurie and, because of  this, WorkingPerson.com is striving to provide quality safety accessories and workwear for Working People. Have a look at some of the highlights of these facts and statistics. Continue Reading…

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