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Safety First, Comfort Too

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If you’ve ever worked in the oil or natural gas industries, we don’t have to tell you how dangerous simply showing up to work can be. These jobs involve some of the most hazardous industrial conditions in any workplace, anywhere. Since the job sites are typically outdoors, are typically in remote areas of the country, and often operate year round regardless of weather conditions, there are all sorts of things that can and do go wrong on the job: Environmental hazards caused by extreme weather, machine accidents, materials hazards, chemicals hazards and more.

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ANSI/ISEA 201-2012 Standard: Choosing PPE for Cold Temperatures

American National Standards Institute

In frosty weather, going for a job without proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is quite risky and it can make you severely ill as well. All you need for a cold weather job in cold is the right kind of PPE. Its quite confusing to choose workwear for cold temperatures because you cannot always guess how much insulation will be needed. You also cannot be sure that your workwear will protect you from the cold winds that happening during the winter.

Many employees need help in selecting the right kind of PPE for working in cold temperatures. The American Standard for Classification of Insulation Apparel used in frigid work environments (ANSI/ISEA 201-2012) is now offering help to such employees, as well as employers. This help is being provided through a set of guidelines, which are especially tailored to answer how one can stay safe from the cold temperature’s hazardous effects. This standard Continue Reading…

Which Glove Safety Ratings Apply To You?

cut-resistant-gloves

Glove ratings can be a useful piece of information when it comes to selecting the right gloves for you.  However, the key is to pay attention to the right glove rating when choosing a glove that is right for your specific job.  There are several tests for work gloves that determine the ratings, but which rating is the most important for your task, the test for cut, punctures, abrasion or dexterity?  Reviewing the test standards for safety gloves can give you a crash course in selecting the perfect glove for your workplace.

For cut, the test is simple.  ANSI uses a sharp metal blade that moves across the glove material until it cuts through.  The ratings for cut range from 0 to 5, 0 for less than 200 grams and 5 for over 3500 grams.

Choosing the right puncture test can be a little more complicated.  Puncture tests make use of very different sized probes, a large nail, a small nail and a hypodermic needle.  To choose which test best applies to you, you must consider your specific safety requirement. Continue Reading…

Edge Eyewear Protective Glasses Prevent Eye Injury

Edge Safety Eyewear

How do you protect yourself when you don’t even see it coming? With Edge Eyewear, the leading producer of rigorously tested and proven safety eyeglasses, they’ve got you covered in any situation.

With more than 10,000 eye injuries EVERY DAY in North America alone, it’s important to be very choosy about protecting one of your most valuable assets – your eyesight.

Sporting an impressive 100% effective repellent rate with a test of 6 shots from a nailgun within 5 seconds as seen here, Edge’s exclusive polycarbonate lense formula was the first to become compliant with ANSI’s (American National Standard Institute) strict requirements. Continue Reading…

ANSI Safety Workwear – How Much Visibility is Necessary for Your Job?

high-visibility-workwear

Just as every occupation requires a variety of different tools needed for the job, every profession also requires different safety workwear.  Depending on the tasks and the risks involved, workers must choose apparel that will ensure their safety while on the job.  The American National Standards Institute, or ANSI, is a private, not-for-profit organization which approves standards for a multitude of fields with the goal of assuring safety and health while also protecting the environment. ANSI has approved of standards on safety workwear which can serve as guidelines for workers interested in selecting the right clothing for their profession.

A worker must know the difference between ANSI Class 3 high visibility clothing, Class 2 clothing and non-ANSI apparel and when it is appropriate to wear each type of garment.   So, what distinguishes one type from the other and how do you know which one is right for your job? Continue Reading…

Layering – A New Industry Standard for Insulated Clothing

Clo Is The Measurement Of Insulation Needed

When choosing clothing for cold-weather layering, insulated clothing will add warmth. And thanks to a new ANSI standard, working people and employers now have a new tool to help sort through the choices in insulated clothing. The American National Standard for Classification of Insulating Apparel Used in Cold Work Environments (ANSO/ISEA 201-2012) creates a new voluntary industry standard that assigns a thermal performance category based on the garment’s insulating value after a set number of cleaning cycles.

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Voluntary VS. Mandatory Safety Guidelines: Does it Matter?

What’s the difference between a mandatory regulation and a voluntary requirement? That’s a big question to answer and an important one to tackle. Understanding the difference can be difficult, but it also might not be necessary. Because understanding what “voluntary” means when it comes to workplace safety might not be as “voluntary” as you might think. Companies that have a correct understanding of what OSHA’s expectations are regarding voluntary requirements will be a leader when it comes to keeping workers safe and costs under control. 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…

What do Hard Hat Standards Mean?

Hard Hat Safety Standards

The main standards are for both impact protection and electrical insulation.

Actually, there are two main types of ANSI impact standards for Hard Hats–creatively named Type I and Type II.

In a nutshell, Type I impact protection covers mostly trouble coming from above your head, while Type II adds front, rear and side protection. (More on this later.) Continue Reading…

High-Visibility Clothing

High Visibility Clothing

Our friends at ANSI have approved three main classes of clothing regarding visibility: namely, Classes 1, 2, and 3 (surprised?). Actually, there is a class E that’s only for work pants and shorts. When these are worn with Class 2 or 3 garments, they add up to Class 3 coverage.

The higher the class number, the higher the visibility. This is based on the amount of background material (often bright orange, red or green–you want to stand out from your surroundings), the width of the reflective tape, and the photometric performance of the tape (how reflective it is, right?). Except for Class E, all High Visibility clothing must contain 360 degrees of reflective taping around the torso.

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