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Stay Safe in the Heat!

Heat safety

Summer’s coming, so we thought it was about the right time to share what we know about keeping cool at work, as the temperature rises. It’s all too easy to think that all you need to do is lather on the suntan lotion and you’re good to get out there, but it’s not always that simple.

Although a lot of jobs are outdoors and do require that you take plenty of precautions if you’re going to be exposed to the sun all day, a bigger danger present in most lines of work is heat stress. And that can happen outdoors, working on the construction sites, in maintenance, landscaping and agriculture, but it is an indoor problem too. If you work in commercial kitchens, laundries or factories, you need to take care this summer. Why? Well according to OSHA, thousands of workers fall ill with heat stress every year. And if its not taken seriously, it can even kill. Continue Reading…

OSHA’s “Focus Four Hazards”

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In any industry that makes use of powerful equipment and requires employees to work outdoors, there are bound to be some major hazards and risks.  For the construction industry in particular, OSHA has identified 4 construction hazards that are responsible for the majority of physical, financial and emotional losses.  What OSHA calls the “Focus Four Hazards” are Fall Hazards, Caught-In-Between Hazards, Struck-By Hazards and Electrical Hazards. Continue Reading…

An Indian Summer Can Still Put You At Risk For Heat Stress

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Although Labor Day traditionally marks the ending of summer, most of us know that the first few weeks of “fall” can still bring the heat.  While you may be getting prepped for football games and changing leaves, the promise of an Indian Summer can present many health risks for those who work outdoors.  Heat stress and heat-related illnesses are appropriately a “hot” topic in the summertime, but it is important to keep up on the facts of these potential health threats even as the weather begins to change. Continue Reading…

Don’t Mess Around With Combustible Dust

National Fire Protection Agency

Combustible dust.  It is an explosion hazard that is not to be taken lightly.  Though OSHA seems to be stalling on the rule-making process when it comes to combustible dust, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is not leaving the issue alone.

Combustible dust is any combustible material that can burn quickly when it is in a finely divided form.  Metals, plastics, and even some foods can be explosive in dust form.  Since combustible dust is a hazard that can be found in many industries, it is important that workers be aware of its risks and stay informed on how to protect themselves. 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…

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…

What is OSHA 29 CFR 1910.269?

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OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) 29 CFR1910.269 comprises of the operation and maintenance of electric power generation, control, transformation, transmission and distribution lines and equipment. OSHA standard CFR1910.269 has brought many occupational safety principles for the protection of all the workers working in workplaces where there is always risk of injuries due to electric shocks or fire burns. Until now OSHA 1910.269 is the one and only law enforced by federal authorities, which requires FR clothing. For flame-resistant clothing, it is stated in this law, the employer shall ensure that each employee who is exposed to the hazards of flames or electric arcs does not wear clothing that, when exposed to flames or electric arcs, could increase the extent of injury that would be sustained by the employee. 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…

Workplace Safety and Finger Safety Go Hand-in-Hand

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

To companies in the industrial sector, safety is paramount.  Employees of these companies may face risk on the jobsite every single day, but developing a strong safety culture in both mandatory and voluntary workplace safety guidelines can have a huge impact on accident reduction.  We know that achieving excellence in health and safety is an important part of becoming a well-run company, but how does a company achieve this?  How can companies make sure that they have a strong safety culture? Continue Reading…

Tecasafe NFPA Compliant Workwear from Revco Industries

FR Clothing Made From Tecasafe

The people at Revco Industries out of Santa Fe Springs, CA have taken reins on the competition with an improvement to their Tecasafe Plus high performance flame-resistant clothing. The company is excited to announce their flame resistant shirt and coveralls remain NFPA compliant for arc flash protection but are now also certified NFPA 2112 compliant by UL. This new certification means Black Stallion work wear, which is a brand under Revco Industries, is now suitable for use in the oil and gas industry. Continue Reading…

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