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

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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…

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…

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

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When the weather is cold, it is important to show up for the job prepared.  The fact that your workwear will need insulation that will allow you to complete tasks comfortably while staying warm is obvious, but we may not always know how much or how little insulation we need.  Another question we may ask ourselves while we prepare for work in frigid temperatures is, will the clothing keep us protected from cold for the intended life of the product? Continue Reading…

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…

Government Asks OSHA to Make Changes to Safety Incentive Program

It’s important that each workplace have safety guidelines and policies. And one of those policies should be an incentive program that rewards workers for safe practices and behaviors on the job. There are a couple different types of these safety incentive programs which go about striving for the goal of worker safety in different ways. Many workplaces do have these incentive programs. But many of them might actually be causing more harm than good.

There’s a new report out from the Government Accounting Office (GAO), and it is asking OSHA to make changes as a result of recent research into these safety incentive programs. The GAO report raises serious concerns about the effect that workplace safety incentive programs have on the reporting of accidents and injuries in the workplace. Continue Reading…

The iPod Generation at Work: What to Watch For

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Should you listen to music while on the job, or not? It’s a question employees consider more and more in this digital age, and it’s important for employers to consider as well. Developing a workplace policy for listening to music, among other workplace safety policies is a good recommendation for employers, for reasons of productivity as well as safety.

There’s an argument to be made that workers are more motivated at work when they are listening to music. Especially in quieter, non-hazardous environments, like an office. Music can mask background noise, so the employee can focus, and it also improves the employee’s mood and productivity. Some employees even have a better perception of their company as a result. So in these cases, using a personal listening device, like an iPod, can actually be a benefit to both employer and employee. Continue Reading…

Heat Stress and PPE: What You Need To Know

Heat Stress Can Be Minimized
Your personal protective equipment (PPE) is designed to protect you in the most extreme heat conditions. But what about when your PPE is the cause of the problem and staying compliant isn’t as easy as you thought it would be?
Environmental heat, caused by the temperature outside or in your workplace, coupled with humidity, and the heat of the equipment you are working with, is enough to contend with as it is. But of course, you must contend with it while wearing layers of heavy clothing, which compounds the problem. Continue Reading…

Cut-Resistant Gloves: Technological Advancements Mean More Options

New Ideas On Cut Resistant Glove Technology

A lot can change in 15 years. A lot has changed in 15 years. Social media websites like Facebook and Twitter have become an everyday part of life for most Americans. The hybrid car has gone from design-floor dream to viable option for the average person. And cut protection for your hands has gone from one single option to many.

In 1997, para-aramid was the fiber for cut-protection gloves. This yellow fiber wasn’t just a valuable asset for workplace protection of your hands, it was the only valuable asset for workplace protection of your hands. But like social media sites and hybrid cars, times have changed. Now, even though para-aramid continues to be an industry leader, the alternative options have exploded. Continue Reading…

Protective Apparel: Solving the Non-compliance Problem

PPE Must Be Worn To Be Effective

If you run a manufacturing plant, construction site or transportation company, you know that implementing a safety clothing program is only half the battle. Your employees have to actually wear the protective items to keep them safe.  Unfortunately, the fact is, they too often don’t comply.

In fact, this problem is rampant. An online survey conducted by a Kimberly-Clark Professional found that 89 percent of safety professionals polled had observed WorkingPeople failing to wear the proper workwear and/or personal protective equipment (PPE) when they should have been. Stunning. And almost 30 percent said they observed it on multiple occasions.  We need to keep our work force safe. Continue Reading…

Workplace Electrical Safety Tips

Wear Protective Clothing For SafetyAdapt this list of reminders to your working environment. Be sure to consider company policies and local, state, and Federal codes before establishing a written electrical safety program.

  • Plan every job and think about what could go wrong.
  • Use the right tools for the job.
  • Wear correct safety footwear and clothing to help prevent injury.
  • Use procedures, drawings, and other documents to do the job.
  • Isolate equipment from energy sources.
  • Identify the electric shock and arc flash, as well as other hazards that may be present.
  • Minimize hazards by guarding or establishing approach limitations.
  • Test every circuit and every conductor every time before you touch it. Continue Reading…

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