EN 14126 Certified Protective Clothing Against COVID-19

What is COVID-19 The latest global pandemic, is a coronavirus disease that causes respiratory illness that can spread quickly from human to human. The latest outbreak of COVID-19 caused about 7,000 confirmed cases in China in the first month (January 2020,  Situation report). Following with another 80,000 confirmed worldwide in the second month (February 2020,  … Continue reading EN 14126 Certified Protective Clothing Against COVID-19

The correct gloves for the correct chemicals

It’s important to ensure that you have adequate protection when handling chemicals that are potentially hazardous to your health. Here’s what you need to know about choosing the right gloves to handle the different chemical applications and hazards.

Some of the most common workplace injuries involve the hands. This is unsurprising as they are the part of the body responsible for carrying out the work. However, as anyone who has ever had a hand injury can tell you, hand injuries can be the most painful and take the longest to heal, which means down time from work and a drop in productivity.

Injured hands account for up to 45% off all workplace accidents and it is estimated that at least 60% of those injuries could have been avoided with the correct protection. So what can you do to avoid such injuries? It starts with simply wearing the correct gloves.

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How to Choose Floor Marking Tape for Your Facility

Industrial floor marking tape is an investment in safety that needs to last to achieve maximum effect. To make sure each facility gets the most out of its safety investment, it is important to choose the correct marking tape based on the facility’s needs and how the tape will be used.

When choosing floor marking, the first question to consider is: “What purpose should it achieve in this facility?”

5S organization tape in a warehouse is not always the right choice for emergency exit guidance in an office building, and both types of tape are different from slip protection on an outdoor ladder.

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Make Safety Stick. It Can Save Over Millions for Adhesives & Sealants Manufacturers

The actual costs of workers’ injuries go beyond the obvious (e.g., hiring a temporary employee or covering workers’ compensation claims) and include indirect costs such as lost productivity and bottom-line impact. A lot of data is available to help adhesives and sealants manufacturers determine the actual costs of their workers’ injuries.

By The Numbers

In 2013, the adhesives and sealants manufacturing industry—as defined by the North American Industry Classification System—included 629 establishments primarily engaged in manufacturing adhesives, glues, and caulking compounds. Employment was just under 20,000, with an average annual wage of $73,052. The average for all private sector U.S. workers that year was $49,200.

Worker populations for companies in this industry tend to be relatively small—averaging around 31 employees per site. Many are very small—facilities with fewer than five workers (187) represented the largest number of sites, while only one employed more than 500.

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Do Safety Managers Protect Workers Like Professional Athletes?

If you had an asset that was worth millions of dollars, what would you do to protect it?

Large investments are made in professional athletes.  They are paid large contracts make their teams better and create more revenue opportunities to make an organization financially stronger (i.e., increase ticket sales, selling of team apparel, increase in corporate sponsorships).  Signing a big name out of college or a free-agent that has brought success to their prior organization can produce a wave of excitement that results in dollars for their respective organizations.

What bothers me is this: why don’t those same organizations better protect their investments?

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A New Way of Thinking About Safety

Have you ever wondered how some organizations are able to achieve great safety performance year over year? Sure, a natural inclination would be to assume that they are “cooking the books” or using incentives that directly or indirectly entice employees not to report accidents. While I can’t definitively say that doesn’t happen, let’s assume for the sake of our discussion that the “great” companies really are that good. If that’s the case, your next question should be, “how are they doing it?”

First, in order to achieve some level of success, companies need to have the commitment of top management, an ongoing process to inspect their workplaces and make corrections, and solid training programs. These are the same things you are likely to be doing today, right? Good organizations also investigate accidents to understand what happened and what they could or should be doing to prevent re-occurrence. They employ causal analysis techniques to uncover all the process and system deficiencies that contributed to the accident and don’t limit their investigations to only the employee involved. Better organizations do all of these things but also include near miss reporting.

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A Temporary Worker’s Right to Safety

As the economy improves and construction projects pick up, employers are looking to hire temporary workers. Employing temporary workers has advantages for the employer, including the ability to scale staffing levels quickly. It also has advantages for the worker, such as the ability to quickly find a source of income. Unfortunately, many temporary workers are young, inexperienced and not aware that they have the same right to a safe workplace as other workers.

An Existing and Emerging Issue

Nearly two decades have passed since Vizcaino v. Microsoft, a co-employment lawsuit in which temporary and freelance workers argued that they deserved the same rights and benefits of full-time employees. In this case, Microsoft eventually settled for $97 million.

To this day, ask any human resource director or procurement specialist if their company employs temporary workers and you might experience a moment of silence followed by stock responses such as, “ABC Company uses the services of XYZ Staffing Agency.”

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5 Things Safety Leaders Do to Make Employees Mock Safety

I have met parents who do at least some of these things; some of them do them all. It occurs to me that if parents with good intentions can make their kids hate sports, safety leaders are equally as capable of doing things that make their employees mock safety.

Five common mistakes of safety leaders:

They treat employees as equipment, not people

Safety leaders can get so caught up in the metrics and pressures of making their workplaces the safest in their industry that they forget these “exposures” are real people. No human being is programmed the same. It takes innovative ways and many reminders to deliver a successful and sustainable message. If employees can’t learn from you, you are a waste of their time.

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11 tips for effective workplace housekeeping

To some people, the word “housekeeping” calls to mind cleaning floors and surfaces, removing dust, and organizing clutter.

But in a work setting, it means much more. Housekeeping is crucial to safe workplaces. It can help prevent injuries and improve productivity and morale, as well as make a good first impression on visitors, according to Cari Gray, safety consultant for the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. It also can help an employer avoid potential fines for non-compliance.

The practice extends from traditional offices to industrial workplaces, including factories, warehouses and manufacturing plants that present special challenges such as hazardous materials, combustible dust and other flammables. Experts agree that all workplace safety programs should incorporate housekeeping, and every worker should play a part. In addition, housekeeping should have management’s commitment so workers realize its importance. Here are 11 tips for effective workplace housekeeping.

1. Prevent slips, trips and falls
Slips, trips and falls were the second leading cause of nonfatal occupational injuries or illnesses involving days away from work in 2013, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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The Facts About Portable Gas Detection

Flammable and toxic gas detection instruments are generally available in two different formats: portable, i.e. ‘spot reading’ detectors and ‘fixed’, permanently sited monitors. Which of these types is most appropriate for a particular application will depend on several factors, including how often the area is accessed by personnel, site conditions, whether the hazard is permanent or transitory, how often testing is needed, and last but not least, the availability of finances.

Portable gas detectors are classed as a type of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), designed to keep personnel safe from gas hazards and allow mobile testing of locations before they are entered. These small devices are essential in many areas where gas hazards could occur, because they are the only means of monitoring an operator’s breathing zone continuously, whilst stationary and moving.

Although fixed gas detection does provide personnel protection in its own right, it cannot move with the operator, and this creates the possibility that the operator could enter an area beyond the detection perimeter of the fixed detector.

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