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Monthly Archives: June 2015

What Spill Control Products Does Your Workplace Need?

spill control productsIs there anything less exciting than spill control products? How much can you say about sorbent materials? Well, more than you’d expect, actually.

Today, spill control products are more sophisticated than ever. They’re much more than the oversized, oddly shaped cotton balls they appear to be.

In fact, spill control products are tailor made to absorb different kinds of spills. Understanding what kind of spill control product you’re using is important because choosing the wrong kind of spill clean up product can be dangerous.

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Think You Know FR Clothing? Think Again

FR clothingIf you think flame resistant (FR) clothing is by necessity thick, stiff and uncomfortable, think again. Today, innovations in fabric manufacturing has made FR clothes virtually indistinguishable from regular street clothes.

What is FR Clothing?

But before we get into how FR clothing has changed, let’s review what it is. Contrary to common belief, FR clothing isn’t flame proof. You can’t, for example, put on FR clothing and expect to emerge unscathed from a fire.

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Bloodborne Pathogens at Work: Are You at Risk?

bloodborne pathogens at workBloodborne pathogens are a risk in many professions, some expected (e.g. doctors, nurses) and some not (e.g. janitorial staff). In this blog post, we’ll look at bloodborne pathogen exposure risks in different professions and provide links to additional resources.

What are Bloodborne Pathogens?

Bloodborne pathogens are infectious microorganisms found in human blood. Common pathogens include hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV. Pathogens are transmitted when blood or body fluids from an infected person come into contact with another person through eyes, nose, mouth or broken skin.

Healthcare Workers and Hospitals

As you might expect, those employed in patient care, such as doctors, nurses and paramedics, are at risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens. Here, the greatest risk of exposure is from accidental pokes or cuts from needles or other sharp instruments. For example, if a healthcare worker administers a needle to an infected patient, then accidentally pokes him- or herself, the pathogen can transfer. That’s why hospitals and other healthcare facilities have detailed procedures for safe handling of sharps. (For more on this, see the CDC’s Sharps Safety for Healthcare Settings and the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act.)

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Who Pays for PPE?

PPEMost of us know employers are responsible for ensuring their employees use personal protective equipment (PPE). But did you know employers are also responsible for providing PPE at no cost when it’s required under an OSHA standard?

Final Rule of Employer Payment for Personal Protective Equipment

The “employer pays” Final Rule has been in place since May 15, 2008. The Rule makes explicit what was already implied in many OSHA standards: employers have to cover the costs of PPE. This includes common items such as:

  1. Goggles
  2. Hard hats
  3. Chemical resistant gloves/aprons/clothing
  4. Respiratory protection
  5. Fall protection
  6. Reflective work vests
  7. Fire fighting PPE
  8. Welding PPE.

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