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Monthly Archives: May 2014

Test Your Lockout/Tagout Knowledge

lockout/tagoutLockout/tagout procedures are designed to protect employees from hazardous energy when performing maintenance tasks. Essentially, employees place a lock or tag on machinery to indicate that other employees must not operate the machinery until the tag or lock is removed. Employees place and remove tags and locks in accordance with established procedures.

If you already know all this, then you’re off to a good start. But how deep is your lockout/tagout knowledge?

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How Does an Emergency Shower Differ From a Regular Shower?

emergency showerWhen you need to install an emergency shower in your workplace, you can’t just pick one up at your local hardware store. An emergency shower is different from a regular shower in many important ways. Here are just a few:


When you need an emergency shower, you need to get to it FAST. That’s why regulations state that employees should be able to reach an emergency shower in 10 seconds or less. For the same reason, the shower must be on the same level as the hazard, well lit and clearly identified.

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Respirators: Putting Them on and Taking Them Off

respiratorsRespirators can protect against harmful airborne particles, fumes and gases. But as with all safety equipment, they must be worn properly to be effective.

For help deciding on the type of respirator your employees need, see the US Department of Labor’s Respiratory Protection eTool.

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Working With These Materials? You May Need an Eyewash Station

eyewash stationSome hazardous materials almost automatically warrant the installation of eyewash stations. In this blog post, we’ll review a few of these materials and some the industries and processes in which they’re commonly found and used.

Sulfuric Acid

Sulfuric acid is also known as battery acid. It’s a highly corrosive mineral acid that, at high concentrations, can cause serious damage on contact. If splashed in the eyes, it can lead to permanent blindness.

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