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Monthly Archives: October 2014

Choosing the Right Safety Glove for the Job

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Hand injuries can severely impact your ability to do your job and even perform everyday activities. But sometimes, exposure to chemicals, hot and cold temperatures, sharp objects and biological hazards are unavoidable.

Fortunately, PPE manufacturers have developed many different types of protective gloves—made from materials ranging from simple latex to high-tech Kevlar—to protect against all kinds of hazards. Here’s an overview of the many types of protective gloves available today:

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Worker Visibility During Road Construction

worker visibilityAs we move deeper into fall and days grow shorter, now’s a good time to think about worker visibility during road construction.

According to The Bureau of Labor statistics, there were 991 roadway work-related fatalities in 2013. Roadside workers are especially at risk because they have to deal not only with passing traffic but also hazards related to construction vehicles and equipment.

One way to protect against roadway construction fatalities is by wearing high visibility apparel. ANSI and ISEA standards divide this apparel into three classes: Class 1, Class 2 and Class 3.

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Safety Compliance in Your Small Business

safety complianceStarting a small business is challenging. Add to that the challenge of getting up to speed and compliant with all relevant rules and standards and it can be overwhelming.

Yet, most OSHA standards apply to businesses regardless of their size or when they commenced operations. And it’s a good thing too—failure to comply with these standards can put lives of employees at risk.

To help small businesses get their bearings, OSHA has compiled a list of standards that apply to most industries. These include:

  • Hazard communication: Identify chemical hazards in your workplace and protect employees from them.
  • Emergency Action Plan: Ensure employee safety in a fire or other emergency.
  • Fire Safety: Prevent fires in the workplace.
  • Exit Routes: Know how to exist the workplace in case of an emergency.
  • Walking/working surfaces: Reduce the number of slips, trips and falls from unsafe walking or work surfaces.
  • Medical and first aid: Have medical personnel and supplies on hand.

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OSHA Changes to Workplace Accident Reporting

workplace accident reportingOn September 11, 2014, OSHA announced changes to workplace accident reporting standards. The new standards go into effect on January 1, 2015.

The recordkeeping changes impact two areas:

1. Industries exempt from keeping OSHA injury and illness records.

Many industries are required by OSHA to maintain records of serious occupational injuries and illnesses. This helps OSHA evaluate the safety of a workplace, understand new and existing hazards and implementing protective measures.

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