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Monthly Archives: January 2015

Prevent Eye Injuries With the Right Eye Protection

eye protectionAccording to the Center for Disease Control, every day more than 2,000 U.S. workers receive some form of medical treatment for eye injuries sustained at work. Every year, U.S. workers suffer from more than 800,000 work-related eye injuries.

These are some big numbers. What’s even more startling is that safety experts estimate that eye protection could have prevented or lessened the severity of 90 percent of these injuries.

Workers can face a multitude of eye hazards on the job, including flying objects, extreme heat, chemicals (including liquids and gases), dust and optical radiation. Industries particularly prone to eye injuries are production, construction, installation/maintenance/repair, service and transportation.

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How to Select Air Respirators for Your Workplace

air respiratorsSelecting the right air respirators for your workplace is no easy task. Get it wrong and the result could be catastrophic. While you should seek help from an experienced safety professional before choosing respirators for your workplace, it’s helpful to understand the many different types of respirators on the market.

To help, here’s a quick overview:

Air Purifying vs. Supplied Air

All respirators can be divided into two main groups: air purifying or supplied air. Air purifying respirators filter particulates or gasses out of the existing air supply. In contrast, supplied air respirators don’t use the existing air at all—they get their air from a separate, secure source. Continue Reading

Cleaning Up Incidental Spills in the Workplace

Incidental spillsWhen you work with liquids every day, such as water, oil, grease, solvents and fuel, there’s always the possibility of incidental spills.

Help make sure you and your employees are prepared for spills when they happen by reviewing the following tips:

1. Assess hazards and risks

Consider the type, volume and location of liquids in your workplace to determine the risk and potential impact of spills. For example, small quantity clean-water spills that occur far from sensitive equipment or walkways are generally low impact and easy to clean up.

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Placement and Maintenance of Fire Extinguishers

maintenance of fire extinguishersSo you’ve completed a hazard analysis of the types of combustible materials you have in your workplace, and you’ve determined which fire extinguishers you need.

But the next question is where should you install these extinguishers exactly? And what do you need to do to maintain them?

Placement of Fire Extinguishers

As you might expect, the general rule is to place fire extinguishers within easy reach of employees. After all, the faster you can get to and use a fire extinguisher, the easier it will be to put out the fire.

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