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How to Operate an Emergency Eyewash Station

emergency eyewash stationIn 2008, there were 27,450 workplace non-fatal eye injuries that resulted in days off work. Without eyewash stations, this number would be even higher.

It takes only a few seconds for hazardous material to damage your eyes, which is why eyewash stations are so important.

Exposure to hazardous material can occur in any workplace where contaminated or strongly alkaline/acidic substances are present. Unlike cuts or abrasions, chemical materials continue to inflict damage as long as they’re in contact with your eye.

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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:

Access

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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Matching FR Clothing to your Workplace

fr clothingSo you know you need to purchase flame resistant clothing for your employees. But how do you know what kind of clothing to buy? To help you match the right FR clothing to your workplace, it helps to follow these steps:

  1. Identify your hazard type
  2. Review applicable standards
  3. Determine the level of protection needed
  4. Research FR clothing
  5. Evaluate FR clothing
  6. Make clothing available to employees
  7. Train employees on use

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Disposable Versus Reusable Protective Clothing

protective clothingOver the past few years, there’s been a growing debate over the pros and cons of disposable versus reusable protective clothing. While critics of disposable clothing point to growing landfill sites, supporters cite its convenience and reliability.

But before you decide whether single- or multiple-use protective clothing is the best choice for your workplace, you should consider a number of factors:

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Qualities to Look for in Flame Resistant Clothing

flame resistant clothingAll flame resistant clothing is NOT created equal. When you need clothing to protect your employees from fire hazards, such as flash fires, momentary electric arcs or molten metal splashes, you want to make sure it’s up to the task. But with so many options to choose from, how can you be sure you’re selecting the best flame resistant clothing for your workplace?

To help you with this important decision, we’ve outlined a few qualities to look for in flame resistant clothing:

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Which Eyewash Station is Right for Your Workplace?

eyewash stationEvery year, thousands of people are blinded from work-related eye injuries. While hazard removal and personal protective equipment are the preferred methods of avoiding eye injuries, eyewash stations are an important way of treating eye injuries if they occur.

If you need to put eyewash stations in your workplace, you have two basic types to choose from:

  1. Plumbed stations
  2. Portable stations.

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