Monthly Archives: August 2010

What are the Dangers of Over-Using a Disposable Respirator?

Work environments where employees are exposed to air where there may be dust, bacteria or chemicals should always wear a respirator.  Prolonged exposure to noxious gas,chemicals or dusty air can cause damage to your lungs.  Jobs where disposable respirator's are needed include construction sites, hospital and healthcare facilities, and industrial painting and manufacturing. While disposable respirators cannot filter out everything, a properly working and rated one can keep many harmful airborne Read more [...]

When Should I Wear Shoe Covers?

Shoe covers come in many shapes and sizes for a variety of applications. Choosing the proper shoe cover depends on the work you will be doing and the work place environment. Do you need shoe covers to be anti-skid or non-slip? Should your shoe covers be made to fit over regular shoes or boots as well? What are the work regulations regarding protective shoe covers? All of these questions will need to be addressed in order to ascertain which protective shoe covers you will need and when you will Read more [...]

Are Universal Side shields OSHA and ANSI Compliant?

Universal side shields are plastic shields that fit onto the sides of glasses to better protect the eyes from harmful substances that a worker may come into contact with during the work day. Universal shields come in many shapes and sizes and can be made from a variety of materials. Some are OSHA and ANSI compliant, but some are not. If your job requires you to wear universal side shields as a part of your regular safety equipment, you will want to make sure they are OSHA and ANSI compliant to Read more [...]

What are Employers Obligations Toward OSHA's 29 CFR 1910.132?

In order to make sure employees are adequately protected while on the job, OSHA has come up with a set of regulations regarding personal protection equipment, such as clothing and safety glasses. While employees are responsible for making sure they are properly equipped with the regulatory safety gear before they begin working, the employers have specific obligations towards being compliant with OSHA's 29 CFR 1910.132. It is ultimately the employers responsibility to assess the workplace and decide Read more [...]

What Does It Mean When A Work Glove Is Marked Chrome-free?

Written on Wednesday, April 14, 2010 When a work glove is marked chrome-free, this refers to the processing of the leather used to construct durable and absorbent work gloves, children’s shoes, and also used in automobile interiors. The tanning process used in a chrome-free work glove utilizes a variety of different substances in order to attain softness and the ability to withstand rotting when exposed to water. Chrome-free tanning also reduces the incidence of allergic reactions as opposed to Read more [...]

What Are The Most Popular Uses Of Chemical Resistant Gloves?

Hand protection is very important in certain professions, and the use of chemical resistant gloves has everyday applications, as well. While wearing gloves might be uncomfortable or annoying, the truth is in certain circumstances it’s not only mandatory, but also a safety measure in particular lines of work. The more comfortable and flexible the glove, the better the chance of compliance with established standards without compromising the health and safety of the wearer. What are some of the most Read more [...]

When Do I Need to Wear a Full-Brim Hard Hat?

Written on Wednesday, January 6, 2010 Construction workers, highway workers, miners, and utility workers are just a few of the people who utilize a full-brim hard hat. OSHA has very specific requirements that all employers must be in compliance with when it comes to safety equipment in the workplace. Full-brim hard hats are good for accidental falls, debris, spills, splashes, heat, and the sun. There are many companies that manufacture the full-brim style hard hat. Full-brim hard hats, just like Read more [...]

How Biosecurity Kits Help Your Organization

Written on Friday, January 29, 2010 Biosecurity kits help to reduce the spread of viruses and bacteria in the workplace. These kits can help any business maintain their well-being and health. In the event of a disease outbreak, a business is much more likely to be able to continue if they practice procedures and utilize items that are found within biosecurity kits. There are many advantages to having the knowledge to prevent diseases in the workplace. Employers are protecting themselves, their Read more [...]

How do I Know if my Respirator is Fitted Properly?

Written on Tuesday, December 8, 2009 According to OSHA, all respirators that rely on a mask-to-face seal need to be annually checked with either qualitative or quantitative methods to determine whether the mask provides an acceptable fit to a wearer. A proper fit is necessary for your respirator to provide the maximum amount of protection that it is designed to provide. Generally speaking, there are a few steps that can be taken to ensure that your respirator is properly fitted. When getting ready Read more [...]

When do I Need Polarized Safety Glasses?

Written on Tuesday, November 24, 2009 Polarized safety glasses help to prevent eye fatigue and reduce glare. This increases the ability to see, and increases overall safety in the work environment. Any jobs outdoors will usually require polarized safety glasses. When light shines off a surface, it becomes polarized. All light planes move in one plane. Normally, light moves on many planes until it hits a reflective surface. When you wear polarized safety glasses, only one plan of light passes through Read more [...]