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Workplace Safety Database Launched by Alberta Government

In Canada the Alberta Government has recently launched a workplace safety database so that current and prospective employees can check on their employer's workplace safety records. As reported in the St. Albert Gazette: “It is so Albertans have a good idea of their employer or prospective employer’s record on health and safety,” said Chris Chodan with Alberta Employment and Immigration. Gil McGowan with the Alberta Federation of Labour said the government said the website would be a one-stop Read more [...]

Safety Products Student Design Challenge Winners

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) has announced the winners of their seventh annual Safety Products Student Design Challenge: First Place: Aircraft marshaller’s safety jacket Designers: Matthew Bartels, Sara Deshone and Armine Ghalachyan Instructor: Dr. Maureen MacGillivray School: Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, Mich., U.S.A. The aircraft marshaller’s safety jacket, a two-layer cold weather system, incorporates LilyPad Arduino technology, electronics designed Read more [...]

Lack of Protective Equipment to Blame for Oil Spill Cleanup Worker Health Issues?

This week, a Center for Progressive Reform report highlights a lack of workplace safety procedures as being a key contributing factor of health issues and complaints reported by some Gulf oil spill cleanup workers. Besides safety training and chemical exposure monitoring, there have been concerns regarding the lack of protective equipment used by cleanup workers. One of the main problems, according to the report, is the programs themselves (known as the National and Regional Contingency Plans) Read more [...]

Bifocal Safety Glasses: Dual or Traditional?

Are you in a professional environment where you are exposed to harmful substances or airborne dust or do you use power tools such as angle grinders, band saws, sanders around the home? Did you know that thousands of eye injuries are recorded in the USA everyday? Over 90% of which could have been prevented had the injured party been wearing safety glasses? Safety glasses are a see-through safety shield for your eyes. They're different to regular glasses in that they cover only the front of your Read more [...]

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 [...]