Category Archives: PPE

OSHA Releases Final Rule on Beryllium Levels

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Earlier this month, OSHA issued a final rule regarding allowable beryllium exposure levels for workers. The rule will reduce the eight-hour permissible exposure limit from the previous level of 2.0 micrograms per cubic meter to 0.2 micrograms per cubic meter. The rule requires additional protections, including personal protective equipment, training, and medical exams. Workers who inhale airborne beryllium in the workplace can develop a lung condition called chronic beryllium disease or CBD. Occupational Read more [...]

Changes Made to ANSI Hand Safety Standards

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ANSI/ISEA 105-2016 addresses the classification and testing of hand protection for specific performance properties related to mechanical protection (cut-resistance, puncture resistance, and abrasion resistance), chemical protection (permeation resistance, degradation), and other performance characteristics such as ignition resistance and vibration reductions based on standardized test methods. Understanding the ANSI/ISEA 105-2016 update is important when choosing the correct level of hand protection Read more [...]

Infographic: Effective Safety Programs Lower Overhead Costs

Aug 2016 Safety Infographic
The cost of workers compensation insurance is significant to employers, especially those who have workers in hazardous job classifications. The most effective way to cut costs on workers compensation premiums is to prevent workplace injuries before they occur. Companies can do this by implementing an effective safety program. If an injury does occur, the next best way to cut costs is to manage the injury though implementing a reporting procedure and return-to-work plan. When done correctly, Read more [...]

Workplace Safety Resolutions for the New Year

New Year Safety Resolutions
Businesses make New Year's resolutions, too. Below are some practical ideas that can add value to your safety program in 2016. Eliminate Existing Hazards. Anticipate hazards and eliminate or control them before they cause harm. Identify potential fire, chemical, electrical, and other hazards throughout your facility and take action to eliminate these risks. Go through workstations, machinery, personal protection equipment, labeling, and material storage and handling protocols and look for any Read more [...]

Highlights from NSC 2015 Congress & Expo

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The National Safety Council hosted its 2015 NSC Congress & Expo in Atlanta Sept. 26 to Oct. 2. Thousands of safety professionals gathered in Atlanta at the world's largest safety event to to gather knowledge and the tools needed to influence safety in the workplace. Companies from around the world participated in the product showcase, competing for a "best-in-show" honor. Capital Safety  and its new parent company, 3M had some of the busiest booths in the expo. Capital Safety gave daily demos Read more [...]

Protecting Against the MERS Virus Outbreak

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Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), which surfaced in Saudi Arabia in 2012, is not well-understood. Because the virus is still fairly new, doctors and scientists do not know the exact source or mode of its transmission. Currently, there is no known cure or vaccine to protect against the virus. Since May 2015, the South Korea has been investigating an outbreak of MERS. It is the largest known outbreak of MERS outside the Middle East. Most people infected with MERS-CoV developed severe acute Read more [...]

5 Useful Workplace Safety Apps

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It's no surprise that mobile apps are becoming a popular - and convenient - tool for workplace health and safety. It would be hard to find someone who doesn't own a smart phone or tablet in the digital age of today. Why not take advantage of that technology and even improve productivity in the workplace? Here's a list of 5 free (or low cost) safety apps: iAuditor (Free for iPhone, iPad, Android) -  This is probably most popular safety app among safety professionals. You can create custom Read more [...]

Protecting Against the Dangers of Arc Flash

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Although not as common as some workplace accidents, arc flash injuries can be one of the most devastating. Because of the violent nature of an arc flash exposure (the temperature can reach more than 5000°F), the injury to the worker is almost always serious – even resulting in death. Every day in the United States, between 5 and 10 arc flash explosions occur. So what exactly is an arc flash? An electrical arc flash, as defined by National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), is “a dangerous Read more [...]

The ROI of Safety

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It's common sense that a good safety culture can reduce accidents and time lost due to injuries. It can also improve employee productivity and morale. But how can you prove that the money spent on safety will provide greater savings down the line? Experts say the savings do exist, and looking at the actual costs of an injury would make a good case for investing in safety now. Knowing how much workplace injuries cost is crucial in determining safety's ROI, and could help convince upper management Read more [...]