Category Archives: PPE

How to Choose a Disposable Respirator

choosing the right respirator
Disposable respirators, also known as filtering facepiece respirators, offer protection against air-borne particulates and mists. These are probably the most popular type of air-purifying respirator - they are readily available, lightweight, comfortable, and are appropriate for most common applications. Particulate respirators are rated by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) according to what they filter out and how well they filter. These ratings include: N95, R95, Read more [...]

Infographic: Hand Safety and Glove Guidelines for the Oil and Gas Industry

Hand injuries are #1 on the list of recordable incidents each year for the oil and gas industry. Hand protection efforts in this industry are getting a serious boost. Improved glove guidelines (known as the "global glove guidelines") and the use of impact gloves are increasingly preventing hand injuries as more oil and gas companies begin adopting them. Using the proper hand protection will improve the safety and productivity of workers in any industry. Read more [...]

Improved Glove Guidelines for the Oil and Gas Industry

impact gloves for oil and gas workers
As the number of oil and gas industry workers has grown in recent years to more than 400,000, hand injuries are on the rise, too. Hand and finger injuries lead the oil and gas industry’s recordable incidence rates every year. Data from IADC’s 2009 Incident Statistics Program (ISP) indicate that 34% of recordable incidents and 20% of lost-time incidents fall in this category. According to the latest data from the National Safety Council, the average cost of a single hand injury is $21,918 (indemnity Read more [...]

When Should You Replace Your Hard Hat?

You may wonder at what point should your hard hat be replaced, since it is an item which is worn daily. The answer is not simple, since there is no pre-determined standard as to when hard hats should be retired. Instead, employees should learn to make their own evaluation, based on the work conditions, the job's specific hard hat requirements, and the physical condition of the hard hat itself.   Jobs where there is more exposure to intense conditions, such as heat and sunlight, water pressure, Read more [...]

5 Safety Products that Could Save Your Life

Each year, there are far too many work-related fatalities. Most of these could be prevented with the proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE). Besides face shields, safety glasses, hard hats, and safety shoes, PPE includes a variety of devices and garments such as goggles, coveralls, gloves, vests, earplugs, and respirators. Below is a list of 5 important safety products that could save your life:   1. Fall Arrest System – The US Department of Labor (DOL) lists falls as one of the Read more [...]

"Use the Right PPE for the Job!" – Simpsons Safety

Maybe you've seen the Simpsons Industrial Safety Posters or maybe you haven't. Rather than show them all at once it might be an idea to show you one a month. First up there's the "Use the Right PPE for the Job!" which is obviously trying to highlight the need to wear the correct personal protective equipment. From the Gallway site: "Protective clothing comes in many forms – maybe you only need a protective sleeve or apron, or maybe you need full body coverage for electrical arc exposure. Once Read more [...]

What's most Important about Personal Protective Equipment?

Written on Tuesday, February 10, 2009 What's most Important about Personal Protective Equipment? Today I discussed with Colin what may possibly be the most important thing to know about Personal Protective Equipment – IT HAS TO BE COMFORTABLE. And I’ll tell you why. Let’s say you already know your workers have to wear safety glasses at the job site. You decide to buy the most inexpensive model you can to save a little cash. But then you realize the workers aren’t wearing them, which highly Read more [...]