OSHA Top 10 Safety Violations

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OSHA has released the list of the Top 10 frequent workplace violations for 2015 . These violations go against safety codes. Patrick Kapust who is the deputy director for the Directorate of Enforcement Programs presented this top ten list at the 2015 NSC Congress & Expo. This is a gathering of the leading safety professionals throughout the world.

According to Deborah A.P Hersman who is the is the President of the National Safety Council and the CEO of this organization the Top 10 list from OSHA will identify hazards that employers need to be careful to avoid at the workplace.

How to choose the right safety glasses

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Choose safety glasses that comply with ANSI standards.

ANSI Z87.1-2003, a replacement to Z87.1-1989 (R-1998), is truly performance driven. The most noticeable difference deals with eye protector impact levels. Two levels of impact resistance, “Basic" and “High" are now defined for safety glasses. Marking requirements have changed to reflect these levels of impact performance. Devices that meet the “High" impact criteria must be marked “Z87+". Frames should meet the “High" impact level. If the eye protector only meets the “Basic" impact criteria, a warning label must be attached to the protector. Currently, ANSI Z87.1-1989 is incorporated by reference into the OSHA regulations, and, as such, carries the force of the law.

Decide which lens coating will work for you.

Anti Fog Coating provides excellent fog prevention in humid environments where sudden shifts in temperature occur.

Anti Scratch Coatings extend lens life in abrasive environments where scratches are possible.

Anti-Static Coatings reduces dust and particulate attraction to the lens.

Hard Coatings are permanently bonded to lens to extend lens life.

Anti-UV Coatings absorb more than 99.9% of harmful ultraviolet radiation.

Determine which color lens will work best for your application.

The Benefits of Ergonomics

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1 Decreased Injury Risk

2 Increased Productivity

3 Decreased mistakes/rework

4 Increased efficiency

5 Decreased lost work days

6 Decreased turnover

7 Improved morale

How to choose the best back support

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With so many back supports to choose from it may be difficult to know where to start. Once you know which support will fit your needs you can begin evaluating other factors such as size, material, comfort and fit. The material is very important because some people are allergic to latex so a latex free support would be needed. Another option would be a support that has breathable material. The style is also important because some are more comfortable than others. Make sure to have something that is adjustable to allow you to loosen or tighten the straps if you have them.

Please note that if you are under a physicians care for back pain or a back injury it may be wise to consult them first before purchasing a back support.

Hard Hats

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How to take care of your hard hat

A general inspection should be done during assembly and before each use of the suspension and the shell. During the inspection you should look for cracks, nicks, dents, gouges, brittleness, fading, dullness of color or any damage caused by impact, penetration, abrasion or rough treatment. It the shell has any of these conditions it should be removed from service and replaced immediately.

UV light is a hard hats worst enemy and over time can cause deterioration due to the exposure of UV light. This is why it is never wise to store your helmet in the back of a truck, on the dash board or anywhere where it is going to be over exposed to UV light.

Field Testing for Degraded Shells

A simple field test can be performed to determine possible degradation of polyethylene shells: Compress the shell inward from the sides about 1 inch with both hands, and then release the pressure without dropping the shell. The shell should quickly return to its original shape, exhibiting elasticity. There should be no residual deformation. Compare the elasticity of the sample with that if the user environment is known to include higher exposure to temperature extremes, sunlight, or chemicals, hard hats should be replaced routinely after two years of use of a new shell. If the sample does not exhibit elasticity similar to that of a new shell, or if it cracks because of brittleness, it should be replaced immediately.

How do you know if a noise is dangerous?

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As a general rule, noise may damage your hearing if you are at arm’s length and have to shout to make yourself heard. If noise is hurting your ears, your ears may ring, or you may have difficulty hearing for several hours after exposure to the noise. Noise is characterized by intensity, measured in decibels; pitch, measured in hertz or kilohertz; and duration.

Apparel Material Guide

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Microporous – This cloth like, microporous fabric provides general purpose protection from dirt, grime, splashes and spills. Economical and lightweight, yet strong and durable. Breathable for worker comfort.

Spunbond Polypropylene – Provides protection in non-toxic work environments where dirt, grime and other non – hazardous substances are a problem. The porous construction provides “breathability” making the material cool and comfortable.

SMS – Protects from numerous dry particulates and water – based liquids. The 3 – layer construction provides strength, splash and particulate resistance. Light weight plus breathability keeps workers comfortable.

PE Coated Polypropylene – Offers protection in general purpose applications. The fabric will not let water – based liquids penetrate. Lightweight and durable for protection for food processing, light industrial and similar industries.

Polyethylene – Impervious material resists liquid penetration. An inexpensive way to protect clothing from splashes in light to medium duty jobs.

Respirator Definitions You Need to Know

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Atmosphere-supplying respirator: A respirator that supplies the user with breathing air from a

source independent of the ambient atmosphere, including supplied-air respirators (SARs) and self contained breathing apparatus units.

  • Supplied-air respirator: An atmosphere-supplying respirator for which the independent source
  • of breathing air is not designed to be carried by the user. This includes continuous-flow and pressure-demand systems. It’s also known as an airline respirator.

  • Powered air-purifying respirator: An air-purifying respirator that uses a blower to force ambient air through air-purifying elements to the respiratory inlet covering.
  • Positive-pressure respirator: A respirator in which the pressure inside the respiratory inlet covering normally exceeds the ambient air pressure outside the respirator. This includes continuous flow and pressure-demand SARs and powered-air purifying respirators.
  • Negative-pressure respirator (tight-fitting): A respirator in which the air pressure inside the
  • face piece is negative during inhalation, compared with the ambient air outside the respirator.

  • Helmet: A rigid respiratory inlet covering that also provides head protection against impact and
  • penetration.

  • Hood: A respiratory inlet covering that covers the head and neck, and may also cover portions of
  • the shoulders and torso.

  • Loose-fitting face piece: A respiratory inlet covering that is designed to form a partial seal with
  • the face.

  • Tight-fitting face piece: A respiratory inlet covering that forms a complete seal with the face.
  • Metal Detectable Benefits

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    The use of metal detectable tools, protective equipment and supplies will yield a food or pharma manufacturer several valuable benefits when compared to traditional products:

    Plastic lightness minimizes user fatigue, maximizing productivity

    Lower cost than solid metal tools makes affordable switchovers possible

    Easy sanitation with solid molded, easily disinfected or autoclavable designs

    Color variety creates greater options for color coding in process control

    Why Metal Detectable Products Are Better Than Solid Metal

    CK Safety metal-detectible plastic products outperform solid metal tools in cost, usability and process control. A unique molding process impregnates a detectable metallic additive equally across every square millimeter of the item’s composition, assuring that even small fragments will be readily sensed by metal detection or X ray devices. Look at any of our items closely, and you can literally see the presence of impregnation protect

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