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Preparing for Wildfires During COVID
Nov 30th 2020

Preparing for Wildfires During COVID

Wildfires and pandemics are both bad on their own, but are especially bad when combined. How do you shelter from a wildfire while social distancing? Can wildfires be controlled if firefighters are exposed to COVID-19? How can you breathe safely with a coronavirus PPE shortage? If you live in a wildfire-prone area, plan ahead. Make kits full of safety supply essentials for both stayi … read more
COVID Safety During the Holidays
Nov 3rd 2020

COVID Safety During the Holidays

People in the US and around the world are planning for the holidays. Some holiday traditions are being postponed, while others will look very different this year in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.  In general, you can stay safe by: Always wear a face mask, all times outside your of residence, unless and until you have arrived at your pod/family gathering Frequently washing … read more
What is the Significance of ATEX Markings for Headlamps?
Oct 12th 2020

What is the Significance of ATEX Markings for Headlamps?

The best headlamps for use in hazardous work environments come with what is known as ATEX Markings. The ATEX acronym refers to EU equipment standards intended for use in explosive atmospheres. These markings are based on several factors, including the work environment and its perceived threat level. Different kinds of headlamps are designed for different applications, such as working above vs. … read more
Which Gas Detection Device is Right for Your Workplace?
Sep 30th 2020

Which Gas Detection Device is Right for Your Workplace?

Choosing a gas monitor or detection device depends on the nature of your workplace and how your employees interact with the space. Learn about the pros and cons of different types of gas monitors to make the right choice for your business. Three Types of Gas Detectors: Portable gas detectors Fixed gas detectors Gas detection tubes (Colorimetric detection devices) Po … read more
How to Choose a Welding Helmet
Sep 29th 2020

How to Choose a Welding Helmet

Many factors come into play when choosing a welding helmet. The phrase “one size fits all” rarely applies in these situations, so it’s best to learn about the different types of helmets and welding goggles used in the industry. From occasional hobbyists to experienced professionals, use this guide to find the right welding safety equipment for the task at hand. Single Fixed vs. Var … read more
What Are the Differences Between FR and Arc Flash Clothing?
Sep 23rd 2020

What Are the Differences Between FR and Arc Flash Clothing?

You can never be too careful when it comes to fire safety. Protecting your workers in the field starts with understanding the differences between flame resistant (FR) and arc flash, or arc rated (AR), safety workwear, and clothing. These terms were often used interchangeably when describing personal protective equipment (PPE), but in 2012, the NFPA 70E created clear distinctions between the … read more
Gas Detection & Purge Testing
Sep 8th 2020

Gas Detection & Purge Testing

When taking a gas pipeline offline or installing a new one, utility crews must first treat the confined space with inert gas, such as nitrogen, to limit the chances of combustion. After the pipeline has been treated, workers should test the space for the presence of hazardous gases. This is what’s known as purge testing. However, this is not the same as conventional gas detection. The pipeline … read more
Waterproof vs. Water Resistant Hi-Vis Rainwear
Sep 4th 2020

Waterproof vs. Water Resistant Hi-Vis Rainwear

There are few things less predictable than an outdoor jobsite. In some places, the weather can change quickly, and it’s good to have gear for all kinds of situations. As the sky gets dark and the rain starts coming down, you’re probably going to want to wear something highly visible that repels water and keeps you warm. When it comes to waterproof, water resistant, and high visibility clothi … read more
Confined Spaces & COVID-19: Best Practices
Aug 27th 2020

Confined Spaces & COVID-19: Best Practices

Confined spaces are a tight fit, but it is possible to work safely in confined spaces in the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. You’ll need to be more cautious about PPE use, cleaning, and social distancing guidelines, but plenty of caution is crucial for any worksite even when there isn’t a pandemic. What’s important is making sure that contact with contaminated surfaces and people is minimal. When … read more
Toxic Hand Sanitizers
Aug 19th 2020

Toxic Hand Sanitizers

Once COVID-19 was first discovered within the United States, hand sanitizer became difficult to find online and in stores. Even before the pandemic, hand sanitizer was commonly recommended to keep your hands clean both in public and at home. The national shortage has led to new and existing companies moving into the hand sanitizer businesses, which has unfortunately led to toxic products that c … read more
What is the Life Expectancy of a Safety Harness?
Aug 12th 2020

What is the Life Expectancy of a Safety Harness?

As an employer, it's your responsibility to provide proper fall protection equipment for worker safety. The specific type of equipment that you need, and the height requirements you need it for, varies by industry But if you’re working at height, fall protection is essential. Not only should the equipment you provide be suited for your industry’s safety standards and sized to fit your workers p … read more
The Importance of Impact Protection in Safety Gloves
Aug 5th 2020

The Importance of Impact Protection in Safety Gloves

On the job, as in life, protecting your valuable hands is very important. That’s why many workers wear safety gloves when handling equipment or working in specific industries. However, most gloves do not come with impact protection. This extra layer of material protects your team from falling objects and equipment, as well as the condition known as Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS). If your … read more