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New Wildfire Emergency Regulations Issued by the CAL/OSHA
Nov 12th 2019

New Wildfire Emergency Regulations Issued by the CAL/OSHA

Wildfires continue to wreak havoc throughout California and beyond. In response to the latest round of wildfires, California and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have enacted an emergency regulation that’s meant to protect outdoor workers from potentially dangerous wildfire smoke. It’s not just firefighters who have to worry about breathing in various toxins and smoke. Gard … read more
How to Layer FR Clothing
Nov 6th 2019

How to Layer FR Clothing

Temperatures are dropping as we head into the winter months. If your employees work with or near potential fire and arc flash hazards, you’ll need to protect your team and keep them warm at the same time. This usually means layering flame resistant (FR) clothing. FR clothing comes in all shapes and styles, but one garment may not be enough when it comes to staying warm in the field. For the purpos … read more
Which Respirators Are Facial Hair Friendly?
Oct 31st 2019

Which Respirators Are Facial Hair Friendly?

It’s almost No Shave November, or Movember as it’s often called, and that means many of your male employees may be sporting facial hair in the weeks to come. Some of your employees may already have thick beards and mustaches, but all that extra hair can be a hazard for those that need to wear respirators on the job, including those that work in construction, mining, and manufacturing. Your employe … read more
​What’s the Difference Between Class 1, 2, and 3 Safety Vests?
Oct 22nd 2019

​What’s the Difference Between Class 1, 2, and 3 Safety Vests?

When your team is in the field, your workers need to wear safety vests, or high-visibility vests. These vests are made with highly reflective materials that keep individual workers visible, especially at night. All safety vests are rated and approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Safety vests are classified as Class 1, Class 2, or Class 3, based on the amount of both refl … read more
What Type of Respirator Should I Use for Silica?
Oct 17th 2019

What Type of Respirator Should I Use for Silica?

We make specific recommendations below, but first a little background...Working in the manufacturing or construction industries usually means working near what’s known as silica dust, or respirable crystalline silica, which is commonly found in and around construction and manufacturing sites. It’s created by cutting, grinding, drilling, or crushing stone, rock, concrete, brick, mortar and other … read more
Do Calibration Gases Have a Shelf Life?
Oct 14th 2019

Do Calibration Gases Have a Shelf Life?

When using a gas monitor, it’s important to make sure your monitor is properly calibrated, otherwise your readings may be inaccurate. To properly calibrate your monitor, you’ll need to use a concentration of the gas you’re trying to detect. The test gas typically comes in disposable or nonrefillable cylinders that either made of steel or aluminum. This is also known as a calibration gas or span ga … read more
What Are the Best Gloves for the Oil and Gas Industry?
Oct 8th 2019

What Are the Best Gloves for the Oil and Gas Industry?

The oil and gas industry can be a dirty business; you and your team will need a set of reliable safety gloves before you get to work. Before you buy just any pair of work gloves, it’s important to choose safety gloves that were designed for your particular industry and the task at hand. Without the proper gear, your employees will be vulnerable to a range of hazards and toxic chemicals. Learn more … read more
How to Administer a Respirator Fit Test?
Oct 3rd 2019

How to Administer a Respirator Fit Test?

As an employer, it’s your responsibility to fit test respirators on your workers, so everyone has access to reliable safety equipment. According to OSHA safety standard 1910.134, employers are required to teach their employers respiratory safety, including how to put on a respirator, how to position it on the face, and how to determine if the respirator fits properly. If you've never performed a r … read more
What are the OSHA Requirements for Confined Space Tripods?
Sep 16th 2019

What are the OSHA Requirements for Confined Space Tripods?

Workers across a wide range of industries may need to enter what’s known as a confined space, such as tunnels, manholes, crawl spaces, and other confined environments. Due to the potential hazards of these spaces, OSHA has issued strict requirements for confined space entry. Take a look at OSHA’s requirements for confined spaces as well as the safety equipment used to rescue workers from potential … read more
​How Do I Read My Gas Detection Tubes?
Sep 10th 2019

​How Do I Read My Gas Detection Tubes?

Gas detection tubes have exploded in popularity over the last few decades. These single-use tubes are designed to record the presence of chemical compounds in the air. Some are toxic, like different types of acid, while others are harmless, such as water vapor. Just insert the tubes into a hand pump, suck in air through the pump, and read the results to find out if the air is safe to breathe. … read more
Why Your Business Should Select RKI Gas Monitors and Products
Aug 26th 2019

Why Your Business Should Select RKI Gas Monitors and Products

Gas detection is crucial when it comes to the health and safety of your employees. If you fail to monitor your work environment, you could unintentionally expose your employees to hazardous gases, which could lead to a range of health conditions, illness, and even death. Both fixed and mobile gas monitors allow you and your team to protect yourselves from various gas-related hazards in confined … read more
What Is the Difference Between Heat Stroke and Heat Exhaustion?
Aug 21st 2019

What Is the Difference Between Heat Stroke and Heat Exhaustion?

If you and your employees are working outside or in extreme heat, you need to be aware of the dangers of both heat stroke and heat exhaustion. Some business owners may confuse these two terms, but they refer to two different heat-related illnesses. A heat-related illness occurs when a person’s body can no longer cool itself properly. Normally, the body will cool itself down by sweating, but when w … read more