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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
Staying Cool in FR Clothing
Aug 20th 2019

Staying Cool in FR Clothing

As we face one of the hottest summers on record, employers need to think critically about how they plan on protecting their workers from heat-related illnesses such as heat stroke and heat exhaustion. According to recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 2,000 workers suffered heat-related illnesses in 2017, and more than 30 people died from heat stroke and heat exhaustion. Most … read more
How to Adjust Your Petzl Helmet for a Perfect Fit
Aug 12th 2019

How to Adjust Your Petzl Helmet for a Perfect Fit

Wearing a safety helmet is a must when working on or above the ground, including those that work construction and other physically strenuous jobs. The helmet is the first line of defense against brain injury. If the person falls from an elevated surface or a piece of equipment or object falls on their head, it could result in head injury, brain damage, and even death.The Occupational Safety and He … read more
How to ​Launder FR Clothing
Jul 23rd 2019

How to ​Launder FR Clothing

If your business regularly uses flame resistant clothing, you might be wondering how to best launder your FR work uniforms. After all, these pieces of clothing aren’t the same as regular clothing materials, so you’ll need to follow specific instructions when washing them to maintain their effectiveness in the field. If you fail to follow these instructions or mishandle your FR clothing, you could … read more
What Is the Best Mask for Wildfire Smoke?
Jul 10th 2019

What Is the Best Mask for Wildfire Smoke?

As the AB1124 California Bill goes into effect, we’re taking a moment to talk about what employers should look for in a respirator or face mask. The bill requires employers to provide N95 rated respirators (at a minimum) to all their employees working outdoors during a wildfire. Wildfire smoke can irritate a person’s eyes, nose, throat, and lungs, and it can cause cancer, heart disease and even le … read more
California State Assembly Bill AB1124
Jul 10th 2019

California State Assembly Bill AB1124

California has just passed a new bill that would require employers in the state to provide their workers with respirators during a wildfire while working outdoors. This comes after California experienced one of the worst years on record for wildfires, endangering residents and workers throughout the state. Wildfire smoke is full of dangerous toxins that can reduce lung function, cause cancer, incr … read more