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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
How to Select a Hard Hat or Helmet
Aug 3rd 2020

How to Select a Hard Hat or Helmet

Hard hats and helmets are essential when working near or around potential hazards in the workplace. They are commonly used to protect employees from falling objects, falls, excessive heat, and moving objects and machinery. The head is considered the most fragile part of the body, so every effort should be made to protect workers from occupational head injuries. However, there are many … read more
COVID Back to Work Guide
Jul 27th 2020

COVID Back to Work Guide

COVID-19 has impacted the world in numerous ways. Returning your workforce to on-site operations poses new challenges for your organization that you may not be prepared for. Knowing what is expected of you where OSHA is concerned can help you achieve greater peace of mind and guard the health and well-being of everyone at your company. The following COVID-19 reopening guidelines from OSHA can h … read more
Hierarchy of Fall Protection
Jul 6th 2020

Hierarchy of Fall Protection

No two work sites are the same, but for those industries that pose a fall hazard risk, a lot of the protections will look similar. However, some work sites require different types of fall protection equipment. Employers unsure of the exact solution for their job site will turn to the hierarchy of fall protection: a graded system that examines safety practices and data to help implement a fal … read more
Hydrogen Peroxide Gas Detectors Should Be Used When Disinfecting Workspaces
Jun 22nd 2020

Hydrogen Peroxide Gas Detectors Should Be Used When Disinfecting Workspaces

Vaporized hydrogen peroxide (VHP) is often used to disinfect and decontaminate work environments, including classrooms, medical and manufacturing facilities, confined spaces, and other areas that are designed for prolonged human occupancy. In the face of the coronavirus pandemic, all types of businesses will need to thoroughly disinfect their workspaces before bringing their employees back t … read more
The Ban on Respirator Mask Valves
Jun 22nd 2020

The Ban on Respirator Mask Valves

Wearing masks in public has become a crucial part of protection for COVID-19. Some states and major cities have made mask-wearing a requirement. “Masks” can mean handkerchiefs, specially designed cotton masks, or disposable masks (such as N95 respirators) as long as they cover your nose and mouth. However, some locations have banned masks with valves. What is a Mask Valve? Some masks … read more