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Blog Articles

Jul 8th 2013

Are ANSI Standards More Important Than OSHA's?

Employers have complained since the organization's formation that OSHA requirements are just too much. They slow down workers, and cost too much. ANSI Z359 requirements add a whole new level of safety requirements for workers and employers, but is it worth it? The answer is most likely yes. In this case, when we talk about the equipment and inspection schedule being worth it, we're talking about h … read more
Jun 17th 2013

Why Your Employees Don't Wear Their Safety Glasses

We all know the best type of safety gear is the kind workers want to wear. There are piles of brightly colored vests and harnesses and hard plastic safety glasses in shops across America that don't fit comfortably and doesn't get used. They pinch, or they bind, or just look ridiculous. Certainly that has been the case with safety eyewear over the years. Some of the old safety eye protection are … read more
Mar 4th 2013

Sealed Eyewear Represent the Newest Wave in Eye Protection

There are still plenty of dirty jobs across America. Particles are flying and working men and women are exposed to them every day. Luckily eye protection for these folks is keeping pace with the times. A new category of eyewear has emerged that finds fans in heavy manufacturing and oil & gas production. Suppliers call it "sealed eyewear" and it's bridging the gap between safety glasses and stan … read more
Feb 11th 2013

How to Inspect your Self-Retracting Lifeline

Chris Coyle from Capital Safety recently spent some time with us talking about what is involved in the inspection of self-retracting devices (SRDs) under the new ANSI Z359.14 standards. According to these new standards a competent person, as defined by OSHA regulations, will be required to inspect SRLs yearly, bi-annually, or quarterly depending upon the frequency and duration of use. … read more
Feb 6th 2013

What are the New ANSI Z359.14 Safety Requirements for SRLs?

Self-retracting lifelines have created a new level of fall protection for at height workers since they were first introduced. Fast-activating braking systems have lowered both fall distances and fall forces. As the use of SRLs (more broadly referred to as self-retracting devices or SRDs) has increased across a wide range of industries, the American National Standards Institute ( ANSI) has tak … read more
Jan 2nd 2013

What is ANSI Z359 and How Does it Affect Employers?

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) doesn't make the laws, but it does influence the standards adopted by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) which is tasked with enforcing safety and health legislation. ANSI fall safety standards such as the ANSI Z359 Fall Protection Code are developed by a consensus of experts in government, private industry, and related orga … read more
Nov 26th 2012

BackBiter Tie-Back Lanyard Provides Convenient Tie Off

Some jobs sites just don't have any convenient anchorage points. That's why the Miller BackBiter Tie-Back Lanyard is a great piece of equipment. This 6 ft. lanyard with a SofStop Shock-absorber allows you to wrap the lanyard around a structural element and hook it back to itself for reliable and safe fall protection. It's the anchor hook that makes it possible. If you are using … read more
Sep 17th 2012

Cowboy Hard Hat Protects From Sun, Rain, and Falling Tools

Apparently the 11th time is the charm if you're a Bakersfield machine-tool rep with a vision to create a cowboy hard hat. That's how many times it took inventor Bret Atkins to develop a design that would meet ANSI standards and win the all-important approval of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Tired of getting grease or dirt on his snow white Stetson each time … read more
Jan 18th 2012

How Often Do I Need To Calibrate My Gas Detector?

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) would like your gas detectors calibrated before each use. A full calibration for a 4-gas monitor requires about $6.60 worth of calibration gas, and takes about 5 minutes. This should be all the answer anyone needs, but in practice if your company has 500 monitors, it isn’t always practical and OSHA and ANSI know it. In text a … read more
Tyvek Coverall Suits by DuPont
Nov 2nd 2010

Tyvek Coverall Suits by DuPont

In the weeks leading up to Halloween, we received lots of orders for DuPont 1414 Tyvek Coverall Suits. These make great costumes for everything from space explorers to hazmat clean up crews. Over the years we have seen some really creative uses! With all of these orders have come many questions about sizing. This size chart is fairly straightforward, just find your height and you … read more
Oct 18th 2010

How to Know When to Replace Your PPE Gear

When using fall protection, even if you have the appropriate protection for your setup, it is important to know when to replace your gear. I recently got a question asking just that: I recently noticed that this hook does not look like the others. There is a red band on top of the hook and something appears to be missing in the same area. I have attached photos of the hook. Can you please … read more
Sep 30th 2010

Selecting The Right Kind of Fall Protection

On any job where you are going to be working off of the ground, it is important to consider fall protection. Having the right type of fall protection gear can save lives and prevent injury. If you are unsure of which protection is right for you, as always, feel free to contact us and ask! Let's look at a question someone recently asked about obtaining the right kind of fall protection for a par … read more