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Don't Be a Hot Head: Accessories to Keep You Cool Above The Shoulders
Apr 18th 2019

Don't Be a Hot Head: Accessories to Keep You Cool Above The Shoulders

As a business owner, it’s your responsibility to keep your employees cool on the job. Excessive heat either indoors or out can lead to a range of physical and mental symptoms. If your staff needs to work long hours in the blazing sun or a steamy warehouse, you need to provide the proper equipment to make sure they stay cool and comfortable on the job. Learn more about common heat-related illnes … read more
Need To Know About New OSHA Silica Dust Rules and Regulations?
Aug 4th 2017

Need To Know About New OSHA Silica Dust Rules and Regulations?

The U.S. Department of Labor first emphasized the life-threatening hazards of respirable crystalline silica in the 1930s. Today, according to OSHA, approximately 2.3 million Americans are exposed to silica on a regular basis in the workplace. Heavy equipment operators, construction, and plaster/drywall workers are the most at risk to being exposed to silica. The most severe exposures to c … read more
All You Need to Know About The Walking-Working Surfaces And Personal Fall Protection Systems Final Rule
Jul 18th 2017

All You Need to Know About The Walking-Working Surfaces And Personal Fall Protection Systems Final Rule

The purpose of the OSHA’s final rule is to revise the outdated general industry Walking-Working Surfaces and Personal Protective Equipment (Fall Protection Systems) Standards on the slip, trip, and fall hazards, which are a leading cause of worker injuries and deaths. The Walking-Working Surfaces; Personal Protective Equipment (Fall Protection Systems) Standard, 29 CFR 1910.22, became effective … read more
Top 5 Tips on How to Avoid OSHA HCS Violation Penalties
Jun 15th 2017

Top 5 Tips on How to Avoid OSHA HCS Violation Penalties

The OSHA Hazard Communications Standard (HCS) 1910.1200 is important because it prevents over 500 workplace injuries and about 43 deaths across the USA annually. Revised in 2012, it covers 43 million workers engaged in handling hazardous materials at work. The Standard mandates the identification of about 650,000 hazardous chemicals and enforces the appropriate protective measures. As a S … read more
OSHA: the New Construction Rule and the General Confined Space Rule
Jul 27th 2016

OSHA: the New Construction Rule and the General Confined Space Rule

By Mario Mendoza, Regional Sales Manager, Allegro Industries On May 4, 2015, OSHA issued a new standard for construction work in confined space. There are five key differences from the Construction Rule, and several areas where OSHA has clarified existing requirements. The five new requirements include: More detailed provisions requiring coordinated activities when there are m … read more
Delta's Comfortable New Positioning Harnesses
Jul 7th 2016

Delta's Comfortable New Positioning Harnesses

Harnesses are part of the program to provide fall safety while working at height. That's their number one job. But comfort has to be up there in the list of requirements especially for folks who wear their harnesses for long periods of time each day. Delta harnesses have come quite a long way since the days when at-height workers were tying a rope around their waist. Delta's new Ves … read more
Heat Stress Prevention: Keep Cool & Stay Safe
May 11th 2016

Heat Stress Prevention: Keep Cool & Stay Safe

Working in the heat, especially during Summer months, can lead to illness or even death. Common reactions are heat exhaustion, heat stroke, heat cramps and heat rash — all of which can be avoided following these heat stress prevention tips from OSHA. Some risk factors that can cause heat stress include: High temperature and humidity, direct sun exposure, … read more
OSHA Update: Fine Increases in 2016
Apr 19th 2016

OSHA Update: Fine Increases in 2016

For the first time in 25 years, OSHA will be increasing its penalties. This change is a catch-up adjustment since it has been so many years since the organization has increased fines. Violation fees are expected to go into effect by August 1, 2016. 2016 penalty increases include: Violation Type Current Maximum Penalty 2016 Maximum Penalty* Other tha … read more
Jan 7th 2016

OSHA Improves Chemical Labeling Requirements

Let's face it, people don't read so much anymore. That's why OSHA has decided to put more pictorgrams and fewer blocks of tiny, difficult-to-read text in their new Safety Data Sheets (SDS). SDS will replace the traditional Material Safety and Data Sheets (MSDS). See? Fewer words in the title as well. OHSA has transitioned to the new SDS format in order to provide workers with clear … read more
Jan 1st 2016

What Size Ventilation Unit is Needed for My Confined Space?

Ventilation is one of the central pillars of confined space safety. Fumes, vapors, and volatile organic compounds accumulate and create an atmosphere that is not conducive to breathing. And I think we can all agree that breathing is a central pillar of living. OSHA calls ventilation one of the most important engineering controls available to maintain a safe work environment. We agree. And … read more
Sep 10th 2015

Understanding High-Visibility Requirements

Most people have heard the expression: "dress for success”. Here at PK Safety, we like to dress to stay safe. It’s critical that workers can be seen when working in road construction sites and alongside traffic to prevent “struck-by” accidents. One of the most important forms of protection for workers is high-visibility apparel. OSHA requires high-visibility clothing but doesn't call for … read more
Reducing Repetitive Strain Injuries By Workplace Design
Sep 8th 2015

Reducing Repetitive Strain Injuries By Workplace Design

Many different types of work require repetitive motion or lack of movement altogether. Workers who frequently shift from standing to sitting can damage their knees. Others stand for long periods with little variety of movement, causing lower back stress and joint pain. If they experience muscular, nerve, or joint pain regularly, and believe that it's work related, the cause may be repetitive st … read more