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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
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 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
How to Stay Safe During and After Wildfires
Dec 20th 2017

How to Stay Safe During and After Wildfires

California has a history of wildfires caused by windstorms blowing trees into power lines. This year, multiple wind-driven wildfires moving through California have affected thousands of people living and working in the area. For example, the most recent Thomas fire has burned 270,500 acres. It's only about 60% contained, according to Cal Fire. The fire threat is still in effect in Ventura an … read more
Northern California Wildfires: How to Protect Yourself From Smoke and Poor Air Quality
Oct 13th 2017

Northern California Wildfires: How to Protect Yourself From Smoke and Poor Air Quality

The death toll from wildfires ravaging across Northern California has reached 23, and hundreds are reported missing. According to CNN, the director of Cal Fire, Ken Pimlott, expects the number of homes and businesses that have been destroyed to rise significantly from 3,500. 8,000 firefighters battling 22 small and large fires are challenged by low humidity and windy conditions … read more
How Do the New OSHA Crystalline Silica Rules Affect Construction Companies?
Sep 22nd 2017

How Do the New OSHA Crystalline Silica Rules Affect Construction Companies?

Crystalline silica is a common mineral that is found in materials that construction workers deal with every day – such as roads, buildings, and sidewalks. It is a common component of sand, stone, rock, concrete, brick, block and mortar. Common workplace operations involving cutting, sawing, drilling, and crushing of these materials often create crystalline silica dust exposure in construction. … read more
PK Safety's Top 5 Paired Safety Products for Cinco De Mayo 2017
May 2nd 2017

PK Safety's Top 5 Paired Safety Products for Cinco De Mayo 2017

Let the Cinco de Mayo festivities begin early! Find your sombreros, grab some amigos, and shop our top 5 must-have safety products, perfectly paired for your easy everyday protection. Pair 1: Gas Detector + Docking Station The BW Clip4 Four Gas Detector provides portable, easy-to-use multi?gas detection that’s always on. It detects Oxygen (O2), Hydrogen sulfide (H2S), Carbon mo … read more
What Respirator Is Right For You?
Jun 17th 2016

What Respirator Is Right For You?

When it comes to choosing the right respirator or dust mask, it all comes down to the job you're trying to tackle. To be safe, you should always consider using a respirator if you'll be exposed to biological contaminants, dusts, mists, fumes, and gases, or oxygen-deficient atmospheres according to OSHA. There are two types of respirators: air-purifying respirators and atmosphere-supply … read more
Nov 26th 2015

Black Friday Savings on Safety Equipment

The great thing about the PK Safety Black Friday specials is you don't have to stand in line in the dark. Or miss your family meal. There will be no danger of being trampled. What you do have is the opportunity for great savings from the comfort of your keyboard. The 3M Mold Remediation Respirator Kit is an excellent example. While this full-face respirator with P100 HEPA air … read more
Industrial SCBA in Refrigeration Plants
May 14th 2015

Industrial SCBA in Refrigeration Plants

Companies that have significant stores of ammonia or even waste treatment plants with chlorine run the risk of serious hazards if things go from all is normal to all heck breaking loose. Refrigeration plant operators, supervisors, and facility managers are all aware of the dangers, but in the heat of the moment well-placed safety equipment can make all the difference. Most folks who wo … read more
Feb 16th 2015

Venting Paint and Varnish Fumes - Best Blowers

As a guy who has lost a fair amount of brain cells to paint and varnish vapors I know better than most that many projects aren't properly ventilated. (Yes I called them paint and varnish fumes in the title because that's what folks search for. Fumes are heated solid particles - think burning metal. Vapors are gaseous. I haven't lost all my brain cells.) That being said, there are some jobs that … read more