Blog Articles

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 we' … read more
Dec 18th 2015

Performance and Price - The Ecko Blower & Ducting Combo

The two things we hear most about the 8 inch ECKO K2025 Blower and Ducting Combo is that it works great and you can't beat the price. And really, what else do you want? You need a good warranty? The motor has a 1 year complete warranty. So check that one off the list. It's also lightweight and easy to carry. At only 38 lbs. it's pretty svelte. But the feature that makes it man … read more
Dec 4th 2015

Confined Space Entry Equipment For Pros and Beginners

While this confined space entry video is strictly about a rank beginner, the gear the confined space training facility at Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) uses is exactly the type of equipment we offer at pksafety.com. The spot features an attractive local news anchor facing her fear of confined spaces. Spoiler alert - she doesn't freak out even a tiny bit. The TEE … read more
Nov 27th 2015

Ventilation in Confined Spaces

Ventilation is the number one way for workers to control and disperse hazardous atmospheres in a confined space. For this discussion, the prime objective in ventilating a confined or enclosed space is to render it safe for workers. To reach this level of safety three requirements must be met. If your ventilation unit is too small to handle the job, a safe atmosphere can't be maintained, and … read more
Nov 20th 2015

Confined Space Hardline Communication Systems

Radios just don't work in confined spaces. Cell phones? If your local carrier is like mine, it isn't reliable above ground, much less down below, or in heavy metal environments. Yelling? Please. If yelling worked, you wouldn't be reading this. Tugging on a rope or banging on a pipe are also terrible ways to pass information back and forth, especially in an emergency. The only viable answer is a … read more
Welding in a Confined Space - How to Ventilate Properly
Nov 13th 2015

Welding in a Confined Space - How to Ventilate Properly

Construction welders regularly need to enter confined spaces in boilers, tanks, or pressure vessels to perform repairs or during the manufacturing process. Both MIG welding and TIG welding use inert gas that's heavier than air and that has the potential to displace oxygen and create a major hazard for the welder. Because of the inadequate ventilation of confined spaces, the heavy gas has … read more
Nov 6th 2015

Anchorage Connectors for Confined Space Work

Some say there are only two types of confined spaces: Those you've been in before, and those you haven't. And while things can certainly change even in spaces you've entered a thousand times, the need for solid anchorage is a constant. The anchorage connectors section of our site provides a range of options from permanant concrete D-ring anchors to quick and easy tie-off adapter … read more
Oct 30th 2015

Confined Space Ventilation Made Easier

It's a no-brainer. When it comes to choosing the right ventilator for confined space work, it needs to do three things really well: Move large amounts of air Be lightweight Be simple to use How does one go about shopping for these bad boys? Look no further cause we found "The One" in the  ECKO K30 blower/ventilator from Euramco. Unlike traditional … read more
Oct 23rd 2015

Cured In Place Pipe (CIPP) Fixes Pipes Without Digging

Rehabilitation of underground pipes and subterranean confined spaces through a process known as CIPP or "cured in place piping" is quickly gaining momentum around the world. Water, sewer, gas, and chemical pipelines and other subterranean systems with difficult accessibility can now be cleaned and resealed without digging up the entire system. CIPP creates a pipe within a pipe and … read more
Oct 23rd 2015

How To Inspect Your SRLs To Be In Compliance With ANSI Z359

In addition to new requirements for manufacturers of self-retracting lifelines when meeting updated ANSI Z35914 regulations, companies using the SRLs have work to do if they want to stay compliant with the American National Standards Institute's voluntary consensus standards. In creating this new standard, ANSI is trying to create a culture of SRL and fall protection inspection and certifica … read more
Oct 16th 2015

How to Put a Fixed Gas Detection System in Your Facility

Flammable and toxic gas detection is a must for many oil refineries, offshore platforms, laboratories, chemical production plants, and public works facilities. If your work requires constant gas monitoring, you need a reliable, easy-to-maintain fixed gas sensor system that will warn you quickly if a problem arises. How complicated a fixed gas system depends largely on the use of … read more