Blog Articles

Sep 18th 2015

Draeger SCBA Provides Confidence to Confined Space Workers

When the oxygen content drops below 17%, but work has to go on, count on the PAS Lite SCBA system from Draeger. The PAS Lite is designed not just for breathing in dangerous atmospheres, but also for working in them. The components of the PAS Lite system work seamlessly together for comfort and extreme protection in some of the world's most dangerous work or rescue environments. … read more
Aug 21st 2015

Draeger Accruo Pump Provides Simple Gas Detection in a Complex World

The Accuro manual hand pump from Draeger is used in an incredibly wide range of industries for gas detection. Scuba divers use it to test the air from their pumps for carbon monoxide (CO), carbon dioxide (CO2), oil mist, and water vapor. Submariners use it to measure oxygen (O2), carbon dioxide, and hydrogen (both 0-2000 ppm and 0 - 4% LEL). More often this versatile, non-electric … read more
Aug 14th 2015

Setting Up Your Confined Space Entry Tripod

Setting up a tripod can be a pain in the neck so it's gratifying to use a product like the Miller 7 ft. aluminum confined space entry tripod. Properly machined and easy to click into place, each leg is independently adjustable so the system can be constructed on an uneven surface. Confined space entry is tricky enough with all the gear and the lifelines and the harness pinching … read more
Aug 7th 2015

Draeger X-zone 5000 - The Best of Fixed and Portable Gas Monitoring

The X-zone 5000 from Draeger is designed to get workers out safely in the event of an accident. It combines the best of fixed and portable gas detection technology into a wireless and modular defense system against dangerous gas leaks. Draeger has been the company that people who are serious about gas detection and safety have turned to for many years. The X-zone 5000 is another … read more
Jul 31st 2015

Do I Need a Diffusion or Pump-Style Gas Monitor for My Job?

Deciding which type of gas monitor is right for you is simple if you know what you need the monitor to do. The difference between the two main styles of monitors comes down to the way they sample the air. At pksafety.com we carry both types. Single gas monitors like the MSA ALTAIR Single-Gas H2S Detector are something you strap to your belt or the front of your shirt and wear with you … read more
Jul 24th 2015

Suspension Trauma Straps for Confined Space Falls

Falls in confined spaces are often painful. Sometimes they require rescue from other team members. In these cases it's important that the fallen worker isn't simply hanging by their harness for the entire time it takes the rescue team to get them out of there. A typical harness, even though they meet OSHA and ANSI standards for fall protection, will really squeeze the legs when a w … read more
Jul 17th 2015

RAE Systems PID Monitor Used to Check for Ping Pong Dopers

Paddle-gate! The great ping pong doping scandal of the 2012 Olympics. How did we miss this when it happened? The one opportunity for levity in our confined space world? How often does Olympic Ping Pong collide with sophisticated RAE Systems gas detection devices? Not often enough, in our view. Since the 1970s serious ping pong players have apparently been souping up their paddles t … read more
Jul 10th 2015

What Do Contractors Need for Confined Space Entry?

Just because you aren't entering a drainage system, silo, septic tank, or some other confined space every day, or even every week, doesn't mean you can avoid getting the equipment necessary to make you OSHA compliant. But it does mean that you will be perfectly satisfied with a basic confined space entry system. For folks working in city waste water treatment facilities or manuf … read more
Jul 3rd 2015

Petzl Face Shield Provides Eye Safety When You Need It

Have you ever been looking for your glasses and then realized they were on top of your head? The great thing about the Petzl VIZIR face shield is that is the first place you are going to look for them. The cleverly named VIZIR visor mounts to the top of a VERTEX VENT or ALVEO helmet creating convertible eye protection. Down when you need it, up when you don't. But your eye protection is alwa … read more
Jun 26th 2015

Don't Use Expired Calibration Gas to Test Monitors

Gas produced and put into bottles for bump testing and calibrating gas monitors has a finite shelf life, and paying attention to that expiration date might save your life. Using expired gas can lead to incorrect calibration of your gas monitor. Gas concentrations have been known to drop over time. Reactive gases such as hydrogen sulfide react with the material of the cylinder container … read more
Jun 19th 2015

Post Confined Space Warnings to Keep Employees Safe

If a workspace contains hazardous permit-required spaces, OSHA mandates the employer must inform exposed employees of their existence, location, and the hazards they pose. This can be done by posting unambiguous warning signs such as "DANGER-CONFINED SPACE- AUTHORIZED PERSONNEL ONLY." And while signs like that are pretty clear, there will still be folks who assume it doesn't apply to t … read more
Jun 5th 2015

A Great New Fan for Confined Space Ventilation

Looking for a great confined space fan that won't break the bank? The Ecko K30 ventilation fan is the newest ventilator from the experts at Euramco. This 12 in. blower/exhauster and has a .62 horsepower motor and is part of Euramco's economy line of blower. The features of this fan are similar to much more expensive models. The K30 is capable of moving over 2400 cubic feet of ai … read more