The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates 22 million workers are exposed to potentially damaging noise at work each year and the effects go far beyond loss of hearing. Exposure to excessive noise can affect more than just workers’ hearing. It can also create dangerous situations.
Whether you are prepared or not, emergencies happen. According to dictionary.com, the very definition of the word is “a sudden, urgent, usually unexpected occurrence or occasion requiring immediate action,” The keyword here is unexpected. When an emergency hits, people in your facility are in danger. Lives are at stake.
Like it or not, winter will be here before we all know it. And now is the best time to start thinking about your plan of attack in order to get out in front of it. No matter what winter looks like for you – be it blizzard conditions, brutally cold temperatures, or heavy rain – this change in working conditions is something that has to be prepared for to ensure you’re able to tackle the season head-on.
Just because you’re getting wet in your rain suit does not mean it’s ineffective. Here are some reasons, and solutions, for your rain gear selection process.
Basic question, right? I bought a rain suit to stay dry, I spent the extra money to get one that is breathable, but sometimes, somehow, I still get wet.
Whether you have an existing respiratory protection program or are developing one for the first time, the fundamental goal is the same: to protect workers from harmful atmospheres as part of a hierarchy of controls within their workplace.
Heat related illness is a concern in any weather – anywhere! As we are in the dog days of summer, working in abnormally hot conditions offers up an all too common set of conditions to guard against… heat related illnesses.
2 of the most common heat related illnesses are Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke.
Many of the doctors and experts say that we need to drink two to two and a half liters of water each and every day. That’s about a half a gallon, to a little bit more than a half a gallon, of liquids a day. Now that is just for when we are at normal activity that doesn’t include if we were out in the sun, playing sports, or doing any other type of strenuous activity. Obviously when those things happen we need to increase that amount of liquid.
Dealing with the N95 shortage. In these unprecedented times of COVID-19, the industrial worker is finding it more difficult to access disposable N95 respirators. OSHA has recognized that and has issued an enforcement memo regarding the use of the disposable N95 respirator to make it feasible and flexible for employers to still keep their workers protected during this time of shortage.
When we are dealing with SRLs, we have two main categories: Class A and Class B. The main difference between these are fall clearance. Fall clearance is the amount of distance that an SRL will allow you to fall before they stop you. When you identify your fall protection situation and you look at the most critical aspect of fall clearance, you may find that a Class A SRL gives you the ability to meet that distance.