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.
Hard hats are a staple item on any construction site and in many other workplace applications. But, that wasn’t always the case. In fact, before there were hard hats, standards and regulations, workers used to smear their hats with tar and let them dry in the sun. Today we have many more advances, options, choices, colors, accessories, and the list goes on. But there are some questions that people still have about wearing a hard hat.
Workplace eye injuries are most common in oil and petroleum refineries, chemical storage facilities, high-dust environments and waste disposal areas. Flying objects, tools, sand and dust particles, chemicals, vapors and radiation are only a few of the common hazards that put eyesight at risk. Here are 5 eye emergency situations and how to treat them correctly:
Cold Stress. The data doesn’t lie: Seasons are becoming more extreme. And the ever-increasing unpredictability of Mother Nature is making it harder than ever for workers exposed to her wild weather swings to prepare. It’s more important than ever to be able to properly identify the most common cold-related illnesses, knowing what treatments to seek and how to prevent them in the first place.
Long working hours, night shifts, time-consuming commutes, zero breaks, sleep disorders – all these factors reduce a person’s ability to perform his/her job safely and effectively. And with the always-on pressure posed by our high-performing culture, it’s no wonder errors, accidents and injuries are prone to happen.