Archive for June 27, 2008

New Line – Whizard Gloves

Whizard Cut Resistant GlovesNeed cut protection? We now carry Whizard Cut Resistant Gloves from Wells Lamont. Wells Lamont has produced numerous innovative technologies, resulting in both the widest range and highest quality products. Whizard Gloves are extremely cut-resistant and come in various fabrics offering different levels of cut resistance.

In general there are two types of cut hazards:

1. Clean, sharp edge cuts, such as knife blades and clean edge sheet glass.
2. Abrasive cut hazards. These include: rough edge sheet metal; stamped or punched sheet metal; and rough edged sheet glass.

The Whizard Handguard II is the original heavy duty glove that protects against clean, sharp edge cuts. No other work glove offer this level of protection! Handguard II uses a unique combination of ultra-high strength Spectra, Vectran and stainless steel to provide the ultimate in hand protection against cuts and slashes. This glove is great for meat, poultry and seafood processing, material handling and deli slicer cleaning.

Arc Flash Protection

Arc Flash ProtectionEvery year, more than 2,000 workers are treated in burn centers with severe arc flash injuries. The flash is immediate, but the results can cause severe injuries that last months, years – even a lifetime. In some cases, they may cause death. Fortunately, arc flash hazards can be reduced by following safety precautions and using the proper Arc Flash Protection recommended for each application.

What is Arc Flash?

Arc Flash is the result of a rapid release of energy due to an arcing fault between a phase bus bar and another phase bus bar, neutral or a ground. During an arc fault the air is the conductor. Arc faults are generally limited to systems where the bus voltage is in excess of 120 volts. Lower voltage levels normally will not sustain an arc. An arc fault is similar to the arc obtained during electric welding and the fault has to be manually started by something creating the path of conduction or a failure such as a breakdown in insulation.

The cause of the short normally burns away during the initial flash and the arc fault is then sustained by the establishment of a highly-conductive plasma. The plasma will conduct as much energy as is available and is only limited by the impedance of the arc. This massive energy discharge burns the bus bars, vaporizing the copper and thus causing an explosive volumetric increase, the arc blast, conservatively estimated, as an expansion of 40,000 to 1. This fiery explosion devastates everything in its path, creating deadly shrapnel as it dissipates.

The arc fault current is usually much less than the available bolted fault current and below the rating of circuit breakers. Unless these devices have been selected to handle the arc fault condition, they will not trip and the full force of an arc flash will occur. The electrical equation for energy is volts x current x time. The transition from arc fault to arc flash takes a finite time, increasing in intensity as the pressure wave develops. The challenge is to sense the arc fault current and shut off the voltage in a timely manner before it develops into a serious arc flash condition.

Did you know?

The temperature of an arc flash can reach 35,000 degrees Fahrenheit – about four times as hot as the surface of the sun.

Arc Flash Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)

Personal protective equipment, or PPE is designed to protect employees from serious workplace injuries or illnesses resulting from contact with chemical, radiological, physical, electrical, mechanical, or other workplace hazards. Besides face shields, safety glasses, hard hats, and safety shoes, PPE also includes a variety of devices and garments such as goggles, coveralls, work gloves, vests, earplugs, and respirators.

In order to select the proper PPE, incident energy must be known at every point where workers may be required to perform work on energized equipment. These calculations need to be performed by a qualified person such as an electrical engineer. All parts of the body that may be exposed to the arc flash need to be covered by the appropriate type and quality of PPE. Proper PPE for welding can include Flame Resistant clothing, arc flash kits, helmet or headgear, face shield, safety glasses, gloves, shoes, etc. depending upon the magnitude of the arc energy.

Industry Standards – Four separate industry standards establish practices for the prevention of electrical explosion incidents:

OSHA 29 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 1910, Subpart S

This regulation states, in part, “Safety related work practices shall be employed to prevent electric shock or other injuries resulting from either direct or indirect electrical contacts” .OSHA also addresses the qualification of workers exposed to electrical shock hazards and the provision for protective equipment appropriate for the work to be performed. OSHA enforces safety practices and cites to the NFPA requirements.

NFPA 70e-2004, National Electrical Code

Section 110.16 requires that companies place a warning label on electrical equipment likely to constitute an electrical safety hazard. This field marking can be generic or very specific, whichever the company selects. Future revisions of the NEC standard may require more detailed information on this label.

NFPA 70E-2000, Standard for Electrical Safety Requirements for Workplaces

NFPA 70E can be considered the “how to” standard behind OSHA enforcement. It provides the detailed actions companies must take to be in federal compliance.
Specifically:

■Safety program with defined responsibilities
■Calculations for the degree of electrical safety hazard
■Training for workers
■Tools for safe work
■Warning labels on equipment

IEEE Standard 1584-2002, Guide for Electrical Safety Regulation

In order for the warning labels to carry enough information to show the danger zone for electrical safety conditions, companies must determine that area within which only qualified workers should enter – the protection boundary. IEEE 1584 provides a method to calculate the incident energy in order to specify the level of PPE required for workers.

Security Mirrors – Making Your Facility Safer one Reflection at a Time!

Se-Kure Domes MirrorsFor outside uses “such as, in driveways, alleys, parking garage entrances and exits“a round convex mirror works very well. The “roundtangular” mirror will allow you to avoid the sun more than the round mirror, and some customers feel it has a more attractive design. Both mirrors work equally well at viewing left to right angles.

For inside the office or home, a quarter-, half-, or full-dome mirror is a good choice. In hallways, for example, a quarter-dome mirror can allow people walking into a blind corner to see around it and avoid mishaps. For surveillance purposes, a full-dome can offer panoramic views of wide areas. The smaller (12″ x 18″) roundtangular can also be used in an office or store. The larger round mirrors (26″ and 30″) are commonly used in convenience stores where they can be placed across the room and still provide a good (detailed) view of persons in the store.

The Benefits of LED Flashlights

Pelican LED FlashlightsThe LED flashlight has certainly revolutionized the world of flashlights in recent years. LED, or light emitting diode bulbs, are so much better than the standard filament type bulbs. Electrons inside the bulb move around, thereby creating a more reliable and powerful light source.

LED flashlights are also extremely long lasting. In fact, you can expect to get up to 10,000 hours out of them, which blows away a regular bulb. The LED flashlight will also require far less power to operate, meaning you’ll save on battery usage. Many of these flashlights run without using batteries at all, or use rechargeable batteries that basically last forever.

You can find every different type of these flashlights available including ones on helmets, key chains and regular hand-held units. They even have kits available to convert an older model standard light into an LED model.

Because the LED bulbs tend to be hardier than the older, fragile, incandescent bulbs, dropping one’s LED flashlight in the dark does not necessarily mean losing the use of the flashlight. Since it doesn’t use the same fragile voltage wire of the old bulbs it proves to be stronger and more resilient. These flashlights use only about 5-10% of the power of traditional flashlights, which means longer battery life. Another reason for the longer lifespan of an LED flashlight is that it is less draining on the batteries since it uses about a third of the power needed in incandescent bulbs. Many LED flashlights are waterproof also. This is a perk when it is necessary to use the flashlight in the rain or snow.

Brighter light is important when using an LED flashlight in the dark. Whether changing a tire or looking for dropped keys, the brighter light is a godsend. Because of the innovation of a tiny mirror placed in the bulb the light from an LED flashlight is utilized where the user needs it most. The light from an LED flashlight can be seen up to a mile away. Rather than producing a ring of light like the old flashlights it is a brighter, more focused, directional light.

When the power goes out, and your safety is concerned, trust a flashlight you know will work. LED flashlights are the future, get yours today.

Hot Off the Shelf!

OccuNomix introduces Cool Zone Tech Cooling Vests. Technology originally designed for Black Hawk helicopter pilots. Cool Zone’s amazing “controlled temperature” technology keeps you cool and outperforms the competition in fit, form and function. Cool zone is changing the way cooling vest are made. Vests control temperature keeping you cool for up to 4 hours. UniPak Cooling pad recharge in minutes! Nobody wants to be in 130°F temperatures but when duty calls, these vests will make it seem like a day at the beach.

Protecting Your Little Ones

Safety Products for ChildrenFinally, hearing protection for infants and children!

Sometimes we expose small children to a noisy environment without even thinking about the potential danger. A study from the Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Gothenburg, Sweden shows that 50% of all children between 9 and 16 have experienced tinnitus, buzzing or ringing in their ears at some time.

Peltor Kid Earmuffs effectively attenuate harmful loud noises without shutting out other ambient sounds. The hearing protector is easy to wear, with a low profile and no protruding parts that can catch on things. The wide, foam-filled ear cushions ensure that the set doesn’t squeeze uncomfortably, and there is plenty of space for the ears inside the shells. Peltor also offers Junior Earmuffs for children over age seven.

It’s not always easy finding the proper protection for your little helper. When your child wants to help around the yard (or anywhere else for that matter) take advantage! Majestic Gloves offer Children’s Work Gloves, a real glove made for hardworking smaller hands. Kids will enjoy having a glove that fits their hands and you will enjoy the reassuring notion that your child’s fragile hands are being protected with a durable cowhide leather glove. Don’t forget to protect your children from eye dangers. Enviro Safety Products carries a large assortment of stylish Safety Glasses for Kids that are specially designed to fit your child’s little face.

Protective Clothing in the Workplace

Maintaining a workforce in modern times is a difficult task to say the least, particularly when it requires keeping on top of legislative changes and government red tape. Nevertheless, it is important for the well being of your workforce to make sure you have adequate protective clothing in place during working hours. Whether this involves buying specific items for your workforce, or devising a company uniform policy for health and safety reasons, you can source the right protective clothing for your needs. In this article we’ll look at why protective clothing is important for your organization, and where you can find it.

Protective clothing comes in a range of different styles and sizes, spanning most of the traditional “dangerous” industries. Whether you’re working in a heavy construction environment or handling volatile chemicals, chances are you’ll need some safety equipment, whether it be a sturdy pair of work gloves or a full-body hazmat suit, in order to do your job. But why is protective clothing important from the point of view of the organization employing staff? Furthermore, why should the organization care if its staff are well protected?

From a moral point of view, that seems obvious. Employers should want to take care of their staff and take all measures to avoid them coming to any harm. Unfortunately morality and business don’t always go hand in hand, and it can be hard to ensure employers live up to their obligations. Recent health and safety legislation has had the effect of making the workplace safer for employees, leading to a range of industrial court actions against offending employers. As an employer, it is now in your best interests to be seen to be caring for your staff and the environment in which they work, which is why it can be a good idea to invest in protective clothing for your workforce.

Finding protective clothing is important for the health and well being of both your staff and your company. By failing to provide the right protective clothing and safety equipment, you may end up with an injured workforce or even complex and costly litigation along the way, which can be seriously detrimental for business productivity. Wherever possible, locating protective clothing should be high on the list of priorities for the employer or small businessman, to provide long term value for your business and your staff, and to avoid the dangers of the work environment for the health and safety of your employees.

How To Change The Batteries In The Peltor Tactical 6-S Headset

Don’t feel bad, changing the batteries in the Peltor Tactical 6-S Electronic Headset can be bit of a challenge. This video demonstrates how to remove the ear piece.

1.Hold the ear cup in the palm of your hand.
2.Take your index and middle finger and insert it into the open hole in the ear cup.
3.On the hard plastic hygiene ring inside the ear seal, you may feel a groove. Place fingers here.
4.Pull on the hard plastic hygiene ring and press your knuckles on the gray foam that is also located in the ear seal.
5.The seal is on tight to provide you with the most hearing protection. It is very tight, PULL HARD TOWARDS YOU.
6.Ear seal should pop off.
7.It is just as hard to put back on, we recommend putting it back on like a Tupperware lid. Start at one end of the headset and press your fingers around the rim until it is back on firmly. You will hear a SNAP (this confirms it is sealed).
8.If you require further assistance, please contact us @ 1-800-665-2942.

Respiratory Protection

“Respiratory protection must be worn whenever you are working in a hazardous atmosphere. The appropriate respirator will depend on the contaminant(s) to which you are exposed and the protection factor (PF) required. Required respirators must be NIOSH-approved and medical evaluation and training must be provided before use.” – OSHA

Single Strap Dust Masks

Single-strap dust masks are usually not NIOSH-approved. They must not be used to protect from hazardous atmospheres. However, they may be useful in providing comfort from pollen or other allergens.

Filtering Facepiece Respirators

Approved filtering facepieces (dust masks) can be used for dust, mists, welding fumes, etc. They do not provide protection from gases or vapors. DO NOT USE FOR ASBESTOS OR LEAD; instead, select from the respirators below.

Half Facepiece Respirators

Half-face respirators can be used for protection against most vapors, acid gases, dust or welding fumes. Cartridges/filters must match contaminant(s) and be changed periodically.

Full Facepiece RespiratorsFull-face respirators are more protective than half-face respirators. They can also be used for protection against most vapors, acid gases, dust or welding fumes. The face-shield protects face and eyes from irritants and contaminants. Cartridges/filters must match contaminant(s) and be changed periodically.

Powerd Air Purifying Respirators

Loose-fitting powered-air-purifying respirators (PAPR) offer breathing comfort from a battery-powered fan which pulls air through filters and circulates air throughout helmet/hood. They may be used as part of a hazmat suit and can be worn by most workers who have beards. Cartridges/filters must match contaminant(s) and be changed periodically.

Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus

A Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) is used for entry and escape from atmospheres that are considered immediately dangerous to life and health (IDLH) or oxygen deficient. They use their own air tank.

Heavy Duty Wheel Chocks

Wheel ChocksWhat are Wheel Chocks?

Wheel Chocks are wedges of sturdy material placed behind a vehicle’s wheels to prevent accidental movement. Chocks are placed for safety in addition to setting the brakes. The bottom surface is sometimes coated in rubber to enhance grip with the ground. For ease of removal, a rope or chain may be tied to the chock or a set of two chocks. One edge of the wedge has a concave profile to contour to the wheel and increase the force necessary to overrun the chock.

The majority of Wheel Chocks are brightly colored yellow and orange, so they are highly visible. Wheel chocks come with many different surfaces and patterns. There are Rubber Wheel Chocks, Urethane Wheel Chocks, Oversized Wheel Chocks, All-Terrain Wheel Chocks, Motorcycle Wheel Chocks and many more to fit your specific needs. There are lots of opportunities to increase your safety and well-being by utilizing wheel chocks. For example, if you are changing a flat tire, checking your suspension, or even checking your oil. Wheel chocks will give you back-up assurance that your vehicle won’t move while you’re underneath it. If you are loading up a trailer or hitching a boat or other attachment to a vehicle, wheel chocks will hold both things steady. Some people parking on steep hills nudge wheel chocks under the back tires just in case their emergency brake fails.

Wheel Chocks and Dock Compliance

Wheel chocks are required by OSHA, and in order to be in compliance you will have to insure that every truck that comes into the dock area is chocked during the unloading or loading process. If you are relying on the honor system after having posted signage and providing chocks, you are taking a serious risk. Not all operators are equally conscientious, and a few bad apples will take advantage of reduced visibility in the dock area to avoid the additional hassle of placing the chocks. Doing so puts your company at risk, and you will need to take additional measures to enforce compliance with OSHA regulations.

Strategically placed cameras are an excellent incentive for an operator to comply, but many companies are unwilling to invest in expensive camera systems. Fortunately, a strategically placed security mirror and an observant dockworker can get the same job done as a camera. No matter which solution is best for you, compliance is the key to avoiding liability.

How to use Wheel Chocks

To properly use wheel chocks, it’s important to remember a few basic guidelines:

1.Always use chocks in pairs, especially if you are unsure of the slope of a roadway, parking area, or other terrain. It’s often a good idea to purchase chocks that are connected one to another.
2.Always place the chocks snugly against the tires, and beware wet surfaces that can allow chocks to slip under the wrong conditions.
3.If you are parked on an oily surface, move the vehicle to a safer spot, if possible.
4.Never drive over chocks, or try to apply chocks if the parking brake has not been applied.
5.Remember that improper use of chocks can void warranties, insurance, and compliance to safety regulations.