Archive for September 29, 2008

ONGUARD SureFlex – Chemical Resistant Shoes and Boots

Work around dangerous chemicals? You probably wear the proper work gloves to ensure you don’t touch the liquids you’re handling, and you likely cover your mouth with some kind of respirator. But do you protect your feet. ONGUARD Industries specialty upper and outside compounds make SureFlex the number one choice for providing high degree of chemical resistance. SureFlex WorkShoes and Boots are available with plain toe or steel toe. Both styles feature a wider calf design for a more comfortable fit, a kick-off lug for easy removal, removable and replaceable preformed 3-layer insole for added comfort and steel shank for added support and protection in the instep. Orange slip resistant safety loc outsole combined with SureFlex compound provides superior slip resistance. ONGUARD SureFlex gives you safety plus comfort, what can be better?

PAPR Systems in the Workplace

For about 25 years, powered air-purifying respirators have been used whenever workers were exposed to a high level of contamination or required a higher assigned protection factor. The use of PAPRs in the workplace has increased for a number of reasons. Today users want a higher level of protection and know alot more about environmental hazards.

One of the biggest reasons why users are switching to PAPRs is because of there latest advancements and designs. Today’s PAPRs provide ultimate comfort and easy donning but most importantly, PAPR systems are easier to breathe through than other respiratory products on the market. Employees who work for longer shifts like the comfort of breathing through a PAPR, which translates into a higher degree of productivity.

OSHA has assigned PAPRs a much higher protection factor. For example: a stand-alone full-face negative-pressure air-purifying respirator has an OSHA APF of 50, while the same same full-face respirator carries an APF of 1,000 when used as a part of a PAPR system.

PAPRs many be the best respiratory protection for some workers, in terms of higher protection, increased comfort, longer-term protection and better job productivity. Enviro Safety Products can help you explore your options and compare respirators to find the best PAPR System that best suites your application.

Bird Flue: General Precautions

Avian flu is a viral disease and it can be very contagious and even deadly in poultry (e.g., chickens). Of great concern are the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 viruses that have killed millions of birds and infected humans in other countries. If these viruses are detected in the U.S. or if you travel on work assignments or are employed in countries that have HPAI H5N1 outbreaks, take appropriate precautions.

Avian Flu Systems in Humans:

Range from fever, cough, sore throat and muscle aches; to diarrhea, eye infections, pneumonia and severe respiratory diseases. The symptoms of avian influenza may depend on which virus caused the infection but are often similar to those associated with human seasonal influenza.

How Humans are Infected:

Contact with sick poultry or surfaces solid with discharges from their mouths or beaks, or with feces. Inhaling contaminated particles from poultry.

Treatment:

Some prescription antiviral drugs may be effective.

General Precautions:

  • Wash hands thoroughly and frequently, for 15-20 seconds, preferably with soap and hot water.
  • Avoid contact with possibly infected poultry.
  • Avoid consuming uncooked or undercooked poultry or poultry products.

Precautions when exposed – Use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE):

Employees should remove all PPE at work to avoid taking contaminated items home.

Additional Guidance:

Get the seasonal flu vaccine. If you develop flu-like symptoms, stay home except to get medical attention.

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