Archive for June 30, 2011

Fourth of July Safety Tips

It’s almost time to celebrate our nation’s Independence Day with family and friends, good old fashion hamburgers, and of course, fireworks.  Unfortunately, Fourth of July celebrations often end with injuries due to unsafe firework handling. Severe burns, amputations, blindness and in some cases, deaths can turn a joyful celebration to a medical nightmare.   Keep your loved ones injury free this holiday by following several safety tips.

  • Never give fireworks to small children, and always follow the instructions on the packaging.
  • Keep a supply of water close-by as a precaution.
  • Make sure the person lighting fireworks always wears eye protection.
  • Light only one firework at a time and never attempt to relight “a dud.”
  • Store fireworks in a cool, dry place away from children and pets.
  • Have a first aid kit and a burn kit on hand
  • Never throw or point a firework toward people, animals, vehicles, structures or flammable materials.
  • Stay at least 500 feet away from professional fireworks displays.
  • Leave any area immediately where untrained amateurs are using fireworks.

Before using fireworks, make sure they are permitted in your area. Keep in mind,  illegal fireworks are often the cause of severe injuries and fires. These banned fireworks include large reloadable mortar shells, cherry bombs, aerial bombs, M-80 salutes, and larger firecrackers containing more than two grains of powder. Individuals found in possession of, or using, illegal fireworks can face fines, penalties and/or arrest.  By taking extra precautions, using wise judgment and obeying the laws, your Fourth of July celebration will go off with a bang!

California Law Requires Carbon Monoxide Detectors In Residences

Carbon Monoxide and Smoke DetectorsStarting Friday, July 1, residences in California are required to have carbon monoxide detectors as well as smoke detectors. Previous laws have required newly-constructed homes to have CO detectors. However, the new Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act (California Senate Bill 183) applies to existing dwellings. The law states that owners of residential properties with gas appliances, fireplaces or attached garages must install one CO detector per floor. Owners of single-family units (such as houses, manufactured homes, and condominiums) must comply by July 1st or face up to $200 in fines. Owners of multiple-unit dwellings (apartments, hotels, dormitories, etc.) have until January 1, 2013 to comply.

Carbon monoxide is called “The Silent Killer” for good reason. It is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that can cause unconsciousness, brain damage, and death. According to the California Air Resources Board, carbon monoxide poisoning is responsible for 30-40 deaths and 175-700 emergency room visits each year. The Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act aims to reduce these avoidable deaths and injuries.

Carbon monoxide detectors are an easy, affordable way to protect your family. At envirosafetyproducts.com, safety is our number 1 concern. We offer a large selection of carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detectors, including combination smoke/CO detectors that fulfill the new California residential requirements.

Worker’s Death on Tractor Leads to Poultry Plant’s $120,000 Fine

OSHA cited the company for one serious safety violation related to the fatality for exposing workers to struck-by hazards by not requiring them to wear high-visibility clothing and by not implementing traffic control measures.

OSHA has cited Marshall Durbin Cos. in Hattiesburg, Miss., for 12 safety and health violations following the December 2010 death of a worker who was struck by a tractor trailer while filling potholes near the plant entrance. The fatality investigation led to a comprehensive inspection of the plant in January 2011. Proposed penalties for the citations total $120,000.

OSHA cited the company for one serious safety violation related to the fatality for exposing workers to struck-by hazards by not requiring them to wear high-visibility clothing and by not implementing traffic control measures. Four other serious safety violations include missing mid-rails from stair railings, not adequately illuminating exit routes, failing to have proper machine guarding, and not mounting electrical junction boxes to a structure. Additionally, three serious health violations were cited for allowing emergency responders wearing respirators to have beards, permitting unsanitary bathrooms and, failing to label hazardous chemicals.

The company also was cited for three repeat safety violations for exposing workers to unguarded rotating gear shaft ends, not labeling electric circuit breaker panels, and using a flexible conduit in wet locations that was not waterproof. One repeat health violation was cited for exposing employees to corrosive material without facilities for quick drenching or flushing of the eyes eyewash stations. The company was cited for three of those four violations at the same location in April 2010, including having unlabeled control panels and a non-waterproof conduit in wet locations, and lack of access to the eye wash station.

“An employee’s life was needlessly lost because the employer failed to identify and eliminate hazards prior to allowing work to begin,” said Clyde Payne, OSHA’s area director in Jackson. “If OSHA’s standards for safety and health had been followed, this tragedy could have been avoided.” Marshall Durbin Cos., headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., is one of the largest privately owned poultry processing companies in the U.S. and employs approximately 3,000 workers, including 927 at the Hattiesburg location.

OSHA serious about safety vests in hazardous traffic situations

In another example of OSHA’s effort to enforce safety in the workplace, OSHA has issued one willful and two serious safety citations to a Grand Blanc construction company for failing to adequately protect employees from cave-in and traffic hazards.  The company faces penalties up to $54, 600 as a result of the inspection.

The serious citations include failing to require employees to wear head protection and warning vest while working in a trench along a roadway where they were exposed to traffic hazards.  “A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result form a hazard about which the employer know or should have known.

In October of 2009, OSAH issued a new letter of interpretation that requires construction workers wear high-visibility warning garments.

“Highway construction workers should not suffer serious or fatal injuries simply because they could not be seen,” said acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Jordan Barab. “Requiring the use of reflective vests is essential to help prevent workers from being injured or killed.”

The new letter states that all highway and road construction workers must wear high-visibility apparel regardless of whether the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) requires them.  Bureau of Labor Statistics reinforced the need for using safety apparel when data from 2003 to 2007 showed there were 425 road construction work zone fatalities.

Insect Protection

The arrival of summer not only brings hot and humid temperatures, but it also brings about insects such as mosquitoes, ticks, fleas and mites. Working outdoors, near forests or at construction sites with standing water are where workers are at the most risk to insect bites.  Protection form these bugs is a must since they carry diseases such as West Nile Virus, Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

Take Precaution!
Some basic insect bite protection includes; wearing light colored clothing (since mosquitoes are attracted to dark colors) and cover you body with as much clothing as possible, such as pants, long sleeve shirts, work boots, gloves, and hard hats. These easy tips are the first steps in preventing insect bites.

Which repellent is right for me?
There are literally hundreds of different types of insect repellents available in sprays, lotions and towelettes. When deciding which type of protection is right for you, make sure it contains the ingredient DEET (N,N-diethly-m-tolumide).  DEET-based insect repellents are recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety (NIOSH) for the prevention of insect bites and the spreading of infectious diseases.  Insect repellent that contains 24% DEET will provide about 5 hours of protection.

For more information about the active ingredients found in insect repellent, visit the cdc.gov website.

Insect Repellent Safety Tips

  • Apply only to areas of the skin that are not covered by clothes.
  • Never apply around your eyes.
  • DO NOT apply over your clothes as it may damage the fabric.
  • DO NOT apply over open wounds.
  • DO NOT apply more than 3 times per day.

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decisions decisions We are making changes! Enviro Safety Products is dedicated to making your shopping experience as easy as possible.  Customers are often undecided on which item is best for them and we understand why.  Our  products can be hard to figure out at times, especially when safety standards and hazardous conditions are involved, that’s why we added convenient selection guides to our resource center.  Now you have the ability to shop for items with easy to understand explanations and comparisons of similar items.  We have started our library with our most questioned categories including powered air respirators, hi vis safety vests, shooting earmuffs, and disposable clothing.

What else is new?  We are constantly expanded categories to offer the best selection and prices available. Now you have an even bigger selection of high visibility shirts, welding clothing and mechanics gloves.  Be sure to check out what’s new to Enviro today!

Are you prepared for the Zombie Apocalypse?

The threat of a Zombie Apocalypse has many people stocking up on basic essentials like canned food, bottled water, and even weapons. But in order to survive a hoard of zombies, you will need more than that. A good emergency Zombie Survival Kit should also include items designed to protect you from environmental hazards, as well.

Lights: You need to be able to see the zombies to fight them. Flashlights can be unreliable. If the bulb blows out, or the batteries die, that leaves you in the dark, at the mercy of the zombies! We suggest glow sticks, instead. These 6″ SnapLight Glowsticks from Cyalume provide 360° and up to 12 hours of ultra-bright light. Glowsticks are compact for easy storage, and provide an affordable, reliable alternative to traditional flashlights.

Protective Clothing: Zombies are an oozing, dripping, disgusting mess. It is important to keep skin covered when fighting zombies, to avoid contact with the zombie ick. For everyday use, we highly recommend Tyvek Coveralls to keep your skin and clothing clean. They are abrasion resistant, and repel liquids. Best of all, they’re disposable! When you’re done chopping up zombies, simply remove the coveralls and throw them away. You will also need a good pair of gloves. HexArmor gloves provide excellent cut and abrasion resistance, which is important when a zombie is trying to bite off your finger! HexArmor gloves also feature the highest level of cut resistance available (ISEA Level 5), and are machine-washable. Choosing the right footwear is also important. Zombie butt-kicking requires a sturdy pair of boots, like these Tingley Boots. Tingley’s HazProof Boots, originally designed for HazMat cleanup, have been tested to Military Standard 282 and meet chemical permeation requirements of NFPA 1991 Standard on Vapor-Protective Ensembles for Hazardous Materials Emergencies 2005 Edition. Made from a special polymer material, these boots are 11″ tall and feature a sure-grip sole to provide excellent traction even in wet conditions.

Respiratory Protection: Zombies smell horrible. Protect yourself from nuisance-level airborne contaminants with this disposable N95 Respirator from 3M. The 8511 Mask filters out 95% of non oil-based particles, and features an adjustable nose clip and Cool-Flow exhalation valve for all-day comfort. For heavy duty respiratory protection, check out these half and full face 3M Respirators. These 3M respirators come in a variety of styles and sizes, ensuring the proper level of respiratory protection for any job.

First Aid: For the brave people who do battle with the living dead, injuries are inevitable. This Standard Trauma Kit from Medique contains 22 first aid items to treat minor to moderate injuries, such as burns, scrapes, and sprains. After a long day of fighting zombies, these Medi-First Pain Relief Tablets and Cold Packs will ease the pain of tired, aching muscles. Proper electrolyte balance is important to ensure maximum zombie destruction. Sqwincher Hydration Packs can replace electrolytes lost during battle, increasing alertness and productivity.

These are only a few suggestions. There are many more products to aid in the struggle against the army of the living dead. But the most important thing to remember is this – always be on guard.

The Zombie Apocalypse could happen at any time. When the undead come for you, will you be ready?

Heat Stress Relief – How to Beat the Heat!

With summer quickly approaching, temperatures and humidity rise, along with the chances of suffering from heat disorders. Don’t fall victim to the blazing heat. There are many products available to help you stay cool during the summer days and nights. From cooling vests, to heat stress monitors, there are many ways to help you prevent suffering from heat disorders.

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), there are six (6) main disorders caused from heat:

  1. Heatstroke: Occurs when the body’s system of temperature regulation fails and body temperature rises to critical levels. Heatstroke is caused by a combination of highly variable factors, and its occurrence difficult to predict. Signs of heatstroke include: Confusion, irrational behavior, loss of consciousness, convulsions, a lack of sweating (usually), hot, dry skin, and an abnormally high body temperature. NOTE: Heat stroke is a medical emergency.
  2. Heat Exhaustion: Signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion include: headache, nausea, vertigo, weakness, thirst, and giddiness.
  3. Heat Cramps: Usually caused by performing hard labor in a hot environment. Cramps have been attributed to an electrolyte imbalance caused by sweating. Excess salt can build up in the body if the water lost through sweating is not replaced.
  4. Heat Collapse (fainting): Occurs when the brain doesn’t receive enough oxygen because blood pools in the extremities. May also cause loss of consciousness and the onset of heat collapse is rapid and unpredictable.
  5. Heat Rashes: This is the most common type of heat disorders. Produces red papules and usually appear in areas where clothing is restrictive. As sweating increases, these papules give rise to a prickling sensation. Prickly heat occurs in skin that is persistently wetted by unevaporated sweat and heat papules may become infected. In most cases, these papules will disappear when returned into a cool environment.
  6. Heat Fatigue: A factor of heat fatigue is a lack of acclimatization. Signs and symptoms include impaired performance of skilled sensory-motor, mental, or vigilance jobs.

In order to help reduce and prevent the risk of suffering from these heat disorders, investing in heat stress relief products are your best bet. With many cooling products available to choose from for jobs that are preformed outdoors year round, you can help stay cool and stay healthy.

  • Cooling Vests are a great way to stay cool. You can find vests that can be dipped in cold water, or filled with ice packs that keep you cool for up to four (4) hours.
  • Cooling Bandanas are another way to keep cool by simply hydrating in cold water for a few minutes, then wearing around your neck. This is an easy, and economical way to keep cool and can be used thousands of times!
  • Hard Hat Cooling Products like hard hat pads, pads with neck shade, cooling neck shade, sweatband with neck shade, and hard hat sweat bands are other great products to help keep cool. These hard hat products are designed for hard to reach, hard to cool workers heads, when wearing hard hats.
  • Hard Hat Shades deliver important sun and heat protection to face, ears, neck and keeps annoying glare out of eyes. Shade at back of the neck facilitates cooling perspiration evaporation and helps keep workers comfortable.
  • Sunscreen and Sunblock are where sun protection should begin. By using sunscreen and sunblock that is SPF 30+ and sweat and water proof, you can help prevent yourself from damaging UV Rays.
  • Heat Stress Monitors allow you to monitor certain environmental factors that may contribute to heat stress. These monitors can determine if the potential for heat stress exists. Also measures ambient temperature, evaporative cooling including effects of air speed and humidity, and radiant heat load including air speed effects.

New Residential Fall Protection Rules

As many of you know, the new rules for residential fall protection are now in effect. This new directive states that people working in residential construction must use conventional fall protection and can no longer use other methods such as slide guards instead when working at heights of over six feet.

Roofer Fall Protection Kit
Titan Roofer Fall Protection Kit

OSHA is aware that implementing these changes may be difficult for some contractors. Last week OSHA announced a three month phase-in period for this directive to give contractors time to comply to these standards. Sites found violating this directive between June 16, 2011 and September 15, 2011 will NOT be fined if they are in compliance with the old directive. They will be issued a hazard letter with recommendation of how to comply to the directive.

As this is one of the biggest changes OSHA has made in recent years, it makes sense to go over a few of the details in this new directive.

  • Residential Construction is defined as a structure that will be a home or dwelling and is being constructed with predominantly wood frame materials and methods.
  • Your fall protection plan must be site-specific and in writing.
  • Acceptable fall protection options include guardrails, safety nets, a personal fall arrest system, or a personal fall restraint system.
  • Other fall protection methods may be used as long as they are allowed under OSHA standards. (i.e. using warning lines on low-sloped roofs.)
  • OSHA presumes that conventional fall protection on a site is feasible. Contractors must pre-plan and consider how to implement conventional fall protection whenever possible.
  • This directive applies to states with federal-run and state-run OSHA programs.

This is a lot to deal with, but there is help! For small and medium-sized businesses, OSHA’s On-Site Consultation Program provides free and confidential advice. Now is the time act and avoid fines and  more importantly injuries.

OSHA’s Residential Fall Protection Page: http://www.osha.gov/doc/residential_fall_protection.html

On-Site Consultation Program: http://www.osha.gov/dcsp/smallbusiness/consult.html



Don’t Lose Sight of Eye Protection

According to Prevent Blindness America, “more than 2,000 people injure their eyes at work each day. About 1 in 10 injuries require one of more missed workdays to recover from their injury. Of the total amount of work-related injuries, 10 – 20% will cause temporary or permanent vision loss”. The correct eye protection, appropriate for the conditions in which you work, would certainly lessen the injury or prevent it all together.

A Bureau of Labor Statistics survey of injured workers found that 60% were not wearing eye protection at the time of the accident and 40% were wearing the wrong type of eye protection for the job. Most of these workers were wearing safety glasses with no side shields. 70% of injuries were caused by flying or falling objects or sparks striking the eye. Almost ½ of the workers reported that the offending objects were smaller than the head of a pin. 20% of the injuries were caused by contact with chemicals.

Welding requires extra eye protection for workers. They must wear welding goggles coupled with a face shield to combat the extremely high temperatures. Welders require extra protection, goggles and a face shield work best for protecting against the high temperatures, bright ultraviolet or infrared light as well as particles that can be thrown out from the welding process.

A welder might be even safer wearing a welding helmet. Welders may need the protection of these helmets to protect from the exposure to bright, ultraviolet or infrared light and the masks are fitted with filtered lenses shaded according to the amount of radiant light being produced by the welding process. The top of the line 3M Speedglas Filter and Helmet deliver the most versatile auto-darkening welding filter ever along with superior eye and face protection.

Enviro Safety Products offers a complete range of eye protection solutions. Our selection of safety goggles includes the Wiley X Spear Goggle, a low profile design that meets ballistic requirements. The Pyramex Onix Welding Glass with a Filter Flip lens is now available in bifocals, designed for multi-tasking and come in 2 magnifying strengths for superior vision and protection.

Our selection and our low price guarantee make Enviro Safety Products the safety company “Keeping your workplace safeTM”.