Archive for September 26, 2011

Can You Hear Me Now?

A recent article in the Idaho Statesmen, relates the hearing loss of a long-time hunter.  The common misconception is that you wear hearing protection while you are on the range or trap shooting where the frequency and proximity to gun fire is the greatest.

“But, we don’t normally think about wearing it while hunting. You figure you’re not shooting that much, so why bother?”

The blast from your rifle or gun can be just as loud and just as damaging as those from the range.  This is even more problematic if your game is active (lots of duck flying in) and you are in the rapid fire mode.  This hunter in question was diagnosed with mild, high-frequency hearing impairment, partly due to normal aging, but also due to the noise of gunfire after 50 years of hunting.

When earplugs aren’t enough, we recommend the use of Peltor Hunting and Shooting Range Electronic Headsets to protect from the harmful noise of shooting while on the range or in the field.  The devices will allow the user to hear low level sounds while still protecting from dangerous noise levels.

Peltor – More Than Hearing Protection

Most environments have noise levels so high that they can cause immediate and permanent damage to hearing if protection is not worn.  At the same time, communication is of prime and vital importance. Before Peltor, workers were often faced with a decision, protect their hearing, with products like ear plugs, or communicate. That’s why Peltor headsets were developed.

Peltor Hearing protection offers a full line of earmuffs and electronic headsets for several applications that do more than protect your hearing. Not only do these headsets make your workday safer and more efficient, but also more enjoyable. You will be surprised what Peltor Headsets are capable of!

Peltor Electornic Headsets Peltor Industrial Headsets – Construction, agriculture, forestry; you name it, Peltor electronic headsets will serve a purpose. Most models are even available to attach to hard hats. Peltor AM/FM Radio Headsets, and Peltor Bluetooth Headsets are common choices for these types of industries.

Peltor Shooting Headsets

Peltor Hunting and Shooting Headsets – Hearing protection plays a vital role when shooting. The right equipment can help focus and hit your target at critical moments. Peltor shooting headsets help you do just that. These headsets combine excellent hearing protection with distortion free amplification of low level sounds.

peltor motorsports headsetsPeltor Motorsports Headsets – 2 way radio headsets are a champions choice for communication. Peltor headsets for 2 way communication offer crisp, communication in extreme noise environments. No wonder why they are worn by top teams of motorsport around the world.

Peltor Military and Tactical Headsets Peltor Military and Tactical Headsets – Clear and reliable communications are critical to success in most military and police operations. To be able to communicate while at the same time being protected from harmful noise levels is a vital necessity, both for exercises and actual combat situations.

Basic First Aid at Work

Everyday, injuries occur at the workplace, even with the best accident prevention programs in place. Knowing basic first aid procedures in case of an emergency can go a long way. It is often the responsibilities of a Certified First Aid Provider to aid in the stabilization of an injured or ill co-worker on the job site, but when one is not available, it is the responsibilities of ordinary people to act accordingly.

What is a Certified First Aid Provider? 29 CFR 1910.151(b) states “In the absence of an infirmary, clinic or hospital in the near proximity of the workplace which is used for the treatment of all injured employees, a person or persons shall be adequately trained to render first aid.” CFAPs are certified and trained in various levels in CPR and first aid.

First Aid Basics

Open Wounds for small wounds it is best to place a sterile gauze pad firmly on the wound while wearing latex gloves and hold for at least 5 minutes. When bleeding subsides, wrap the wound and gauze using a conforming wrap. If bleeding does not stop, dial 9-1-1.

Heat and Electrical Burns – first use water to stop any burning of the skin. If the skin is not broken apply a cold pack or bag of cold water (not ice) to the area until the pain has subsided. If the burn has broken the skin, quickly cover the wound with a clean, dry cloth and dial 9-1-1. DO NOT attempt to clean the wound and DO NOT apply ointments or creams.

Chemical and Compressed Gas Burns – immediately use a faucet or emergency shower to clean away any chemicals for a minimum of 15 minutes. Then, loosely cover the wound with a dry cloth or burn dressing and dial 9-1-1 for immediate medial attention.

Shock – symptoms of shock include irregular breathing, chills, weak pulse, nausea, cold sweat and pale lips. Shock is potentially life threatening and should be treated with care. If you notice someone going into shock, dial 9-1-1 immediately. Then, lay the person on their back and do not move them. Raise the legs and feet with a pillow and keep the person warm with a blanket. DO NOT attempt to give the person anything to eat or drink.

Be Cautious of Infectious Diseases

When providing first aid, bloodborne and airborn pathogens are most commonly transmitted through touching, breathing and biting. Follow these guidelines to help reduce transmission of bodily fluids when administering first aid.

  • DO NOT eat, drink or touch your mouth, nose or eyes.
  • DO NOT touch objects that may be soiled with blood.
  • Make sure you cover any open wounds and scrapes you may have with the proper protective clothing.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water immediately following the first aid process.
  • Use a clean up kit for properly cleaning bodily fluids.
  • Properly dispose of all used first aid supplies in a hazardous waste bag.

and remember, always keep your First Aid Kit stocked and ready for use.

A New Look For Our Website

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What To Expect From OSHA Inspections

A man claiming to be an OSHA inspector has been harassing businesses in the Phoenix, AZ area. The impostor threatens business owners with citations and fines, then offers to forget about the violations for a check or cash payment. To avoid being taken advantage of, business owners should know exactly what to expect during an OSHA inspection.

  • Identification – Before beginning an inspection, compliance officers will identify themselves as OSHA representatives, and present credentials which include both a photograph and a serial number.
  • Opening Conference – The inspector will provide specific details as to why a company has been selected, the scope of the inspection, walk-through procedures, authorized representatives, and employee interviews.
  • Walk Around – After the opening conference, the facility inspection begins. A representative from the business will accompany the compliance officer on walk through portions of the facility covered by the the inspection, looking for hazards. Inspectors are required to document all violations, including those that are fixed on the spot.
  • Closing Conference – After the walk around, the inspector will hold a closing conference with the employer and employee representatives. At this time, the compliance officer will discuss the results of the inspection, and offer possible courses of action. OSHA inspectors should NEVER ask for payment or hand you an invoice. Any citations, fines or penalties resulting from the inspection will be mailed to you within 6 months of inspection date.