Archive for April 25, 2012

DuPont Tyvek 2012 Dirty Work Photo Contest

Tyvek Photo Contest

DuPont wants to see photos of you wearing Tyvek Coveralls while working on a “dirty work” project or after the “dirty work” project is complete. The DuPont Tyvek 2012 Dirty Work Photo Contest is a two-part promotion consisting of the Photo Contest and a Sweepstakes. The contest runs between May 1 to September 30, 2012 and there is no entry fee required.

Photo Contest: Submit a photo for your chance at a grand prize of a $2,500 travel voucher or in the form of an American Express Gift Card. The winner will be based on how well the Tyvek coveralls and “dirty work” project are portrayed in the photograph.

Sweepstakes: there are a total of 5 sweepstakes prizes of $50 American Express Gift Cards each. Each month a random winner is drawn.

Visit the 2012 Dirty Work Photo Contest website for more information.

Tyvek Photo Contest

Remember to pick up your Tyvek Coveralls and other personal protection equipment (PPE) at Enviro Safety.

What is Arc Flash?

Flash ClothingWhile there are many hazards in the workplace, none is more dangerous than Arc Flash. More than 2,000 workers across the country are injured by arc flash every year and have to be treated for severe burns. Injuries caused by the flash can last for months to a lifetime. With the proper flash protection, including flame resistant work gloves, pants, jackets, overalls, arc flash suits and other arc flash clothing, you will protect yourself from severe burns when working around electrical currents.

What is Arc Flash?
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), defines it as being an electrical current that passes through air when insulation or isolation between electrified conductors is no longer sufficient to withstand the applied voltage, leading to an electrical explosion that can reach temperatures of up to 35,000°F.

What causes an Arc Flash to occur?
Most flash arc is caused by a tool or other element could compromise the distance between two energized components.

The NFPA 70E-2004, Standard for Electrical Safety Requirements for Employee workplace, requires employers to provide their workers the the appropriate flash protection Personal Protection Equipment (PPE).

Arc clothing has flame resistant properties that protect you from getting burned if exposed to an arc flash. Made from non-conductive materials, such as Modacrylic or Nomex that won’t ignite when exposed to a flame. Hi visibility arc flash safety vests give you added ANSI certified high vis protection.

New to Enviro: Peltor DECT-Com II

Peltor Dect-Com IIEnviro Safety now carries the Peltor DECT-Com II Intercom System.

With this all-new wireless intercom system, you can connect up to nine users actively talking in full conference with an additional 40 listeners, all with the capabilities to “break in” to the conversation for a few moments.

The DECT-Com II operates on 1.8 GHz DECT system and has an optimal operating range of 250 meters outdoors in line of sight, making it perfect for use at large construction sites, airports, race tracks and factories. DECT systems are license free in most countries too.

Some of the great features this wireless intercom system has to offer include; signal security with encrypted data, push-to-talk (PTT) capabilities, easy channel reassignment and voice activated mode (VOX).

The DECT-Com II intercom system is compatible with any Peltor brand electronic 2-way headset that has a J11 connector or Peltor Bluetooth Headsets and most HF, VHF and UHF radios.

With this cordless intercom system, you are getting simple and efficient full duplex communication system from a trusted brand.

Check out the DECT-Com II system, along with a wide selection of accessories and replacement part for Peltor prodcuts at EnviroSafetyProducts.com

Wildland Fires and Acres

Did you know 2011 was one of the worst Wildland Fire seasons on record?

According to the USA’s National Interagency Fire Center, more than 8.7 million acres burned last year.  This is the third most in 50+ years.  And, incidentally, the two worse years occurred recently – in 2006 and 2007 (over 9 million acres burned each year).

Wildland Firefighting EquipmentSo how many acres will burn in 2012?  And how will you prepare?

We don’t know how many acres will burn this year, but we certainly know a Wildland Fire season is coming.

So preparation is important, especially in Wildland Firefighting.  It includes continuing education, skills training and strategic acquisition of wildland firefighting equipment, from fire-proof work gloves to hard hats.

Continuing education should occur in the classroom and in the field.  Principles learned formally should also be tested in real-case scenarios.  Skills training brings firefighters both the physical and mental instincts to make increasingly better decisions.

And strategic acquisition of wildland firefighting equipment is part of how we help firefighters do their job safely.  We know a Wildland Fire season is coming.  Start preparing now!

Smartphone App for Public Safety: Wildfire Pro

Wildfire ProWildfire Pro is an app that provides detailed information about a wildfire incident.  Until now most of this data was not available until you arrived on a scene to discuss it in-person.

This smartphone app gives you vital information prior to arriving on-scene.  That way you can assess the data en-route and consider which wildland fire gear, equipment and strategies you will employ.

The app provides:

  • Wildfire incident data from FireWhat.com
  • Active fire perimeter mapping
  • Fire calculators with Weather and FDFM/PIG
  • Quick reference guides for Safety, Weather, Operations and Size Up reports
  • Fire maps with Custom overlays, Severe weather warnings and NEXRAD radar

Receiving this critical data pre-arrival will preserve more time for critical on-site decisions.  Wildfire Pro is available on iPhone and iPad.

TDS: Time, Distance, Shielding

For many years this 3-step approach has been used to reduce radiation exposure in HazMat incidents.  This 3-step approach is also effective in handling EMS incidents.

Time: adequate time should be taken with a patient to ensure the highest standard of care is being administered, and when the job is done its time to go

Distance: onlookers and other people not treating an incident should be kept a significant distance from the scene

Shielding: precautions can be taken by shielding first responders with Personal Protective Equipment such as: gowns, masks, respirators, gloves and other protective clothing

This is a simple, but very effective approach.

Planning Ahead: Fire and EMS

As most know, over the last decade the number of fires have decreased by about 7% per year.  Meanwhile, demand for EMS has grown dramatically.  EMS now makes up 80% of the calls to our Fire Departments.

Our U.S. population of 80 million baby boomers is driving this trend, and the first of them turned 65 last year.  Predictions say these folks will live at least another 15 years.  So it makes sense to plan ahead with EMS in the forefront of our minds.

Fire Departments will be driving resources to our country’s growing EMS demands.  And this can be done proactively.  For example, training can be offered to those caring for our senior demographic specifically on the topics of: CPR Training, operating AEDs and delivering emergency First Aid.