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The OSHA/NIOSH Guide to Nail Gun Safety

A Nail Gun is a common tool used by contractors and carpenters everyday at construction sites, especially in residential construction and every year, tens of thousands of painful injuries occur related to nail guns. The Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA, Dr. David Michaels said that nail gun injuries are responsible for approximately 37,000 emergency room visits annually.

In an effort to prevent nail gun injuries, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has developed a handbook for employers and self-employed contractors titled, “Nail Gun Safety – A Guide for Construction Contractors”.

Improving Nail Gun Safety in the Workplace
OSHA and NIOSH have developed six steps that employers can take to improve nail gun safety and prevent workers from injury or death.

  1. Use nail guns with a full sequential trigger – this type of trigger will reduce the risk of unintentional nail discharge and double fire, which includes bumping into co-workers.
  2. Provide adequate training – everyone benefits from training. Employers should provide hands on training, including operation, loading the nail gun, air compressor operation, awkward positions and what-to-do when the nail gun malfunctions.
  3. Establish work procedures – creating a step-by-step procedure for handling, operating and storing of nail guns will make the workplace safe and reduce employee injuries.
  4. Provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – workers should be provided and required to wear steel toe boots, a hard hat, high impact safety glasses with ANSI Z87.1 protection, and earplugs or earmuffs while operating a nail gun.
  5. Encourage employees to discuss the importance of nail gun safety – employees should be active in making sure fellow employees are following proper nail gun operating procedures.
  6. Provide adequate first aid supplies and immediate medical treatment immediately following nail gun injuries.

Nail Gun Don’ts

  • Never bypass or disable nail gun safety features, including removing the spring from the safety-contact tip, or securing the trigger so it does not need to be pressed.
  • Never keep your finger on the trigger when holding or carrying a nail gun that is not in use.
  • Never lower the nail gun from above or drag it by the air hose.
  • Never operate a nail gun with your non-dominate hand.

Click Here to download OSHA’s “Nail Gun Safety – A Guide for Construction Contractors” handbook.

Preventing Eye Injuries

Preventing eye injuries is easier than you think. Just remember to ALWAYS wear effective eye protection. OSHA standards require that employers provide workers with suitable eye protection. To be effective, the eyewear must be of the appropriate type for the hazard encountered and properly fitted. For example, the BLS survey showed that 94% of the injuries to workers wearing eye protection resulted from objects or chemicals going around or under the protector. Eye protective devices should allow for air to circulate between the eye and the lens. Only 13 workers injured while wearing eye protection reported breakage.

Nearly one-fifth of the injured workers with eye protection wore face shields or welding helmets. However, only six percent of the workers injured while wearing eye protection wore safety goggles, which generally offer better protection for the eyes. Best protection is afforded when goggles are worn with face shields.

Better training and education. BLS reported that most workers were hurt while doing their regular jobs. Workers injured while not wearing protective eyewear most often said they believed it was not required by the situation. Even though the vast majority of employers furnished eye protection at no cost to employees, about 40% of the workers received no information on where and what kind of eyewear should be used.

*Maintenance- Eye protection devices must be properly maintained. Scratched and dirty devices reduce vision, cause glare and may contribute to accidents.

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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”.

Made with Pride in the USA!

It is not a secret to anyone who lives in this great country of ours we call The United States of America, that our economy is in trouble. Big trouble. In the past, the USA was responsible for a large portion of the exporting, however, in recent years things have changed. Other countries are exporting their goods to the USA in large quantities that are produced at cheaper costs, which usually makes it less expensive for the end user. Sounds like a good deal doesn’t it? Spending less money. Cutting costs. Everyone wants to save a dollar, right? Well, as many of us Americans are purchasing products made in other countries, businesses are closing and jobs are being lost here at home.

So, why not buy American and keep our country going strong? Purchasing products from manufacturers located in the USA will boost the morale of the nation, which will in turn keep the American economy going. Typically, products that are made in the USA are of better quality because of the strict regulations, which produces a better quality products in the end. Buy American and save the American economy.

There are American citizens who only purchase American made products and take the time to do research to find out what products fit their standards. For some, cheaper price wins, no matter where the product came from. There are many safety products that are Made in the USA. Here are just a few of the most popular safety products that are American made:

Uvex and AO Safety make safety glasses for those seeking American made products. All meet ANSI Z87.1 standards. With a variety of shapes, lenses, colors, and styles available you will be sure to find what you are looking for.

If you have been looking for Uvex Protege safety glasses but have stopped short of purchasing because they aren’t made in the USA, well now you have no reason not to buy! As of July 2009, Uvex Protege are proudly made in the USA. Featuring a unique design, lightweight comfort, and exceptional performance.

The ever-so-popular Peltor Kids Earmuffs are also Made in the USA. These earmuffs provide excellent hearing protection for children with sensitive hearing and kids that need hearing protection. Perfect for kids up to age 7, these low profile earmuffs are lightweight and easy to wear. Most children aren’t bothered by the earmuffs and don’t fuss or take them off.

With the Swine Flu Pandemic all around us, you need to be protected. 3M Particulate Respirators are some of the most popular Swine Flu protection products in the market and they’re Made in the USA! You can’t go wrong with 3M respirators. 3M respirators are not only for protection against the Swine Flu, but their selection helps match the respirator to the work environment.

Every American has the ability to help prevent businesses downsizing or closing. When you buy American made products it helps keep our country working, and helps keep the companies that you work for in business, and it helps our country. So, don’t just be American, Buy American!

All The Eye Protection You Need!

Our number one goal at Enviro Safety Products is to keep our customers happy. That means great customer service, an easy to navigate website, fast shipping and low, low prices. Did I mention low prices? We know eye protection is a key ingredient for staying safe. That’s why we re-designed our safety glasses and goggles category. Now it’s easier than ever to find the perfect pair of safety glasses for you and your employees.

Now you can shop for safety glasses and goggles by viewing the following categories:

Did You Know???

Did you know the most common eye hazards happen in an industrial work setting? However, eye injuries are not limited to just industrial environments, they can happen in almost every industry out there. There is a dramatic amount of work place injuries that happen in the US everyday. An estimated, 1000 daily injuries are eye related and can easily be avoided if the proper eye protection is worn. Always wear effective eye protection; either safety glasses, goggles or face shields. Better training, education and maintenance on safety glasses can also reduce the number of injuries. Keeping your safety glasses properly maintained can reduce the amount of scratches and dirt that may cause glare and contribute to accidents. OSHA standards require that employers provide workers with suitable eye protection. Do some research and find out what type of safety glasses will be needed for your particular job.

Bifocal Safety Glasses – Protection of Safety Glasses, the Convenience of Bifocals

Bifocal Safety Glasses are great for those needing the protection of safety glasses combined with the convenience of a bifocal. These safety glasses come either shaded, for outdoor use or clear for indoor applications. Thanks to a sleek, yet protective design, you get substantial shielding that leaves room for other safety gear, from ear plugs to a face mask. There is an indoor/outdoor lens that is perfect for individuals working in both environments.

Lighted Safety Glasses Make A Great Gift (You’ll want to keep them so get two)

Light Vision GlassesThese AO Safety Light Vision LED Safety Glasses with anti-fog coating are the handiest safety glasses ever made. Direct light right where you need it! It doesn’t get any better than that. I recently used these safety glasses while wiring my 1968 Camaro project car. Even under the dash and up underneath the car I could see exactly what I was doing. No more moving the hot drop-light around trying to position it just right. The LED lights are super bright and the rubber temples and nose piece makes these safety glasses very comfortable to wear. Plus, the streamlined design leaves room for other protective gear, like ear plugs or a hard hat. I would highly recommend these to anyone working on projects where hands free, focused light is needed. Once you have a pair, you’ll be amazed just how often you end up using them.