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Gloves Made for Mechanics

It is important for mechanics to wear work gloves when servicing an automobile to protect their hands from from contact with chemicals, burns and cuts. Mechanics Gloves are specifically designed for protection against the dangers of auto repair without compromising dexterity. While there are many different styles of gloves to choose from, it is recommended to opt for more protective coverage than may be required, just to be safe.

Before deciding which mechanics glove to purchase, it is important to evaluate you working conditions to determine how much protection you need. Here are some question to ask yourself?

  • Will I be exposed to hazardous liquids, i.e. oil, gas, brake fluid, ect?
  • Do I frequently touch hot engine parts?
  • Do I use hand tools?

What to look for in mechanic gloves?Mechanic Gloves

  1. Cut Resistance – find a gloves that offers the appropriate level of cut resistance. Gloves with reinforced palms made from PVC or Kevlar offer extra protection. Remember, there is no such thing as a CUT-PROOF glove.
  2. Heat Resistance – most gloves offer protection from burns when touching or handling hot engine parts.
  3. Full Finger vs. 3/4 Finger – determine the physical conditions your hands will be exposed to determine which finger length is appropriate. Full finger covers the entire finger, while 3/4 finger leaves half of your finger exposed to potential hazards, but also offer more dexterity.

Remember to always keep a pair of Mechanic Gloves in your toolbox.

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.

Volunteer Fire: Where is it headed?

Of the 1.1 million firefighters in the U.S., roughly 70% are Volunteers!

Knowing the stresses and challenges of being a firefighter, it’s remarkable to see this many people selflessly serving their communities across our great country!!

Unfortunately though, the great recession has been causing the number (and the percentage) of Volunteer Firefighters to decline in the last few years.  Some of these Volunteers have needed to pick up paid work opportunities like overtime and a second job.  The great recession has also brought a tightening to the budget capacities of many municipalities, states and even federal funding grants.

As a result, more pressure is being put on the remaining Volunteers along with their aging firefighter gear.  Obviously the hope is that as our economy expands again, we’ll also see our rank of Volunteers grow and their local Fire Departments will be able to modernize their fire fighting equipment stock.

OSHA Alliance Program Renewed!

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The Alliance Program was recently renewed between OSHA and the Society for Chemical Hazard Communication (SCHC). Their continued goal is to ensure workers are aware of the chemical hazards they may be exposed to at the workplace, while also reducing the number of chemical-related injuries and illnesses and to increase awareness of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).

According to OSHA’s website, “More than 32 million workers are exposed to 650,000 hazardous chemical products in American workplaces.”

Through the Alliance program, OSHA works with groups and employers in the following areas:

  • Increasing employee access to effective chemical protective clothing and other personal safety supplies.
  • Using seminars and other training methods aimed at reducing the amount of workplace hazards, injuries and illnesses
  • Develop and employee training program for future hires.

Some of the groups OSHA works with include unions, consulates, trade or professional organizations, faith- and community-based organizations, businesses and educational institutes.

OSHA also says that through the use of Webinars, industry meetings and national safety and health conferences, the Alliance program will share the best practices and procedures for protecting workers from the hazards of chemical exposure.

Utilizing this program is a great way to identify which chemical hazards are present in your workplace and which personal safety supplies are right for you.

Free : OSHA Consultation Services

Did you know you have access to a Free Consultation Program offered by OSHA? Well, you do! And many have taken advantage – the OSHA On-site Consultation Program made over 30,000 visits to small business worksites in FY 2010.OSHA Consultation Services

OSHA’s website says the program “offers customized feedback on potential hazards at worksites.” The program is “confidential and completely separate from OSHA’s enforcement efforts.” And the program “does not result in penalties or citations.”

What happens is a consultant evaluates your workplace conditions, practices, potential hazards, job safety and health programs. Then the consultant recommends what can and should be done to improve your safety and health systems, which may include an updating of the safety supplies you provide your workers.

OSHA also says taking these suggestions to the level of participating in SHARP (their Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program) may result in being exempt from certain OSHA programmed inspections for one year.

This can be a great way to re-examine your safety supplies plan, job safety standards and employee health systems!

Top 5 MOST Stressful Jobs of 2012!

The most Stressful Jobs of 2012 are in Public Safety.Safety Equipment

A career placement company, CareerCast, recently ranked the most stressful jobs of 2012.  They used factors like Competitiveness, Physical demands, Hazards encountered, Own life at risk, Lives of others at risk and more.

These are their five most stressful jobs (and average incomes):

1. Enlisted Soldier ($35,580)
2. Firefighter ($45,250)
3. Airline Pilot ($103,210)
4. Military General ($196,300)
5. Police Officer ($53,540)

4 of the 5 most stressful jobs are in Public Safety.  Clearly our US Military, Firefighters and Police Officers stand out as our nations heroes!!  They deal with extraordinary demands and hazardous environments.  They protect the lives of so many!!

And if their jobs weren’t enough, the budget cuts of recent years just adds to the stress.  This means that they cannot purchase the safety supplies and equipment that they most desperately need.

We, the public, should be protecting our heroes and making sure they have all the resources they need … to serve and protect us!!

New to Enviro! Custom Logo Safety Vests

Enviro Safety introduces its NEW Custom Logo Safety Vests program where companies have the ability to get their name, logo and/or company slogan screen printed on the front or back of hi-viz safety vests. Companies all over the country are having their name and logo screen printed on high visibility safety vests and it’s a great way to advertise your company’s name. Stand out from the rest and have us screen print your safety vests today! Browse our wide selection of safety vests available to have your custom logo imprinted on.

Customizing your safety vests are as easy as 1..2..3

1. Select the style safety vest you want
2. Click “Customize It!”

3. Submit your order