OSHA fined Integrated Laminate Systems a total of $49,000 after a February inspection found 14 violations including one related to employees being exposed to methylene chloride at the company’s production facility located in Cinnaminson, N.J.
“Methylene chloride exposure can have very serious health effects, such as cancer and cardiac distress,” said Paula Dixon-Roderick, director of OSHA’s area office in N.J. “It is vital that the company takes immediate action to insure that employees have a safe and healthful work environment.”
The amount of methylene chloride employees were being exposed to were 1.02 to 1.28 times the permissible exposure level of 25 parts per million. The company could have avoided the fine if it would have identified and evaluated the respirator hazard in the workplace and conducted air monitoring for employees, establish a respiratory protection program, required employees to wear the appropriate chemical coveralls and hand protection along with a supplied air respirator when working with chemicals, provide eyewash stations and showers and provide medical surveillance to employees working around methylene chloride.
Other violations the company received included employees being exposed to a crushing hazard while traveling on a work platform attached to a powered industrial truck, Class I flammables dispensed into containers that were not electrically interconnected to the nozzle and the use of flexible cords and cables as a substitute for fixed wiring.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthy workplace for their employees.
How many of you go home with your body aching from a long day of work? Headaches, back aches, sore shoulders and painful wrists are often signs ergonomic problems. By practicing and following the principles of workplace ergonomics, you can help reduce and even eliminate common injuries and illnesses. Whether you’re behind a computer or lifting boxes in the warehouse, there’s always ways to make your work station ergonomically friendly.
What is Ergonomics? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Ergonomics is a discipline that involves arranging the environment to fit the person in it”. There are many ways to tackle common ergonomic workplace injuries. Ergonomically designed equipment such as back belts, knee pads, wrists supports and elbow pads can help reduce your end of the day aches. You can also eliminate common systems by following the basic principles of workplace ergonomics:
- Work in neutral postures
- Reduce excessive force
- Keep everything in easy reach
- Work at proper heights
- Reduce excessive motions
- Minimize fatigue and static load
- Minimize pressure points
- Provide clearance
- Move, exercise and stretch
- Maintain a comfortable environment
Working in a warehouse can be very dangerous. Hundreds of people are injured in warehouses each year. Hazards lurk around every corner – literally! The good news is, there are ways to minimize the risk to employer and employee alike.
- Visibility: It is important to see clearly and be seen. Anti-Fog Safety Glasses provide crystal-clear vision even in humid conditions. Safety Mirrors allow you to see hazards around corners and at busy intersections, preventing accidents. High Visibility Clothing allows you to be seen from far away.
- Fall Prevention: Proper Fall Protection Equipment can prevent countless accidents. Safety harnesses, lanyards and connectors can be combined to create a custom fall protection system to suit most applications.
- Hazardous Materials: Proper storage of hazardous or flammable materials is crucial. Spills should be immediately contained. Spill Kits enable you to safely clean up and dispose of spilled chemicals.
- Housekeeping: Aisles and docks should be free of obstacles such as boxes, trash and dirt. Make sure Fire Extinguishers and Eyewash Stations are easily accessible and in good working condition. Do not over-stack pallets or boxes.
- Personal Protection: Proper lifting techniques (such as lifting from the knees, instead of the back) will prevent most back injuries. However, if heavy lifting is required on a regular basis, a Back Brace is recommended. Other personal protective equipment (PPE) such as Hardhats, Steel Toe Boots, and Safety Glasses are also valuable in reducing preventable injuries from falling or flying objects.
Who doesn’t love free stuff? Even better, who doesn’t love free money? Enviro Safety Products is proud to announce our Occupational Safety Scholarship! Every year we will award a $1,000 scholarship to students pursuing a degree in Occupational Safety and Heath or a related field. All students who meet the criteria are encouraged to apply. For more information visit our website: http://www.envirosafetyproducts.com/scholarship.php Don’t miss out! The deadline for the 2011 award is approaching.
The Pelican for Patriots program was scheduled to end on 12/31/2010, but Pelican Products has decided to extend it indefinitely. This unique program offers a FREE PELICAN CASE to soldiers who have lost a limb in service of our country, as a way to say thank you for their sacrifice.
It’s common for people with prosthetic limbs to have multiple prosthetics, either as back-ups, or for specific tasks, and storage can be problematic. Now, the same Pelican Cases used on the battlefield will protect your valuable prosthetics. Pelican will even customize the interior to the exact measurements of your prosthetic to ensure a secure fit. Strong and durable, Pelican Cases feature an open cell core with solid wall design for lightweight protection. An o-ring seal makes Pelican Cases watertight, and dust-proof, yet open easily with a light tug on the double throw latches. Suggested models are the Pelican 1200 Case for smaller prosthetics, the Pelican 1510 Case for medium sized prosthetics, and the Pelican 1700 Case for larger prosthetics.
Eligibility: The Pelican for Patriots program is open to those service members of the United States, Canadian, Australian, or British armed forces who lost a limb in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) or Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). To enroll in this program, please fill out this Pelican for Patriots Order Form, and submit to Pelican for processing.
To all the brave men and women serving in the military, envirosafetyproducts.com and Pelican Products would like to say thank you for all the sacrifices made protecting our freedom.
With the temperatures climbing in the midwest, we thought you might find recent reviews of some of our heat stress products helpful.
For the MiraCool Cooling Bandanas:
These are wonderful! My bandana stayed cool for 3 days straight. The package said to expect it to last 2, so I was very inpressed! All of our employees love them and say they can really tell a difference.
– M Davis; Gray, GA
These cooling bandanas really work. I wear one whenever I go biking to keep from getting overheated.
– Andy Jones; San Luis Obispo, CA
Excellent product! I use them for summertime yardwork.
– George P.; TX
These cooling bandanas are easy to use and keep my construction crew cool, even in the hot desert sun.
– Pete; Las Vegas, NV
I send care package to our troops in Afgan. These cooling bandanas got a big thumbs up
– KCase; Lantana, FLORIDA
Do the myths about workplace safety have you worried about your company? Are you looking to improve your workplace health and safety standards? OSHA offers a free on-site consultation service that is available to small/medium-sized business and companies with high-hazard work environments. OSHA will help employers identify workplace hazards, offer advise on how to comply with OSHA standards and regulations and aid in developing a safety and health management system. Don’t worry, the consultation is NOT related to enforcement and companies will not be penalized or cited.
In addition to recognizing and improving workplace hazards and protecting workers from injury and illness, OSHA will train employees how to take responsibility for their own safety and their coworkers’ safety. OSHA will also train facility managers and improve their understanding of workplace hazards and how to comply with federal and state safety and health requirements.
Experts believe that a company with a well-managed safety and health system will result in better managing and help improve overall employee morale. In addition, OSHA believes that an exemplary workplace safety and health management system makes financial sense since the cost of preventing an accident is far cheaper than the costs that accompany an accident.
Visit OSHA’s How to Get Started page for more information on improving your workplace today.
How many times have you heard a statement about workplace safety that had you thinking? I’m sure you’ve heard plenty of safety myths at some point in time. Well, I’m hear to set the facts straight. According to a recent poll, here are the top three safety myths floating around the workplace.
Myth #3 – You cannot create a hazard-free workplace – It is shocking how many people believe that no workplace can be made free of hazards. We had one person tell us that it just isn’t possible to have a workplace without hazards so he might as well lock the front door to the manufacturing plant where he was the safety director. Certainly situations change over time, sometimes even very quickly, making it difficult to identify and control hazards. It requires discipline and diligence to recognize and mitigate every hazard.
Myth #2 – Being safe takes too much time and money – When people say that it takes too much time or money to be safe, they obviously don’t understand the power of a cost/benefit analysis. Have you ever considered the direct and indirect cost of even a minor injury? And, the thought of pain and agony that an injury causes should be enough to make workers do everything they can to stay safe.
Myth #1 – Accidents just happen – Wrong! Research shows that over 99 percent of all accidents are preventable. If you think that accidents just happen, then what allows you to drive down the road, walk down the sidewalk or even live in your home without great fear? The reality is that you have a great deal of control over the circumstances around you.
Hurricane Season is officially here. If you live in the Gulf States, that means gassing up, stocking up and boarding up. When it’s time to evacuate, people take with them only as much as they can carry. But how do you protect the things that get left behind? Pelican Cases can help!
- Large Items: Electronics such as desktop computers, game consoles, and blue-ray players are too expensive to forget about, but too large to take with you. Pelican Cube Cases offer an ultra-durable, stackable storage solution. They are waterproof, crush-proof, and foam lined which make them ideal for protecting delicate electronics.
- Documents: Keep important documents like birth, death and marriage certificates, passports, stocks and bonds safe and dry with the Pelican 1437 Case. The top-loading design, padded dividers, and shoulder strap make it easy to organize, store, and transport vital documents.
- Sentimental Items: Insurance can’t replace personal mementos such as photo albums, trophies, heirlooms, and other keepsakes of great significance to you. Large Pelican Cases offer a spacious interior, and optional foam and padded dividers to protect those irreplaceable belongings. In addition to being crush-proof, waterproof, and air tight, all Pelican Cases include a pressure release valve which adjusts to the rapid atmospheric pressure changes that can occur during a hurricane.
- Do a “Dry Run”. Practice packing your valuables away so you know how items will sit, and how much time it takes.
- Pelican Cases DO float! Cases should be stored in a closet or other confined space or chained to a pipe or banister to minimize the risk of floating away.
- Write down an inventory of high value items such as electronics, jewelry, stocks, and bonds. This will make insurance paperwork easier in the event of theft or damage.
A hurricane can cause millions of dollars in damages. Don’t let your valuables get washed away. Protect them with Pelican Cases.
A recent addition to the Enviro Safety Product’s Resource Center is the High Visibility Clothing Selection Guide. The variety of safety vests and other high visibility apparel makes the process of selecting the correct garment for the appropriate conditions difficult at best. The importance of protective clothing cannot be over emphasized, as this protective measure is critical to the well-being and success of any worker environment.
There are a number of considerations when selecting high visibility clothing. First, one must consider the risk involved in the work environment. The closer to moving traffic, the higher the degree of visibility required. Is the worker primarily working during the day or at night? Second, one must judge how suitable the garment is for the job. Loose fitting garments may not be appropriate where moving machinery parts could snag on the protective clothing. Weather conditions, summer versus winter, all play into the selection of the correct high visibility clothing; vests, jackets, rainwear, etc..
There are three classes of garments specified in the ANSI/ISEA 107-2010 standard for high visibility safety apparel, which specifies design, requirements for material used, performance requirements and care labeling. The classes affirm the minimum amount of background and retroreflective (returns light directly to the source) material, the placement of retroreflective material, and garment design requirements. Non-ANSI and Class 2 garments include vests and t-shirts. Class 3 garments include vests with Class E pants, coveralls, outerwear and rainwear.
Quick Question: Does open weave or mesh meet the background materials requirements of the standard?
ANSI/ISEA 107-2010 is a performance standard and the material specifications are not written to include or exclude any materials if they meet the requirements for visibility or durability. Many compliant mesh products are available in the marketplace.
Please visit our resource center for more information on safety products.