Archive for August 29, 2011

Enviro Safety Products Discount for Irene Clean Up

Disasters such as Hurricane Irene cause considerable hardship on our communities and businesses. As a valued Enviro Safety Products customer, we would like to extend the following offer:

10% off all orders shipped to the East Coast in areas that were affected by Hurricane Irene.

We hope this will assist in clean up and restoration efforts. We offer a complete line of

We will make every effort to ship your requests as soon as possible.

This offer will be valid until September 30, 2011. Simply enter the coupon code irene upon checkout to receive your discount.

Making Safety Fun

Workplace safety is important, no matter what industry you’re in. It is management’s job to make sure all employees understand and follow the company’s predetermined safety procedures, which can be extremely challenging. Using games and other activities can be a fun, effective way to engage reluctant employees and increase safety awareness.

  • Safety Bingo – Bingo is an easy game that everyone knows, which makes it an ideal workplace safety game. There are two versions of this childhood game; one to use during meetings and one for ongoing accident prevention. Version 1: At the beginning of a safety meeting, hand out bingo cards with pre-printed safety phrases or slogans. Any time a phrase is used during the meeting, employees mark off that spot on their card. The first person to get a bingo gets a prize. This encourages attentive listening and active participation in the safety meeting. Version 2: Each week, employees receive a bingo card, and every day a new number is drawn. The first person to get 5 numbers in a row wins a prize. The catch is that any time there is an accident, injury or other safety problem, the game resets. This game creates a positive form of peer pressure to encourage safety compliance.
  • Safety Raffle – Another activity that can reinforce the importance of workplace safety is a raffle. Employees can collect raffle tickets by following safety procedures and reporting hazards. Every month, a drawing takes place, and the winner(s) get a prize. This game is great for encouraging individual responsibility for safety.
  • Safety Trivia Quizzes – Use a game show type format to quiz employees on relevant safety issues. Employees are divided into equal groups to answer questions. The first group to come up with the correct answer gets a point. The team with the most points at the end of the game gets a prize. Quiz games are great for team-building, and promote communication between co-workers.

Safety games and activities are simple, inexpensive, yet effective tools that provide incentive for proactive safety. They support an atmosphere of teamwork, and builds bonds of camaraderie. When you play safety games, everyone wins!

Safety Tips for Servicing Hybrid Vehicle Batteries

Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEV’s) account for only about 3% of vehicles on the road today, but that number is on the rise and the average mechanic has never serviced a hybrid vehicle and is unaware of proper safety procedures and regulations. Every HEV has a high-voltage hybrid battery that carries over 400 Volts of electricity and contains corrosive fluid that can be lethal if the proper safety procedures are not followed.

Protection from High Voltage Mechanics are required to wear Electrical Gloves (also known as lineman gloves or arc flash gloves) when servicing the high voltage system and battery only. While electrical flow from the high-voltage battery pack stops when the car is turned off, the current may not be dissipated from the system for up to 10 minutes. Ensure that your gloves are Class “O” and rated for 1,000 Volts. Mechanics must also inspect their gloves for holes since the smallest of openings can draw electricity looking for a ground. Since the high voltage system is not grounded to the body or the chassis, gloves are not required when performing other routine maintenance.

Protection from Corrosive Liquids – Unlike lead acid batteries found in gas-powered vehicles, HEV’s NiMH hybrid battery contains a highly corrosive electrolyte fluid (pH 13.5), that will dissolve your skin if contacted with. When handling the hybrid battery, mechanics should be wearing the following to avoid contact: Splash shield or safety goggles, Tyvek Coveralls, Rubber, Latex or Nitrile Gloves and Rubber Boots. The overall risk of coming in contact with the fluid is low since it is stored in a self-contained enclosure within the battery.

Hybrid Electric Vehicles bring new, highly dangerous hazards to the work environment and service managers should develop service protocols for their employees to help prevent any future injuries. Independent hands-on and online courses are also available to mechanics wanting to learn how to service a hybrid. Simply search “hybrid vehicle training technicians” and find the course that is right for you.

Women’s Work

In 2010, women accounted for 46.7% of the workforce. More women than ever before are choosing non-traditional occupations, such as welders or electricians. The problem is most occupational safety equipment were meant to fit men. However, the good news is that some companies have recognized this problem, and designed their products to fit the smaller frame of a woman.

  • Women’s Safety Glasses: A large selection of lighter, smaller frames and stylish designs mean women don’t have to sacrifice comfort for protection. All our Womens Safety Glasses meet ANSI Z87 high impact standards, and protect against harmful UV rays.
  • Women’s Welding Gloves: AngelFire Welding Gloves are just as tough as men’s welding gloves, but cut smaller and thinner better fit a woman’s hands. Available in TIG Welding and MIG/Stick Welding styles.
  • Womens Welding Coats: AngelFire Welding Coats feature a contoured body, tapered sleeves and high collar, eliminating gaps that can leave skin exposed to sparks. Choose the 9oz FR Cotton Welding Coat for light jobs, or the Hybrid FR Cotton/Pigskin Welding Coat for heavy duty protection.
  • Women’s Fall Protection: The Ms. Miller Harness is the only full body harness specifically designed for the female worker. Made from a blend of Polyester, Nylon and Lycra, its straps are cut fuller in the hips and higher in the chest, making it much more comfortable for women.

So come on ladies – Don’t settle for just any safety equipment! Choose equipment designed with you in mind!

The heat is back – sun stroke cautions

High temperatures again have officials warning of the dangers of heat exposure.  While children and infants are extremely susceptible to heat stroke, the same warnings and cautions apply to our work force.  Officials from Walton Regional Medical Center’s Cuddlebugs program of Loganville Georgia caution parents about the dangers of leaving children in vehicles, even for a new minutes.  Loganville’s temperatres are expected to approach 100 degrees most of the week.  With this in mind, officials site that in 2010, 49 children died as a result of being trapped inside a hot car.  Deaths among adult workers average approximately 15 per year.

Weather an adult or a child, the signs of heat stroke are the same:

  • A temperature of 103 degrees Fahrenheit or higher – but no sweating
  • Hot, red, dry skin
  • Rapid pulse
  • Restlessness
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Vomiting
  • Rapid, shallow breathing
  • Lethargy
  • Unconsciousness

What to do if you develop heat stroke?

With heat stroke, time is of the essence.  Bring the internal temperature down as quickly as possible.

First, call 911. Then find shade or a cool location.

While you’re waiting for the ambulance, sponge down the body with a washcloth or a rag that’s been dipped in cool water. Fan the body with either an electric fan or simply your hand or a magazine.

If the person is able to drink liquids, have them drink cool water or other cool beverages that do not contain alcohol or caffeine.

There are safeguards that workers can take to minimize the risk of heat stroke.  The use of cooling bandanas, cooling vests, hard hat shades and hydration drinks will allow workers to stay cool and hydrated and avoid costly heat stroke.

Statistics Show Fatalities & Injuries on the Decline

Since the creation of OSHA in 1970, workplace safety has dramatically improved and the number of fatalities and injuries has decreased over the years. Here are some statistics you should know.

  1. According to the National Safety Council and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the workplace fatality rate has decreased by 78% since 1970.
  2. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 11 injuries per 100 full-time workers in 1973; by 2001 the rate was 5.7 per 100 workers, a decrease of 48%.
  3. Since 1970, the fatality rate in manufacturing has decreased by 66% and the injury rate has decreased 53%, as opposed to manufacturing plants that don’t implicate OSHA standards.
  4. Similarly, the fatality rate at construction sites has decreased by 82% and the injury rate by 64%.
  5. In 2009, 71,700 fewer construction related injuries were reported, a 22% decline from 2008.
  6. Between 2006-2009, the injury rate among full-time workers decreased from 4.2% to 3.5 % per 100 workers.
  7. In 2009 a total of 4,551 fatal work injuries were reported, a 26% decline from 1992 where 6,217 fatal injuries were reported.
  8. The number of fatalities related to non-highway work decreased from 436 reports in 1992 to only 261 in 2009, a 40% decrease.
  9. 37 States reported a decline in workplace fatalities from 2008-2009.
  10. The number of work related fatalities in Hispanic or Latino workers have declined 22% from 923 incidents in 2005 down to 713 incidents in 2009.

Shockingly Simple Electrical Safety Tips

Every year, on-the-job electrical accidents cause over 300 deaths and 4,000 injuries. That works out to one electrical injury every 30 minutes during an average work week. The most common causes of electric shocks or burns are contact with faulty machines, appliances or light fixtures (38%) and contact with exposed wiring, transformers, or other electrical components (33%). A majority of these injuries can be avoided by following a few simple steps.

  • Do not attempt any type of electrical work unless you are trained and authorized to do so. If you don’t know the dangers, you don’t know how to avoid them.
  • Before working with electrical hazards, make sure all machines are turned off or unplugged. It might also be necessary to shut off load circuits before work can safely begin.
  • Do not assume that the equipment to be worked on is de-energized. Test before you touch.
  • Always use OSHA-approved Lockout/Tagout devices and procedures to prevent unexpected start-up.
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE) rated for electrical work, such as Arc Flash Gloves and Faceshields should be worn at all times.
  • Insulated Tools should be used when working on live equipment.

Safe work practices can prevent accidents, protect workers, and save money. It is extremely important for managers to take an active role in safety, as this sets a good example for the rest of the workers. Make safety your number one concern. Stop electrical accidents before they stop you!

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.