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What To Expect From OSHA Inspections

A man claiming to be an OSHA inspector has been harassing businesses in the Phoenix, AZ area. The impostor threatens business owners with citations and fines, then offers to forget about the violations for a check or cash payment. To avoid being taken advantage of, business owners should know exactly what to expect during an OSHA inspection.

  • Identification – Before beginning an inspection, compliance officers will identify themselves as OSHA representatives, and present credentials which include both a photograph and a serial number.
  • Opening Conference – The inspector will provide specific details as to why a company has been selected, the scope of the inspection, walk-through procedures, authorized representatives, and employee interviews.
  • Walk Around – After the opening conference, the facility inspection begins. A representative from the business will accompany the compliance officer on walk through portions of the facility covered by the the inspection, looking for hazards. Inspectors are required to document all violations, including those that are fixed on the spot.
  • Closing Conference – After the walk around, the inspector will hold a closing conference with the employer and employee representatives. At this time, the compliance officer will discuss the results of the inspection, and offer possible courses of action. OSHA inspectors should NEVER ask for payment or hand you an invoice. Any citations, fines or penalties resulting from the inspection will be mailed to you within 6 months of inspection date.

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!

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!

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!

Warehouse Safety Tips

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.

Pelican for Patriots Program Continues

Free Pelican Cases for VeteransThe 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.

Protecting Your Valuables During Hurricane Season

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.

Helpful Hints:

  1. Do a “Dry Run”. Practice packing your valuables away so you know how items will sit, and how much time it takes.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Protect Your Smart Phone With the Pelican i1015 Case

iPhone Case from PelicanHave you ever experienced that moment of shear panic as you watch your iPhone fall, hoping nothing gets damaged? Well, with our new i1015 iPhone/Smart Phone Case from Pelican, you can relax, knowing your smart phone is safe.  Like all Pelican Cases, the i1015 is virtually indestructible. The hard plastic shell is crush proof, yet opens easily with a pull of the latch. Inside the case, a rubber liner holds the phone securely in place, keeping the screen scratch-free. The rubber liner also doubles as an O-ring, providing a tight seal to keep out things like dirt and even water.  The external audio jack allows you to listen to music without having to open the case and expose your phone to the elements. So go ahead – take your smart phone to the pool, the beach, or the mountains. The i1015 iPhone Case from Pelican can withstand any abuse you can dish out!

The i1015 fits the following smart phones:

  • iPhone, iPhone 4, and iPod Touch
  • Blackberry Bold, Curve, Storm, and Pearl
  • T-Mobile MyTouch 3G and G1 Nokia
  • Motorola Droid and Cliq

California Law Requires Carbon Monoxide Detectors In Residences

Carbon Monoxide and Smoke DetectorsStarting Friday, July 1, residences in California are required to have carbon monoxide detectors as well as smoke detectors. Previous laws have required newly-constructed homes to have CO detectors. However, the new Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act (California Senate Bill 183) applies to existing dwellings. The law states that owners of residential properties with gas appliances, fireplaces or attached garages must install one CO detector per floor. Owners of single-family units (such as houses, manufactured homes, and condominiums) must comply by July 1st or face up to $200 in fines. Owners of multiple-unit dwellings (apartments, hotels, dormitories, etc.) have until January 1, 2013 to comply.

Carbon monoxide is called “The Silent Killer” for good reason. It is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that can cause unconsciousness, brain damage, and death. According to the California Air Resources Board, carbon monoxide poisoning is responsible for 30-40 deaths and 175-700 emergency room visits each year. The Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act aims to reduce these avoidable deaths and injuries.

Carbon monoxide detectors are an easy, affordable way to protect your family. At envirosafetyproducts.com, safety is our number 1 concern. We offer a large selection of carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detectors, including combination smoke/CO detectors that fulfill the new California residential requirements.

Are you prepared for the Zombie Apocalypse?

The threat of a Zombie Apocalypse has many people stocking up on basic essentials like canned food, bottled water, and even weapons. But in order to survive a hoard of zombies, you will need more than that. A good emergency Zombie Survival Kit should also include items designed to protect you from environmental hazards, as well.

Lights: You need to be able to see the zombies to fight them. Flashlights can be unreliable. If the bulb blows out, or the batteries die, that leaves you in the dark, at the mercy of the zombies! We suggest glow sticks, instead. These 6″ SnapLight Glowsticks from Cyalume provide 360° and up to 12 hours of ultra-bright light. Glowsticks are compact for easy storage, and provide an affordable, reliable alternative to traditional flashlights.

Protective Clothing: Zombies are an oozing, dripping, disgusting mess. It is important to keep skin covered when fighting zombies, to avoid contact with the zombie ick. For everyday use, we highly recommend Tyvek Coveralls to keep your skin and clothing clean. They are abrasion resistant, and repel liquids. Best of all, they’re disposable! When you’re done chopping up zombies, simply remove the coveralls and throw them away. You will also need a good pair of gloves. HexArmor gloves provide excellent cut and abrasion resistance, which is important when a zombie is trying to bite off your finger! HexArmor gloves also feature the highest level of cut resistance available (ISEA Level 5), and are machine-washable. Choosing the right footwear is also important. Zombie butt-kicking requires a sturdy pair of boots, like these Tingley Boots. Tingley’s HazProof Boots, originally designed for HazMat cleanup, have been tested to Military Standard 282 and meet chemical permeation requirements of NFPA 1991 Standard on Vapor-Protective Ensembles for Hazardous Materials Emergencies 2005 Edition. Made from a special polymer material, these boots are 11″ tall and feature a sure-grip sole to provide excellent traction even in wet conditions.

Respiratory Protection: Zombies smell horrible. Protect yourself from nuisance-level airborne contaminants with this disposable N95 Respirator from 3M. The 8511 Mask filters out 95% of non oil-based particles, and features an adjustable nose clip and Cool-Flow exhalation valve for all-day comfort. For heavy duty respiratory protection, check out these half and full face 3M Respirators. These 3M respirators come in a variety of styles and sizes, ensuring the proper level of respiratory protection for any job.

First Aid: For the brave people who do battle with the living dead, injuries are inevitable. This Standard Trauma Kit from Medique contains 22 first aid items to treat minor to moderate injuries, such as burns, scrapes, and sprains. After a long day of fighting zombies, these Medi-First Pain Relief Tablets and Cold Packs will ease the pain of tired, aching muscles. Proper electrolyte balance is important to ensure maximum zombie destruction. Sqwincher Hydration Packs can replace electrolytes lost during battle, increasing alertness and productivity.

These are only a few suggestions. There are many more products to aid in the struggle against the army of the living dead. But the most important thing to remember is this – always be on guard.

The Zombie Apocalypse could happen at any time. When the undead come for you, will you be ready?