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The ABC’s of Fall Protection

Here at Enviro Safety Products, one of our top concerns is fall protection. It’s estimated that the new fall regulations that OSHA introduced last autumn (where does the time go, right?) affected 112 million workers at 6.9 million establishments. To be fair to the employers, that doesn’t necessarily mean that every single one of those people were risking life and limb completely unprotected. Most employers are conscientious of fall risk and provide protection equipment. But we have learned more about how to best implement fall protection and that new knowledge was incorporated into the standards, which had a wide effect on the industry.


For us, safety literacy is a major focus. We don’t just want customers to come here to shop, we want to help them learn what’s best for them and their workers. That means providing resources they can consult when they’re in need of guidance to make the right purchasing choices. For fall protection, we’ve developed a convenient acronym, the ABC’s of fall protection:



Body harness


Descent and rescue


Fall protection for tools


Anchorage is the most fundamental aspect of fall protection. The anchorage point is where the system connects to the larger structure. They typically take the form of a metal ring attached to a cable choker, fixed beam, or concrete strap that then anchors to the structure. They are designed to be independent of other anchorage elements, and are typically rated to support 5,000 lbs. They must be installed with qualified supervision.

Body harnesses are the instantly recognizable body-cradling straps that provide the first line of defense. They support the user while they work and keep them suspended in the event of a fall. Many varieties are available, typically featuring D-rings on the back and hips to attach lifelines, lanyard, and tools, as well as an impact indicator that shows at a glance if the harness has been worn in a fall (at which point it is discarded).

Connectors provide the vital link between the anchorage and the harness. The two basic categories are lanyards and self-retracting lifelines (SRLs). Both of them must have the ability to absorb and neutralize the dangerous forces that a falling body generates. Lanyards do the job with stretchable core material, while SRLs have a sophisticated locking mechanism in the spool that halts the fall’s progress as soon as it detects the speed increase. Both of these inventions absorb the arrest forces to prevent injury.

Descent and rescue is a term for systems that allow for easy and safe descent from elevated areas, particularly in delicate situations that require quick escape. Using SRL technology in tandem with independent standing support, descent and rescue systems can allow for automatic controlled descent on sloped surfaces.

Education is a huge part of keeping your employees safe. If they don’t understand how their fall protection works or why it’s important, it will be more difficult to keep the workforce compliant with the law. Corners will be cut, and accidents will happen. To prevent tragedy, build and maintain a robust culture of accountability in the workplace, and encourage questions about the particulars of fall protection.

Fall protection for tools is also important. Certain harnesses will have rings or hooks that can attach to tools. That way, if a tool is dropped, it can be retrieved without having to descend to the ground, and will not be dangerous to anyone walking below. There is also a hoistable bucket available for holding large amounts of tools and supplies.


This acronym provides a basic framework that can be used to build a fall protection program for any workplace. Fostering a strong environment of mutual support and inquiry will go a long way toward keeping everyone safe at work, as will making sure all bases are covered when buying and implementing protection equipment.

Proper Lifting Techniques According to OSHA

At virtually any workplace involving physical labor, workers will need to know the proper lifting techniques so as not to harm their backs, legs, or other body parts. Just because a worker is strong enough to pick up an object, that does not mean that the act cannot result in injury. Luckily, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has a set list of techniques for making lifting tasks more manageable; however, adherence to these guidelines isn’t always perfect. Figures released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2001 indicate that heavy lifting is in fact one of the leading causes of workplace injury. The statistics revealed that approximately 36 percent of injuries leading to missed work days were the result of shoulder and back injuries. The most significant contributing factors in such injuries were overexertion and cumulative trauma, which occur from not employing the proper techniques for heavy lifting.

While heavy lifting will always be physically impactful, prudent precautions and proper technique can ease the resulting strain on the body and help to prevent common injuries such as back sprains, muscle pulls, and injuries to the spine, elbow, and wrist. OSHA has issued a series of detailed recommendations to provide guidance for safe lifting techniques. Where such actions are necessary, following some of these simple tips may be a crucial step in preventing potentially debilitating injuries.

Ergonomic Movement

Safe lifting starts with the proper ergonomic techniques, according to OSHA. As a rule of thumb, it is best for workers to lift with their legs, although this may vary depending on the circumstance. Workers should do their best to pick up objects within their “power zone,” which may be defined as an area close to the body, between the worker’s mid-thigh and mid-chest. Workers should avoid stretching beyond the power “zone.” For instance, workers starting a lift below mid-thigh height put unnecessary stress on the legs, knees, and back. Meanwhile, completing a lift above shoulder-height can strain the upper back, arms, and shoulders. To properly lift an item from a lower location, workers should move the object close to their body and lift with their legs as a safety technique. OSHA recommends that workers should keep their bodies straight and avoid any awkward twisting while lifting heavy objects. It is also useful for workers to keep their elbows close to their sides in order to keep the heavy load as close to their bodies as possible. It may also be preferable for workers to bend at the waist instead of the knees to keep the load close.

Placement of Objects

Another important technique in properly lifting items begins with how the goods are stored. Any steps that minimize bending and reaching reduce strain on the back and other muscles involved with lifting. It is prudent for workers to store heavy objects on shelves and tables that are at least waist-height, to make them easier to access. Objects that will be frequently moved or retrieved should be placed at “power height” for optimal lifting convenience, according to OSHA’s technique guidelines.

Avoid Sustained or Repeated Exertion

Many lifting-related injuries are not the result of a single action performed without the proper OSHA-recommended techniques, but rather developed in response to regular or sustained exertion. Holding items for a long time in a particular position enhances the risk of injury as muscles are sapped of nutrients and waste products build up internally. Frequent, repeated exertion, such as yanking wire, fatigues muscles by not allowing recovery time. Workers can avoid these hazards by working in teams and rotating tasks so that no one worker is stuck doing the same thing for too long. Workers can also mount certain heavy items, such as fixtures, to avoid having to hold them excessively.

Whether your team engages in heavy lifting every day, or just on random occasions, teaching them the proper techniques according to OSHA can help everyone prevent unnecessary injuries on the job.

5 Easy Spring Work Safety Tips

Spring — with the sense of renewal, energy, and optimism that it brings — is the perfect time for cleaning and reorganizing. A tidy and presentable workplace facility presents a positive image of your company, and has been shown to boost employee conscientiousness, morale, and pride. Spring cleaning is also a great opportunity to reassess the safety of your work facility. Rejuvenate your facility this season with these spring safety tips.

Establish Safety Goals

The first spring tip is to occupy the right mindset and make safety your goal. Cultivate a belief that your workplace can always be safer, and there is no excuse for unsafe practices. Making a to-do list is a prudent next step. Before you dive into your spring cleaning safety project, it helps to have a clear picture of your goals and the particular steps you will take to go about achieving them, as well as a realistic timeframe for completing them. In your interactions with staff, demonstrate that you value worker safety to make sure they know that it is a top priority and that you are not simply paying lip service to the concept. For instance, praise workers for following safety regulations, and follow them yourself without exception.

Offer Training Refreshers

The season of renewal is a good opportunity to retrain your staff on safe workplace practices. Remember common sense isn’t always common practice. Even the most seasoned worker may need a reminder about how to perform his or her job with the proper precautions. Whether it’s how to properly insert ear plugs or what to do in case of a fire, reiterating safety tips is especially helpful in the spring when warm weather begins to present new working environments. If the season brings new hiring, be sure to hire smart; make sure new hires are competent enough to work safely and have the right attitude toward safe work practices. It may also be helpful to solicit workers’ concerns about safety in the facility and to act on their suggestions. They are the ones in the trenches, after all.

Check Equipment Quality

If you expect employees to work safely, you must make sure they have the appropriate tools. Inspect all workplace equipment and tools to make sure they are functioning properly. Consult the products’ maker to check that you are up to date with the latest information about using the devices safely, and to see whether any are due for official inspection or replacement. Also, inspect personal protective equipment (PPE) and other safety gear to make sure that it complies with OSHA regulations and recommendations, as well as more general safety standards. Replace any PPE that you provide yourself, such as work gloves, that have become worn with frequent use over the previous weeks or months.

Watch Out For Facility Hazards

Inspect the work facility itself as well. You will want to see that there are no obvious hazards and that the facility is organized in the most sensible way. For example, make sure that any storage areas are arranged tidily so that employees know to put materials in their designated spaces and do not leave them lying around to become trip hazards. Check that boxes and equipment are not stacked in such a way that they may tumble and cause injury. Note whether there is sufficient signage providing workers’ instruction on safe work practices and proper use of equipment. This spring safety tip can help keep your workplace accident-free and productive.

Start Taking Notes

Maintain records of any safety mishaps that occur. Where any incident occurs, even if it does not result in serious injury, perform an investigation to discover why it happened and to determine how to prevent it from happening again. Dutifully note all first aid treatments, inspections, incident investigations, and safety training activities in your record books. Make sure that these safety records are well-maintained, organized and easily legible for quick reference or inspection.

Following these spring safety tips should, at the very least, act as a great starting point for your journey to a safer workplace this season. Let’s get to it!

The Best Gear & Safety Tips For Working in the Rain

Nobody likes waking up to a downpour on a weekday. But with the right rain safety tips, you won’t have to let a little drizzle stop you from getting in a hard day’s work. When soggy weather strikes, make sure you have the right gear at the ready. Utilizing effective products not only helps keep you dry and comfortable, it also protects you from the safety hazards created by wet conditions. OSHA requires that employers pay for personal protective equipment, including rain gear. As spring brings in those April showers, don’t skimp on safety: stock up on these key rain wear products and keep these tips in mind.

Waterproof Boots

Your basic, go-to protective work boot should always be waterproof. Boots made from natural or treated leather stay sturdy in damp weather. Your boots should also have thick rubber soles with sturdy grips to help prevent slippage. Slips and falls are some of the most common workplace accidents and can lead to serious and costly injury, particularly when working from heights. Surfaces, especially common industrial work surfaces, such as metal, can become slippery in the wet conditions. A good, well-made pair of waterproof work boots can help ensure your safety in the rain. (Plus, it’s no fun working in damp socks.)

Waterproof Gloves

A hammer that slips through your fingers can be damaging to your toes, or, worse, the head of a coworker below you. Prevent the precipitation from giving you a slippery grip with a pair of waterproof palm coated work gloves. For extra protection, select a variety with added features such as “gripper dots” on the interior. Nylon and pigskin leather are reliable, breathable materials for waterproof gloves. For cold winter conditions, select a thicker variety with fleece lining for added warmth. For precision work, chose a close-to-the-hand-fit. Whatever variety you select, this is one rain safety tip that can make working with your hands so much easier.

Rain Suits

For steady downpours, it’s best to suit up with heavy duty rain gear. Cover your full exterior with a long waterproof jacket. Unless you like wet jeans, it’s best to add waterproof pants as well. For outdoor work such as construction, landscaping, trades or resources, rain suits are an absolute necessity. They are available in different materials, and the kind you ought to select is often a question of personal preference.

Nylon and polyester rain gear is breathable, so you won’t get too hot. It’s also lightweight and flexible, so it’s easy to pack up and throw on in a pinch. However, the convenience is offset by the fact that it is not always 100 percent waterproof after it has been soaked for a while, so the clothes you wear underneath may wind up damper than you would like. The alternative option is PVC. PVC rain gear is essentially a cotton or polyester shell that’s coated on the outside with a material similar to rubber. Models made from PVC is heavier, thicker, and slightly more cumbersome. On the plus side, its thickness makes it more durable, and it is completely immune to being soaked through. PVC is often the best choice for long-term, heavy-duty jobs.

Water Repellent

Waterproof gear is the first and most crucial step. But for added protection, or when protected gear just isn’t available, spray or lightly smear a silicone-based water repellent on any fabric or non-patent leather fibers — such as boots, gloves, and belts — that will be facing rain exposure.
Making sure you have the best waterproof gear is the first step to ensuring injury-free work in inclement weather. However, one of the most important rain safety tips is to work carefully and at a slow, yet steady pace. Even the most advanced equipment can’t mitigate the risks of sloppy procedures. Make sure all your employees are aware of best practices for doing their unique jobs in the rain.

Preventing Slips and Falls in the Workplace

All it takes is a moment’s inattention. Someone calls our name, something out of the corner of our eye catches our attention, we switch our glance away from where we’re going for a second, and BAM! — we slip on some spilled liquid or trip on a rogue object and fall flat. However, preventing slips and falls in the workplace can be fairly simple with the right tools. On the surface, trips may not seem like the most worrisome workplace accidents. Common causes of slips, such as uneven flooring, may not be noticeable or may not seem particularly hazardous — especially in work environments that feature more blatant dangers, such as industrial worksites. But ignore such dangers at your peril!

The Cost of Workplace Slips

Without adequate prevention measures, slips, trips, and falls can lead to serious, even debilitating injury, as well as loss of workplace productivity and steep cost. In fact, such tumbles constitute the majority of general industry accidents and lead to nearly 8.6 million visits to the emergency room annually. Recordable slips and falls lead to 11 days away from work and $40,000 per incident, on average. They are also a common source of costly and time-consuming lawsuits. Protect your workplace by following these steps to prevent dangerous slips.

Fall Training

One of the most important steps to preventing slips and falls in the workplace is to train your employees. Knowledge is often the best safeguard against danger, while ignorance is often the cause of preventable accidents. Teach your employees to look out for and report common hazards. In workspaces where spills are common, such as kitchens, it may be prudent to advise or require employees to wear non-slip shoes.

Inspect Your Workplace

Perform a thorough assessment of your workplace with an eye toward any existing or potential slip and fall hazards that can be prevented. As a general rule, it is important to ensure that your facility is well organized and uncluttered. This will make inspection for hazards easier, and will reduce the chance of stray objects, such as tools, winding up on the floor where they don’t belong, creating a slip waiting to happen.

For a start, mark any uneven floor surfaces, such as areas where the floor changes gradation to an upward slant, with bright, photoluminescent warning tape. Also, use prominent labels to denote spaces for proper equipment storage to keep them from turning pathways into inadvertent obstacle courses. At construction and industrial sites, it is a good idea to use anti-skid floor tape to add traction to slippery surfaces, such as metal. Non-slip safety matting is also a good solution for creating traction on otherwise slick walkways. The stairs are a particularly common site of preventable falls, so be sure to make stair treads as slip-resistant as possible. Consider marking your stairs with anti-skid cleats.

Brighten Up

Poor lighting is correlated with increased accidents in the workplace. Preventing such accidents begins by making sure that all areas are properly lit so that employees can see where they are going and that any emergent slip and fall hazards, such as stray objects or cracks in the ground, are highly visible. Whatever the workspace, there is no excuse for insufficient lighting.

Where there is a temporary slip hazard, such as a spill that needs to be mopped up or an area of floor or ground under construction, cordon off the area with bright barricade tape or post cones or floor stands in strategic positions around the area. In regions of the workplace where there is a more general or long-term risk, be sure to post prominent signage to warn employees of the danger.

Be Consistent With Maintenance

It is helpful to establish a routine for speedily detecting and cleaning up any spills or leaks that occur in order to prevent consequential slips and falls. This is especially critical in workplaces that truck in a lot of liquid around. Do not attempt to clean up oil-based spills with water, since that will only widen the slippery area. Stay stocked with necessary spill containment equipment such as mops, sponges and absorbent pads.

Slips off of scaffolds and ladders can pose an even higher risk of injury than slips on the floor. Regularly inspects scaffolds and ladders to ensure that they are sturdy and safe. Inspection tags can help by marking the date of the last inspection, the name of the employee who conducted it and the date when the next inspection is due. As the latter date approaches, keep an eye peeled for any signs of wear and proceed with due caution.

After you have performed the recommended alterations to your workplace, keep preventing falls and slips by conducting regular inspections to ensure that the facility has maintained the new safety levels you have achieved.

5 Confined Space Safety Risks and How to Avoid Them

While the dangerous nature of confined spaces may not be as readily apparent as that of other kinds of workplace safety risks, tightly enclosed areas can, in fact, be fatal. One may encounter confined spaces in virtually any workplace or occupation. Larger industrial or agricultural worksites are particularly likely to contain confined spaces. And unlike other workplace risks that can be mitigated with personal protective equipment like work gloves or safety glasses, this danger requires an entire set of external gear. According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), a space is “confined” if its configuration hinders the activities of employees who must enter, work in, and exit it. For instance, if employees must squeeze in an out or perform their tasks while cramped or contorted, certain risks may arise. The elements of confinement, limited access and restricted airflow, can result in hazardous conditions that would not occur in an open workspace. Identification of confined spaces, application of confined space equipment and recognition of the danger these areas pose is the first and most important step to preventing injuries and fatalities. The following are five of the most common and hazardous confined space safety risks.

1-Oxygen Deficiency

Asphyxiation is the leading cause of death in confined spaces, and a lack of oxygen within the space is the most common cause of confined-space asphyxiation. There is simply less oxygen available within any given confined space than in an open space, and hazards from this oxygen deficiency can occur when there are too many workers in the limited area at once or when a worker has been in the space for too long. Some confined spaces are so naturally oxygen-deficient that workers should not be in them for more than a few minutes at a time otherwise they risk serious safety issues. The proper ventilation products, like confined space blowers, should always be used in such environments.


The air in a confined space is sometimes be toxic, containing chemicals or fumes that may lead to deleterious health effects in the long or the short term. Alongside oxygen deficiency, a toxic atmosphere is the leading cause of asphyxiation in confined spaces. Hazardous vapors which might safely dissipate in open air may accumulate in a confined space, creating a harmful, high-risk atmosphere.

3-Getting Stuck

The cramped working environments that personnel in confined spaces face; the even smaller spaces within the confined space that they may have to squeeze through; and the physical contortions they often must put their bodies through can lead to getting stuck. Even where there is enough oxygen in a confined space to make working there safe for a set period of time, the low level of oxygen present relative to open spaces can mean that being stuck there for many hours can lead to oxygen deprivation. Additionally, there is the risk of slipping or falling into tight spaces, such as tapering discharge pipes in water towers, and asphyxiating from the resulting compression of the torso.

4-Uncontrolled Release of Energy

Often, a confined space exists parallel with other hazardous conditions. Risks such as the uncontrolled release of electricity, high-pressure fluids and gases, or mechanical energy often occur in confined spaces. Such uncontrolled releases are even more destructive in confined than in open spaces.

5-Risks from Failure to De-energize Equipment

Employees who work inside pieces of large equipment performing maintenance, repair or related tasks face a particular set of safety risks from the equipment itself. OSHA has documented many tragic incidents involving confined spaces in which victims were burned, ground up by auger type conveyors or battered by rotating parts inside mixers.

OSHA states that confined spaces that contain or have the potential to contain a serious atmospheric hazard such as those listed above should be officially classified as permit-required confined spaces. As such, they should always be tested for the presence of such atmospheric hazards prior to workers entering them. Once employees have entered a confined space, the space’s atmosphere should be continuously monitored to ensure that it remains safe. It is important that confined spaces be as well ventilated as possible in order to provide sufficient oxygen and discourage the accumulation of toxic gases. Employers should be mindful of coexisting hazards such as electrical energy, and should ensure that all equipment within the area is properly de-energized. A worker should never enter a confined space alone; there should always be a buddy or a monitor present. In the event of a confined space emergency, there should always be a rescue plan in place ahead of time. Perhaps most importantly, workers should only be in confined spaces for a restricted period of time.

How to Prepare for Next Year’s Workplace Changes Now

There is no such thing as being too prepared. In today’s rapidly changing market, an effective employer should anticipate future workplace trends. Get a jump-start on the year ahead by preparing for these workplace changes you can expect to see in 2015.

Healthcare Reform

Starting in 2014, President Obama’s plan to ensure that all American have access to affordable healthcare will go into effect on a new front. Employers with 50 or more workers will be legally obligated to provide affordable health insurance for their employees. Experts disagree on exactly how the new policy will change American workplaces, and some economists predict that employers will limit hiring. The legislation will certainly impact those in high health-risk industries, where issues from work-induced hearing loss to suspension trauma are possible on a regular basis. However, small business owners who embrace the change can benefit; those who go ahead and buy insurance next year will be able to get a credit for up to 50 percent of their healthcare premium costs.

Upcoming Changes by OSHA

You can expect the following changes to be pending or enforced by OSHA, come 2015:

  • What qualifies as being a “catastrophe” has now become a single trip to the hospital; what’s more, OSHA must be made aware of the accident within 24 hours of the incident.
  • OSHA will continue its mission to lessen employee exposure to potentially harmful chemicals. To prepare for this, follow OSHA’s suggested steps in order to guarantee that your workplace is in accordance to present and future standards. Key actions include striving to find healthier alternatives to hazardous chemicals; educating staff on safety measures; and keeping necessary equipment up-to-date, including chemical resistant clothing and protective gloves.

The Mobile Workplace and Flex-work

With mobile technology and cloud computing continuing to develop in innovative ways, employees can now work anywhere. The idea of a set workplace is in the midst of change, and so, along with it, is the belief in a rigid work schedule. As technology-savvy millennials account for a greater percentage of the workforce, trends toward flexible hours and a work-out-of-the-office mentality will start to become the norm. Gallup reports that workers are actually more engaged when working from home. Prepare for these changes by enhancing your mobile technology resources, keeping cloud storage secure and up to date, and being open to fundamental changes in ideas about how we work.

Freelancing and Career Switching

Already, one third of all Americans are contractors, consultants or freelancers. Those numbers will continue to grow in 2014, reaching 40 percent by some estimates. Millennials don’t like to stay in one job forever: according to a recent study by the University of Georgetown, only one in ten workers aged 18 to 25 considers their current job part of their real career. This propensity to quickly move between jobs makes “contingent” work a desirable path for many young workers. Employers, still cautious about hiring in the still-recovering economy, will continue to turn the freelance trend to their advantage. You can save money by hiring freelancers, since you will not have to pay benefits, making it a potential loophole to the new Obamacare rules described above. Hiring contract workers is also a good way to keep a large company “small.” Additionally, many freelance workers have specialized skills — in technology, for instance — that may be usefully applied to important but temporary projects.


It’s no secret that we’ve been living in a globalized economy for some time now, and individual workplaces will become more global with changes in the coming year. International collaboration, made all the more tangible through new technologies will fuel innovation at companies throughout the country. The key to success here will be for you to create a sense of unity in the work environment in spite of employees being located the world over. Establish a distinct identity and a particular culture in your company that will give workers a sense of solidarity and purpose.

10 Winter Work Safety Tips

Along with holiday cheer, the winter season brings low temperatures and snowy weather. As fall draws to a close, it’s time to “winterize” your workplace. Follow these 10 tips to prep your business throughout the long, cold months ahead.

1. Don’t let your facilities get too cold. You should maintain a minimum temperature of 50 degrees Fahrenheit on the premises to ensure future safety. It’s important to prevent facilities from becoming too cold, even during periods when no one is present, such as nights or holiday breaks. Low temperatures can lead to frozen and burst pipes, a messy and expensive problem to fix.

2. Have a snow removal plan. Form a plan and make arrangements in advance for snow removal to clear the area around your facilities and nearby access roads. An important safety step you shouldn’t neglect is to determine where to pile the snow after shoveling so that it will be securely out of the way. Whether you hire professional removers or clear the powder yourself, you should keep a supply of essential snow-removal gear, such as shovels and rock salt, stowed on the premises. As it is likely that some snow will get tracked indoors, consider lining your floors with safety matting to prevent slips.

3. Maintain a list of professionals who can solve winter safety problems. Maintain names and contact information for reliable people you can call upon to help solve typical workplace safety problems that arise with the cold weather. The list should include a good plumber, contractor and snow remover. You should also compile a list of numbers for regular emergency services, such as EMTs, whom you may call upon to deal with injuries that might result from winter weather, such as slips on ice.

4. Have a back-up resource for your systems. It’s difficult to run a business when your system is down. In case of power failure, you should have a back-up computer or server that can run on temporary battery power. Also, figure out a plan for getting your systems running again in the event they go down. For instance, find out how long it will likely take to get them back up. Additional back-up resources, such as a powerful Pelican flashlight, are also essential.

5. Take the weather into account. Pay daily attention to weather reports, and remain aware of the dangers posed by inclement winter elements. Take storms, snow and ice into account when deciding whether to require your employees to come into work. You should be sure that your crew members have a safe way of traveling to the workplace and are not putting themselves at undue risk or going against safety recommendations in trying to get there. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) reports that 70 percent of cold weather accidents are vehicular, so be mindful of road conditions. Even though you may have completed the proper prep work to safeguard against inclement weather, workers’ commutes may still be filled with danger.

6. Keep a well-stocked emergency preparedness kit. As a general precaution, all work facilities should have an emergency preparedness kit on the premises, fully stocked, year round. That rule is particularly important during the winter, when high snow build-up and icy roads mean employees could be trapped at the workplace with no means of getting home safely. Stormy winter weather can also cause blackouts at work. To prepare for these eventualities, the emergency prep kit should have a battery-operated radio, flashlights, batteries and enough nonperishable food and water to last a few days. Have a first aid kit always on hand, as winter can make conditions slicker and lead to falls.

7. Maintain employee emergency contact info. Keep a list of emergency contact information for all employees, including phone numbers for cellular and home phones, email addresses and family emergency contacts. In the event of bad winter weather, you will want to be able to reach your employees to tell them to stay home, inform them of alternate routes, and to make sure they are safe.

8. Make your windows and doors weather-tight. There’s nothing worse than cold drafts and wet weather coming through windows and doors in the dead of winter. Check your workplace’s older windows in particular to see if they are likely to leak cold air. One quick solution is to cover your windows with bubble wrap!

9.  Develop a contingency plan for weather-related cancellations and delays. Even in the event of problematic weather, it’s important for your business that you try to get your employees into work, if it’s safely possible. Rather than surrendering to storms, prep with a list of alternate routes to your workplace. If possible, it is also useful to have a plan for operating your business remotely. In facilities where a lot of work is done on the computer, employees may be able to complete assignments from home, thereby ensuring their safety.

10. Test your emergency plans and resources. You don’t want to wait until an actual emergency occurs to see if your well-laid plans will actually work. The best way to see whether you’re truly well prepared is to put your winter-weather emergency plans and resources through a trial run. During a cold-weather “drill,” you may realize some important safety factors you may have overlooked.

New to Enviro: Peltor DECT-Com II

Peltor Dect-Com IIEnviro Safety now carries the Peltor DECT-Com II Intercom System.

With this all-new wireless intercom system, you can connect up to nine users actively talking in full conference with an additional 40 listeners, all with the capabilities to “break in” to the conversation for a few moments.

The DECT-Com II operates on 1.8 GHz DECT system and has an optimal operating range of 250 meters outdoors in line of sight, making it perfect for use at large construction sites, airports, race tracks and factories. DECT systems are license free in most countries too.

Some of the great features this wireless intercom system has to offer include; signal security with encrypted data, push-to-talk (PTT) capabilities, easy channel reassignment and voice activated mode (VOX).

The DECT-Com II intercom system is compatible with any Peltor brand electronic 2-way headset that has a J11 connector or Peltor Bluetooth Headsets and most HF, VHF and UHF radios.

With this cordless intercom system, you are getting simple and efficient full duplex communication system from a trusted brand.

Check out the DECT-Com II system, along with a wide selection of accessories and replacement part for Peltor prodcuts at

New to Enviro! Sorbents

Enviro now carries a line of Sorbents used for spill control and cleanup. Sorbents are often the first line of defense against a spill and can be used against a wide range of liquids including oil and petroleum based liquids, chemical liquids and waste water. Sorbents are widely used in manufacturing plants around machinery and at chemical processing plants. We carry a wide selection of sorbents including booms, socks, pillows, pads and rolls.

Types of Sorbents

Booms – are widely used in controlling and containing large spills. Its cylindrical shape is popular in controlling spills on water and multiple booms can be connected together for controlling even larger spills. Booms are used for controlling oil and petroleum based liquids.
– also know as a mini-boom, socks are also cylindrical in shape and are used to control and contain a spill around machinery or other mechanical equipment that can leak. Socks can also be connected together for containing larger spills.
Pads/Rolls – these sorbents come in flat sheets or unperforated rolls up to 150’ in length and can be used to catch leaks under machinery, line shelves or clean up spills. Sorbent pads and rolls are highly absorbent for cleaning up oil spill, chemical spills and other less leather liquids. Sorbent rolls can be cut to a specific length.
Pillows – sorbent pillows are rectangular in shape and are designed to absorb hazardous liquids more quickly than sorbent pads. Used for cleaning up medium sized spills are as a precautionary when transferring liquids and a spill is possible. Sorbent pillows can be used on a variety of hazardous liquids.