Archive for Personal Protection

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.

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?

Heat Stress Relief – How to Beat the Heat!

With summer quickly approaching, temperatures and humidity rise, along with the chances of suffering from heat disorders. Don’t fall victim to the blazing heat. There are many products available to help you stay cool during the summer days and nights. From cooling vests, to heat stress monitors, there are many ways to help you prevent suffering from heat disorders.

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), there are six (6) main disorders caused from heat:

  1. Heatstroke: Occurs when the body’s system of temperature regulation fails and body temperature rises to critical levels. Heatstroke is caused by a combination of highly variable factors, and its occurrence difficult to predict. Signs of heatstroke include: Confusion, irrational behavior, loss of consciousness, convulsions, a lack of sweating (usually), hot, dry skin, and an abnormally high body temperature. NOTE: Heat stroke is a medical emergency.
  2. Heat Exhaustion: Signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion include: headache, nausea, vertigo, weakness, thirst, and giddiness.
  3. Heat Cramps: Usually caused by performing hard labor in a hot environment. Cramps have been attributed to an electrolyte imbalance caused by sweating. Excess salt can build up in the body if the water lost through sweating is not replaced.
  4. Heat Collapse (fainting): Occurs when the brain doesn’t receive enough oxygen because blood pools in the extremities. May also cause loss of consciousness and the onset of heat collapse is rapid and unpredictable.
  5. Heat Rashes: This is the most common type of heat disorders. Produces red papules and usually appear in areas where clothing is restrictive. As sweating increases, these papules give rise to a prickling sensation. Prickly heat occurs in skin that is persistently wetted by unevaporated sweat and heat papules may become infected. In most cases, these papules will disappear when returned into a cool environment.
  6. Heat Fatigue: A factor of heat fatigue is a lack of acclimatization. Signs and symptoms include impaired performance of skilled sensory-motor, mental, or vigilance jobs.

In order to help reduce and prevent the risk of suffering from these heat disorders, investing in heat stress relief products are your best bet. With many cooling products available to choose from for jobs that are preformed outdoors year round, you can help stay cool and stay healthy.

  • Cooling Vests are a great way to stay cool. You can find vests that can be dipped in cold water, or filled with ice packs that keep you cool for up to four (4) hours.
  • Cooling Bandanas are another way to keep cool by simply hydrating in cold water for a few minutes, then wearing around your neck. This is an easy, and economical way to keep cool and can be used thousands of times!
  • Hard Hat Cooling Products like hard hat pads, pads with neck shade, cooling neck shade, sweatband with neck shade, and hard hat sweat bands are other great products to help keep cool. These hard hat products are designed for hard to reach, hard to cool workers heads, when wearing hard hats.
  • Hard Hat Shades deliver important sun and heat protection to face, ears, neck and keeps annoying glare out of eyes. Shade at back of the neck facilitates cooling perspiration evaporation and helps keep workers comfortable.
  • Sunscreen and Sunblock are where sun protection should begin. By using sunscreen and sunblock that is SPF 30+ and sweat and water proof, you can help prevent yourself from damaging UV Rays.
  • Heat Stress Monitors allow you to monitor certain environmental factors that may contribute to heat stress. These monitors can determine if the potential for heat stress exists. Also measures ambient temperature, evaporative cooling including effects of air speed and humidity, and radiant heat load including air speed effects.

Don’t Lose Sight of Eye Protection

According to Prevent Blindness America, “more than 2,000 people injure their eyes at work each day. About 1 in 10 injuries require one of more missed workdays to recover from their injury. Of the total amount of work-related injuries, 10 – 20% will cause temporary or permanent vision loss”. The correct eye protection, appropriate for the conditions in which you work, would certainly lessen the injury or prevent it all together.

A Bureau of Labor Statistics survey of injured workers found that 60% were not wearing eye protection at the time of the accident and 40% were wearing the wrong type of eye protection for the job. Most of these workers were wearing safety glasses with no side shields. 70% of injuries were caused by flying or falling objects or sparks striking the eye. Almost ½ of the workers reported that the offending objects were smaller than the head of a pin. 20% of the injuries were caused by contact with chemicals.

Welding requires extra eye protection for workers. They must wear welding goggles coupled with a face shield to combat the extremely high temperatures. Welders require extra protection, goggles and a face shield work best for protecting against the high temperatures, bright ultraviolet or infrared light as well as particles that can be thrown out from the welding process.

A welder might be even safer wearing a welding helmet. Welders may need the protection of these helmets to protect from the exposure to bright, ultraviolet or infrared light and the masks are fitted with filtered lenses shaded according to the amount of radiant light being produced by the welding process. The top of the line 3M Speedglas Filter and Helmet deliver the most versatile auto-darkening welding filter ever along with superior eye and face protection.

Enviro Safety Products offers a complete range of eye protection solutions. Our selection of safety goggles includes the Wiley X Spear Goggle, a low profile design that meets ballistic requirements. The Pyramex Onix Welding Glass with a Filter Flip lens is now available in bifocals, designed for multi-tasking and come in 2 magnifying strengths for superior vision and protection.

Our selection and our low price guarantee make Enviro Safety Products the safety company “Keeping your workplace safeTM”.

Latex Allergies On The Rise in Health Care Professionals

Work gloves are necessary in many occupations to protect hands from hazardous materials. Latex varieties are well suited for many different industries and settings. But for some workers, repeated exposure to latex can cause allergic reactions. The more you are exposed to latex, the higher your chances are of developing a latex allergy.  According to the NIOSH, latex allergies from occupational exposure are on the rise, especially in health care workers.

Exposure:

The two most common forms of exposure to latex are through skin contact (wearing gloves) and inhalation. Now, if you’re like me, you’re thinking “I don’t sniff rubber gloves. I don’t need to worry about inhalation”. Wrong! Snapping on or removing gloves releases latex particles into the air, which can end up in your lungs.

Types of Reactions:

Symptoms can vary depending on the type of allergic reaction. Irritant Contact Dermatitis is the least serious reaction, resulting in minor irritations such as redness and itching where skin has come into contact with latex. Allergic Contact Dermatitis is a delayed reaction to the chemicals added to latex during processing, and has the same symptoms as Irritant Contact Dermatitis. Latex Hypersensitivity is the rarest and most dangerous reaction to latex, and results from inhalation of latex particles. Symptoms can range from mild to serious. A mild reaction will feel like hayfever, with sneezing, runny nose, and itchy watery eyes. More severe reactions can include difficulty breathing, chest pain, or rapid heart rate. In some cases, anaphylactic shock and death are possible without proper treatment.

Prevention:

Studies show that using  Nitrile Gloves (instead of latex gloves) is most beneficial for preventing latex allergies. However, latex gloves are usually stronger and more puncture resistant. If you must wear latex gloves, try Powder-Free Latex Gloves to reduce the amount of latex particles in the air.

Asbestos Safety

What is asbestos?

Asbestos is the name for a group of naturally occurring minerals that resist damage from extreme heat, electricity, and chemicals. Asbestos has been used as a flame retardant in thousands of products, such as textiles, insulation, building materials, and brakes for many years. It wasn’t until the 1970’s that scientists discovered the dangers of asbestos, linking it to thousands of cases of respiratory disease. Since then, asbestos use has been restricted, and even banned completely in some countries.

Why is asbestos dangerous?

If you looked at asbestos under a microscope, you would see tiny barbs at the ends of the fibers, which serve to anchor the fibers to lung tissue. Once inhaled, asbestos particles are nearly impossible to dislodge. The more you are exposed, the higher your chances are of developing respiratory problems, even though symptoms may not be present for decades. The two illnesses most often associated with asbestos exposure are asbestosis and mesothelioma. While some treatments have been developed for these diseases, the overall survival rate remains poor.

Prevention:

Proper use of Personal Protective Equipment has been proven to greatly reduce both primary and secondary exposure levels.

  • Clothing – Disposable protective clothing which completely covers arms, legs and hair needs to be worn at all times. Work gloves suitable for chemical handling are needed as well.
  • Respirators – A respirator rated specifically for asbestos abatement by the NIOSH should be worn at all times.
  • Disposal – All contaminated garments should be removed immediately and sealed in a plastic bag to prevent cross-contamination. Dispose of bag according to local laws and regulations.

The Importance of Sunscreen Protection

The spring season has officially arrived, and as short sleeved shirts and tank tops begin to surface it’s important to protect your skin from the sun. The sun’s ultraviolet rays (UVA and UVB) are the first thing to touch your skin the minute you step outside, which can be very harmful and damaging to your skin’s health, and even worse, it can eventually lead to skin cancer. In order to guard your skin, using a simple chemical agent known as Sunscreen with an SPF of 30+ can really go a long way. It is important to remember that the higher the SPF number, the greater the protection is for your skin. Not only does it reflect most of the UV rays away from your skin, but it can also protect against sun burn. Sunscreen or Sunblock should also be used with other safety gear such as, safety glasses, sun glasses, wide brimmed hats, caps, or visors. To maximize your protection even more you should apply your sunscreen every half hour to 45 minutes.

Sunscreen/Sunblock come in many different varieties so it’s important to choose the one that is right for you. The typical type of Sunblock comes in the form of lotion, but other types include; sprays, towelettes, creams and gels.

Do I need to wear Sunscreen?
There are many different types of skin. Truth is every skin type should be protecting their skin with some form of Sunblock. Melanoma is one of the most serious types of skin cancer among many others. A majority of the transformations found in Melanoma come from ultraviolet radiation.

Here are some more important facts about MELANOMA:

  • A person’s risk for melanoma doubles if he or she has had five or more sunburns at any age.
  • More than 20 Americans die each day from skin cancer, primarily melanoma. One person dies of melanoma almost every hour (every 62 minutes).
  • Melanoma is the fifth most common cancer for males and sixth most common for females.

Self examination may be the first thing you do before heading to the doctor for any suspicious spots, but wearing sunscreen outdoors even on a cloudy day is the first step to skin protection. Especially those working in construction and other related outdoor activities.

Hard Hats and Their Life Span

Is it time for a new hard hat? The most common misconception when it comes to hard hats is they last forever. OSHA does not specify the service life of a hard hat, and there is no standard expiration time frame for hard hats. Hard hat life spans may vary depending on the conditions of each work sites. As a general guideline, most hard hat manufacturers recommend replacing hard hats every five years regardless of outside appearance. If you work under extreme conditions such as exposure to high temperatures, chemicals or sunlight, hard hats should be replaced after two years of use. In addition, some manufactures even recommend replacing the suspension in your hard hat every 12 months. Considering the main purpose of a hard hat is to protect your brain, it’s important for you to inspect and replace hard hats on a regular basis. Below are some general tips when it comes to wearing hard hats.

  • Wear it – Hard hats can’t do their job if they are not worn.
  • Inspect it – Inspect your hard hat before you wear it. Make sure their are not any cracks, dents or tears.
  • Maintain it – Clean the hat and suspension with soap and water. Store your hard hat in a cool place away from direct sunlight.
  • Replace it – Hard Hats are designed to protect you only once. If your hard hat has been hit with a blow or dropped from high heights, replace it.

Flu Mask Destroys Viruses and Bacteria

Looking for a face mask that not only protects you from viruses and bacterias, but destroys them? Look no further. MCR Safety has just launched the Safe2Breathe Pandemic Flu Mask. The Safe2Breathe kills viruses and bacteria and destroys the micro-organisms for up to 24 hours, and has been proven to block at least 99% of particulates. “Independent laboratory test results confirm that the antimicrobial properties of the Pandemic Mask are significantly effective against Influenza, Tuberculosis, MRSA, bird flu and others.” (MCR Safety) This flu mask is designed to neutralize and destroy the microbes making them harmless to the environment as well as breaking the transmission cycle.

So, how does the flu mask destroy viruses and bacterias? Safe2Breathe masks offer bi-directional protection with 7-layer construction. The construction “….disables viruses at the cellular level, repels airborne moisture and filters fine particles, blood, bacteria and viruses.” (MCR Safety)

These flu masks are superior to the N95 as they are only tested to block particles from entering the mask. The spread of the pandemic is continuous as particles continue to stay alive on the N95.

The Safe2Breathe Pandemic Flu Mask is not a reusable mask, and should be disposed of no longer than 24 hours after start of use. Shelf life for these masks is at least 3 years.

Child-Size Face Masks – Protect Your Child

Kimberly Clark Children's MaskFor parents who have been looking for a mask to fit their child and have child friendly attributes, look no further. Kimberly Clark now offers Child-Size Face Masks with Disney characters. Not only are these masks specifically designed to fit small faces and provide the comfort and protection children need, they feature Disney characters on the outer facing part of the mask providing a sense of familarity for the child as well as encourage compliance, making parents lives much easier. Most children do not like wearing hats, sunglasses, and especially masks and often throw them off. But with the newly designed Disney children’s masks, not only do the masks feature child friendly designs, they offer a comfortable fit with knitted earloops, formable nose wire, and include natural rubber latex-free.

The Kimberly Clark Child-Size Face Masks are recommended for use by children who are immuno-compromised, have flu-like symptoms, and are visiting hospital patients. “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends patients with undiagnosed respiratory symptoms be asked to wear a face mask in waiting rooms, to protect themselves and those around them” (Kimberly Clark).

Parents whose children have coughs and sneezes should protect their children and others around them with child’s face masks. Kimberly Clark is the first company to have specially designed masks to fit small faces and understand that adult masks cannot provide the appropriate fit, comfort and protection children need.