OFFICER DOWN. Two words every Law Enforcement Professional dreads hearing. And in a high action scenario, such as a riot, is your PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) holding up to today’s ever-changing threats or leaving your six open? How many injuries must your team sustain before you realize that yesterday’s gear doesn’t suit tomorrow’s danger?
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Summer is upon us and you may find yourself outdoors more often hiking, doing yard work, on the job, etc. Please be aware of these three plants: ivy, oak, and sumac. Ever heard the phrase “Leaves of three, let it be; berries white, take flight”? These are plants grown in wooded or marshy areas that can cause an itchy, blistering rash upon contact. Poison ivy and oak grow as vines or shrubs (poison ivy sometimes has white berries) while sumac is a shrub or tree. Sumac leaves grow in groups of 7-13 along its stems.
If you are outside the majority of a hot summer day, whether it is for work or recreation, it can be exhausting. With the sun beating down and sweat pouring, you look for any kind of relief. Pouring water on your head is only a temporary fix and uses your drinking water that you will need later. For longer lasting heat relief there are cooling items that may benefit you.
In certain fields, there is a great need for ergonomic support, whether it is back, wrist, knee, ankle, etc. In industries like construction, food processing, landscaping, office jobs, etc. there is a lot of reaching and lifting, prolonged standing, and repetitive motions. If you aren’t using these supports, you can seriously injury yourself causing sprains and strains or other musculoskeletal disorders, which could result in time away from work. A sprain is a stretched or torn ligament, while a strain is a stretched or torn muscle or tendon. You can reduce these injuries by wearing the necessary support!
What is Stop the Bleed?
The leading cause of death in Americans under the age of 46 is trauma, according to a study by the National Academics of Science. Stop the Bleed is a campaign that was launched in 2015 by the White House with the intention of encouraging bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in situations with massive bleeding before the medics arrive. By providing the skills and basic tools to stop uncontrolled bleeding in an emergency situation, lives would be saved.
Between the years 2011 and 2015, 275 worker deaths were caused by caught-in or caught-between accidents. That's according to a report published recently by the Center for Constructions Research and Training (CPWR). It's the highest number of such incidents reported in any industry. Caught-in or caught-between accidents are incidents where a worker’s body part is squeezed, caught, or crushed between at least two objects. Below are a number of ways that employees can help to reduce these deadly accidents.
According to OSHA, “the forces incurred during a fall of a 220-pound worker who is utilizing a fall arrest system could be between 900 and 1,800 pounds.” So, why is there a 5,000-pound anchorage needed to satisfy all fall safety regulations? For many safety professionals, it’s quite simple. The anchorage must be able to support 5,000 pounds per person or it’s no good. It must be strong enough to hold the weight of the person and any tools and protective clothing that might add to the suspension weight. This OSHA rule has raised some concerns with workers in the industry. The argument here is that some anchorages that are already in place support 1,800 pounds and is well within the safety regulations. Doing away with some of these points may actually hurt the workplace conditions, making it a less safe area where it might already be challenging to install anchorage.
When it comes to maintaining work safety in manufacturing and industrial operations, safety regulations and procedures can get quite complicated. In a work environment where machine and process safety are critical to protecting workers, enforcing easy-to-understand safety tips will be the most efficient way to achieve zero accidents. The key objective to maintain workplace safety is to achieve operational excellence without any production interruptions while keeping workers from getting harmed, or even hurting themselves.
Falls are the leading cause of death in construction. In 2016, there were 370 fatal falls to a lower level out of 991 construction fatalities. The fact of the matter is, most if not all falls can be completely avoided with the right kind of safety protection in place.
Workers in all types of challenging and sometimes dangerous environments continue to demand high-quality, robust solutions that will meet their needs. PELTOR headsets are designed to meet this challenge by providing protective communication solutions that workers can rely on. Learn more about their history by reading this blog by the Personal Safety Division at 3M.
There are two types of gas detection instruments: portable and fixed. Portable gas detectors are a type of personal protective equipment (PPE) that come in handy for low populated environments and emergency situations where monitoring gas detection levels is critical. There are a few factors that will call for nothing less than a portable detector.
When it comes to purchasing the optimal type of gas detection solution, it may appear that all types work the same way. However, there are gas detectors designed with specific functionality features that result in a significant difference in how they operate. Depending on the design, the need, and the number of inspection processes it goes through, the applications of a gas detector can vary widely.
The example of safety excellence must first be defined through executive leadership. Leadership needs to be able to fully understand what it is and clearly define it. They must also demonstrate it throughout the entire organization. Everyone has his or her own idea of what it means to achieve safety excellence. Management will have an in-depth understanding of this because they know their company’s operation, the site risks and therefore create the best logical protocols to avoid any accidents.
Extreme levels of noise can come from countless different scenarios. Whether at work, a recreational event, etc., hearing protection can not only be a requirement but a necessity to complete a task.
Why Do We Need To Wear Chemical Resistant Gloves?
In the workplace, there are many uses for many different kinds of gloves. Chemical resistant gloves, in general, serve to provide your hands with protection against different chemicals that would be hazardous if it comes in contact with skin. The type of glove that you use will depend upon the circumstance. For example, leather gloves are used to protect against sparks and moderate heat, while fabric gloves protect against dirt and abrasions. Regardless of the circumstance, gloves are vital in many situations, and a large part of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s, (OSHA), Personal Protective Equipment Guidelines. Chemical resistant gloves come in many different forms, but are all out for the same task, to protect against harmful chemicals.
Purchasing a new gas detector takes time, research and a lot of consideration when ensuring your employees are safe on the jobsite. Let's explore the possibilities of the ALTAIR 5X and why it should be seriously considered.
The newest in the line of portable area monitors, Honeywell’s AreaRAE Plus and Pro gas detector models bring a solid history of detection excellence to the job. Innovative features built to address new challenges faced by today's responders make both designs ideal for low and high-end detection. These are the top-of-the-line tools when you need to protect life and physical assets, keep production levels high, and reduce downtime.
What is the shelf life of a chemical suit? The truth is, there is no accepted industry standard for determining the shelf life of a suit. Products or materials that contain components made from various polymer or rubber materials are expected to degrade or lose performance effectiveness over time. In the case of chemical suits, the data regarding the amount of time for this loss to occur in chemical suits is not consistent.
The federal government has developed strict confined space laws to protect workers in a confined space. OSHA also requires worker protection from other chemicals in hazardous environments. Gas detection is imperative to worker safety and the company’s overall well-being. We can't say it enough: You have to promote gas detection safety throughout the workplace so that workers, supervisors, and managers are aware of the dangers and consequences of harmful gases and the benefits of gas detection, and invest in a gas detector, or detectors, that you and your workers can rely on, day in and day out—like the QRAE 3.
This past January, three workers in Florida died from toxic gas after entering a manhole. One man entered the hole and lost consciousness which prompted two others to follow in an attempt to rescue him. A firefighter on the scene attempted to rescue the men, but due to him having to remove his gear before entering the manhole, he lost consciousness himself. Luckily he was able to be airlifted and is expected to make a full recovery. The company and contractor who hired the men are now looking at around $120,000 in fines for OSHA safety violations.
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There is no denying that head protection is one of the most vital pieces in proper public order gear. Whether it’s debris from above, or direct contact in the field, a helmet is a must have in the line of duty. Not every helmet is built the same though. A helmet in the 70’s/80’s consisted of a simple shell and visor for eye protection. These had minimal impact protection and no FR protection at all. Lucky for today’s law enforcement the bar has been raised far beyond those standards.
Today’s top of the line helmets include:
- Thermoplastic Shell
- FR interior (removable for cleaning)
- Polycarbonate Visor (with anti-mist/anti-scratch coating)
- Metal Gauze audio inserts (liquid penetration resistant)
- Neck protection (no petrol dripping down back)
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You're taking off your hard hat on the jobsite? What are you doing!? "It's uncomfortable", "It's too hot", "It doesn't fit", "I won't get hurt". You may have heard those lines once or twice from your employees, or even yourself, but that's quite a risk you are taking. A hard hat protects one from impact, penetration hazards, electrical shock and burn hazards. A head injury can be temporary, for life or even death. With that said, are you wearing proper head protection and taking care of it the way you should?
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The video game Pokemon Go was released to the world on July 6th, just a few weeks ago, and since then hundreds and thousands of not-just-teenagers who grew up with the lovable cartoon, card game, video game and general world of Pokemon have been obsessed. Along with the craze has come plenty of new ways to injure oneself--although it may be true, as some have joked, that this game is doing more for childhood obesity than Michelle Obama has done in 8 years.
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This intense video was posted by firefighternews.com, and it's not something you see every day:
We are surrounded by sound all day everyday with most of these sounds being at a safe level. However, for those that are exposed to loud and long-lasting noises could experience noise-induced hearing loss. Noise-induced hearing loss can be immediate or take time. Protect yourself with the proper hearing protection!
Fires are nothing to mess with. This, if nothing else, is evident to anyone who has witnessed one. And through the fear and danger associated with them, there remains a strange fascination with fire, shared by most humans. Horrible fires become famous in the way that tragedies always do. But perhaps it is good to remember them--to acknowledge the valiant efforts of the firefighters involved, and the great losses sustained by the families.
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You're speeding down the highway, trying to get home from work. You see the telltale flashing red and blue lights in your rear view mirror. You pull over, the cop comes to your window, and as you look at him you see...
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This week in Indiana is the FDIC International General Session, and Safeware is there with the rest of them, listening and experiencing. There are plenty of booths, demos, expos and more--here are a few glimpses of the action:
"It is estimated that the average American citizen is caught on camera 75 times per day, including residential security surveillance systems, traffic cameras, elevator cameras, banks, parking garages, convenience stores, to name a few." This is from an article by Gary Ludwig called "Smile! You're on Camera." Ludwig is commenting on the recent slew of dashcam, bodycam, and cell phone videos of law enforcement and emergency workers.
Usually these videos show the worst of the worst--undue violence, racism or generally angry behavior. However it's nice to know that this trend can also help spread the word about the good things that officers do:
A recent post on policeone.com tells the touching story of Memphis police officer Rico Donald, and the kids whose ideas he managed to change in one afternoon.
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In place of a rant about safety, or a lecture on things you should be doing that you currently are not, this week Safeware would like to share with you something simple: things not to do. You might think it's obvious that dropping giant pallets or even small shacks on top of cars is a bad idea. We're glad! Keep not doing that, and in the meantime, enjoy this video of workers who failed.
We use our ears every second of every day, as workers, parents, bosses and friends. It is an essential piece of most people's lives, and yet we rarely consider the possibility that we could be damaging it in everyday life. Exposure to dangerously high decibels of noise is much more common than you may think, and rarely do we do anything to protect ourselves.
"An estimated 85,000 children younger than 5 are unintentionally poisoned each year in the U.S." according to this week's OnSafety blog.
In honor of National Poison Prevention Week, Safeware wants to send out a reminder about this kind of safety. OnSafety tells us that "about 76 percent of unintentional poisonings occur in the home."
Life calls for a slew of medicines, laundry detergents, cleaners and chemicals, but it is highly important that they stay locked up! It is up to us to keep dangerous items out of reach.
Wearing eye protection on the jobsite is critical to your safety. Whether you are exposed to chemicals, gases, flying objects, radiation, etc. it is important to wear proper eye protection. However, you may become frustrated with the type of eyewear you are wearing. Maybe there is a sizing issue, not wearing anti-fog lenses when needed, anti-fog lenses blurrying your vision and much more, all of which may cause safety risks and decrease your productivity.
With all the different brands available, what should I be looking for?
Typically cold weather safety gear is mostly commodity items. Brands like Occunomix and PIP have a Good/Better/Best offering. Contractors are the largest group of users of winter safety PPE and price usually drives the purchase. Utility and municipalites purchase the higher end products as the volume is lower and the budgets can allow for a higher end product.
Just like any consumer, our customers want to know why they should spend their money on our products. Wouldn't you want to know you are buying from a company that can benefit you rather than cause you disappointment and aggravation?