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A Brief Introduction to Personal Protective Equipment

Worker wearing PPE

2 min read PPE includes goggles that prevent debris from entering the eye, hard hats that protect workers from falling objects, rubber gloves resistant to electric currents, and any other type of equipment or garment designed to be worn for protection. When other safety measures fail and a worker comes in contact with a hazard, PPE will be … Read more

Creating Arc Flash Labels

creating arc flash labels

2 min read Multiple methods exist for helping you determine the content of arc flash labels. Some companies choose to use software to calculate incident energy, some consult the calculations in the appendices of the NFPA 70E, some refer to the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) guide—IEEE 1584-2002: Guide for Performing Arc Flash Calculations—and others hire … Read more

A Guide to GHS Pictograms

4 min read A compliant GHS label has all six required components: contact information, product identifier, a signal word, hazard statement(s), precautionary statement(s), and hazard pictogram(s). Pictograms graphically represent a chemical’s hazards. The GHS pictograms used for packaging labels are built out of two elements: a red diamond and a black image. The space between these two elements … Read more

Creating Pipe Marking Labels

Creating Pipe Marking Labels

2 min read Labeling the contents of pipes in a facility is essential to safety and can help you keep track of what’s in each pipe and where it’s going. Pipe marking is commonly done through auditing the pipes in the workplace and placing an order in a catalog or online for the labels you need. That can … Read more

The Importance of Forklift Operator Training

Forklift Operator Safety

2 min read The cornerstone of any good safety program is training, and the same is true for powered industrial vehicle (forklift) safety. Any person who operates a forklift is required by OSHA to take a training program set up by his or her employer. It is up to the employer to ensure that this training includes general … Read more

New Fall Protection Website for Residential Construction Workers

House Being Built

2 min read Falls are the number one cause of fatal accidents in construction, with these deaths accounting for 36.9 percent of construction fatalities in 2013. Many of these deaths occur in residential construction, and beginning in 2010, OSHA began enforcing its fall protection standard for all residential construction sites, not just commercial construction sites (see 29 CFR 1926.501(b)(13)). To … Read more

Respiratory Protection – 5 Tips to Keep your Employees Healthy

Respiratory Protection Safety Sign

4 min read Understanding the Importance of Respiratory Protection When looking at workplace safety on construction sites, most people focus on things like fall protection and avoiding objects being dropped from above. While these are certainly important hazards, they are not the only ones. On many construction job sites, one of the biggest types of hazards is actually … Read more

Lead Hazards in the Workplace

4 min read The hazards of lead are well known, so people may assume exposures to this dangerous metal have been reduced. To a certain extent to this true; lead levels in the general population have decreased since the 1970s. In some workplaces, though, lead continues to be a serious problem. The Seattle Times recently published a series … Read more

Permit-Required Confined Spaces – Do You Know What They Are?

Confined Space

4 min read Confined spaces in the workplace are common, and they may even be more common than you think. For example, sewers, storage bins and tanks can all be confined spaces, but in many cases so are silos and open pits. Some confined spaces may not pose great harm, but others can be very dangerous to anyone … Read more

Fall Prevention – 5 Reason why Prevention is better than Protection

Fall Prevention

3 min read Fall Prevention vs. Fall Protection One of the most common, and potentially most dangerous, types of accidents in most workplaces is related to falling. Whether this means falling down stairs, falling from great heights or just tripping and falling, it is important to make sure to take precautions in order to minimize this risk. Most … Read more