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Week of May 20, 2019

When it comes to understanding body armor there can be confusion over which type of body armor protects against which type of ammunition.  Understanding the NIJ 0101.06 armor protection levels is clearly explained.  The term "Bullet Proof" is a widely used term that is inaccurate and paints a picture that it cannot be penetrated.  Any body armor has the potential to be penetrated.  There are various levels of protection that must be adhered to in the law enforcement world.  The (Justice Technology Information Center) JTIC Understanding NIJ 0101.06 Armor Protection Levels is a snapshot of the projectile threats and classification of body armor related to these threats.  Here is NIJ complete info on Body Armor

Back Support Belts

Back support belts are one of the most important but probably one of the most neglected part of many company's safety program.  The enforcement of the use of industrial back supports needs to be brought to the next level.  Because of the slow progression of back problems, it is always difficult to determine how a back problem began.  Over time, a worker can experience wear and tear on the lower lumbar area of the back and cost his or her employer downtime and unnecessary medical costs.

Back support belt use is reminiscent of the seat belt mentality of the sixties.  It took many years and many incidents and cost before seat belts became mandatory. When workers are performing jobs that require moving or lifting of heavy objects or performing repetitive tasks from an awkward position,a back support belt should be worn to avoid back injury!

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