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Safety Tip of the Week Archive


Week of February 24, 2020

Understanding Body Armor

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

Week of February 17, 2020

Eyewash Station Flushing Fluid Temperature

An eye wash station is necessary in all industries that handle chemicals and hazardous materials. The temperature of the flushing fluid is just as important outdoors as indoors. Most are concerned about the temperature in the winter going below 60 degrees and not being ANSI compliant, but another concern is the flushing fluid exceeding 100 degrees. This can happen in industrial areas without air conditioning and outdoors where sun exposure heats the water to uncomfortable levels. When installing an eye wash station, take into consideration all seasons and climate changes.

Week of February 10, 2020

Silica- The New Asbestos

SILICA, SILICA, SILICA! As they say, it's the new asbestos! But really not so new. It has been hurting so many in the workforce for a very long time, since the early days of construction. OSHA's silica rule has been in effect for Construction since June 23, 2017 and for General & Maritime since June 23, 2018. This rule applies to anyone with exposure to respirable crystaline silica which causes silicosis which is a disabling incurable lung disease. Workers that use machines that generate this airborne dust when cutting or grinding need to protect themselves through engineering or with the proper PPE to block the respiration of the dust particles.

Look at this video about Silica Safety Awareness!

Week of February 3, 2020

Lockout Tagout - Protect Your Employees From Hazardous Energy

Lockout and Tagout of your machinery is a procedure that goes hand in hand. A tag should always accompany the lockout of any machine to verify who locked the machine out and when. If any of your employees maintain or service any machine, they should be protected against the unexpected startup or release of stored energy. In FY 2018, the number of lockout/tagout violations were number five of all OSHA violations handed out by OSHA and in 2017 there were 71 electrocutions in the US. There should be no excuse for not locking out equipment and there should be regular in-service meetings when a new piece of equipment comes into play. All new employees should be trained on the the lockout procedures of the company. Kina Repp knows all to well what happens when a machine is not locked out.

Week of January 27, 2020

Confined Space - Follow the Rules

When is a confined space deemed as a "Confined Space"? It is an area where a body can enter but is not designed for continuous human occupancy. It has restricted or limited access or egress. It can be occupied but if it contains or has the potential to contain a hazardous atmosphere, the potential to engulf an entrant, or has the potential of extreme temperatures, fall hazards, electrical hazards and more, it should be deemed a PRCS (Permit Required Confined Space). If Oxygen levels go down to 19.5% or less go to 23.5% or more the space becomes hazardous. Testing with a gas monitor before entry is imperative and necessary to ensure the safety of your workers. Here is what OSHA says about Permit Required Confined Spaces.

Week of January 20, 2020

Drones- Useful in the Right Circumstances

Drones for military use are an effective means of surveillance of an area that is unsafe and also a great way to avoid casualties. When it comes to OSHA, the use of drones is becoming more of a reality! Initially they were being used following worksite accidents and for areas that were considered too dangerous to enter. But now it is becoming an efficient way to scope out a facility for inspection. Currently OSHA can only use drones when it is agreed to by the employer. There is a fine line that OSHA or any organization should not cross so that its trade secrets cannot be compromised. Unless an emergency warrants the use of a drone or an employer agrees to the use of a drone during an inspection, then that strategy should be acceptable. Drone use is going to increase dramatically in the very near future. It just depends on how far the reach goes. When used as a helpful tool to help save lives and used as the first line of access to a hazardous situation, it can only benefit everyone. But there needs to be a rules so that rights are not violated. Read more in EHS Today about OSHA Drones.

Week of January 13, 2020

Eye Wash Stations and Maintenance

Eye Wash Station inspections vary depend on what type of eyewash it is. When the eyewash is a plumbed unit attached to a building's water system, there needs to be a weekly inspection and the water needs to be flushed weekly to rid the water lines of debris and to also to inspect the water temperature is between 60 & 100 degrees fahrenheit. A portable plastic eyewash hung up on a wall needs to be visually inspected to ensure that the flushing fluid has not been deployed or leaked. Then there are cartridge types that also need a visual inspection to ensure that the fluid has not been deployed and that the expiration date has not been exceeded. Water temperature in the portable type relies on the temperature of the room it resides. Always monitor the temperature of the room or surroundings as changes in the seasons can change the temperature of the environment. Read more about the Emergency Eyewash Standard.

Week of January 10, 2020

Whistleblower - Don't be Afraid When You See a Hazard

IF YOU SEE OR FEEL THAT YOU ARE IN A POSSIBLE UNSAFE SITUATION WHEN AT WORK, SAY SOMETHING!!! Sometimes time restraints to get a job done. pressure from a boss or simply being unaware that a task you are doing can make for an unsafe workplace can put you in jeopardy of serious injury. If you think or believe there is a hazard while doing your job, you should speak up. OSHA encourages individuals to speak up with its revised Whistleblower Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), CPL 02-03-008. The ADR process is an alternative to a whistleblower complaint investigation. The parties involved choose to participate in an early resolution and having a neutral OSHA whistleblower expert involved. Do not be afraid to speak up and express your concerns! OSHA's ADR Policy

Week of January 3, 2020

Sleep Apnea - A Killer Behind the Wheel

Did you know 28% of truck drivers suffer from mild to severe sleep apnea?  According to the National Safety Council, the cost of truck collisions related to sleep apnea is estimated at $15,900,000,000 (billion) a year.  It is required that truck drivers get a medical examination to hold a CDL license.  In that examination if it is deemed that a diagnosis prohibits a driver from being qualified to operate a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) and apnea is found to be serious, then the doctor may not approve the driver to operate a commercial vehicle.