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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


Eyewash Safety On The Job

ANSI Z358.1-2014 Standard in a nutshell!

Assess work area for proper location of eyewash station
Assess work area for caustic chemical hazards so that safety eyewash equipment can be properly placed for workers protection

  Eyewash should be accessible within ten seconds of hazard
Eyewash should be reachable within 10 seconds from where the hazards are located, unobstructed!

Activation by a simple push or pull of lever, button or foot pedal
The eyewash's "hands free" stay open valve needs to activate by a simple push or pull of a lever, button or foot pedal
  Flush both eyes simultaneously for 15 minutes
An injured worker needs to flush both eyes simultaneously for a full 15 minutes with a controlled low velocity flow of flushing fluid

Flushing temperature to be between 60 and 100 degrees fahrenheit
The temperature of flushing fluid needs to be between 60 & 100 degrees fahrenheit for the full 15 minutes of flushing time

  Eye Wash Head Height is most important
The positioning of the eyewash outlet heads should be between 33" and 53" from the floor and at least 6" from the wall
Should be inspected and/or flushed weekly
Plumbed eyewashes should be
flushed weekly & annually inspected. portable units should be maintained according to manufacturer's directions
 
   Organizations should have safety program in place
Organizations should have a safety program in place in order to instruct workers what they need to do in the event of an eye injury




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