Category: Personal Protective Equipment

No safety technology is changing as fast as that employed in PPE. The devices of just a few years ago are now obsolete by replacements that are lighter, easier to use, and more protective. These resources alert you to developments in the field, and equally important, supply training ideas to get your workers to use their PPE, and use it correctly.

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Personal Protective Equipment: Tactics for Assessing Workplace Hazards & Selecting PPE in Compliance with OSHA Standards

Safety professionals are expected to be able to perform a comprehensive hazard assessment to identify potential workplace hazards and keep employees safe. But it’s not an easy task. Don’t miss this in-depth webinar to ensure your hazard assessment skills are up to speed. Our presenter will provide you with best practices for performing a comprehensive […]

Hand Protection: When are Work Gloves a Bad Idea?

Carpenter Severiano Barajas was pushing wood through a jointer on May 7, 2012, when the piece he was cutting became stuck. Barajas wiggled the piece back and forth, trying to work it free. While he was doing so, the glove he was wearing on his left hand caught on the jointer’s blade, became entangled, and […]

Hand Protection: Can Gloves Prevent Vibration Injury?

Have you ever used a string trimmer to trim the edges of your yard? How about using a chainsaw to clean up dead tree limbs after a storm? Maybe you’ve used a power sander to refinish the floors in your home. After each of these activities, you might have experienced tingling and numbness in your […]

High-Tech Safety: Wearable Technology

You probably have a smartphone already, and your tablet, your television, and your car may be almost as smart. But what if you had a smart hard hat, smart safety shoes, and a smart high-visibility vest? You could increase your safety IQ just by getting dressed! In all seriousness, wearable technology is coming soon to […]

Shocking Things to Know About Hard Hats

Adrian Mitchell, an apprentice diesel fitter in Tasmania, Australia, was retracting a 3-inch hose in May 2013 when the hose control became stuck in the “on” position. The hose, which was equipped with a heavy metal fitting at its loose end, began to whip around. It hit Mitchell in the side of the head—but his […]

Update Your Hard Hat Hazard Assessment

It could have been the last day of work ever for 51-year-old Anthony Ryecroft. The maintenance fitter, who worked at a steel mill in Cumbria, England, was repairing a roll-up door in his employer’s warehouse when it fell. Ryecroft was struck on the head, and he and a coworker both suffered badly broken legs in […]

Do You Need to Use Personal Noise Dosimeters?

Yesterday, we discussed how to use a sound level meter to perform area noise monitoring as part of your hearing conservation program. Today, we’ll look at when and how to use personal noise dosimetry to characterize worker exposures and determine what hearing protection, if any, might be required. You may need to use personal noise […]

Use a Sound Level Meter to Characterize Workers’ Noise Exposures

Noise monitoring is a vital part of your hearing conservation program. It can help you determine whether workers could be exposed at or above the action level; select workers for inclusion in a hearing conservation program; and enable the selection of appropriate hearing protection devices. According to OSHA’s occupational noise standard (1910.95), area monitoring or […]