Why Hard Hats are Needed!

I know hard hats can be an inconvenience and a lot of people don’t like to wear them. Hard hats are however a necessary part of your safety attire, especially anytime you have someone working above you, or you have the potential for something above you to fall.   Accidents can and will happen.  Take a good look at the picture below.  This hard hat probably saved someone’s life.  Don’t forget to wear a hard hat whenever your are using a chainsaw as well.  Quite often a dead branch above will snap off once a tree starts to fall.  Now you could still suffer a severe injury if something falls on you, but a hard hat could certainly lessen or prevent a possible injury.  Remember to always put safety first.

Metal Object Hits Hard Hat

Metal Object Hits Hard Hat

Meet the New Elvex Air Specs Stainless Steel Mesh Lens Safety Glasses

Yes, that is correct, safety glasses without polycarbonate lens.  The new Elvex Air Specs are safety glasses with a stainless steel mesh lens.  Have you ever ran a chain saw and had your safety glasses get all fogged up or full of perspiration?  Well, I certainly have. So what do you do, do you stop each time and wait for your body to cool down, not likely. You pull out a pair of Elvex Air Specs safety glasses/goggles.

I tried on a pair just this past week.  It takes you a few seconds for your eyes to get used to the screen, but they work great.  Once you start working, you don’t even notice that there is a screen in front of your eyes.  They have a EVA foam face seal around the perimeter and an adjustable strap to keep the glasses from coming loose.  The stainless steel mesh works great to keep wood chips and flying debris out our your eyes, even when cutting over head.  And or course you don’t have to worry about the glasses steaming up on you.  The one area of caution is the Air Specs are not designed to prevent chemical or liquids splashes.

Elvex  Air Specs

Fall and Winter Safety Catalog Sale

 

 

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What about Indoor/Outdoor Safety Glasses?

Recently, I was asked about Indoor/Outdoor Safety Glasses so I dug into my vast knowledge of safety glasses (LOL) and retrieved the portion about I/O lenses. Thanks for your question!

 

The indoor/outdoor lens is actually a clear lens with a mirrored coating. The mirrored coating reflects sunlight and glare, which cuts down on eye fatigue and strain. It provides protection in the sun, but because of its clear lens and the high amount of visible light that passes through, this lens is effective inside as well.

 

The unique nature of this lens helps your eyes adjust when moving from a shaded area to a bright area and vice versa. Without these this lens it’s like a punch in the face every time you go in and out. This lens is ideal for individuals that work outside, but take a large number unnecessary breaks inside. Indoor/Outdoor lenses allows individuals to wear the same pair of safety glasses for indoor and outdoor applications. The most important thing to remember is to make sure that the door is shut when the air conditioner is on.

 

The indoor/outdoor lens can be used for most applications, whether they’re inside or out. They work best for individuals moving from shade to direct sunlight and back again. You know… people who have trouble making up their mind.  Here is a picture of the Radians Rad Infinity Indoor Outdoor safety glasses.  A very popular style. So as you start your spring outdoor projects remember you only have 2 eyes, so your better protect them.

Radians Rad Infinity I-O

Bifocal Safety Glasses with built in LED lights

Safety glasses have been around a long time.  Bifocal safety glasses have been around for maybe 15 years.  Now technology is adding new features to old stand-by’s.  Pyramex has introduced PMXTREME® w/ LED Light and Readers.  Bifocal safety glasses or reader safety glasses with LED lights built in to the temples.

Have you ever tried to work on something in a low light area. It can be difficult. If your thinking ahead of time you could wear your head lamp or possibly hold the flashlight in your mouth (who knows what germs might be on it). The new Pyramex bifocal safety glasses with LED lights work great because there is a switch on each temple LED light to lighten up the work area.  You can choose to turn one temple light on, or for more light you can turn both temple lights on.  The glasses are available in 1.5, 2.0, or 2.5 diopter.  A very cool idea.

LED readers

OSHA Listens

Recently OSHA held a public meeting “OSHA Listens”, asking for public feedback on key issues the agency faces. The following nine questions were the different topics discussed:

 

What can the agency do to enhance and encourage the efforts of employers, workers and unions to identify and address workplace hazards?

What are the most important emerging or unaddressed health and safety issues in the workplace, and what can OSHA do to address these?

How can the agency improve its efforts to engage stakeholders in programs and initiatives?

What specific actions can the agency take to enhance the voice of workers in the workplace, particularly workers who are hard to reach, do not have ready access to information about hazards or their rights, or are afraid to exercise their rights?

Are there additional measures to improve the effectiveness of the agency’s current compliance assistance efforts and the on site consultation program, to ensure that small businesses have the information needed to provide safe workplaces?

Given the length and difficulty of the current OSHA rule making process, and given the need for new standards that will protect workers from unaddressed, inadequately addressed and emerging hazards, are there policies and procedures that will decrease the time to issue final standards so that OSHA may implement needed protections in a timely manner?

As we continue to progress through a new information age vastly different from the environment in which OSHA was created, what new mechanisms or tools can the agency use to more effectively reach high risk employees and employers with training, education and outreach? What is OSHA doing now that may no longer be necessary?

Are there indicators, other than work site injuries and illness logs, that OSHA can use to enhance resource targeting?

In the late 1980s, OSHA and its stakeholders worked together to update the Permissible Exposure Limits (PELs) (exposure limits for hazardous substances; most adopted in 1971), but the effort was unsuccessful. Should updating the PELs be a priority for the agency? Are there suggestions for ways to update the PELs, or other ways to control workplace chemical exposures?

There was some great discussions out in the blog & twitter world in response.  What would your advice to OSHA be?  Are there any suggestions in the area of safety glasses or fall protection in particular?

Workplace “Safety” Around the World

It’s interesting the type of photos we see from around the world denoting workplace “safety.”   There’s always an abundance of pictures from China. Always.  It’s pretty apparent that fall protection safety is often over looked in many countries.

This guy is sitting on a 2 x 4 while working on a cantilever deck with no fall protection equipment protecting him.  Is it possible for that board to move while the worker is leaning or moving one way or another?  The only good news is he has lots of people around him to call 911 if he falls.

The Safety Guru group on Flickr has an interesting collection of safety photos from different contributors in locations around the world. I visit occasionally to see what’s new. Unfortunately I only post photos with direct permission from the photographer so I can’t use the 3rd party photos from that group. But you still can check it out and laugh… or groan.

Today’s photo was provide by P. Adkin which he shot when he was in China. Thanks so much for allowing us to use your photo.

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Stay safe!

Workplace Safety & Our Youth

Every year in the U.S. youth are either injured or die from work related injuries. Approximately 70,000 youth end up in the ER with work related injuries while another 70 die every year. It is most common for these injuries to occur in the first 6 months of the job. Many injuries are due to job duties that are illegal for them to do or from inadequate training.

Age Restrictions (Laws that protect teens from doing dangerous work)

No Worker Under 18 May:

-Drive a motor vehicle as a regular part of the job or operate a forklift at anytime.

-Operate many types of powered equipment (like meat slicer, circular saw, bakery machine)

-Work in wrecking, demolition, excavation or roofing.

-Work in mining, logging or a sawmill.

-Work in meat packing or slaughtering.

-Work where there is exposure to radiation.

-Work where explosives are manufactured or stored.

 

No Worker 14 or 15 Years May:

-Bake or cook on the job (except at a serving counter)

-Operate power-driven machinery, except certain types which pose little hazard such those used in offices.

-Work on a ladder or scaffold.

-Work in warehouses.

-Work in construction, building or manufacturing.

-Load or unload a truck, railroad car or conveyor.

Resources: NIOSH & OSHA

http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/adoldoc.html

Choose the Right Safety Glasses Lens for Your Application

Safety glasses are protective eye wear worn to enclose or protect the eyes from water, sunlight, dust, flying particles, rays, chemical and other harmful effects. These glasses are extensively applicable in chemistry laboratories, woodworking, snow sports, swimming, factories and plants. Varying by properties and use, these lenses can also be worn when working with power tools such as drills or chainsaws. Apart from this, glasses are prescribed for those having vision problems.

Depending on your work conditions and specific requirements use, you can select the lenses which are outlined below with their colour samples, characteristics, application areas and benefits:

 

Amber:
specifically designed to block blue light and mainly required for
increased visual contrast. Benefits of these lenses are that these
are perfect for inspection/quality control, haze and fog.

Blue
Flash Mirror:
suitable for
various outdoor applications,
this
type of lens provides extreme protection against intense sun glare
and sunlight. Those who participate in sports events can better
meet their requirements with this lens.

Brown:
with ‘blue blocking’ properties, it is a general purpose sun
lens worn to reduce outdoor haze and increases contrast. This type
of lens is recommended for sports events and outdoor tours.

Clear: it’s a general purpose impact
protection lens used for both indoor and outdoor applications.

Cobalt Blue: those who work near high
temperature furnace in glass making industry can have this lens.
It’s also recommended for foundry and high heat applications.

Copper Blue Blocker: this lens is
considered highly protective against intense outdoor sun glare.
Its ‘blue blocking’ properties, reduces outdoor haze and
increase contrast.

Gold Mirror: much similar to cooper
blue blocker lens, this lens provides protection against haze and
intense sun glare.

Grey: it’s a general purpose lens
worn to reduce sun glare and intense sunlight.

Grey Polarised: suitable for outdoor
application, this lens reduces sun glare around highly reflective
surfaces. You can also wear it for outdoor water & snow
activities.

Ice Blue: this
lens
reduces
eye strain and fatigue caused by high levels of yellow and sodium
vapor
lighting inside many plants.

Indoor/Outdoor: workers
who move between indoor/outdoor can wear this lens as it

provides 50% glare reduction.

Light Brown: featuring
‘blue blocking’ properties, this type of lens is perfect for

sun glare reduction. It also
reduces outdoor haze and increase contrast.

Photochromic
(Light/Dark):
automatically adjusts lens tint for changing
outdoor to indoor conditions.

Silver Mirror: suitable for many
outdoor applications, this is a general purpose sun lens that
reduces sun glare and intense sunlight.

Weld Shade 1.4: Ideal for those who
are engaged in welding and torch soldering.

Weld Shade 2: it protects welders
from torch soldering and indirect exposure to light welding.

Weld Shade 3: this lens is
recommended for torch brazing and light gas cutting.

Weld Shade 5: those
who are engaged in
torch
brazing, light gas welding and cutting can wear this lens.

Before buying a pair of safety glasses, make sure the type of lens you need to meet your specific requirements. These glasses are available in various specifications, sizes and designs. You can also avail the entire range at market leading prices. These glasses remain in great demand across the market for featuring variegated attributes like trendy look, light weight, scratch resistance and utmost quality.

Author’s bio – the author of this article has elaborated about the use of safety glasses in different areas of applications. These glasses come in various specifications depending on their type and use. They also work as a safety barrier between eyes and harmful effects.

Safety Don’t: Strapping Yourself to a Tree You’re Chainsawing

 

Do you ever have those moments when you wonder, “What are they thinking?” When you you hold your breath and just hope nothing happens as you hold your cell phone wondering if you’ll have to call 911? And about perfectly normal, seemingly sensible people? Those thoughts went through my head last week when my neighbor strapped himself to a tree and ladder while chainsawing. He did have his safety glasses on … after his wife made him.

The top three causes of death for tree trimmers is electrocution, falls and being hit by parts of the tree.

Some important safety equipment when cutting down trees: safety glasses, ear protection, gloves, boots and chainsaw chaps. Also the appropriate ropes and harnesses if applicable. Remember to be prepared for the unexpected and properly educate yourself before attempting any DIY tree projects. OHSA has some great  resources that are very helpful in better understanding hazards & solutions to them.

Chain Saw Safety 1 Tree Cutting 1

Thanks to my neighbors for allowing me take and post these photos.