We’ve Got Your Back: Tips on Proper Lifting

August 21, 2014 by

Proper Lifting

Tasks that involve lifting and bending present serious job hazards. Stocking shelves, managing storerooms and unloading trucks are all common actions that can easily cause injury.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) comprised 34 percent of illness and injury cases in 2012, with a total of 388,060 reported cases resulting in a median of 12 days away from work. Employees working in freight, stock, and material moving incurred the highest number of cases, with a rate of 164 incidences for every 10,000 full-time workers.

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Fire and Exit Kits to Keep Your Facility Safe

August 19, 2014 by


The costs of a fire in a facility range from acute to don’t even ask. In fact, a report released in 2013 by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) stated that $12,427,000,000 worth of direct property loss was accrued in 2012. What’s more disturbing is the fact that the report also states that there had been 2,855 civilian fire fatalities and 16,500 civilian fire injuries. While the monetary loss can be devastating to a business, no amount of money is able to restore lives lost.

Preparing for a fire before it happens requires a proactive approach to safety including proper planning, training and labeling. Each element plays a vital role in providing an effective plan.

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Lock-out Accidents are Preventable

August 14, 2014 by


All lock-out accidents have at least one thing is common — they are preventable. Sure, we can think of a million excuses why these accidents keep happening, but that doesn’t produce change. Stop treating lock out as something that just happens and start taking control of your facilities.

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NY “Moving Forward” with Handicap Icon Change

August 13, 2014 by


Buzz is swirling around the “new” handicap icon that has been signed into law in New York as of July 25, 2014, the first state to accept the new “accessibility” remake on the more than 45 year old standard. Still in the classic blue and white, there are many new “moving parts” to the revised icon.


Which is better? You decide! What we can tell you is that the new sign is ADA compliant and it goes into effect as of November 25, 2014. This new legislation does not require any immediate action but when it does come time for new installation the use of the old handicapped signs are now prohibited!

Created by the Accessible Icon Project,  the reasoning behind the push for change revolves around the advocacy for the rights of people with disabilities and to destigmatize the current “outdated” accessibility icon.

While New York is the first to officially adopt the icon change, many businesses outside of the New York area are also voluntarily making the switch.

Take a look at what the new signage looks like here.

To read the official New York State press release click here.


Safety Threads: All PPE is NOT Created Equally

August 8, 2014 by


For every dollar spent on PPE OSHA estimates $4 are saved in costs from work-related health care and productivity losses. A coating, a textile structure, or interweaving of common place threads are all that stand between you and a life altering injury. Do you know exactly what goes into making these superhuman products? When developing products that will protect against hazards such as, a chemical spill, a fire, abrasion, or general workplace injury. There are many different approaches that go into protecting the end user.

Here are some important terms to know to help you better select your safety options in the future. When it comes to the selection of materials the rates below can differ depending on weight, density, weave, elasticity, and even color.

  •  Permeation rate: the rate at which the chemical will move through the material. For example a more tightly woven material will provide greater protection than a fabric you can see right through. The higher the permeation rate the less protective the material.
  • Breakthrough rate: the time it takes a chemical to permeate completely through the material. Breakthrough is measured using a standardized test ASTM F739
  • Degradation: measurement of the physical breakdown of a material due to contact with a chemical. The slower the rate the more protective the product is. Signs of degradation include swelling, stiffening, wrinkling, changes in color and other physical deterioration.
  • Inherent: materials that have resistance built into their chemical fiber structures. This can never be worn away or washed out. For example aramid fibers are lightweight and extraordinarily strong, with five times the strength of steel on an equal-weight basis.
  • Treated: materials that are made resistant by the application of chemical additives. These treatments wear over time and will no longer provide protection. For example polyethylene coatings are applied to materials to increase their ability to repel liquids, as well as dry particulates

It is important to remember that just because a product is certified doesn’t mean it is the best cost effective option. Naturally products with a longer breakthrough rate made up of inherent materials will cost more than treated products.

No industry is completely safe whether you work in healthcare, manufacturing, construction, mining, chemical handling; all of these industries come with their own set of dangers. Keep in mind, there is no single solution to protect against all hazards, make sure the product you are selecting matches the hazard you are protecting against.


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