Certification Wallet Cards: The Handy ID Card Program Solution

July 22, 2014 by

For every jobsite, safety and security are huge concerns. Different types of people come and go in the facility – from workers to suppliers, to deliverymen, which can increase security risks. There must be a system to validate the identity and check the qualifications of each worker that is on-site.

An ID card program is an effective way to meet these requirements: With cases of mistaken identity, or outright fraud being a common occurrence in many organizations, a high-quality company issued id wallet card is the best protection and the most secure approach to making sure each and every individual that passes through a worksite is authorized.

Certified Forklift Driver Card

Certified forklift driver card shows that who has this card efficiently completed forklift training.

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Product Spotlight: Electrical and Arc Flash Safety Kits

July 17, 2014 by

While electricity is the lifeblood of modern industry, it carries with it significant risks to the safety and well-being of your workers. That’s why compliance with electrical safety regulations is so important. But compliance is often required in multiple dimensions, including signage, labeling and other workzone improvements.

Electrical & Arc Flash Safety Kits

You can find everything you need to beef up your electrical safety measures inside Electrical and Arc Flash Safety Kits!

Save yourself some hassle by using Emedco’s newest addition — Electrical and Arc Flash Safety Kits!

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Why Use Spill Kits

July 15, 2014 by

Spill kits have become an emergency staple in industrial facilities, especially those that manufacture, pack, store or transport hazardous materials. In fact, the Department of Transportation’s Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 173.3 requires the use of salvage drums that comply with government standards to properly address hazardous material spills or leaks during transport.

Emedco offers CFR 173.3-compliant spill containment kits that range from portable 20-gallon basic kits to 95-gallon ones perfect for high-volume spills. Kits are available in different varieties, specific to the type of hazardous material and spill.

XtremeSorb Wheeled Spill Kit

WHEEL IT. Easily move wheeled spill kits toward the accident area.

Still not convinced on why you should invest in spill kits? Read on to discover how spill control kits can benefit your business in more ways than one.

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Don’t Take the Heat

July 11, 2014 by

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Temperature variations that bring us all four seasons go from one extreme to the other, in what seems to be the blink of an eye. While the environment around us may be able to endure these drastic swings without consequence, the human body is very different. Maintaining a narrow range of deviation the human body core temperature averages a constant 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. As the mercury rises our body’s ability to regulate gets more difficult. The heart beings to pump faster, breathing and sweating increase. If the body can’t keep up with the changes that are happening around it, it begins to exhibit signs of heat cramps, exhaustion, or even stroke.

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In 2011, 61 workers died from heat illness and 4,420 additional workers became ill.

Heat Stress is influenced by several risk factors including climate conditions, the work environment, demands of the work, PPE and equipment, clothing and personal characteristics.

While there currently is no specific OSHA standard for heat stress employers are required under the General Duty Clause of the OSH Act to protect workers from recognized serious hazards. OSHA has cited and fined employers who expose workers to excessive heat.

Further highlighting the importance of keeping workers properly hydrated and taken care of during this summer season OSHA’s heat stress campaign provides many valuable resources for both educational and training purposes to make sure your workforce stays safe.

Proper Permits Required: Confined Spaces

July 10, 2014 by

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The idea of being trapped or buried alive are nightmares for some; however there are those that risk their lives to call working in confined spaces a career. A confined space is large enough for a person to enter, but has limited or restricted means of exit, and is not designed for continuous human occupancy.

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Due to the nature of many confined spaces the workers entering into them are encountering, sewage like conditions, with animal both alive and dead, poor lighting, chemicals, and limited breathing and movement.

According to OSHA the leading cause of death in confined spaces is asphyxiation, generally the result of oxygen deficiency or exposure to toxic atmospheres.

Workers in confined spaces should have the proper precautions in place to facilitate a safe exit. Often times this includes PPE such as gloves, respirators, ear plugs etc. Workers should also be hooked up to equipment that can retrieve them if they are overcome and need assistance. However, when a labyrinth like configuration of pipes and turns is present the worker must unlatch, losing their emergency lifeline.

The importance of having established rescue procedures in place is paramount. Over 60% of all confined space fatalities are rescuers who risk their life to save a compromised coworker. Some worksites have emergency response teams on standby, while it is also suggested that businesses establish a relationship with local emergency services and work with them to create a rescue procedure plan.


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