Archive for August, 2010

How to Fit an N95 Respirator Mask properly

August 30, 2010

Moldex 2360P100 Particulate Respirator

A properly selected respirator is essential to protect your health. It will not protect against fumes, gases or vapors. It must be worn in well ventilated areas containing sufficient oxygen to support life. If the user has any illnesses or disorders, consult a licensed medical doctor to determine suitability of use.

There are many brands and options to choose from—disposable or reusable.  The Disposable are available with or without an exhalation valve. The exhalation valve allows easier breathing for long-term wear.

Before using any N95 respirator, consult an Occupational Safety Professional or Industrial Hygienist to determine its suitability for your intended use. Always, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for fitting the respirator to the face.

3M Particulate Respirator 8511, N95

Here are some N95 Mask Fitting Instructions:

  1. Hold the respirator in hand with the nosepiece at your fingertips, allowing the headband to hang freely below your hand.
  2. Press the respirator firmly against your face with the nosepiece on the bridge of your nose.
  3. Stretch and position the top band high on the back of your head. Stretch the bottom band over the head and position below your ears.
  4. Using both hands, mold the metal nosepiece to the shape of your nose.
  5. To test fit, cup both hands over the respirator and exhale vigorously. If air flows around your nose, tighten the nosepiece; if air leaks around the edges, reposition the straps for a better fit.
  6. Remember, careful observance of these fitting instructions is an important step in safe respirator use.

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Submitted by: Donna Kolody/Emedco – Custom, Safety & Marking Solutions- Your Way, Today, Guaranteed!

Do you have enough handicapped parking spaces in your parking lot?

August 27, 2010

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 provides guidelines to prevent discrimination against people with mental or physical disabilities. A small section in this broad act sets the standard for handicapped parking spaces in public parking areas.

How many handicap parking spaces do you need? All parking lots must have at least one van-accessible parking space. If the lot holds between 26 to 50 cars, the lot must have two spaces – one car and one van. The formula adds an additional space at 76+, 101+, 151+, 201+ and 301+. At 501+ spaces, 2% of the spaces in the lot must be handicapped accessible. REF

Our easy to use chart below will take some of the guess-work out of creating a compliant parking lot.

No one from ADA will ever come to your workplace and cite you for a violation, however, you will be held liable for a safety issue if your parking lot is not compliant.  Emedco has same-day shipping on all in-stock handicapped signs and 1-2 day shipping on custom handicapped signs.  All signs are available with an optional lifetime guarantee for only $9.99 more.  Buy it once and never worry again!

Online or classroom-style safety training?

August 23, 2010

With computers basically taking over the world, is there still room for classroom-style safety training? More and more companies are moving toward e-learning versions of training, for everything from employee on-boarding, to health and benefits, to safety. But, is that the best way?

Online training has a lot of benefits, including:

  • Trainees can take the course anytime, anywhere (flexibility)
  • Multiple learning styles can be addressed
  • Less intimidating for employees to interact (answer questions on screen and think about safety situations)
  • Easy to capture test scores (if applicable)
  • Cost-efficient for the company
  • Consistency in material covered
  • Less time employees are pulled off the job to receive training

While these seem like great reasons for a company to move to computer-based training, there are many reasons offered in support of classroom style training. Such as:

  • Employee interaction (group collaboration)
  • In-person question and answer
  • Hands-on training opportunities
  • Constructive team building
  • Allows more time to grasp concepts and lessons
  • Forces trainees to focus on the training, versus multitasking while taking part in an online session

In a recent article, author Louis Trahan wrote that “The fact of the matter is that many people simply learn better in a classroom setting. Some people thrive on the conversation of a topic with other people,” which is something you cannot necessarily get from online training.

Regardless of which method you choose for your safety training, think about your work environment and employees and based on that decide which method is best for your company.

Posted by got2 love safety

Electrical Safety in the Workplace

August 20, 2010


Electricity is an inherently dangerous but versatile source of energy. When it is utilized according to sound safety principles, personal injury and property damage can be effectively prevented. The Lock-Out/Tagout standard (OSHA 29 CFR 1910.147) outlines minimum performance requirements for the control of hazardous energy during servicing and maintenance of machines and equipment. Lock-Out/Tagout had 3,321 total violations and was ranked #5 Top Cited Violation.


  • Approximately 3 million workers service equipment and face the greatest risk of injury if lockout/tagout is not properly implemented.
  • Compliance with the lockout/tagout standard (29 CFR 1910.147) prevents an estimated 120 fatalities and 50,000 injuries each year.
  • Workers injured on the job from exposure to hazardous energy lose an average of 24 workdays for recuperation.
  • In a study conducted by the United Auto Workers (UAW), 20% of the fatalities (83 of 414) that occurred among their members between 1973 and 1995 were attributed to inadequate hazardous energy control procedures specifically, lockout/tagout procedures.

“Lockout/Tagout (LOTO)” refers to specific practices and procedures to safeguard employees from the unexpected energization or startup of machinery or equipment, or the release of hazardous energy during service or maintenance activities.

  • Only properly trained employees will utilize the LOTO program.
  • No unauthorized personnel will attempt to operate machinery or tamper with machinery that has been locked out.
  • No employee will tamper with any LOTO device or tag.
  • Only authorized personnel may remove LOTO devices and tags in accordance with the LOTO program.

Per OSHA, the Top 5 sections sited:

1910-147 (c)(4) – Failure to develop, document and utilize procedures for the control of potentially hazardous energy (968 violations)

1910.147(c)(6) – Failure to conduct periodic inspection of the energy control procedure (684 violations)

1910.147(c)(7) – Failure to provide training on the energy control program (590 violations)

1910.147(c)(1) – Failure to establish a written lockout/tagout program(516 violations)

1910.147(d)(4)- Failure to properly apply a lockout or tagout device (193 violations)

Additional Resources:

Control of Hazardous Energy/Lockout/Tagout)

National Safety Council

Submitted by: Donna Kolody/Emedco

Kleen Energy cut corners and now faces OSHA’s third highest fine ever

August 10, 2010

In February, 2010, an explosion at a Kleen Energy construction site in Middletown, CT, killed six workers and injured 50 others.  Three construction companies and fourteen subcontractors were cited for 371 safety violations and are now facing OSHA’s third highest fine ever: $16.6 million.

It was discovered that the company cut corners in order to capitalize on a $19 million incentive if the project was finished ahead of schedule. According to, in the weeks and months leading up to the explosion, employees were working seven-day, 84-hour weeks.

A U.S. Chemical Safety Board investigation reported the explosion was most likely caused during a routine practice of cleaning gas fuel piping by using natural gas. The gas found an ignition source, presumably by sparks caused by welding and other work that was being performed nearby.

The explosion at the construction site was felt 40 miles away.



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