Posts Tagged ‘hard hats’

Dress for Safety! Use PPE to Prevent Injuries and Save Lives!

January 2, 2014

Wherever there is modern industry, there is risk of accident and injury. And yet through this danger — some of it fatal — people literally build the foundations of modern society and economy.

It’s your responsibility as a business owner to attend to your workers safety as best as you can, and one of the best ways to do that is through the use of personal protective equipment (PPE).

Fall Protection

Protect yourself from construction’s top killer — a long fall!

Selecting the right kind of PPE can be complex and time-consuming. That’s why it’s usually simpler to match your choice of PPE with the threats your workers face.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) pays careful attention to every accident report, enforces safety standards, and regularly releases its own safety statistics. From their list of the top ten OSHA violations emerge the Fatal Four — the four most common causes of fatal accidents in the construction industry — and some PPE measures you can use to mitigate their dangers.

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Maintaining Hard Hats-don’t overlook it!

October 15, 2010

Most people don’t think of Hard Hats very often, we definitely take them for granted.  They are heavily used daily yet are an understated piece of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE). The International Safety Equipment Association( ISEA) points out that they have done a good job protecting workers in a variety of work environments. They will provide a reasonable service life if given a little care and regular inspection.  To learn more about head protection regulations, click on:  ANSI/ISEA Z89.1-2009 Standard, OSHA 1926.100 for Construction and  OSHA 1910.135 for General Industry.

MSA VGuard Standard and Full Brim Caps

Here’s a little Hard Hat 101. There are two basic parts to it: the shell and the suspension, which work together as a system. Both need regular inspection and maintenance. The shell is rigid, light and is shaped to reflect a falling object. The suspension’s main purpose is to absorb energy. The suspension system inside the helmet is as important as the shell itself. It holds the shell in place on your head and holds it away from your head for free air flow. For that reason, it is important that the suspension be in good condition to perform that function. Over long periods use, the suspension can become damaged and worn.

Here are some ISEA recommendations:

1) Wearers should inspect the shell regularly. When cracks (even as small as hairlines), become noticeable, the helmet should be replaced because experience has shown, these cracks will spread and widen once they begin to form. Look for signs of abuse such as scratches or gouges. Shells exposed to heat, sunlight and chemicals can become stiff or brittle. There also can be visible craze pattern- it can be dull in color or have a chalky appearance. Be sure to replace these helmets also.

Also, never alter or modify the shell other than in accordance with the manufacturers’ instructions to permit the use of accessories. Such accessory attachments may reduce the limited protection provided by the helmets. If it is necessary or desirable to use the numbers or symbols in the helmets for identification purposes, the ISEA recommends the use of reflective marking tape. Only the helmet manufacturer should paint the helmet to avoid the problem of the solvents in the paint that can make the helmets brittle and more susceptible to cracks

2) Replace the hard hat if it has sustained an impact from an object, even though no damage may be visible.

3) Whenever the fitness of a hard hat is in doubt, it should be taken from service immediately and destroyed.

4) Look closely at the suspension for cracking, torn adjustment slots, fraying material or other signs of wear, especially at the suspension lugs. Common causes are: by hair oils, perspiration, and normal wear.  It should be routinely replaced at least once a year under normal wear conditions.

5) The service life of the protective headgear can be lengthened by cleaning the suspension and shell as part of a regular inspection program. A wet sponge or soft brush with mold detergent and water will remove dirt and stains from the suspension and shell.

6) Employees should not carry anything inside the helmet. A clearance must be maintained inside the helmet for the system to work. In the event of a blow to the head, the space must be used to help absorb the shock of the blow.

Emedco has a large selection of complimentary products to go with your hard hats such as  Hard Hat Labels, Hard Hat Signs and other Personal Protective Equipment. More is added everday at Emedco.com!

-DK

Hard Hat Classes

September 15, 2010

As a quick refresher, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) protects the worker from the natural harm that comes into their work area and helps avoid serious workplace injuries. OSHA’s primary personal protective equipment standards are in Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Part 1910 Subpart I. OSHA’s general personal protective equipment requirements mandate that employers conduct a hazard assessment of their workplaces to determine what hazards are present that require the use of protective equipment, provide workers with appropriate protective equipment, and require them to use and maintain it in sanitary and reliable condition.

The hardhat, a basic piece of safety equipment used in any work operations, must meet ANSI Z89.1 1986 specifications for protection.  They are made of high-density polyethylene and feature nylon crown straps and sizing buckles. Their unique anatomical design increases ventilation, keeps the head cooler. Emedco’s selection of hard hats conform to all OSHA and ANSI Z89.1.1997 requirements for impact, penetration, and electrical insulation.

Type I hard hats are intended to reduce the force of impact resulting for a blow only to the top of the head. All hard hats, except bump caps, are either:

  • Class G (General)-Class G hard hats are intended to reduce the danger of contact exposure to low voltage conductors. *Class G hard hats were formerly known as Class A.
  • Class E (Electrical) -Class E hard hats are intended to reduce the danger of exposure to high voltage conductors. *Class E hard hats were formerly known as Class B.
  • Class C (Conductive)- Class C hard hats are not intended to provide protection against contact with electrical conductors

Check out Emedco.com for much more PPE and Fall Protection Equipment!

-DKolody

Maintaining Hard Hats- don’t overlook it!

June 10, 2010

Most people don’t think of Hard Hats very often, we definitely take them for granted.  They are heavily used daily yet are an understated piece of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE). The International Safety Equipment Association( ISEA) points out that they have done a good job protecting workers in a variety of work environments. They will provide a reasonable service life if given a little care and regular inspection.  To learn more about head protection regulations, click on:  ANSI/ISEA Z89.1-2009 Standard, OSHA 1926.100 for Construction and  OSHA 1910.135 for General Industry.

Here’s a little Hard Hat 101. There are two basic parts to it: the shell and the suspension, which work together as a system. Both need regular inspection and maintenance. The shell is rigid, light and is shaped to reflect a falling object. The suspension’s main purpose is to absorb energy. The suspension system inside the helmet is as important as the shell itself. It holds the shell in place on your head and holds it away from your head for free air flow. For that reason, it is important that the suspension be in good condition to perform that function. Over long periods use, the suspension can become damaged and worn.

Here are some ISEA recommendations:

1) Wearers should inspect the shell regularly. When cracks (even as small as hairlines), become noticeable, the helmet should be replaced because experience has shown, these cracks will spread and widen once they begin to form. Look for signs of abuse such as scratches or gouges. Shells exposed to heat, sunlight and chemicals can become stiff or brittle. There also can be visible craze pattern- it can be dull in color or have a chalky appearance. Be sure to replace these helmets also.

Also, never alter or modify the shell other than in accordance with the manufacturers’ instructions to permit the use of accessories. Such accessory attachments may reduce the limited protection provided by the helmets. If it is necessary or desirable to use the numbers or symbols in the helmets for identification purposes, the ISEA recommends the use of reflective marking tape. Only the helmet manufacturer should paint the helmet to avoid the problem of the solvents in the paint that can make the helmets brittle and more susceptible to cracks

2) Replace the hard hat if it has sustained an impact from an object, even though no damage may be visible.

3) Whenever the fitness of a hard hat is in doubt, it should be taken from service immediately and destroyed.

4) Look closely at the suspension for cracking, torn adjustment slots, fraying material or other signs of wear, especially at the suspension lugs. Common causes are: by hair oils, perspiration, and normal wear.  It should be routinely replaced at least once a year under normal wear conditions.

5) The service life of the protective headgear can be lengthened by cleaning the suspension and shell as part of a regular inspection program. A wet sponge or soft brush with mold detergent and water will remove dirt and stains from the suspension and shell.

6) Employees should not carry anything inside the helmet. A clearance must be maintained inside the helmet for the system to work. In the event of a blow to the head, the space must be used to help absorb the shock of the blow.

Submitted by: Donna Kolody/Emedco

What is the value of Safety?

February 16, 2010

We can’t seem to escape hearing about accidents everywhere we turn and are always looking for helpful tips such as: safety at work , safety at home , safety on the road, in the air, at sporting events like the Olympics, etc.  No matter the setting, the message is loud and clear:  SAFETY IS PRICELESS!

Take the workplace injury or fatality for example- when that injured or killed person is someone we know… a co-worker, loved one or friend, it hits much closer to home. We rally to support them but have to continually ask the tough questions:

1)     Was safety top of mind by the organization and employee?

2)     Could it have been prevented?

Especially during our current recession, a strong safety culture starts with an organization’s senior management buy-in and unwavering commitment.  The safety, health & environmental professionals (SH & E Profession) must emphasize their important role in an organization’s overall success to help ensure steady occupational growth. They must remember the many lifesaving stories to stay inspired and promote the benefits to the person that is listening. That is the key word.

This is a topic that we can discuss for a long time so in summary, we must get and stay committed to being the best safety advocate for ourselves and our companies and must keep listening.  We all know that PPE must be provided free of charge to employees and that there are many different categories such as: safety eyewear, hearing protection, hard hats, respirators, protective apparel, gloves, ergonomic supports etc.  Emedco has a very diverse line of PPE products- Top brands, great selection at competitive prices.

Emedco is your One-Stop PPE Safety Source. Your Way, Today, Guaranteed!


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