Posts Tagged ‘respirators’

Closed for Repairs

July 6, 2011

Many people like to take vacations when the kids are off & enjoy the nice weather. This gives businesses an opportunity to shut down to make necessary repairs on equipment or to clean machinery. Don’t forget even with only a skeleton crew, it’s still vital keep everyone safe.


Equipment checklist for cleaning machinery:
• Lock down equipment – Locks, Hasps, Tags
PPE Equipment – gloves, eye protection, facemask (if welding), respirators
• Warning Signs – Lockout Equipment, Caution Wet Floor
• Safety cleanup after – spill control

There is also clean up after servicing the machines. Be sure to throw away dirty towels, gloves, & properly dispose of any Hazardous Material. Spill control should be part of every clean up. Did you know the #1 injury according to the National Safety Council is falls? In fact, during your lifetime the odd of mortality by falling is 1 in 171. Therefore, prepare ahead of time to avoid slips & falls by having the materials you need. It will save you time and keep everyone safe.

By: Amy

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!

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!

What exactly is Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)?

February 9, 2010

Thank you for asking! Simply put …its equipment that protects the person.

A more formal, encompassing definition from OSHA is: “Personal Protective Equipment, or PPE, is designed to protect employees from serious workplace injuries or illnesses resulting from contact with chemical, radiological, physical, electrical, mechanical, or other workplace hazards. Besides face shields, safety glasses, hard hats, and safety shoes, PPE includes a variety of devices and garments such as goggles, coveralls, gloves, vests, earplugs, and respirators.”

Why care?

IT’S MANDATED BY OSHA! Employers must perform a hazard assessment in their workplace to determine what exactly requires using PPE, provide appropriate PPE to the workers and require them to use and maintain it in sanitary and reliable condition. Emedco has an extensive line of PPE products to help you comply.

So, if you are an Owner, Safety Manager, Safety Coordinator, Manufacturing Manager, Purchasing Manager, Buyer, or a host of other titles, you have the responsibility to ensure employees reduce or eliminate injuries with PPE.   Also, as an employee, you always have the option to explore and research the multitude of PPE products on the market and make suggestions to your employer.

Additional Resources:

OSHA Fact Sheet

OSHA 29 CFR 1910.132

Emedco Makes it Easier than Ever to Find Protective Wear for Your Business

January 7, 2010

As a Business Owner or Safety Manager you top concern is of course going to be keeping yourself and everyone that works for you as safe as possible. One of the best ways to keep your safety record looking great is by ensuring that everyone at your workplace has the proper protective wear so they can avoid needless injuries. This can sometimes prove to be a real challenge and you may find yourself looking in many different places in order to find everything that you are looking for. Thankfully Emedco has come up with a Personal Protective Equipment Solution for you that will never again have you banging your head trying to figure out where you will obtain all the various protective wear that you need for your workplace.

Emedco Makes it Easier than Ever to Find Protective Wear for Your Business

In the new catalog that is filled with all of their products there is now an expanded section that is focuses 100 percent on safety wear and no matter what it is you are looking for you will find it in this section. Their selection of the top safety wear and gear is rivaled by none and whether you are looking for safety gear, safety signs, or even one of a kind signs such as the ‘Tuff Guy’ signs, you need not look any further.

Of course your safety wear needs will depend on your business but ultimately every business needs to stay safe and in order to do so they need protective wear and other such safety equipment. Here is what you can expect to find in this newly expanded section of the catalog:

  • Eye Protection Station: This handy item mounts directly to any wall and reminds everyone to stop and take eye protection before they proceed any further.
  • Genesis Safety Glasses: These stylish safety glasses are impact resistant and will effectively block 99.9 percent of all UVA and UVB radiation. Not only will they protect people’s eyes, but they look great too.
  • Lens Cleaning Station: These easy to use and easy to install stations remind everyone at your workplace to frequently clean their safety glasses in order to keep them clean and debris free. This in turn improves vision and reduces accidents.
  • Protective Visors: These fit right onto your hard hat and offer full facial protection with a see through shatter resistant visor. Great for working in areas that are frequented by flying objects and debris.
  • Foam Earplugs: Protect your employees hearing with a number of different foam earplugs. These earplugs form fit to whoever is wearing them and have a chord attached so they do not get lost. Choose from brands such as 3M, EAR, and Norton just to name a few.
  • Advanced Ear Protection: Earplug not enough to protect your workers? You can also choose from a wide variety of ear-muffs and banded hearing protectors.
  • Respirators: Keep the air that your employees breathe in nice and clean with a number of different 3M particle respirators.
  • Advanced Respirators: If your workplace requires a full facial protection and the need to filter out the air that is breathed in then advanced respirators by North will fit the bill.
  • Disposable Gloves: Keep employee’s hands safe and free of chemicals that may be harmful to the skin by using disposable nitrile or vinyl gloves.
  • Utility Gloves: These heavy duty gloves offer great hand protection. The thick gloves still offer a wonderful level of comfort and will ensure that your staff’s hands are protected at all times.
  • Coveralls: DuPont Tyvek Coveralls offer great protection and great comfort all in one.
  • Rain Gear: If your work environment calls for you or your employees to be outside then you will want to keep everyone dry when the rain comes down. Choose from three piece rain suites, rain rider coats, and even rubber rain boots.
  • Knee Pads: The knees are often overlooked but definitely need to be protected. Knee pads can keep your employees knee caps protected and keep them comfortable all day long.
  • Coats, Vests, and Aprons: Lab coats are a necessity if your employees are constantly in a lab environment, safety vests keep your staff noticeable at all times, and aprons can help protect the font of your employees while they are working in a warehouse environment.
  • Protective Wear Signs: Remind anyone and everyone that walks into your workplace that there is certain safety wear that must be worn in certain areas with a huge selection of safety wear signs. Choose from a great stock selection or have your own custom made with whatever you need them to say.
  • Hard Hats: A wide variety of colors with all the certification you require. Class I, Class II, and ANSI Hard Hats help keep the most important part of your staff’s body safe and intact; their heads.
  • One of a Kind Safety Signs: Exclusive to the company is the ‘Tuff Guy’ signs which feature; you guessed it, a tough looking guy holding a sign with some type of warning or instruction. These are a great attention getter and will help you to express to those who work around you your message only now in an ultra-attention grabbing way.

Really it could not be any easier. The safety wear section is broken down into different sections and the index page makes finding the safety and protective items you need a snap. Emedco has left nothing to chance with their new catalogue and has gone above and beyond to once again service the customer by making their lives just a bit easier by supplying all the names you trust and the safety gear you need.

To get your FREE catalog simply go to or call 800-442-3633 and request one today!

Written by Mb


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