27 Sep 2017

It’s here!

Many safety professionals wait anxiously for OSHA to release their annual top ten cited standards. If you are a seasoned safety focused person, I bet you can guess the #1 most cited standard…. You got it! – Fall Protection, 1926.501. It seems every year fall hazards top the charts. The complete list was released to a crowd at the 2017 National Safety Council Expo in Indianapolis, IN.

For the full list of most cited standards, check out OH&S Magazine’s OSHA Unveils FY2017 Top Most-Cited Standards article.

What should you do?

Contact Quest Safety to talk with a trained sales professional about best practices, new products, and resources to reduce citations and prevent your next fall. There have been advancements in the industry by 3M Capital Fall Protection and Honeywell Miller Fall Protection. We want to connect you with the right product for the application.

 

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05 Aug 2016

Safety in the workplace is a goal that all companies strive to reach. One way to ensure safety in a job that involves physical hazards is the use of hard hats. The hard shell alleviates blows directly to the head and helps to prevent a range of head injuries from concussions to brain damage. OSHA 1926.100 stipulates that employers must supply hard hats in work environments where there is a possibility of head injuries from impact, objects, or electrical shock/burns. There are hard hats to fit every job, environment, and personality. The top brands today are MSA, Bullard, 3M, Fibre-Metal, and Honeywell. With so many hard hats on the market, how do you find the right one for your needs?

Types of Hard Hats

ANSI Z89.1-2014 dictates that there are two types of hard hats, Type I and Type II. Type I hard hats are constructed to shield workers from objects and blows that come from above and pummel the top of the helmet, while Type II hard hats are constructed to protect against lateral blows and objects. Evaluate the work environment and the location of potential hazards to determine which type would be most suitable for your site.

Classes of Hard Hats

ANSI Z89.1-2014 also separates hard hats into three different classes: E, G and C, indicating their electrical insulation rating.

Class E (Electrical) Hard Hats

Defined as electrical hard hats, these are designed to reduce exposure to high voltage conductors and offer dielectric protection up to 20,000 volts. This protection does not extend past the head, however, so additional PPE must be worn to protect the rest of the body from electrical hazards.

Class G (General) Hard Hats

These are general hard hats constructed to lessen exposure to low voltage conductors and offer dielectric protection up to 2,200 volts. The same goes for Class G hard hats as Class E hard hats: additional PPE must be worn to protect the worker below the head.

Class C (Conductive) Hard Hats

This class of hard hat differs from the other two classes because they are not designed to provide protection against contact with electrical conductors. These hard hats protect the wearer only from impact blows to the head.
Most hard hats come with an interior sticker indicating the hat’s type, class, and the year it was manufactured.

Hard Hat Suspension and Style

The two most popular styles of hard hat suspension are ratchet and pin lock. A ratchet suspension adjusts with a ratchet at the back of the hard hat, while a pin lock suspension adjusts with pins and holes, also at the back of the hat. The suspension is the backbone of your hard hat, making it an important factor when considering which one to choose.

Hard hats may also be classified another step further by being vented or non-vented. A vented hard hat is one with small slots at the crown of the hat to encourage air flow, while a non-vented hard hat has no slots. A vented hard hat is especially helpful for people working outside in the sun. Overheating is a serious thing; preventing it in any way you can is important.

Additional Features Available

There are hard hats and accessories to fit every job, environment, and personality. Here are some of the ways you can customize your safety, fit, and look.

  • Standard brim or cap style vs Full brim, for additional 360 degree protection from objects, the sun, and rain
  • Logos and Hi-Vis striping
  • Fiberglass for higher temperatures
  • Face shield/visors to protect from flying debris, chemical splashes, radiant heat, infrared radiation, and arc flashes
  • Accessory slots for hearing protection
  • Sweatbands, shades, and liners
  • Personalization: cowboy style hats, sports teams, patriotic, and camo just to name a few
  • Bump Caps: These lightweight helmets look more like industrial baseball caps. They are not ANSI certified and are only provided for workers who might occasionally bump or scrape their heads

Now that you understand the different types, classes and styles of hard hats, let’s talk about a tool that can actually help you select the best hard hat to fit your workplace needs!

Customize Your Very Own Hard Hat!

3M, Honeywell, and MSA offer hard hat customization tools that allow you to choose your hard hat model, color, quantity, suspension and style making it as easy as 1, 2, 3 (no really, it’s a three step process). You are able to preview, save and share your designs. Check it out!

When to Replace Your Hard Hat

Just like other types of PPE, hard hats need to be replaced over time to ensure workers receive maximum protection. Damage—such as dents, cracks, penetrations or fatigue due to rough treatment—is a sign that a hard hat needs to be replaced. Heat and rays from the sun are very harsh on hard hats and can cause them to become brittle over time. It is crucial to inspect your hard hat before each use. Another way to evaluate a hard hat, other than by simply looking at it, is to hold it in both hands and administer force by squeezing it. If creaking or other unusual sounds are heard, it’s probably time to replace your hard hat. Some manufacturers recommend replacing hard hats every 12 months. Industry standards recommend that, at a minimum, hard hats are replaced every five years even if no damage is found.

There you have it; you’re now on your way to selecting the right hard hat for your workplace needs! Remember to think about the two types of hard hats, then take things a step further and consider which class of hat is best suited to the work environment. Be sure to choose the appropriate suspension and style type also. Now that you understand the different options that hard hats have to offer, your responsibility to select the proper one should be a bit easier. Your head is an important part of your body so keep it properly protected!

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04 Jul 2016

Summer is great, but with it comes mosquitoes and ticks. While many people rely on DEET-based insect repellents, workers in electrical and similarly hazardous environments must look for alternate solutions. People who work in environments that may include flash fires, electrical arcs, or combustible dust are required to wear flame resistant (FR) clothing at all times. Unfortunately DEET and the chemicals that make up FR clothing do not mix well.

DEET, the active ingredient in most popular insect repellents, is highly flammable and should not be used in hazardous environments. This leaves people working in these electrical environments three options; work without insect repellent, use common insect repellent on exposed skin only, or use repellent specifically made for FR clothing. This last option is the safest and best choice. Several manufacturers make non-DEET insect repellent that uses Permethin to repel and kill bugs without endangering the wearer. Permethin is non-flammable and adheres to FR material for up to six weeks in many cases. Contact Quest Safety for more information.

22 Jun 2016

In 2009, OSHA began aligning their Hazard Communication Standard (HCS 1994) also known as HazCom, with the GHS (Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals) adopted in 2003 by the United Nations. With HCS 1994, OSHA intent was to give workers knowledge of health, physical, and environmental hazards they may encounter in the workplace. The goal of what became HCS 2012 was to standardize hazardous information to make it easier for workers to understand quickly, especially in emergency situations.

The key changes to HazCom and GHS are hazard classification; standardization of labels with signal words, pictograms, and hazard information; converting previously used Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) to a new standardized format, Safety Data Sheets (SDS).  Compliance with the new standard (HCS 2012/29 CFR 1910.1200) began in 2012 with a final deadline of June 2016. At that time all chemical users and producers must adhere to the new regulations.

For additional information see:
OHSA’s Hazard Communication Page
Free OSHA Training Tutorial – Understanding the GHS Labeling System
Free OSHA Training Tutorial – Understanding GHS Safety Data Sheets (SDS’s)
GHS Training: Passing Deadlines Don’t Mean the Work is Over from Occupational Health and Safety Magazine

09 May 2016

Do these facts catch your attention?

When a worker is 2% dehydrated, they’re 20% less productive.

Dehydration results in over 500,000 hospitalizations yearly.

Now that we have your attention – We’ve put some of the best resources together so you can prepare, inform, and manage your Heat Stress Program. Don’t forget to view our Free Sqwincher Freezer Promo below!

 

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It seems warmer temps are here to stay! While warmer temps are exciting, perhaps not so exciting is the increase in pesky and sometimes dangerous insects the warmer temps bring. The Zika virus is on the rise making insect repellant increasingly important this year. Know the facts! Be Aware to Be Prepared! Check out Quest’s full line of insect repellent option below.

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18 Apr 2016

What glove is right for your application? Safety professionals all over the nation struggle to find the perfect fit in an effort to balance cost, compliance, and comfort. Many times high usage levels and cost can lead to an inexpensive canvas glove. Protective Industrial Products performed an impressive glove study at one of the largest metal producers in the United States that resulted in some pretty interesting findings. What glove is right for your application? It may not be the cost effective canvas you’ve grown accustom to using.

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24 Mar 2016

In June of 2015, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) approved an update to the ANSI/ISEA Z308.1 Standard: Minimum Requirements for Workplace First Aid Kits and Supplies. The standard is set to go into effect June 2016.

OSHA’s medical service and first aid regulation, 29 CFR 1910.151(b) states:

In the absence of an infirmary, clinic, or hospital in near proximity to the workplace which is used for the treatment of all injured employees, a person or persons shall be adequately trained to render first aid. adequate first aid supplies shall be readily available.

The new ANSI Z308.1-2015 update now includes two classes of first aid kits, based on the contents and quantity of first aid supplies included in those kits. Class A kits are designed for the most common workplace injuries. Class B kits have a wider range of supplies to deal with more complex injuries or high-risk environments. The 2015 update also designates first aid kits by Type (I, II, III, or IV). The Type is determined by the work environment where the kit will be used.  Download our ANSI Z308.1-2015 Fast Facts sheet for more information on the update as well as a comparison between the -1998 and -2015 edition of the standard.

 

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Resources

ANSI Z308.1-2015 Fast Facts (PDF)

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First Aid Only ANSI 2015 Product Catalog (PDF)

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18 Mar 2016

By now I’m sure you have already read our post “New Standards for Cut Protection” with a reference to OH&S Magazine’s article. We thought we would arm you with more information to better explain the newly revised standards and keep you protected. Download a fast facts sheet from our partners at Protective Industrial Products below.

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17 Mar 2016

Learn how to keep your employees safe on the job.
Discover the latest and greatest in PPE and safety equipment.
Win a large duffle bag full of safety products valued at $300.00!

This year’s Indiana Safety Expo is Tuesday, March 22nd at the Indiana Convention Center from 7:30-4:00. Stop by booth 320 to see what is new and popular in the safety industry. We will have patented and patent pending protective apparel designs as well as new hand protection, footwear, SmartCompliance™ first aid program, and more.

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While you’re at the booth enter to win a large duffle bag full of safety products valued at $300.00! Contents include hearing protection, protective eyewear, head protection, respirators and filters. Winner need not be present to win.