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February 2009 Blog Posts (26)

Who is using Back Supports?

Today we have all kind of gimmicks out there to help do a job easier, efficiently, and safer. We train our folks to recognize hazards and, to correct unsafe condition. With all that we do to ensure our work force has a safe place to work; liability for the employer is becoming a high focus on what type of PPE that is issued to your employees!

My question to you folks (the experts) is a 3 part question.

• First: Do you issue your employees back supports?

• Second: Do you Train… Continue

Added by Ray Butler on February 26, 2009 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

Nation's #1 Safety Incentive Programs Offered as a Free Service to Any Company!

Given that no one has money to invest in any new programs, but they want to reward and retain good employees, our program is especially ideal for the economic recession we find ourselves battling. At this time, we are focusing on manufacturing/distribution companies and mills, where accidents and OSHA recordables are a huge issue.



Incentive Solutions LLC has the number-one, guaranteed-ROI safety incentive program in the nation for manufacturers of all sizes. Why? Because we don't… Continue

Added by Vicki Johnson on February 26, 2009 at 4:49pm — 6 Comments

New Ansell CHEMTEK® 38-214T Gloves Protect Against Dangerous Materials

New ChemTek® 38-214T gloves from Ansell Healthcare protect workers from phenol chloroform and a variety of dangerous chemicals. The thin-mil Viton® over butyl gloves are comfortable and provide the dexterity and tactile sensitivity lab workers need.



Ansell developed ChemTek 38-214T gloves in response to a request from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) for a thin laboratory glove that could be used with phenol and chlorinated solvents.



UCSF is… Continue

Added by Safety Community on February 26, 2009 at 10:30am — No Comments

New Disposable Gloves Line

Ansell launches a new portfolio of vinyl and latex disposable gloves designed for a wide range of food handling, general duty and light industrial applications. The glove styles are offered as part of Ansell’s Dura-Touch® and Conform® brands. The company will phase out its VersaTouch and FoodMates® brand gloves.



Dura-Touch and Conform brand gloves are available in packaging with bold colors and prominent product information on all panels of the shipper carton to… Continue

Added by Lara Kretler on February 26, 2009 at 7:00am — No Comments

Free Updated Chemical Guide Available from Ansell

Safety and lab managers’ jobs just got a bit easier thanks to the 8th Edition Chemical Resistance Guide with updated permeation and degradation data from Ansell. The comprehensive document is available as a downloadable PDF, or chemical workers can request a free hard copy by regular mail, at www.ansellpro.com. The popular guide allows users to accurately search for the right protective glove specifically for chemical… Continue

Added by Lara Kretler on February 25, 2009 at 10:28am — 3 Comments

Ansell Revamps its SpecWare® Online Chemical Application and Recommendation Guide

Ansell is making safety and lab managers’ job a little easier by introducing an enhanced version of Ansell’s SpecWare® Online Chemical Application and Recommendation Guide. The online tool, available at www.ansellpro.com, allows users to accurately search for the right protective glove specifically for chemical applications.



SpecWare minimizes user time and the number of clicks required to get from the search criteria to the Ansell… Continue

Added by Safety Community on February 25, 2009 at 10:00am — No Comments

Cut Protection Glove for Construction Industry

Ansell has added the Cut Protection Glove to its line of products specifically designed for use in professional construction applications. The glove will also be the first Ansell Construction product to be made available directly to consumers through retailers such as Northern Tool and Tool Barn.

The glove, constructed with world-class Intercept Technology® Stretch Armor Yarn developed jointly by Ansell and DuPont, combines the comfort of Ansell… Continue

Added by MoniqueB on February 24, 2009 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Frequently Asked Questions - Part 3

A few more...



How can I determine what size gloves my workers need?



Since proper fit is so essential to comfort and dexterity, it would be worthwhile to measure each worker’s hand. You may use a dressmaker’s cloth tape to measure around the hand, above the thumb and below the fingers. The diameter of the hand (rounded to the nearest half-inch) is numerically equal to the worker’s nominal glove size. This type of measurement, however, does not account for all… Continue

Added by MoniqueB on February 21, 2009 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Frequently Asked Questions about PPE - Pt. 2

Just when you thought we answered everything, there's more...



What gloves do you recommend for handling lacquer thinner?



Lacquer thinner, which is a popular cleaning agent for many processing facilities, typically contains several key ingredients, as listed below. Although additional ingredients may be present, they will likely fall into these categories.

  • A ketone such as acetone or MEK, which will degrade nitrile, PVC and Viton;
  • An alcohol…
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Added by MoniqueB on February 20, 2009 at 2:30pm — No Comments

All Accidents are Preventable

Workplace accidents are an unfortunate part of the daily life of a safety professional, right? While that may be true, this does not mean that they are an unavoidable part. Upon reviewing a large sample of incident reports, accident investigation reports, and disciplinary action reports for safety violations, I have become more convinced than ever that all accidents are preventable.



If a root cause analysis is done on each incident, the observer will find that the most of the root… Continue

Added by Jeff Sutyla on February 20, 2009 at 9:44am — 1 Comment

Frequently Asked Questions about PPE

Proper hand protection is especially important in a chemical processing facility to prevent injuries and related costs and to boost productivity. Here are questions often asked by managers and others in chemical processing facilities, with responses provided to their inquiries.



What are some safety guidelines for using disposable nitrile gloves in a laboratory setting?



Nitrile gloves are suited for:

  • Use with aliphatic hydrocarbons
  • Animal…
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Added by MoniqueB on February 19, 2009 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Policy on Not wearing jewelry

Hey all,

I am new to the web site, and need your help. I am trying to write a safety policy on not wearing any type of jewelery on the job. Of course excluding medical alert jewelry. Does anyone have a sample policy that can help me get started. thanks

Added by Beth H on February 19, 2009 at 2:56pm — 1 Comment

Marketing Makes It Stick

The Coca-Cola Company has a logo of a bottle cap that says, “Always Safety” on it. Around the bottle cap the message reads, “On Top of Everything We Do.” It is relevant to their business, catchy, and sends the right signals. Before you get to this point in your safety program, there are a few items that need to be in place.



You have management commitment, meaning that the senior managers are behind the safety program. They provide the necessary resources to fulfill the objectives of… Continue

Added by Scott Mastley on February 19, 2009 at 1:05pm — 1 Comment

Developing Safe Working Habits

Is safety first? We like to say it, put it on posters, and repeat it at company functions, but do we mean it? The first time we ask an installer to drive a vehicle that hasn’t been completely maintained, a fabricator to operate a table saw without a splitter or a guard, an office employee to jump on a forklift, or a loader to handle an awkwardly heavy load by himself, we send the real message—that safety is only first when it is convenient.



Instead of trying to prove such a… Continue

Added by Scott Mastley on February 19, 2009 at 1:03pm — No Comments

Improving Safety While Cutting Costs!

With difficult economic times for all companies, reducing costs is at the top of everyone's mind. I would like to invite you to a FREE webinar on March 4 at 2pm EST that I am hosting with Occupational Health & Safety. This seminar will demonstrate how you can improve safety while reducing both the direct and indirect costs of incidents through an investment in a modern safety incentive program. If you are interested, please follow the link below to… Continue

Added by Brian Galonek on February 18, 2009 at 10:03am — 3 Comments

Job Site Available for Safety Pros

Job Site Available for Safety Pros



The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), Des Plaines, Ill., reminds safety professionals that its Nexsteps job board offers members information on available positions. The Web site (www.nextsteps.org) offers job seekers the ability to review and apply for safety, health and environmental jobs, and employers can review resumes and post positions. Currently there are close to 50 job openings posted with more than 3300 active employers… Continue

Added by Michael Adams on February 17, 2009 at 12:20pm — No Comments

How safety professionals can market themselvse

I just read this great article about how to market yourself.

What do you think - did the author miss anything? I think being a member of this Online Safety Community is another good way to market yourself.

In economic times like these, we can all use a reminder to get "out there" and be more visible as professionals and individuals.

Added by Lara Kretler on February 13, 2009 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Cell phone use policy

Hi, I am new to the site and I am in need of a cell phone use policy. Not the canned-restricted or prohibited policies that are readily available. I am looking for a policy that outlines the use of cell phones as a tool for communication on a construction project.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks

Added by James on February 10, 2009 at 9:10am — No Comments

thanks for the warm welcome.

I am new to this website. My background is in safety testing products; drug, alcohol and HIV. I am researching a new food testing product to see if it fits our company mission. Our pricing is very competitive on the other test products but the food safety test kit is a new arena, so any information would be very helpful as I learn all the facets, which are many; USDA, FDa, etc...

Added by Sarah Lee Marks on February 9, 2009 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Reminder: Check your AED...

I was at a Recreation Center in a local community this week and looked at the AED they had hanging on their wall. The battery was Dead and so the device could not be used.



If you have an AED that does NOT give you an audible alarm when the battery capacity is low then the only way you can verify battery capacity is by looking at the battery gauge on the device (some devices dont even have those). If the battery is dead you can not save a life. While you are at it, please check your… Continue

Added by Douglas Comstock on February 9, 2009 at 5:33pm — 1 Comment

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