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Develop a Disaster Survival Kit for Your Workplace

While families often develop and keep a family disaster survival kit for their homes, many people overlook the fact that their workplace is where they spend a significant portion of their time, and that disasters might strand them at their workplace for several hours or overnight. With this in mind, the Red Cross has issued a list of common items that one should keep in the workplace in the event of a disaster.

Flashlight with extra batteries: Use the flashlight to find your way if the power is out. Do not use candles or any other open flame for emergency lighting.

Battery-powered radio: News about the emergency may change rapidly as events unfold. You also will be concerned about family and friends in the area. Radio reports will give information about the areas most affected.

Food: Enough non-perishable food to sustain you for at least one day (three meals), is suggested. Select foods that require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking, and little or no water. The following items are suggested: ready-to-eat canned meals, meats, fruits, and vegetables; canned juices; high-energy foods (granola bars, energy bars, etc.).

Water: Keep at least one gallon of water available, or more if you are on medications that require water or that increase thirst. Store water in plastic containers such as soft drink bottles. Avoid using containers that will decompose or break, such as milk cartons or glass bottles.

Medications: Include usual non-prescription medications that you take, including pain relievers, stomach remedies, etc. If you use prescription medications, keep at least three-day’s supply of these medications at your workplace. Consult with your physician or pharmacist how
these medications should be stored, and your employer about storage concerns.

First Aid Supplies: If your employer does not provide first aid supplies, have the following essentials:

(20) adhesive bandages, various sizes.
(1) 5” x 9” sterile dressing.
(1) conforming roller gauze bandage.
(2) triangular bandages.
(2) 3 x 3 sterile gauze pads.
(2) 4 x 4 sterile gauze pads.
(1) roll 3” cohesive bandage.
(2) germicidal hand wipes or waterless alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
(6) antiseptic wipes.
(2) pair large medical grade non-latex gloves
Adhesive tape, 2” width.
Anti-bacterial ointment.
Cold pack.
Scissors (small, personal).
Tweezers.
CPR breathing barrier, such as a face shield

Tools and Supplies: Other tools and supplies useful during a disaster include an emergency mylar “space” blanket; paper plates, cups, and plastic utensils; a non-electric can opener; personal hygiene items, including a toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, brush, soap, contact lens supplies, and feminine supplies; plastic garbage bags and ties (for personal sanitation uses); at least one complete change of clothing and footwear, including a long sleeved shirt and long pants, as well as closed-toed shoes or boots; an extra pair of glasses, if applicable.

In general, your kit should be adjusted based on your own personal needs and the environment your workplace is located in. Your kit may be something you never need to rely on, but should be ready for use if the situation calls. Don’t forget to rotate out perishable supplies such as foods and prescription medicines, and check your kit every now and then to ensure you’re prepared when disaster strikes.

Anchortex Corporation is a leading distributor of survival equipment, first aid supplies, personal hygiene supplies, and storage solutions that can be used to build a workplace survival kit. Our products are routinely used by the commercial, industrial, public safety, correctional, and military markets. For more information on developing and bundling a survival kit for your workplace, outpost, job site, or elsewhere, contact our sales department.

Worker Health is Company Health

With the Affordable Care Act on everyone’s mind and the promise of affordable health insurance enrollment on October 1st, employers in a variety of high-risk industries are considering their options when it comes to making sure their employees are healthy and safe. However, the best way to reduce health care expenditures overall is to ensure a safe work environment. Whether your workforce involves scrubbing down floors and cleaning up biological hazards or working with high voltage equipment and dangerous chemicals, the best way you can save money is to provide your employees with the equipment they need to protect themselves from injuries and incidents. Providing the right equipment saves money on worker’s compensation claim costs, time lost due to sickness or injury, helps prevent expensive lawsuits from OSHA or employees due to employer neglect, and ensures that your employees trust you to work towards their best interests.

The health and welfare of your employees is the health of your company. As you decide what you can best do to promote your workers’ best interests while preserving your bottom line, remember that proper personal protective equipment is always worth the investment, and that an investment in the well-being of your employees is an investment in your company’s future.

Remember Your Right To A Safe Workplace

Employers are required by law to provide their workplace that does not have serious safety and health hazards, and must try to eliminate or reduce hazards by making changes in the work environment as well as providing personal protective equipment and training to their employees. Improved ventilation systems, proper storage of chemicals in approved and rated cabinets, and regular testing of workplace environments, as well as proper treatment and records of work-related injuries and illnesses, is vital to ensure that workers maintain their right to a safe workplace. For more information on making your workplace a better, safer place to work, contact our safety experts and let us help you get the supplies you need at a reasonable price.

OPEC Considering Cuts in Oil Production

OPEC’s latest report has projected that demand for OPEC crude oil will be decreasing from 29.9 million to 29.6 million barrels per day, approximately 2.6 percent less than they are currently producing. This projection is based on two major factors: the increases in United States and Canadian production due to new manufacturing and supply methods, which while not necessarily resulting in direct competition to OPEC markets will still reduce reliance on their products; and a soft global economy forcing competitive markets.

To preserve their oil prices at $100 a barrel or greater, OPEC is considering reducing their supply output of 30 million barrels per day by half a million barrels per day in order to keep supply lower than demand. This may work out to the benefit of the United States energy industry, at least locally, as uniformed workers take their places on oil rigs and platforms around the country to maintain supplies with lower transportation costs, and power plants running on newer and cleaner technologies continue to gain ground.

Welcome to 2013 from Anchortex Corporation!

2013 means a new year of challenges, opportunities, and a new budget for those necessary equipment expenditures you’ve been putting off until next year. With the winter cold settling in, if you haven’t already gotten yourself some of our wonderful Refrigiwear coats, boots, and gloves, now is an excellent time to do so. For those of you who need to protect your workers and customers from slip and fall accidents at entranceways due to the weather, we recommend industrial matting to absorb snow and water and remove debris that would otherwise be tracked through your workplace. Don’t forget a good carpet dryer to blow-dry those wet carpets quickly and efficiently!

Winter Is Coming – Get Your Insulated Work Jackets Now

It’s that time of year again, when those of us who work or walk outdoors are reminded that they need a new coat to keep the wind and weather at bay. Fortunately, Anchortex Corporation has you covered, however, with a wide selection of insulated work jackets to choose from, as well as high visibility jackets for those who work near high-traffic areas.

Did You Know? Shelf Life on Chemical Protection Suits

If you work in an industry that regularly handles or utilizes toxic chemicals, you probably keep Level A hazardous material suits or Level B chemical protection suits on hand in case the worst happens and you need protection in the event that an environment becomes toxic or dangerous. What you may not know is that many common brands of chemical protective apparel have a shelf life – the maximum recommended time that these suits be kept in storage before being replaced. As there is no currently known standard for determining the shelf life of chemical barrier fabrics in advance, this is dependent on verifying whether the fabric degrades under the normal conditions present in a proper storage environment – stored away from direct sunlight in a cool, dry location that is not subjected to cold or hot extremes. In particular, some chemical protective barrier fabrics such as those used in common disposable apparel have a shelf life of as little as three years or less.

Kappler has rigorously tested their Zytron film composite fabric lines and determined that even fifteen year old Zytron 500 material, tested against dichloromethane (methylene chloride) suffers no breakthrough in exposures over eight hours long. Likewise, these aged fabrics have been tested for physical properties and been determined to still meet original manufacturing specifications. As such, the shelf life of all Zytron products is undetermined, but is proven to be at least fifteen years.

When using a chemical protective suit that is still within its valid shelf life, be certain to perform a visual inspection to verify that it is safe to use, and in the case of vapor protective (level A) garments, perform an ASTM F1052 pressure test to verify that they still qualify as Level A garments. It is recommended that suits that no longer pass the visual inspection and/or pressure test be downgraded to ‘Training Use Only’ and be replaced immediately.

It is the responsibility of the wearer to ensure that all components, including fabric, valves, visors, gloves, zippers, seams, and suit-to component interfaces are in good working condition, and provide adequate protection for the operation and chemicals to be encountered. Any suit which does not pass the visual and/or pressure test, should be immediately removed from service. Yearly inspections of suits are recommended to ensure that suits in storage will be ready to meet emergency needs when the situation demands, and to determine what replacements are necessary.

If you are preparing a yearly inspection, call Anchortex Corporation today at 856-768-5240 and mention this post to receive a 10% discount off of current web prices on all Kappler items, as well as to receive quantity discounts on other safety products and supplies that you may need to reorder in order to meet OSHA regulatory requirements, or if you prefer, you can submit your quote request through our online form.

Total Worker Health Program Celebrates One Year Anniversary

This month, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health celebrates the one-year-anniversary of Total Worker Health, a program focused around integrating occupational safety and health protection with health promotion in order to reduce incidents of worker injury and illness and advance health and well-being. The program is focused around finding ways to improve the health and well-being of workers in ways that go beyond traditional focuses of incident management, including developing a supportive and hazard free environment, and where workplace policies encourage healthier choices.

The role of the employer in ensuring the quality of life of their employees cannot be overlooked, not only by focusing on a safe environment, but by focusing on a friendly environment. Depression and anxiety can exacerbate existing health conditions or create new health issues, resulting in increased incidents of worker illness; stress and frustration can result in increased on-the-job accidents even in an otherwise safe working environment. NIOSH has been hard at work conducting research to identify and address risk factors in the workplace, and will be discussing their findings through a number of conferences and symposiums throughout the year.

Choosing a Flame-Resistant Fabric

Flame-resistant clothing is a necessity for employees working in environments where flash fires or explosions are a concern. There is a wide variety of fire retardant fabrics available to meet the needs of an HRC 1 or HRC 2 situation. Knowing the difference between these fabrics and their uses can help save your life.

DuPont Nomex

DuPont Nomex is an inherently flame-resistant anti-static fabric that has been engineered to reduce nuisance levels of static. It will not ignite, melt, drip, or burn, and is self-extinguishing. These qualities make it ideal as an all-around fabric for applications in the petrochemical, gas, electric, and fire service industries, as well as for other professional uses. A single layer of 4.5 ounce Nomex has an NFPA 70E arc rating of 4.6, and qualifies as HRC 1 protection.

TenCate Advance

TenCate Advance combines the dependability of Nomex in situations that require flame resistance with the rugged strength and durability of Kevlar to form a uniquely hardworking fabric that provides uncompromising performance when you need it for strength and durability far surpassing either alone. A single layer of 7.0 ounce Advance has an NFPA 70E arc rating of 8.5, and qualifies as HRC 2 protection.

TenCate TecaSafe Plus

TenCate TecaSafe Plus is an inherently flame-resistant fabric that delivers NFPA 70E category 2 electrical arc protection while remaining comfortable and lightweight. It also meets the performance requirements of the NFPA 2112 – Standard on Flame-Resistant Garments for Protection of Industrial Personnel Against Flash Fire. This fabric gives exceptional value due to its excellent after wash appearance, good color fastness, durability, and long life cycle. A single layer of 7.0 ounce TecaSafe Plus has an NFPA 70E arc rating of 8.4, and qualifies as HRC 2 protection.

Reliant

Reliant EMC (engineered modacrylic cotton) is an inherently flame-resistant knit fabric designed to smother flames when exposed to fiber. The protective qualities of modacrylic fiber are locked in and cannot be washed or worn out regardless of usage. This knit fabric combines the comfort, softness, and breathability of combed cotton with uncompromised fire resistant protection. Reliant has not currently been rated under NFPA 70E standards.

Indura

Indura is a 100% cotton fabric treated with a permanent flame-resistant finish. Indura offers affordable, comfortable protection and is most popular in industrial applications for protection against potential risks associated with welding and similar activities. Indura retains the properties of natural cotton for comfort and absorbancy purposes. A single layer of 7.0 ounce Indura has an NFPA 70E arc rating of 7.7, and qualifies as HRC 1 protection.

Indura Ultra Soft

Indura Ultra Soft is a cotton / nylon blend of fabric treated with a permanent flame-resistant finish. The addition of high tenacity nylon increases the wear life of the garment significantly without compromising the garment’s comfort. Indura Ultra Soft fabric is designed to withstand regular industrial launderings and provides excellent protection from flash fires as well as electrical arc flash exposure. A single layer of 7.0 ounce Indura has an NFPA 70E arc rating of 8.7, and qualifies as HRC 2 protection.

FireWear

FireWear is an inherently flame-resistant fabric blended from cotton and fibrous flame-retardant fiber designed to smother flames when exposed to fire. The FFR Fiber is designed to emit a noncombustible gas through microscopic pores in the fiber when the fiber is exposed to flame. This gas smothers flames much like a fire extinguisher. Firewear fabrics are blended with cotton and thus have many of the same benefits as cotton, including breathability and lightweight comfort. A single layer of 5.5 ounce FireWear has an NFPA 70E arc rating of 7.0, and qualifies as HRC 1 protection.

There are many choices for the user looking to purchase a flame resistant garment. Verify that the material you are purchasing is rated for the task you intend to perform; HRC 3 or 4 requirements usually require additional full layered suits, whereas one or two layers of the fabrics listed here is usually sufficient for HRC 1 or 2 requirements. For a more in-depth explanation of hazard risk categories, see my previous article, Understanding Hazard Risk Categories.

Some of the information in this article was provided with the assistance of Topps Safety Apparel, manufacturers of flame-resistant coveralls, jumpsuits, public safety uniforms, and other apparel. Anchortex Corporation is a full line leading distributor of Topps Safety Apparel.