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Fall Protection Non-Compliance the Number One Source of OSHA Citations in 2014

According to the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration, fall protection was the number one source of OSHA citations in fiscal year 2014, with penalties exceeding $17 million and 6,011 citations issued across all industries. While most of OSHA’s scrutiny was on the building construction industry (893 fall protection citations totaling $2,086,696 in penalties), noncompliance was found in a variety of industries including merchant wholesalers, manufacturers, waste management services, administrative and support services, real estate, utilities, and accommodations.

OSHA’s fall protection standard mandates that employees determine “if the walking/working surfaces on which employees are to work have the strength and structural integrity to support employees safely. Employees shall be allowed to work on those surfaces only when the surfaces have the requisite strength and structural integrity.” Additionally, employees on walking or working surfaces with an unprotected side or edge six or more feet above a lower level must be protected from falling with guardrail systems, safety net systems, or personal fall arrest systems.

There are three basic steps that employers should follow to ensure worker safety: 1) Plan how the job will be done, what tasks are to be performed, and what safety equipment may be required for each task. 2) Provide fall protection and the right equipment for the task for workers six or more feet above lower levels. 3) Train workers in hazard recognition and in the care and safe use of ladders, scaffolds, fall protection systems, and other equipment used on the job. Anchortex Corporation offers a variety of fall protection equipment for employers to maintain OSHA compliance and avoid costly citations and accidents, including confined space entry and rescue tripods, winches, lifelines, and other equipment for fall protection in confined spaces and above-ground work situations.

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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).
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.

New Study To Prove Whether Residue on Turnout Gear Hazardous to Firefighters’ Health

A joint research study conducted by Utah Valley University Emergency Services Department and the Fire Smoke Coalition seeks to answer the question of what harmful effects the residue left behind on personal protective equipment used by firefighters after fighting fires might have. This study may impact proper care and replacement procedures for turnout gear and station wear, as well as the ongoing training performed by the Utah Fire and Rescue Academy to recruits and future NFPA standards. Regardless of the findings, damaged personal protective equipment should always be replaced, and PPE should regularly be inspected for signs of damage and properly laundered in a manner pursuant to their care instructions.

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.

Be Prepared For Whatever December Holds with Supplies From Anchortex Corporation

Now that the election is over, a subset of Americans are very deeply concerned that the apocalypse is nigh, whether because of the classic ‘Mayan apocalypse’ of December 21st, 2012 – more accurately, the end of the Mayan calendar cycle of creation, although no actual prophecies exist regarding an apocalyptic event to take place on this date any more than a millenial celebration has any particular significance – or because their favorite politician lost their candidacy and cut off their credit cards in the middle of the night and they just realized they don’t have a job now, or because they get twitchy after reading one too many Youtube comments. We’re not here to judge, but we are here to make sure that whether you’re planning for the zombie apocalypse or just expect your neighbors might take their threats a little too far one day, we’ve got the supplies you need.

First and foremost on our list of things you need is a good set of bags and backpacks to keep your stuff in – something that’s light enough to carry while on the move, but won’t rip away in case you’re dealing with hungry hordes of Wal-Mart shoppers (the living or the undead kind). Personally, I prefer this optimized buttpack I picked up at one point — it’s likely to last longer than I will, inside and out, and it’s a great way to stash and carry gear in a simple grab-and-go pack (although mine looks about as well organized as a sock drawer at this point.) The multiple attachment points mean I can easily attach it to a larger backpack, and it holds to capacity without straining the seams.

Once you’ve got a sturdy bag to hold what you need, you should pack it with anything you’d actually need in an emergency – medications you regularly take, first aid supplies you may have repackaged from a professional kit, a Swiss army knife, paracord, signalling gear, light, a compass, materials for starting fires, and other items practical to your personal situation. Bear in mind that whatever goes in there has to be something you’re willing to carry around all the time if necessary – every ounce of unnecessary weight will count against you. Don’t forget that with the colder temperatures and worsening weather around the corner, any blackout situations would create a need for cold-weather apparel as well!

Above all else, if you are concerned about the possibility of a survival situation in the near future, preparation in advance is key — start researching your options now so that you can be prepared for any possibility to come.

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.