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  • Orange You Glad To See Me: HiVis Supply And #NWZAW

    This year’s theme for National Workzone Awareness Week, Workzone Safety Is In Your Handsfocuses on the importance of driving cautiously in work zones to protect drivers and workers along the road. Although drivers tend to see more incidents, it’s important to realize that unfortunate events  exist on both sides of the cone. The theme itself brings home a message that the future of someone else’s life is in your hands. Aside from the main National Workzone Safety Awareness Week event to be held in Maryland this week, several local and regional organizations will be holding safety awareness sessions for all professionals on the roadway.

    To make an even greater impact during the 2017 National Workzone Awareness Week campaign, Go Orange Day (#OrangeForSafety) will be Wednesday, April 5, 2017. This day will be a campaign within itself, where everyone will collaborate on social media using the hashtag #OrangeForSafety as OSHA orange is the most utilized color for safety in highway work zones.

    HiVis Supply will be participating the week’s events, including savings on orange hivis gear and apparel, including ANSI Class 2 and 3 safety vests, shirts, jackets and more. HiVis Supply will hold a contest on Go Orange Day (April 5) to promote Work Zone Awareness Week on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram; all participants need to mention @HiVisSupply, use hashtags #OrangeForSafety and #NWZAW, and include a picture of them wearing the color orange for a chance to win. Winners and prizes will be announced on the last day of Workzone Awareness Week (April 7).

    HiVis Supply has a wide selection of orange high visibility gear and apparel for professionals on and off the roadway. In support of Work Zone Safety Awareness Week, we encourage you to participate in our contest and learn more about roadway safety. Stay tuned for safety tips and more on the HiVis Supply blog.

    NWZAW

  • Most Cited OSHA Violations of 2016

    most cited osha violations 20162017 is a new year, offering up a new chance for everyone to improve their workplace safety record. It's important to know, however, that the 5 most cited OSHA violations continue to remain the same nearly every year. In fact, the top 5 violations in 2016 were same 5 from the year prior and they even ranked in the same exact order.
     
    If we pay attention to where the problems lie, we can make the extra effort to improve our compliance and get these numbers down. This isn't just for the sake of better statistics but an effort to reduce the risks of injury and death on the job.
     
    So what were the most cited OSHA violations of 2016? See the top 5 below.
     

    The Most Cited OSHA Violations of 2016

    Fall Protection: 7,402 Cited Violations
    Fall protection is an important requirement that seems to always be the first or second most cited OSHA violation. Make sure to adhere to OSHA standards, no matter how long or how high up you're working. Standards may seem overly cautious in some instances, but it's better to be safe than sorry.
     
    Hazard Communication: 5,681 Cited Violations
    Hazard communication covers a wide variety of information and situations related to chemical hazards. Generally, citations for hazard communication are based on a failure to implement hazard communication, failure to maintain records, or inadequete information about materials and labeling.
     
    Scaffolding: 4,681 Cited Violations
    Scaffolding citations make up a large part of OSHA violations and more often than not these citations are the result of improper use, or a lack of protection from falling. Other common scaffolding violations include improper entry and exit to the platforms and inadequate railing. Know the standards and avoid falls and fines!
     
    Respiratory Protection: 3,626 Cited Violations
    Respiratory protection is a highly important safety measure in circumstances where its use is required. Not only is respirator use important, it's important to have the proper type of respirators and to ensure they're clean, functional and provide a secure fit. The top citation for respiratory protection is medical evaluation for respiratory protection, followed by non-use and improper fit.
     
    Lockout/Tagout: 3,308 Cited Violations
    Lockout and tagout is a big deal. Some of the most horrible, lethal and 100% preventable injuries and fatalities in the workplace are a direct result of failure to properly lockout equipment, machinery, and delivery systems. The top cited violations for lockout/tagout are for unsafe operation, lack of performance evaluations, and lack of valid certification. It's important to follow lockout/tagout by the book to ensure safety in all procedures.
     
    Every day that you step foot into a workplace or onto a job site is a day where you make the decision to perform tasks. It's up to you whether they're performed safely and professionally. Remember that cutting corners is not always at your own risk - your choices and actions can cause serious injury or death to others. Be responsible on the job. Make the right choices when it comes to safety and remind your co-workers to do the same. Everyone wants to make it home safely, every day. Let's make that our goal.
     

  • ML Kishigo Brilliant Series Rain Jacket and Rain Pants

    ml kishigo brilliant series rainwearLooking for the best rainwear you can get your hands on this year? ML Kishigo has introduced a unique, effective and highly protective ANSI Class 3 outfit to the market. Their Brilliant Series Rain Jacket (RWJ112) and Brilliant Series Rain Pants (RWP112) give you unparalleled visibility and comfort on those rainy days, making sure you stay dry so you can focus on the tasks at hand.
     
    Manufactured from a lightweight breathable polyester material, the Brilliant Series rain jacket and rain pants are sold individually but intended for use as a complete outfit. This rain suit is 100% waterproof, featuring taped & sealed seams and a waterproof zipper to eliminate water penetration. The unique vents located at the back and underarms function in an exit-only fashion, allowing for the release of hot air to help maintain a comfortable operating temperature - something that was often a burden with rainwear in the past. Adjustable wrist cuffs on the jacket and ankle cuffs on the pants allow for a superb fit while preventing excess entry of water, giving a higher level of dryness, even in strenuous working conditions.
     
    The Brilliant Series Rain Jacket and Rain Pants are designed with strategically placed black fabric in high-contact areas which gives a clean look while hiding the appearance of dirt, grime and grease. Accented with prismatic reflective striping and additional reflective accents for ANSI Class 3 compliance, these Brilliant Series garments ensure you're as visible as possible. For convenience, the jacket is equipped with a removable, hide-away hood that can be used as needed. Front slash pockets offer room for basic storage while a left-chest ID pocket makes this jacket perfect for large worksites or anyone who needs to display identification or credentials. The interior is mesh lined for exceptional comfort and breathability while reducing the static and stickiness often associated with waterproof apparel.
     
    ML Kishigo's Brilliant Series Rain Jacket and Rain Pants offer a new level of confidence and comfort throughout the workday. If you're serious about productivity and safety, you'll find that these garments give you a great advantage for working in wet and rainy weather.
     

  • Ready for Spring? Be Prepared with High Visibility Rainwear

    high visibility rainwearMarch, April and May are generally the wettest months for most areas of the US and sometimes it just doesn't seem to let up. While we need the rain to help nature transition from winter into summer, it can cause quite a mess for anyone who works outdoors. Job sites become muddy, messy and flooded. Materials are slick and slippery, creating an increased risk of hazards. Wet clothes and a wet body during a long, cold workday is not only uncomfortable but also a perfect recipe for getting sick. If you're working in these conditions, you need the proper apparel.
     
    The top brands in the safety industry have been working relentlessly in recent years to create the next generation of rainwear, with some impressive results. It has evolved from the most basic concept of keeping you dry into a respectable market with plenty of trade-specific options to choose from. The days of those heavy vinyl trench coats are a thing of the past. The demand for style, comfort, and functionality have taken equal importance to dryness and manufacturers have taken notice. This is especially true within the high visibility ANSI-rated market where ANSI Class 2 and 3 rainwear is now available in many colors and styles.
     
    Ripstop 300-denier fabrics, double-taped and heat-sealed seams, elastic wrist & ankle cuffs, drawstring waists, waterproof pockets, waterproof zippers and one-way vents for reducing undergarment heat build-up are some of the most important features offered with today's advanced high-visibility rainwear. Thinner, lighter, stronger and more flexible waterproof fabrics that allow for better movement are now commonplace, making it safer and easier than ever to perform tasks. In addition, today's rainwear isn't as bulky as it was just years ago. This helps reduce the risks of injuries from snags on equipment or machinery, making everyday a safer one.
     
    When you're heading out for work this spring - or anytime when it's wet and rainy - remember to bring your rainwear. The ability to remain comfortable, safe, dry, and highly mobile is now just a click away. To browse and buy high visibility rainwear from the top brand names in safety, check out our complete selection here. Remember, it takes the proper tools to get the job done and the proper apparel is a critical tool for the workday.
     

  • Radians RWG603 Cut Protection Nitrile Coated Safety Gloves

    radians rwg603 safety glovesRadians is a leader in protective wear and safety gear, with gloves being just one of their many specialties. If you're working in the petrochemical, automotive, construction, manufacturing or material handling industries, you owe it to yourself to take a closer look at the Radians RWG603 Cut Protection Nitrile Coated Safety Gloves.
     
    Designed to deliver exceptional hand protection without limiting your flexibility, the RWG603 Cut Protection Safety Glove is a solid solution for a variety of industries and job duties. Manufactured from 13 gauge high-performance polyurethane, these gloves feature a sandy foam nitrile coating and boast ANSI and EN388 Level 5 cut ratings. Providing an excellent grip for both wet and dry applications, the Radians RWG603 also deliver admirable abrasion protection. Dense overlays on the top of the hand help to minimize harsh impacts and material penetration, making these gloves perfect for tasks where both grip and cut protection are top priorities.
     
    The seamless cuff design of these gloves lends a comfortable fit and promotes the ability to use hand tools in a safe and effective fashion. To learn more or purchase your own, see the Radians RWG603 Cut Protection Nitrile Coated Safety Gloves here. Get the best in comfort and performance all day, everyday, at a price you can afford.
     

  • Safety Starts With Me 2017

    safety starts with me 2017"Safety Starts With Me" is an annual competition where interested parties can submit creative entries in the effort to spread a message about the never-ending importance of workplace and social safety. Each year, the contest encourages contributors to take action by creating and submitting an impactive message that motivates others to make safe decisions while creating awareness.
     
    The theme for 2017 is "Prevent all injuries. Go home safe and healthy." The focus here is to reduce accidents, injuries and fatalities by being mindful of hazards.
     
    Whether it be work or school, everyone deserves a safe environment to perform their duties. Although we may not always think of it, the ability to make it home safe & sound is a top priority. By working together, we can help reach a goal of zero harm. We believe that most injuries and ill-health are totally preventable, yet dependent on awareness and proper action.
     
    If you'd like to contribute, you might consider some of the ongoing hazards that affect your workplace and then utilize your preferred platform to create a powerful message that is informative, direct, and thought-provoking. How can we minimize these hazards? How can we create a healthier and safer work/learning environment for all? How can we improve our quality of life through an improved understanding of the issues we face?
     
    Categories for submissions include creative story writing, creative photography, poster drawing, animation and short film. Get your entry form here to get started!
     
    Best of all, there are rewards for the best submissions and you may be awarded up to $4,000! Winning submissions will be featured and showcased on various workplace safety and health council platforms including websites, exhibitions, publications and more. For more details and information, click here. The deadline for submissions is March 21, 2017 and winners will be announced in April. Get started, get creative and help make a difference in the world by spreading your message loud and clear!
     

  • 2017 BLR Safety Summit: April 3 - 5 in Austin, TX

    2017 BLR Safety SummitThe 2017 BLR Safety Summit is a platform and forum for the exchange of cost-effective and beneficial safety solutions for the for the workplace. If you're interested in improving the safety of your business while managing OSHA compliance and simultaneously benefiting your bottom line, you can't afford to miss out on this event.
     
    "Research shows that every dollar invested in injury prevention results in a $2 to $6 return for businesses, proving that risk management and training is an effective means of ensuring your company's financial health. Join us at the 2017 Safety Summit to get a rock-solid action plan to achieve total compliance and positive outcomes in the year ahead."
     
    By attending and participating, you'll get face-to-face time with industry experts and regulators and a chance to get answers and insight to your most important workplace safety questions. The event's goal is to provide a better understanding of the regulatory aspect of overall industry and various specialty fields. Attendance and sponsorship is a tax-deductible, risk-free investment in the future of your company, co-workers and employees.
     
    As an attendee, you'll learn about:
     
    • The biggest OSHA enforcement trends and initiatives for 2017
    • Expert tips for avoiding fatalities, injuries and costly penalties
    • New regulations and rules, including how to manage their compliance
    • New technologies for safety training
    • Acing OSHA safety inspections and avoiding penalties
    • OSHA's Final Rule on Silica
    • Ergonomic strategies to increase productivity
    • Effective inury and illness reporting
    • Risk management using the latest job hazard analysis tools and data
    • Safety recertification and professional development
    • .... and more!
     
    The nations leading industry professionals count on Safety Summit to network, share information, and collaborate on important safety issues. Attendees enjoy access to high-quality, consolidated insight and information that from a business and safety perspective is priceless. If you're serious about safety, you'll definitely want to consider attending.
     
    The 2017 Safety Summit is Scheduled for April 3 to April 5, 2017 in Austin, Texas. For more information and detail on attendance and/or sponsorship, visit the 2017 BLR Safety Summit Wesbite today. Join the nation's leaders in safety, compliance and strategy to create a better working environment for all.
     

  • 2017 World Congress on Safety and Health at Work

    2017 world congress on safety and health at workIf you're seeking high-level insight for safety management in the workplace, you might be interested in the 21st World Congress on Safety & Health at Work. Every three years, this event is held as an information exchange as well as a meeting and learning initiative among business owners, experts, safety professionals, officials and authorities. Hosted at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre in Singapore from September 3 to September 6 of 2017, the program focuses on the continued importance and improvement of international workplace safety.
     
    The event consists of multiple events featuring high-level speakers and safety professionals from around the world, technical sessions, global safety issues and resolutions, symposia, poster exhibition, an international media festival for prevention, youth forum prevention, and the International Health and Safety Exhibition which will be held in unison as a supporting event. Technical and social tours will also be available to enrich the understanding and appreciation o local culture, key industries, and occupational safety and health development.
     
    Early registration is available for the event right now. Sponsorship and exhibition opportunities are also available, but space is limited. For more information and details, please visit the on the 2017 World Congress on Safety and health website. We hope to see the global workplace environment become safer, healthier and more productive for all. It begins with you, so get involved!
     

  • Looking Ahead: Workplace Safety in 2017

    workplace safety in 2017It's a new year, but what does that actually mean for workplace safety? Realistically speaking, the main difference between this year and last is that it's a new time frame for safety statistics to be taken. However, it's also a solid timeframe to set and reach new personal (and team) goals in the workplace.
     
    Surely this year will bring new safety regulations set forth by various institutions as well as improvements in the areas of safety equipment development - both of which come naturally with the progression of time. Regardless, it's important to understand that additional regulations don't necessarily make for a safer work environment. The only real changes that will take place are dependent on you and your coworkers; your awareness, work habits, and willingness to teach, learn and improve all of these things for the benefit of everyone.
     
    Let's take a look at something interesting.
     
    When the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported their revised (and final) numbers for the 2014 work year, they noted a 5.1% increase over the previous year for workers who died from traumatic events. Additionally, falls/slips/trips increased by 13% in the same time period. Furthermore, there was an increase in deaths among older workers as well as temporary and/or contract workers. These were primarily increases in the sectors of agriculture, mining, construction and manufacturing.
     
    According to experts, the increase was not a result of economical upsurge.
     
    On April 26, of 2016 The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (COSH) released a report titled Preventable Deaths 2016 which outlines more than 100,000 annual deaths related to direct workplace trauma, as well as from long-term exposure to on-the-job hazards. The report outlines many issues, shortcomings, and preventative measures geared towards a safer, more productive work environment across a variety of sectors and occupations.
     
    Particularly alarming are the statistics for fatal injuries in mining (up 17%) and agriculture (up 14%), manufacturing (up 9%) and construction (up 6%). Fatal injuries for workers 55 and over were the highest they've ever been. Female workers experienced a 13% overall increase in fatal work injuries in 2014 as compared to 2013.
     
    Now, it's important to note that these numbers take a while to come in and be thoroughly evaluated. At first glance, 2014 was thought to be a better year than 2013 in regards to fatalities; it took nearly 2 years to realize 2014 was more lethal.
     
    The real questions we need to be asking are "How and why?" are fatalities increasing?
     
    With our current technology and with our highly developed safety equipment and safety standards, why are more people dying? Do we not live in an age where we should be able to eliminate a rather large percentage of workplace injuries and deaths? Are we really so careless? Are employers to blame? Are employees simply disregarding the best-practices for their occupations? Is it more complicated than providing a simple answer???
     
    Of course there are many factors that contribute to each and every fatality. It wouldn't be fair or honest to place the blame on a single area or group of people without the proper data to back it up. Nonetheless, something is preventing us from seeing a solid decline. Over the decades, we have surely seen the numbers decrease, but is it really enough? Can't we do better? Is the pursuit of profits and paychecks really taking priority over safety? Are we all so ignorant as to assume "It can't happen to me"?
     
    We don't have the answers, and we're not sure that anyone actually does. Mistakes will happen, and accidents will happen - which is why we call them "accidents".
     
    What we do know, as a fact, is that a safer workplace begins with YOU. Whether you're a boss or a manager, supervisor or laborer, short-term or long-term employee; it begins with you. We all need to take the initiative to create a better workplace for ourselves and our co-workers. We need to be setting the example for the next generation of workers. We need to let our intelligence and abilities shine, proving that we're capable of performing our jobs safely. After all, the information is out there. We're living in a world of unlimited resources and ignorance is not a very valid excuse. We need to look out for one another as well as ourselves.
     
    Now, we'd also like to mention that the overwhelming majority of workers do take safety quite seriously - but that doesn't mean there is no room for improvement. Is a human life really worth an hour of saved work? Or even a few minutes? Is pressuring your employees or co-workers to work dangerously really profitable? Is taking a risk that you "think" is okay really worth a lifetime in a wheelchair, or a family without a father or mother?
     
    We like to think that we all have the best intentions in mind. We believe that most workers have a fear and awareness of workplace hazards, yet we're still confident that we can all make tiny improvements. Whether you're working alone or as a team, it's important to think things through. Be timely yet safe, effective yet cautious. Don't let the stresses of the job frustrate you and get the best of you. Safety comes first.
     
    Here's to hoping you're able to take something away from this post. We encourage you to make 2017 a better year in the workplace, even if you had a flawless 2016. Give a pointer to the new guy. Take that extra safety class. Keep up with safety advancements in your field. Lend a helping hand. Point out hazards that might otherwise go unnoticed. Give your best effort to make your workplace a safe, productive, and respectable one in 2017.
     
    Have a great year and stay safe out there!
     

  • Thank You, To Our Customers, for Another Great Year

    thank yo to our customers2016 is coming to an end, and we've had a great year here at HiVis Supply. We have an excellent team of dedicated employees, great management, and - most importantly - our customers to thank. Whether you're reading this as a return customer, a new customer, or a long-time customer, we'd like to thank you.
     
    It's a large world out there and although it seems rather small at times, our customers come from all walks of life. From young to old, from coast to coast and around the globe. From young laborers trying to learn a skill and create a meaningful career to the project management teams, supervisors, and everyone in-between. It's due to your business that we continue to strive to meet our goals of providing the highest quality, most affordable high visibility work wear on the market. We know that the demand for our products is there, and we intend to meet it. In fact, we've done quite well in doing so. Yet without you, the customer, we'd have quite the rough time accomplishing our goals; which is why we've always done our best to keep our customer service operating at nothing less than the highest levels of quality. We continually expand and improve our inventory as an effort to provide you with the latest (and greatest) selection of products on the market. We bring in new brands, various types and styles of garments, and we do our best to offer them at the best prices we can. We believe that providing our customers with the best service out there will secure our continued and growing success as a leading retailer of high visibility garments and gear.
     
    There isn't a whole lot more that can be said. We truly believe in what we do, and we care about workplace safety. We take pride in knowing that we help provide and promote safety in the workplace for thousands of workers in various occupations. We're proud that as a team, we're able to make a positive impact on the lives of workers while simultaneously making a business of it. We give our best in every aspect of our business, and by doing so, we feel a great level of confidence that HiVis Supply is one of the very best places to purchase your high visibility workwear.
     
    We thank you for your business, and we're honored to serve you. There will be many challenges, improvements, wins, loses, achievements, setbacks, and much more in 2017 for all of us. Regardless, we will continue to give you our best, without fail. We wish you all a safe, happy, prosperous and productive 2017!
     
    HiVis Supply
     

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