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  • 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
     

  • ML Kishigo 1510 Heavy-Duty Safety Vest: An Economical Solution

    ml kishigo 1510 safety vestWhen it comes to safety vests, there seems to be endless choices. Today, we've decided you help you make a decision on a vest that's affordable, comfortbale and effective at improving your visibility on the job.
     
    The 1510 Brilliant Series Heavy Duty Safety Vest from ML Kishigo delivers ANSI Class 2 compliance to keep you safe throughout the workday. Manufactured from ultra-cool, 100% polyester mesh fabric, it's the perfect vest for any weather. In the summer it can be worn over your t-shirt or tank top, and in the winter it can be worn over a jacket, sweater or bibs. It's durable, it meets ANSI/ISEA 107 Class 2 standards, and it costs under $15.
     
    For the best in visibility, this safety vest features 2-inch reflective striping placed over a 3-inch contrasting stripe. Equipped with a zip-closure front, webbed reinforcement in high-wear areas for a longer lifespan, and additional high visibility reflective trim, you can't go wrong with the ML Kishigo 1510 Heavy Duty Safety Vest. It also features ample pocket space, including an outside lower cargo pocket, a 2-tier pencil pocket on the right chest, a radio pocket on the left chest and an inside patch pocket.
     
    The 1510 Brilliant Series Heavy Duty Safety Vest is available in high visibility orange or yellow. This is a no-hassle, simple safety vest that has flexible usage in a variety of work environments. You'd be hard pressed to find a better vest at a better price. See it here for more information or to get yours today.
     

  • PIP Roustabout KVW Cut-Resistant Waterproof Work Gloves

    pip roustabout kvw work glovesIt seems to be that in many occupations, the importance of hand protection is often forgotten or downplayed. Surely, if you're working with harsh chemicals or it's freezing cold outside it may be hard to forget your gloves - yet there are many trades where only basic hand protection is utilized. With 27 bones in the human hand, this is a critical area to protect, especially when working with heavy materials, cutting tools, impact tools or any scenario where the hands or fingers might be prone to injury. Finding the perfect gloves, however, is not an easy feat. Often times you'll get the proper fit but inadequate protection. You might get excellent protection from another type, but they make your job more difficult to perform as the hand and finger movements become restricted. There is a fine line between comfort, safety and functionality.
     
    Luckily, there are manufacturers who lead the way towards reaching that perfect balance of usability and protection. One such company, Protective Industrial Products (PIP) is constantly working to reach new levels of innovation. They offer a wide range of safety products, with high-quality safety and protective gloves being an important area of focus. Today we'd like to introduce you to one of PIP's products that we feel offers great performance, exceptional protection and all-day comfort for a variety of trades and occupations - the PIP Roustabout KVW Work Glove.
     

    PIP Roustabout KVW Work Gloves

    The Roustabout Work Glove is something we can't say enough good things about. This is an extremely durable glove that takes protection and performance to the next level. Manufactured from a variety of durable materials, these gloves are ideal for fabrication, demolition, mining, construction and petrochemical work. They can be used for much more too, depending on your tasks and needs.
     
    Let's take a look at the PIP Roustabout KVW Gloves. They are designed for maximum safety, featuring:
     
    • Synthetic Leather Palms for Durability
    • Silicon Palm & Innner/Lower Finger Areas for Optimal Grip
    • TPR (Thermo Plastic Rubber) Molded Fingers, Thumb and Hand Guards
    • Kevlar Stitched Palm for Maximum Durability
    • Interior Gel Padding in Palm for Comfort
    • Synthetic Leather Forchettes to Enhance Contour and Fit
    • Kevlar Reinforced Thumb Crotch
    • Kevlar Inner Lining for Cut Resistance
    • Internal Membrane to Prevent Water Penetration
    • Spandex Fabric Back for Breathability and Fit
    • Glove Pull with ID Badge for Ease of Use/Removal
    • High Visibility Color for Added Safety
    • Washable
     
    It's easy to see that these gloves were designed for work. The strategically placed silicone palm grips and gel padding offer a respectable grip without sacrificing your comfort or dexterity, making it easier to manage your tools and materials. The kevlar reinforcements provide a long lifespan by reducing wear in high-wear areas such as the crotch of the thumb, which means you'll find yourself replacing your gloves much less often. Further, the kevlar inner lining offers added resistance against cuts and punctures. These gloves are also equipped with a membrane layer to prevent water penetration, giving you optimal grip and comfort, even in wet environments.
     
    We find these to be effectively designed, comfortable to wear and safe. When you put the PIP Roustabout KVW Gloves on your hands, you'll immediately notice that it feels as if you can perform better with these gloves than without them. We're confident that you'll love them and that they're well worth the investment. Learn more and get your hands on a pair (pun intended) of PIP Roustabout KVW Work Gloves at HiVis Supply today. You'll be glad you did!

  • GSS 8511 Onyx Series 3-in-1 Ripstop Bomber Jacket

    gss onyx series 3-in-1 bomber jacketWinter brings the need for serious warmth in the workplace for anyone working outdoors. The problem is that nobody wants to spend a small fortune to be comfortable and safe. Thankfully, the folks at GSS Safety offer some great options for winter safety gear, including the GSS 8511 Onyx Series 3-in-1 Ripstop Bomber Jacket.
     
    Designed to provide advanced flexibility in varying weather conditions, the GSS 8511 Bomber Jacket is designed with a removable, poly-filled quilted inner lining that can be worn with the jacket, worn separately, or removed during slightly warmer temperatures. The removable liner features cargo pockets in the front for simple storage - something most removable liners don't feature.
     
    Made from polyurethane-coated 300-denier ripstop polyester, this jacket is rugged enough for the toughest work environments. It resists tears, punctures and abrasion, providing better protection and a longer lifespan which means you'll spend less money on replacements. The outer shell is treated with Teflon Shield as well as fabric protection to repel oil and water while preventing stains, and the jacket itself features sealed seams to prevent water penetration during wet, snowy or rainy weather. The 8511 Bomber Jacket is equipped with a storm flap to protect the zipper and prevent unwanted wind and water from entering, giving you the optimal comfort throughout the day. The jacket also has plenty of storage space for tools and personal items, including zippered cargo pockets on the chest, and lower front slash pockets.
     
    While the GSS 8511 Onyx Series Bomber Jacket does a great job of keeping you warm and comfortable, it's also designed to keep you safe. As an ANSI Class 3 compliant jacket, it features plenty of high visibility striping for enhanced protection, especially in low-visibility and low-light working conditions. The reflective striping is segmented, which lends more contrast and flexibility. The segmented design also prevents abnormal shrinking from washing - unlike solid reflective striping which can distort after a wash and dry cycle. Additional reflective trim on the collar, hood and sleeves further enhances visibility for the utmost safety.
     
    The 8511 Bomber Jacket is priced to sell at just $86.99 from HiVis Supply. Get yours today and enjoy a winter of comfort, confidence and safety.

  • Anti-Slip Ice Traction Devices for Winter Workplace Safety

    anti-slip oce traction devicesWinter is cold, frigid, freezing, and unforgiving. The temperatures are practically unbearable without the proper gear and working outdoors during the winter poses a definite increase in hazards and the risk of injury. Regardless of how safe you are or how warm you dress, accidents can happen, and one of the biggest threats out there is the workplace terrain.
     
    The combination of snow, freezing rain and brutal winds can create less-than-desirable job sites where materials and surfaces can become dangerous and even lethal. Snow cover (especially drifting snow) increases the risks of slips and falls, but it also hides potentially dangerous obstacles such as holes, ditches, pipes, cables, rebar and various other materials. One of the best precautions you can take to battle the unforgiving winter weather and reduce your chances of injury is to make sure you have quality footwear that offers sufficient traction.
     

    Ice Traction Devices for Everyday Use

    Ice traction devices such as those from Trex offer impeccable traction, helping to keep you on your feet and in control at all times. Whether you're crossing an icy parking lot, working on a scaffolding or scaling a steel staircase, you're going to have optimal traction. These devices make it easier to move, carry tools or materials, and focus on your job than just using work boots alone. Even without snow, freezing ground or exposed surfaces can become slick with even the slightest presence of moisture. It's always better to be safe rather than sorry!
     

    Types of Ice Traction Devices

    There are various types and styles of anti-slip ice traction products available on the market. The two we'll focus on are the Trex Strap-on Heel Traction Device and the Trex Adjustable One-Piece Ice Traction Device. Both of these products are designed and manufactured by Ergodyne, a global leader in work safety gear. Made to be highly flexible and effective, both of these devices offer simple use. With a small size and their easy-to-use application and removal, you can store them in your truck or toolbox and quickly toss them on as needed.
     
    The Trex Strap-on Heel Traction device works by sliding directly over your work boot and tightening snugly. It delivers an extra bit of traction that's perfect for maintaining an anti-slip grip on intermediate slick surfaces. They're also safe for use while driving and operating heavy equipment. See more HERE...
     
    The Trex Adjustable One-Piece Ice Traction device is more effective in areas with extremely slick surfaces. These devices utilize 10 heat-treated carbon studs, similar to football cleats. They feature traction at both the toe and heel, connected by a rugged center spine connecting the two. They slip over your work boot and tighten to a secure fit. The extreme bite they provide delivers the ultimate in balance and stability during extreme winter climates, in even the most harsh work environments. See more HERE...
     

    Get Your Anti-Slip Ice Traction Devices Today

    If you're expecting to work outdoors this winter, these anti-slip ice traction devices are valuable tools for your workplace safety arsenal. They could easily save your neck or back from an untimely fate, and at worst, they'll make you more productive, secure and confident on the job.
     
    Don't forget that these aren't only for outdoor use - they work just as well in any situation where wet, snowy, icy and freezing condition occur. They're just as ideal for people who frequent a slick loading docks as they are for construction workers. Check out Trex Ice Traction Devices now, and stop worrying about slips and falls at work.

  • HiVis Supply Sponsors North Texas Training Exercise, “Big X 2016,” Donates Nearly 500 High Vis Safety Vests

    Big X 2016

    HiVis Supply (www.HiVisSupply.com) donated 460 high visibility safety vests for the participants of “Big X 2016,” a North Texas-based training exercise sponsored by the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG). HiVis Supply teamed up with high visibility apparel brand, ML Kishigo to donate the ML Kishigo 3700 Series Incident Command Vests for event participants. Big X 2016 helps the growth, development and understanding of the critical roles of first responders, emergency managers, public health personnel, hospitals, volunteer organizations and more.
     
    “It is with great pleasure that we are able to be a part of such an important event that helps save lives and increase the quality of life both directly and indirectly by the brave acts portrayed by the professionals participating in this exercise,” says HiVis Supply President, Donald Meeker.
     
    “We’re very proud to be an exercise sponsor and it’s awesome that we were able to outfit these guys with some of our high visibility apparel, especially the ML Kishigo line,” says Meeker.
     
    “Big X 2016” is a 16-county regional training exercise that will take place from November 11th to November 13th, 2016 at 40 different venues and emergency center operations centers throughout the North Central region of Texas. To learn more about “Big X 2016,” visit www.bigx2016.org.

  • Hi-Vis Winter Workwear: Making Work Easier and Safer

    hi-vis winter workwearWhen the weather reaches uncomfortably low tempuratures in the workplace, the most important thing you can do is dress for it. Proper preparation means not only dressing as warm as possible, but dressing for your job to improve both safety, comfort and performance.
     
    Working outdoors during the winter season creates a variety of obstacles. You're faced with freezing temperatures, harsh winds, snow, and freezing rain. Materials, tools and surfaces become wet and icy, making them more difficult and hazardous to work with. Visibility is often drastically reduced, further complicating things and compunding the above-mentioned struggles.
    It's definitely not for the faint of heart.
     
    Fortunately, we can battle the winter climate with apparel that's been designed for working in it. Manufacturers have made serious progress over the years in an effort to provide the most effective garments for the job. This includes both hi-vis winter workwear and Non-ANSI apparel. While warmth is critical, it's equally important to focus on functionality - something that's often overloked. No two jobs are the same, and there's more to a safe and productive work day than just being warm.
     
    For people whose occupations require less physical activity and more exposure to the cold, warmth is key. The head, hands and feet often get neglected and are the first areas to become dangerously cold. High visibility headwear and high visibility gloves are designed for exactly this situation. With limited physical activity, it's important to choose a highly insulated garments such as Tough Duck, which are designed for the coldest weather out there. On the other hand, people whose jobs are strenuous or require heavy physical activity will find certain garments too warm. Their bodies heat will rise and these garments can cause too much sweating and inability to maintain a comfortable body temperature. In that circumstance, it's important to choose lightly insulated jackets, freezer vests, or multi-use jackets such as the Onyx Series 3-in-1 Ripstop Bomber Jacket from GSS. It's better to maintain a constant body temperature than to constantly remove and add layers as activity starts and stops - making it important to find a apparel that provides balance throughout the day.
     
    Warmth and safety do have a common ground, but comfort plays an equally important role. With garments that are too bulky, you will lose flexibility and range of motion. You also create more risk when it comes to snags on equipment or materials which can be life-threatening. The super-bulky artcic style jacket and bibs which might work wonderfully for a land surveyor could be a death sentence for someone working with rebar, or at extreme heights. Keep that in mind when looking for the correct high visibility bibs for your job. Try to find gear that will be comfortable but not retrictive to your job duties.
     
    Depending on your location, you might find that brutally cold temperatures don't occur, yet you still deal with snow and freezing rain. In these circumstances, visibility is more important than ever and this is especially true for those working in or around roadways. Even if your job requirements only call for ANSI Class 2 garments, it's in your best interests to choose something like this Viking ANSI 3 Ripstop Rain Jacket that can be work over your clothes while offering waterproof and ripstop protection from the elements.
     
    There's a lot to consider, but one thing is for sure - there's no shortage of hi-vis winter workwear. A safe week at work is a good week and a warm and safe week is even better. We spend a lot of time at our jobs, it's important for that time to be spent effectively. Improving comfort and performance while reducing the risk of accidents and hazards should be a top priority. Get the right gear and you'll be able to focus on your job, no matter what the climate is.

  • Winter Workplace Safety: Best Practices

    winter workplace safetyFor many of us who work outdoors, the coldest part of the year is approaching. This includes harsh winds, frigid temperatures and slippery surfaces that nobody really looks forward to. In addition to the general discomforts of the temperature, winter brings with it an noticeable increase in work-related hazards.
     
    To survive the winter workplace while maintaining productivity and safety, it's important to utilize time-tested best practices. While some of these things may seem like common sense, now is the perfect time for a review and to prepare for the changes in routine that lie ahead.
     

    Dressing for the Weather

    Yes, this one may be clear as day - you can't head to work in jeans and a t-shirt. The cold weather demands appropriate protection, but it's more complicated than that. It's possible to be too warm, too bulky, or too limited in movement - all things that can affect your safety and performance.
     
    If your job duties are strenuous, dress in layers. Consider wearing a sweatshirt under your jacket that can be removed when your body heat rises during have activity. You'll need to be sure to keep your head and face warm depending on the intensity of the weather, but be sure that any headwear doesn't limit your field of vision. Gloves are a must-have; be sure they fit well and offer a safe grip for any tools or materials you might be handling. Waterproof boots will help keep your feet warm and dry, while heavy-knit socks such as wool will protect your toes from prolonged cold.
     

    Driving and Operating Heavy Equipment

    Even if there's no heavy equipment operation, chances are you'll be driving to and from work each day. Winter roads are cold, which provides less traction against your rubber tires. Rain, sleet and snow can create highly dangerous driving conditions, even for the most experienced driver. If the weather is bad, be sure to allow yourself additional time to arrive at work. You'll need to leave early, drive slower, and give your undivided attention during your commute. Be sure to carry an winter emergency kit in your vehicle at all times just in case things get really bad.
     
    For heavy equipment operators, it's important to pay close attention to even the smallest changes in wind and temperature. Surfaces can become slick and materials can be harder to handle. In snowy conditions, hazard can be camouflaged by snow cover. A co-worker could slip on the ice behind your vehicle and be at risk of serious injury or death should you not realize they've fell. Take your time, be aware, and don't rush things. Winter weather requires a different approach to how you operate your equipment.
     

    General Tasks and Hazards

    There are probably too many winter hazards to list here, but the majority of them are the direct result of wet and slippery surfaces. While a slip and fall is bad, a slip and fall with a concrete saw in your hand can change your life. When we say to proceed with caution, we can't express that enough.
     
    Job sites are often ridden with hazards and when a slippery surface is added into the equation, simple errors can prove deadly. Slipping under a machine can cause you to be crushed and killed, while smacking your head on a pipe or steel beam as you fall can cause serious head trauma or worse. Take your time, be careful where you step/stand and be sure to use boots designed for winter traction. Depending on your work environment, you might even consider investing in Ice Traction Devices which are affordable and highly effective.
     
    Other hazards of the winter include melting ice that can fall from buildings or equipments, pooled water that poses a risk of electrical shock, snow cover that might mask dangerous holes, and low visibility conditions that can make everything you do a bit harder. Winter is one of those times when you definitely should consider wearing extra ANSI-rated reflective gear.
     
    Overall, winter weather is the most unforgiving and dangerous when it comes to work. It's hard on your body, hard on your mind due to the intensity of attention required, and it's hard on equipment, materials, and tools. Be sure to get good rest during the winter months, eat nutritional meals for the energy you'll need, and above all stay warm. If you plan accordingly, dress properly, maintain awareness and move cautiously, you'll have a productive and safe winter working season.

  • Workplace Safety is NOT a Priority

    We know that safety isn't the most exciting or amazing thing on earth, but it IS a priority. Isn't it? The truth is, most of the time safety is not a priority, and this worries us. Safety is often put on the backburner, especially when the "risk" seems low. Taking certain steps for safety while avoiding or ignoring others is contradictory to the whole purpose of safety, and it's a genuine cause for concern.

     

    Take a look at this innovative, highly informative and humorous video that explains the most typical reality of workplace safety. You just might see things from a different perspective. After all, workplace safety is NOT a priority!
     

     

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