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Monthly Archives: January 2015

  • 3M Reflective Delivers Maximum Visibility for Miners

    High visibility safety clothing is used in a wide variety of professions, from road and construction work to emergency response and production plants. There is always the risk of injury when heavy equipment, vehicles, machinery are present. Likewise, for many occupations such as police or emergency response personnel, the visibility makes it easier to identify workers among a crowd.
     
    One of the more interesting occupations that we don't really think of when it comes to workers who rely on high visibility clothing is mining. Miners have a very unique workplace, working hundreds and even thousands of feet underground. They are constantly in dark areas, often dirty with minimal light and low oxygen levels. It only make sense to utilize high visibility gear in such a dangerous workplace. The gear allows them to easily be seen in the low-light conditions and aids in the prevention of accidents. It also has helped many miners to be rescued during accidents since patches of the reflective gear are easily recognized when mining operations cave in and/or normal lighting is not available.
     
    This short video below from 3M gives a interesting look into the workplace of a miner and shows the immense difference made by high-quality reflective striping. The next time you purchase hivis safety gear, make sure it's equipped with 3M reflective striping to ensure the utmost safety.
     

  • Safety, Comfort and Flexibility with Multi-Purpose HiVis Jackets.

    Safety is always a priority when it comes to work. Some may like it, some may not. The fact is, the safer you are, the less likely you are to run the risk of serious injury or death in the workplace. OSHA has setup guidelines for ANSI class safety regulations and manufacturers strive to meet these needs in order to keep you protected on the job.
     
    Some manufacturers, however, have gone above and beyond in adding more than just safety to their lineup - they've designed safety gear that provides comfort, flexibility and multi-purpose use through the different seasons. This includes winter wear that doubles as rainwear, jackets with detachable sleeves that can be utilized as a vest, and more. Let's take a look at a few of the interesting innovations that can keep you safe and comfortable due to their multi-purpose high visibility designs.
     

    Viking Journeyman 6400 Trizone 3-in-1 Thermal Jacket

    viking 6400 jacketThis jacket features a 3-in-1 all season safety design and is made from heavy duty 300D polyester with PVC backed fabric to resist tears. This is an ANSI Class 2 jacket with detachable hood that can be added or removed as necessary and a inner fleece liner that can be used for colder weather. Learn more about the Viking 6400 Thermal Jacket now.
     

    GSS Safety 8503 7-in-1 ANSI Clas 3 Waterproof Parka

    GSS 8503 hivis jacketThat's correct, 7-in-1! Quite impressive. It can literally be worn 7 different ways, as hivis or black, as a jacket, a vest, and more. This parka is designed for use during any season, in any situation. Made from 300-denier Oxford with PU coated shell and sealed seams, it's sure to keep you warm and dry when the weather begins to act up. Learn more about the GSS 7-in-1 Jacket now.
     

    ML Kishigo JS135 2-in-1 Safety Jacket

    ml kishigo js 135 jacketML Kishigo is known for their high quality work wear. This one features a very simple yet very effective design. It's basically a safety jacket with a removable hoodie liner that can be worn alone or left in the jacket as an insulator. The JS135 is ANSI Class 3 compliant and features unique reflective striping and a ventilated rear flap for additional comfort and protection from heat build-up. Learn more about the ML Kishigo JS135 Jacket now.
     

    Tough Duck FR Kermel 3-in-1 Parka

    tough duck fr kermel parkaThis highly durable FR safety parka is ANSI Class 3 compliant and is made from a 6.4 oz. GlenGuard outer layer with a bonded FR polyurethane membrane. It features a detachable hood and is surely one of the most warm & durable FR parkas available anywhere. This jacket is designed to be worn with the Tough Duck FA6311B knit liner, and is loaded with features. Learn more about the Tough Duck FR Kermel Parka now.
     
    As always, we carry a large selection of innovative safety jackets including winter jackets, windbreakers and rain gear. Check out our large selection of brand name high visibility safety jackets today and save with our everyday low prices.
     

  • OSHA 2015: A Look Ahead For a Year of Safety

    2015 OSHA SafetyAs we move forward from year to year, we continually see changes develop in the world around us. New people come into our lives, we face new challenges, and new opportunities continue to present themselves. As interesting as it can be to watch the world transform in front of our very eyes, it's also somewhat time consuming to keep up with everything. Busy schedules and seemingly ever-increasing obligations often hamper our ability to stay on the leading edge of developments around us, leaving us wondering where the time went or how certain occurrences slipped right under our radar.
     
    Although much of our time is spent at work, the main focus of that time is usually production and completion of tasks, causing us to miss out on certain things like safety regulations, industry advancements, new technology and the like. In order to provide you with a heads-up for workplace safety in 2015, we've decided to write a little bit about what you can expect from OSHA in the next 365 days, just in case you haven't had the time to look into it yourself.
     

    OSHA is Introducing New Regulations

    For many people, news about new OSHA regulations is never good news. It usually means increased training, additional expense, and an increased risk for citation. But overall, these standards are put into place to coincide with the changes occurring in the workplace and the world around us. For the most part, these new and additional regulations only come into play for one reason only - to improve safety.
     
    In 2015, OSHA has prepared 3 final rulings that will be issued. The first is Confined Spaces for Construction, which unlike other industries doesn't have its own rules. It will lend additional protections specifically to workers in construction. The second is Walking Working Surfaces and Personal Fall Protection Systems. This standard has been stuck in limbo since 1990 and will ensure better protections against slips, trips and falls. The third ruling will be to Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses, which is more geared towards employers but in an effort to promote safety through increased availability of companies safety records to the public.
     
    There are also some new proposals out there, but nothing is set in stone as of yet. These ideas include: 1.) Chemical Management and Permissible Exposure Limits 2.) Process Safety Management and Prevention of Major Chemical Accidents 3.) Communication Tower Safety 4.) Exposure to Crystalline Silica, and 5.) Exposure to Beryllium
     

    New Standards for Injury Reporting

    This one has already begun, and it's in an effort to provide better transparency and accuracy for companies safety records - both officially and for the public.
     
    As of January 1st, 2015 employers must report all work-related fatalities to OSHA within 8 hours and all work-related hospitalizations, amputations and eye loss within 24 hours. Reporting can be done by calling OSHA at 1-800-321-OSHA (6742) or by filling out the new online reporting form available on OSHA's website.
     

    Now Exempt from OSHA?

    There has also been a dramatic change in certain industries in regards to their requirement to keep OSHA records in any form. Previously, the standards were based on data from 1996 through 1998. But with the influx of new data (from 2007-2009) they have determined that there are 82 industries that are now exempt. On the other side of things, there are now 25 more industries that are now required to begin keeping records.
     
    As a note, we'd like to mention that the new rulings on record keeping still allow the exemption for any business or employer who has 10 employees or less, regardless of the industry.
     

    In a Nutshell

    There are many other aspects that will be changing in the workplace due to new and ongoing regulation. While it's not always possible to stay informed on a daily basis, know that the information IS out there. For up-to-date information, visit and bookmark the OSHA website where all industry information and new regulatory standards are available.
     
    Remember, you spend a lot of time at work, therefor, you might as well be safe out there! Here's to a year of improved safety and working conditions for the employees of all industries.

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