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Monthly Archives: February 2017

  • 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.
     

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