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Arc Flash Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)

2 min read If there is electrical energy in your industrial or production facility, the danger of arc flash is present. Arc flashes are a highly dangerous, even fatal, type of electrical hazard. An arc flash is part of an arc fault and creates a very bright light and intense burst of heat. It has the potential to … Read more

Safety Myths – It’s Time We Debunk These 5 Safety Myths

Safety Myths

4 min read Safety Myths That Are Not True One of the biggest problems with facility safety is that there are many myths that are repeated on a regular basis. These myths are not just untrue, but they can actually make a facility more dangerous. When these myths are constantly repeated, people start believing them, which often means … Read more

Respiratory Disease Resurges Among Coal Miners

Black Lung Disease

4 min read What should be done when old workplace problems reemerge decades later? This is a question regulatory agencies, industry associations and workplaces have been asking recently about coal workers’ pneumoconiosis (CWP) (often referred to as black lung disease). The disease, which was very common among coal miners until the 1970s when laws were put in place … Read more

Why is it Important to know the Difference between Vapors and Fumes?

Vapors and Fumes

5 min read Learning the Difference between Vapors and Fumes When working on improving safety within a facility, it is often important to use very precise language. If you are talking to most people, for example, you could typically use terms like vapor, fumes and even gas in a fairly interchangeable way. The fact is, however, that they … Read more

Respirator Certification – What Does N95 Really Mean?

Respiratory Protection

3 min read Selecting respirators appropriate for your workplace can be a daunting task. Respiratory protection program managers need to understand the airborne hazards in their facilities, determine the required assigned protection factor for a respirator, choose what type of respirator is needed (air-purifying or atmosphere-supplying, tight-fitting or loose-fitting) and make sure each employee’s respirator fits properly. The term … Read more

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – The Basics

personal protective equipment

6 min read The concept of personal protective equipment (PPE) most likely isn’t new to anyone who works in an industrial setting. The majority of safety managers and employees probably have to deal with some sort of protective gear like goggles, gloves or steel-toed boots on a regular basis. Knowing how to start a PPE program, improve an … Read more

Five Ways to Keep Workers Safe From Electrocution on the Job

4 min read Electricity continues to be one of the top causes of death among construction workers every single year, and claims lives in a number of other industries as well. The human body, being water-based, is an extremely good conductor of electricity, and even relatively low amounts of electricity can still cause serious injury to us. Short … Read more

Electrical Safety for Construction

5 min read When trying to improve electrical safety for construction sites there are many challenges that must be overcome. In many cases, employees will need to bring the electricity to where they are working, since there aren’t normal outlets available. This means there may be long extension cords, generators and other electrical equipment throughout the area. Without … Read more

Long Term Effects of Silica Exposure

4 min read With the beautiful weather of spring and summer often come the construction crews who like to take advantage of the seasons for completing projects. Whether it is a couple of guys putting up a custom wall made from leftover concrete, or major construction companies building a new office building, they can all make a mess. … Read more

The Top 5 Ways to Protect Yourself from Silica Exposure

4 min read Exposure to the common silicon compound “silica,” which makes up much of the rocks, sand, and earth we stand on and use every day, has been slowly killing workers for years now. Also known as silicosis, exposure occurs when silica-containing materials are blasted, scraped, cut, or pulverized, and can be lethal. Silicosis, which has no … Read more