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Germs on a Plane

March 11th, 2011 Comments off

No they’re not snakes, but germs on a plane can be just as harmful. You can catch anything from the common cold to a serious case of the flu over the course of a three hour flight.

Where are the germs?

There are several places on planes where germs are concentrated. Use Purell wipes to wipe down surfaces as soon as you board the plane and locate your seat. Surfaces you should especially wipe down are the tray table and arm rest. You should also avoid eating any food directly off the tray table.

Another virtual breeding ground of germs is the seat pocket in front of you. If you take any reading materials or personal belongings out of the seat pocket, be sure to use Purell hand sanitizer on your hands after contact. If you use the restroom on the airplane, you’re also better off using Purell sanitizer instead of touching the sink or paper towel dispenser.

Some other helpful tips include drinking your own bottled water. Staying hydrated will make you less susceptible to illnesses and germs. Purchase a bottle of water after you go through security, or ask for bottled water on the plane with no ice. Often time ice machines on planes are using filtered tank water. This same tank water is used to brew coffee and tea on planes, and in some cases has been found to have e-coli.

If you plan on using a pillow or blanket on the plane, it’s best to bring your own. You can’t completely avoid germs or fellow passengers on a plane, but with some Purell hand wipes and a few smart practices, you can do your best to land with all your luggage, and your health!

Avoid OSHA Citations

February 11th, 2011 Comments off

On February 10, 2011, OSHA proposed a $70,000 fine against USPS. This is just one of a slew of recent OSHA fines against companies of all sizes. Is your company in danger of being fined by OSHA?

The first measure you can take is staying up to date on OSHA training. In many industries, employees are required to receive on-going training. Sometimes this training is off-site, while other times simply watching safety training dvd’s will suffice. Ensuring your employees are completing safety training not only fulfills OSHA requirements, but also promotes a safe workplace environment.

A major area of OSHA citation lately has been fall protection. If your employees work on scaffolds or other areas requiring fall protection, make sure they are wearing their harnesses and safety equipment.

Check back soon for more tips on how to avoid costly OSHA fines.

Protect Your Machinery in Cold Weather

January 31st, 2011 Comments off

When you depend on valuable job site equipment, there are measures you can take to keep it in good condition for years to come. During cold weather seasons, using industrial lubricants is an easy and low-cost way to protect your equipment. There are many types of industrial lubricants to select from, depending on what type of machinery you have, and the protection needed. It’s important to protect your costly machinery during the winter, so it can run smoothly all year long.

Anti-seize agents are lubricating compounds made from finely-powdered metals that can protect machinery from rust fusion, seizure and corrosion. They also reduce friction between two metal surfaces. Sprayon anti-seize and lubricating compound provides protection in temperatures from 0 degrees to 2200 degrees Fahrenheit.

Long-term outdoor protectant and lubricant will protect your outdoor machinery from corrosion in humid and salt spray conditions. In addition to metals, this type of waxy lubricant can be applied to rubbers, plastics and most painted surfaces. Outdoor protectants are ideal for machinery kept in high precipitation areas.

Long-term indoor protectant and lubricant protects equipment from water displacement, rust and corrosion. This type of indoor lubricant can be used on many different surfaces.

Food grade machinery oil penetrates and loosens corrosive residue, dirt and rust to be easily removed. This non-silicone formula is non-flammable and safe to use on machinery near food.

These are some of the standard industrial lubricants, but there are many other protectants and compounds to choose from. See what type of protective agents work best for your equipment and take actions now to prevent damage later.

First Aid Supplies

January 10th, 2011 Comments off

Make sure your work place is prepared for emergencies. Keep first aid kits and first aid supplies on hand at offices, job sites and other work environments.

The most common first aid supply is first aid kits. There are several types of first aid kits to choose from, including standard kits, unitized first aid kits and specialty first aid kits. Standard first aid kits are stocked with a variety of medical supplies like bandages, medication, burn treatments, eye wash, antiseptic wipes and other supplies. Most first aid kits and cabinets come with a recommendation for the number of people the kit can treat, usually anywhere form 10 to 200 people. Keep in mind that these numbers are recommendations, but you can choose the size you think is best for your number of employees.

Unitized first aid kits come with separate unit packages of supplies. The supplies are individually wrapped and can be ordered separately. This type of first aid kit is preferred by schools and companies that need to replenish their first aid supplies often. Specialty first aid kits are kits put together with a special purpose in mind. These specialties can include blood borne pathogens kits, contractors kits, burn treatment kits and more. Specialty first aid kits are ideal for workers in industries that may have more specific first aid needs.

The most important things about first aid kits, are to keep them fully stocked with the first aid supplies you need, and to keep your first aid kit in a well-know, accessible location. Employees should be aware of their company’s first aid supplies and how to use them.

Cold Weather Work Gloves

December 1st, 2010 Comments off

During the winter months, typical work gloves might not be enough if you work outdoors. You can get the work gloves you need for the job, with extra cold weather protection. Winter work gloves come in a wide variety of styles for different industries and applications.

For general purpose work applications, performance gloves are a great place to start. Some manufacturers of  performance gloves like Ironclad and Ergodyne design many of their gloves for use during colder conditions. These cold condition gloves may have extra lining or padding. They are also designed to allow the wearer to maintain dexterity and tactility, without being bulky and restricting. Most cold condition gloves are waterproof, which is ideal in snow.

Whether your job demands cut resistant gloves or other features, find the right pair that keeps you hands warm and allows you to get the job done.

Stock Up on Bulk Batteries

November 16th, 2010 Comments off

Whether you are a manufacturer, distributor or an everyday consumer, getting batteries in bulk will save you money and time. You can find alkaline, lithium, industrial and rechargeable batteries in bulk casing.

Energizer makes a variety of industrial batteries in AA, AAA, C, D and 9V sizes. These Energizer industrial batteries have extended shelf life, so you can buy large quantities without worrying about the batteries going bad. Buying bulk cases of batteries save you money on the cost per battery. When it comes to industrial batteries, the more you buy, the more you save.

Rayovac Ultra Pro batteries also come in bulk casing. These alkaline batteries have a seven year shelf life. You can also stock up on Duracell Procell batteries in many sizes and save time on the hassle of constantly re-ordering. Make your business more efficient by ordering bulk industrial batteries from brands know and trust.

Day/Night Barricade Tape

November 3rd, 2010 Comments off

If you want your message to be seen clearly during the day and night, try Day/Night barricade tape. This unique caution tape from Presco has two types of lettering. Each roll has the standard printed message, like CAUTION or DANGER in thick black writing for day time use. The message is also printed in silver refractive lettering, which will stand out at nighttime.

You can find Day/Night barricade tape in several thicknesses, including 2 mil, 2.5 mil and 3 mil. Day/Night caution tape comes in many pre-printed messages, like POLICE LINE DO NOT CROSS, FIRE LINE DO NOT CROSS, DANGER and of course, CAUTION.

Use caution tape for utilities, construction, crowd control and more. Day/Night barricade tape is especially useful in areas that can be potential threats anytime of day.

Save on Purell this Flu Season

September 30th, 2010 Comments off

We’ve been bringing you a lot of information on the flu lately, and that’s because flu season officially starts tomorrow, October 1st! There are many ways you can reduce your chances of getting the flu or H1N1, which is still going to be circulating this year. As we’ve been stressing here at UtilitySafeguard, one of the best preventive measures you can take is using hand sanitizer frequently.

All schools, offices and homes should stock up on Purell for hands and to wipe down other commonly touched surfaces. Purell even manufactures touch-free dispensers so you can avoid contact and cross-contamination. In our efforts to get more Purell hand sanitizer out there, we’re offering discounts this week.

Check the coupon tab at the top of the page to save money on your next order. When you buy Purell in bulk, not only will you save money, you’ll be prepared for the entire flu season. We also sell Purell in 4 ounce bottles. This size is perfect for keeping in purses, pockets and sending with kids to school. Get the Purell you need today to stay healthy all year long!

Ways to Reduce Risk of Getting the Flu

September 23rd, 2010 Comments off

Now that you know flu season is approaching, what are you going to do about it? Don’t wait until you start feeling flu symptoms, because then it’s too late. Take a proactive approach to reducing your chances of getting the flu. Here’s a few ways you can keep the flu away:

1. Keep your home and office area as germ free as possible. You can use typical household cleaning products to clean counter tops and other surfaces more often that you normally would. Remember to use disposable cleaning cloths, or wash reusable cloths between cleanings.

2.  Stock up on hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes. Keep small bottles of Purell hand sanitizer within reach for frequent use, especially when you are out in public places. You can also find many creative uses for hand sanitizing wipes. Store some in your car to wipe down the steering wheel, door handles and other highly-touched surfaces.

3. Get a flu shot. Use resources like to type in your zip code and find many local places where you can get the flu shot.

There is no way to guarantee you will not get the flu. However, if you follow these simple measures, you will be less likely to get the flu or even the common cold this season.

Stock Up on Batteries for Emergencies

September 16th, 2010 Comments off

If you live in a coastal area, you know it’s the busiest time of year for hurricanes. No matter where you live, there is the potential threat for hurricanes, storms, flood, fires, tornadoes or any type of emergency. It’s important to have batteries and other supplies on hand for these instances. The best batteries to keep on hand are AA and D, which are the batteries that flashlights and other devices most often take.  We sell alkaline batteries in bulk, so you can stock up and save even more money on our wholesale prices. You should keep some batteries and flashlights in your office, home and vehicle. Be sure to also see our first aid kits and other emergency supplies. Browse our selection of industrial batteries from top brands like Energizer, Rayovac and Duracell. Get the batteries and supplies you need now, so you can be prepared for any situation.

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