Summer officially kicks off tomorrow, and with that comes warmer temperatures and plenty of sunshine. After a long winter everybody is excited to be outside as much as possible, but as the temperatures soar so do cases of heat related illness, which includes heat exhaustion, heat stroke, and dehydration. Heat injuries are dangerous and must be taken seriously as they can be fatal.
Symptoms of heat related illness include dizziness, heavy sweating, muscle cramps, rapid heartbeat, nausea, headaches, and cold or clammy skin. To avoid getting sick, follow these simple rules:
- Drink plenty of water and sports drinks: Be sure to drink non-alcoholic, low sugar drinks, preferable a combination of both water and sports drinks that replenish your salt and mineral reserves that are depleted by sweating.
- Limit outdoor activity: Try to avoid being outside during peak heat times that occur during midday hours and instead schedule outdoor activity for the morning or evening.
- Pace yourself: Don’t push yourself if you are not used to the higher temperatures. Gradually increase the amount of time you spend outdoors working or exercising.
- Take breaks: Regularly stop activity to rest in the shade or, if possible, indoors where there is air conditioning.
- Wear the proper clothing: Wear lightweight, light-colored, and loose-fitting clothing, as well as plenty of sunblock, sunglasses, and a light, wide brimmed hat.
If you follow all of these tips, you will have a fun, heat stress free summer!
We recently added nearly 400 pairs of Pyramex safety glasses to Utility Safeguard. Pyramex safety glasses and Pyramex safety goggles are used in a variety of applications. Workers in construction, law enforcement, landscaping, forestry, woodworking, brazing, and medical fields are just some people who can benefit from this brand’s safety eyewear.
Different series of Pyramex safety glasses have different features. If you’re looking for adjustable nose pieces, for example, buy glasses from the Fortress, Montego, Onix, Presidente, Reatta, or Rendezvous series. Venture 3 safety glasses also have this feature. The Venture III product line offers many different lens options, including clear lenses, anti-fog lenses, silver mirror lenses, and more. If you need foam padding for your Pyramex glasses, check out safety eyewear from the Highlander, V2G, and XSG series. A pair of Pyramex safety goggles, item number G404T, also has foam padding for added comfort.
Other popular product features for this brand’s glasses and goggles include anti-fog lenses, headbands, vented frames/lenses, and eyewear that fits over prescription glasses.
If you like what Pyramex has to offer, we also carry the brand’s head protection. Check out Pyramex hard hats at Utility Safeguard.
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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.
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.
All types of safety equipment are available for wholesale prices at UtilitySafeguard.com. No matter which industry you work in, there are certain safety items that always need to be at your office or job site. From safety vests and hard hats to first aid supplies and fire safety products, UtilitySafeguard.com has the safety equipment that will keep employees safe at work.
Safety vests come in various styles and colors. ANSI certified vests, public service safety vests, lime safety vests, orange safety vests, custom logo safety vests, and more are available on UtilitySafeguard.com. Different jobs require different vests so it’s important to know which type of vest you need before shopping online. Workers within the public right-of-way of a Federal Aid highway, for example, must wear ANSI Class 2 or ANSI Class 3 vests (opposed to ANSI Class 1 or non-ANSI certified vests). Guidelines for safety vests vary depending on state so check with your local authorities if you’re unsure what your job requires.
First Aid supplies are also for sale online. First Aid kits, First Aid cabinets, burn treatments, trauma bags, bandages, and over-the-counter medication in bulk are essentials to keep at the office or job site. Being prepared for any emergency is a smart idea! No matter how large or small your work crew is, there are First Aid kits to accommodate the number of people you have.
Keep safety top priority for the workplace, and shop for safety equipment online today!
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School has started up again, and fall officially begins this Wednesday, September 22nd. You know what that means…flu season is quickly approaching!
After last year’s flu season, many people are concerned with H1N1. While it would be ideal for the threat of H1N1 to be non-existent this year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) unfortunately expects a reappearance of the 2009 H1N1 virus this 2010-2011 flu season.
The good news? You’ll only need one shot instead of two. Last year, the CDC encouraged that people get both the seasonal flu shot and the H1N1 vaccine. This year, however, both shots will be rolled into one. According to the CDC, “the 2010-2011 flu vaccine will protect against three different flu viruses: an influenza A H3N2 virus, an influenza B virus, and the 2009 H1N1 virus.”
Everyone 6 months and older needs a flu shot, urges the CDC. Getting vaccinated is the best method of protection against the flu, but it’s also important to frequently wash your hands with soap and warm water. Alcohol-based hand wipes or instant hand sanitizers are recommended if soap and water are not available. Practicing other healthy habits, like getting enough sleep, being physically active, and drinking plenty of fluids, can also help with flu prevention.
Stay tuned for more 2010 flu shot and H1N1 news this fall on Utility Safeguard’s blog. Don’t forget to stock up on Purell hand sanitizer, too!
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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.
Safety gear, or PPE is defined as all equipment (including clothing
affording protection against the weather) which is intended to be worn or
held by a person at work and which protects him against one or more risks to
his health or safety’, such as safety helmets, gloves, eye protection, high-visibility clothing and safety footwear.
Safety gear such as hard hats, work gloves, safety vests, safety glasses and work boots can be purchased online and shipped directly to your home or place of work.
Safety standards also say that safety gear should be properly assessed before use to ensure it is suitable, maintained and stored properly, employees should be provided with instructions on how to use it safely, and used correctly by employees. To be sure you’re selecting the proper safety gear for your work environment, carefully assess every potential hazard and situation that would occur on a routine work day. Are you working around dangerous substance or handling chemicals and paint? Are you using cutting tools that would project particles of wood or metal? Are you exposed to traffic? Assess the safety gear you have purchased, and look at your work environment once over. Is your safety gear appropriate for the risks involved and the conditions at the place where
exposure to the risk may occur? Let’s use eye protection for example. Safety glasses that are designed for providing protection against agricultural pesticides will not offer adequate face protection for someone using an angle grinder to cut steel or stone. Secondly, does the safety gear prevent or adequately control the risks of your workplace or does it perhaps increase them? Can the safety gear be adjusted to fit the wearer correctly? Has the individual who will use or wear the safety gear been taken into account? What demands or needs does your job place on you? For
example, how long does the safety gear need to be worn? Does the safety gear meet the demands of a typical work day and how often should it be inspected or replaced?
Another thing to take into account with safety gear is whether one piece is compatible with another. For example, does a particular type of respirator make it difficult to get eye protection to fit properly? Discrepancies like these can make wearing certain safety gear void altogether.
Be sure you’re up to par in the workplace with the proper safety gear, but also be sure that the safety gear is up to current regulations, that it fits properly and meets your job demands adequately. Safety gear should be worn properly and at all times on the job.