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Don’t Let the Rising Temperature Get the Best of You!

June 20th, 2011 Comments off

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!

April Showers Bring New Rain Gear

April 14th, 2011 Comments off

As April showers pour down in preparation for the May flowers, staying dry becomes a top priority for anybody having to work outside.  Block out the moisture so that you can continue your workday without interruption.  There are a lot of options available when it comes to waterproof gear, so you can choose items to protect you from anything from a drizzle to a downpour.

1. Rain Jacket: Rain jackets are absolutely essential to anybody who ever works outside.  When an unexpected storm hits, a rain jacket will keep you warm and dry.  Whether you need a basic rain jacket for work, or you would prefer something stylish to wear all the time, we have something to fit your needs.

2. Rain Pants: Rain pants are the perfect addition to your rain jacket to ensure that you stay dry from your feet up.  Available in elastic waist, suspender, or bib style so you can choose your most comfortable fit.

3. Rain Poncho: Rain ponchos are comfortable and easy to throw on over your daily work wear.  Ponchos are convenient since they aren’t heavy and don’t take up much room, which makes them the perfect portable shield from the rain.

4. Reflective Rain Suits: You will be dry AND safe in reflective rain gear.  All of the same protection as the basic rain suits, but with the reflective protection that is essential for anybody who is required to wear safety vests on the job.

5. Rain Boots: Don’t forget about your feet! Waterproof boots are a necessity when it is wet outside, and there are so many options based on what you need.  From waders to steel toed, rubber to leather, there is waterproof footwear in every style.

So whether you just need a rain poncho for light precipitation or a full rain suit for a torrential downpour, there are plenty of options available to safeguard against the rain.

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.

Coupon Savings for Full Source Stores

November 24th, 2010 Comments off

Are you aware of our Coupons tab in the Utility Safeguard blog? If not, look up! Click on this Coupons tab for our most recent promotion. Our deals change every week or so. This week, we are offering $5 off any order of $50 or more. While this week’s coupon features great deals on winter clothing, the $5 coupon can be applied to any order. No matter if you are stocking up on Purell hand sanitizer, safety equipment, industrial batteries, or anything else on Utility Safeguard, you can get $5 off your order with promo code th52cs.

UtilitySafeguard.com is just one e-commerce store in the Full Source Network. FullSource.com, SafetyVests.com, myHardHats.com, WorkGloves.net, mySafetyGear.com, and a few other e-stores make up the Full Source Network. The promo code mentioned above can be redeemed at any Full Source Network store – not just at Utility Safeguard – so shop through all sites to find what you need. Check out details on which types of products are offered at each site here at the Full Source Network page. From apparel and performance gloves to cleaning supplies and tools, the Full Source Network encompasses about 50,000 different products.

Check back frequently to the Utility Safeguard blog for more promotions and coupons on all kinds of products.

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.

Workplace Safety Equipment

October 4th, 2010 Comments off

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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