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OSHA Publishes Removal Criteria For
Employers From The Severe Violator Enforcement Program
There Are No Substitutes Or Alternatives To Breathing Safety And Comfort
performance of AirWave® is due to its patent-pending wave design
technology. It allows more airflow in and out of the respirator for cool
comfort and easier breathing. By providing more surface area, AirWave®
ensures cool comfort inside the respirator, without a valve. Plus our
exclusive FlexFit™ design provides added comfort and compliance over
Source: Bureau of Labor
10 Misguided Reasons to Avoid
Getting a Flu Shot
Source: EHS Today Magazine
New Reference Card Helps Users Prevent, Address and Respond to Workplace
Source: EHS Today Magazine
Critical Tips for Preventing Campus-Related Fires
Source: American Society of Safety Engineers
From Underwriters Laboratories -
Identifying the 'Silent Killer' - Safety Tips to Protect Your Family from
the Dangers of CO Poisoning
Source: Underwriters Laboratories
As I see it ...
It is September, 2012. Change is in the air! The sports seasons are changing with the baseball season winding down (at least for the Chicago Cubs, again) and the football season starting up. The Olympics are history, at least for another couple of years. Leaves on the trees are changing colors. Change can be good. Yes, many of these changes take place every year. And at least once a year it is a good practice to do a top-to-bottom review of your company's safety program including the selection of PPE. This annual review is not simply an exercise for the sake of change, but to identify any changes in operations, applications, and available products that may enhance safety and productivity in the most cost-effective manner. Like an annual physical or annual insurance review, it is among the best practices where the potential benefits can far outweigh the possible costs.
Some change needs to be tempered with professional common sense and a dose of reality. I recently heard a radio commercial for a major office supply catalog company touting the fact that they could now offer safety products! Imagine that - you can now buy safety products from the same supplier as rubber bands and copy paper. Maybe I am missing something, but I do not understand how the ability to sell pens and pencils qualifies a company to understand industrial safety products, partner with end users to develop an effective PPE program, and supply the essential personal protective equipment and facility safety products necessary to keep workers safe and productive. I do not know much about the technical details of printer ink or copier toner and therefore I respect someone who does, but that does not entitle them to fit test a respirator or measure sound levels or analyze arc flash exposure or develop effective hand protection programs. Safety specialists understand safety, and we at Saf-T-Gard back that up with comprehensive training including the industry standard QSSP (Qualified Safety Sales Professional) certification. Human lives are not a commodity, so selling safety as a commodity like office supplies is downright dangerous. We promise not to sell copy paper, toilet paper, or sand paper, because we are Saf-T-Gard, - passionate about industrial safety for 4 generations.
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Warning - Your Electrical Gloves May Not Be Safe Now!
All rubber insulating products must be subjected to periodic electrical tests as required by OSHA 29CFR1910.137(b)(2). The Voltgard Test Lab is uniquely qualified to perform this service.
Question and Answer
Question - What personal protective equipment (PPE) is required to be in compliance with the requirements for working within the minimum approach distances (MADs) of underground pad-mount transformers? Are both insulating gloves and insulating sleeves required?
The requirements for
working within the MADs of underground lines and transformers are the same as
when working within the MADs of overhead lines. Paragraph 1910.269(l) addresses
working on or near exposed energized parts; it is not limited to overhead lines.
This paragraph does not differentiate based on nature of the component (line
versus equipment), nor does it differentiate on the basis of the location of the
energized part (overhead versus underground). Therefore, the requirements found
in 1910.269(l) apply regardless of the location or nature of the exposed
energized part(s), including those that require electrical protective equipment.
Regarding your question on the use of gloves and sleeves, 1910.269(l)(2)(i) allows for employees to work within the MADs of energized parts if they are wearing insulating gloves and insulating sleeves in accordance with 1910.269(l)(3). Paragraph 1910.269(l)(3) requires that, if employees are insulated from the energized parts through the use of insulating gloves, then insulating sleeves are also required with two exceptions. There are two conditions noted in 1910.269(l)(3)(i) and 1910.269(l)(3)(ii) that would allow an employee to use insulating gloves without the use of insulating sleeves: 1) if exposed energized parts on which work is not being performed are insulated from the employee; and 2) if such insulation is placed from a position not exposing the employee's upper arm to contact with other energized parts.
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