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Inhalation of toxic gases can kill you. It’s important that you perpetually monitor your breathing air to ensure that you and your employees are breathing air that is safe and free of such gases all the time.

Gases such as carbon monoxide can’t be seen or smelled but are dangerous to your health and your life. Consistent low levels of exposure to CO can cause symptoms similar to that of the flu. The effects are cumulative and can increase the risk of heart disease. High levels of exposure can cause unconsciousness or death. By continuously monitoring your air, you are be immediately alerted that the CO levels are dangerous, allowing you to correct the issue right away.

Another toxic gas is hydrogen sulfide (H2S). This is only present in some industries and environments, for example the oil and gas industry. The smell of H2S resembles that of rotten eggs – which provides one way of easily identifying that the gas exists in your workplace. If H2S is present in your workplace it is imperative that you monitor the levels in breathing air. Inhalation of this gas can cause irritation to the eyes and respiratory system, headaches and nausea. High exposure is life-threatening, as it can attack all your organs, but most commonly the nervous system.

Then there is oxygen. It is important that there is enough oxygen (19.5% - 23.5%) in your breathing air. The lack of oxygen can very quickly lead to suffocation. This seems obvious — so much that it is often overlooked.

Choosing the right device

Thanks to technology, gas detection and airline monitoring is easier than it has ever been. Premium devices can monitor multiple gases simultaneously, so you can ensure you are protected from the most common toxic gases that can be found in the workplace. Here are some more features that can be found in the best gas monitors and that you should look for:

  • The ability to monitor multiple gases simultaneously so that you only need to check one device.
  • A unit that you can set up and forget about, knowing that it will alert you if there are any issues, For example: unsafe gas levels, calibration required, loss of power.
  • One that provides real-time data, so you can assess and fix any issues immediately as they arise.
  • Integrated WIFI and network capabilities. This allows managers to view any data relating to the device and the air quality from outside of the immediate work environment.
  • Capability to integrate external alarms especially in high-noise environments. Other custom systems can be set up to force your employees to vacate the work area if the air quality is jeopardized.

    Look for a device that can simultaneously monitor multiple gases, provides real time data, has integrated WIFI capability and will alert you if there are any unsafe gases in the air. The cost of installing and maintaining air monitoring equipment is far outweighed by the potential cost of ruining a person’s life.



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    ANSI/ISEA 121-2018: American National Standard for Dropped Object Prevention Solutions aims to reduce workplace accidents, injuries, and deaths related to falling objects.

    The American National Standards Institute approved Monday the publication of a new standard to address the need for dropped object prevention and tool tethering. ANSI/ISEA 121-2018: American National Standard for Dropped Object Prevention Solutions aims to reduce workplace accidents, injuries, and deaths related to falling objects.

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 52,000 “struck by falling object” OSHA recordable incidents occur each year in the U.S., with 5 percent of all workplace fatalities in 2015 due to strikes by a falling object. Objects dropped from height can strike with a great deal of force, and the only way to reduce the chance of injury or harm from dropped objects is to prevent these accidental drops.

    ANSI/ISEA 121-2018 is groundbreaking in that it requires dropped object prevention (DOP) solutions to go through dynamic drop testing to be considered fit for use. Dynamic drop testing involves dropping an object of known weight multiple times. If the DOP device being tested prevents a drop, it passes, and if the device breaks and the object drops, it fails.


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    Avoiding Hazards

    7/3/2018 11:28 AM

    I have heard so many stories from workers who have credited wearing a hard hat with saving their lives.

    A few months ago I was watching the nightly news and a reporter was covering a tragic story on a construction site where a supervisor had been struck in the head by a hammer that had fallen off a beam almost 30 feet above him. The supervisor on the work site was not wearing head protection and died from his injuries.

    The first step in helping workers stay safe on a job site is wearing personal protective equipment (PPE). Job sites across the United States require workers to wear head protection when there is the possibility of worker injury from falling or flying objects.

    Why, then, do workers sometimes fail to wear head protection on the job site? Comfort is the number one reason. Workers want to be comfortable, especially when they are working in high heat temperatures and wearing a hard hat can be extremely uncomfortable and hot. However, comfort is not a valid reason to forego head protection. What's more important than protecting your head? OSHA and ANSI regulations require workers to wear head protection when the work site has the potential for falling objects.

    Our knowledge about head injuries has grown considerably over the years, particularly with the attention the NFL has received regarding concussions. Head trauma can have lasting effects on a professional athlete. The same applies to workers on job sites. There's no excuse why head protection is not worn on every work site across America.

    The best way to protect your head while on the job is by wearing a hard hat. I have heard so many stories from workers who have credited wearing a hard hat with saving their lives. One recent story was shared with me from a highway construction worker who was wearing a hard hat when he was struck by a truck's side view mirror. The driver of the truck swerved to miss hitting the worker, but the truck's side view mirror extension struck the worker in the head. Thank goodness this worker was wearing a hard hat that saved his life.

    Head Protection Innovations

    PPE manufacturers are becoming more innovative in their hard hat designs because workers are demanding comfort, style, and safety in their hat models. Hard hats are designed to meet or exceed the requirements of ANSI/ISEA Z89.1 standard. New model hard hats have recently been introduced by manufacturers who are designing for the way workers perform their jobs. For instance, new head protection models that offer a see-through visor on the bill of a hard hat is one way of allowing workers to see the hazards that may be lurking above them. Changes in hard hat suspensions and brow pads are all new choices workers have when choosing the right head protection for their type of work.

    Utility, construction, and oil workers need to see the dangers above them to stay safe on the job. Highway workers need to be seen on the job. My story about the highway worker who was struck in the head by a truck's side view mirror happened because the worker was not visible to the driver. The truck driver didn't see the highway worker until he was right on top of him, forcing the driver to swerve to avoid hitting the worker head on.

    As highway drivers, we have become so accustomed to road construction projects that we often fail to notice the signs or even check to see where the workers are. One of the easiest ways to keep workers safe is to make them visible. Low visibility is another danger on a job site with workers sometimes standing less than 10 feet away from high-speed traffic while other workers are operating heavy equipment.

    The ANSI/ISEA 107-2015 Standard for High-Visibility Safety Apparel and Accessories, along with the ANSI/ISEA 107-2010 Standard for High Visibility Safety Apparel (HVSA) and the ANSI/ISEA 207-2011 American National Standard for High-Visibility Public Safety Vests, form a single comprehensive standard to help keep workers safe on the job. By combining the standards, ANSI/ISEA added to its current Performance Class 1, 2, and 3 requirements by including three new garment types for reflective options to see workers more clearly:

  • Type O (off-road) or Performance Class 1: non-roadway use where workers are not exposed to high traffic or temporary control zones.
  • Type R (roadway) or Performance Class 2 or 3: workers are exposed to traffic from public access highway rights-of-way or roadway temporary control zones.
  • Type P (public safety) or Performance Class 2 or 3: emergency and incident responders and law enforcement personnel who are exposed to struck-by hazards in roadway or off-road work environments.

    Below are examples of occupational activities for each of the classifications:

  • Type O/Performance 1: parking attendants, shopping cart retrievers, warehouse workers with equipment traffic, sidewalk maintenance workers, or delivery vehicle drivers.
  • Type R/Performance 2 or 3: railway workers, forestry workers, school crossing guards, airport crews, law enforcement personnel directing traffic, and accident site investigators.
  • Type P/Performance 2 or 3: roadway construction personnel, utility workers, survey crews, emergency response personnel, and flagging crews.

    According to this standard, apparel worn by workers must provide 360-degree visibility during the day and night. A safety vest that provides reflectivity only on the back and torso does not meet the standard. Fluorescent garments that make a worker highly visible during the day but nearly invisible at dusk do not meet the standard.

    High-Visibility Options

    Head protection is not specifically covered by the standard, although hard hat manufacturers offer several high-visibility options for workers to choose. Workers can increase the visibility of their hard hat by choosing a high-visibility shell color. Yellow is a common high-visibility color, as is green or orange.

    Hard hats that meet the non-mandatory requirements for high visibility (ANSI/ISEA Z89.1-2014) are marked "HV" by the manufacturer. Be aware that if your hard hat is a high-visibility color, prolonged daylight exposure can fade the cap's color and thereby compromise a worker’s visibility and safety. Ultraviolet rays degrade colorants, so hard hats should not be stored in direct sunlight when not in use.

    Striping on a hard hat is another way to increase a worker's visibility. By using striping that is reflective and/or fluorescent in color, hard hats can provide enhanced worker visibility. The same highly reflective striping that is applied to clothing to meet the ANSI/ISEA 107-2015 standard also can be applied to hard hats. To achieve improved retroreflectance, use striping with a high CPL number. To achieve 360-degree reflectivity, add striping all the way around the brim of your hard hat. Many hard hat manufacturers will custom decorate caps by applying striping as well as custom logos.

    PPE must be worn to help avoid the hazards that we often don't see. Those unforeseen accidents that can happen in a blink of an eye can change our lives forever. Workers can avoid above and low-visibility hazards by wearing head protection. The hard hat, invented in 1919 to protect coal miners from fallen debris, is still the most important PPE available to protect workers' heads while on the job. The next time you walk onto a job site, be sure you are wearing your hard hat. It's too risky not to.



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    Falls impact more than the individual, so do what is prudent to reduce falls in your world and continue to educate yourself.

    Risking a Disability

    Falls are also the leading cause of disability in the United States, accounting for 30.7 percent of disability cases. This is comprised of: falls on the same level at 14.7 percent, falls to a lower level at 9.2 percent, and slip or trips at 3.8 percent (2016, Liberty Mutual). American disability costs due to falls total $50 billion per year, which is approximately $1 billion spent each week. Not only is this a lot of money, but it also reflects a lot of pain and suffering.

    Most do not realize that slips and falls from the same surface are great risks. A change of surface (e.g., carpet to smooth floor) is hard for the body to adjust to with grace and balance. In more technical terms, the change of the coefficient of friction changes the grip of your shoes on the surface. This also occurs when liquids or other items are spilled.

    Another notorious fall risk is the "trip lip." This lip is often approximately three-fourths of an inch, which makes it hard to see, yet your feet find it all too easy to detect. Trip lips are especially risky to young or older walkers because both often shuffle instead of lifting their feet.

    On the Job

    Construction workers are the most likely to die on the job from a fall. Falls are the second cause of death for all workers after transportation incidents. The Bureau of Labor Statistics data recorded 800 people died on the job in 2015 from falls.

    Dispelling the myth that it takes great heights to cause great injury, 36 percent of on-the-job fatal falls are from less than 15 feet. It is not surprising that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and American National Standards Institute worked to improve the fall standards. It is also understandable that falls are OSHA's No. 1 cited standard.

    We have come a long way with the topic of falls, yet we have a great distance to go. Many who are exposed daily are just beginning to understand the risks. It was not that long ago that fall protection from a structure was a belt around the waist. I wore one of these in the early '80s when I worked at a very large and very safety-conscious chemical company. A fall while wearing that device would have likely broken my back or crushed my internal organs due to the forces and my "safety device." We have advanced to the point where fall protection now requires a body harness to distribute the forces of the fall.

    New Fall Technology

    However, there are technical and challenging topics to address when using these newer devices and systems. These include calculating fall distances, potential swing radius, hardware, and tie-off points to ensure the integrity of the system will support your falling load. Prompt rescue is necessary due to suspension trauma risk. All these are relatively new concepts to address an age-old concern: gravity.

    Falls and the forces that result from them are not new, but the science of studying them and resolving the risks is fairly new and exciting. Education on this and other topics is essential for us to continue as a society.

    Falls impact more than the individual, so do what is prudent to reduce falls in your world and continue to educate yourself so you don't fall for anything!


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    With spring’s warmer temperatures, many workers may be heading off to new jobs in construction. As one of the most dangerous occupations in the United States, construction poses the greatest safety and health risks to new workers, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

    In addition to the hazards of working at heights and with heavy equipment and chemicals, often amid clouds of dust, construction work can present other, less visible hazards that extend beyond the workplace. These hazards include irregular and long hours, lengthy commutes to different job sites, and extended workdays. In turn, these hazards can increase the risk of psychological stress among workers and, subsequently, risky health behaviors, including poor nutrition and substance abuse.

    An ongoing National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)-funded study at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, in partnership with Washington University in St. Louis, is taking a holistic approach to worker health to minimize these risks. Although we often think of workplace safety and health as being confined to the worksite, the Total Worker Health® (TWH) approach views the conditions of work and the worker both in and out of the workplace. Consistent with traditional occupational safety and health prevention principles, the TWH approach recognizes that job-related factors can have an important impact on the well-being of workers, their families, and their communities. Issues such as wages, work hours, workload and stress, workplace interactions, access to paid leave, healthy workplaces, and safe worksites can be addressed through organizational programs, policies, and practices.

    Currently in its 2nd year, the 5-year study is looking at the health-related behavior of new workers in three construction trades: carpentry, floor-laying, and boilermaking. Ultimately, the study aims to identify effective ways to change these behaviors to decrease the risk of work-related illness and injury. Investigators are working with a local carpenters’ council and an international construction workers’ group. The study’s aims are to 1) evaluate the effects of work on the health behaviors of new carpenters, floor-layers, and boilermakers; 2) identify current workplace health programs in these trades; and 3) determine the feasibility of working with unions, insurance companies, and other groups to improve the health and well-being of new construction workers.

    To date, investigators have surveyed 912 carpenters, floor-layers, and boilermakers about work and health behaviors. In addition, they completed two focus groups with general contractors, subcontractors, and union representatives and interviewed a potential partner for implementing safety and health interventions. Final results are expected when the study concludes in 2021.


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    NFPA task groups and technical committees have worked during the past three years to integrate the requirements of NFPA 720 into NFPA 72. NFPA's goal is to provide smoke alarm and carbon monoxide alarm requirements in a single, comprehensive document.

    The National Fire Protection Association announced last week that, with its Technical Meeting in Las Vegas concluded, the requirements of NFPA 720, Standard for the Installation of Carbon Monoxide Detection and Warning Equipment are one step closer to issuance by the Standards Council as incorporated into the 2019 edition of NFPA 72®, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code®. NFPA 720, which has worked to minimize occupants' risk to carbon monoxide in homes and other occupancies since it was first issued in 2003, will be withdrawn once the 2019 edition of NFPA 72 is issued by the Standards Council this August, according to the NFPA news release.

    It said several NFPA task groups and technical committees have worked during the past three years to integrate the requirements of NFPA 720 into NFPA 72. NFPA's goal is to provide smoke alarm and carbon monoxide alarm requirements in a single, comprehensive document.

    "Having two separate alarm system documents on different revision cycles has proved confusing and inefficient for code officials, enforcers, and authorities having jurisdiction responsible for implementing and enforcing the codes' requirements in their states and jurisdictions," said Richard Roux, senior electrical specialist at NFPA. "Providing smoke alarm and carbon monoxide alarm requirements in one document will help make their work much easier and more streamlined."

    The release said 38 states currently adopt or reference NFPA 720, which requires carbon monoxide detection in homes. Some states only require that carbon monoxide alarms be installed in new home construction; others only require carbon monoxide alarm installations when there is an attached garage or similar construction.

    "All stakeholders who adopt or reference NFPA 720 need to know about the upcoming changes so they can make the necessary adjustments and continue delivering carbon monoxide protection to the states and/or jurisdictions they serve," Roux said. "At NFPA, we're doing all we can to make sure we get the word out, and we strongly encourage anyone with a vested interest in this issue to do the same."


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    They plan to provide members, employers, and workers with information on how to properly select, use, maintain, and store PPE and safety equipment, as well as share information on developments in national consensus standards for personal protective and safety equipment.


    OSHA and the International Safety Equipment Association have signed an alliance to provide members, employers, and workers with information on how to properly select, use, maintain, and store PPE and safety equipment. During the two-year agreement, participants will also share information on developments in national consensus standards for personal protective and safety equipment.

    ISEA is a non-profit trade association representing safety manufacturers. The association has partnered with OSHA to share information on its campaigns, such as the National Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction, Heat Illness Prevention, and Safe + Sound Week. ISEA also donated PPE for workers and volunteers during cleanup efforts after 2017 hurricanes hit Texas and Puerto Rico.

    OSHA's announcement noted that its alliance partners help OSHA reach targeted audiences, such as employers and workers in high-hazard industries, and give them better access to workplace safety and health tools and information.


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    Exhibitor applications for A+A 2019, International Trade Fair with Congress for Safety, Security and Health at Work, are now available online at www.aplusa-online.com
    The deadline for reserving exhibit space at A+A 2019 is December 1, 2018. The event will be held from November 5 – 8, 2019 at the fairgrounds in Düsseldorf, Germany.

    Messe Düsseldorf North America will again organize a North American Pavilion. This group exhibit provides a cost-effective means for U.S. and Canadian companies to enter into or to expand their business in the lucrative overseas marketplace. The all-inclusive pavilion turnkey rental package includes a fully furnished booth, access to an attractive lounge area with daily snack and beverage service and the on-site service of a project manager, hostesses and roaming interpreters. In addition, U.S. Commercial Service staff will be on hand in the North American Pavilion to assist with export and licensing questions. Please contact Messe Düsseldorf North America at (312) 781-5180 to reserve exhibit space within the North American Pavilion.

    A+A 2019 will showcase the entire range of products and services for personal and occupational safety: Safety at Work (incl. personal protective equipment, protective clothing and safety equipment); Health at Work (incl. first aid and rescue equipment, prevention and therapy, hygiene and sanitary supplies and ergonomics); Security at Work (incl. fire and radiation protection, safety products/ systems, electrical safety, air pollution control, noise reduction, environmental protection, safety devices for machinery, transport and vehicle safety).

    The exhibits will be complemented by the A+A Congress 2019, trend forums, special theme parks and live presentations as well as fashion shows.

    At the last staging of A+A in 2017, 1,930 exhibitors from 63 countries and over 67,000 trade visitors (2015: 65,000) from more 134 nations participated. Over 70% of the exhibitors and 47% of the visitors came from countries other than Germany. A total of 88% of the visitors had decision making authority or were involved in the decision-making process.

    To sign up as an A+A 2019 exhibitor for individual space visit www.aplusa-online.com


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