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Manage gas exposure and other safety incidents in real-time with the MSA ALTAIR Grid, a web-based remote monitoring service enabled by MSA ALTAIR 4XR and 5X multigas detectors and the ALTAIR Connect App.


MSA ALTAIR 4XR Multigas Detector provides (optional) real-time event notification using Bluetooth connectivity. This tough and reliable 4-gas monitor with MSA XCell® Sensors is among the fastest in the world, and when paired with the ALTAIR Connect App, can text alarm notifications to supervisors, team members or other users

Ansell: Microflex® 93-850

Microflex® 93-850 provides the ultimate barrier against harmful exposures, so workers experience a higher level of protection on the job. Due to its breakthrough polymer bonding technique (patent pending), the glove offers 2X more chemical splash protection than other leading brands of disposable nitrile. Its low 0.40 AQL significantly reduces the risk of breaches, rips or tears.

Ansell: HyFlex® 11-939

HyFlex® 11-939 is part of the new HyFlex 11-93X Series – the lightest-weight cut-resistant and oil-repellent gloves available. This fully coated glove protects workers against cuts and heavy oil and fluid exposure across multiple applications. The glove offers an unmatched combination of multi-risk protection and all-day comfort.

Ansell: HyFlex® 11-751

HyFlex® 11-751 delivers superior cut protection and enhanced comfort with the added benefit of a dirt-masking design for jobs that require precision handling of small parts and for workers exposed to cut risks. Engineered with Ansell INTERCEPT™ cut-resistant technology, the palm-dipped, medium-duty glove also offers superior abrasion resistance and durability for prolonged use.

Ansell: HyFlex® 11-542

Ansell: HyFlex® 11-542 As the lightest-weight high cut glove available, HyFlex® 11-542 provides extreme comfort and long-lasting cut protection from sharp, hot or oil-coated objects. The medium-duty glove is designed to deliver superior hand protection while providing enhanced worker comfort, and offers heat exposure protection up to 212 °F.

Ansell: ActivArmr® 97-123

With an industry-leading combination of dexterity, cut and impact protection, ActivArmr® 97-123 provides the control needed for even the most intricate and rigorous tasks. The glove’s 15-gauge HPPE liner keeps hands cool and comfortable, and its HI-VIZ™ design increases safety awareness. It is well-suited for slightly oily or dirty environments.

Ansell: ActivArmr® 97-125

ActivArmr® 97-125 delivers high cut and impact protection in hazardous environments. Its double-dip nitrile coating provides protection against fluids, while its enhanced grip reduces hand fatigue and injury. The highly visible design increases user visibility, supporting the safety of the wearer.

Ansell: HyFlex® 11-280/11-281

HyFlex® 11-280/11-281 Sleeves are equipped with Ansell INTERCEPT™ cut-resistant technology to provide superior cut protection and a soft, cool feel. Its seamless design ensures an excellent fit and all-day comfort. The sleeves are engineered to perform in combination with any HyFlex® cut-resistant glove.

Ansell: Microchem by AlphaTec 68-1800C

MICROCHEM® by AlphaTec™ 68-1800 provides low-concentration liquid chemical and airborne particulate protection. Its air and moisture vapor permeable, or breathable, hood, full back and underarms help to reduce the risk of heat stress. This coverall is silicon-free, low-linting and anti-static.

Ansell: HyFlex® 11-731

HyFlex® 11-731 is an ultra-lightweight cut glove that lasts up to 2X longer for extended wear vs. comparable polyurethane gloves with high levels of cut protection. The glove’s lightweight second-skin liner keeps workers comfortable, and its abrasion resistance provides higher levels of dexterity for precision handling of sharp or small parts.

3M™ SecureFit™ Protective Eyewear 600 Series

The 3M™ SecureFit™ 600 Series combines 3M’s proprietary Pressure Diffusion Temple (PDT) Technology with a range of lens coating options, including 3M™ Scotchgard™ Anti-Fog, multiple lens colors, readers, and polarized and photochromic lens options. Features include a removable foam gasket to help meet demands across a broad range of work conditions.

3M™ DBI-SALA® Comfort Grip Connector

The Comfort Grip Snap Hook is ideal for those requiring direct connection to the anchorage structure, such as scaffolding and towers. The 2 1/4-inch (57 mm) gate opening is transverse load-rated and allows safe tie-off in multiple orientations to various structures directly. The Comfort Grip Snap Hook is available on the Nano-Lok™ Self-Retracting Lifelines and ShockWave™2 Shock Absorbing Lanyards.

3M™ DBI-SALA® Nano-Lok™ Wrap Back

The Nano-Lok™ Wrap Back SRL is designed to function as both a fall protection device and tie-off adapter. This versatile solution is specifically designed to be tied off anywhere along its own lifeline component, helping provide a secure connection to I-beams, rebar walls or other structures that can properly support fall arrest forces. It is the first web SRL connector 3M Fall Protection has approved for foot-level tie off.

3M: DBI-SALA® 5 lb. Retractable Tool Lanyard

The 3M™ DBI-SALA® 5 lb. Tool Retractor features a lightweight, compact housing and a high-strength Dyneema® webbing retractor line. This design helps minimize tool tangling and jobsite tripping hazards and entanglements while reducing weight on workers' belts and harnesses.


The V-TEC SRL incorporates spring radial technology, the newest method of energy absorption to be used in self-retracting devices within the personal protective equipment industry. The spring radial energy absorber is precision-made, pre-engineered and does not require calibration or adjustment as seen in traditional SRL’s, which ultimately minimizes downtime, repair and maintenance costs. With new retraction dampening technology, the V-TEC SRL solves user pain points by preventing excessive lifeline retraction speed that causes premature and accidental load indicator deployment, a common occurrence in the workplace.

Honeywell: Honeywell Miller® Falcon™ Edge Self-Retracting Lifeline:

Miller Falcon™ Edge Self-Retracting Lifelines provide you with protection designed for sharp edges, eliminating the risk of your lifeline being severed, and reducing the force that could result in the event of a fall. The lifelines keep you safe in applications that require anchoring at foot-level and above, and support user weights up to 420 pounds.

Honeywell: Honeywell Howard Leight™ Sync® Wireless Earmuff

The Honeywell Howard Leight™ Sync® Wireless Earmuff is the first “communication” earmuff offered in the Sync family portfolio. This earmuff was designed for workers who need to stay connected but also need hearing protection in areas with high environmental noise. The Sync Wireless Earmuff can connect wirelessly to most mobile phone devices via Bluetooth®. Making the Sync Wireless Earmuff easy to connect and easy to use.


Each year, hazard communication (HazCom) is among OSHA’s most-cited violations. The chemical safety rules described in OSHA’s HazCom 2012 regulations were originally based on the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System (GHS) to create a consistent and practical approach. Since then, all HazCom 2012 deadlines have passed, and the latest update of GHS took effect in 2015, yet employers continue to struggle with identifying and communicating hazards posed by dangerous chemicals.

Fortunately, chemical manufacturers, suppliers, shippers, and handlers can take steps toward complying with HazCom 2012 and GHS standards with simple, effective visual communication tools.

How HazCom keeps you safe

HazCom regulations were designed to protect employees, improve communication, and simplify the complex steps needed for safety in chemical manufacturing, shipping, storage, and use.

Here’s how that happens:

-- Boosts communication: More than 60 countries have adopted GHS, which means suppliers, manufacturers, and shipping companies are all on the same page and draw on the same visual communication elements to stay safe.

-- Improves efficiency: With the standardized system for communicating hazards, risks, and mitigation techniques, workers don’t have to take time to figure out new systems, forms, or labels.

-- Saves money: Companies don’t have to spend money on additional supplies or worker training to comply with various standards in different countries.

HazCom standards

GHS, created and published by the United Nations, provides a standardized method for identifying and communicating chemical hazards around the world. Some countries have implemented GHS unchanged, while others tweaked the system to suit their specific needs. In the United States, OSHA used GHS as the basis for HazCom 2012, its updated Hazard Communication Standard, but made a few subtle tweaks. Those changes reflect specific hazards, de-emphasize compliance with British Standard 5609 for saltwater exposure, and remove size requirements for diamonds surrounding pictograms on shipping labels.

HazCom visual communication requirements

A visual communication system that complies with HazCom 2012 requirements contains two essential elements: Safety Data Sheets and container labels.

Safety Data Sheet

The first such requirement is a Safety Data Sheet (SDS), similar to the Material Safety Data Sheets in earlier editions of the HazCom rules. This essential document covers relevant information about a given chemical, along with solutions for staying safe in the event of an accident.

The SDS is a standardized document that creates a cohesive, uniform method for communicating that information. Each SDS is broken down into 16 sections, which are as follows:

1. Identification identifies the hazardous material and its intended applications.

2. Hazard Communication provides the material’s Hazard Class and Category, as well as related information that conveys the dangers posed by a material, including the Signal Word, Hazard Statement(s), Pictogram(s), and Precautionary Statement(s) that will appear on the label.

3. Composition/Information on Ingredients describes the chemical makeup of a material, as well as any ingredients that contribute to a mixture’s chemical hazards.

4. First Aid Measures document the basic first-aid procedures in case of an accident.

5. Fire-fighting Measures explain the appropriate fire-fighting tactics, as well as hazards that might arise if the material burns.

6. Accidental Release Measures explain how to respond to spills, leaks, or other releases of the material.

7. Handling and Storage provides any applicable instructions for safely handling or storing the material.

8. Exposure Controls/Personal Protection identifies the necessary controls for using the material and PPE to be worn.

9. Physical and Chemical Properties describe the material’s characteristics, including color, odor, flammability, and so on.

10. Stability and Reactivity informs workers whether a material poses any reactivity or chemical instability hazards—and offers steps and conditions for mitigating those hazards.

11. Toxicology Information includes information about potential health hazards posed by the material.

12. Ecological Information explains the material’s potential impact on the environment, as well as ecological properties, including degradability and environmental toxicity.

13. Disposal Consideration explains the steps for properly disposing, recycling, or reclaiming a material or its ingredients.

14. Transportation Information provides information (such as instructions or classifications) that might impact transportation of a given material.

15. Regulatory Information provides information about relevant domestic or international regulations, as well as instructions or details for meeting those regulations.

16. Other Information communicates any other information that may prove useful or helpful.

Employers in the United States aren’t required to publicly display an SDS, but must always have updated and correct SDSs on hand and readily available.

The building blocks of a container label

The second essential element of a GHS or HazCom 2012-compliant visual communication system is a container label, which communicates — in a standardized, clear format — the basic, essential information about a given material’s hazards.

There are no specific size requirements for a container label except that it must be clear and easy to see. For labels used only within a facility, there are some additional options, but each label for containers that are shipped or transported elsewhere must include six elements, each building upon its corresponding SDS entry.

The six “building blocks” of a fully detailed, HazCom 2012-compliant label are as follows:

1. Product Identifier and Code identifies which chemical is being labeled (using the chemical name, rather than a brand name) and provides the CAS, EC, and/or UN number assigned to that chemical (when applicable).

2. Pictogram(s) communicate a material’s hazards through symbols within red diamonds. The necessary symbols are determined by a material’s Hazard Classes and Categories.

3. Signal Word communicates the severity of a material's hazards (determined by the hazard’s class and category) through two signal words: "Danger" is reserved for the most severe hazards, while "Warning" is for less severe hazards. Suppliers may choose to leave this field blank when a chemical's hazards are minor.

4. Hazard Statement(s) are simple, consistent phrases that communicate the specific hazards posed by a material. These are found in section 2 of a chemical's SDS.

5. Precautionary Statement(s) provide instructions for avoiding, mitigating, or responding to specific hazards.

6. Supplier Identification includes the name, address, and telephone number of the material’s supplier.


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8th Kazakhstan International Occupational Safety and Health Conference and Exhibition
April 26-27, 2018, Astana, Kazakhstan
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Int'l Fair of Work Protection, Rescue and Fire Fighting
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What is COSHH?

COSHH is the law that requires employers to control substances that are hazardous to health. You can prevent or reduce workers exposure to hazardous substances by:

-- finding out what the health hazards are;
-- deciding how to prevent harm to health (risk assessment);
-- providing control measures to reduce harm to health;
-- making sure they are used ;
-- keeping all control measures in good working order;
-- providing information, instruction and training for employees and others;
-- providing monitoring and health surveillance in appropriate cases;
-- planning for emergencies.

Most businesses use substances, or products that are mixtures of substances. Some processes create substances. These could cause harm to employees, contractors and other people.

Sometimes substances are easily recognised as harmful. Common substances such as paint, bleach or dust from natural materials may also be harmful.

What is a ‘substance hazardous to health'?

COSHH covers substances

that are hazardous to health. Substances can take many forms and include:
-- chemicals
-- products containing chemicals
-- fumes
-- dusts
-- vapours
-- mists
-- nanotechnology
-- gases and asphyxiating gases and
-- biological agents (germs). If the packaging has any of the hazard symbols then it is classed as a hazardous substance.
-- germs that cause diseases such as leptospirosis or legionnaires disease and germs used in laboratories.

COSHH does not cover

-- lead,
-- asbestos or
-- radioactive substances
-- because these have their own specific regulations.

I'm self-employed. Does this apply to me?

Yes. If you have employees (you control their work), every part of COSHH applies. If you have no employees (but you take hazardous substances to other peoples premises), all parts of COSHH regulations apply except those about monitoring and health surveillance.

What you need to do

Before you start your COSHH assessment, you need to:
-- Think about
-- What do you do that involves hazardous substances?
-- How can these cause harm?
-- How can you reduce the risk of harm occurring?

Always try to prevent exposure at source. For example:

-- Can you avoid using a hazardous substance or use a safer process – preventing exposure, eg using water-based rather than solvent-based products, applying by brush rather than spraying?
-- Can you substitute it for something safer – eg swap an irritant cleaning product for something milder, or using a vacuum cleaner rather than a brush?
-- Can you use a safer form, eg can you use a solid rather than liquid to avoid splashes or a waxy solid instead of a dry powder to avoid dust?

Check your trade press and talk to employees. At trade meetings, ask others in your industry for ideas. If you can't prevent exposure, you need to control it adequately by applying the principles of good control practice.

Control is adequate when the risk of harm is ‘as low as is reasonably practicable'.This means:

-- All control measures are in good working order.
-- Exposures are below the Workplace Exposure Limit, where one exists.
-- Exposure to substances that cause cancer, asthma or genetic damage is reduced to as low a level as possible.

Identifying hazard and assessing risk

You are probably already aware of many risks in your trade or industry. A COSHH assessment concentrates on the hazards and risks from substances in your workplace.

Remember that hazards and risks are not limited to substances labelled as ‘hazardous’.

Steps to making a COSHH assessment:

1. Walk around your workplace. Where is there potential for exposure to substances that might be hazardous to health?
--------Examples include processes that emit dust, fume, vapour, mist or gas; and skin contact with liquids, pastes and dusts. Substances with workplace exposure limits (WELs) are hazardous to health.

2. In what way are the substances harmful to health?
--------Get safety data sheets, and read your trade magazines. Some substances arise from processes and have no safety data sheet. Examples include fume from welding or soldering, mist from metalworking, dust from quarrying, gases from silage. Look at the HSE web pages for your trade or industry - Your Industry.

3. What jobs or tasks lead to exposure?
--------Note these down. Note down what control measures you already use. For these jobs, how likely is any harm to workers' health?

4. Are there any areas of concern, eg from the Accident Book?
--------Examples include burns from splashes, nausea or lightheadedness from solvents, etc

Exposure limits

Exposure to a substance is uptake into the body. The exposure routes are:
-- By breathing fume, dust, gas or mist.
-- By skin contact.
-- By injection into the skin.
-- By swallowing.

Safety data sheets

Safety data sheets provide information on chemical products that help users of those chemicals to make a risk assessment. They describe the hazards the chemical presents, and give information on handling, storage and emergency measures in case of accident. Safety data sheet information may lead to guidance appropriate for your task. COSHH essentials is a web tool that advises employers on good control practice.

A safety data sheet is not a risk assessment. You should use the information it contains to help make your own assessment.As well as receiving chemicals you may supply them to others. If you do, you must pass on information (as safety data sheets) to those whom you supply.

Control measures

The objective of COSHH is to prevent, or to adequately control, exposure to substances hazardous to health, so as to prevent ill health.

You can do this by:
-- using control equipment, eg total enclosure, partial enclosure, LEV;
-- controlling procedures, eg ways of working, supervision and training to reduce exposure, maintenance, examination and testing of control measures;
-- worker behaviour, making sure employees follow the control measures.

Changing how often a task is undertaken, or when, or reducing the number of employees nearby, can make an improvement to exposure control.

Personal protective equipment

Employers are responsible for providing, replacing and paying for personal protective equipment. PPE should be used when all other measures are inadequate to control exposure. It protects only the wearer, while being worn. If it fails, PPE offers no protection at all.When employees find PPE comfortable they are far more likely to wear it.


Monitoring means measuring to show that control is adequate. It has nothing to do with the state of a worker's health.
-- when you need to show compliance with a WEL (Workplace Exposure Limit) or BMGV ( Biological Monitoring Guidance Value)
-- when you need to show that control equipment or personal protective equipment is working well enough

Health surveillance

Health surveillance is any activity which involves obtaining information about employees' health and which helps protect employees from health risks at work.


Provide information, training and instruction for employees who work with substances hazardous to health. This includes cleaning and maintenance staff.


You need to plan and practice to cope with foreseeable accidents, incidents or emergencies. Think about how you would make such information available to the emergency services.Everybody needs to know your emergency plans. Involve safety representatives and employees.


The Walk Zone Safety Report could be a good resource for your next training session on walking-working surface safety. Many organizations underestimate floor safety risks and are unaware of high-risk walk zones in their buildings, according to a survey conducted by New Pig. The result: significant liability, medical costs, productivity losses and damage to brand reputation. New Pig surveyed professionals in maintenance, safety, health risk and facilities management across multiple industries.

What your workers should know: Same-level slip and fall accidents are the leading cause of workplace injuries, totaling nearly 200,000 in 2015, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 2017 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index reports that these types of falls resulted in almost $11 billion in workers’ compensation and medical costs last year.

Key findings

All fall-related survey questions focused only on same-level falls, excluding falls from heights. Key takeaways for your training sessions on samel-level falls:

** Risk zones are severely underestimated. Forty-six percent of respondents believe there are only 0-3 same-level fall risk areas in their facility. Yet the survey revealed more than 10 different locations identified as common fall locations. There is a disconnect between perceptions and the true scope of the challenge.

** Unguarded risk zones: customer walkways (14 percent reported falls here); employee walkways (24 percent reported falls); kitchens (nine percent); water fountains (three percent); bathrooms (six percent); frequent spill areas (20 percent); around equipment and machinery (23 percent); transition areas (23 percent); and entranceways (51 percent).

** Most risk zones are not addressed. Ninety-two percent of organizations place floor mats in entranceways; all nine of the other most dangerous risk zones go uncovered by the majority of organizations.

** Popular solutions cause falls instead of preventing them. Nearly 15 percent of organizations reported that wrinkled, bunched-up or shifting rubber-backed floor mats are the primary reason for falls in their building.

** Customer walkways are a major problem area. Less than one third (31 percent) of respondents reported placing floor mats in customer walkways, even as nearly one in four (24 percent) experienced falls in those areas.

** Survey results indicate that 51 percent of organizations identified the entranceway as the location of most slips, trips and falls in their building. The likely cause of many of these was rain and snow, which was identified as the primary cause of falls by 37 percent of respondents.

** Less than half of respondents address other fall zones – beyond entranceways – with floor mats, leaving these areas completely unprotected. These include the areas around equipment or machines (covered by a floor mat by 35 percent of respondents), employee walkways and aisles (24 percent), transition areas (20 percent) and kitchens (nine percent).

** Most respondents (54 percent) are not aware of the final OSHA Walking-Working Surfaces rule, which took effect in January of 2017. The standard provides employee safety standards for a wide range of workplaces. Only 29 percent reported meeting the rule’s requirements.

Key hazards

Your workforce should also be trained to recognize these fall hazards:

-- Rain and snow (37 percent of organizations reported weather elements as the primary cause of falls in their building)
-- Rubber-backed mats (15 percent primary cause)
-- Machinery leaks, drips and spills (8 percent)
-- Spilled liquids (11 percent)
-- Wet floors after cleaning (6 percent)


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More than 36 million adults in the U.S. have some degree of hearing loss, according to the American Academy of Audiology. What may be surprising to people who think that hearing loss is a problem that comes with old age: more than 18 million are younger than age 65.

Many of those suffer hearing loss do so because of loud noises in their workplaces. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) notes that noise-induced hearing loss in the workplace is “100% preventable.” It’s also one of the most common work-related illnesses in the U.S., which means that not enough is being done by employers to prevent it.

"If you have to raise your voice..."

NIOSH estimates that 22 million U.S. workers each year are exposed to noises that are over 85 decibels – noises that are loud enough to be potentially hazardous. “If you have to raise your voice to speak to someone an arm's length away, the noise levels may be loud enough to damage your hearing,” says NIOSH.

The effects of hearing loss go beyond hearing.

“In addition to hearing loss and other hearing disorders, prolonged exposure to noise can increase cardiovascular health risks, affect workers' quality of life, and carry a high economic price to society,” according to NIOSH.”


To learn more about hearing safety in the workplace, visit NIOSH's website for noise and hearing loss prevention and read a feature article on hearing protection.

The American Academy of Audiologists has created educational activity worksheets for parents, teachers, and kids to use in support of National Protect Your Hearing Month. The Academy also urges people to get their hearing tested. Click here to "Find an Audiologist" in your area.


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