After the Earthquake: Personal Protective Equipment for Cleanup

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The shaking, the swaying, things falling and there is nowhere to go. It happens without warning and it often affects large areas. There are few natural disasters more devastating in terms of potential loss of human life and property damage than earthquakes. Moreover, after the shock wears off, an earthquake’s aftermath presents serious hazardous conditions to both

Exiting Safely: Preparing for Confined Space Rescue/Retrievals

Incidents that prevent workers from self-rescue can occur in confined spaces due to ill-conceived attempts to rescue and retrieve others, but planning for a rescue can help prevent tragic results. Proper rescue and retrieval plans often are not created for confined spaces, as is demonstrated by the over 100 deaths that occur annually inside confined spaces in the United States

'Cause it's Gonna Get Loud!

The sound in a football stadium can easily measure 90 – 100 decibels, and even higher when the crowd is really screaming. You’ve probably experienced this roar of the crowd whether you have been at the game to feel it or heard it while watching it on TV. How about other loud sounds that you may be exposed to? If

Are You Ready for Work Inside a Confined Space?

Before any worker attempts to work inside a confined space, there needs to be a plan for these tasks. Planning is the most vital component when it comes to every part of confined space work. You need to make sure everyone involved has the right training, the proper personal protective equipment and a plan for how to enter, work inside

How to Prepare to Access a Confined Space

Accessing a confined space takes planning to ensure that everyone who enters, exits and works in the space can do so safely. By the time you are accessing the confined space, a hazard assessment has been completed, but if not, one needs to be conducted to ensure all hazards have been identified. This thorough review will help you identify the

Make Sure You Have the Right Fall Protection for Leading and Sharp Edge Situations

Many personal fall arrest systems rely on lifeline materials (e.g. lanyard) to perform under dangerous conditions where falls from height are a definite possibility. But there are some applications where the use of the wrong product – for example, where a lifeline contacts a sharp edge – can have disastrous results. That’s why it's critically important to make sure you

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