Go Ahead, Welders: Embrace Movember

Sick of shaving? The right respirator means you don't have to give up the scruff. ST. PAUL, Minn. - Leaves aren't the only thing changing as temperatures drop across the country. As the landscape is draped in hues of red and gold, men are pulling out their favorite flannels and growing facial hair in full force for fall, winter, Movember and other

'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

Are Smartphones Smart to Use on a Job Site?

Communication is critical on construction sites. Whether for coordinating movement of materials or issuing warnings, it is important that workers be able to clearly communicate with each other. Audio devices (e.g. radios, cell phones) can help increase the speed and fidelity of communication between workers. While radios provide good voice communications between workers, there are some potential inherent problems: Half-duplex

ANSI Approves New ISEA 121 Standard for Fall Protection for Tools

In the United States, the new ANSI/ISEA 121-2018 standard for Dropped Objects Protection was approved on July 02, 2018, by the American National Standards Association. This standard was initially prepared by the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA), and passed earlier this year, in an effort to provide manufacturers of dropped objects equipment with guidance on testing and performance criteria. This

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