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Work place safety is not only law but it makes business and practical sense. The laws establish are designed to eliminate and reduce personal injuries and illnesses from occurring in the workplace. Each work environment is different so make sure to ask your safety coordinator specifics on your particular case.These occupational safety laws consist mainly of federal and local state statutes. But federal laws and regulations preempt the local state ones where they overlap or can cause a contradiction. Occupational and Safety Health Act (OSHA) is the main statute protecting the health and safety of workers in their perspective workplace. Work environments present many hazards while safety requirements are increased, you'll find information on facility maintenance products that are designed to withstand the demands of even the toughest work environments.  In this section you"ll find some information on safety products and other topics from our friends in safety that have firsthand experience in their perspective field of work. We will be covering topics such as gas and oil safety, energy industries compliance and products, as well as construction and food safety handling.  Thanks to all who contribute.

Safety Eyewear - Various Areas Of Use
As mentioned, specific work condition require specific personal protection equipment. But in general most safety products can be used in most industries.For example, a pharmaceutical tech and an industrial manufacturing work both have to protect their eyes from either sparks, dust, liquids or any other potentially dangerous particle that can injure their eyes. Safety glasses with a widder lens would be ideal for pharmaceutical workers due to its bigger lens and wrap around design. Another good protective eyewear for such industry would be Crews-Storm-Safety-Eyewear-With-Clear-Lens for its classic yet modern style. Crews Storm safety glasses are also available in a dark lens shade for outdoors. This feature makes the Crews Storm glasses also ideal for manufacturing or construction work. Some workers prefer or require safety goggles for their eye protection. Safety goggles come with added support in the form of elastic bands that hold the goggles in place. Uvex Futura Safety Goggles are one of the most trusted brands for eye and splash protection. Uvex Futura style gives it great appeal to all workers in different fields of work but it has also been used for out door sport like paint ball, and motor cross to name a few. Its clean design and comfortable fit has made it the number one seller among other goggles. One question we get asked here at American Safety Associates is what is the difference between a regular sun glasses and safety glasses? Simply put, safety glasses are made with special lens that impact resistant. These lens are also applied to safety goggles as well as visors for face protection. There are safety standards set for safety glasses manufactures to meet when manufacturing their safety eyewear. ANSI Z87.1-2003 is the new standard they must meet which requires that the impact to the lens must be one or two impact levels ..which are Basic or High. Safety glasses that meet the High impact levels must have the Z87+ marked on the glasses frame.

Head Protection - Impact, Electrical, Head Protection Equipment
Occupational Safety and Health Standards 1910.135 requires that the employer ensure head protection in the form of hard hat, safety helmet, bump cap where there is danger to the head where there potential of falling objects. There a three types of classifications of safety helmets:

  • Class G (General) Helmets --Which was the old Class A. Class G hard hats are tested at 2200 volts.
  • Class E (Electrical) Helmets --This is was the old Class B. Class E protective helmets are tested at 20,000 volts.
  • Class C (Conductive) Helmets -- Class C did not change. This class provides no electrical insulation

Any of these types of hard hats would be implied for industries such as construction, manufacturing, foundry, foresting, and any other industrial application where debris or machinery can present a potential danger. In situations where shock danger is involved, hard hats that are class E are required by OSHA. Regardless of the make or manufacturer of hard hats, they all must be made in accordance to any of the standards of ANSI Z89.1-2003, ANSI Z89.1-1997, and ANSI Z89.1-1986. Now if protection for the head is needed at a minimal than bump caps can be used. Note that bump caps do not meet ANSI and CSA standards for head protection. A common question we hear is, how long can I use my hard hat? While there is no time frame of serviceable life to the hard hat, routine inspection of your hard hat should be made. With the beating it takes from your work conditions and the environments itself, make sure there are no cracks, chips or fading to the outer layer of the safety helmet. Make sure that the inner suspension of the safety cap is adjusted correctly and that there are no cracks either.

Disposable Clothing And Its Various Materials And Usage

Disposable clothing are protective apparel that has been manufactured for the demands of various work place environments. Some of the materials used are spunbonded polypropylene, multi layered spun bonded meltblown-spunbonded (SMS) fabricTyvek which is constructed of flashspun polyolefin material. The application of these protective fabrics depends on the demand of the application. For instance, Dupont, the makers of Tyvek offer Tychem QC coveralls which are used in petroleum refining, pulp and paper milling, chemical processing, pharmaceutical manufacturing, certain bio-hazard clean up, and general good manufacturing. Tychem QC is made of a combination of fabrics that are tear resistant and provides reliable protection against minor chemical spills, mist and splashes. These coveralls would not be best suited for basic food processing or clean up work due to the premium cost. A better alternative for food processing and pharmaceutical packing would be spunbonded polypropylene. You can find these readily available from different manufacturers or distributors. Also note that the weight of polypropylene varies from source. For instance, our Comfortsafe frocks and coveralls are made of 40grams of polypropylene. The added weight in grams does make a difference since the fabric is a bit more strong thus allowing a secure placement of buttons or zippers. It also allows less dirt and grim from sipping through. And upgrade to polypropylene would be SMS fabric. This fabric is used to make pampers, surgical mask, and filtration on some disposable particulate respirators. SMS is combined nonwoven fabric which two layers of spunbond  material have been combined with one layer meltblown nonwovens inside, making them into a layered finish fabric. This fabric provides great filtration and can also be treated with special process to make them fire retardant. If light chemical splash protection is what you need than a Tyvek protective garment or any other protective clothing made out of flashspun polyolefin material is recommended. Tyvek is a register brand of Dupont and the world leader of protective garments made of polyolefin that offers optimal protection such as lead, asbestos, and mold. The solid and reliable construction makes Tyvek coveralls, frocks the number one choice for industrial safety usage. Tyvek provides barrier protection to less than 1 micron in size particles yet breathable and allows the transfer of heat and vapor from the body. Head to toe protection is available in disposable protective apparel to meet the demands of clean rooms, critical environments, manufacturing facilities, research and lab, food and beverage, medical device,semiconductor, petroleum refining, and industrial manufacturing. Choosing the correct level of protection helps you save money and smart.

High Visibility Garments - What Class II and Class III All About

Every work environment requires safety procedures to assure workers are safe from hazards a job can entail. Even in areas where there is no vehicle traffic such as sporting events added visibility can produce safer results in safety and coordination(photographers used our safety vest in the Nigeria vs Venezuela soccer match at Marlins Park). Work in roads with traffic add special challenges due to the uncontrolled nature of the general public being so close to the work site. Heavy machinery, congestion, road noise in road work zones present added safety issues. The Department of Transportation along with other agencies provide rule implementation and implementation guidance of State Work Zone Safety and Mobility policies to help workers perform their jobs safely. Chapter 6 of The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices deal with pedestrian and worker safety and how to effectively take measures to accommodate pedestrian when affected by TTC zones. Section 6D.03 provides worker safety considerations for condition that constantly change when working on right of way,bridges and road ways. This can put workers in a higher degree of vulnerability on or near the roadway. This section states "All workers, including emergency responders, within the right-of-way who are exposed either to traffic (vehicles using the highway for purposes of travel) or to work vehicles and construction equipment within the TTC zone shall wear high-visibility safety apparel that meets the Performance Class 2 or 3 requirements of the ANSI/ISEA 107–2004 publication entitled "American National Standard for High-Visibility Safety Apparel and Headwear" (see Section 1A.11), or equivalent revisions, and labeled as meeting the ANSI 107-2004 standard performance for Class 2 or 3 risk exposure, except as provided in Paragraph 5. A person designated by the employer to be responsible for worker safety shall make the selection of the appropriate class of garment"


Portable Traffic Signals reliably handle complicated Traffic Patterns

By: Scott Heydt, Inside Sales/Marketing, Horizon signal Technologies

During a severe thunderstorm earlier this year, the city of Baltimore, Maryland, was faced with a dilemma: several city intersections had been disabled because of broken traffic signal span wire.


Unable to immediately repair the damage, the city turned to another solution. Within an hour of the first service call, the city had deployed a Horizon Signal Technologies portable traffic signal (PTS) in place of the disabled signal. The signal ran seamlessly with the existing permanent signals until the city could perform the necessary repairs.

This is just one of many features of the versatile Horizon portable traffic signal system. Road construction, bridge repair, emergency response, and traffic control for special events are all applications in which portable traffic signals are the best solution. PTS equipment is versatile enough to handle the most complicated traffic pattern and will provide reliable performance regardless of project duration.


These signals are much more than just the red, yellow, and green LEDs that motorists see. They are equipped with the most advanced traffic management technology available today. Wireless interface systems allow for the signals to work in conjunction with existing permanent intersections, complete with wireless full conflict monitoring.

GPS-enabled remote monitoring systems have technology that can pinpoint a signal’s exact location, as well monitor battery levels and system performance. Wireless communication allows the signals to transmit data within the signal setup without the need for heavy wires and communication cables. Wireless communication also provides a mechanism for appropriate personnel to be contacted in the event of an emergency. Solar panels allow the system to remain effectively self-sufficient during the entire construction season, thus keeping the environmental impact at virtually zero.


Most importantly, however, a PTS provides an increased level of safety for both the motorist and the worker. Their use, in lieu of human flaggers, saves lives and money. PTS systems can easily be set up and operational in less than an hour and address specific project requirements via add-on components.


Advanced warning systems can also be interfaced with dynamic message signs to warn motorists of an approaching temporary signal, which further increases safety.


As traffic volumes increase and the U.S... infrastructure strains to keep pace with demand, the importance of technologies and innovation, such as portable traffic signals, will be necessary. The most advanced proven technologies will ensure that tomorrow’s tools will be available today.

Mr. Heydt chairs the NEMA Portable Traffic Signal Technical Committee