OSHA Saves Lives, it doesn’t cost jobs!

According to a new study just published in ScienceNow, OSHA inspections save lives AND money rather than driving companies into bankrupcy and forcing them to have layoffs because of the high cost of compliance.

The article entitled “It’s Official: Random Inspections Improve Workplace Safety” seems to effectively settle a long-standing debate. On the one hand there are those who maintain that while compliance does have a price tag, it is far less expensive to spend the money to become compliant than to face the higher cost of lawsuits, injury costs, deaths, etc… that come when a company is not worried about compliance. Furthermore, the study proves that “random safety inspections do indeed improve safety without leading to burdensome expense or job loss“.

The study found that although in some rare instances reports of injuries actually went up after random inspections (this is due to the fact that recordkeeping, prior to the inspection, wasn’t recording all the injuries as they should have been), on average, workplace injuries were reduced by an average of 9% in the 4 years following the random inspection while the cost of the reported injuries fell by 26%. And all that without costing anyone their job.

Our study suggests that randomized inspections work as they’re meant to, improving safety while not undermining the company’s ability to do business,” says Michale Toffel, an environmental management expert at Harvard Business School. “Now we’d like to get more data to see exactly how inspections reduce injuries, and to investigate what kinds of companies would get the most or least benefit from safety regulation.”

A State-by-State Injury Rating

HealthyAmericans.org just posted a injury prevention report card for each state. Based on an evaluation on “10 key indicators of steps states can take to prevent injuries”, including such things as enforcing seat belts, drunk driving, domestic violence, etc…

One one scored a perfect 10, but CA and New York got a 9 while WA, OR and North Carolina each scored an 8.
At the bottom of the list Montana and Ohio ended up with only 2 out of ten.

Using the map on the site, you can click on your state to find out where you rank and why.


Grill Safely this Memorial Day

Memorial Day weekend is here. You’ve got the day off work, you’re having a few friends over, a few beers and, of course, you’re grilling.

According to the NFPA, 5 out of 6 fires that involve grills were gas grills. Gas grills cause almost 7,000 house fires each year. Charcoal or other solid-fueled grills cause about 1,100 house fires each year.

Here’s a break down of how the fires got started:

Before you light the BBQ, however, take a couple minutes to read these safety tips:

1. For gas grills, making sure that there are no leaks in any of the hoses and that the connections are tight. Turn off the gas after you’re done grilling.

2. For charcoal grills, be careful with the lighter fluid. Do not oversoak the coals and NEVER add lighter fluid to a fire that is already burning. The flames can travel back up into the container and cause serious burns.

3. I don’t care if it is cold outside still and/or if it’s raining out… Never, ever grill indoors or in an enclosed area. CO can kill.

4. Pay attention to where the grill is. Understand that it will generate a lot of heat and place it accordingly. Keep it away from the siding, away from the car, away for overhanging trees or other vegetation.

5. You were a kid once too. Remember how fascinating fire is? Never leave the grill unattended, especially with small children around. Always make sure that children are kept well away.

6. Never use gasoline to light charcoal.

7. To extinguish coals, close the vents and close the lid. Allow the coal to extinguish themselves completely. Allow at least 24 hours before disposing of ashes to make sure they are completely extinguished.

8. Keep pans and plates with fat, grease and oil away from flames

Follow these tips for a safe weekend and have a happy memorial day!

CSB Deploys Team to El Dorado, Arkansas to Investigate Fatal Hot Work Explosion

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CSB Deploys Team to El Dorado, Arkansas to Investigate Fatal Hot Work Explosion

May 22, 2012

Washington, DC May 22, 2012 The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) today deployed a four-person investigation team to El Dorado, Arkansas to determine the cause of an explosion and fire that severely burned and killed three workers.
The accident occurred yesterday, May 21, 2012, mid-afternoon on an oil tank site operated by Long Brothers Oil Company on land the company leased near El Dorado, in the southernmost part of the state. Preliminary information gathered by the CSB indicates workers were conducting hot work defined as any burning, cutting, welding or other operation that is capable of initiating fires or explosions on one of the tanks. The CSB team is expected to begin its investigation on site tomorrow morning.

CSB Chairman Rafael Moure-Eraso said, This unfortunate tragedy in Arkansas involving the deaths of three workers is the kind of hot work accident that occurs much too frequently. The CSB has investigated too many of these accidents which can be prevented by carefully monitoring for flammable vapor before and during hot work. We have released a safety bulletin and safety video on the hazards of welding or cutting around piping and tanks that have not been tested or monitored to see if they contain flammable hydrocarbons.

The bulletin, released in February 2010, is entitled, Seven Key Lessons to Prevent Worker Deaths During Hot Work In and Around Tanks: Effective Hazard Assessment and Use of Combustible Gas Monitoring Will Save Lives.

The video, Hot Work: Hidden Hazards, is available at www.CSB.gov or at www.YouTube.com/uscsb. It was released along with the final report on the DuPont Buffalo, New York facility explosion and fire that occurred November 9, 2010, killing a contract worker and injuring another. The CSB determined the explosion was caused by sparks in a welding operation taking place atop a storage tank that contained flammable vinyl chloride. While the atmosphere above the tank was tested for flammable vapor, the CSB said a root cause of the accident was the failure to monitor the interior of the tank.

The CSB is an independent federal agency charged with investigating serious chemical accidents. The agency’s board members are appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate. CSB investigations look into all aspects of chemical accidents, including physical causes such as equipment failure as well as inadequacies in regulations, industry standards, and safety management systems.

The Board does not issue citations or fines but does make safety recommendations to plants, industry organizations, labor groups, and regulatory agencies such as OSHA and EPA. Visit our website,www.csb.gov.

For more information, contact CSB Communications Manager Hillary Cohen, cell 202-441-2980 or Sandy Gilmour, cell 202-251.5496. NOTE: Ms. Cohen is deploying with the team and will be on site in El Dorado.


The Risks of High Speed Dryers

This information is from a pdf that you can view or download from the Kimberly-Clark website entitled “Are high speed dryers really worth the risk?”

Several new studies reveal that

high speed dryers can pose bacterial contamination, tenant dissatisfaction and other business risks.


High speed dryers harbor bacteria on their surfaces and in their airstreams which could lead to dangerous cross contamination.

Bacteria inside dryers are carried in the airstream and deposited on wet hands. Plus many new dryer designs require placing hands inside the machine, increasing the chance of touching surfaces. That means its easier for you to come in contact with other peoples germs than with a clean paper towel.


High speed and warm air dryers can blow bacteria on you and throughout the restroom.

A recent University of Westminster study measured bacteria counts directly below and up to 2 meters away from different dryers and towel dispensers. Paper towels posed the least risk of cross contamination. Warm air and high speed dryers literally blew out bacteria for long distances up to 2 meters in the case of the Dyson Airblade

TM. The study identified 10 different types of harmful bacteria moving through the airstream and onto hands, including Escherichia coli (e-coli) and Staphyloccus Aureus (staph).


Air dryers can dramatically increase bacteria on hands

The University of Westminster study found that high speed dryers increase bacteria count on hands up to 42%, and warm air dryers increase bacteria by up to 254%. On the other hand,

paper towels actually reduce bacteria on hands by up to 77%.

Seat Belt Safety Awareness

*** Traffic Safety Alert Bulletin ***

The May 2012 Click It or Ticket Mobilization will play a critical role in the effort to keep people safe on our nations roads and highways. From May 21 June 3, 2012 law enforcement agencies nationwide will conduct Click It or Ticket campaigns that incorporate zero-tolerance enforcement of safety belt laws with paid advertising and the support of government agencies, local coalitions and school officials to increase safety belt use and defend against one of the greatest threats to us all – serious injury or death in traffic crashes.

Its easy to recognize at least one popular national slogans:

  • Buckle Up For Safety
  • Seat Belts Save Lives
  • Buckle Up America
  • Click it or Ticket
Click It or Ticket is the current national and high-publicity law enforcement effort that gives people more of a reason to buckle up – the increased threat of a traffic ticket. Most people buckle up for safety and it is the law. 
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the chances of being killed at night in an automobile accident are three times higher than during daytime hours. Nighttime is also when seat belt use declines significantly. In 2011, more than 20,000 automobile occupants died in traffic accidents during nighttime hours, and 60 percent of those killed were not wearing seat belts.
Adults of all ages should always wear their safety belts, even on short trips. The lap belt should fit snugly across the upper thighs and not ride up on the stomach. The shoulder part of the belt should fit across the collarbone and chest and not cut into the neck or face. People always make excuses for not wearing them. Here are the top 10 from the NHTSA:Click It or Ticket: Top 10 Excuses for Not Buckling Up


Below are the top 10 excuses officers in New Mexico, Texas and across America hear for not buckling up, along with responses. NHTSA frequently hears similar excuses from highway safety offices and law enforcement across the nation.

1. I’m afraid of getting stuck in a crashed car. If you’re not buckled up at the time of a crash, you’re more likely to be killed or knocked unconscious and unable to get out of the car at all. I you are buckled up, you’re more likely to stay in place and remain conscious, in control of the vehicle, and able to make smart decisions.

2. It irritates the skin on my neck or chest. Most new vehicles have adjustable shoulder height positioners that let you to move the shoulder belt up or down for a more comfortable fit. In older cars, wear clothes with a higher neck to provide some extra padding.

3. It makes me feel restrained. That’s what it’s supposed to do. In a crash, it keeps you in your seat so you won’t be thrown around or out of the vehicle where you’re four times more likely to be killed than if you remain the car. Driver side seat belts are designed to allow free movement of the occupant until a crash occurs (or until you jam on your breaks!).

4. I’m too large to wear a seat belt. It doesn’t fit. You can purchase a seat belt extender, which can usually resolve this issue.

5. I can’t look over my shoulder before turns. Yes, you can. A seat belt doesn’t restrain your head; it restrains your chest.

6. I forgot. Most cars have annoying seat belt reminder systems that beep every minute or so when the seat belt isn’t buckled.

7. Nobody tells me what to do in my car. States have many traffic laws that mandate what people can or cannot do. It’s illegal to drive drunk; it’s illegal to speed; and it’s illegal to drive or ride without a seat belt.

Occupant Protection

8. I have an air bag. I don’t need a seat belt. Air bags are designed to work in conjunction with seat belts, not as a restraint system alone. They are not soft cushy pillows. They deploy at approximately 250 miles an hour (the blink of an eye) and begin to deflate immediately after deployment. If you’re not buckled up, you will land in the air bag. Since it starts to deflate immediately, you will still be at risk for crashing into the steering column or through the windshield. Additionally, your front bumper must impact the object to set off your air bag in the first place!

9. I can’t wear a seat belt because I can’t feed my baby with it on. If you’re driving, your eyes should be on the road. If you’re trying to feed your baby in the backseat, you can’t possibly be focusing your attention on the road and you are risking both of your lives. If you’re a passenger and need to feed your baby a bottle, sit in the back seat with the baby. Both of you should be properly restrained. Nursing mothers should never feed a baby while the vehicle is moving. If someone crashes into your car, the laws of physics will make it impossible for you to hold onto your baby. Pull over to a safe location to nurse.

10. I have a medical condition. I can’t wear it. This can be a valid excuse, but only if you have a written medical note from your doctor. Carry it in your purse or wallet so it remains with you if you are a passenger in someone else’s vehicle.


The safest place in a vehicle for children to sit is in the back seat.

Use rear-facing child safety seats for infants from birth to at least 1 year, and at least 20 pounds. Infants in rear-facing child safety seats must never ride in the front seat of a vehicle with a passenger-side airbag.Use forward-facing child safety seats for children who are over age 1 and 20 pounds, to about age 4 and 40 pounds.

Children from age 4 to at least age 8, and under 4′ 9″ tall or weight 40-80 lbs, who have outgrown forward-facing child safety seats should use booster seats with a lap-shoulder belt. A booster seat raises a child up so that the safety belt fits correctly.

A child who is age 8 and 4′ 9″ or taller or weight 80 lbs or more can use a safety belt. The lap belt should rest low and fit snugly across the childs upper thighs. The shoulder belt should be centered on the shoulder and across the chest. The child should also be able to sit all the way back against the vehicle seat back with his or her knees bent comfortably over the edge of the seat.

Please remember the following guidelines when buying the proper safety seat for your child.

· Birth-1 Year, Up to 35 Pounds

o Use a rear-facing seat until your baby reaches the weight limit or height limit of the seat.

o Secure the chest clip even with your baby’s armpits.

o Fasten harness straps snugly against your baby’s body.

· 1-4 Years, 20 to 40 Pounds

o Use a forward-facing seat for as long as the safety seat manufacturer recommends it.

o Fasten harness straps snugly against your child’s body.

o Secure the chest clip even with your child’s armpits.

o Latch the tether strap to the corresponding anchor if your vehicle has one.

· 4-8 Years, Over 40 Pounds

o Use a booster seat.

o Fasten the lap belt across your child’s thighs and hips, not stomach.

o Strap the diagonal belt across the chest to rest on the shoulder, not the neck.



Leading Cause of Death for Teens
The heart of NHTSA’s mission is keeping families safe on Americas roadways. Young drivers, ages 15- to 20-years old, are especially vulnerable to death and injury on our roadways traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers in America. Mile for mile, teenagers are involved in three times as many fatal crashes as all other drivers.


We Know the Causes
Research shows which behaviors contribute to teen-related crashes. Inexperience and immaturity combined with speed, drinking and driving, not wearing seat belts, distracted driving (cell phone use, loud music, other teen passengers, etc.), drowsy driving, nighttime driving, and other drug use aggravate this problem.

The Objective for 2012
Increasing seat belt use by teenage drivers, Implementing graduated driver licensing for states without (NM has it), and Reducing teens’ access to alcohol.


Safety belts also provide the best protection for expectant mothers and their unborn children. Pregnant women should place the shoulder belt across the chest between the breasts and away from the neck. The lap belt should fit across the hips/pelvis and below the stomach. Never place the shoulder belt behind the back or under the arm. Never place the lap belt on or above the stomach.

The Pregnant Womans Guide to Buckling Up

Air Bag Safety FactsFrontal dual airbag system

Airbags are designed to deploy only when they might be needed to prevent serious injury. In order for airbags to be effective they must deploy early in a crash; this typically occurs within the first 50 milliseconds (0.05 seconds) in a frontal crash and within the first 20 milliseconds (0.02 seconds) in a side crash. A vehicle’s airbag control module relies on feedback from sensors to predict whether a crash is severe enough to warrant airbag deployment. Older vehicles use front bumper only sensors for air bag deployment.


· Air bags are safety devices designed to deploy in frontal but not other types of crashes. Most air bags will deploy only in a moderate-to-severe frontal crash.

· All new passenger cars were required to have driver and passenger air bags beginning with the 1998 model year. All new light trucks, including vans and sport utility vehicles, had the same requirement as of the 1999 model year.

· When all passenger vehicles are equipped with air bags, it is expected that more than 3,000 lives will be saved each year. (NHTSA)

· Driver air bags reduce deaths in frontal crashes by 50 percent for drivers wearing safety belts and 32 percent for unbelted drivers. Passenger air bags reduce deaths in frontal crashes by 14 percent for passengers wearing safety belts and 23 percent for unbelted passengers. (NHTSA)

· Occupants who are positioned too close to an air bag when it begins to deploy are at risk of serious injury. Since 1990, 149 deaths have been attributed to air bags deploying in low-speed crashes. (NHTSA) The deaths have included 68 children between ages 1 and 11, and 18 infants. (NHTSA) Of the 68 children killed, 54 are believed to have been unbuckled. (IIHS)

· Most air bag deaths have occurred when adults or children are not properly using safety belts or correctly placed in a child safety seat. Others are at risk due to positioning – such as drivers who are less than ten inches from the steering wheel and infants who are placed in rear-facing child safety seats near a passenger air bag. (NHTSA)


· Rear-facing child safety seats should NEVER be placed in the front seat of vehicles with passenger air bags. The impact of a deploying air bag on a rear-facing child safety seat can result in death or serious injury to the child. (NHTSA and IIHS)

· Steering wheel should be a minimum of 10 inches from the driver. Angle your wheel. By tilting your steering wheel downward, you ensure that when the airbag deploys it will do so towards your chest and not your head. If the airbag hits you too far up you can suffocate or suffer a serious head/neck injury.

· Hands on the steering wheel should be at least on the 9 and 3 oclock position or lower to reduce broken wrist/arms when airbag deployed.

· The safest place for children under age 12 is in the back seat, properly restrained, and away from the force of a deploying air bag. (NHTSA and IIHS)

· If children must sit in front, make sure the vehicle seat is all the way back and that the child is securely buckled and sitting back in the seat at all times. (NHTSA and IIHS)

· NHTSA has procedures in place to allow those who are at risk of injury from an air bag to obtain on/off switches for the air bag. Only a small percentage of people those who cannot avoid being seated too close to an air bag should obtain an on/off switch. Before obtaining an on/off switch, small-statured drivers should consider installing pedal extenders in their automobile or look into newly manufactured automobiles that have pedal adjusters included as standard equipment.

If you do not have an airbag shutoff switch, you can have one installed after obtaining permission from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

IMPROVED AIR BAG SAFETYSide airbags to protect the head and torso

· On September 18, 1998, NHTSA proposed new rules to improve air bag safety by requiring the introduction of advanced air bags over the next several years.

· These advanced air bag systems will increase air bag effectiveness and safety by reducing the risk of harm to out-of-position vehicle occupants from air bag deployment.

· The new air bag technology reduces air bag risks by adjusting or suppressing air bag deployment in instances in which an occupant would otherwise be at risk.

· Advanced air bags will enhance occupant protection and air bag safety but will not eliminate all risks. To make air bags as safe as possible, we also must increase safety belt and child safety seat use.

Motorcycles can also have frontal airbag, It is offered as an option on 2006 and later models of Honda’s Gold Wing touring motorcycle. Honda’s airbag is designed to deploy in severe frontal impacts and absorb some of the forward energy of the driver. No studies have been conducted into the real-world effectiveness of motorcycle airbags.

Honda Gold Wing with airbag

Honda Gold Wing touring motorcycle with frontal airbag

Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Ken Oswald

Safety and Security Manager for Plateau


Parking Lot Safety Tips

Parking Lot Safety Tips

One of the most likely places to be involved in a fender bender is in a parking lot! We have traffic congestion in certain areas of our parking lots. Please increase your awareness and SLOW DOWN!

People seem to suspend their good judgment when looking for a parking space, driving through a parking lot or pulling out of a space. In a parking lot, people have their minds on everything else but driving!!

Here is an example, a driver spots someone with keys out headed to their car about 5 parking spots ahead. Their first reaction was to dart forward to make sure they got that new spot. They had such tunnel vision they did not see the van backing out on the left side just 3 spots ahead that by the time they realized it..well you got it a costly insurance claim and fenders bent on both vehicles. Please try and NOT GET TUNNEL VISION IN OUR PARKING LOTS!

Parking lots come in many shapes and sizes. Some are huge and have many floors like a parking deck, some are on street level, some are very small and have only few spaces, while others are on one level and have a great many spaces. When we pull into one of these locations there is a pattern for parking. Some are straight in, while others have parking spaces that are on a diagonal. In some cases there are arrows to show you the direction to enter each lane, while others can have traffic going in both directions. It is important to pay attention and not be distracted while looking for a place to park.

In addition to the difficulty in finding a place to put your vehicle, you should be aware of your surroundings. Are you pulling into a reserved space, are you parked next to a large vehicle, are you in a well-lit area if it is nighttime, it is important to be aware of all of these situations.

Another parking lot hazard is pedestrians. Most parking lots do not have provisions specifically for them to walk which means they walk in the traffic lanes, often with small children in tow. Here at headquarters you have people walking for their health, building to building, across parking lots or to the warehouses. Please slow down to the speed limit (10 mph, signs are posted) and increase your awareness for other employees, equipment and other vehicles. In addition, we have heavy equipment vehicles, trucks unloading shipments and a lot of workers in the area, so again please do not increase the hazard by speeding through the parking lots!

Driving in Reverse a Dangerous Task

Driving in the reverse gear is one of the most dangerous driving maneuvers new and experienced drivers can make. What makes driving in reverse difficult is the driver must position his body from looking straight ahead through the front windshield, to looking through the rear window. This technique usually means taking one hand off the steering wheel and draping it over the passenger seat.

It is important to remember that when backing up, you accelerate slowly because the front of your vehicle will swing out. This adds a second problem which is you must consistently turn your head from viewing the rear window to facing forward to observe traffic coming in your direction. This turning from front to back can be extremely dangerous for someone suffering from a neck injury or arthritis.

The following tips should help you when driving in reverse.

· Try avoiding backing up, if possible. You might want to consider making a legal U-turn, or driving around the block to come back to the parking spot or address you were looking for. Keep in mind that backing up on an interstate or rural highway is against the law. It’s always best to go to the next exit and come back.

· Dont distract yourself when backing up and that means no talking on a cell phone, texting a friend or engaging in conversation with another passenger. You need to keep focused on the driving, in a reverse maneuver.

· Make sure you know the dimensions of your vehicle especially if you arent driving your personal vehicle. There is a big difference in backing up a standard vehicle as compared to an SUV or truck.

· Remember when driving in reverse at night, there are added visibility problems. When driving in reverse, the traffic behind you only sees your back up and brake lights, which are not as bright as your headlights.

· As part of regular vehicle maintenance, always check to see that your back up and brake lights are in working order. Actually, you should check all your lights at least once a week.

· Before backing, make sure to check for any unseen children or objects in your way.

· In shopping malls or supermarket parking areas, back out of a parking space very slowly as many times other cars parked next to you will obstruct your view. And be especially aware of runaway shopping carts in supermarket parking lots.

Protect yourself in the parking lot:

The best ways to protect yourself and others in a parking lot is to be aware of everything moving for 360 degrees (all the way) around your car. Besides careless drivers, speeding vehicles and pedestrians in parking lots. Be aware that they can be a prime target for thieves, pickpockets, carjackers and vandals. Following are some general parking lot safety tips:

  • Watch for cars cutting diagonally across lots; drive slowly and use your turn signals.
  • When backing out of a parking lot space, be aware of waiting cars, others who are backing out at the same time and motorists speeding through lanes.
  • Display proper body language that shows that you are aware of any suspicious situations and people.
  • Beware when at the Post Office. Post office parking lots have the highest incidents of accidents due to frequent customer turnover.
  • Don’t park between spots, especially in busy lots. You may only gain retribution from angry fellow shoppers.
  • Avoid parking close to large vehicles if possible, as it will decrease your ability to see the area around you.
  • Always hide your valuables and do not leave personal information displayed in your vehicle.
  • Park in well-lit areas. If the lot is inadequately lit, let the management know.
  • Get in the habit of rolling up your car windows and locking your car doors.
  • Always have your keys ready when approaching your car and check the back seat and under the car before getting in.

When your mission is complete and you return to your car there are other precautions that should be taken.

· Have your keys ready.

· Remember where you parked the car.

· Scan the area for suspicious persons, to be sure you are not being followed.

· If there is a large truck or van parked next to you, you can enter your car from the passenger side.

· Look around your car before getting in, make sure no one is lurking around, or hiding in the back seat.

· Once you are in the car, lock your doors and leave! Do not sit in the car doing other things.

When you leave and are backing out of your space, you must be aware of people walking behind your car. Be aware that visibility may be a problem when you back out of your space and a large van, suv, or truck prevents you from seeing someone in the traffic aisle. Of course, the ideal situation would be for special sections for trucks and very large vehicles, and other rows set up for small and medium size cars, however, it does not work because most people take the very first space available, regardless of the size of the vehicle.

Don’t put yourself at risk. Take all the necessary precautions to be safe in parking lot areas. Safety First, Safety Always!

Information from Clovis PD and National Safety Council.

Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Ken Oswald

Safety and Security Manager for Plateau


Water, Rest, Shade

OSHA is gearing up for what might be shaping up to be a very hot summer by trying to raise awareness of heat stress and heat related illnesses and fatalities.

The OSHA website sports a new page with a lot of information, videos, training materials and more.

Understanding heat stress and heat related injuries and fatalities is essential as is understanding acclimatization (almost half of heat-related injuries and fatalities happen on the first day of work, simply because the worker’s body isn’t acclimatized to the heat yet). Make sure you and your workers spend a little time on the OSHA “Acclimatizing Workers” page to understand how to gradually get your body used to working in the heat.

Selecting the right wiper for your task

We’ve talked recently on this blog about the problem with laundered shop towels and how they all contain heavy metals. Seeing as the most common use for shop towels is wiping the face and hands, this means that your exposure to heavy metals increases every time you use a shop towel. Not a good thing. The solution, of course, is to use disposable wipers. The problem, however, is in trying to figure out which wiper you need.

Kimberly-Clark’s website has 15 different selections when it comes to disposable wipers so how do you know which one is the right one for the task you are performing?

Fortunately, Kimberly-Clark is here to help with their Wiping Solutions website.


Just answer a series of questions and it will narrow remove the wipers from the product matches below until you are left with the right wiper.
For example, the first question is: “What type of task are you performing with the wiper?”
and you select from the following three options:

  • Absorbing Fluid
  • Applying Fluid
  • Dry wiping

Depending on what you selected, you get another question designed to help narrow your product matches.
The number of questions depends on the application but you’ll eventually be left with the right wiper for your job.

Pretty cool!