Shooting Earplugs for under $13.00? Yep!

Up till now if you wanted to protect your hearing and still be able to communicate at the shooting range, your only option used to be electronic earmuffs like the Tactical Pro which are well over $200.00 each. With the advent of the Moldex BattlePlug, that’s no longer the case.

For under $13.00 (no, it’s not a typo!), you can now get the Battleplug earplug.


BattlePlugs Impulse Earplugs

Moldex® BattlePlugs are an authorized hearing protector for use by soldiers and Department of the Army civilians.

Patented BattlePlugs use a unique filter built into the plug body to instantaneously reduce dangerous, sudden impulse noises (e.g. weapons fire) plus allow for easy communication and improved awareness in the cap open position – NRR 9dB.


  • Now an authorized hearing protector for use by soldiers and Department of the Army civilians.
  • Dual Mode Protection:
    – Open cap to hear commands and for loud
    blasts: NRR 9dB.
    – Closed cap for continuous/steady noise and impulse noise protection: NRR 24dB.
  • The louder the blast, the more noise reduction (in open position).
  • Cap is easy to open and close, in-ear.
  • Easy to see when cap is in open or closed mode.
  • Easy to clean.

wash and wear again

BattlePlugs can be washed and reused. Each pair comes with a Pocket-Pak® carrying case to keep them clean when not in use. The smooth shape slides easily into your pocket. No sharp edges.

complete system

Each bag contains a pair of BattlePlugs and a cord, Pocket-Pak carrying case, chain, and instructions.

Available in three sizes: small, medium and large.
NOTE – 80% of users will fit a medium, if you need a small or a large purchase the small or large replacement pods and switch them out.

Click here to purchase the BattlePlug earplugs

Thermo-man Videos

Yesterday, June 26th, we burned up a lot of clothing in an effort to show what various materials do when exposed to fire. We exposed untreated cotton, treated cotton, Nomex, Nomex with an FR undercoat, a Tychem chemical protection suit and a Dupont ThermalPro chemical suit to 1,700 degrees of flames for 4 seconds. The results were pretty impressive.

Rather than tell you all about it, however, I’m going to let you view the results for yourself.

Here is the list along with the link to the Youtube video that we uploaded last night after all the burning was done:

· Untreated cotton shirt and jeans

· Treated cotton

· Nomex

· Nomex with Under Armour

· Tychem Chemical Suit

· Tychem ThermoPro Protective Suit

Now the question you’ve got to ask yourself is “If I was going to send my 18-year old daughter/son off to work in a refinery what garment would I want them to be wearing?”

THERMO-MAN Demo today at our Kent Location


If you are in the Seattle area today…

Join us for a DuPont™ THERMO-MAN® demonstration.
Don’t miss this opportunity to see a demonstration of DuPont™ Thermo‐Man®, one of the world’s most advanced thermal burn injury evaluation systems. Thermo‐Man® consists of a life‐size manikin and 122 thermal sensors used to predict level, extent, and location of potential burns of whole garments in simulated flame exposures. We will be showing burn injury comparisons between a variety of protective apparel, and flameresistant
protective clothing made of DuPont™ Nomex® with 40 years of proven performance and protection.
Bring your own garments to burn if you want to see how they perform!

Date and Times
■ Date: June 26, 2013
Showtimes: 10:00- 11:30AM & 12:30 – 2:00PM

■ National Safety Inc.
6910 196th St
Kent WA


Sponsored by
■ National Safety, Inc.
Big Bill

Free Kindle Fire Giveaway at each of the sessions.
(Bring a business card to enter the drawing)

Top Ways we injure our genitals

A new article published last year in the Journal of Urology has identified the most common ways we injure our… uh… private parts! Apparently men are injured more often than women (69% vs. 31%) and most injuries resulted, not surprisingly, from sports (wear a cup man!). 37.5% of injuries occurred to 18 to 28 year olds (again, no surprise there!).

Curious what the top most common injuries were?

  1. Bicycles
  2. Razors, clippers, trimmers and scissors
  3. Zippers
  4. Falls in the bathroom (most of these were people 65 or older)
  5. Basketball
  6. Baseball & Softball
  7. Skiing & Snowboarding

A further note of interest, injuries from source # 2 have increased by 500% from 2002 t0 2010 (some trends are more dangerous than others I guess!).


  • The Journal of Urology (
  • The Atlantic (

National Safety Month Week 4- Ergonomics

June 2013 National Safety Month Tips

Week 4 Jun 24-29


Ergonomics derives from two Greek words, Ergo (work) and Nomos (norms or laws). Ergonomics is a technique to optimize efficient, safe and healthful performance. It is a common sense approach to ergonomics, which our grandmothers tried to inculcate in us—“excesses are bad.” Repetitive exposures to excessive stresses without proper training or rest may result in lifting challenges, hyper- and hypothermia, hearing loss, cumulative traumas and carpal tunnel syndromes. Ergonomics improves productivity, safety and health and the quality of life. It also depends on one’s psychosocial and physical environments. It is essential that the internal bodily environment be in harmony with the external environment

Ergonomics involves designing the job environment to fit the person and is important to take into consideration at work, but also while working on projects at home. It’s about learning how to work smarter and preventing conditions such as overexertion.

Ergonomic conditions are disorders of the soft tissues, specifically of the muscles, nerves, tendons, ligaments, joints, cartilage, blood vessels and spinal discs. These conditions are often caused by factors such as:

• Overexertion while lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling, reaching or stretching

• Repetitive motions

• Working in awkward positions

• Sitting or standing too long in one position

• Using excessive force

• Vibration

• Resting on sharp corners or edges

• Temperature extremes

Remember, these can occur from activities at work, such as working on an assembly line, using heavy equipment or typing on a computer. They also can result from activities at home like playing video games, helping someone move, participating in hobbies such as sewing or through home repair projects.

Know the signs

Ergonomic conditions are best dealt with when they are caught early. Common symptoms include:

• Pain

• Swelling

• Numbness

• Tingling

• Tenderness

• Clicking

• Loss of grip strength

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, make sure to see your physician or an occupational physician as soon as possible to determine the cause of your pain.

Common types of injuries associated with poor ergonomic design include but not limited to:









Daily Tips for this week:

June 24: Keep your joints and muscles relaxed by stretching to increase blood flow throughout the duration of your work day.

June 25: Avoid muscle and joint cramps by periodically adjusting your seated position.

June 26: Practice ergonomics at work and home to avoid conditions such as overexertion.

June 27: If a stretch begins to hurt, ease up on the amount of stretch and quit if you can’t do it without pain.

June 28: Avoid straining your eyes at a computer by periodically taking time to close your eyes for a minute at a time and then focusing on an object at least 20 feet away.

Forearm and Wrist StretchesUse one hand to spread apart and straighten the fingers of the other hand and then stretch your wrist back gently as far as you can. Keep your elbow straight. Relax your hands.You should feel a gentle stretch in the forearm flexors, then switch direction and stretch the forearm extensors.

Hold each stretch for at least 30 seconds to 1 minute. Can be done several times per day.

See more ergonomics tips visit the Safety Matters Intranet website or contact me.

Computer operators, too, may develop ergonomic injuries too including the back, neck, shoulders, hands, wrists, fingers, and eyes unless they follow ergonomic guidelines to protect themselves. Here are a few ergonomic tips to help create an ergonomic friendly office area:

· Furniture that is adjustable to fit the size of each worker

· Easy access to all necessary tools and equipment

· Seat height that allows the feet to rest flat on the floor or on a footrest

· A backrest with an adjustable lumbar support

· Armrests that are broad and cushioned

· A computer monitor placed directly in front of the worker, placed so that the user’s eyes are aligned with a point 2 to 3 inches below the top of the screen, tilted back just slightly to help prevent glare, and located an arm’s length from the user.

Ergonomic Quiz, test your knowledge

1. What type of injury is commonly associated with poor ergonomic design?

A. Concussion

B. Tendonitis

C. Broken leg

D. Congestive heart failure

2. What part of the body is affected by ergonomic disorders?

A. Skin

B. Bones

C. Soft tissues

D. Brain

3. What is an early sign of an ergonomic condition?

A. Tiredness

B. Numbness

C. Headaches

D. Sweating

4. What factors cause poor ergonomic conditions?

A. Repetitive motions

B. Working in awkward positions

C. Vibration

D. All of the above

5. Ergonomic conditions can only be caused by activities at work.

True False

Answers are:

1. B

2. C

3. B

4. D

5. False

Safety First, Safety Always!

Information from National Safety Council

Today’s post comes to us courtesy of

Ken Oswald, Safety and Security Manager for Plateau


Miller Fall Protection Fall Clearance Calculator

We’ve talked before on this blog about the “fall clearance” issue. Essentially fall clearance has to do with the distance you need to account for when taking a fall in order not to hit the ground. What this means is that if you are 6 foot tall, wearing a 6 foot lanyard, accounting for stretch and other factors, you will need to have 18 feet off fall clearance as illustrated below.


Because factors vary (You might be using a self-retracting lifeline or an 8 foot lanyard, for example) each application should be looked at separately and the fall clearance calculated for each instance. Fortunately, Miller Fall Protection has a fall clearance calculator that you can use to determine your fall clearance. Just type in your variables and it’ll give you your fall clearance, illustrated as in the above image.

Great little tool to keep everyone safe!


Tether your tools

When we talk about safety when dealing with heights, we usually think about fall protection and rarely, if ever, about falling objects. Dropped items (tools, bolts, screws, hard hats, etc…) is actually among the top four most frequent work-related injury events accounting for 6% of all workplace fatalities; it also accounts for 2/3 of all fatalities in the “Struck by” category.

If we further look at all the time that is lost climbing back down to retrieve the tool, account for the damage it does to equipment below, account for lost or broken tools because they’ve been dropped from heights, the issue suddenly escalates into a much bigger problem than we might have thought it was at first glance.

While standards remain ambiguous and unclear, there seems to be little doubt that OSHA and state safety bureaus will start looking at this sooner than later. It’s hard to imagine that they would ignore a problem that accounts for 6% of fatalities in the workplace.

Ergodyne has been one of the leaders in this area. Here’s a sampling of what they have done to address the issue:

Hard Hat Tethers – Lanyards that attach to the hard hat to make sure that it doesn’t plummet to the ground if it should fall off.


Available in a Clamp style Hard Hat Tether or a Buckle style Hard Hat Tether

Hoist buckets designed to securely hoist the tools and equipment up to where they are needed.


Available in a 150lbs capacity canvas bucket with a lid or without a lid or a synthetic leather bag with a lid.

Bolt bags with a one-handed cinch-up top for keeping gear safe and secure.


Available 25 lbs tall safety bolt bag or a regular 25 lbs safety bolt bag

Tool Pouches – Designed with D-rings for tethering the tools


Available in a 16 Pocket Tool Pouch with a hook and loop closure or a 16 pocket Tool Pouch with a buckle closure.

Tool Tethers


Available as a 5 lbs tool tether, 10 lbs tool tether with a barrel lock attachment, a 10 lbs tool tether with a carabiner attachment, 20 lbs tool tether and a 2 lbs wrist tool tether.

Does your Eyewash / Shower meet the ANSI Code?

Let’s face it, trying to decipher the ANSI guidelines isn’t exactly a piece of cake. Even something as simple as an eyewash station or a drench shower has over 17 different specs that have to be met in order for it to be compliant.

Don’t just assume that because you purchased your eyewash or drench shower from a safety supplier it must be up to code. Regulations have changed and even if it’s a newer piece of equipment doesn’t mean that it’s up to snuff.

Fortunately, Haws has got you covered with a checklist that you can download to walk you through the process of making sure that your eyewash / shower is compliant.


Simply download the 2-page pdf and walk through the list of specs to make sure that your equipment means the regs.

National Safety Month Week 3 Emergency Preparedness

June 2013 National Safety Month Tips

Week 3 Jun 17-22


It is recommended that families have a plan in case of an emergency, and practice it at least twice a year. Plans should take the physical capabilities of family members in mind, including children and older adults. When planning for a potential emergency, the basics of survival are important.

The National Safety Council and Department of Homeland Security’s Ready campaign highlights preparedness steps, including having an emergency supply kit, making a family emergency plan, and becoming informed about different types of emergencies. After preparing themselves and their families, Americans can take the next step and get involved in helping to prepare their communities for all types of emergencies. Below are some simple tips to help you start building your own disaster kit.


When preparing for a possible emergency situation, it’s best to think first about the basics of survival: fresh water, food, clean air and warmth.

Recommended Items to Include in a Basic Emergency Supply Kit:

§ Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation

§ Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food

§ Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both

§ Flashlight and extra batteries

§ First aid kit

§ Whistle to signal for help

§ Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place

§ Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation

§ Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities

§ Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)

§ Local maps

Additional Items to Consider Adding to an Emergency Supply Kit:

§ Prescription medications and glasses

§ Infant formula and diapers

§ Pet food and extra water for your pet

§ Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container

§ Cash or traveler’s checks and change

§ Emergency reference material such as a first aid book or information from

§ Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person. Consider additional bedding if you live in a cold-weather climate.

§ Complete change of clothing including a long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes. Consider additional clothing if you live in a cold-weather climate.

§ Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper – When diluted nine parts water to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant. Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.

§ Fire Extinguisher

§ Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items

§ Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels

§ Paper and pencil

§ Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children

Click here for more information, including a printer-friendly list of supplies. In addition to getting a kit, be sure to Make a Plan, Be Informed and Get Involved!

Learn how to Shelter in Place

“Shelter-in-place” means to take immediate shelter where you are—at home, work, school, or in between. It may also mean “seal the room;” in other words, take steps to prevent outside air from coming in. This is because local authorities may instruct you to “shelter-in-place” if chemical or radiological contaminants are released into the environment. It is important to listen to TV or radio to understand whether the authorities wish you to merely remain indoors or to take additional steps to protect yourself and your family.

How do I prepare?

At home


Choose a room in advance for your shelter. The best room is one with as few windows and doors as possible. A large room, preferably with a water supply, is desirable—something like a master bedroom that is connected to a bathroom.

· Contact your workplaces, your children’s schools, nursing homes where you may have family and your local town or city officials to find out what their plans are for “shelter-in-place.”

· Find out when warning systems will be tested. When tested in your area, determine whether you can hear or see sirens and/or warning lights from your home.

· Develop your own family emergency plan so that every family member knows what to do. Practice it regularly.

· Assemble a disaster supplies kit that includes emergency water and food supplies.

At work

· Help ensure that the emergency plan and checklist involves all employees. Volunteers or recruits should be assigned specific duties during an emergency. Alternates should be assigned to each duty.

· The shelter kit should be checked on a regular basis. Duct tape and first aid supplies can sometimes disappear when all employees know where the shelter kit is stored. Batteries for the radio and flashlight should be replaced regularly.

In general

· Learn CPR, first aid and the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED). (Contact Me for next class or for more information.)

How will I know when I need to “shelter-in-place”?

Fire or police department warning procedures could include:

· “All-Call” telephoning – an automated system for sending recorded messages, sometimes called “reverse 9-1-1”.

· Emergency Alert System (EAS) broadcasts on the radio or television.

· Outdoor warning sirens or horns.

· News media sources – radio, television and cable.

· NOAA Weather Radio alerts.

· Residential route alerting – messages announced to neighborhoods from vehicles equipped with public address systems.

Facilities that handle potentially dangerous materials, like nuclear power plants, are required to install sirens and other warning systems (flash warning lights) to cover a 10-mile area around the plant.

For more information, contact any of the following:

For checklists to help prepare to shelter-in-place in your home, at work, in your car, or at school or day-care, read How Do I Shelter-in-Place?

· Your local American Red Cross chapter

· Your state and local health departments

· Your local emergency management agency

· CDC Public Response Hotline
English 1-888-246-2675
Spanish 1-888-246-2857
TTY 1-866-874-2646)

Additional Considerations for Businesses

Encourage all of your employees to have a Portable Kit customized to meet personal needs, such as essential medications. In addition:

§ Keep copies of important records such as site maps, building plans, insurance policies, employee contact and identification information, bank account records, supplier and shipping contact lists, computer backup files, emergency or law enforcement contact information and other priority documents in a waterproof, fireproof portable container. Store a second set of records at an off-site location.

§ Talk to your co-workers about what emergency supplies the company can feasibly provide, if any, and which ones individuals should consider keeping on hand.

Information provided by Dept of Homeland Security, FEMA, CDC, ARC, Citizens Corp. Gov , National Safety Council and Curry County LEPC.

Safety First, Safety Always!

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Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Ken Oswald, Safety and Security Manager for Plateau

If your backup is your primary than you don’t have a backup

My wife and I had this discussion last night because she’s slowly gotten into the habit of leaving her curling iron on, trusting in the backup safety feature that turns it off after a certain amount of time, rather than unplugging it. I told her that she shouldn’t make the backup safety feature her primary way of making sure that the iron wasn’t left on all day. If the backup safety feature should fail the iron would end up on all day and might potentially start a fire.

I did get her permission to talk about this from her and, to her credit, she agreed and said she’d try to make sure she unplugged the iron from now on (time will tell if she actually does because habits are really hard to break).

It did get me thinking about this truth however, especially as it applies to safety in the workplace. If you make you backup your primary you don’t have a backup and you defeat the purpose of the backup, putting yourself at risk.

This can apply to almost any area of safety. Let’s take the example of confined space. Confined Space entry requires that anyone going into the confined space have a primary and a secondary means of entry. In most instances, the ladder that is mounted on the inside of the well is the primary and the line that is attached to the D-ring on your body harness is the secondary. If something happens and you slip off the ladder or aren’t able to physically climb the ladder, someone else outside the well can hoist you out. If, however, you use the hoist that is intended as your backup as you primary means of entry and/or egress, you’ve now made your backup your primary and you have no backup. if something goes wrong (say the line breaks or fails somehow) the worker plummets to the ground; trust me, he isn’t going to be able to suddenly grab onto the ladder.

Another example, in everyday life, is the seat belt and the airbag. You don’t ignore the seat belt just because your car is equipped with airbags, nor to you deactivate the airbags because you’ve got seat belts. Both are necessary.

There are many more examples of safety areas that have redundancy built into them in order to make sure that a worker isn’t just protected, but protected even if something goes wrong. Redundancy is important, especially in areas where lives are at risk. They might be inconvenient at times but they are designed the way they are for maximum protection. Don’t eliminate your primary in favor of the backup or you no longer have a backup.