Working on a New “Dropped Object” Standard

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From the ISEA (International Safety Equipment Association) website…

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2014 there were 240 fatalities from being struck by a falling object or equipment in the United States, which accounted for approximately five percent of all workplace fatalities. Regulators and professionals have acknowledged the serious, life-threatening risks of falling objects and are instilling rules to ensure proper precautions are followed in the workplace.

In response, leading safety equipment manufacturers including 3M/Capital Safety Group, Ergodyne and Ty-Flot have joined together to standardize the solutions available to protect workers from objects falling from heights. These objects include hand tools, instrumentation, small parts, structural components and other items that have to be transferred and used at heights; and the implications from struck-by injuries can range from inconvenience or loss of productivity to life-altering injury or death. This is especially important in oil and gas, construction, energy and telecommunications infrastructure, shipping operations and aviation industries, where elevated work areas are common.

The objective is to provide employers with a document that establishes minimum design, performance, and labeling requirements for solutions that reduce dropped objects incidents in industrial and occupational settings. An industry first, the proposed standard will focus on preventative solutions actively used by workers to mitigate these hazards, and address the classification and testing of these solutions.

“This standard will provide employers with important guidance on how to minimize the risk of dropped object incidents.  That’s an important part of any safety program,” said Dan Shipp, President of ISEA.

Planning efforts are underway for drafting the standard document, with a meeting scheduled for May 26, 2016 in St. Paul, Minnesota.  Stakeholders are invited to share valuable insights into best practices on the proper use, selection, and technologies in dropped objects solutions, and collectively help to draft a standard that can be used in future product development.

Interested parties should contact ISEA Director of Membership and Technical Services Cristine Fargo, cfargo@safetyequipment.org for more information.




Imodium A-D is the Newest High

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If you go to the store for some Imodium A-D and find the shelves bare, you can blame the opioid addicts in your town. Strange as it may sound, addicts who are addicted to painkillers are turning to anti-diarrhea medicine as opioids become harder and harder to get.

Apparently, Loperamide, the main ingredients in Imodium A-D, is an opioid agent. When taken in sufficiently high quantities it can produce the same effects as pain killers.

It’s a cheap alternative for addicts. A box of 400 pills only costs about $10.00. Addicts have been known to take anywhere from 100 to 300 pills a day.

Taking this many pills is, of course, unhealthy and can lead to kidney and liver failure as well as heart problems.


Pressure Washer Safety

If you need to clean your deck, there are a couple of options. You can use a stiff brush and some bleach or you can use a pressure washer.

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A pressure washer used to be a tool used mostly by professionals but with the cost of these machines dropping more and more homeowners are buying them.

The problem is that most people don’t read the warnings that come with the pressure washer. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, “an estimated 6,057 people in 2014 alone went to an emergency room with injuries related to pressure washer use…”

A regular garden hose generates around 50 psi. A pressure washer on the other hand generates anywhere from 1,500 to 4,000 psi (and up to 30,000 psi for industrial, high-end pressure washers) and that much pressure can cause serious injuries.

Part of the problem is that the injury isn’t always apparent. If you accidentally get your hand in the spray, you might not think you’ve done that much harm but the problem is that a pressure washer is actually “injecting” water deep into the skin tissue and this can cause serious infections. Because the damage isn’t evident, most people delay treatment and increase the risk.

Here are some safety tips when using a pressure washer:

  1. NEVER use a zero-degree nozzle. Most of the newer models don’t allow anything lower than 15 degrees to keep users safe but many of the older models still have the zero-degree nozzle. If you still have one of these discard it.
  2. Always wear goggles, long pants (never shorts) and long sleeve shirts, as well as proper shoes or boots (no flip-flops or sandals).
  3. Always wear gloves.
  4. Always be aware of where the water stream is pointing and turn it off if your attention needs to be elsewhere.
  5. Be aware that, especially when using an electric pressure washer, there are electrical shock issues involved. Keep extension cords and outlets away from the pressure washer.
  6. Wear rubber sole boots or shoes.

 

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Test it on the Edge

We hear it all the time… “We currently have a cut level 2 glove and we’re still cutting injuries. I think a cut-level 5 would be too much so what do you have that’s a cut level 4?”

As correct as the above question sounds, it’s actually missing the point all together. In order to show you what I mean check out the Banom Gloves video below.

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Watch as they test various cut-level gloves, both on a steel edge and a glass edge.

Ultimately, in order to make sure you’ve got the right glove, you need to test them for the application you’re purchasing them for. The results might really surprise you.

 

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