Jul
31
2014

Industrial Eye Protection

Crews® Clear Lens (Anti-Fog) / Black Metallic Color Frame Safety Glasses     The U.S. Department of Labor reports an estimated 1,000 eye injuries in American workplaces every day. An astonishing number and one that is unnecessary. Factor in workers compensation, medical expenses and production time lost, and you’ll find losses topping $300 million. Add to that the physical, emotional and psychological pain of suffering a potentially devastating eye injury.

The top contributor of eye injuries is not wearing eye protection. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports nearly 3 out of 5 employees injured were not wearing eye protection at all. But it doesn’t end there, many people injured while wearing eye protection were wearing the wrong type. Approximately 75% of eye injuries are the result of flying debris, falling objects or sparks. Many of those objects were smaller than the head of a pin.

Choosing the best industrial eye protection for you is key. You must first identify potential hazards. The same pair of safety glasses that offers protection against flying debris caused from drilling, sawing, grinding and sanding, won’t offer as much protection again harmful chemicals, liquids and gases. Welders or those working with lasers may be exposed to UV lights or radiation often requiring full face shields.

There are many Safety Glasses on the market today so finding the right pair for you has never been easier. Most have scratch-resistant lenses for longer life. Many are coated to reduce moisture, reducing fogging. Tinted lenses (TCG lenses) are widely available for those who must see colors more clearly such as electricians.

Think about your needs. Are you exposed to flying debris? You need to have well-fitted eye protection with impact resistant side shields. Does your workplace expose you to electrical sparks such as welding? You need full face protection.

Above all, be certain to choose a pair that fits your face. Too large, they’ll slip. Too small, they won’t provide adequate coverage. Comfort is important. Choosing a pair that are uncomfortable almost guarantees non-use. Today’s Safety Glasses are lighter and thinner then ever before. There are no excuses. Eye protection has never been easier to attain.

OSHATOES® proudly offers several types of Safety Glasses. We know Safety and the time for Safety is Now.

Be Smart. Be Safe. Think OSHATOES®.

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Check out our Safety Glasses at www.OSHATOES.com .

Source : www.bls.gov

 

 

 

 

 

Jul
28
2014

8 Picnic Safety Tips

 

Summer is in full swing for some, winding down for others. The time for outdoor fun in the sun is now, and nothing says Summer like an outdoor picnic. The perfect picnic image is the same for most of us. We like to picture a beautiful blanket and large picnic basket filled with yummy goodies beneath a large shade tree. A gentle breeze rustling the leaves as they dangle on branches that could touch the sky. Looking longingly into another’s eyes. You may imagine your family there playing games, all in all, having a fantastic day. Seems magical doesn’t it?

Great. How about biting bugs, oppressive heat, a Summer storm and food poisoning?

The reality of a picnic is – they can turn bad quickly. A little planning can make your day more enjoyable.

OSHATOES® knows the importance of Picnic Safety and today we’re going to share some of our favorite tips.

Picnic Safety Tips

  1. Check the Weather – Sounds like a given but often times, picnics are spur of the moment. You wake to a gorgeous day and head out only to find an afternoon filled with high winds, torrential downpours and lightning. Definitely not optimal weather conditions for picnicking.
  2. Sunscreen – A must-have before heading out. Slather it on before leaving the house and bring the bottle with you. Reapply throughout the day particularly if sweating or swimming.
  3. Insect Repellent – You want to spend the day enjoying your picnic food not being food for biting bugs! As with sunscreen, apply repellent before you leave the house and reapply often.
  4. Perfect Spot – Whether using a blanket or grabbing a picnic table, cop a squat away from bug zones. Check the ground for ant beds. If near water, stay back from the edge where bugs like to congregate. Choose a spot with ample shade keeping in mind the earth’s rotation. A shady spot may have full sun later in the day. Be sure to look at any branches overhead. Settling down under a large tree branch is great unless there’s a nest of hornets above you!
  5. Grill Masters -  Don’t forget utensils, charcoal, lighter fluid AND lighter! (This could be in reference to a personal experience.) Cook food to the proper temperature.
  6. Uncooked Food- Do NOT cross-contaminate! Keep raw meat, poultry and seafood separate. Designate utensils for each food to further cut down your risk. Don’t reuse utensils, platters or plates that have come in contact with uncooked foods.
  7. Chilling – Keep cold food cold. Limit who opens the cooler and how often. Cold food can turn warm quickly.
  8. Keep it Clean – Bring hand sanitizer and wipes. Use them often throughout the day. Don’t forget to clean up after yourselves. Littering is unacceptable.

OSHATOES® knows Safety.

Be Smart. Be Safe. Think OSHATOES®.

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Jul
24
2014

Worker Dehydration

If you are thirsty then you are already dehydrated. Dehydration affects worker productivity but not only that, it is dangerous to the individual.

Dehydration takes place when the body loses more fluid than it replaces. Adults should drink an estimated 8 glasses of water daily. That amount increases significantly depending on several factors. You can use this basic formula to calculate the amount of daily required fluid, 0.5 ounces X body weight in pounds = daily fluid requirement in ounces. Outdoor workers are at a much greater risk of dehydration. They should increase their daily fluid intake 3 times to make up for fluid loss.

Always increase your fluid intake when

  • working outdoors
  • sweating especially when it’s excessive
  • fever
  • sickness such as vomiting and diarrhea

There are two types of dehydration – Acute and Chronic. Both need to be tended to immediately.

Symptoms of Dehydration are :

  • thirst
  • dark colored urine
  • increased heart rate
  • weakness or fatigue
  • dry skin
  • chills
  • dry mouth
  • dizziness
  • disorientation
  • loss of appetite

If the body loses 10% of its fluids the results can be fatal. At 10% fluid loss the body is in severe dehydration. These symptoms include:

  • vomiting
  • muscle spasms
  • seizures
  • difficulty breathing
  • vision problems
  • painful urination
  • fast pulse
  • chest pain
  • abdominal pain
  • unconsciousness

 

Anyone experiencing any of these symptoms should seek medical attention immediately. Intravenous fluids are needed to hydrate properly. Employers should encourage hydration as employees suffering dehydration have been found to be less productive. Even 1% dehydration in workers can decrease their productivity by 12%. That is nothing to scoff at. Dehydration affects cognitive ability, reasoning, slows reaction time and reduces our ability to concentrate.

The Centers for Disease Control estimates nearly 75% of adults are suffering some form of dehydration. This is cause for concern. We need to become a society that is aware of the dangers from fluid loss.

OSHATOES® knows Safety. We know hydration is a key factor in productivity. Employers offer your workers several breaks throughout their shift. Provide plenty of hydration stations. Promote awareness on the signs and symptoms of dehydration.

Be Smart. Be Safe. Think OSHATOES®.

OSHATOES® are assembled_in_the_usa.

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Jul
21
2014

Ergonomic Injuries

Ergonomics.

The International Ergonomics Association (IEA) defines it as the scientific discipline concerned with the understanding of interactions among humans and other elements of a system, and the profession that applies theory, principles, data and methods to design in order to optimize human well-being and overall system performance.

You may better understand it as this:

Ergonomics – The science of being comfy.

Now that we have that basic understanding, let’s look at…

Ergonomic Injuries.

These injuries are caused by ergonomic risk factors such as Improper Posture, Contact Pressure, Excessive Strain, Exposure to Sustained Vibrations and Exposure to Heat and Cold.

Signs and Symptoms

  • Pain (back, neck, shoulder, wrist, arm, …)
  • Headache
  • Eyestrain
  • Numbness
  • Tingling or Burning Sensation
  • Swelling
  • Stiffness
  • Loss in Strength
  • Loss of Mobility or Range of Motion

Risk Factors

  • Repetitive Motion
  • Sustained duration
  • Unnatural Positioning
  • Excessive Force on Body
  • Stressful Posturing or Positioning
  • Individual Risk Factors (Medical Conditions, Pre-existing Conditions, Weight,…)

You can decrease your chances of an Ergonomic Injury by following these tips:

  • Know the signs of an Ergonomic Injury
  • Report injuries to your supervisor immediately.
  • Seek medical help as soon as possible to begin treatment.
  • Use the proper tools while on and off the job.
  • Ask your employer for workplace guidelines regarding ergonomics.

Life is full of hazards. Being in tune with your body can go a long way to keeping you safe. If you are suffering any strain or discomfort while performing any task, STOP.

OSHATOES® knows Safety. We want you to be safe at all times.

Be Smart. Be Safe. Think OSHATOES®.

www.OSHATOES.com

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Jul
17
2014

Secondary and Dry Drowning

 

 

Drowning.

We typically think of the Hollywood version, lots of yelling and splashing about.  However, in last week’s post we discovered the Silent Signs of Drowning. Today we’ll look at two lesser known types of drowning :

Dry Drowning occurs when a small amount of water is inhaled into the lungs causing the muscles to spasm, creating a vacuum effect making it difficult to take in oxygen.

Secondary Drowning often occurs after a near-drowning. When fluid enters the lungs it can build up causing pulmonary edema.

The biggest thing to know is that the victim may seem completely fine for several hours after a dry or secondary drowning occur. They may be talking, playing, continuing to swim,…

Signs of Secondary or Dry Drowning :

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Chest pain
  • Cough
  • Distended stomach
  • Crankiness
  • Change in behavior
  • Fatigue

If someone is experiencing any of these signs after being in or around water, go to the ER. Time is of the essence and it is always better to err on the side of caution. These types of drowning may be hard to spot.  Many people feel tired after swimming. Children can be extremely cranky after a day on the beach or at the pool. There are numerous reported cases of parents putting their kids to bed and waking up to tragedy.  Drowning survivors need to be treated in the hospital with oxygen and ventilation to open and clear the airways.

Prevention is Key.

Know how to swim beforehand. Learn how to hold your breath properly. Anyone around water should know how to float or tread water, keeping their head above water.  The experts at WebMD recommend knowing CPR, teaching young children to be water-safe or to swim, and putting a fence completely around a swimming pool to prevent young children from falling in accidentally. www.webmd.com

Swimming is great fun and a terrific way to exercise. Be Smart about water safety. Learn more at http://blog.oshatoes.com/index.php/2013/05/national-water-safety-month/.

OSHATOES® wants you to stay safe this swimming season.

Be Smart. Be Safe. Think OSHATOES®.

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Jul
14
2014

Hard Hat Requirements

blue_hard_hat      Having a hard head is almost a necessity in today’s workplace. BUT even the hardest head can be injured. OSHATOES® wants you to be safe and O.S.H.A. compliant. Work-related head injuries may be preventable.

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a serious public health problem in the United States. Each year, traumatic brain injuries contribute to a substantial number of deaths and cases of permanent disability. In 2010 2.5 million TBIs occurred either as an isolated injury or along with other injuries. A TBI is caused by a  bump, blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the  normal function of the brain. Not all blows or jolts to the head result in a  TBI. The severity of a TBI may range from “mild,” i.e., a brief change in  mental status or consciousness to “severe,” i.e., an extended period of  unconsciousness or amnesia after the injury. – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Hard hats MUST be worn to be effective. They simply won’t work if you don’t put them on!

OSHA regulation 1926.100(a) – Employees working in areas where there is a possible danger of head injury from impact, or from falling or flying objects, or from electrical shock and burns, shall be protected by protective helmets.

OSHATOES® is happy to provide top quality hard hats designed to keep you safe and compliant.

The MSA Standard V-Gard Slotted hard hats consists of a polyethylene shell and suspension working together as a protection system. Hardhats have a five-year life span from the day it’s put into service. Visually inspect your equipment every day for signs of wear. If it takes a hit, it should be replaced. Constant sunlight will accelerate component breakdown, and the suspension should be replaced every 18 months. V-Gard caps are not specifically designed to protect against lateral blows from the side, front or rear.

WARNING: Do not mix suspension and helmet sizes. Use only MSA suspensions on an MSA helmet. Failure to comply with the above will reduce the energy-absorbing ability of the protective helmet, which can result in injury or death.

Features:

  • Comfortable & Lightweight
  • Tough enough for Industrial, Construction or Home projects
  • Available Colors are Blue, Green, White, Yellow and Pink

* Meets or exceeds the applicable requirements for a Type I helmet (top impact) as outlined in ANSI Z89.1-2003, Class E and G.

OSHATOES®  is not affiliated in any way with the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (O.S.H.A.)

OSHATOES® knows Safety. Be Smart. Be Safe. Think OSHATOES®.

www.OSHATOES.com

OSHATOES® are assembled_in_the_usa.

Sources : http://www.cdc.gov/, https://www.osha.gov/