Nov
20
2014

Snow Kidding

 

It’s not only cold out there, it’s SNOW out there and that’s Snow Kidding! OSHATOES® hopes you’re warm and toasty. With Snow covering much of the United States, chances are you’re not as warm as you’d like to be.

Snow can be great fun. Snow skiing, sledding, skating, snow ball fights, building snowmen. All worthwhile and fun endeavors for awhile. For parts of the U.S. the snow is so deep, it’s dangerous. The extreme weather is causing accidents, falling trees, and power outages. In some areas the snow has covered doors and windows, breaking some of them in the process. OSHATOES® wants you to put safety forefront in your mind.

Let’s talk Snow Safety.

You already know the basics – Dress in layers, wear a hat, gloves, but today we’ll put a bit more thought into it.

Eye Protection – Sunlight shining on the snow is a beautiful sight. It can also be blinding. Always wear sunglasses to fight winter sun glare. However, you don’t have to stop at sunglasses. When outside in the wintry elements you are exposed to falling icicles, sleet, and freezing rain all of which could cause an eye injury. Whether playing or shoveling snow, you need to wear eye protection. OSHATOES® is proud to offer a line of eye protection designed with your comfort and safety in mind.

Our products feature :

  • Polycarbonate lens
  • Treated with Duramass® scratch-resistant coating
  • Gel nose piece
  • Rubber head grips
  • Filters 99% of U.V. radiation
  • Meets or exceeds ANSI Z87.1 safety standards

 

glasses

Hand Protection – If you live in an area that averages more than a few inches of snowfall a year, you’re probably familiar with shoveling snow. Snow shoveling is a laborious task. Bend with your knees, not your back, etc… Anytime you are out in the elements, you need to wear gloves, When working with shovels and such, you need to take it up a notch – work gloves are called for. Once again, OSHATOES® to the rescue!

Our Original Work Grip Gloves feature :

Features:
  • Two-way form-fitting stretch Spandex back
  • Concealed interior seam prevents snagging
  • Dual-layered Silicone palm with circular print pattern affords maximum grip on slippery surfaces
  • Synthetic leather fingertip reinforcements provide strength and protection
  • Streamlined elastic cuff with hook and loop closure

 

original gloves

 

OSHATOES® wants you to get out there and enjoy the snow but be safe about it. Protect yourself from the elements. A little safety and preparation goes a long way. Have fun.

Be Smart. Be Safe. Think OSHATOES®.

OSHATOES® are assembled_in_the_usa.

www.OSHATOES.com

Nov
17
2014

5 Countries with Great Benefits

Mandated paid vacation? Holiday time? How about required maternity leave? None of those are a given if you work in the United States. And they’re just a few of the problems facing the U.S. along with the fact that it has some of the most overworked, stressed out employees in the world. With the holidays quickly approaching, now may not be the best time to look for a new job. However, if you find yourself ready for a change, let’s take a peek at some of the best countries to work in.

Netherlands - This country wins hands down when it comes to fewest hours worked per week. Employees there work an average of 27.6 hours per week, enjoy 28 paid vacation days annually, and 16 weeks of paid maternity leave at 100% salary. Think that sounds crazy? It definitely seems to be working well. The Netherlands has a high standard of living in addition to a healthy GDP.

Denmark – The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) ranked Denmark #1 for best work / life balance. Less than .04% of employees work 50+ hours a week. Employees here receive an average of 34 paid vacation days and 52 weeks of paid maternity leave! Yeah, you read that right. ONE YEAR of paid maternity leave! Sweeeet!!

Brazil – This is a country that knows “all work and no play” makes for very dull employees! Brazil offers a total of 41 vacation days. 30 of those are to be used for leisure while the other 11 are paid holidays.

Lithuania – With 28 mandated vacation days and 13 public holidays, Lithuania ties Brazil with most paid vacation days also coming in at 41. This country also offers 52 weeks of 100% paid maternity leave. Employees even have the option to extend those benefits over a two year period!

Sweden – This country also ranks high for parental leave. 480 days paid parental leave, 60 of those are for the fathers. Best part? Those days may be used over the course of their child’s first eight years of life. Sweden also makes the OECD top ten list for best work / life balance. In addition, workers there receive 36 paid vacation days annually.

OSHATOES® knows Safety. No matter where you live or work…

Be Smart. Be Safe. Think OSHATOES®.

OSHATOES® are assembled_in_the_usa.

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For more information on OECD go to www.oecd.org.

Nov
13
2014

Cold Weather Tips

Brrrrrrrrrrrr. Whether you call it an arctic front, arctic blast, intrusion, or polar vortex, it is some kind of COLD across most of the United States. And it’s only November. Yikes. This is seriously unseasonably cold weather folks! High temperatures have dropped 20-30 degrees in a 24 hour period with more frigid temps on the way. Hopefully the Brrrr won’t last very long but as always OSHATOES® is dedicated to keeping you in the know.

Cold Weather Tips

  1. Clothing – Dress in layers during cold weather. Layering helps keep heat in. Always remember your gloves and hat. Double up on those socks if really cold. Wear warm shoes designed to keep moisture out.
  2. Car – Have your vehicle serviced and winterized before the cold is in full swing. Checking fluid levels, tire pressure, adding anti-freeze  and checking wiper blades make for easier travels ahead.
  3. Pets and Plants – Bring them in! Most plants can’t survive extreme cold. If you can’t bring them inside, cover them with a blanket or plastic. Pets should be brought in. Imagine walking around in the frigid cold without shoes on. Doesn’t sound too appealing does it? While most pets wear a natural fur coat, it doesn’t offer much protection for their feet. Even if you can’t bring them into your house, consider setting them up in a garage or other area away from the elements.
  4. Thermostat Challenge – If at all possible set your thermostat at 68 degrees. For some people that may seem too chilly but it will keep your heating costs down. Your home is your castle and you deserve to be comfortable. Keep the heat at 68 and throw on a pair of socks or walk around barely dressed and crank the heat? Decide for yourself but we vote to keep as much money in our pockets as possible.
  5. Fire – Since the dawn of time, fire has been a good thing. It’s even better when you’re curled up in front of the fireplace with a cup of hot cocoa and some s’mores but before you light it up, check it out! Safety first. Make sure your chimney is checked yearly. Animals will sometimes build nests which can lead tor house fires. Always use a screen to keep embers or sparks from popping out and to keep logs from rolling. ALWAYS make sure all embers have burned out before leaving fireplace unattended.
  6. Give space heaters some space – Use the 3ft rule. Create a 3ft. buffer zone for any space heater. Keep them away from curtains, rugs, bedding, anything flammable. Only place them on hard, level surfaces and always turn them off when unattended.
  7. Protect Pipes – When the temps go below freezing you need to prepare. Leave faucets dripping, open cabinet doors, cover outdoor spigots and shut off outdoor water valves when possible.
  8. Wind - Cold is cold but the wind is colder. The wind can make a 35 degree temp feel like 14! Keep the wind chill in mind when dressing. Winter winds can be dangerous causing trees and limbs to fall. Check your property for dead trees, limbs and branches. Remove any that may be of concern. You really don’t want to deal with a hole in your roof when it is below freezing!

A little preparation goes a long way toward keeping you and your family safe. OSHATOES® hopes you stay warm and toasty all season long!

Be Smart. Be Safe. Think OSHATOES®.

www.OSHATOES.com

 

OSHATOES® are assembled_in_the_usa.

 

 

Nov
10
2014

Veterans Day Facts and Stats

 

Veterans Day is a federal holiday in the United States and is sometimes confused with Memorial Day. Memorial Day is a day set aside to honor and remember military personnel who died while serving or as a result of injuries received while serving. Veterans Day is to honor and celebrate those who have served in the past or who are currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. OSHATOES® dedicates today’s post to those who have served, past and present.

 

Veterans Day Facts & Stats

  • President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11, 1919 to be Armistice Day.
  • That date was the one year anniversary of the end of World War I.
  • 1926 Congress passed a resolution for an annual observance of this day.
  • 1954 President Dwight D. Eisenhower officially changes Armistice Day to Veterans Day.
  • 1968 Congress passed the Uniform Holidays Bill moving Veterans Day to the 4th Monday in October.
  • 1971 Uniform Holidays Bill, law went into effect.
  • 1975 Recognizing the historical significance of the November 11 date, President Gerald Ford reverted it back to the original date.
  • There are over 23 million U.S. veterans.
  • 9+ million are over age 65.
  • More than 1.5 million are women.
  • Close to 2 million are under age 35.
  • Nearly 8 million veterans are in the labor force.
  • 3.6 million veterans are disabled as a result of their service.
  • Annual median salary of veterans $36,381.
  • 5 states have more than 1 million veterans living there: California – 2.1 million, Florida – 1.7 million, Texas – 1.7 million, New York – 1 million, and Pennsylvania – 1 million.

OSHATOES® knows safety. We also know the importance of our Armed Forces. So thank you veterans. Thank you to all who are currently serving. Thank you to all who have served in the past. Thank you to all who gave all.

Thank YOU.

 

Be Smart. Be Safe. Think OSHATOES®.

www.OSHATOES.com

OSHATOES® are assembled_in_the_usa.

 

Nov
6
2014

ANSI, ASTM Ratings

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OSHATOES® is committed to bringing you affordable, top quality safety products. Those who read our blog know we also love educating our readers on safety. If you’re at all familiar with our products chances are you’ve seen the ANSI/ASTM initials. Steel and composite safety shoes must meet strict safety and compliance standards. When you see an ANSI/ASTM rating that tells you the product meets those strict standards. But what does ANSI/ASTM mean?

ANSI

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is a not-for-profit organization and was founded on October 19, 1918. The ANSI coordinates voluntary national standards in both the private, and public sector. The mission of ANSI is “to enhance both the global competitiveness of U.S. business and the U.S. quality of life by promoting and facilitating voluntary consensus standards and conformity assessment systems, and safeguarding their integrity”. “The ANSI oversees the creation, promulgation and use of thousands of norms and guidelines that directly impact businesses in nearly every sector. It is actively engaged in accrediting programs that assess conformance to standards.” www.ansi.org

ASTM 

The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM International) was established in 1898 and is one of the largest voluntary standards developing organizations in the world. Also a not-for-profit, ASTM provides a forum for the development and publication of international voluntary consensus standards for materials, products, systems and services. The ASTM’s members, producers, users, consumers, government, and academia from more than 150 countries, develop technical documents that are a basis for manufacturing, management, procurement, codes and regulations. www.astm.org

 

These ratings may be found on the interior of compliant safety footwear or inside the tongue. It is the best way to know for certain that your product meets the necessary standards.

The ANSI rating system is being replaced by the ASTM. For now, most products carry both ratings. According to their website, the ASTM has allowed for manufacturers to continue to produce footwear using existing inventory tags with the ANSI rating system. The ANSI rating of 75 falls under the ANSI Z75, Standard for Personal Protection Protective Footwear, which has been replaced by the new ASTM International Standards entitled F2412-05 Standard Test Methods for Foot Protection and F2413-05 Standard Requirements for Protective Footwear.

OSHATOES® knows safety. We strive to provide you with quality safety products at a remarkable value.

Be Smart. Be Safe. Think OSHATOES®.

www.OSHATOES.com

OSHATOES® are assembled_in_the_usa.

 

Sources : www.ansi.org, www.astm.org, www.osha.gov

 

Nov
3
2014

Distracted Driving

Distracted driving encompasses all actions that divert attention away from the driver’s ultimate goal - driving safely. Distracted driving includes texting, cell phone use, reading, navigation systems, talking with passengers, eating, drinking, grooming, adjusting radio/CD/MP3, or watching videos. Believe it or not, there are drivers on the road who use their time to read the newspaper! Seriously. We will take a deeper look at distracted driving later this month. Today’s post is dedicated to the issue of texting and driving.

For far too many, the act of driving is almost second nature. We’ve done it for so many years, it’s easy to think we are masters. Unfortunately that is not the case. The average car weighs close to 4,000 pounds. It has the potential to be a deadly weapon. Caution must be exercised any time we are behind the wheel. The U.S. Official Government Website for Distracted Driving, www.distraction.gov ,  lists text messaging as the most alarming distraction as it requires manual, visual and cognitive attention from the driver. A triple threat if you will.

Here are a few sobering statistics from their website:

  • The number of people killed in distraction-affected crashes decreased slightly from 3,360 in 2011 to 3,328 in 2012. An estimated 421,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver, this was a nine percent increase from the estimated 387,000 people injured in 2011.
  • As of December 2012, 171.3 billion text messages were sent in the US (includes PR, the Territories, and Guam) every month. (CTIA)
  • 10% of all drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crash. This age group has the largest proportion of drivers who were distracted.
  • Drivers in their 20s make up 27 percent of the distracted drivers in fatal crashes. (NHTSA)
  • At any given daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving, a number that has held steady since 2010. (NOPUS)
  • A quarter of teens respond to a text message once or more every time they drive. 20 percent of teens and 10 percent of parents admit that they have extended, multi-message text conversations while driving. (UMTRI)
  • Five seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road while texting. When traveling at 55mph, that’s enough time to cover the length of a football field blindfolded. (2009, VTTI)
  • Engaging in visual-manual subtasks (such as reaching for a phone, dialing and texting) associated with the use of hand-held phones and other portable devices increased the risk of getting into a crash by three times. (VTTI)
  • Headset cell phone use is not substantially safer than hand-held use. (VTTI)

44 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands all have bans on text messaging while driving. No matter if you live in a state with or without the ban, the fact remains that people text and drive. Even if you’re not one of them. If you drive a car, ride in a car, or take mass transit, if you are on the roads at all, you are at risk. Too many other drivers think they’re experts when it comes to distracted driving. It only takes a moment for lives to be impacted by someone’s stupid decision. Stay vigilant.

Be Smart. Be Safe. Think OSHATOES®.

www.OSHATOES.com

OSHATOES® are assembled_in_the_usa.

Sources : www.distraction.gov , www.ghsa.org