When something is in your eye, the time to test the effectiveness of the nearest emergency eye wash station has passed. It better work. The only way to ensure that it will is to test it in advance. Seems like that's Safety 101, and it should be. Here are some measures you need to take so that you can administer immediate treatment.
Now that you have determined that the station works, you are not done. Eyes are small targets, especially when they are squinched up in pain and/or discomfort. So you need to do some diagnostics.
The good news is that emergency eye-wash stations go for long periods of time unused. We want that. But we also want them to work when needed.
So put them to the test regularly.
We have these Hi-Viz, Class 3, ANSI-compliant Bomber Jackets in stock that can help keep you warm and safe at the same time.
The Radius BZ1 Area Monitor detects up to seven gases and is ideal for long-term projects, routine maintenance, and emergency response.
Industrial Scientific, the global leader in gas detection is pleased to introduce the Radius™ BZ1 Area Monitor. The rugged, transportable Radius BZ1 provides an industry-leading run time of 7 days (168 continuous hours) while excelling at hazard communication, connectivity, and ease of use.
When a gas hazard occurs, the Radius BZ1 ensures that workers in industrial environments not only know that the instrument is alarming, but why, thanks to distinctive audio and visual cues and an extra-large display. Custom alarm action messages allow workers to focus on taking appropriate action depending on the present gas level.
With the Radius BZ1, Industrial Scientific is launching a proprietary wireless platform called LENS™ Wireless. LENS Wireless is a peer-to-peer communication system that enhances worker safety by sharing alarms and gas readings between monitors. LENS Wireless works out of the box, forming a network automatically without the need for a central controller, IT setup, or infrastructure. The simplicity of deploying and using LENS Wireless helps workers to respond faster, and with real-time information, when gas emergencies occur.
The design of the Radius BZ1 also makes the instrument easy to maintain thanks to its intuitive, text-based navigation and the removable, patent-pending SafeCore™ Module. The SafeCore Module allows safety personnel to automatically bump test, calibrate, manage settings, and update software using the DSX™ Docking Station. The interchangeable nature of the SafeCore Module lets instrument owners have a smaller, rotating fleet to ensure continuous gas detection coverage in the field.
“We are looking to redefine area monitoring by making it simpler for the user, yet more sophisticated in terms of the connectivity and safety features it provides,” said Justin McElhattan, president and CEO.
For more information on the Radius BZ1, visit www.indsci.com/radius.
Free-falling objects are in a state of acceleration. If a hammer, a wrench a battery-operated drill (or some other tool of choice) falls from a height of 16 feet, it hits the ground at a speed of approximately 22 miles an hour. From 64 feet, it blunts the dirt somewhere around 44 miles an hour. From 100 feet: figure 55 miles an hour. The mass of the object affects acceleration. The point is that it's falling pretty fast.
Feel confident that you have everything you need to tether your tools to prevent an accident. Ergodyne has tethered any potential accidents with its newest line of tool lanyards that are a must-have on any worksite. Perfected through hundreds of drop tests and user feedback, the innovative next-gen Squids® Tool Lanyards shock-absorbing webbing, tool-gripping loops and lightweight carabiners to reduce drop forces for safe at heights tethering.
Where you work, how you work and what you are doing can and should help determine the type of personal-protective and respiration equipment you need. There are four different hazard classes according to the Code of Federal Regulations and you need to match your PPE and respiratory gear accordingly.
Level A requires the highest level of protection for the skin and eyes. What you need:
Level B requires the highest level of respiratory protection, but less skin protection. What you need:
Level C has identified the contaminants, the concentrations and conditions are such that liquid splashes, or other direct contact will not adversely affect or be absorbed through any exposed skin. What you need:
Level D has identified no known hazards and the work functions preclude splashes, immersion or the potential for the unexpected inhalation or contact with hazardous levels of any chemicals. What you need:
When in doubt, err on the side of over-protection and keep in mind that a Level A situation also includes situations where hazards are suspected to be present or the absence of Level A conditions have not been determined. Safe is better than sorry, all day long.
Searching by CAS Number
When you search for a chemical by name in the SafeSPEC™ database, occasionally you might find that not all of the chemical’s synonyms are listed. This tutorial shows you how to simplify your search by using the CAS Number search function.
There are three simple steps to search by CAS number:
1. On the DuPont SafeSpec page, click on the Chemical Resistance Tab.
2. Enter the CAS number in the search bar.
3. View your results.
It's that simple.
For step-by-step guidance on using DuPont™ SafeSPEC™, visit our Resource Center.
Argus-Hazco Acquires Midwest Gas Instrument Service, Inc.
Argus-Hazco is pleased to announce that it has acquired Midwest Gas Instrument Service, Inc., a leading seller and repair center of gas-detection equipment since 1992.
“As a respected and admired competitor for years, we knew that Midwest Gas was a solid and reputable organization,” said Larry Smith, President of Argus-Hazco. “We are thrilled to work together. With our combined experience in both the sales and service of gas-detection equipment, it will allow for a seamless and transparent transition for our customers.”
Argus-Hazco offers a complete line of industrial health and safety, environmental and fire service products and services throughout North America, with offices in Chesterfield, MI; Dayton, OH; Atlanta, GA; Dallas, TX and Anaheim, CA. Argus-Hazco will relocate Midwest’s downtown Detroit operation into its Chesterfield location.
“Our customers can anticipate an easy and beneficial transition,” said Bob Field of Midwest Gas, “especially since Argus-Hazco is in the area with extensive service capabilities and expertise—and I am pleased to know that our service technician, Mike Wiley, is joining the Argus-Hazco team. Mike brings to customers a wealth of experience and product knowledge.”
Argus-Hazco, along with A.J. Abrams, Premier Safety and Service, Inc., including Premier’s recent acquisition of Shannon Safety Products, operates under the Technical Solutions & Services, Inc., (TSS) banner. Acquisitions such as Midwest Gas Instrument Service, Inc., continue to advance TSS’s focused growth strategy through expanding its offerings of products, superior service and support for personal protective products, industrial-hygiene, fire service, respiratory, sampling, monitoring, confined space and lone-worker applications. As a TSS Company, we align companies and continue to expand our capabilities to better serve our customers.
" Wearing the right suit for the occasion can earn compliments in a social setting and enhance safety in the workplace. DuPont™ would never presume to recommend after-work attire, but it will without hesitation inform customers which protective garment is often required on the job. One of the key considerations when selecting the right garment for the job is permeation data, especially in applications that require protection from toxic chemicals.
So where can you get this information? DuPont has permeation guides on its website. All you need to do is go to www.safespec.dupont.com, click on the "Chemical Protection" link and follow the instructions. SafeSPEC™ is a suite of interactive tools that provides the data you need to help make informed decisions about DuPont, Tyvek®, Tychem®, and ProShield® protective garments.
You can access a product's Permeation Guide through any individual product information page. Once you select and access the product page for your garment of interest, you'll land on the product's "Features and Benefits" page. There, you'll see a banner with other target selection options. Select "Library" to access the Permeation Guide for that given product.
You may have to register one time to access the guide, but that process takes about the same time required to put on any DuPont protective garment! Then, you can view online or download a PDF!
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The month of August brings the “dog days of summer.” For many, this means oppressive heat, trouble sleeping, and fatigue with the hot, sticky summer days. For adults and kids alike, appropriate precautions must be taken for dealing with hot weather.
Adequate hydration is vital for surviving in blistering temperatures. The general rule of thumb for basic adequate hydration is to drink one half of your body weight in ounces of water. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, then you need at least 75 ounces of water or fluids on a daily basis. Coffee, pop, alcohol, heavily caffeinated beverages, or thick beverages like a protein smoothie, kefir, etc. are generally not counted for basic hydration. Caffeine containing beverages can act as a diuretic – avoid them for hydration purposes. If you are thirsty, this means that you are past the initial stage of dehydration and need to be more aggressive in consuming water.
Heat stress ranges from simple discomfort to life-threatening heat stroke. Laborers who work outdoors are vulnerable. Aside from environmental factors like temperature, humidity, air movement and radiant heat, the work regimen and, paradoxically, clothing worn for protection – hard hats, retro-reflective vests and pants, Tyvek suits and personal protective equipment (PPE) like respirators – can also contribute to heat-related health problems.
We have several options for heat stress monitors and ways to keep your body cooler with some PPE items.
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