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The Top 9 Reasons to Pay Attention to Your Company’s PPE

The global personal protective equipment (PPE) market is flourishing and the global market for Personal Protective Equipment is projected to reach $54.3 billion by 2024.

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6 Blogs You Need to Read About Fall Prevention

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Celebrating National Safety Stand Down Week

From May 7 – 11, OSHA is inviting employers across the U.S. to take part in National Safety Stand Down to Prevent Falls.

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5 Key Tips for Chemical Glove Safety

Selecting the right chemical protective gloves for your employees can be a challenging exercise. According to the Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) registry, there are more than 60 million registered chemicals and even in in a typical production process or production facility, many different chemicals and mixes are used, and every unique set of chemicals requires specific chemical protection.

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5 Questions About Cut Resistant Gloves That Can Protect Your Employees’ Hands

In previous blogs, we’ve talked about the benefits of natural and synthetic glove materials. Depending on the work that’s being done, one area that’s especially important is a glove’s level of cut resistance, because it can make the difference between whether a workplace injury is minor or severe.

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4 Types of Synthetic Materials That Can Protect Your Employees Hands

In our previous blog, we talked about the benefits of four different types of leather that are commonly used in work gloves.

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4 Types of Leather That Can Protect Your Employees’ Hands

IWhen it comes to getting the job done, it’s always important to protect your hands. That’s why it’s important to know the strengths and weaknesses of the materials your gloves are made from. While gloves come in all manner of materials, many employees still prefer the unique properties of leather gloves when they’re on the job.

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Kimberly-Clark’s RightCycle Takes Gloves Out of the Landfill

 

At Arbill, we’re proud to include Kimberly-Clark products among the 200,000 work and safety products we offer to our customers. We are particularly proud of the work Kimberly-Clark is doing to create a sustainable future.

Last month, we talked about how Kimberly-Clark’s WypAll Wipes have been designed to reduce their environmental footprint and promote the use of sustainable forest materials.

With its RightCycle recycling program, Kimberly-Clark is also thinking about what happens to their products after they leave the shelves.

RightCycle enables customers to recycle thin mil nitrile gloves, apparel (including accessories such as hoods, masks, shoe covers and other items) and Kimtech Pure 100 percent polypropylene wipers. For a product to qualify for the RightCycle Recycling program, the items must be free of hazardous materials, biohazards and wet food.

"As a rule of thumb, if our personal protective equipment products, such as nitrile gloves and apparel, are being disposed of as regular trash versus hazardous waste, then we can likely accept them," said John R. Adams, industrial business leader, Kimberly-Clark Professional.

RightCycle is the first large-scale recycling program for non-hazardous lab, cleanroom and industrial waste. Since its launch in 2011, the program has diverted more than 400 tons of waste from landfills. The items are sent to recyclers in the United States and turned into nitrile powder and pellets that are used to create eco-responsible consumer products and durable goods, such as flowerpots and lawn furniture, benches and bicycle racks.

"By recycling rather than discarding nitrile gloves and single-use apparel, customers can divert these hard-to-recycle waste streams from the landfill in order to get one step closer to achieving their zero waste goals while reducing their waste disposal costs at the same time," said Adams, "In addition, we are helping to give our safety and industrial products a second life."

From the Lab to the Brewery

RightCycle has been demonstrated to work both in the research lab and in the private sector.

For example, across its campus in the course of a year, Purdue University uses approximately 360,000 disposable gloves. That’s a lot of trash – 3.5 tons to be exact, all of which would normally wind up in a landfill. The university, based in West Lafayette, Indiana, has won numerous awards for sustainability. Its efforts extend to many different areas – recycling, planning management, landscaping and green construction. With a diversion rate goal of 85 percent, the university is always seeking new and different ways to reduce its solid waste stream.

“It was brought to my attention that Kimberly-Clark Professional* had a glove recycling program,” said Suzy Gustafson, chemistry procurement manager. “So we tried it.”

Since November 2014, the chemistry department at Purdue University has diverted 2,266 pounds of lab gloves from landfills.

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. was founded in 1980 in Chico, California, by Ken Grossman and his fellow home brewer Paul Camusi. What started as a small homebrew shop has grown into an industry leader – a company that pioneered the craft brewing industry and now operates two breweries, one in Chico and one in Mills River, North Carolina.

An avid environmentalist, Grossman is committed to sustainability in every facet of his company’s operations. Sierra Nevada has received local, state and national recognition for its environmental efforts. It was the first company to achieve platinum zero waste certification from the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council, with both breweries now platinum-certified.

Even with all of these accomplishments, Sierra Nevada is always looking for ways to become more sustainable. In 2016, it discovered RightCycle and in less than a year, the company diverted more than 4,000 pounds of nitrile gloves.

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At Arbill, we applaud Kimberly-Clark’s efforts and are proud to continue to offer their products to our customers. In the months to come, we will continue to feature Kimberly-Clark products and practices that are promoting sustainability.

Arbill is a safety solutions company. We are all about protecting your workers in the workplace. Our mission is to keep workers safe and return them home safely at the end of the day. Visit arbill.com for more information about being safe and subscribe to Safer Every Day, the definitive digital magazine for workplace safety.

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5 Things You Need to Know About PPE for Women

 

According to the 2017 edition of the National Safety Council chartbook “Injury Facts” in 2014, 367 women died on the job. That same year, women experienced nearly 350,000 injuries involving days away from work. In many cases, having the right PPE could have made all the difference.

When it comes to providing your women employees with personal protective equipment (PPE), the one-size-fits-all mentality doesn’t work anymore.

As the number of women entering traditionally male-dominated fields like construction, manufacturing and oil and gas grows, so to do the needs for employers to provide their female employees with personal protective equipment that fits their frames.

1. The Workforce Needs Women

As the labor market in these industries shrinks and the population continues to age, more employers will need to expand their workforce to include more women in order to stay competitive. More than that, women are driving growth and taking leadership roles in many sectors. According to a Wall Street Journal report, 40% of the women in construction run their own businesses, and construction accounts for the largest growth in new women-owned business.

When women are on the job site and running the front office, creating a safety culture that keeps the specific needs of women in mind doesn’t just help your employees, it improves your bottom line.

2. One Size Doesn’t Fit All

Having women wear larger sized PPE isn’t safe and the solution isn’t as simple as having them wear a smaller size. For example:

  • According to a 2006 publication from the Industrial Accident Prevention Association and the Ontario Women’s Directorate, a typical woman’s foot is both shorter and narrower than a typical man’s foot, so a smaller boot may be the right length but not the right width.
  • A woman’s face is generally smaller than a man’s. If a woman is using protective eyewear that is sized for a man, the gaps they leave at her temples may allow flying debris from a machine to enter her eyes.
  • When it comes to hand protection, a woman's hands are smaller — she has shorter, narrower fingers, and a smaller palm circumference — so even a man's small glove often does not fit. Instead, having gloves sized to a woman’s hand improves dexterity and reduces risk.
  • When it comes to slip and fall protection, an improperly sized safety harness can hinder a woman’s movements and affect the ability to work safely. It also can increase the worker’s risk of “suspension trauma” after a fall. This a potentially fatal condition in which blood pools in the legs and reduces the amount of blood in circulation. 
  • A woman wearing a hard hat designed for a man may risk having her vision obscured by a hard hat that falls in her eyes. Many manufacturers recommend that women wear hard hats with a chin strap in order to improve fit.

Another issue related to ill-fitting PPE is that women who can’t find comfortable PPE are less likely to wear any PPE. This puts them at increased risk of injury.

 3.  Alteration Isn’t the Answer

Often, women who are unable to get access to PPE that is sized for their bodies will try to compensate by altering available equipment. Big mistake. Safety equipment is specifically designed to protect the wearer as-is. Altering negates the protective property of the PPE at best and can even put a female employee at greater risk.

4.  It’s Not Just a “Female Thing”

While both men and women bring up issues related to PPE with their supervisors, women are often subject to derisive comments when issued ill-fitting PPE. According to a survey carried out in May 2016 by Women in Science and Engineering (WES), just over one-quarter of respondents (28%) reported that they had been subjected to unwelcome (mostly derogatory) comments as a result of ill-fitting PPE.

Comments reported in the survey included:

  • ‘You look like a kid playing dress up’
  • ‘Can you breathe in that?
  • ‘Are you wearing your dad’s clothes?’
  • ‘Here comes the elephant’
  • ‘Your boobs look big in that’

Creating a safety culture that welcomes women employees requires more than providing the right equipment. It requires setting the right tone for employees and supervisors on the job site, making sure that everyone understands that concerns about PPE for women are not only valid but addressing them can help you to avoid safety issues in the future.

5. Options Are Available

The good news is that one-size-fits-all doesn’t have to be a company’s default position. More and more providers are offering PPE that is designed and sized specifically for women. This includes everything from safety gloves and work boots to safety harnesses and fall protection equipment.  Talking to your PPE supplier is a great place to start. They often are familiar with different brand options, and if the equipment you need isn’t available, it’s easier than ever to create customized equipment that fits the needs of all of your employees.

For example, Arbill’s Truline product line includes the Assault Slim Pink Frame safety glasses. These stylish safety glasses are designed with a woman’s face in mind while also offering clear XCoat and anti-fog lenses.

 

When it comes to hand protection, Arbill also offers its GenWear 110 TrimFit Gloves. The “skinny jean” of gloves, these gloves are designed for workers (male or female) with smaller structured hands. This streamlined design allows for a better fit, while featuring a mesh back to reduce heat buildup and a reinforced grip.

 

 

Looking for more ideas on how to provide your women employees with the right PPE? Talk to one of our safety advisors today. You can learn about our custom PPE options and schedule a site assessment.

Arbill is a safety solutions company. We are all about protecting your workers in the workplace. Our mission is to keep workers safe and return them home safely at the end of the day. Visit arbill.com for more information about being safe and subscribe to Safer Every Day, the definitive digital magazine for workplace safety.

 

Have a safe day!

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The First Annual Lisa Miller Safety Leadership Award

 

“There is a tendency to doubt your growth in the midst of a big leap forward; hold steady and allow yourself to bloom.”

 

 

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On April 10th Arbill came together to honor the life and legacy of Lisa Miller. Lisa came to Arbill in 2014 to help develop the EH&S training program and in the process, helped chart a future course for the company.

An experienced sales professional, Lisa was remembered for her embodiment of the “can-do” spirit that we value at Arbill and the incredible energy and passion that she brought to every part of her life.

Lisa passed away last year after a heroic fight against cancer. Even in her last days, she was still working, helping to build the program that she started and recruiting and training new staff members who could carry on the work that she had begun.

The lunchtime program consisted of remarks made by Arbill CEO Julie Copeland and President Robyn Zlotkin and Lisa’s family members in attendance, a 10-minute video about Lisa and the award, and the presentation of the first award to Lisa’s husband George, accepted by her sister Tina.

 

In her remarks, Copeland said, “She had the biggest heart combined with a brilliant mind. She could finish our sentences and had all the resources to bring forward and turn an opportunity into a project that would make her client’s workplace safer. Her creativity amazed me endlessly. We wanted to honor her entrepreneurial spirit with this leadership award. Going forward. this award is for the Arbill team member who exemplifies the value of “can do.” She was the essence of can-do, taking the scaffolding and building the frame with minimal support and she thrived. Lisa bloomed, and she gave Arbill the seeds to grow.”

 

The Lisa Miller Safety Leadership Award is given annually to the Arbill employee who best exemplifies Lisa’s “Can Do” spirit and her passion to make workplaces safer.

 

Want to learn more about our SafetyCare program and what it can do for your business? Talk to one of our safety advisors today and schedule a site assessment or training program.

Arbill is a safety solutions company. We are all about protecting your workers in the workplace. Our mission is to keep workers safe and return them home safely at the end of the day. Visit arbill.com for more information about being safe and subscribe to Safer Every Day, the definitive digital magazine for workplace safety.

 

Have a safe day!

 

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