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TOPIC: Personal-protective-equipment-ppe

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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What's Wrong With This Picture?

When it comes to safety it’s all about the details. Being able to see what is missing in terms of protective equipment can make all the difference between whether an employee gets to go home at the end of the day.

This week, we challenged our followers on social media to look at this image and find the seven things wrong with this picture. As promised, here are the answers to our “What’s Wrong with This Picture Challenge"

1.  NO EYE PROTECTION

While the man in the picture is wearing eyeglasses, he is not wearing a face shield or protective goggles. Thousands of people are blinded each year from work-related eye injuries that could have been prevented with the proper selection and use of eye and face protection. According to OSHA Eye injuries alone cost more than $300 million per year in lost production time, medical expenses, and worker compensation.

2.  NO MACHINE GUARD

Moving machine parts have the potential to cause severe workplace injuries, such as crushed fingers or hands, amputations, burns, or blindness. Safeguards are essential for protecting workers from these preventable injuries. Any machine part, function, or process that may cause injury must be safeguarded. When the operation of a machine or accidental contact injure the operator or others in the vicinity, the hazards must be eliminated or controlled. This page contains general information on the various hazards of mechanical motion and techniques for protecting workers.

3.  NEED ADJUSTMENT HANDLE FOR DRILL

The operator is trying to adjust his machine by hand. This may be a risk factor if the employee isn’t trained to correct the issue or gets their hands too close to moving parts. Having an adjustment handle can allow the operator to adjust the machine without the risk of getting their hands caught on moving machine parts.

4.  NO EMERGENCY SHUT-OFF

In order to avoid accidents or hazardous energy issues, machines should be equipped with an emergency shut-off switch or a foot pedal.

5.  NO FACE MASK/RESPIRATOR

If the machine emits harmful dusts, fogs, smokes, mists, gases, vapors or sprays, it may be advisable for the operator to wear a face mask or a respirator to protect their lungs. These hazards may cause cancer, lung impairment, diseases, or death. According to OSHA, an estimated 5 million workers are required to wear respirators in 1.3 million workplaces throughout the United States. Compliance with the OSHA Respiratory Protection Standard could avert hundreds of deaths and thousands of illnesses annually.

6.  SLEEVES PULLED BACK

The operator has their sleeves pulled back. While this may prevent their cuffs from getting caught in the machine, it also fails to protect their hands and arms. Also, if a cuff comes loose it could still get caught. Instead the operator should wear longer sleeves or use a protecting guard for their forearms.

7.  EAR PROTECTION

The operator isn’t wearing any kind of ear protection. According to OSHA 22 million workers are exposed to potentially damaging noise at work each year. Last year, U.S. business paid more than $1.5 million in penalties for not protecting workers from noise.

While it's impossible to put a number to the human toll of hearing loss, an estimated $242 million is spent annually on workers' compensation for hearing loss disability.

Looking for a detailed safety assessment for your workplace? 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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Welcome to Safety: The Importance of Worker Orientation


I’m always excited when a new employee starts at Arbill. We plan in advance to welcome the employee and make sure he/she meets with key people and learns the ropes from our experienced staff. It’s also important that all new employees -- in every area of the company --understands from day one that we are a safety company. Nothing is more important than keeping workers safe. 

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Proper PPE: Are Your Workers Safe?

Workplace injuries cost companies over $62 billion each year and cause significant physical and emotional pain for those injured and their families. By not providing the proper protection or not giving the proper instruction on how to care for or use safety equipment, you are leaving employees vulnerable to injury and your business open to a negative impact on your bottom line. 

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Worker Orientation - Welcome to Safety!

I’m always excited when a new employee starts at Arbill. We plan in advance to welcome the employee and make sure he/she meets with key people and learns the ropes from our experienced staff. It’s also important that all new employees -- in every area of the company --understands from day one that we are a safety company. Nothing is more important than keeping workers safe. 

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Protect the Eyes of Your Workers

Let’s focus on eye protection. It’s clear to me that some employers get it. They provide the proper training and use of protective eyewear.

Unfortunately, the injury statistics tell us that so many employers don’t get it, which puts their employees (and their bottom line) at risk.

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Protect Your Workers from Respiratory Illness

It was recently reported that employees of Lake Compounce Family Theme Park who sprayed coatings on park equipment and worked with caustic chemicals in the park's paint room were exposed to chemical, burn and respirator hazards. Inspectors cited the Bristol, Connecticut facility for 18 serious violations of workplace safety standards.

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The Cost of Workplace injuries and illnesses

Workplace injuries and illnesses have a tremendous impact on the bottom line for employers.

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Deadly Crane Collapse in New York City

One person died and three others were injured after a construction crane fell in downtown Manhattan on Friday, February 5, 2016. The crane, which fell in the morning, toppled parked cars on Worth Street in the Tribeca neighborhood.

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Protect Your Workers from Respiratory Illness

Respiratory illness can be serious. In some cases, it can be deadly. And, unfortunately, in the safety world, we see the reality of respiratory issues. Many workers are not properly protected and are at risk for respiratory illness, which can be devastating to them and their families. It can also be devastating for employers who don’t protect their workers properly.

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