27 Sep 2017
Construction workers looking over the blue print wearing PPE.

It’s here!

Many safety professionals wait anxiously for OSHA to release their annual top ten cited standards. If you are a seasoned safety focused person, I bet you can guess the #1 most cited standard…. You got it! – Fall Protection, 1926.501. It seems every year fall hazards top the charts. The complete list was released to a crowd at the 2017 National Safety Council Expo in Indianapolis, IN.

For the full list of most cited standards, check out OH&S Magazine’s OSHA Unveils FY2017 Top Most-Cited Standards article.

What should you do?

Contact Quest Safety to talk with a trained sales professional about best practices, new products, and resources to reduce citations and prevent your next fall. There have been advancements in the industry by 3M Capital Fall Protection and Honeywell Miller Fall Protection. We want to connect you with the right product for the application.

 

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22 Jun 2016
GHS HazCom pictograms. The symbols are used to identify workplace dangers.

In 2009, OSHA began aligning their Hazard Communication Standard (HCS 1994) also known as HazCom, with the GHS (Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals) adopted in 2003 by the United Nations. With HCS 1994, OSHA intent was to give workers knowledge of health, physical, and environmental hazards they may encounter in the workplace. The goal of what became HCS 2012 was to standardize hazardous information to make it easier for workers to understand quickly, especially in emergency situations.

The key changes to HazCom and GHS are hazard classification; standardization of labels with signal words, pictograms, and hazard information; converting previously used Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) to a new standardized format, Safety Data Sheets (SDS).  Compliance with the new standard (HCS 2012/29 CFR 1910.1200) began in 2012 with a final deadline of June 2016. At that time all chemical users and producers must adhere to the new regulations.

For additional information see:
OHSA’s Hazard Communication Page
Free OSHA Training Tutorial – Understanding the GHS Labeling System
Free OSHA Training Tutorial – Understanding GHS Safety Data Sheets (SDS’s)
GHS Training: Passing Deadlines Don’t Mean the Work is Over from Occupational Health and Safety Magazine

Bug X 30 Insect Repellent Towelettes at a lake in the woods.

It seems warmer temps are here to stay! While warmer temps are exciting, perhaps not so exciting is the increase in pesky and sometimes dangerous insects the warmer temps bring. The Zika virus is on the rise making insect repellant increasingly important this year. Know the facts! Be Aware to Be Prepared! Check out Quest’s full line of insect repellent option below.

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18 Apr 2016
Construction worker wearing safety glasses, electrical protection gloves, and a hard hat cutting metal.

What glove is right for your application? Safety professionals all over the nation struggle to find the perfect fit in an effort to balance cost, compliance, and comfort. Many times high usage levels and cost can lead to an inexpensive canvas glove. Protective Industrial Products performed an impressive glove study at one of the largest metal producers in the United States that resulted in some pretty interesting findings. What glove is right for your application? It may not be the cost effective canvas you’ve grown accustom to using.

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01 Feb 2016
Construction sign that says to Wear Your Safety Glasses, Foresight is Better than no Sight.

Eye protection is a key component of every Safety Program, and prevention is the best protection!  An incident can occur at any time, setting, or location and correctly using your eyewear will lower your chance of an injury.

Prevent Blindness America reports that 90 percent of the more than 2,000 eye injuries occurring each day are preventable through the use of protective safety eyewear.

The best reason to maintain a top-of-the-line PPE program, including employees’ critical eye and face protection, is to prevent a life-changing injury. Eye injuries can range from mild—minor bumps and scratches—to serious, eyesight-threatening injuries that demand immediate medical attention.  Common injuries include corneal abrasions, which are scratches on the clear, front surface of the eye. They can result from merely rubbing your eye or from wearing contacts too long, or from a speck of “something” in the eye or being poked in the eye by some object.

Read more of the OH&S Magazine Article “Keys to Preventing Eye Injuries” by Fred Elliott…

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11 Jan 2016
Construction worker wearing safety glasses, electrical protection gloves, and a hard hat cutting metal.

It’s been a long time coming! Cut protection has been exploding as a topic of interest in the safety industry for many years now. Despite the advancements in cut protective gloves there is still confusion about what standard to use or the necessary cut protection needed for the application.

According to the National Safety Council, a single hand laceration can cost over $12,000 in direct and related costs, if a tendon is severed, the cost can approach $70,000.

Proposed changes have been submitted to bring together the U.S. standard ANSI/ISEA 105 and the European standard EN 388.  Read more of this OH&S Magazine “New Global Standards for Protective Gloves are Coming” by Jill A Conley…

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