Keep An Eye On Safety
Workers who are exposed to impact, heat, chemicals, dust or optical radiation should always gear up with the proper safety eyewear. Make sure your safety eyewear fits correctly, and always keep eyewear clean and replace it if it becomes scratched or damaged.
Safety Glasses protect against impact and optical radiation. Goggles protect against chemical splashes and welding lights. Face shields provide even greater impact protection, protecting the wearer's face as well as the eyes. Safety glasses or goggles should be worn under faceshields, because frequent lifting of the shield could leave eyes unprotected.
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Eye Wash Stations Are A Must
In Areas Where Chemicals Are In Use
When working with chemicals or other corrosive materials, OSHA guidelines and ANSI standards require eyewash stations where workers can drench or flush their eyes quickly, in case of emergencies. Eyewash stations must be in accessible locations that may be reached in 10 seconds or less, and in strong acid or strong caustic environments, the eyewash should be immediately adjacent to the hazard.
Eyewash Safety Checklist
Do all workers know where all eyewash stations are located?
Is the area around eyewash station(s) clear of obstructions?
Have workers been instructed on how to flush their eyes, in case of emergency?
Is the station capable of delivering a minimum of 0.4 gallons of flushing fluid per minute for 15 minutes?
Which Type Of Ear Protection Is Best?
When choosing ear protection, consider your unique needs:
Work Environment - will you be working indoors or outdoors? Will the noise be continuous or intermittent? How loud will it be?
Job Requirements - is noise exposure constant, or will it happen randomly? Will you need to communicate with others?
Earplugs give you the freedom to move around easily and communicate verbally, but don't buffer loud noises as much as earmuffs. There are specific earplugs made for different uses, such as steady noise, intermittent noises and hazardous, sudden impulse noises, so explore the options.
Earmuffs are best for intermittent exposure to noise and generally buffer more sound than earplugs; however, they can make verbal communication difficult.
How Loud Is Too Loud?
Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) numbers help you choose the proper protection for your environment.
To determine how various ear protection affects your level of exposure, use this formula:
1. Subtract 7 from the NRR number of your ear device. Divide that number by 2.
2. Subtract that number from the decibel level of your work environment to find out your exposure when wearing ear protection.
For example, if you have NRR 29 earplugs, and you work in an environment with 100 decibels of noise:
29-7 = 22; 22 / 2 = 11; 100 decibels - 11 = 89.
The NRR 29 earplugs would reduce your exposure to 89 decibels.
Start At The Top
With The Proper Hard Hat
According to OSHA, a hard hat must be worn when working in areas where there is a potential for injury to the head from falling objects or when there is the risk of exposure to electrical conductors that can potentially contact the head.
Hard hats are divided into two categories:
Type I Hard Hats are intended to reduce the force of impact resulting from a blow only to the top of the head.
Type II Hard Hats are intended to reduce the force of impact resulting from a blow which may be received off-center, to the side, or to the top of the head. Type II hard hats are lined on the inside with a thick high density foam and suspension.
Get A Grip On Hand Safety
Every year, there are about a quarter of a million serious work-related hand, finger and wrist injuries in the U.S. Take care of your hands by making sure you understand the safety requirements for the job, and protect yourself with the right gloves.
Think about the ways your hands could be injured based on what you do everyday, and get the gloves to help protect your unique needs:
Cuts, lacerations, and punctures
Amputations and broken bones
Chemical and thermal burns
Dermatitis from chemicals
Skin disease or other illness due to absorbing hazardous substances through unprotected skin