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Monthly Archives: February 2016

  • Leap into Preparedness

    While there are certain times of year we focus on specific topics, such as burn safety, cpr & aed awareness, winter safety, wildfire safety, hurricane safety (you get the point) - and an extended campaign in September focusing on National preparedness, that doesn't mean you should be aware of hazards and the need to be prepared for them year-round.

    Don't wait until you are already at risk, today is an extra day,, leap day - use it to take stock of your own preparation needs and measures. Are your emergency supplies and first aid kits up to date and ready? Is your emergency action plan in place? Are you ready for whatever comes rolling or roiling your way?


  • Campfire Safety

    Getting the Itch to head outdoors? Weather is changing, and soon all the camping, hiking, and wilderness adventures will begin!

    Before they do, we'd like to review some review some campfire safety tips:

    campfire~ Always use a designated fire pit and NEVER EVER use gasoline or kerosene as a starter fluid or accelerant to start or increase campfires.

    ~ Children should never build a fire without adult supervision and a 3-foot "no kids zone" should be enforced at all times.

    ~ Have water readily available prior to building your fire.

    ~ Extinguish your fire safely and make sure all COALS have been extinguished before you leave. Many burn injuries come from abandoned and improperly disposed of and/or extinguished coals

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    Outdoor First Aid Supplies for Wilderness, Adventure, Hiking, Camping & Outside Work Preparedness

    Whether a Day Hike, Friends over for Backyard fun, or a Backcountry adventure… Being outdoors means you need to prepare. Insect Stings and Bites, Snakes, and Sunburn all occur at home and afield. Dehydration, Hypothermia, Blisters and much worse can happen on the trail or at the campsite. Be prepared with the appropriate Outdoor, Camping, Hiking, and Wilderness Preparedness Gear & Supplies. Here are some easy solutions to help keep the outdoor activities fun and worry-free.

  • Splinting

    Splinting is necessary for situations in which the victim must be moved or transported.

    Types of Splints

    1. Anatomic Splint- Body provides support
    2. Soft Splint- Sling, sheet, towel
    3. Rigid Splint- Magazine, board, branch

    Typically, splinting is associated with Treatment of a Fractured Bone , but it can be useful for other types of injuries as well.

    • Splinting is a method used to keep and injured body part from moving. It can also help reduce pain, making the injured person more comfortable.
    • Splint only if the person must be moved or transported and if you can do so without causing more pain and discomfort to the person.
    • Splint an injury in the position you find it.
    • Splint the joints above and below an injured bone.
    • Splint the bones above and below an injured joint.
    • Check for feeling, warmth and color of the skin below the site of injury both before and after splinting.
    • If the injury appears serious, or the person cannot be safely transported, CALL 9-1-1 or the local emergency umber.
    • Splinting materials should be soft or padded for comfort.

    SAMSplints From the popular SAM medical splint to disposable, air and wire splints: Disposable Splints, Wire Splints, SAM Splints, Inflatable Air Hand & Wrist or Foot & Ankle Splints, Finger Splints in Aluminum. - See our First Aid Instructions for fractures to understand the use of rigid, soft and other splints for support or immobilization of limbs during first aid treatment and transport of injured persons.

    Splints - See our selection of conventional first aid splints for hard, soft and anatomical splinting - also see inflatable air splints

    What to do:

    For a leg injury:

    • CHECK the scene and the person.
    • Get permission to give care.
    • Immobilize the injured leg by binding it to the uninjured leg with triangular bandages.

    For ankle and foot injuries:

    • CHECK the scene and the person.
    • Get permission to give care.
    • Immobilize the ankle and foot by using a soft splint – a pillow or blanket.
    • Do not remove the person’s show.

    For hand and finger injuries:

    • CHECK the scene and the person.
    • Get permission to give care.
    • If you suspect that the finger is broken or dislocated, tape the injured finger to a finger next to it.
  • Fire Safety & Extinguishers

    Fire - one of the most devastating emergencies, and a year-round risk.

    emergency-exitEvery Company should have a full complement of the proper type of fire extinguisher for the fire hazards present. All fire extinguishers should be inspected annually by a fire protection equipment company and tagged with the date of inspection. If a fire extinguisher is used or discharged for any reason, it should be removed from service and replaced with another properly charged fire extinguisher while it is being recharged.

    Employees who are expected or anticipated to use fire extinguishers should be instructed on the hazards of fighting fires, how to properly operate the fire extinguishers available, and what procedures to follow in alerting others to the fire emergency. These employees should only attempt to extinguish small incipient fires. If a fire cannot be immediately and easily extinguished with a fire extinguisher, the employees should evacuate the building.  They should not try to fight the fire!  All employees who are not trained and designated to fight fires should immediately evacuate the premises at the first sign of  fire or initiation of the fire alarm and should be prohibited from using an extinguisher or re-entering the premises until declared safe by fire professionals.

    Rules for Fighting a Fire

    (First learn about the Fire Triangle & Fire Extinguishers)

    Fires can be very dangerous and you should always be certain that you will not endanger yourself or others when attempting to put out a fire. For this reason, when a fire is discovered:

    • Assist any person in immediate danger to safety, if it can be accomplished without risk to yourself.
    • Activate the building fire alarm system or notify the fire department by dialing 911 (or designating someone else to notify them for you). When you activate the building fire alarm system, it will automatically notify the fire department and get help on the way. It will also sound the building alarms to notify other occupants, and it will shut down the air handling units to prevent the spread of smoke throughout the building.
    • Only after having done these two things, if the fire is small, you may attempt to use an extinguisher to put it out.


    You don't know what is burning. If you don't know what is burning, you don't know what type of extinguisher to use. Even if you have an ABC extinguisher, there may be something in the fire which is going to explode or produce highly toxic smoke. Chances are, you will know what's burning, or at least have a pretty good idea, but if you don't, let the fire department handle it.

    The fire is spreading rapidly beyond the spot where it started. The time to use an extinguisher is in the incipient, or beginning, stages of a fire. If the fire is already spreading quickly, it is best to simple evacuate the building, closing doors and windows behind you as you leave.

    Do Not Fight the Fire If:

    You don't have adequate or appropriate equipment. If you don't have the correct type or large enough extinguisher, it is best not to try to fight the fire.

    You might inhale toxic smoke. If the fire is producing large amounts of smoke that you would have to breathe in order to fight it, it is best not to try. Any sort of combustion will produce some amount of carbon monoxide, but when synthetic materials such as the nylon in carpeting or foam padding in a sofa burn, they can produce highly toxic gases such as hydrogen cyanide, acrolein, and ammonia in addition to carbon monoxide. These gases can be fatal in very small amounts.

    Your instincts tell you not to. If you are uncomfortable with the situation for any reason, just let the fire department do their job.

    The final rule is to always position yourself with an exit or means of escape at your back before you attempt to use an extinguisher to put out a fire. In case the extinguisher malfunctions, or something unexpected happens, you need to be able to get out quickly, and you don't want to become trapped. Just remember, always keep an exit at your back.

    How to Use a Fire Extinguisher

    It's easy to remember how to use a fire extinguisher if you can remember the acronym PASS, which stands for Pull, Aim, Squeeze, and Sweep.

    Pull the Pin.

    This will allow you to discharge the extinguisher.

    Aim at the base of the fire.

    If you aim at the flames (which is frequently the temptation), the extinguishing agent will fly right through and do no good. You want to hit the fuel.

    Squeeze the top handle or lever.

    This depresses a button that releases the pressurized extinguishing agent in the extinguisher.

    Sweep from side to side

    until the fire is completely out. Start using the extinguisher from a safe distance away, then move forward. Once the fire is out, keep an eye on the area in case it re-ignites.

    If any employee discovers a fire or smoke, and the employee cannot put out the fire immediately, the employee should immediately pull the nearest fire alarm box or follow whatever fire alarm procedure is in place.

    If a fire alarm sounds or a fire is otherwise announced, all employees (except those designated and trained to use fire extinguishers) are expected to immediately exit the premises by proceeding to the nearest exit in an orderly fashion. If the nearest exit is blocked by fire or smoke, the employees should proceed to an alternate exit. There should be no running, shouting, pushing, etc. A calm orderly evacuation is the safest for all concerned.Fire_Exit

  • Apps to help improve Teen Driver Safety

    Apps... while Distracted Driving is a curse to drivers of all ages, and nobody should have their phones in hand while driving, nevertheless these Apps could make Teen Driving Safer and better.

    When your teenager takes to the road alone, you want to know that they're being as safe as possible. Unfortunately, cautions NY traffic lawyer Zev Goldstein, you can set all the rules in place that you want while your teenager is with you, but that won't necessarily do anything to protect them once they're actually out on the road. To help reduce your stress, not to mention the odds that they'll lean down to check one text and end up in an accident, try these helpful apps that will prevent your teenager from using their phone on the road.

    Mobility, internet and communication concept Mobility, internet and communication concept

    Steer Clear

    State Farm offers a fantastic app that will track driving habits. This offers several advantages for parents. First, if you're using State Farm insurance, offers a discount in many states. Second, Steer Clear makes it possible to monitor the driving behaviors of your teenager, which means that if they're making foolish choices behind the wheel, you'll know about it. The app looks over your teen's shoulder when you can't be there.


    Let's face it: your teenager is physically incapable of leaving their phone in their pocket when a text alert sounds. No matter where they are or what they're doing, they can't resist the urge to look down and see what their friends have to say--and that's a mistake that can be fatal on the road. With AT&T's DriveMode, however, your teenager won't even know when a text or call comes in. If the car is traveling faster than twenty-five miles per hour, DriveMode will automatically silence text alerts and send calls to voice mail. It can also be set to auto-reply to let the sender know that the person is driving and will get back to them as soon as possible. DriveMode has an added feature that you'll really love: if DriveMode is turned off, it can be programmed to send an alert to your phone.

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    Safe Driver

    Worried that your teenager might engage in unsafe driving behaviors? Concerned that you might not be able to find them? Safe Driver uses the GPS on the phone to look up speed limits and other information about the area where your teenager is driving. If they exceed the speed limit or engage in other unsafe driving behaviors, you get a text letting you know about it.


    Some parents prefer that their teenager be able to answer the phone when they call, even if they're behind the wheel. After all, you don't want to worry unnecessarily. However, you don't want your teenager to take their hands off the wheel, either. enables hands-free, voice-activated reading of incoming texts and will send an automatic response for your teen.

    These apps can't make your teenager into a perfect driver, but they can help increase the odds of safe behavior when your teen is behind the wheel. The peace of mind you'll gain from knowing that they're driving safely makes it well worth it!

  • The Fire Triangle

    Fire_triangleIn order to understand how fire extinguishers work, you first need to know a little bit about fire. Four things must be present at the same time in order to produce fire:

    • Enough oxygen to sustain combustion,
    • Enough heat to raise the material to its ignition temperature,
    • Some sort of fuel or combustible material, and
    • The chemical, exothermic reaction that is fire.

    Oxygen, heat, and fuel are frequently referred to as the "fire triangle." Add in the fourth element, the chemical reaction, and you actually have a fire "tetrahedron." The important thing to remember is: take any of these four things away, and you will not have a fire or the fire will be extinguished.

    Get your home fire safety and evacuation ready! Get your home fire safety and evacuation ready!

    Essentially, fire extinguishers put out fire by taking away one or more elements of the fire triangle/tetrahedron.

    Fire safety, at its most basic, is based upon the principle of keeping fuel sources and ignition sources separate.

    Fire Extinguishers - OSHA Safety Training: Among all the safety problems an employee can encounter, fire can be the most frightening. Every year fires cause hundreds of millions of dollars in damage and result in thousands of employee injuries, a number of which are fatal. Yet many of these catastrophes could have been prevented if the fire had been extinguished before it started to spread.

    Classifications of Fuels

    Not all fuels are the same, and if you use the wrong type of fire extinguisher on the wrong type of fuel, you can, in fact, make matters worse. It is therefore very important to understand the four different classifications of fuel.

    Class A - Wood, paper, cloth, trash, plastics.  Solid combustible materials that are not metals.

    Class B - Flammable liquids: gasoline, oil, grease, acetone.  Any non-metal in a liquid state, on fire.

    Class C - Electrical: energized electrical equipment.  As long as it's "plugged in," it would be considered a class C fire.

    Class D - Metals: potassium, sodium, aluminum, magnesium
    Unless you work in a laboratory or in an industry that uses these materials, it is unlikely you'll have to deal with a Class D fire. It takes special extinguishing agents (Metal-X, foam) to fight such a fire.

    Fire Extinguishers & Fire Prevention - OSHA Safety Training:

    Our training products on "Using Fire Extinguishers" look at why things burn, review the types of fire extinguishers that are found in facilities today, and discuss how to use fire extinguishers to fight small fires. Topics covered in these products include:

    • What causes things to burn.
    • The concept of "flashpoint".
    • "Classes" of fires.
    • Fire extinguisher labels.
    • Chemical fire extinguishers.
    • Water fire extinguishers.
    • How to use a fire extinguisher.
    • and more.

    Fire Prevention - Office, Industrial & Healthcare Environments - OSHA Safety Training: Among all the safety problems an employee can encounter, fire can be the most frightening. Every year fires in businesses and healthcare facilities cause millions of dollars in damage and result in hundreds of injuries, a number of which are fatal. Yet many employees do not realize how their own actions, or inactions, can contribute to the risk of fire.

    See our Fire Prevention & Safety Training Materials! See our Fire Prevention & Safety Training Materials!

    Our training products on "Fire Prevention" look at how fires start, review steps that can be taken to help prevent fires and discuss what employees should do in case of a fire emergency. Topics covered in these products include:

    • Common causes of fires.
    • Preventing fires.
    • The concept of "flashpoint".
    • "Classes" of fires.
    • Fire extinguishers.
    • Handling flammable materials.
    • Evacuation and other employee responsibilities.
    • First aid.
    • and more.

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  • Driving Safety

    Yesterday, we talked about Teen Driver Safety, but everyone needs to be safe on the roads, and employers with staff that drives for business, or even to and from work, should be especially aware of these issues.

    We do so much driving that it's easy to forget how dangerous it can be. Every year accidents claim almost 35,000 lives and cause more than two million serious injuries. Fortunately, most accidents can be prevented. People can avoid trouble on the road if they approach their driving with the right skills, a well-maintained vehicle and a safety first attitude.

    This April, designated Distracted Driving Awareness month by the National Safety Council, is the perfect time to discuss safe driving habits with employees.

    Driving Safety: The Basics provides the information employees need to drive cars, vans and small trucks safely, both on and off the job.  It discusses the preparations employees should make in order  to drive safely, driving with other vehicles, driving at night and in bad weather, handling emergencies... and more.

    Driving Safety - OSHA Safety Training: Most employees travel the roads every day... in cars, vans or trucks... many of them on company business. Each year, traffic accidents claim over 30,000 lives and cause more than a million serious injuries. In fact, motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of death on the job.

    driving-safety-tileOur training products on "Driving Safety" provide the information employees need to drive cars, vans and small trucks safely, both on and off the job. Topics covered in these products include:

    • Inspecting the vehicle. Adjusting seats, mirrors and other equipment.
    • Wearing seatbelts.
    • Mental preparation and concentration.
    • Creating a "safety cushion" around your vehicle.
    • Passing another vehicle.
    • Driving at night.
    • Adverse weather conditions, skidding and hydroplaning.
    • What to do in case of an accident.
    • and more

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  • Types of Fire Extinguishers

    Which type of Fire Extinguisher is right for the job? How do you know what type it is?

    Most fire extinguishers will have a pictograph label telling which fuels the extinguisher is designed to fight.


    Different types of fire extinguishers are designed to fight different classes of fire. The three most common types of fire extinguishers are:

    • Water (APW) Extinguishers
    • Carbon Dioxide Extinguisher, and
    • Dry Chemical Extinguishers

    Water (APW) Extinguishers

    APWs are designed for Class A (wood, paper, cloth) fires only.

    Never use water to extinguish flammable liquid fires. Water is extremely ineffective at extinguishing this type of fire, and you may, in fact, spread the fire if you try to use water on it.

    Never use water to extinguish an electrical fire. Water is a good conductor, and there is some concern for electrocution if you were to use water to extinguish an electrical fire. Electrical equipment must be unplugged and/or de-energized before using a water extinguisher on it.

    APWs extinguish fire by taking away the "heat" element of the fire triangle. APWs are generally found in older buildings, particularly in public hallways.

    Carbon Dioxide (CO2 ) Extinguishers

    Carbon Dioxide extinguishers are filled with non-flammable carbon dioxide gas under extreme pressure. You can recognize a CO2 extinguisher by its hard horn and lack of pressure gauge. The pressure in the cylinder is so great that when you use one of these extinguishers, bits of dry ice may shoot out the horn.

    CO2 cylinders are red and range in size from 5 lbs to 100 lbs or larger. In the larger sizes, the hard horn will be located on the end of a long, flexible hose.

    CO2’s are designed for Class B and C
    (flammable liquid and electrical) fires only

    Carbon Dioxide is a non-flammable gas that extinguishes fire by displacing oxygen, or taking away the oxygen element of the fire triangle. The carbon dioxide is also very cold as it comes out of the extinguisher, so it cools the fuel as well. CO2’s may be ineffective at extinguishing Class A fires because they may not be able to displace enough oxygen to successfully put the fire out. Class A materials may also smolder and re-ignite. CO2’s will frequently be found in laboratories, mechanical rooms, kitchens, and flammable liquid storage areas.

    FireExtinguisherABCDry Chemical Extinguishers

    Dry Chemical Extinguishers come in a variety of types. You may see them labeled:

    • "DC" short for "dry chem"
    • "ABC" indicating that they are designed to extinguish class A,B,and C fires, or
    • "BC" indicating that they are designed to extinguish class B and C fires.

    "ABC" fire extinguishers are filled with a fine yellow powder. The greatest portion of this powder is composed of mono-ammonium phosphate. Nitrogen is used to pressurize the extinguishers.

    ABC extinguishers are red and range in size from 5 lbs. to 20 lbs.

    It is extremely important to identify which types of dry chemical extinguishers are located in your area. Read the labels and know their locations! You don't want to mistakenly use a "BC" extinguisher on a Class A fire, thinking that it was an "ABC" extinguisher.

    Dry chemical extinguishers put out fire by coating the fuel with a thin layer of dust, separating the fuel from the oxygen in the air. The powder also works to interrupt the chemical reaction of fire, so these extinguishers are extremely effective at putting out fire.

    These extinguishers will be found in a variety of locations. New buildings will have them located in public hallways. They may also be found in laboratories, mechanical rooms, break rooms, chemical storage areas, offices, university vehicles, etc.

    Dry chemical extinguishers with powder designed for Class B and C fires may be located in places such as commercial kitchens or areas with flammable liquids.

  • Teen Driver Safety

    Teen DriverYour teenager has just earned his or her driver’s permit and is now chomping at the bit to get behind the wheel. While you are proud of your kid and know that it’s time to start driving lessons, your heart wishes you could turn back time to the days when the only cars your child drove were found in the toy box.

    Your concern is valid. Driving is probably the most dangerous task you do during the course of the day, so you are a bit worried about your kiddo taking the wheel. To help set your mind at ease and ensure that your teen is a safe driver, check out the following tips and techniques:

    Practice, Practice, Practice

    The best way to get your teen on the road to good driving skills is to grit your teeth and schedule tons of practice sessions. Start out in a large and empty parking lot to let your teen get used to the basics of steering, braking and applying the right amount of gas.

    After your teen is more comfortable behind the wheel, head out to neighborhoods and increasingly busy boulevards. To give your teen even more experience, sign him or her up for lessons with a driving school — preferably one that offers practice in challenging conditions. For example, the Institute for Driver Safety includes plenty of practice driving on the freeway, at night and around the airport.

    Teach About the Other Driver

    Make sure your teen understands that in addition to focusing on what he or she is doing behind the wheel, he or she must be alert to what others are doing on the road. Explain the importance of anticipating that others on the road are bad drivers and watching for cars that might pull out in front of him or her or swerve into his or her lane.

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    Part of preparing your teen to be a safe driver is to make sure the vehicle has an emergency kit and to spend some time going over what to do in case of a breakdown. While you don’t want your teen to use a cellphone while driving, stress the importance of having a charged phone in the vehicle. Invest in a car charger, and keep it in the glove box at all times.

    Your car also should be equipped with an emergency kit that will help your teen if he or she should be stranded in inclement weather. Go shopping together for a shovel, a box of cat litter for added traction in the snow, a windshield scraper and extra blankets. Also, be sure your teen knows where car maintenance tools are located in the vehicle, such as the jumper cables, the spare tire and a jack and wrench.

    Make Driving and Texting a No-no

    Talking on a cellphone or texting while driving is a recipe for disaster. Tell your teen that to get to use your car, he or she has to keep the cellphone out of reach while driving. If your state has a law against drivers being on the phone, make sure your teen understands it and explain that there will be severe consequences if he or she is caught on the phone. To help get your point across, be a good role model and keep your own hands on the wheel and off the smartphone while driving.

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  • Eye Injuries & First Aid

    Every day an estimated 1,000 eye injuries occur in American workplaces.  The financial cost of these injuries is enormous -- more than $300 million per year in lost production time, medical expenses, and workers compensation. No dollar figure can adequately reflect the personal toll these accidents take on the injured workers.

    What contributes to eye injuries at work?

    Take a moment to think about possible eye hazards at your workplace. A survey by the Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) of about 1,000 minor eye injuries reveals how and why many on-the-job accidents occur.

    What is the most common unsafe behavior?

    • Not wearing eye protection. BLS reports that nearly three out of every five workers injured were not wearing eye protection at the time of the accident.
    • Wearing the wrong kind of eye protection for the job. About 40% of the injured workers were wearing some form of eye protection when the accident occurred.
    Eye Injuries – Eyes move together, so always immobilize both eyes. Seek medical attention. Eye Injuries – Eyes move together, so always immobilize both eyes. Seek medical attention.

    What causes eye injuries?

    • Flying particles. BLS found that almost 70% of the accidents studied resulted from flying or falling objects or sparks striking the eye. Injured workers estimated that nearly three-fifths of the objects were smaller than a pin head. Most of the particles were said to be traveling faster than a hand-thrown object when the accident occurred.
    • Contact with chemicals caused one-fifth of the injuries. Other accidents were caused by objects swinging from a fixed or attached position, like tree limbs, ropes, chains, or tools which were pulled into the eye while the worker was using them.

    Where do accidents occur most often?

    • Craft work; industrial equipment operation. Potential eye hazards can be found in nearly every industry, but BLS reported that more than 40% of injuries occurred among craft workers, like mechanics, repairers, carpenters, and plumbers.
    • Over a third of the injured workers were operatives, such as assemblers, sanders, and grinding machine operators. Laborers suffered about one-fifth of the eye injuries. Almost half the injured workers were employed in manufacturing; slightly more than 20% were in construction.

    How can eye injuries be prevented?

    • Always wear effective eye protection. To be effective, eyewear must appropriate for the hazard encountered and properly fitted.
    • Better training and education. BLS reported that most workers were hurt while doing their regular jobs.
    • Workers injured while not wearing protective eyewear most often said they believed it was not required by the situation. Even though the vast majority of employers furnished eye protection at no cost to employees, about 40% of the workers received no information on where and what kind of eyewear should be used.
    • Eye protection devices must be properly maintained. Scratched and dirty devices reduce vision, cause glare and may contribute to accidents.
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    Description and Use of Eye/Face Protectors

    • Protective eyeglasses are made with safety frames, tempered glass or plastic lenses, temples and side shields which provide eye protection from moderate impact and particles encountered in job tasks such as carpentry, woodworking, grinding, scaling, etc. Safety glasses are also available in prescription form for those persons who need corrective lenses.
    • Vinyl framed goggles of soft pliable body design provide adequate eye protection from many hazards. These goggles are available with clear or tinted lenses, perforated, port vented, or non-vented frames. Single lens goggles provide similar protection to spectacles and may be worn in combination with spectacles or corrective lenses to insure protection along with proper vision. Welders goggles provide protection from sparking, scaling, or splashing metals and harmful light rays. Lenses are impact resistant and are available in graduated shades of filtration. Chippers/Grinders goggles provide eye protection from flying particles. The dual protective eye cups house impact resistant clear lenses with individual cover plates.
    • Face Shields. These normally consist of an adjustable headgear and face shield of tinted/transparent acetate or polycarbonate materials, or wire screen. Face shields are available in various sizes, tensile strength, impact/heat resistance and light ray filtering capacity. Face shields will be used in operations when the entire face needs protection and should be worn to protect eyes and face against flying particles, metal sparks, and chemical/biological splash.
    • Welding Shields. These shield assemblies consist of vulcanized fiber or glass fiber body, a ratchet/button type adjustable headgear or cap attachment and a filter and cover plate holder. These shields will be provided to protect workers’ eyes and face from infrared or radiant light burns, flying sparks, metal spatter and slag chips encountered during welding, brazing, soldering, resistance welding, bare or shielded electric arc welding and oxyacetylene welding and cutting operations.

    Selection chart guidelines for eye and face protection

    Eye and Face Protection Selection Chart
    Source Assessment of Hazard Protection
    IMPACT - Chipping, grinding, machining, drilling, chiseling, riveting, sanding, etc. Flying fragments, objects, large chips, particles, sand, dirt, etc. Spectacles with side protection, goggles, face shields.
    For severe exposure, use face shield over primary eye protection.
    HEAT - Furnace operations, pouring, casting, hot dipping, and welding. Hot sparks

    Splash from moten metals

    High temperature exposure

    Faceshields, goggles, spectacles with side protection. For severe exposure use faceshield.

    Faceshields, reflective face shields.

    Screen face shields, reflective face shields.

    CHEMICALS - Acid and chemicals handling Splash

    Irritating mists

    Goggles, eyecup and cover types. For severe exposure, use face shield over primary eye protection

    Special-purpose goggles

    DUST - Woodworking, buffing, general dusty conditions Nuisance dust Goggles, eyecup and cover types.
    Welding - electric arcWelding - gas

    Cutting, torch brazing, torch soldering


    Optical radiation

    Optical radiation

    Optical radiation

    Poor vision

    Welding helmets or welding shields. Typical shades: 10-14

    Welding goggles or welding face shield. Typical shades: gas welding 4-8, cutting 3-6, brazing 3-4

    Spectacles or welding face shield. Typical shades: 1.5-3

    Spectacles with shaded or special-purpose lenses, as suitable.

    Some occupations (not a complete list) for which eye protection should be routinely considered are: carpenters, electricians, machinists, mechanics and repairers, millwrights, plumbers and pipe fitters, sheet metal workers and tinsmiths, assemblers, sanders, grinding machine operators, lathe and milling machine operators, sawyers, welders, laborers, chemical process operators and handlers, and timber cutting and logging workers. The following chart provides general guidance for the proper selection of eye and face protection to protect against hazards associated with the listed hazard "source" operations.

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