Arctic Cold Weather- The New Normal?

By now we all seen the news or on social media how the west and mid-west of the country is or will be affected by a winter storm that has stopped most people from their daily activities.

 

Along with high winds and quick dropping temperature levels, some city officials have warned residents to stay inside if possible due to the potential threat of dangerous weather that has claimed three lives so far. In the Northeast, temperatures are expected to fall below their normal ranges during this time of the months (20 degrees drop). Its no wonder some 3700 flights have been cancelled between Saturday and Sunday. If you are a brave soul and need to go out for what ever reason, we urge you to prepare yourself with winter gear that stands up to these temperatures. Our clothing is not only for industrial workers that work in temperature controlled warehouses or docks but for people that need to fight of extreme cold weather.

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With all this foul weather, you can bet that the snow plows will be out in full force. News reports have said that this polar blast will be on off until the early part of February. So preparation is key here. When ever there is a break in the snow storm and its safe to go out gather your supplies for a few day until the chill pass.

 

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Arc Flash 2018 Safety Standards

 

In 2015, the NFPA released “2015 Edition of NFPA 70E®, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace.”  Since then, updates have occurred and this year the 2018 changes were released.  Revisions from previous editions include adding Definitions for fault current and available fault current, new elements required for the Electrical Safety Program, requirements for performing Job Safety Plans, removal of table allowing use of natural fiber PPE for < 1.2 cal./cm2, added Risk Mitigation Hierarchy, new elements for establishing an Electrically Safe Work Condition, Annex Q was added for consideration of Human Performance and Workplace Electrical Safety, and many more. The 2018 Edition of NFPA 70E® was restructured which resulted in many paragraph reference changes – and subsequent safety requirement changes for organizations.

 

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Most companies have had difficulty understanding, implementing and maintaining compliance with the 2015 changes to NFPA 70E and even more are unaware of the 2018 changes.

If your company is still struggling with NFPA 70E revisions, now is the time to address what may be a significant noncompliance situation and, even more important, may be placing your employees at risk.

  • Significant Changes for 2018 NFPA 70E standard to review:
    • Using Arc‑rated clothing
    • Compliance review of safety‑related work practice compliance
    • Electrical safety programs
    • Electrical lines and equipment
    • Electrically safe working conditions
    • Work permits for electrical work and knowing the key elements of the electrical work permit
    • Approach boundaries for shock protection
    • Safety‑related maintenance requirements
    • Correct Arc flash labeling
    • Protective clothing and other PPE
  • The relationship between NFPA 70E standards to OSHA regulations
  • Practical solutions that are cost‑effective for complying with each of the significant changes for 2018
  • Identify outside resources dedicated to help develop a comprehensive NFPA 70E compliance program

Construction Site – New York City

Hope all of you had a great summer. Now that kids are back in school I was able to take a short vacation to my hometown of New York City. It’s been 14 years since my last visit and I saw a lot of changes.

 

The last time I was there was a few months after the September 11 attacks. Everything was bleak and you can feel a chill in the air. This time around I stayed at the Conrad Hotel Suit at North End Ave just a few block from ground zero and you can see how much it has changed.  There is a lot of new construction and a lot of people visiting the memorial. So far there is one tower completed and the construction companies are working on the second tower. From what I read there will be a total of four. The second tower renditions they are working on looks like a stadium on the bottom and will have retail shops at ground level and offices in the upper floors.

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I was able to catch the name on their mesh vest on one of the many construction crews there. Turner was one of them and is partnering with another company (Skanska) in the main project.  You can see the pride in the men and women there. They know they are part of something great and historic. The work they have done and continue to do has come out great. I hope the next time ago I will able to see the completed project on all four towers. If you plan to go to New York, this should be a must stop in your plans.

 

God Bless,

Freddy P

American Safety Associates, LLC

Safety Supplies For ALL Working Environments®

Another Winter Storm

This year again sees a huge winter storm that has or is forcing schools and business to close. Preparations are underway to keep roads closed or clean of snow along the East Coast of the United States. The National Weather Service has advised citizens to prepare with adequate food, shelter and winter clothing. As many as tens of millions of people could be affected over the days to come by this sever storm front.

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Snow is not the only danger that is being presented by this frigid winter storm In addition to snow ice and other wet dangerous conditions can be seen in the Carolinas and wild rain in South Florida. If you must travel and be out in this weather make sure to do it if it’s necessary and prepare yourself with the appropriate snow jackets or winter suits. Besides keeping your body warm and dry, having proper foot wear is also crucial as they prevent from slipping in wet conditions.

Ropa Para Proteccion En Frigorificos

Muchos trabajadores de hoy en día que están trayendo productos de uso cotidiano, como alimentos, alimentos congelados, etc de los lugares donde las temperaturas pueden caer por debajo de -50 grados. ¡Caramba! Estoy agradecido que hacen ese tipo de trabajo para llevar golosinas a mi estómago. Así que uno se pregunta cómo son capaces de trabajar en estos congeladores y muelles de temperatura controlada? Quiero decir que no se puede regular el termostato de allí porque se hecha a perder los productos. Aquí es donde la ropa térmica como chaqueta, overoles, buzo y guantes insultados ayudan. Ellos no sólo ayudan a mantener a los trabajadores confortables a dicha temperatura baja pero también los mantiene secos ya que son impermeables. El material exterior está hecha con un fuerte tejido Danier poliéster que protege de el aire, agua fría. Abrigan desde la cabeza hasta debajo de la cintura, con su área extendida. La insolación utilizada es un paquete de insolación de 12 oz que hace un buen trabajo en mantener el calor en el cuerpo. La chaqueta termica de congelador, viene en un color azul marino oscuro pero también se puede añadir bandas reflectantes a él para los que están alrededor de carretillas elevadoras u otros vehículos en movimiento. Si usted tiene que llevar accesorios tales como la radio, el bolsillo de radio sobre el pecho y la pluma / ranuras termómetro en la manga proporciona almacenamiento adicional para tales artículos.
Si usted está buscando ropa aislante para que estés cómodo y cálido en el trabajo en un almacenamiento, instalación de transferencia y la logística en frío o simplemente lo necesitará para palear la nieve en los elementos exteriores amargas, esta chaqueta con resistencia termica es la solución. Su tela duradera es la solución perfecta para el máximo calor en condiciones de frío extremo (0F a -60F) para trabajadores en almacenes de flores, comidas congeladas, y procesadores de alimentos.

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Freezer Wear (Ropa Termica)

Freezer wear is specialized clothing for workers in industrial temperature controlled work environments. This extreme cold clothing can also be used by other users in non controlled environments or outdoor work such as snow plowing or frigid weather. There are a few big names in this type of work wear. All which have a standard comfort rating depending on the work environment. The main two are : Cooler Work Wear and Freezer Work Wear.

Cooler Wear is a specialized type of clothing best suited for supermarkets or facilities that maintain a maximum of -35 degrees coolers. The clothing is made with 7 oz insulation and the outer fabric is made of either ripstop material or a nylon danier. Both are water repellent but the later is more resistant to tears.

Freezer Wear is a more rugged selection made for extreme cold like blast freezers of places that can get up to -50 degrees. We have seen the outer nylon shell go from 800 to 420 danier. These two are water and air tight and they come in different styles like coat and bib pants.

Sample of Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) Sheet

This was made by the University of Florida as a sample for work place safety and prevention.

The material in this sample illness and injury prevention program is based on principles and techniques developed by occupational safety and health professionals. It is intended to provide guidance, rather than prescribe requirements, and is not intended as a legal interpretation of any state or federal standard. OSHA standards for general industry, maritime and constructions can be found at: http://www.osha.gov/law-regs.html

Also important: To make this a site-specific plan; download it as a Word document to your computer’s hard drive. Then customize your safety plan by editing it and adding content that makes the plan specific to your worksite’s equipment and processes, and to its employees. Make sure to delete any information or processes not related to your operation.