Does your team have protective rain gear?

April showers are here and rain can undoubtedly be a major nuisance for outdoor workplaces. Is your team prepared? Equipping your team with protective rainwear can dramatically boost employee productivity, especially if you’re in an industry that consistently works outdoors. OSHA does not mandate employers to pay for ordinary clothing such as rain coats, but it is highly recommended for employee safety to ensure that projects will be completed on schedule.

Read on to learn the importance of adequate protection from the rain, as well as what qualities to look for in rainwear to ensure your team is properly protected from the weather.

RAIN-RESISTANT COVERAGE

Employees should be equipped with rain-resistant gear from head-to-toe, including a hood or hat, gloves, and boots. Having an overlap between the pants and coat (or a one-piece body suit) is recommended for labor-intensive jobs where water is more likely to seep through the gaps. Often, rainwear is equipped with snaps, zippers, elastic bands or detachable components to ensure water doesn’t slip through the cracks. Boots and leggings should also have a similar overlap.

HIGH VISIBILITY

Considering how rainstorms can dramatically reduce visibility, it’s important to wear clothing that’s highly visible in order to minimize the chance of an accident. This is especially true for industries that work with heavy machinery, at high altitudes, or with potential health hazards.

WATERPROOF, WINDPROOF, AND BREATHABLE

Water resistance is one thing, but protective rainwear should be “waterproof” to ensure it can stand up to prolonged precipitation. Gear that is “water-resistant” can typically only handle moderate rain for a short period of time, so look out for these terms when shopping.

Rainstorms can also bring about heavy winds, so rainwear should also be windproof and offer protection from reasonably high wind speeds.

Another factor to consider is breathability. No one wants to work long hours in a wearable sauna, so look for qualities such as “breathable” or “ventilated” when searching for rainwear. This type of gear allows sweat vapor to exit the rainwear’s shell, allowing the body to remain at a reasonable temperature.

Waterproof gear can withstand prolonged exposure to precipitation. Windproof gear is best for heavy winds. Get gear with both of these types of protective layers to best serve your team.

REGULATIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), does not set specific guidelines for working in the rain. However, there are many rain-related state laws and guidelines for specific industries (such as construction or logging), and storms accompanied by lightning or heavy wind can halt operations if workers are not adequately protected.

While there may not be federal guidelines requiring employers to provide rainwear, it can be downright dangerous if employees are not properly equipped for inclement weather. When it comes to productivity, it’s unlikely that employees will be working at peak performance if they’re shivering in cold, damp clothes. Furthermore, the adverse health effects of working long hours in the rain can be problematic, both for employees and safety regulators. Especially in the early spring or late fall, prolonged exposure to rain and chilly temperatures can cause cold stress, frostbite, hypothermia, trench foot and other ailments.

CONTACT US STANDARD PRODUCTS FOR ALL RAIN GEAR NEEDS

For affordable rainwear that offers all of the qualities listed above, check out the US Standard Products catalog. We offer more than a dozen different lines of durable, protective rainwear for all sorts of different applications, all available in an array of sizes and colors.

Whether you’re in need of full rain-resistant suits or just individual articles of clothing for modest projects, contact us for high-quality, cost-effective rainwear that is sure to protect your team from whatever Mother Nature has in store.

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How to Survive a Flu Epidemic

An influenza pandemic is a global outbreak of a new influenza A virus that is very different from current and recently circulating human seasonal influenza A viruses. Influenza A viruses are constantly changing, making it possible on very rare occasions for non-human influenza viruses to change in such a way that they can infect people easily and spread efficiently from person to person.

Did you know that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) publishes a weekly influenza surveillance report?

Close monitoring of influenza viruses is required to better assess the potential impact on public health—2018 and 2019 influenza activity increased in the United States. Check out the CDC’s report for the week to educate yourself fully.

Here are tips for avoiding the flu:

  • Get the influenza vaccine every year. CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older as the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease, even into January and beyond.
  • If you’re healthy, an N95 respirator face mask may prevent you from breathing in particles that contain a virus. And if you’re sick, a face mask may help prevent you from spreading the infection to others.
  • Clean your hands often and for at least 20 seconds. Use soap that lathers, as that is how it traps germs. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are a good substitute for hand-washing when soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid preparing food, touching your eye, nose or mouth with unwashed hands. Depending on the environment you’re working in, use the proper gloves. Vinyl gloves are a good option for food service professionals, whereas nitrile gloves are one of the best options for surgeons and medical professionals.

Use the tips and product recommendations listed above to provide your workers with the knowledge they need to stay healthy this flu season and beyond. If you’re still unsure of the best safety products your team will need, our safety experts are here to help. Give us a call at 844-877-1700, or check out our catalog for an in-depth look at the wide variety of masks, gloves, and soaps we offer.

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The Real Cost of Bathroom Paper Products

What is the most important factor when purchasing restroom paper products? According to a survey recently conducted by Sofidel America Corp., 78 percent of cleaning industry professionals consider cost when purchasing restroom paper products.

However, the survey also went on to explain that cost isn’t the only purchasing consideration:

“More than half of survey participants (55 percent) said they also deem softness important, and 32 percent look for quantity such as the number of sheets per roll. More than a quarter (30 percent) say a product’s durability and environmental qualities influence their purchase.”

When asked about paper dispensers:

  • Three in five professionals surveyed evaluate durability
  • 57 percent consider the cost
  • 33 percent look for touchless dispensers
  • 38 percent look for dispensers that eliminate paper waste

Check out this infographic for further information about restroom paper products and paper dispensers:

Ultimately, your business’ goals, initiatives, and bottom line are what will be the deciding factor, but it’s important to ask yourself WHY you are making certain purchases to see if any improvements can be made moving forward.

Have more questions about your options or looking to purchase industrial cleaning paper products? Download our catalog or call us at 844-877-1700.

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Safety equipment to wear when a hurricane hits

Did you know that the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30? The National Weather Service defines a hurricane as a “tropical cyclone with maximum sustained winds of 74 mph or higher.” Whether you find yourself in a hurricane, cyclone, flood or typhoon, all of these storms can cause disastrous damage.

Before any storm hits, all residents (especially coastal residents) should form evacuation plans to identify a safe shelter and a route to get there.

If the storm hits and you find yourself working as a response or cleanup worker after a hurricane, use this information to stay safe.

Make sure you use the following personal protection equipment (PPE): 

  • Eye and face protection: Goggles, full-face shields, or other suitable protection as needed to protect against flying objects and liquid splash hazards.
  • High-visibility apparel: High-visibility safety apparel and headwear compliant with ANSI/ISEA 107-2004, along with other traffic safety measures, in areas where vehicles or heavy equipment are used. This is especially important when working in temporary roadway work zones. (View this OSHA Fact Sheet for additional OSHA-published materials on work zone traffic safety.)
  • Hand protection: Appropriate gloves suitable for the tasks being performed (balancing dexterity with protection). Considerations include biological hazards (bloodborne pathogens), chemical hazards, and physical hazards (abrasions, cuts, punctures, and heat). Vibration-dampening gloves should be used when vibration hazards exist (e.g., during jackhammer use)
  • Work clothing and gear: Lanyards, harnesses, and supports for fall protection, and chemical protective clothing where contact with chemicals may occur.
  • Leg protection: Snake boots or snake gaiters to protect against snakebites in areas where snakes are indigenous. Chaps when using chain saws.
  • Respiratory protection: The mandatory use of respirators requires compliance with the OSHA respiratory protection standard (29 CFR 1910.134), including the development of a written respiratory protection program that describes how respirators will be cleaned, maintained, and stored; a filter or cartridge change out schedule based on the work expected; and how workers will receive medical evaluations, training, and fit testing. Voluntary use of respirators must conform to Appendix D of 29 CFR 1910.134.

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Everyone working in flooded areas will need hard hats, goggles, heavy work gloves, and watertight boots with steel toe and insole (not just steel shank).

Find all the major safety products listed above by downloading our free catalogue or calling 844-877-1700. To stay up-to-date on the latest in workplace safety news and trends, follow US Standard Products on social media: Google+ | LinkedIn | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

US Standard Products Launches Online Store

Shop US Standard Products on our newly-launched Shopify store.

Since inception, US Standard Products customers have relied on our free catalog to shop the wide variety of products we offer. This June, we made it easier for customers to shop by launching a new Shopify site featuring the most popular products we offer.

The new online store can be found on our website or by heading directly to us-standard-products.myshopify.com. Featured products on the new shopping site include industrial gloves, safety glasses, barricade tape, and more.

“We know this new e-commerce store will be a valuable resource for our customers because they will now have the opportunity to make orders at their leisure, on their own schedule,” Jo Jo Rubach, US Standard Products President said. “It has always been our goal to provide the American industry with the highest quality products available, and now our customers will be able to conveniently shop online for our most popular goods.”

We’ll be regularly adding products to this new Shopify website, but in the meantime, if you’re not seeing what you’re looking for online, please email us at info@usstandardproducts.com.

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