OSHA Violation Penalties to Increase Significantly in August 2016

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) recently announced that maximum penalties for workplace violations will increase by 78% this August.

The increase is a byproduct of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 passed by congress last November, which required federal agencies to adjust civil penalties to account for inflation. Because OSHA’s maximum penalties were last changed in 1990, the legislation required OSHA to adjust for inflation changes over the last 26 years.

The new maximum civil penalties will go into effect after August 1, and any citations issued by OSHA after the 1st will be subject to the increased penalties if the violations occurred after November 2, 2015. Moving forward, OSHA will adjust maximum penalties for inflation each year in accordance with the Consumer Price Index.

The new maximum penalties and the corresponding violations are listed below:

Serious Violations:

A violation is considered “serious” when the workplace hazard could cause an accident or illness that would most likely result in death or serious physical harm, unless the employer did not know or could not have known of the violation.

Previous Maximum Penalty: $7,000 per violation

New Maximum Penalty: $12,471 per violation

Other-Than-Serious Violations:

An “Other-Than-Serious” violation has a direct relationship to job safety and health, but is not deemed serious in nature.

Previous Maximum Penalty: $7,000 per violation

New Maximum Penalty: $12,471 per violation

Posting Requirements Violations: 

When OSHA issues a notice, it must be posted at or near the location where each violation occurred to make employees aware of potential hazards. The notice must remain posted for 3 business days or until the hazardous issue is resolved, whichever is longer.

Previous Maximum Penalty: $7,000 per violation

New Maximum Penalty: $12,471 per violation

Failure to Abate Violations:

OSHA often conducts follow-up inspections to ensure violations have been corrected and required conditions have been met. Any hazards that have not been abated by the abatement date specified on an OSHA notice will be deemed as a “Failure to Abate” violation.

Previous Maximum Penalty: $7,000 per day beyond the abatement date

New Maximum Penalty: $12,471 per day beyond the abatement date

Willful or Repeated Violations:

Willful violations are defined as violations in which an employer either knowling failed to comply with a legal requirement or acted with indifference to employee safety.

Repeated violations are given if the agency has been cited previously for the same or a similar condition. For Serious or Other-Than-Serious violations, this includes any previous OSHA notice issued within the past five years.

Previous Maximum Penalty: $70,000 per violation

New Maximum Penalty: $124,709 per violation

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You can find more information about OSHA’s penalty adjustments here. With the 78% increase in maximum penalties only a few weeks away, creating a safety culture within your workplace is more important than ever, and it’s also crucial to recognize the leading causes of workplace injuries in the U.S.

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The Top 10 Causes of Workplace Injuries

Did you know that disabling workplace injuries cost U.S. businesses more than $60 billion annually in direct costs?

There are many potential sources for workplace injuries, but we’re breaking down the top 10 most common causes of disabling workplace injuries according to the 2016 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index. The index details some of the most prevalent causes for injuries in workplaces across the U.S. and is based on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the National Academy of Social Insurance and Liberty Mutual Insurance.

In total, the cost of disabling work injuries in the U.S. totaled to $61.88 billion, while the top 10 most common injuries accounted for $51.06 billion of those costs. To help reduce workplace injuries and associated costs, it’s incredibly important to create a safety culture in the workplace and to be aware of major causes of workplace injuries.

The Top 10 Causes of Workplace Injuries

For a look at the 10 most common causes of injuries, check out our list below.

1 – Overexertion

The leading cause of disabling injuries, overexertion accounts for nearly 25% of all workplace injuries and costs businesses more than $15 billion annually in direct costs. The definition of overexertion is somewhat broad, though injuries are typically related to lifting, pulling, pushing, holding, carrying or throwing.

2 & 3 – Falls

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Falls accounted for both the second and third leading causes of workplace injuries, with “Falls On Same Level” taking the number two spot while “Falls To Lower Level” came in third. Falls accounted for a total of more than 25% of all disabling workplace injuries, and cost businesses more than $15 billion annually.

Especially within the construction and roofing industries, falls are always a major cause of concern, and fall safety should be a major point of emphasis for all labor-intensive industries. Additionally, falls on ice and snow are quite common as well, so companies located in colder states should have a plan to reduce winter-related slips and falls.

4 – Struck By Object or Equipment

Workers struck by objects or equipment account for more than $5 billion annually in costs and total to 8.6% of disabling workplace injuries. Workplaces with large machinery or heavy equipment should be cautious as injuries involving objects or equipment are a large source of serious injuries and compensation claims.

5 – Other Exertions or Bodily Reactions

While overexertion is the leading cause of workplace injuries, other exertions and bodily reactions account for 6.7% of disabling injuries and cost more than $4 billion annually. Other exertions include bending, crawling, reaching, stepping, kneeling, twisting and other movements that can cause injury.

The Remaining Top 10 Causes of Workplace Injuries

The remaining injury causes account for 17.7 percent of disabling injuries in the U.S., and total to $10.95 billion in compensation costs. The remaining causes of workplace injuries include:

6 – Roadway Incidents Involving Motorized Land Vehicle

7 – Slip or Trip Without Fall

8 – Caught In/Compressed By Equipment or Objects

9 – Struck Against Object or Equipment

10 – Repetitive Motions Involving Micro-Tasks 

Preventing Workplace Injuries

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Now that you’re familiar with the top 10 causes of workplace injuries, it’s important to set up a safety plan to help reduce the likelihood of accidents and injuries. Between proper equipment, comprehensive safety training, accident plans and more, making safety a point of emphasis can dramatically cut down compensation costs and will make your company a better, safer place of employment.

If you’re in need of safety equipment to protect your team from the common causes of workplace injuries listed above, check out the U.S. Standard Products catalog. We offer a wide range of cost-effective, protective safety gear to help minimize workplace accidents and injuries.

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Why You Should Establish a Safety Culture in the Workplace

Every heavy industrial or construction company you come across will likely say that worker safety is one of the most important pillars of their organization.

Minimizing incidents is a top priority, not only to keep employees healthy and safe, but also to reduce the costs associated with on-the-job injuries. But how many organizations really practice what they preach? Incorporating a safety curriculum into new hire training programs alone is not going to facilitate a safe working environment. To truly maximize safety on-the-job, every organization must establish a strong safety culture in the workplace.

Safety-Culture-in-the-WorkplaceWhat is a Safety Culture?

A safety culture is a company-wide mindset that revolves around putting safety first, always. It’s not a set of rules, or a work environment that is completely void of risk, rather it is an atmosphere that promotes and enforces safety best practices.

In workplaces with safety cultures, employees are encouraged to go above and beyond to identify unsafe working conditions and behaviors, and work to correct them. In general, safety cultures promote greater safety awareness and enforcement, which results in significantly fewer incident rates.

Safety-Culture-in-the-WorkplaceBenefits of a Safety Culture in the Workplace

According to OSHA, establishing a strong safety culture can have the single greatest impact on the reduction of incidents. Specifically, a safety culture in the workplace can:

  • Minimize risky employee behaviors
  • Decrease absenteeism and turnover
  • Improve worker productivity
  • Improve the health and well-being of employees
  • Decrease workers comp payouts
  • Save lives!

Implementing Change

Changing a company’s culture is not an easy feat, and it takes a long time. Just like any other major corporate change, implementing a safety culture should start at the top—without buy-in and enthusiastic participation from leadership, any initiatives for change will fall flat. With the executive team on board, the next step is to clearly establish key policies, goals, and a system for accountability—and then clearly communicate any changes to the entire team.

Once implementation, training and enforcement are under way, it’s critical for you continually measure performance, communicate results and celebrate positive outcomes as a team. It’s a complex process, but one that will undoubtedly change the culture of your business for the better.

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U.S. Standard Products strongly advocates for safety cultures in the workplace, and provides a wide range of safety products to help you and your team stay protected on the job. For more tips on safety in the workplace, follow U.S. Standard Products on social media:

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Stay Safe While Working Outdoors This Summer

Summer is peak season for construction and other outdoor work, and while the warm weather and sunshine is nice, it’s important to consider safety when working outdoors in extreme heat.

Hot temperatures may not seem particularly threatening, but heat stress injuries and heat strokes can be quite dangerous for outdoor workers. To stay safe while working outdoors this summer, keep these tips in mind:

Be Seen

Whether you’re laying the foundation for a new home or repaving a high-traffic road, every day you’re putting yourself in close proximity to potential harm. To stay safe on the job, it’s critical for you to be seen.

There are many garments and accessories available that can keep you cool, dry, and most importantly, visible while working outdoors. From vests, to gloves, to rainwear and more, U.S. Standard Products offers a wide range of brightly colored, reflective products that ensure maximum visibility.

Wear the Proper Protection

Wearing the right protective gear should be a no-brainer year-round, but it’s particularly important when working in an uncontrolled environment—like the outdoors. Road construction workers, for example, are perpetually at risk of being hit by a passing car.

Having the proper protection for the job, whether that be ear plugs, safety glasses, work gloves, head protection, etc., is critical for your safety. Browse the U.S. Standard Products catalog for a comprehensive offering of workplace safety products.

Don’t Forget To Stay Hydrated

It’s pretty simple: when you’re sweating more due to the warm weather, you need to replenish the fluids lost or you’ll risk becoming dehydrated. Steer clear of drinking a lot of soda and coffee, which can actually lead to dehydration—instead opt for water that’s kept between 50°F and 60°F.

In hot weather, you should be drinking water as often as every 15 minutes. See OSHA’s recommendations for preventing heat illness in extreme temperatures for more information on staying hydrated while working outdoors.

Slather on the SPF

Just a few years ago, going out on a job without wearing sunscreen was the norm. But, with all of the research emerging about the links between the sun’s rays and skin cancer, it’s been found that going SPF-free really is not worth the risk. To keep your skin safe, get in the routine of applying a sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher every morning before walking out the door.

Keep a tube in your workbag and re-apply every few hours to ensure maximum protection. If you’re not required to wear a hard hat on the job, consider wearing a ball cap to protect your head and help to shield your face and eyes from the sun.

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The general guidelines above should help your team to stay safe while working outdoors this summer. For equipment to help your team work safely and comfortably in the summer heat, check out the U.S. Standard Products catalog for high-quality, cost-effective apparel and gear.

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Understanding the Materials Used in Cut-Resistant Gloves

It’s no secret that protective gloves are necessary when working with sharp tools or machinery, but do you know which material is best suited for the equipment you work with?

Cut-resistant gloves are purposely made with different synthetic materials to provide the optimum level of protection for the job. There are four common types of materials used in cut-resistant glove designs and it’s important to know the nature of each in order to choose the best glove for you.

We’ve explored the science behind these materials, outlined all the features and recommended a pair of gloves in each category to help you get informed and select the right pair of gloves for the task at hand.

DuPontTM Kevlar®

DuPont Kevlar is an aramid fiber that is impressively lightweight, durable and strong. Kevlar fiber has a high tensile strength-to-weight ratio—the material is five times stronger than steel (and was originally used as a replacement for steel in racing tires), yet is light and pliable enough to apply to wearable goods.

Features

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  • Cut resistant
  • Strong (5x stronger than steel on an equal weight basis)
  • Flame resistant (will not melt)
  • Lightweight & comfortable
  • Durable (extended wear times and product life)
  • Food safe (complies with FDA regulations for direct food contact)
  • Launderable (do not use bleach)
  • Available in a wide range of styles

Recommended Gloves

9389PV MEMPHIS TM KS-4 TM KEVLAR® -STEEL

Dyneema®

Dyneema Diamond Technology is an ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene that is a progression from the original Dyneema. Much like Kevlar, Dyneema is a lightweight and natural-feeling fiber, but with a much higher tensile strength-to-weight ratio. Dyneema is trademarked as “the world’s strongest fiber” and is light enough to float on water.

Features

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  • Cut resistant
  • Strong (15 times stronger than steel on an equal weight basis)
  • Excellent abrasion
  • Cool to the touch
  • Soft & flexible
  • Durable (extended wear times and product life)
  • Breathable (inherently dissipates body heat)
  • Washable (do not use bleach)

Recommended Gloves

9672DT MEMPHIS TM DIAMOND TECH 3

AlycoreTM

Alycore is one of the most effective materials available for resistance to cuts, tears and punctures. Layer-based technology combines multiple layers of metal mesh Alycore to yield higher resistance against the Cut Protection Performance Test (CPPT). Alycore material offers reliable protection and dexterity with a sense of touch due to its high degree of flexibility.

Features

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  • Cut resistant
  • Strong (exceeds ANSI/ISEA and CE cut level 5 test rating)
  • Solid (meets ASTM F2878-10 standard for resistance to hypodermic needle puncture)
  • Lightweight & flexible
  • Launderable (machine wash, line dry)
  • Available in palm-only or 360-degree coverage designs

Recommended Gloves

HV100A FORCEFLEXTM Alycore TM

Steelcore II®

Steelcore II combines dual strands of stainless steel, which are wrapped with a soft knit yarn in glove designs. Steelcore material provides a comfortable fit, incredible dexterity and a substantial level of protection.

Features

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  • Cut resistant
  • Soft & flexible
  • Food safe (complies with FDA regulations for direct food contact)
  • Launderable (machine wash, line dry)
  • Available with reinforced PVC coating
  • Available in reversible patterns and varying lengths

Recommended Gloves

9381 STEELCORE® II – 7-Gauge
Cut-Resistant-MaterialsBy now, you’ve hopefully identified the gloves that are best suited for the equipment you work with. To find the perfect pair of gloves, check out our wide selection of cut-resistant gloves in the U.S. Standard Products Safety Catalog. As always, stay tuned to our blog for more workplace safety tips, and don’t forget to follow us on social media!

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10 Essential Roofing Safety Tips

Winter has come and gone, and many professional roofers and homeowners are taking to the rooftops to inspect and repair any seasonal damage caused by the ice and cold.

Even the simplest repairs can be hazardous without proper precautions. Whether you’re a professional making a major roof replacement or just a DIY homeowner trying to make minor repairs, here are 10 roofing safety tips that everyone should consider when working on a roof.

10 Rules For Roofing Safety

1. Never Work On A Roof Alone

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If an accident was ever to happen while working on a roof, there needs to be someone to help. For that reason, we always suggest the “buddy system” when working on a rooftop, and it’s important that there are at least two people keeping an eye on one another.

2. Wear High-Visibility Clothing or Vests

Especially for commercial roofing sites where multiple types of construction may be happening at once, it’s important to wear high-visibility clothing for safety.

U.S. Standard Products offers a range of quality high-visibility vests and clothing ideal for roofing projects. Between the choice of color, material, coverage, weather protection and more, browse our catalog to find high-quality, cost-effective roofing vests and clothing for your team.

3. Wear Shoes or Boots With a Strong Grip

Always wear shoes or boots with great traction to prevent slips or falls, especially when working on roofs with a steep pitch,. Soft-soled footwear provides excellent grip on most roofing materials, though the boots also need to be durable as they will take quite a bit of abuse over time. The constant stress from shingles or tar can quickly put some wear and tear into even the sturdiest of boots.

4. Clean Up As You Go

One of the most important roofing safety tips is to keep the work site clear of any debris or loose objects. Remove any shingles, fasteners, nails and tools from walkways or other areas with foot traffic.

5. Be Cautious When Using Ladders

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Falls from portable ladders are a serious threat and are a leading cause of occupational injuries. To help prevent accidents, OSHA prepared an extensive guide on portable ladder safety.

Some of the most important tips from OSHA include using ladders on stable, level surfaces, and maintaining at least three points of contact (two feet and a hand or two hands and a foot) when climbing or descending on a ladder. Additionally, it’s important to exercise extra caution when near the top of the ladder, and avoid stepping on the top rung altogether.

6. Always Use Safety Glasses and Hardhats

To avoid injury from falling debris, or in the case of a fall, hardhats are always recommended when working on a roof. Safety glasses are also highly recommended to prevent any eye injuries from debris, especially during removal of shingles or the roof membrane.

If you’re in need of high-quality safety glasses or hardhats for your team that are ideal for roofing projects, check out the expansive selection in our catalog.

7. Exert Caution Around Power Lines

Especially for residential roofing sites, electrical lines can become quite an obstacle during roofing projects. Prior to climbing onto a roof, it’s important to scout for any electrical lines that may impede or approach the area you need to work in.

8. Be Careful When Transporting Materials

One of the most difficult tasks when roofing is transporting materials. Whether you’re transporting materials up a ladder or across a steep rooftop, do not carry more materials than you’re comfortable with, and be patient rather than trying to haul an excessive amount of weight.

9. Avoid Working On Roofs When It’s Wet

Roofing materials like asphalt, PVC, TPO and EPDM can be quite slippery when wet, so it’s often advised to avoid working on roofs during rainstorms. If time requirements demand otherwise, we recommend that every worker has a safety harness and takes extra precaution when navigating around the roof.

10. Be Aware of the Weather

Be sure to check the weather report prior to working on a roof to avoid being taken by surprise by an unexpected thunderstorm. It’s important to check the chance of precipitation and avoid strong gusts of wind by checking the wind speed as well.
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Whether you’re working on a residential or commercial site, these roofing safety tips can protect you from common rooftop hazards and prevent you and your team from experiencing any major injuries.

If you’re in need of high-quality roofing hardhats, safety glasses, vests, clothing or gloves that can stand up to even the most rigorous roofing jobs, U.S. Standard Products can help. Browse our product catalog here, or give us a call at 844-877-1700.

Finding the Right Gloves for the Job: Cooking, Cleaning, Medical and Life Sciences Professionals

When it comes to working professionals, there is no one-size-fits-all glove, especially for those working with consumables, hazardous chemicals or bodily fluids.

If you’re in need of safe, effective gloves for workers in the food, beverage, hospitality, medical or life sciences industries, we’re breaking down what to look for in gloves below. Between resistance to chemicals and hazardous substances, durability, puncture-resistance, reusability and more, there are a wide range of qualities to consider.

If you’re looking for glove advice for other industries, check out our other articles on glove safety. You can find our article on gloves for drivers, welders and landscaping professionals here, or our glove guide for manual laborers and maintenance professionals here.

Neoprene

Neoprene gloves, also known as chloroprene, offer great comfort and have a wide variety of uses and applications. These gloves offer resistance to toxic chemicals, corrosive materials and potentially infectious substances or bodily fluids.

The strong chemical resistance, durability and extended comfort offered by neoprene gloves make them ideal for heavy duty cleaning or janitorial work. Additionally, neoprene gloves are a strong choice for science professionals working in laboratories or research centers.

While neoprene offers resistance to bodily fluids and infectious materials, most neoprene gloves are not disposable. Because of this, they’re not ideal for many medical applications where new gloves should be used with each patient.

Additionally, all USSP Neoprene gloves feature brushed interior lining to offer ample comfort for extended periods of time. While this offers comfort, the brush lining of neoprene gloves is not recommended for working with food or beverages.

Nitrile

Nitrile gloves are offered in both disposable and reusable versions and can be used in a wide range of applications. Nitrile gloves offer strong resistance to oils and acids and are primarily used by medical professionals for examinations or by scientists in laboratory or research center environments.

While Nitrile offers ample strength, puncture resistance and durability, one drawback to Nitrile gloves is limited flexibility. Because of this, they’re not recommended for professionals that need to be precise or dexterous with their hand movements.

While reusable gloves are not recommended for medical professionals, USSP offers disposable Nitrile gloves – one of the best options for surgeons and medical professionals. USSP also sells disposable Nitrile gloves specifically designed for industrial and food service environments.

Vinyl/Polyethylene

Vinyl and Polyethylene gloves are some of the most economical gloves available and are ideal for light-duty tasks that demand frequent glove changes. These gloves are typically offered in bulk and are available in both powdered and powder-free versions.

Vinyl gloves are a great option for food service professionals that don’t use heavy equipment or hazardous substances, and they are also a great option for light cleaning and janitorial work.

The limited resistance and protection of vinyl/polyethylene gloves make them a poor option for professionals that are exposed to chemicals, hazardous substances or potentially infectious fluids.

PVC

PVC provides strong resistance against acids, bases, caustics and alcohol, though gloves made of this material are susceptible to punctures and cuts. Because of this, these gloves are best suited for laboratory or medical settings, and are not recommended for professionals working with sharp tools or with heavy machinery.

PVC is one of the most effective materials for working with water and detergents, so it is often the first choice for professionals in cleaning roles or in janitorial services.

Latex

Latex gloves are great for working with biological and water-based materials, though they offer little protection to chemicals or organic solvents. They are best suited for light cleaning applications, and are some of the most affordable gloves available.

Latex gloves are one of the most common choices for surgeons, doctors and medical professionals due to their resistance to biological materials, their low price point and the fact that they are sold in bulk and are disposable.

However, it’s important to note that Latex allergies are quite common, so these gloves may trigger allergic reactions or rashes for some. Before equipping your staff with any latex products, be sure that your team is allergy-free.

Finding the Perfect Gloves

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While the glove materials listed above each have their strengths and weaknesses, it’s important to provide your workers with gloves that can stand up to the unique challenges of each job and work environment. If you’re still unsure of the best glove material for your team, 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 gloves we offer.

Protective Rainwear: Stay Sheltered From Spring Showers

With spring showers right around the corner, rain will soon become a major nuisance for outdoor workplaces. Is your team prepared for wet, dreary outdoor projects?

If you’re in an industry that consistently works outdoors, equipping your team with protective rainwear can dramatically boost employee productivity. While there are no federal mandates requiring employers to supply rainwear, it is highly recommended for employee safety and to ensure that projects will be completed on schedule.

Below, we’re exploring 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.

Regulations and Recommendations

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the U.S. federal agency dedicated to assuring safe and healthful working conditions, 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. Ultimately, employees are often required to find their own protection, which may or may not be adequate.

When it comes to productivity, it’s unlikely that employees will be working at peak performance if they’re shivering in cold, damp clothes. Further, 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.

What Type of Protective Rainwear Should Employers Buy?

With so many options available, choosing the right rainwear for your team can be a challenge. Here are a few guidelines:

Complete 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.

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.

Additionally, rainstorms can also bring about heavy, bone-chilling winds. Because of this, rainwear should be windproof and able to 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.

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.

protective-rainwearFor 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.

Colored Safety Glasses: More than Just a Fashion Statement

While lens tints on safety glasses look fashion-forward, the primary purpose of the colored lenses is actually to enhance a worker’s vision under various lighting conditions. In this blog, we’re exploring different lens options, their applications and the percentage of visible light transmission (VLT), which refers to the amount of visible light that can pass through the lens.

Popular Lens Colors

Whether you work primarily indoors, outdoors, or require specific color enhancement there’s a lens color out there that’s ideal for your situation. Here’s a look at some of the most common lens colors and their uses:

Clear: Provides excellent optics for general applications where impact protection is required. 85% VLT

Gray: Use for outdoor applications where light and glare can cause eye strain and fatigue. 12% VLT

Light Gray: Serves the same purpose as gray lens, yet allows more visible light through the lens for indoor/outdoor use. Reduces glare from artificial light such as halogen and fluorescent. 62% VLT

Amber: Blocks the blue portion of the visible light spectrum, creating maximum contrast enhancement, particularly in low light. 85% VLT

Orange: Excellent for indoor and low light areas as well as cloudy or hazy days. Blocks out the blue and green light portion of the visible light spectrum. 57% VLT

Fire, Blue Diamond, Emerald, Rainbow, Blue, Silver, Banana Mirror and Copper: For outdoor use where sunlight and glare cause eye strain and fatigue. A mirror coating reflects light, reducing the amount of light that passes through the lens. 9% VLT

Brown: Outdoor applications where sunlight and glare cause eye strain and fatigue. Meets color traffic signal recognition requirements. 12% VLT

Indoor/Outdoor Clear Mirror: Allows more visible light through the lens for indoor/outdoor use. Reduces glare from artificial light such as halogen and fluorescent. 55% VLT

Vermilion: Enhances contrast while reducing all colors equally for optimum color recognition. Ideal for indoor inspection. 55% VLT

Light Blue: Allows more visible light through the lens for indoor/outdoor use. Reduces glare from artificial light such as halogen and fluorescent. 70% VLT

Bonus Features

Sometimes workers need a little extra oomph when it comes to their colored safety glasses. Here are some additional features that are available:

Duramass® AF4 Anti-Fog Coating: Exclusive Duramass scratch resistant coating with anti-fog provides excellent fog prevention in high humidity environments where sudden shifts in temperature occur.

Polarized: For use outdoors to protect from excessive glare that can cause eye fatigue.

Filter Shades: Protects against ultra-violet and infrared radiation generated when working with molten metal, and in welding, cutting, soldering and brazing. See guide below for applications and recommendations for filter shades.

Operation Recommended Filter Shade
Torch Soldering 2
Torch Brazing 3
Light Cutting up to 1”* 3
Medium Cutting 1” to 6”* 5
Heavy Cutting more than 6”* 5
Gas Welding, light, up to 1/8”* 5
Gas Welding, medium, 1/8” to 1/2″* 5

*Indicates thickness of material to be cut

For more information about colored safety glasses and to browse our selection of eye protection, download the U.S. Standard Products Safety Catalog today. All glasses available in the catalog pass the ANSI Z87+ standard for coverage, impact protection and optical clarity, while many also meet the EN166 (Europe), CSA Z94.3 (Canada) and AS/NZS 1337.1 (Australia and New Zealand) standards.

The definitions provided above are general descriptions only. Consult your workplace safety director to ensure the proper application.

 

Finding the Right Gloves for the Job: Drivers, Welders and Landscaping Professionals

Whether you spend your profession behind the wheel, in the metal shop or in the dirt, you require quality gloves that can keep your hands in working condition. There are different types of gloves for different types of jobs to give you the balance flexibility and protection you need to work efficiently and safely. We’ve outlined which features to look for when shopping.

Gloves for Drivers

Driving gloves provide drivers in the transportation industry with better grip of the steering wheel, with the ultimate goal of improving control of the vehicle and safety. There is a wide range of glove types available that are designed to enhance hand tactility while driving. Often, it’s the driver’s personal preference that helps them decide which type of glove is best suited for them.

Most commonly, leather is the preferred material for driving gloves, as it provides a soft, pliable feel, with pores and grain to improve gripping capabilities. Popular types of leather for driving gloves include cow, pig, goat and deer leather. Synthetic leather is also available.

Another important feature to consider when selecting driving gloves is the construction of thumb. A keystone thumb, the most ergonomic design, is sewn separately onto the palm area for maximum flexibility. A wing thumb is angled without a seam to increase durability and comfortability. The straight thumb is the most traditional design, which places the thumb perpendicular to the wrist.

Welding Gloves

Different types of welding require different types of gloves for maximum hand and wrist protection. Professionals who are involved with stick welding, for example, should consider the thickest material glove to protect from the high level of spatter. They might also consider a glove that features aluminum reinforcement on the back of the thumb to help deflect radiant heat. MIG/TIG welders might consider a lighter-duty welding glove.

Welding gloves in general are constructed of leather and feature a lining such as a foam, wool, fleece, cotton or Kevlar® for added heat protection. Welders should always wear flame-resistant gloves that feature cuffs to protect their wrists from potential spatter.

Knits for Landscapers

Landscapers rely on their hands for everything they do—it’s critical to keep them safe on the job. Knit gloves are an ideal product to provide landscapers breathable, flexible and grippable hand protection.

String knits are a popular cotton/polyester blend glove used in the landscaping profession. They’re breathable and comfortable, and are available in different gauges for varying levels of protection. Cotton knits are another great option for lighter-duty protection and can include features such as dots and coating for enhanced gripping and heat resistant lining for added safety.

Gunn pattern gloves, which feature a seamless back and a single “gunn” seam at the base of the middle finger, are a very comfortable option for landscapers. They can feature materials such as a leather and Kevlar® and often include rubberization and cuffs for enhanced safety. Gunn cut gloves are also available with insulation.

Finding the Perfect Fit

Start by measuring the circumference of your dominant hand by pulling a body measuring tape around your palm, just above your thumb. Measure three times to make sure you have the correct calculation before you select your size.

Men’s sizing:

  • 7 in. (XS)
  • 5-8 in. (S)
  • 5-9 in. (M)
  • 5-10 in. (L)
  • 5-11 in. (XL)
  • 11+ in. (XXL)

Women’s sizing:

  • 6 in. (XS)
  • 5 in. (S)
  • 7 in. (M)
  • 5 in. (L)
  • 8 in. (XL)
  • 8+ in. (XXL)

If your gloves have adjustable wrist bands, make sure you pull them snug enough to prevent any material or debris from getting in, but loose enough that you don’t cut off any circulation. If you can force one pinky finger between your wrist and the band, you’re good to go.

US Standard Products has a wide selection of top quality gloves that provide safer and smarter protection for Manual Labor and Civic Maintenance Professionals. Visit our website and download our free catalogue to start exploring your options. See all the other ways US Standard Products is making your world a better place by visiting us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.