Your Business Flooded… Now What?

In the wake of two major hurricanes, countless businesses along our country’s southern coast are faced with the aftermath—in particular, water damage. We know that when it comes to your business operations, downtime equals lost revenue, so to help businesses get back up and running ASAP, we’ve compiled some steps to take in the event of a flood or other water damage.

First things first…

1. Assess the damage, take pictures, and call your insurance agent. Before all else, you have to get a handle on what happened, and document the damage. Be aware that even if flood water appears clear, it’s possible that it’s contaminated, so always wear protective boots and gloves whenever you’re in contact with water-damaged surfaces. Once you’ve analyzed your losses and taken pictures, call your insurance company and have them send an adjuster to conduct a formal assessment and get your claim started.

2. If you’re in a disaster area, call FEMA. In the case that your location has been officially declared a “disaster area”, contact the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to access resources and possible financial assistance.

3. Call in a pro. Water damage is tricky—if it’s not cleaned up properly, it can lead to the growth of dangerous mold and compromise the integrity of your building structure. Due to these complications, a majority of organizations opt to hire a professional restoration company for flood cleanup services.

4. Dry it out. If you have standing water in your facility, set up a pump immediately to begin the process of extracting the water. Next, you’ll want to set up industrial fans and dehumidifiers to completely dry out the space. Depending on how quickly a water damage restoration team can get there, they may handle this on your behalf.

Hiring a reputable emergency restoration crew.

Your insurance company will likely provide a recommendation for an emergency restoration company, but it’s important for you to do your homework before making a hiring decision. You’ll want to ensure that the restoration company you’re considering has the proper training, certifications, and safety procedures in place—the Better Business Bureau (BBB) is a good place to qualify credentials like that. You may also consider researching reviews to get an idea of what it’s like to work with the company before you make a commitment.

Cleaning up water damage yourself.

Whether you’re trying to cut costs or simply having a hard time finding a restoration company that will meet your needs, you may choose to handle the cleanup in-house. If this is the case, be sure that you have the right safety gear on hand. When demolishing walls, floors, and more, it’s critical that you use a respirator to protect your lungs from not only dust, but also water contaminants and potential mold spores. Again, always make sure to use heavy-duty gloves when handling any water-damaged materials. Similarly, you’ll need an extensive supply of industrial strength cleaning agents that can cut through the bacteria, and kill mold at the source.

Contact US Standard Products for water damage cleanup supplies today.

US Standard Products is a nationwide provider of quality operational and safety products. Contact us today at 844-877-1700 to learn how we can best equip your business with the safety equipment and cleaning products needed for your water damage restoration efforts.

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US Standard Products Insights: You Can’t Automate Safety

It’s not news to anyone that the manufacturing industry is facing a massive shift. Between artificial intelligence, automation, and other advanced technologies, manufacturing is quickly becoming a more tech-focused and “hands-off” line of work. In 2014, there were 1.5 million industrial robots in factories and warehouses, and that number only continues to climb.

However, as more and more tasks are handed over to the “bots”, one thing must not be swept up in the flurry of technological advancement: workplace safety. Sure there’s a lot of technology that empowers enhanced safety, but in reality it’s the people behind the machinery that drive a successful safety culture. As you and your team work side-by-side with newer, smarter machines, don’t forget these key points:

Technology can make mistakes, too.

No one’s perfect—and that includes that robotic arm working on the line. It’s critical for manufacturing workers to be aware that malfunctions will happen, and they can be dangerous. Preventative analytics technology and regularly-scheduled maintenance can help prevent glitches, breakdowns, and other problems from occurring and putting your workers in harm’s way.

The human mind is irreplaceable.

Though artificial intelligence has come a long way, especially in recent years, it’s certainly no replacement for the human elements of the job—things such as spur-of-the-moment problem solving, attention to detail, and even simply common sense. If you’re working with more automated elements, you still have to bring your “A” game—always be aware of your surroundings, report any red flags, and ensure you’re equipped with the proper training and gear to keep you safe on the job.

A safe and healthy workplace extends beyond the areas in which automation is involved.

OSHA identifies slips, trips, and falls as the most frequent workplace and safety violation. You can’t put the blame on artificial intelligence for that one. It’s critical to ensure your entire environment—not just areas in which heavy machinery is being used—is free from hazards. Plus, it’s important to take a holistic look at what makes up a safe and healthy environment. Things like using green cleaning products, implementing a wellness program, and providing top-notch PPE equipment can go a long way in ensuring a safe workspace, as well as a healthy workforce.

Stay Safe Alongside Technology with US Standard Products

With all this change in the industry, one thing remains the same: safety trumps all. To ensure your team is equipped with all the proper safety gear for the job, contact US Standard Products, a nationwide provider of some of the highest quality operational and safety products. To stay up-to-date on the latest workplace safety news and trends, follow US Standard Products on social media:

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All Aboard: Nautical Safety Checklist

When it comes to keeping your crew safe out on the deep blue sea, having life preservers, emergency rafts, and other floatation devices readily available is a no brainer. You’re prepared for the worst, and that’s a great start—but your ship safety precautions shouldn’t stop there. Ensuring a safe work environment is critical, both on land and sea. Do you have the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) on hand to keep your workers safe through the day-to-day rigors of working aboard the ship? We’ve put together a quick checklist to help you find out.

Non-Slip, Steel-Toed Boots – Wet, metal walkways—as often found on ship decks—are the perfect recipe for slips, trips, and falls. To ensure maximum safety on deck, it’s crucial for all workers to be equipped with boots designed to enhance traction on slippery surfaces.

Ear Plugs or Muffs – Ship engines can produce upwards of 110-120 db of sound—about as loud as a jet plane taking off—which makes engine rooms and other mechanical areas dangerously loud for human ears. Ear plugs or ear muffs should always be on hand to protect workers’ ears from the noise of the ship.

Glasses, Gloves, and Hard Hats – For work that requires any sort of manual labor, it’s important to make sure all workers are wearing safety glasses, protective gloves, and well-fitting hard hats. They’re classic PPE items, but they’re common practice for a reason—to keep workers safe.

Role-Specific Gear – Depending on the size and the type of ship, there might be specialized workers on board, such as welders, window washers, waste management staff, chefs, and a wide range of other roles. Each of these workers should be equipped with proper safety gear (i.e. welding shields, harnesses, chemical-resistant suits, cut-protection gloves, etc.) to protect them from the hazards they might face within their role.

Whether you’re looking to ramp up your on-board safety efforts, or are just looking to restock your arsenal of safety equipment, US Standard Products has what you’re looking for. Call us toll-free today at 844-877-1700 to learn more.

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How to Ensure Your Workers Stay Safe While Operating Machinery

More than 4,500 fatal injuries occur in the workplace per year. Prevention is key; know your employees are in the safest possible environment when it comes to preventing future machinery mishaps on the job. In this blog, we have compiled some ways to keep your workers safe, including being up-to-date with the lockout/tagout (LOTO) process, knowing what safety gear to have on hand, and understanding what extra precautions to take while operating machinery.

Revisit Your LOTO Procedure Frequently

In 2016, the lock out tag out procedure was specified as one of OSHA’s top 5 workplace hazards. Training workers the steps that are involved in the lockout/tagout procedure is crucial in order to ensure worker safety. To make sure employees both understand and follow the lockout/tagout program include:

  • Conducting weekly, annual, and random inspections. This keeps a routine in place and the constant reminder to keep using the lockout/tagout procedure.
  • Providing quick and easy access to LOTO kits. Lockout/tagout is a procedure that includes locks and tags to warn workers that there is something wrong with a machine or equipment; should not be used until the machine or equipment has been fixed and unlocked or untagged. Having quick and easy access to LOTO kits can make the procedure more efficient.
  • Providing colored tags in lock out tag out kit. Color-coding tags is not required by OSHA but it is a quick and easy way to differentiate warnings and dangers.
  • Encouraging communication between co-workers. It is best to have everyone on the same page; communication is one of the main components to keeping workers safe. Reassuring your workers to have conversations about safety daily can have a positive effect for your employees.

Have the Right Safety Gear on Hand

When it comes to machine safety, you never know what is going to happen on the job. Being prepared with the right safety gear is important regarding safety. Here is a list of essential personal protective equipment to ensure the best protection for your workers as they operate machinery.

  • Protective eyewear
  • Cut-and impact-resistant gloves
  • Steel-toed boots
  • Ear muffs or plugs

Take Extra Safety Precautions

When it comes to working in dangerous conditions, there is no such thing as being too prepared or safe; safety is key. Here are some ways to make sure your workers are getting the best protection:

  • Provide protective safety gear to all workers
  • Have a first aid kit available in case of minor injuries
  • Have machines thoroughly checked before restarting a machine/equipment
  • All employees should stay approximately 30ft away from the machine or equipment that is being worked on or restarted
  • Make sure everyone on site knows the company’s emergency plan

Awareness of potential hazards—from machine malfunctions to slips, trips and falls—helps reduce future injuries and accidents, which can help save lives. Here at US Standard Products, we have what you need to keep your workers safe and protected. Check out our product catalog for quality, affordable safety gear.

The Must List: Manufacturing Safety

Fast-moving belts, metal-crushing machinery, and scraps potentially flying every which way. In the manufacturing world, safety hazards are plentiful, but fortunately, so is the safety equipment designed to provide protection from the dangers of the job. Here, we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of all the equipment your facility should have on hand in order to keep your workers safe, and your assembly line running smoothly and efficiently.

Fit-for-Purpose Gloves – There’s no one-size-fits-all glove. You have to do a little research to figure out which types of glove properties will be most beneficial for your specific need. For example, welders, or those who work with hot metal on the line, are going to want to get their hands on—or in—a pair heat resistant gloves. If someone is working with sharp objects, they are going to need gloves made with cut resistant materials. Learn more about selecting the right gloves for the job.

Spectacular Spectacles – You never know when something on the assembly line could go awry—and that’s precisely why it’s so important to always be prepared with safety glasses. Explore the options for different colored lenses to ensure the best visibility for the specific work environment.

Ear Protection – With so many moving parts, assembly lines are LOUD. Protect employees’ short- and long-term hearing by providing ear plugs or muffs and encouraging them to wear ear protection at all times.

Steel-Toed, Non-Slip Boots – No matter how graceful you may be, no one is immune to the potential of slipping and falling. In fact, falling is the #1 hazard in the workplace, according to OSHA. But, with employees wearing the right boots, you can help to eliminate that risk. And, with steel toes, you can be sure to protect feet from harm, should something heavy or sharp be dropped.

Bonus Tip: Repetitive Motion Stretch – Working on the line is hard work. It requires undivided focus, impeccable attention to detail, and a plethora of repetitive tasks. Keep your workers at the top of their game by providing guidance and opportunities for repetitive motion stretching. Here’s a great resource for eliminating physical stress often caused by assembly line work.

Shutting down the line due to an injury simply isn’t worth it. And at the end of the day, the safety of your employees is what matters most. With US Standard Products as your safety equipment partner, you can ensure that safety remains your top priority, and reap the benefits as they trickle down to your bottom line.

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Heads Up! 3 Tips to Ensure Your Hard Hat is Safe.

When it comes to safety equipment, the hard hat arguably trumps all. Protecting one of your most critical body parts from impact, the structural integrity of your hard hat is of utmost importance. In fact, in 2012, 1,020 workers died from on-the-job head injuries, according to the National Safety Council. To help ensure your helmet is to the highest safety standards, we’ve put together the top three rules all hard-hat-wearing professionals should know.

1. Know When to Give Your Hat the Boot

As part of your daily routine, when getting suited up for the job, you should always be inspecting your hat for any type of damage—cracks, chips, dents, etc. Even with average wear and tear, hard hats aren’t meant to last forever. Every year or two you should be replacing your suspension, and every five years or so, it’s time to hang up your hat (literally), and invest in a new one.

2. Let it Be

We get it—hard hats might not be the most flattering safety gear, but that doesn’t mean it’s okay to take “sprucing it up” into your own hands. In fact, making modifications to your helmet can seriously affect its overall ability to protect your head during impact. Avoid making any of the following adjustments to your hard hat for maximum protection:

  • Wearing a baseball cap underneath – A cap can interfere with the suspension of your helmet—a risk not worth taking. Plus, most caps have metal or hard plastic pieces, which can incur even more damage should you hit your head on something. A safe alternative is a bandana.
  • Painting your helmet – Paint can chemically damage the shell of your helmet, which could lead to an increased risk of injury.

There are, however a few modifications that have been tested and proven to not affect the safety capabilities of hard hats. These include:

  • Using stickers – Give your hat a bit of personality with self-adhesive stickers, but avoid placing any near the edges – ¾ of an inch is a safe distance.
  • Wearing your helmet backwards – Not all helmets are safe to wear backwards, but many are. Check with the manufacturer and be sure to reverse the suspension before doing so.

3. Damaged Goods are No Good

In the unlucky event that you get a bump on the head while wearing your hard hat, you’ll want to play it safe and replace it immediately. Even if there isn’t any visible damage, the impact could have affected the suspension or compromised the integrity of the hat’s protecting capabilities.

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Avoiding Commercial Property Hazards

A safety checklist for building and property managers.

Compared to many labor-intensive jobs, office workers have it pretty easy—at least when it comes to taking rigorous safety precautions. While a spilled cup of coffee or an open file drawer can certainly cause harm, the dangers involved in office settings often pale in comparison to those present in industrial or manufacturing worksite environments.

But that doesn’t mean that commercial building and property managers are off the hook on the safety front. Even though office buildings aren’t typically equipped with heavy machinery, complicated equipment, and dangerous chemicals, there are still a number of hazards that tenants can face. Not only should you take action to keep those on your property safe, you also will want to take precautions against a potential lawsuit.

Here, we’ve put together a quick checklist to help those in charge of property maintenance keep their buildings, grounds, and tenants safe and sound.

Keep Parking Lots and Sidewalks Clear

To keep your walkways clear of snow and ice in the winter months, we can’t reiterate enough the importance of using ice melt. But even as the ground begins to thaw, you’ll need to be on the lookout for cracking pavement, potholes, and other structural issues that could pose a trip hazard. Year-round, be sure you’re regularly monitoring the condition of your grounds—patch up any problem areas, pick up trash, and make sure that traffic markers are clearly visible.

Prevent Indoor Falls

Falls are the #1 cause of office injury, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. In fact, employees are 2.5x more likely to be injured from a fall in an office setting than anywhere else. Here are a number of tips to prevent falls indoors:

  • Provide small ladders or step stools for each office in your building—too often, tenants try to use dangerous swivel chairs to reach highly-placed items.
  • Be sure to line any potentially slippery surfaces, such as building entryways, with a skid-resistant treatment or carpet.
  • If your building has many sharp turns, place mirrors in the corners to help workers avoid collisions.
  • On multi-level buildings, stairwells are often neglected by cleaning crews. To ensure safety, make sure they’re consistently swept, and all handrails are in tact.
  • All trip and slip hazards—whether an exposed electrical cord, or a freshly mopped floor, should always be marked in yellow for maximum visibility.

Create a Hazard Reporting System

Property managers aren’t typically on-site at all times. To ensure that all potential dangers are noted and addressed, we recommend implementing a hazard reporting system. Whether you provide a comment box in the main lobby, or set up an online ticketing system, by offering workers the opportunity to share what they see, you’ll be able to maximize your awareness of potential problems and minimize the danger to tenants.

Need new safety supplies and equipment for your commercial property? US Standard Products is an industrial supplies distributor based in New Jersey. We provide a wide range of operational and safety necessities including ice melt, work gloves, and much more. To stay up-to-date on the latest workplace safety news and trends, follow US Standard Products on social media:

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Be in the Know: Safety Must-Reads

Explore a collection of interesting safety industry resources and insights from the U.S. Standard Products team.

OSHA under Trump: A closer look

With a new president and administration at the helm, manufacturing and industrial industries face potential shifts in OSHA’s worker safety regulations. Safety and Health Magazine takes a deep dive into how the new administration may impact OSHA and the industry overall.

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Five tips for reimagining safety traditions

We have endless data at our fingertips, and the potential for using it to advance safety processes is massive. Yet big data continues to be underutilized. Industrial Safety & Hygiene News explores how the manufacturing sector can use data to reinvent old processes and drive greater safety gains.

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The True Cost of Poor Worker Health is a C-Suite Issue

“The bottom line is that good health is good business–from the exam room to the board room,” Dr. Ron Loepke says—and that sentiment rings true especially for industrial organizations impacted by significant safety and health risks. EHS Today explores the implications of poor health in the workplace, and how business executives can make a change for the better.

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Fall Protection Cited as #1 Workplace Hazard in 2016

According to new research released by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, fall protection takes the top spot as the most frequently cited workplace safety and health violation in 2016. The data was compiled from nearly 32,000 workplace inspections, and indicates several startling trends when it comes to on-the-job safety.

The entire list of top 10 workplace hazards for 2016 includes:

  1. Fall protection
  2. Hazard communication
  3. Scaffolds
  4. Respiratory protection
  5. Lockout/tagout
  6. Powered industrial trucks
  7. Ladders
  8. Machine guarding
  9. Electrical wiring
  10. Electrical, general requirements

With approximately three million workplace injuries, and more than 4,500 workplace deaths every year, this data is critical in helping organizations across the country hone in on the most predominant safety hazards and identify new ways to make workplaces safer.

One of the most important things companies should take away from the research is the fact that fall protection, along with scaffold and ladder safety, continues to be a major workplace hazard, as it has taken the top spot on the list year after year. Sure, accidents will happen, but with the proper training, safety equipment and adherence to the rules, organizations can make a difference in the number of fall-related injuries and deaths that occur each year. Check out our blog on how to prevent slips, trips and falls in the workplace for more tips on how to minimize the dangers of this common hazard.

Additionally, industrial and manufacturing companies need to take protective gear more seriously. With all of the technology available, both to make machines safer and to protect appendages from harm, there’s no excuse for lockout/tagout or machine-guarding injuries. To brush up on some of the most critical personal protective equipment, see our comprehensive PPE checklist.

As companies head into the new year, those in charge of safety programs should keep this list of hazards on hand. By keeping the most common dangers top-of-mind, they can adequately prepare their staff with the proper safety training and stock up on the necessary protective equipment. Together, let’s make 2017 a safer year in the workplace!

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Ice Melt Guide for Business Owners

To the average business owner, ice melt is ice melt—you spread it on your sidewalks and parking lots, helping to ensure that the walkways surrounding your business are free of ice (and slip) hazards. What many don’t realize is that there is a wide variety of ice melt types, each with different properties. Some are safe for animals, others are not; some work in super cold temperatures, and others don’t. While there are a number of different ice melt products available, they all work in a similar way—by lowering the freezing point of water and turning snow and ice into saltwater slush.

Here at U.S. Standard Products, we’ve put together a quick ice melt guide to help you select the best ice melt formula for your business needs.

Exploring Ice Melt Materials

Type Temp. Pros Cons
Sodium Chloride (Rock Salt) 20-22o F

 

Most common

Inexpensive

Natural

Fast acting

Not effective in extreme cold

Corrosive—(damages metal, grass, sometimes concrete)

Deadly to animals when ingested

Leaves residue

 

Calcium Chloride -25o F

 

Most effective in extreme cold

Natural

Fast acting

A little goes a long way

Long lasting

More costly

Can damage vegetation

Possible health consequences

Potassium Chloride 12-25o F

 

Natural

Less corrosive

Better for environment

 

Not effective in extreme cold

Leaves residue

Harmful to vegetation at high concentration

More costly

Deadly to animals with kidney disease when ingested

Urea 15o F

 

Very little damage to concrete/asphalt

Better for environment

Safer for animals

Inexpensive

 

Harmful to vegetation at high concentration

Not as effective

Magnesium Chloride -13-5o F

 

Fast acting

Long lasting

Natural

Better for environment

More costly

Can damage vegetation

Deadly to animals with kidney disease when ingested

Moderate concrete damage

Don’t Forget!

As you’re considering ice melt options, don’t forget these important safety and usage tips.

  • Always use in moderation. Using more than the recommended amount does not increase effectiveness—in fact it could cause damage to your concrete/asphalt, as well as any nearby vegetation.
  • Wear gloves. First, it’s probably cold out—dress for the weather! Second, and probably more important, the chemicals contained in most ice melt products can irritate the skin. It’s not worth taking a chance.
  • Keep shoveling. As nice as it would be to put the snow plows, blowers, and shovels back in the garage, you still have to put in the work to remove whatever snow you can in order for the ice melt to be effective.
  • Seal it up. Ice melt absorbs moisture, so when it’s in storage, make sure it’s sealed up properly to maintain effectiveness.
  • Avoid fresh concrete. If you’ve had concrete poured on your property within the last year, keep the ice melt away! Freshly poured concrete needs time to cure, and application of ice melt can set it up for future damage.

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