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How to Get the Most Out of This Year’s NSC Safety Congress & Expo

This year’s National Safety Council (NSC) Safety Congress and Expo will be at the San Diego Convention Center, September 16-22. It’s one of the leading tradeshows in the industry and one the team at Liberty Safety has  been attending every year for over a few decades and counting.

Each time we go, we learn a little bit more about the ins and outs of this amazing event. And this year, we have put together some tips on how you can get the most out of it and offer you some suggestions on what not to miss while you are there.

We are also excited to announce we will be entering four new products into the New Product Showcase Awards. We are hoping, of course, that you will vote for the one that impresses you the most!

Look for the Liberty Safety lineup when online voting starts on August 16th – you can find more info here.

So, whether it’s your first time or your tenth time, you are sure to benefit from the before, during, and after the Expo tips we are sharing below.

Before the Expo

Brace yourself, because there is going to be a lot to see. “It’s the one tradeshow that manages to meet the demands of a huge variety of safety professionals and industry experts all under one roof,” said Jenny Ko, Marketing Manager at Liberty Safety.

Because there will be so many people and lots of events too, you will want a plan of action before you even step out onto the Expo floor.

It’s a good idea to create a list of the companies and products that are of interest to you that will be at the show. You can ensure you know where to find them by downloading the Expo map on the official Expo website where you will also be able to get a list of all the exhibitors.

The next decision you will want to make before you go is to decide what events you want to attend. There will be keynote speakers, education, training, and coaching sessions available each day of the Expo.

 

And, in some cases, by attending the 2022 NSC Safety Congress & Expo, you are eligible to earn Continuing Education Units, Continuance of Certification, and Certification Maintenance Credits.

One more tip before you go — look carefully at the fine details in the information provided for each event. Some of them require you to register prior to the start of the Expo.

During the Expo

Regardless of your plan of action, you will not want to miss out on what is sure to be an exciting lineup of events and speakers.

Here are the ones you will want to know about:

  • Keynotes: The keynotes are always an impressive lineup of professionals. This year’s opening keynote speaker is former NASA Astronaut, Mike Massimino. He will be discussing resilience and adaptability in times of change and uncertainty.

 

  • Technology Pavilion: The NSC is launching an all-new Innovation and Technology Experience, which will allow Expo attendees to engage directly with the most promising solutions on issues ranging from ergonomics to workplace fatality prevention. Jump into one of the tech talks for lots of insight and industry knowledge.

 

  • Division/Section Meetings: Learn about the latest and emerging industry news and issues when you attend one of these meetings. If you are already an NSC member it’s included in your membership. If you are not a member you can register for any meeting for an additional fee. The agendas will be posted during the Expo. View the lineup here.

 

  • Networking opportunities: The Expo is a prime place to build business relationships. Where else can you meet so many safety professionals all under one roof? Be sure to visit the “Time Out Lounge” while you are there so you can not only mingle but also get a quick refreshment. You will find TVs with live sports streaming there too so you catch up on the latest scores too.

 

  • The Campbell Institute Forum: As the leader in “helping organizations achieve and sustain EHS excellence” the Campbell Institute forums are not to be missed. This year they are hosting two workplace safety forums during the Expo. Join the conversation and hear c-suite leaders provide advice and insights for organizations like yours.

 

  • Professional Development Seminars: Choose a one or multiple day immersive workshop that can prepare you for a variety of safety professional exams or just ensure you are up on the latest industry focus. Keep in mind that each Professional Development Seminar (PDS) requires a separate registration fee.

 

  • The New Product Showcase

The New Product Showcase is your opportunity to see some exciting new products, services, and technologies. Now in its 8th year, it gives all Expo attendees the opportunity to vote for the best new products in the safety industry. It’s a highly visible and well visited site that you will find located centrally on the Expo floor.

Speaking of the New Product Showcase . . . Take a Sneak Peek at Our Entries

An innovative collection of rugged, cut resistant gloves, offering light to heavy-duty cut resistance, will be our entries into this year’s New Product Showcase. The four products we have chosen represent the type of products that keep us inline with the market trends and its technological advances.

“This year, Liberty Safety embraced a new name and brand image, so we chose the best of the best,” Jenny Ko said. “Our team is very excited to present them to the professionals they were designed specifically for.”

Liberty Safety will be entering the following products:

The FROGRIP® I-GRIP™ A3 Cut – 21 Gauge Cut Resistant Gloves is the first of its kind for Liberty Safety. These gloves feature a foam nitrile palm coating that provides excellent grip in wet and oily conditions. With a state-of-the-art knitted shell, it allows maximum breathability, meaning improved comfort for working hands similar to a bare-hand feel. Without compromising durability, the I-Grip™ Cut Resistant Gloves provide a strong grip plus touchscreen compatibility.

Introducing the FROGRIP® Ultra-Y™ Grip A5 Cut Resistant Gloves with Nitrile Coating and reinforced thumb crotch. Made with a proprietary engineered yarn shell, these double-dipped sandy foam nitrile palm coated gloves are suitable for wet and dry environments. With excellent abrasion resistance and durable grip, these gloves are form-fitted to reduce hand fatigue, provide touchscreen compatibility, and increase all-day comfort.

Meet our new and revolutionary FROGRIP® Ultra-Y™ Grip A5 Cut Resistant Gloves with Proprietary Foam Coating providing the dexterity needed for hard-working hands. Form fitted with excellent tactility, they have excellent grip, and are touchscreen compatible. Now, you do not have to compromise hand protection to connect with touchscreen devices or machines.

Take a look at the DayBreaker® Charger FLX™ A5 Impact Work Gloves. With a hi-vis green/orange ergonomic TPR on the back of the hand and fingers, these dark blue engineered yarn shell gloves provide a comfortable and flexible fit. With ultimate durability and increased grip, these touchscreen compatible gloves provide all-around hand protection needed in working environments.

After the Expo

Remember all those business cards you collected at the show? After the Expo is the time to follow up with those people you exchanged cards with. Many of them you will also probably find on LinkedIn so do not forget to grow your network online too!

Now, it’s time to explore and sort through that bag of goodies you came home with. Immediately after the show is the best time to weed through all of it and save what you think you will want to reference later. Keep your mind open to new possibilities as you review all the information you received. There could be opportunities in there that you had not considered during the show.

Now, take a deep breath and decompress from all the hustle and bustle of the past few days. And once your head has stopped spinning, it’s time to start thinking about next year!

Keep an eye out for the Liberty Safety team. You’ll see us on the floor wearing branded polos and lanyards or at booth #2517. And if you have any questions about the new or existing products, stop by our booth and we’d be happy to give you answers. Lastly, don’t forget to vote for any one of our new cut-resistant gloves! We are sure once you see them, you’ll know they are winners!

Online voting begins August 16 and ends Monday, 
September 19 at 3:00 p.m. PST.

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Worksite Heat Stress: What to Look for, What to Do and Products that Help

Once again, it’s a hotter-than-usual summer. While many of us can seek shelter from the intense heat, outdoor workers like those working in agriculture, construction, or utilities endure the brunt of it. These workers are not only constantly exposed to high temperatures for long hours but also often perform physically demanding work. It’s the type of environment that can lead to a higher risk of heat stress.

Heat stress creates a series of conditions where the body is under stress from overheating. Heat-related illnesses include heat cramps, heat exhaustion, heat rash, and heat stroke.

It’s critical to educate yourself and your crew on the symptoms, preventative measures, and products to help minimize the dangers. Using a trusted heat index chart is the first step in calculating and managing your workers’ heat stress risk.

The National Weather Service provides a heat index chart to accurately measure how hot it feels when the effects of humidity are added to high temperatures.

Besides the NWS heat index chart, you can also download OSHA-NIOSH’s app that works on most smartphones and gives you the current heat index, precautions, and recommendations. Worksite safety professionals can use the app to recognize when additional preventive options should be implemented quickly. For example, as the heat index increases, more water and rest breaks may become necessary.

Heat stress symptoms

Heat stress happens when the body is exposed to excess heat and reaches a point where the average body temperature is not attainable in response to the current weather.

Outdoor workers often overlook the signs of heat stress. It can start with a feeling of confusion or difficulty concentrating, then may progress to more severe heat stroke symptoms, like fainting or collapsing. The type of health effects that can occur are:

Heat Exhaustion signs and symptoms include headache, nausea, vertigo, weakness, thirst, and giddiness. Fortunately, this condition responds readily to prompt treatment.

Heat Cramps are painful, involuntary muscle spasms that appear to be from a lack of water replenishment caused by excessive sweating and an electrolyte imbalance.

Heat Rashes occur as red bumps that create a prickling sensation, usually in areas where the clothing is restrictive. Those bumps may become infected if they are not treated.

Heat Fatigue signs include an unusual impairment in work performance. There is no treatment for heat fatigue except removing heat stress before a more serious heat-related condition develops.

Workplace heat stress prevention

OSHA recommends the following administrative or work practice controls to prevent and manage heat stress.

Acclimatize workers by exposing them to work in a hot environment for more extended periods. NIOSH suggests that workers with previous experience with high heat levels are high enough to produce heat stress may acclimatize with a regimen of 50% exposure on day one, 60% on day two, 80% on day three, and 100% on day four. For new workers, it should be 20% on day one, with a 20% increase each additional day.

Replace Fluids by providing cool (50°-60°F) water or any cool liquid (except alcoholic beverages) to workers and encourage them to drink small amounts frequently, e.g., one cup every 20 minutes. Ample supplies of fluids should be available in the work area.

Reduce the physical demands by minimizing physically exerting tasks such as heavy lifting, digging, climbing, etc. Spread work out over more individuals, use relief workers or assign extra workers. Provide external pacing to minimize overexertion.

Provide recovery areas such as air-conditioned enclosures, rooms, and intermittent rest periods with water breaks.

Reschedule hot jobs for the cooler part of the day, and routine maintenance and repair work in hot areas should be scheduled for the year’s cooler seasons.

Monitor workers at risk of heat stress, such as those wearing semi-permeable or impermeable clothing when the temperature exceeds 70°F while working at high metabolic loads (greater than 500 kcal/hour).

Furthermore, OSHA suggests wearing lightweight clothing for better ventilation and less strain on an individual’s body. Reflective clothing can also help cool workers by reducing the radiant heat reaching their bodies. Other cooling products like wetted clothing and water-cooled garments are also effective in bringing temperatures down.

Heat stress products

Liberty Safety’s line of cooling products provides the cooling relief you are looking for in a variety of ways. Each garment can help your workers maintain a healthy body temperature when used during their workday.

HiVizGard™ Full Brim Neck Shade

Because the sun cannot always be avoided, managing your exposure to it is made a lot easier when you can shield your face and neck area. The HiVizGard™ Full Brim with Neck Shade will keep you covered while you work outside.

The hi-vis material of this cooling product provides great visibility and fits on most outside cap-style and full-brim hard hats. It can also be folded into a pouch which makes it portable and convenient. It comes in several fluorescent colors to enhance outdoor worker visibility.

DuraWear™ Cooling Towel

When it is extra hot outside, it feels good to be able to reach for a towel that will not only mop the sweat from your brow but also bring your temperature down. The DuraWear™ Cooling Towel is made to do just that. It is designed with an advanced Poly Vinyl Alcohol (PVA) material that is also antimicrobial-treated to prevent mold build-up.

You can activate the cooling effect by soaking it in water for 2 to 3 minutes, wringing out excess water, and wrapping it around your head or neck for an instant feeling of refreshment. Some workers find it effective to wipe it on the pulse points of their body as well.

HiVizGard™ Evaporative Cooling Safety Vest

Like our other cooling products, you can easily activate the cooling relief of this Class 2 certified antimicrobial safety vest by soaking it in cold water for 2-5 minutes. Then just gently wring it out, and it is ready to wear.

Even when the lightweight quilted nylon material is wet, it was designed to keep you dry. By using an evaporative cooling process, the chance of heat exhaustion and heat-related fatigue is greatly reduced.

DuraWear™ Cooling Bandana

Attack the summer heat with a bandana that holds its cool. Soak the DuraWear™ Cooling Bandana in water and use it as an evaporative cooler. Made of polyvinyl alcohol material, it is quickly activated and can cool you down when you need it most.

This universal-sized bandana can be tied around the neck or worn like a headband, and it is machine washable too. When properly maintained, you can use it over and over again.

Stay safe from heat stress

By using the right cooling gear and also putting into practice practical worksite protocols, you can provide relief to your outdoor workers throughout the hot summer season.

Visit the National Emphasis Program on Outdoor and Indoor Heat Hazards (NEP), a website recently established by OSHA, for more information and reminders on the risks of heat stress and how to help workers avoid it.

And if you’d like to learn more about the products mentioned in this post along with all your summertime PPE options, give us a call at 800-327-8333 or check them out for yourself on our website.

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Liberty Safety: A New Name to Reflect Our Company’s Evolution

As of Friday, June 24th, we have officially changed our company name to Liberty Safety.  It’s a small change that reflects our evolution from just a provider of safety gloves to a head-to-toe supplier of PPE. 

We were founded in 1987 with the sole objective of offering a wide selection of safety gloves to meet the needs of U.S. workers. Since then, we have increased our product line to include over 5,000 products, representing 27 categories and 12 sub-brands. 

It’s an expanded product line that ranges from standard to premium products. With that much variety, we knew we needed a name that embodied all of it. Liberty Safety was shorter, but we thought it fitting because it includes so much more. 

While the name has changed, what hasn’t changed is our commitment to you.

Continuing to Offer More Products and More Experts

Over the 35 years that we have been in business, we listened to the struggles you have had with other PPE distributors. you have told us those distributors don’t consistently have the apparel you need and can’t offer you the support or service that makes your job easier.

In response, over the years we have expanded our product-lines to include different tiers (good, better, best) to support your customers’ budgets. Variety is the key: If other suppliers have three different types of gloves, we shoot for ten.

We have also grown our team of PPE experts. Whether you need a specific product feature or face a scheduling dilemma, we have built a team of some of the most experienced and skilled PPE experts in the industry. We have given them the flexibility to grow and support the business, and they have helped us build the reputation as a supplier that provides fair, honest, and loyal service.

It’s a testament to the fact that looking out for the people who look out for us is something we take seriously. It’s what our customers truly appreciate and value. We won’t compromise on that.

Including Value-Added Options that Make Your Life Easier

Over the years, we have also grown to include value-added options and services. Printing, vend pack, private labeling, and a direct import or drop shipment program are offered for even more convenience.
We remain dedicated to providing these types of innovative solutions to our customers. We will continue to invest time and resources into initiatives like:

  • Research and development
  • Global sourcing
  • Customized programs
  • Technology enhancements
  • Training programs
  • Rigorous quality control

Liberty Delivering Freedom in Full Gear

Besides a new name, we also have a new tagline: ‘Freedom in Full Gear.” But this is more than a tagline — it’s a promise to you.

Freedom in Full Gear is our promise to give you the freedom to select from a full range of the safety gear you need at the price point you want. And it includes the comfort, reliability, and level of protection you have come to expect from Liberty Safety.

We hope you find our new name and tagline representative of the company we have grown into all these years, as well as a signal of what you can expect in the future. We look forward to living up to our new name!

Check out our company video here to learn more.

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Take the Sizzle Out of Summer With 4 Cooling Products for the Outdoor Workforce

Anyone managing people working outdoors during the summer months is well aware things get hot! With temperatures predicted to reach record highs this summer, it looks like it will be more of the same this year.

As a result, the EPA says the risk of heat-related illness continues to increase. But there is some good news. Most companies are strengthening their heat response plans, making it a priority to help workers cope.

Along with practical worksite protocols, the right cooling gear can also provide some relief. With that in mind, Liberty Safety offers a collection of smart cooling products meant for outdoor workers during the summer months.

Below, we have listed the details of four of our favorites. Each one brings its own cooling feature. They can be worn on their own or together for maximum cool down.

Throw Some Serious Shade With

HiVizGard™ Full Brim Neck Shade

Because the sun cannot always be avoided, managing your exposure to it is made a lot easier when you can shield your face and neck area. The HiVizGard™ Full Brim with Neck Shade will keep you covered while you work outside.

The hi-vis material of this cooling product provides great visibility and fits on most outside cap-style and full-brim hard hats. It can also be folded into a pouch which makes it portable and convenient. It comes in several fluorescent colors to enhance outdoor worker visibility.

Get Relief Quickly by Using the

DuraWear™ Cooling Towel

When it is extra hot outside, it feels good to be able to reach for a towel that will not only mop the sweat from your brow but also bring your temperature down. The DuraWear™ Cooling Towel is made to do just that. It is designed with an advanced Poly Vinyl Alcohol (PVA) material that is also antimicrobial-treated to prevent mold build-up.

You can activate the cooling effect by soaking it in water for 2 to 3 minutes, wringing out excess water, and wrapping it around your head or neck for an instant feeling of refreshment. Some workers find it effective to wipe it on the pulse points of their body as well.

Cool Your Core in a

HiVizGard™ Evaporative Cooling Safety Vest

Like our other cooling products, you can easily activate the cooling relief of this Class 2 certified antimicrobial safety vest by soaking it in cold water for 2-5 minutes. Then just gently wring it out, and it is ready to wear.

Even when the lightweight quilted nylon material is wet, it was designed to keep you dry. By using an evaporative cooling process, the chance of heat exhaustion and heat-related fatigue is greatly reduced.

Chill Out in Style with the

DuraWear™ Cooling Bandana

Attack the summer heat with a bandana that holds its cool. Soak the DuraWear™ Cooling Bandana in water and use it as an evaporative cooler. Made of polyvinyl alcohol material, it is quickly activated and can cool you down when you need it most.

This universal-sized bandana can be tied around the neck or worn like a headband, and it is machine washable too. When properly maintained, you can use it over and over again.

Take the Heat Seriously and Plan Ahead

For many outdoor workers and their employers, increasingly frequent instances of extreme heat will be an ongoing worry.

And though the Occupational Safety & Health Act (OSHA) does not speak to heat stress directly, they do offer heat illness prevention information. It is a reliable source that recognizes the three key ingredients to combat heat stress, Water, Rest, and Shade.

As part of that plan and as a way to further protect your workers from the scorching summer heat, including the suggested cooling products above just makes sense. It is also an excellent way for you to show your ongoing commitment to your worker’s well-being.

To try one of our cooling products for yourself by filling out a “request a sample” form you can find it here or contact us for more information.

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How to Choose an Effective Touchscreen Work Glove for Your Industry

From sweaty hands to a lousy grip, there are as many excuses for taking work gloves off as there are for putting them on. But workers who take their gloves off at the job site put their hands at a much higher risk for injuries like lacerations or punctures.

Still, many workers need to remove their gloves to access touchscreen devices to communicate or operate productivity apps in use by many industrial facilities. Luckily, it does not have to be an either/or situation. Instead, you can reduce the risks of hand injuries to your workers by offering touchscreen safety gloves they’ll keep on.

Knowing what gloves work with the type of on-the-job swipe technologies your facility uses is key. To make it easier, we’ve highlighted the features you should look for in a touchscreen glove to find the ideal protection for your team.

Meet Your Team’s Needs with Connection and Functionality

For touchscreen gloves to meet your work demands, it is essential to consider the equipment in use and the risks your crew faces every day. These potential dangers should guide the style, material, cut rating, and coating you require.

Pick the Ideal Material

The many material options available may make the selection process difficult for you. Especially if you are in the market for a multipurpose touchscreen work glove. For most applications, the materials used in touchscreen gloves should be at the very least:

  • Conductive – You will often see conductive materials used on the finger and thumb tips.
  • Durable – Look for reinforced stitching and coated palm and fingers for longer-lasting gloves.
  • Washable – Most touchscreen gloves are industrial launderable.
  • Reusable – Different shell gauge gloves are available so they can be reused in specific applications.

Select Your Required Features

Some gloves come with application and screen-specific features like:

  • Cut resistance – Required for heavy-duty environments with cut hazards
  • Coating type – Some coatings (think nitrile or polyurethane) offer different types of protection
  • Waterproof – The construction of the glove shell as well as the coating on the material, can be waterproof or water-resistant
  • Non-slip – A tacky-type coating on the palm keeps your grip firm
  • Tailored sizing– Dexterity for a precise touch is needed for pressure-sensitive screens
  • Thermal protection – Insulation with conductive ability keeps hands warmer

Ensure a Great Fit

Sizing and fit will determine how comfortable the glove will be and ensure your workers keep them on. Depending on the job task, you want a glove that offers maximum protection with enough flexibility and dexterity for unrestricted movement.

The breathability, shell gauge, and overall construction of the glove are critical to its comfort. As part of that, compare seam options and consider the following:

  • Outside seams may wear out quickly or get caught on machines
  • Internal seams may irritate your skin
  • Seamless designs hold up and offer overall comfort

Choose From Two Popular Styles

According to Engineering Technologies, industries are becoming more data-driven and touchscreen devices are increasingly integrated within manufacturing facilities. That means touchscreen gloves are becoming an essential PPE item.

To meet that demand, we suggest two touchscreen gloves that are very popular with our customers, all of whom come from various industries. Both gloves meet the typical requirements for multipurpose environments and offer a lot of versatility.

Ultra-Z™ Proprietary Foam Coated: These touchscreen gloves are a tremendous multipurpose glove to have on stand-by when cut and abrasion protection are needed. They have an ANSI Cut A4 rating with a level 4 resistance to abrasion. Additionally, the proprietary foam palm coating allows for an excellent grip and unmatched dexterity in oily conditions. And, of course, the coating is silicone and DMF free with an 18 gauge seamless knit shell makes these gloves extremely comfortable.

P-Grip™ Polyurethane Coated: These ultra-thin touchscreen gloves have a 13 gauge polyester shell for excellent comfort and dexterity. The hi-vis green shell makes them easy to identify and keeps you in compliance where required. In addition, their polyurethane palm coating gives you a fantastic wet and dry grip that ensures proper protection for your hands.

Good Hand Protection Isn’t One-Size Fits All

Undoubtedly, touchscreen gloves are the best way to keep your hands protected while still being in communication with internal devices or the outside world. They enable wearers to easily access screens without having to remove their gloves.

And more importantly, by not removing their gloves, the risk of forgetting to put their gloves back on is eliminated.

If you’d like to try one of our touchscreen gloves for yourself, contact us to request a sample today.

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Four Ways We’ve Recognized National Safety Month All Year Long

June is National Safety Month

June marks the 26th year the National Safety Council (NCS) has sponsored National Safety Month. This year’s themes highlight the most common hazards workers face at the worksite. It’s an important focus and one that is behind the real stories that Liberty Glove and Safety has been following all year long.

Below, we’ve listed each of the National Safety Month weekly themes and given links to our latest safety blogs that back up the data and present the human side of the topics.

Week by week Break Down of This Year’s Safety Themes

Week 1 – Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs)

MSDs are a leading cause of workplace injury and cost billions each year in workers’ compensation and lost productivity.

The most current BLS statistics show ten occupations make up 40 percent of all MSD cases in the private sector. Of these ten, laborers and freight, stock and material movers, and nursing assistants had the most MSD cases.

But as one of our earlier blog posts from last year pointed out, truck drivers are also high on the list of those suffering from MSD injuries. The BLS data showed that heavy and tractor-trailer drivers made up 31% of the  overall percentage, and light truck or delivery service drivers made up another 38%.

Caption:  MSD cases made up 52 percent of all days away from work (DAFW) cases to nursing assistants. Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers had median days away from work due to MSDs of 21 days.

The numbers are alarming and make this week’s theme even more relevant.

Gain the latest resources and practical tools to help your organization take action on MSD injuries during National Safety Month’s first week.

Week 2 – Workplace Impairment

We all know the dangers of substance use on the job. But did you know mental distress, stress, and fatigue on the job are also impairing?

An Australian study published by the Lancet Psychiatric Journal examined the impact job strain has on mental health. The research, led by associate professor Samuel Harvey from the Black Dog Institute in Sydney, showed that by the age of 50, the study participants who had experienced higher job strain were up to 14 percent more likely to develop a common form of mental illness.

The findings suggest that modifiable work-related risk factors could be significant in efforts to reduce the prevalence of common mental disorders.

It’s such a relevant topic that last month’s celebration of Construction Safety Week embraced it as their entire focus for the week.

Additionally, Liberty Glove and Safety’s blog post, “Worksite Safety’s Impact on a Construction Worker’s Mental Health,” explored the unique set of stressors construction workers face, including the stress of work-related injuries and illness.

Caption: While you can’t always remove stress from a worksite, there are measures organizations can take to help reduce a worker’s stress.

During the second week of National Safety Month, you’ll learn how to access resources to recognize the signs and address mental health issues in all forms within all industries, including construction.

Week 3 – Injury Prevention

In 2020 alone, more than four million workplace injuries required medical attention in the U.S.

For the safety experts at Liberty Glove and Safety, this topic means encouraging workplace strategies that stay on top of the dangers that cause injury.

One such strategy and one that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) says employers are responsible for performing is a “hazard assessment,” which identifies and controls onsite physical and health hazards.

The hazard assessment starts with a walkthrough of the facility to develop a list of potential risks.

However, as our blog post about workplace strategies that encourage safety  points out, the list should not be your only focus. Look for higher-order goals like trust, respect, and workers’ knowledge. Getting their input on safety protocols and PPE use is also essential.

OSHA provides a self-evaluation tool that will help you organize and analyze the information and then determine the types of safety systems and PPE that will be most appropriate.

Caption: A company that cares about its workers continuously emphasizes safety. However, no matter how safe you are, hazards exist in every business.

The third week in June sees National Safety Month teaching practical approaches to prevent injuries and deaths, including how to identify hazards and assess risks.

Week 4 – Slips, Trips, and Falls

Falls are the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death.

According to the NSC website, 805 workers died in falls, and 211,640 were injured, requiring days off work in 2020.

And once again, construction workers made the top of the list for this work-related hazard. The BLS reports that falls, slips, and trips were the most frequent fatal events in the construction industry, representing 37.9 percent of all fatalities.

Our research found that most fatal falls, slips, and trips occur during wintertime construction work when workers are faced with super slippery surfaces from parking lots, sidewalks, and roads.

Caption: There was a 22.9-percent increase in fatal falls, slips, and trips over 2018.

This week during National Safety Month focuses on reducing slips, trips, and falls from heights and even looks at how technology is playing a role in saving lives.

Get More Information and Resources for Download

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that in 2021, U.S. workplace deaths were 4,764, down 10.7 percent since 2019.

Last year, the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) recorded U.S. workplace deaths at 4,764. That’s down 10.7% since 2019.

While these statistics are encouraging, the numbers are still alarming and make this observance even more relevant.

So, for more information on preventing workplace injuries or downloading free materials specially designed for each topic, go to the NSC website and choose “Sign up now.” There you are asked to enter some basic information.

Once you’re registered on the site, you’ll find a lot of information, including:

  • Safety Tip Handouts (English and Spanish)
  • Safety-focused articles
  • Infographics, and images to share

You can also explore more safety articles on our blog site. We publish regularly and feature experts and information on the latest topics and products most relevant to our customers.

And don’t forget that National Safety Month is a great time to update your organization’s personal protective equipment (PPE). Making certain that PPE is well-fitting and maintained will help keep your workers injury-free and ensure your business stays in compliance.

At  Liberty Glove and Safety, we offer an informative download to help ensure you have the best cut-resistant gloves for your worksite application. Get your FREE guide to cut-resistant gloves today!

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Why You Should Invest in DuPont™ Protective Apparel for Agriculture

The CDC reports that over 2 million full-time workers were employed in the Agricultural industry last year. Among that population, work-related skin diseases were one of the most common conditions affecting them.

Let’s take a closer look at why the need for skin coverage is critical, and what types of protection work best to safeguard America’s farmworkers.

Evaluating Skin Irritant Exposure on Farms

As part of the job, farmworkers are regularly exposed to various organic and synthetic chemicals along with other hazardous environmental conditions associated with farming. It’s a combination that can lead to an increased risk of skin damage or disease.

Ongoing factors that contribute to skin problems include:

  • Long-term exposure to outdoor conditions
  • Repeated contact with chemicals from plants, pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers
  • Risk of allergic reactions from arthropod stings and bites

Contact dermatitis is the most prevalent skin irritation in the US including on working farms. It occurs when a compound comes into direct contact with the skin, often more than once.

A study done by the Farmworker Clinical Care Resource for Occupational Health, evaluating skin irritations among workers of blueberry farms, found that contact dermatitis was the second most frequent work-related injury.

The study concluded that skin irritation primarily affects open skin areas. It also showed that skin issues occur 50% of the time due to contact with natural vegetation, and about 20% are due to reactions to farm chemicals.

Recognizing the Ongoing Risks in Agricultural Activities

The blueberry farm study is a small representation of the skin hazards present in common farm activities. It shows that even everyday tasks can cause skin damage, including:

  1. General Operations – Running a commercial farm means there’s no way to avoid long days outside. It’s a fact that brings with it the possibility of sunburn, dermatitis, superficial wounds, insect bites, and other similar health issues. And with ongoing exposure, skin disorders and injuries may even worsen as the season goes on.
  2. Animal Handling – Dealing with animals also can impact the skin. Skin injuries caused by farm animals include ticks, bites, and exposure to certain infectious diseases like ringworm, salmonella, and leptospirosis. Animals can also attract harmful insects that may cause skin irritation and other conditions.
  3. Crop Management – Exposure to pesticides and other agricultural chemicals is a common risk when planting, maintaining, and harvesting crops. Farmers also face skin irritation due to working for long periods around the moisture, dirt, and dust involved.

Measures to promote safe practices, reduce exposure to hazards, and improve the quantity and quality of agricultural PPE can contribute to safer work practices and better long-term health outcomes.

Meeting Compliance and Protection Responsibilities

Even though agricultural work will always involve an element of risk, there are ways employers can help minimize it. Providing PPE designed for varying levels of exposure is one way and often required.

OSHA (Occupational Safety and Hazard Administration) regulates safe work practices for all employers. For farmers or any other business that uses chemicals, OSHA requires that the label be the main guide on what to wear and how to use them safely.

Another government body, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), sets the laws surrounding how the label should be written and displayed to make it easier to understand. They require pesticide labels include Worker Protection Standard (WPS) statements, including listing the appropriate PPE to wear.

Employers should follow the recommendations on the label to ensure workers who are exposed to farm chemicals know the proper way to use and store them. Workers should also be made aware that PPE requirements may differ for different chemicals.

Acting on “WARNING” or “DANGER” Labels

The EPA is clear on action that should be taken when the signal word on the label states “WARNING” or “DANGER.” The worker must wear full-body coverage. In most cases, protective coveralls made of material that creates an additional barrier are appropriate. They can be worn over regular clothes while mixing, diluting, or applying pesticides.

Because coveralls have the option for tight fittings around wrists and ankles, they are also practical when farmworkers want to avoid pests like ticks and other insects. They are very effective apparel in preventing pests from crawling up and latching onto the skin.

Whether it comes to chemicals or pests, full coverage, limited-use coveralls help keep farmworkers safe, healthy, and productive.

Choosing the Best Full-Coverage Protection for Farmworkers

When choosing which coverall is best for your workers, it’s smart to consider what others in your industry are buying.

DuPont™ year after year comes out as the front runner. They have been serving the agricultural sector for years and are well-known for manufacturing limited-use coveralls perfect for farm work.

The DuPont™ Tyvek® 400 series is a popular choice that serves as full coverage protection made to be discarded after each use.  The Tyvek® material is tough, lightweight and 100% synthetic fabric produced with  high-density Spunbonded polyethylene fibers. It’s durable and breathable yet resistant to water, abrasion, bacterial penetration, and aging.

Style options include:

TY125S – Open Wrists and Ankles

Comfort Fit Design. Collar. Storm Flap. Elastic Wrists and Ankles. Elastic Waist. Serged Seams. White.

TY122S – Hood with Boots

Comfort Fit Design. Storm Flap. Respirator Fit Hood. Elastic Wrists. Attached Skid-Resistant Boots. Elastic Waist. Serged Seams. White.

TY127S – Hood with Open Ankle

Comfort Fit Design. Storm Flap. Respirator Fit Hood. Elastic Wrists and Ankles. Elastic Waist. Serged Seams. White.

Each option provides a free range of movement and a tailored-like fit that gives reinforcement when bending and stretching. The longer zipper makes donning and doffing more manageable, while the elastic wrists and ankles help keep particles and pests out.

The proper doffing and disposal of contaminated coveralls are recommended, and DuPont™ even offers a recycling program for these garments.

Each coverall design is opaque to eliminate show-through. The entire range resists water penetration, is nonabsorbent and has excellent splash protection. They work well in most farm environments.

Sourcing Safe, Reliable Agricultural PPE

Fortunately, you don’t have to guess which coverall style is best for your farm. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) provides farm employers with the latest ANSI requirements and sizing standards.

However, if you require further assistance, the Liberty Safety team can help you choose Agricultural PPE with the best function and fit for your crew.

We offer an inventory with a wide variety of DuPont™ products, including the Tyvek® 400 coveralls. You’ll also find many other farmworker-specific products to choose from.

Learn more about Dupont™ Tyvek® 400 coveralls in Agriculture industry today.

Liberty Glove and Safety is a proud industrial partner with DuPont™ providing advanced PPE products in the industry, keeping people safe and productive.

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Worksite Safety’s Impact on a Construction Worker’s Mental Health

Construction Safety Week, May 2- 6

A safe and healthy worksite promotes workers’ mental well-being. This year’s Construction Safety Week takes a closer look at the connection. We’ll expand that focus by exploring some of the more obvious and often overlooked worksite hazards that can undermine a worker’s state of mind and their confidence to do the job.

According to the Construction Safety Week website, it’s essential to see the signs of struggle that impact safety and productivity. It also means ensuring our workers are equipped with the resources and support to work safely every day.

This post will review this year’s theme for the week and what it means for building a safe worksite. We’ll then zero in on two common worksite risks that may unknowingly create an undercurrent of stress for your workers.

Working with Confidence

The theme of Construction Safety Week is “Connected – Supported – Safe.” It centers around the idea that straightforward access to honest communication and connection supports a worker’s mental health.

“Construction Safety Week provides the opportunity, encouragement, and resources to build awareness around topics that aren’t always openly discussed, including this year’s topic of mental health,” said Marc Malezija from the OES Group, a company that has represented manufacturers of occupational, environmental, and safety products for over 27 years.

“Safety for construction companies has to be built into their daily culture, but what Construction Safety Week does is enable employers to step back and focus on an area that is of particular concern right now,” said Marc.

He added that listening to and addressing a worker’s concerns about the daily hazards they face can help alleviate some of the stress that affects a worker’s mental health.

Struggling with Worksite Stress

The Construction Safety Week website cites industry research that shows 1 in 5 construction workers struggle with depression and other mental health issues.

According to the Construction Industry Rehabilitation Plan (CIRP), a non-profit addiction treatment program founded solely for the construction industry, 83% of construction workers have experienced a mental health issue.

High levels of stress, anxiety, and depression are prevalent in those people in the industry because they confront a unique combination of factors, including often working with an injury.

Moreover, a study published by the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine found that stress in construction is often associated with pain from injuries.

In an article for BC Building Trades, Vicky Waldron, Executive Director of CIRP, commented that the workplace significantly impacts mental health. “Creating a psychologically safe work environment can help improve high-stress levels in workers.”

Two obvious hazards stand out for a construction worksite – fast-moving vehicles and dangerously sharp tools and materials.

Moving Vehicles: Addressing Work Zone Safety

Construction workers around busy traffic areas or even large moving machinery are at a very high risk of accidents involving those vehicles.

OSHA stresses the importance of properly setting up work zones at construction sites. They recommend work zones are set up with barriers, flagging, and lighting to keep workers safe.

In addition, OSHA requires workers to wear high visibility vests. It’s essential personal protective equipment (PPE) for a safe worksite, compliance, and a worker’s peace of mind.

HiVizGard™ Surveyor’s Vest with Black Bottom HiVizGard™ Engineer Surveyor’s Vest

Compliant with ANSI/ISEA 107-2020 standards, the HiVizGard™ Engineering Surveyors Vests are work gear that ensures construction workers are seen on the worksite.

Sharp Building Materials: Protecting a Worker’s Hands

EHS Today reports hand injuries stemming from the sharp edges of building materials as a common accident on construction sites. It’s why another critical piece of PPE keeping workers safe includes work gloves with the appropriate level of cut protection.

“With work glove cut ratings, there’s a lot of confusion around what level of protection to use for particular projects or applications,” Marc said. “It can add a lot of anxiety around choosing a glove.”

Marc said most of their construction worker customers choose a multi-purpose foam-coated glove with an A4 cut rating. It’s a glove that offers just the right level of protection and can still be comfortable to wear for a wide variety of jobs.

Along with cut protection, work gloves built for jobs specific to settings like construction sites should:

  • Embrace each finger without gaps
  • Have a snug fit around the wrists
  • Allow free movement

For more information on choosing the best cut resistant gloves for your crew download our free guide.

Ultra-Z™ A4 Cut Resistant Z-Grip™ A4 Cut Resistant

Both gloves offer A4 cut protection, but the Z-Grip™ is a 13 gauge glove while the Ultra-Z™ is 18 gauge with touch screen compatibility.

Building a Safe Environment

A safe and healthy workplace protects workers from injury and illness. It can also lower overall stress levels among the crew while raising morale. In other words, safety is good for a worker’s mental health.

Projects and people thrive in a safer, caring environment that includes mental health as part of its safety plan. When a company prioritizes safety, it attracts and keeps better employees, runs more efficiently, and ultimately produces more satisfied workers.

For more information and access to various helpful resources on mental health concerns in the construction industry, see the Construction Safety Week resources page.

When it comes time to find the best selection of PPE to keep your worksite safer, Liberty Glove and Safety can help. Contact us to learn more about our personal protective equipment line, and don’t forget to ask about our sample program.

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Six Worksite Strategies that Encourages Correct PPE Use

Despite its benefits, many safety professionals find that enforcing the proper use of PPE is a task that takes too much time and effort. And because it includes a wide range of clothing and equipment, it can become unmanageable quickly.

Before throwing in the towel, consider taking some practical steps in the space you can control—the worksite. Building a work environment that encourages the consistent and proper use of PPE will make it a lot easier.

Below are six ways to get started that will set your worksite and workers up for success.

1.   Perform a Worksite Assessment

A company that cares about its workers puts a continuous emphasis on safety. However, no matter how safe you are, hazards exist in every workplace.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), says employers are responsible for:

  • Performing a “hazard assessment” of the workplace to identify and control physical and health hazards.
  • Identifying and providing appropriate PPE for employees.

The hazard assessment starts with a walkthrough of the facility to develop a list of potential risks.

But, that list should not be your only focus. Safety expert Dr. Rob Long says in his safety blog that when observing the workplace, look for higher-order goals like trust, respect, and workers’ knowledge. Dr. Long adds that speaking with the workers and getting their input on PPE is also essential.

OSHA provides a self-evaluation tool that will help you organize and analyze the information and then be able to determine the types of PPE that will be most appropriate.

2.   Include Workplace Signage

Workplace signage can have a surprising impact on workplace safety. It offers a regular reminder to think about safety and wear the necessary PPE, such as hardhats and high-vis vests. Another benefit of including signage on workplace processes and PPE is it can demonstrate how and when workers should wear the protection.

“Although safety signs and warnings are low on the hierarchy of controls, they are an important part of communicating with employees about the hazards in the workplace,” says Diana Stegall, executive vice president of Rivendell Safety Consulting in an article for the American Society of Safety Professionals blog.

Site safety signs construction site for health and safety on blue sky

Caption: “Signs that are well-positioned and take into consideration the hazard ‘audience’ can be very effective in communicating a hazard and serving as a reminder when no one else is around.” – Diana Stegall, Rivendell Safety Consulting

The ANSI/NEMA Z535 series of standards establish requirements for the look and use of safety signage. This includes color-coding, sign size, text size, and viewing distance. For example, the standard states yellow should be in signage where minor or moderate hazards are present, orange for more severe hazards, and red for the most severe hazards.

3.   Allow for Education and Training

One of the main reasons workers don’t wear the right PPE comes from a lack of training. They either aren’t aware of the benefits or the possible dangers that could occur when it’s not worn. Instead, workers and management often think they can just rely on “common sense” to make decisions about safety.

“The idea of ‘common sense’ simply means ‘fly by the seat of your pants,’ or ‘work it out by yourself,’” says Safety professional Rob Long in his article Common Sense is Non-Sense,

And as he points out, that is no way to run a worksite. Education, training, and developing a well-rounded safety culture to encourage consistent PPE use is the better option.

If PPE is to be used, a PPE program should be implemented and in some cases is required. OSHA guidelines state that each worker using PPE needs to know:

  • When it is necessary
  • What kind is necessary
  • How to properly put it on, adjust, wear and take it off
  • The limitations of the equipment
  • Proper care, maintenance, useful life, and disposal of the equipment

The program should also address any new hazards present in the worksite and ensure the ongoing effectiveness of the training.

To get started with your training program, check out the free PPE training resources available online. Also, most PPE manufacturers provide supporting documentation on wearing and using their equipment that you can reference too.

4.   Get Management Buy-In

Responsible employers know there are many upsides to supporting a comprehensive safety and health program outside of protecting workers. The benefits include:

  • Improved processes
  • Higher employee morale
  • Better worker recruitment and retention
  • A better company reputation

Support involves providing adequate resources for the program, which can leave some employers not knowing where to start. Again, there are many free resources available.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) offers the Total Worker Health® (TWH) program. It’s a set of policies, programs, and practices employers can use to integrate worker protections within their business. The goal is to benefit employees and employers along with the entire community.

It’s a goal that is shared from high places. The U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy, endorses the TWH program and shared his insight on the importance of managing a safe and healthy work environment in a recent US Chamber of Commerce Path Forward Series.

Dr. Murthy stressed the importance of management considering how employees may react to a workplace that they don’t feel is sufficiently safe for them.

5.   Ensure Your Worksite PPE Fits

OSHA guidelines for selecting PPE say PPE should fit comfortably because it’s a factor that encourages better and consistent worker use.

That means size and cut are significant. PPE cannot be too big or too small to fit comfortably. And clothing or equipment with greater sizing options works better to accommodate various body types.

Caption: Most manufacturers supply sizing charts like this one for Liberty Glove and Safety’s Disposable Coveralls which have a range from XS to 4X.

Even with a great fit, without proper maintenance, the effectiveness of PPE cannot be assured. Maintenance should include inspection, care, cleaning, repair, and proper storage.

If carefully performed, inspections will identify damaged or malfunctioning PPE before it is used. PPE that is not performing up to the manufacturer’s specifications, such as eyewear that may have scratched lenses and has lost its ability to withstand impact should be discarded.

Procedures should be set up to allow workers to get new PPE or replacement parts for damaged PPE, and help them to keep the PPE clean. It is important to note, PPE that is not maintained or has malfunctions might be more dangerous to workers because they may feel protected when they are not.

6.   Lead by Example

Employees remember not only your words but also your actions. They may need evidence there isn’t a double standard and that leadership practices what they preach. That’s why as a safety professional, it’s essential to lead by example.

But, you don’t have to do it alone. According to E. Scott Geller, Director of the Center for Applied Behavior Systems at Virginia Tech, workers that are given the responsibility of being safety leaders and caring for each other are empowered.

“Model the behavior you want to see, but be careful about the specifics and be mindful of what you’re modeling,” he said.

A safety leader may not be directly in charge of regulating PPE, but they could advocate for it. Encouraging that type of natural leadership in some of your workers means you don’t have to be everywhere at once.

There’s More You Can Do

It may feel like there isn’t anything else you can do to encourage your workers to wear PPE. But, investing in quality PPE is an area where you have influence and a move that will make a difference in your worksite environment.

However, knowing where to go in the sea of PPE distributors that exist isn’t easy. Teaming up with a supplier that offers well-made protective gear and even allows for samples will ensure your team has what they need.

At Liberty Glove and Safety, we want to help. We provide the high-quality, branded PPE clothing and safety equipment you’re looking for. Get in touch today and learn more about our large selection of personal protective equipment.

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Keep MRO Workers Safe by Focusing on These 4 Key PPE Products

Much more than just fixing things, Maintenance, Repair, and Operations (MRO) is what keeps things moving. It’s a critical part of the manufacturing industry because a plant or factory or any other type of facility can’t produce if it’s not running.

However, it’s an easy area to take for granted. It is not often noticed when it’s working well, but operations start breaking down if the MRO team falls behind in routine maintenance or repair.

By the end of this post, you will understand the value of MRO and the workers carrying it out every day. We’ll explore the safety challenges, look at four key protections to focus on, and explain why it’s important.

The critical nature of MRO

A Peerless Research Group (PRG) survey on manufacturing reveals a company environment where the MRO and the workers in it play an essential role. For 94% of respondents, MRO is extremely or somewhat important to their companies’ overall operations. Only 6% indicated that MRO was not very important or not at all important.

Respondents that view MRO as “somewhat important” say it helps to reduce downtime, manage preventative maintenance and streamline their plants. Those who see MRO as “extremely” important say it helps their firms maintain customer satisfaction, maintain continuous production, follow lean practices, and secure the “right parts for the first time, every time.”

Safety Challenges in the Industry

Brian Devaney from Sales Solutions, Inc. Is no stranger to the work that goes into MRO. With over 15 years of combined construction, manufacturing, and safety experience, he’s seen many operations first-hand.

As part of his work, he performs job site hazard analysis during his site visits. It often involves advising safety professionals responsible for MRO.

MRO includes everything the maintenance crew does to keep a facility running and in good condition. It’s a critical component of any manufacturing business.

Brian says safety compliance becomes a challenge when the worker doesn’t buy into the safeguards including the usefulness of the PPE. “You get a lack of compliance when the PPE makes it harder for somebody to do their job,” he added.

He said there’s a more important conversation to be had. “We don’t spend enough time talking to the actual user about why they should wear this PPE.”

“A successful hand protection audit means going to the functional areas and getting information from the person doing the job who actually wears the required gloves.” – Brian Devaney

He stresses education and training as part of the overall safety culture in any business.

The Most Frequently Used PPE for MRO Workers

Today, as Brian mentioned, safety compliance has become very important In manufacturing. However, it wasn’t always that way.

In fact, PPE isn’t something that has always been regulated. Its use has been a progression that’s taken place over decades of trial and error, often at the expense of the worker.

Luckily, the days of unchecked and out-of-hand manufacturing injuries along with unsafe practices are in the past. We have safer working environments now than ever before.

To ensure that it stays that way, we have the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA regulates safe practices and PPE use in manufacturing facilities nationwide to ensure that companies and individuals conduct business safely.

OSHA requires that personal protective equipment (PPE) be selected, provided, and worn by employees in situations where PPE could help reduce the potential for harm and injury. That includes MRO workers whether they are internal or external (contractors).

Below are the four most common types of protective gear used in manufacturing facilities to keep MRO workers safe.

Head Protection

According to OSHA, hard hats must be worn on any worksite where there is a risk of objects falling from above. That includes inside a manufacturing facility.

However, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shows that only 16% of workers who sustained head injuries wore hard hats even though many were required to wear them.

It’s a grim statistic that shows why workers should wear a hard hat in any areas where they could be struck or hit by fixed, moving, protruding, or falling objects. It’s also a necessary protection when in contact with dangerous levels of electricity or exposed to extreme weather, UV rays, or high temperatures.

In general, most hard hats should be replaced every three years. Manufacturers usually provide specific recommendations.

DuraShell™ Hard Hats

It’s head protection that provides a critical safeguard inside or outside work environments. It has an outstanding fit, comfort, and uncompromising safety.

The DuraShell™ suspension design makes for an easier adjustment by the wearer. And the vertical height adjustment provides a customized fit. Universal accessory slots are built to fit cap-mounted earmuffs and chin straps. It’s a hard hat that is also available in multiple colors and features:

  • Polyethylene double layered crown strap
  • Replaceable and washable Suspensions
  • High-density polyethylene construction
  • Low-Profile design
  • Pillowed brow pad & top ribbon pad for comfort

And don’t forget about the importance of your brand on PPE like your team’s hard hats. If your business would like to add a professional value-added look by printing your custom logo, the Liberty Glove and Safety in-house branding experts can help. We ensure your custom logo stands out, gets noticed, and increases your brand awareness.

Hearing Protection

Hearing protection is required in work environments that are exposed to noise levels equal to or greater than 85 decibels (dB) averaged over an eight-hour period. Most manufacturing facilities fit into this category.

OSHA notes that noise may be a problem in your facility if workers report:

  • Hearing ringing or humming in their ears when they leave work
  • Have to shout to be heard by a coworker an arm’s length away
  • Experience temporary hearing loss when leaving work

The OSHA standard 1910.95(b)(1) says that when employees are subjected to sounds over 85 decibels (dB), then administrative or engineering controls should be put in place. If that doesn’t reduce sound levels, then hearing protection needs to be provided to limit the noise.

The best hearing protection is the one that is comfortable and convenient and one that workers will wear every time they are in an environment with hazardous noise.

DuraPlugs™ Ear Muffs

Just like with gloves, ear protection should fit securely and comfortably. Duraplug Ear Muffs work well in a manufacturing environment because they’re lightweight but rugged. The foam filled and padded ear cups are highly effective in keeping noise to a minimum. It’s hearing protection that offers:

  • Adjustable nylon headband
  • Large soft foam ear cups to fit all sizes
  • Lightweight and durable construction
  • Noise reduction rating (NRR) 25dB

Eye Protection

The American Academy of Ophthalmology and Eye M.D.s says one million people are affected by an eye injury every year and the Vision council reports 40% of on-the-job eye injuries happen in the manufacturing, construction, and mining industries.

Those are statistics that highlight the need for eye protection for all workers working in manufacturing facilities, often full of sawdust, metal shards, or chemicals hanging in the air.

But it’s not all bad news. The experts at the Prevent Blindness organization say that 90% of eye injuries are preventable using appropriate protective eyewear. It’s one of many reasons safety glasses or goggles are required when operating or working MRO in manufacturing.

iNOX™ F-III™ (amber) and iNOX™ Aura II™ (gray) Safety Glasses

With an amber lens for indoors or a gray lens for outdoors, these safety glasses are versatile eye protection perfect for MRO workers. Simple to slip on and off as needed, they are also durable enough to be tucked in a pocket when not being used. Both pairs feature:

  • Polycarbonate temples and single-piece wrap-around lens
  • Scratch resistant polycarbonate lens
  • Lenses filter 99% of harmful UVA & UVB rays
  • Soft rubber nose pads and non-slip rubber temple tips
  • ANSI Z87.1-2015 standard certified

Hand Protection

Cuts and other hand injuries are common types of accidents in manufacturing. It’s why a large variety of gloves are available for safely handling most MRO jobs.

However, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 250,000 severe injuries to fingers, hands, and wrists occur yearly. Seventy percent of those workers were not wearing gloves when the injury occurred, and thirty percent were wearing inadequate or inappropriate hand protection.

For the majority of MRO work, a multi-purpose seamless coated glove offers the perfect level of safety. But only if it’s a glove that is comfortable to wear and can handle a wide variety of jobs.

G-Grip™ and P-Grip™ Safety Gloves

Designed for resistance against oily applications and abrasion risks, the G and P-Grip series gloves provide the reliable, flexible type of protection MRO workers need. Made with materials that allow dexterity and comfort, they’re dependably made and used for a wide assortment of applications.

Both offer excellent sensitivity and fit. They also have colored cuffs for easy size identification. And each is durable enough to withstand multiple launderings.

In addition, the G-Grip™ has a nylon/lycra shell, nitrile micro-foam palm coating and provides:

  • Cutting edge technology micro-foam coating
  • Superior grip and abrasion resistance
  • Applicable for both wet and dry applications

The P-Grip™ is a 13-gauge polyester shell glove, which also has:

  • Three touch screen fingertips
  • Technology advanced polyurethane coating
  • Hi-vis green polyester shell

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The Future of MRO and a Safe Work Culture

As maintenance, repair and operations evolve to meet current demands and the ongoing changes that come with it, MRO worker safety continues to be an important focus.

“I see the attention to those changes as better for the safety of workers,” Brian said. “We’re coming up with better ways to protect people when they’re doing their job and that’s a good thing.”

Whether it’s gloves, eyewear, head, ear protection, or other PPE, Liberty Glove and Safety offers protective equipment and clothing that’s reliable and resilient. Manufacturing workers including those in MRO can choose from a large range of high-quality brands that cater to the essential gear you need.

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