PPE http://ehstoday.com/taxonomy/term/6604/more en Summer Activities Could Cause Exposure to Hazardous Noise Levels http://ehstoday.com/hearing-protection/summer-activities-could-cause-exposure-hazardous-noise-levels <div class="field-deck"> Hearing loss is preventable, and Ball State University audiologists are warning the public to take precautions against excessive noise exposure during summer events such as concerts or fireworks shows. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The birds are chirping. The sun is shining. Your lawn is green and lush, which means it&rsquo;s time for a cut. The roar of the lawnmower brings about the first sign of summer fun, but it also is one of the many instances during the season that a person is exposed to hazardous noise.</p> <p>Citing new research, Ball State University audiologists are warning people to use hearing protection during activities that may exposure them to hazardous noise this summer such as mowing the lawn, concerts and fireworks.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/hearing-protection/summer-activities-could-cause-exposure-hazardous-noise-levels" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/hearing-protection/summer-activities-could-cause-exposure-hazardous-noise-levels#comments Health Hearing Protection News Wellness Fri, 26 May 2017 14:01:00 +0000 55231 at http://ehstoday.com Thinkstock Mechanical Miracles [Photo Gallery] http://ehstoday.com/ppe/mechanical-miracles-photo-gallery <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>When UC Berkley Professor Homayoon Kazerooni arrived from Iran to America in the late 1970s, he had just a few hundred bucks in his pocket. He also had big dreams.</p> <p>Those dreams have translated into an invention that allowed people to walk again after paralyzing accidents and illnesses. Called the <a href="http://bleex.me.berkeley.edu/research/exoskeleton/elegs%E2%84%A2/" target="_blank">eLEGS</a>, the device was a medical exoskeleton that restores the ability of paraplegics, MS patients and stroke victims to walk.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/ppe/mechanical-miracles-photo-gallery" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/ppe/mechanical-miracles-photo-gallery#comments Galleries PPE Safety IoT Wed, 17 May 2017 16:23:00 +0000 55101 at http://ehstoday.com The Mechanical Miracle Worker http://ehstoday.com/ppe/mechanical-miracle-worker <div class="field-byline"> John Hitch </div> <div class="field-deck"> You may not have heard of Homayoon Kazerooni, the roboticist responsible for the burgeoning exoskeleton renaissance. But he knows who you are, and he wants to change your life. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>When Homayoon Kazerooni arrived from Iran to America in the late 1970s, he had just a few hundred bucks in his pocket. He also had big dreams.</p> <p>They weren&rsquo;t the usual American dreams of being rich and famous. He dreamed of becoming a scientist or an engineer, like the people he read about in outdated <em>Time</em> magazines back home who helped Neil Armstrong take his first small steps in the Sea of Tranquility.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/ppe/mechanical-miracle-worker" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/ppe/mechanical-miracle-worker#comments PPE Safety IoT News Wed, 17 May 2017 16:01:00 +0000 55091 at http://ehstoday.com suitX The Importance of Hearing Health at Work http://ehstoday.com/health/importance-hearing-health-work <div class="field-byline"> Barry Downes </div> <div class="field-deck"> Hearing loss not only impacts the quality of life of your workers, it impacts profits and productivity for your company as well. It's time to make a sound investment in hearing health. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Hearing health in the workplace is an important health and safety issue, and it is easy to overlook the impact that everyday sounds can have. A ringing phone, the chatter of colleagues or more obvious noise such as factory machinery or loud music can all have an effect on your employees.</p> <p>Spending a little time and effort considering your workplace and its current practices will be a &quot;sound investment&quot; in your business and employees.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/health/importance-hearing-health-work" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/health/importance-hearing-health-work#comments EHS Today Magazine Health Hearing Protection Thu, 11 May 2017 17:47:00 +0000 55001 at http://ehstoday.com Connecting the Worker to Hearing Protection http://ehstoday.com/hearing-protection/connecting-worker-hearing-protection <div class="field-byline"> Brad Witt, MA, CCC-A </div> <div class="field-deck"> In a connected workplace, employees and supervisors accurately would know how much protection each worker achieves with a particular earplug or earmuff. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Since the inception of hearing conservation regulations hatched in the 1970&#39;s, efforts to stop noise-induced hearing loss always have been tied to a lagging indicator &ndash; namely, audiometric testing. If repeated audiometric testing indicates a progression of hearing loss among noise-exposed workers, then we know something is amiss in the hearing conservation program.&nbsp;</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/hearing-protection/connecting-worker-hearing-protection" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/hearing-protection/connecting-worker-hearing-protection#comments EHS Today Magazine Health Hearing Protection Wed, 10 May 2017 17:01:00 +0000 54971 at http://ehstoday.com AR/FR Apparel: Protecting Electrical Workers and Providing Peace of Mind http://ehstoday.com/protective-clothing/arfr-apparel-protecting-electrical-workers-and-providing-peace-mind <div class="field-byline"> Scott Francis </div> <div class="field-deck"> Electrical workers face the risk of unexpected arc flash incidents throughout their daily operations by the very nature of their job. The right apparel can offer protection and peace of mind. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>When arc flashes occur, the most severe injuries often are the result of non-flame-resistant clothing igniting and continuing to burn, causing far more severe burn injuries than the arc flash itself. The use of appropriate arc-rated (AR), flame-resistant (FR) clothing has a proven track record of protecting workers and saving lives.&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> Let&#39;s examine the three situations that are common causes of hazardous arc flash:</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/protective-clothing/arfr-apparel-protecting-electrical-workers-and-providing-peace-mind" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/protective-clothing/arfr-apparel-protecting-electrical-workers-and-providing-peace-mind#comments EHS Today Magazine Protective Clothing Arc Flash Tue, 09 May 2017 17:34:00 +0000 54921 at http://ehstoday.com Westex by Milliken Between Work and Home: The 21st Century Safety Paradox http://ehstoday.com/respirators/between-work-and-home-21st-century-safety-paradox <div class="field-byline"> John Hitch </div> <div class="field-deck"> After following all the safety rules at work, why do we do text and drive on the way home or overreach on a ladder while cleaning gutters? In his new book, safety expert and author Steve Casner says it’s time to slow down and wise up. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>As a research psychologist for NASA, Steve Casner spent decades analyzing how pilots think and helping turn those findings into safety protocols for the aviation industry. A few years ago, he found a new calling: making the world safer.</p> <p>Collecting decades of personal anecdotes and global tragedies, loads of safety data and even more common sense, Casner authored&nbsp;<a href="https://www.amazon.com/Careful-Users-Guide-Injury-Prone-Minds/dp/0399574093" target="_blank">Careful: A User&rsquo;s Guide to Our Injury-Prone Minds</a> (available May 23).</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/respirators/between-work-and-home-21st-century-safety-paradox" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/respirators/between-work-and-home-21st-century-safety-paradox#comments Safety Leadership Respirators Safety News Fri, 05 May 2017 17:45:00 +0000 54861 at http://ehstoday.com <p>We wear our personal protective equipment at work, and would never text and operate a machine, but we text while driving home from and often don&#39;t remember to wear respirators while sanding or eye protection while mowing the lawn. Are we injury-prone or careless?</p> Steve Casner Spokane Business Fined More than $150k for Exposing Employees to Ammonia Leaks http://ehstoday.com/respirators/spokane-business-fined-more-150k-exposing-employees-ammonia-leaks <div class="field-deck"> Lack of emergency planning for ammonia leaks put workers at Johanna Beverage Co. of Spokane in harm’s way three times in the past year. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The Washington Department of Labor &amp; Industries (L&amp;I) has fined Johanna Beverage Co. $154,000 for multiple willful, serious and general workplace safety violations related to three ammonia leaks at the facility.</p> <p>In each of the three incidents, when the leaks occurred, employees were unsure what to do, which way to run to escape the corrosive vapors and how to call for emergency help. In one situation last August, panicked employees ran downwind of the leak into the vapor cloud. Eight employees were exposed; one was sickened and taken to the hospital.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/respirators/spokane-business-fined-more-150k-exposing-employees-ammonia-leaks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/respirators/spokane-business-fined-more-150k-exposing-employees-ammonia-leaks#comments OSHA Industrial Hygiene Respirators Training News Thu, 04 May 2017 14:51:00 +0000 54811 at http://ehstoday.com <p>The company was issued a serious violation for not ensuring that voluntary use of respirators was done safely. During a hazardous situation, improper use of a respirator can result in a serious injury or even death.</p> Thinkstock Survey Examines Advantages of Integrated Eye, Head and Face Protection http://ehstoday.com/eye-face-head/survey-examines-advantages-integrated-eye-head-and-face-protection <div class="field-byline"> Andrew Gordon and Lee Ptasnik </div> <div class="field-deck"> An extensive research project to help further understand the needs of specifiers and wearers of above-the-neck personal protective equipment (PPE) found that comfort, compatibility and style were important. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>When safety managers are selecting protective eyewear, do they only focus on the eyes? Or do they think about protecting the entire head, if necessary, and how integrating eyewear with other protective equipment can provide better protection for employees.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/eye-face-head/survey-examines-advantages-integrated-eye-head-and-face-protection" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/eye-face-head/survey-examines-advantages-integrated-eye-head-and-face-protection#comments Eye, Face & Head News Thu, 20 Apr 2017 15:42:00 +0000 54531 at http://ehstoday.com Mine and Process Service Inc. The Question We All Should Ask: Is My Loved One Safe at Work? http://ehstoday.com/fall-protection/question-we-all-should-ask-my-loved-one-safe-work <div class="field-deck"> The American Society of Safety Engineers is urging families and communities to become involved in safety campaigns to reduce work-related injuries. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>There is one overlooked question that people across North America should ask themselves: &ldquo;Is my loved one safe at work today?&rdquo; This spring, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) is building on that critical question and encouraging people to get involved in one or more of several workplace safety campaigns that can make a difference in reducing risks.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/fall-protection/question-we-all-should-ask-my-loved-one-safe-work" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/fall-protection/question-we-all-should-ask-my-loved-one-safe-work#comments Construction Fall Protection Safety Training News Tue, 18 Apr 2017 15:19:00 +0000 54491 at http://ehstoday.com <p>Events in April, May and June draw attention to the importance of occupational safety and health for all workers, and encourage employers and family members to encourage employees and loved ones to work safely.</p> Thinkstock