Worker Health is Company Health

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With the Affordable Care Act on everyone’s mind and the promise of affordable health insurance enrollment on October 1st, employers in a variety of high-risk industries are considering their options when it comes to making sure their employees are healthy and safe. However, the best way to reduce health care expenditures overall is to ensure [...]

Anchor Hocking Fined $74,600 In Aftermath of Machine Operator Clothing Fire

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The second largest employer in Fairfield County has been fined $74,600 after an OSHA inspection revealed nine safety violations, eight of which are categorized as serious. OSHA initiated its inspection at Anchor Hocking’s glass manufacturing plant in Lancaster after a machine operator reportedly suffered burns Jan. 21 when his clothing caught fire after being saturated [...]

OSHA Not So Sweet Towards Hershey Packaging Plant

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Exel Incorporated, operator of a Palmyra packaging plant owned by the Hershey Company, has been cited by the US Department of Labor for nine safety and health violations, after complaints from the National Guestworker Alliance caused federal investigators to launch an inspection of the facility. The company plans to fight the findings, pointing out that [...]

Zytron 500 Chemical Protection Apparel Outlasts The ASTM F1001 Test Battery

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When it comes to hazmat response, you have to know that the garment you’re wearing is built to withstand a wide variety of chemical combinations that may crop up in disastrous circumstances. When it comes to general purpose chemical protection apparel, we have found none better than that made from Zytron 500 fabric, manufactured into [...]

House Republicans Seeking To Prohibit OSHA Inspections

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A bill that would sharply curb federal government agencies’ ability to develop and issue regulations passed out of the House July 26 mostly along partisan lines. The bill, known as the Red Tape Reduction and Small Business Job Creation Act (H.R. 4078) would prohibit most regulatory action until the unemployment rate falls to or below [...]

New ASTM Standard WK38096 to Measure Transmitted Impact Force on Protective Clothing

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A new ASTM standard for protective clothing is being developed by ASTM international, one of the largest international standards development organizations in the world. ASTM standards are accepted and used in research and development, product testing, quality systems, and commercial transactions. The proposed standard, ASTM WK38096, Test Method for Measuring Transmitted Impact Force Through Materials [...]

NFPA 1981 Revisions Expected After New Testing Reveals Weakness in Firefighter SCBA Gear

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Another bit of bad news for firefighters, courtesy of the National Fire Protection Association; a recent batch of ‘live burn’ tests run by the National Institute of Standards and Technology revealed that several styles of widely-used self-contained breathing apparatus common to fire departments are prone to heat-caused lens damage. The NFPA is considering revisions to [...]

High Visibility Vests – The Right Tool for the Job

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Just a friendly reminder for anyone working outdoors in high-traffic areas; keep your high-visibility vests or other apparel on and make sure your vest is up to spec. What specs do you need? Per ANSI guidelines: Class 1 vests are generally designed for workers where traffic does not exceed 25 mph, and there is adequate [...]