Empire Safety Blog

A Closer Look at Fall Protection: Types of Fall Protection

Posted by Empire Safety on Mar 22, 2017 10:00:00 AM

On any jobsite, anywhere in the world, there will be environments that will require a fall protection system. Chances are that you’ve used them at some point in your career. It’s also pretty likely that at one point or another, the system either wasn’t sufficient or it wasn’t being used correctly. As many times as employers say they have the right equipment for the job, there are OSHA violations that say otherwise. Whether you are buying for the 1st time or the 100th, fall protection is not something to get complacent about. Let’s build on the foundation of why fall protection is necessary and begin to construct a clear view of the complicated requirements and updates in standards. This will help minimize miscommunication on the job and make finding the right equipment easier than ever, so you can get on with your day. Read More

Topics: Fall Protection, worker safety

A Closer Look at Fall Protection: Setting the Foundation (When Is It Necessary?)

Posted by Empire Safety on Mar 15, 2017 10:00:00 AM

When do you need fall protection? Well, for starters there is no easy answer. Every job is different and every industry is different. In fact, fall protection is one of those safety topics which most people, even experts, never fully understand down to every detail. And that’s dangerous. So let’s begin by breaking things down in a blog series called A Closer Look at Fall Protection. Each week we will focus on a different area of fall protection that is often misunderstood. That being said, you should make sure that you always review local and federal regulations and standards! Read More

Topics: Fall Protection, worker safety

Springtime in Construction: What Danger Lurks Among Your Workers

Posted by Empire Safety on Mar 8, 2017 10:00:00 AM

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Topics: Heat Stress, Job Safety, outdoor protection

Risk Assessment: Confined Space Rescue Training

Posted by Empire Safety on Mar 1, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Confined spaces are nothing to play around with. You need to know the risks and you need to know how to avoid them. When you think of confined spaces you probably think of the most common examples such as tunnels, manholes, boilers or pipelines. Unfortunately, a good many others are overlooked and when mistakes are made in these scenarios they are often deadly. About 90 workers die every year due to confined spaces accidents and most of these fatalities could have been avoided. Read More

Topics: Facility Safety, Confined Space, Fall Protection Training

How to Get Workers to Wear Their Respirators!

Posted by Empire Safety on Feb 24, 2017 9:00:00 AM

An estimated 5 million workers in the U.S. are required to wear respiratory protection in the workplace. 5 Million workers! Unfortunately, many either aren’t wearing their respirators or they are wearing the wrong ones altogether. If your facility relies on personal protective equipment to prevent occupational diseases caused by breathing contaminated air, then you may want to review OSHA 1910.134 and make sure you have the right program in place. Read More

Topics: PPE, respirators, worker safety

Hi-Vis Apparel & PPE: When Fit Meets Function

Posted by Empire Safety on Feb 15, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Workers face challenges every day from changing environments, materials and machinery; the last thing a worker should be concerned about is protective clothing. Just as the workforce evolves, so should vital pieces of Hi Vis personal protective equipment (PPE) such as vests, apparel and accessories. The new ANSI standard 107-2015 addresses some of the long overlooked issues with Hi-Vis apparel and accessories, including size and fit. Since PPE is often the last line of defense for workers against injury on the job, the updates couldn’t have come a moment too soon. Read More

Topics: ANSI, Hi-Viz, PPE

Worker Health: Ergonomics for a Healthier Workplace

Posted by Empire Safety on Feb 8, 2017 9:50:02 AM

There is a tool for every job. Whether it is a respirator or a jackhammer. Tools help make the job possible, they make the job go smoothly and they definitely make the job go faster. So, why do we overlook our own body and the tools that it needs to perform the jobs that we do every day? Read More

Topics: Facility Safety, Ergonomics

Facility First Aid: Compliance Saves Lives

Posted by Empire Safety on Feb 1, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Accidents are an inevitable part of life. How employers prepare for injury in the workplace is something that can be controlled. While first aid kits have always been a requirement in the workplace, the relevant standards have been expanded to allow employers greater access to necessary supplies based on the complexity of work and the level of hazard. Read More

Topics: ANSI, OSHA, Facility Safety, First Aid

Choosing the Right Personal Protective Equipment: Rain Gear

Posted by Empire Safety on Jan 25, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Picture it. The weather outside is damp and cold. Your boots are wet and soaking through to your feet; which are already tired as it is. Your hands can’t keep a solid grip on your tools and you know that by the end of the day you will be drenched through and through. Read More

Topics: Hi-Viz, Job Safety, Winter Gear

Hearing Protection Required...But Why Aren't Workers Wearing Them?

Posted by Empire Safety on Jan 18, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Twenty-two million workers are exposed to hazardous noise. That’s twenty-two million people every year! Whether it is just one time or daily exposure, the effect on the workforce is shocking. Not surprising however, is that those that are most effected work in the manufacturing sector. Read More

Topics: Hearing Protection, Job Safety, OSHA