Wearing the right fall protection – and using it correctly – can save lives. However, many workers continue to die from fall-related injuries. Of the 937 fatalities that occurred in the construction industry in 2015, 350 were because of a fall to a lower level, OSHA states, adding that these deaths are preventable.
The workplace can be a dangerous place for women. In 2014, 367 women died on the job, according to the 2017 edition of the National Safety Council chartbook “Injury Facts.” That same year, women experienced nearly 350,000 injuries involving days away from work.
Whether it’s a faceshield to protect a worker from a chemical splash or a welding helmet to block ultraviolet and infrared rays emitted from a welding arc, the importance of head and face protection cannot be overstated. Here, industry insiders discuss what’s new in head and face protection and the importance of using the correct personal protective equipment.
Computer vision syndrome, also referred to as digital eyestrain, encompasses a group of vision-related problems that result from prolonged computer, tablet, e-reader and smartphone use, according to the American Optometric Association.
In the event of an incident involving hazardous chemicals, an emergency eyewash or shower can prevent further injury to a worker’s eyes and skin. Here, emergency eyewash and shower industry insiders describe developments in technology and stress the importance of weekly inspections.
Hand protection manufacturers are striving to produce thinner, lighter and more comfortable gloves to help ensure worker compliance. Here, industry insiders discuss updates to hand protection standards, the importance of comfort and why holding onto your favorite pair of work gloves might not be the best decision.
Whether detecting gas levels, gas leaks or noise levels – or alerting other workers about a possible man-down situation – instruments and monitors are vital safety devices for workers in a number of industries, including construction, manufacturing and utilities. Here, industry insiders describe what’s new in this field and what workers and supervisors need to know about these devices.