When is high visibility clothing needed?

Hi-vis personal protective equipment is worn by workers in low-light environments or poor visibility conditions. Also known as high-visibility safety apparel (HVSA), it encompasses a range from clothing like neon yellow safety jackets, bright orange vests, lime-colored pants with reflective stripes, and even fluorescent rain gear. The Federal Highway Worker Visibility Rule Anyone working on … Read more

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What is in a PPE kit?

A PPE kit, or personal protection equipment kit, is a set of PPE items that are kept together for use when needed. There can be many different types of PPE kits, each designed for a specific purpose. Having all the relevant PPE together in one kit will make it easier to ensure employees who need … Read more

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What does SCBA stand for?

SCBA stands for self-contained breathing apparatus, sometimes called industrial breathing sets. Typically used by firefighters and in industrial workplaces, SBCAs are a type of respirator used when the atmosphere is immediately dangerous to life or health. An SCBA provides breathable air where oxygen deficiency, smoke, dangerous gases, or other airborne contaminants present. SCBAs were also … Read more

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What does APR stand for?

Air-purifying respirators, commonly known an APRs come in handy when working in hazardous environments. They can be seen in situations where healthcare professionals are dealing with infectious diseases, first responders may use them during natural disasters, and more commonly used in occupations that entail working in conditions with high volumes of particulates like dust, vapors, … Read more

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What is HVSA?

HVSA stands for High Visibility Safety Apparel. HVSA is sometimes called ‘hi-viz’ clothing for short. It is a type of clothing that is designed specially to be easy to see in any type of light. The clothing must be highly luminescent or a color that is easily discernible from the background that it will be … Read more

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What does the Z87 on safety glasses mean?

When looking at safety glasses you may have noticed that they say Z87 on them and wondered what exactly that meant. This is an indication that the glasses are made to the specifications required by the ANSI Z87 set of standards. ANSI is the American National Standards Institute, which is a non-profit organization that is … Read more

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What is the proper way to dispose of PPE?

Personal protection equipment, or PPE, is an important part of the overall safety program of any facility. There are many different types of PPE out there ranging from gloves to hardhats to full-body hazmat suits. In a lot of cases, PPE can be reused multiple times without any issues. In other situations, however, it will … Read more

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When should ear protection be worn?

When working in loud environments people can become desensitized to the constant sound that is surrounding them. While the noise may not cause physical pain, it is often still causing serious damage to the hearing. In addition, constant exposure to loud noise has been linked to headaches, anxiety, and other health concerns. Because of this, … Read more

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What PPE is used for working over dangerous equipment and machinery?

There are many jobs that require people to work at heights. In some of them, the jobs will need to be done directly over some type of hazard such as dangerous equipment or machinery. This is common in construction sites but can also happen in manufacturing facilities and other locations. Whenever someone has to work … Read more

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When is hearing protection required?

Keeping employees safe is a top priority for any good company. While some types of workplace safety are obvious, such as chemical safety or slip and fall prevention, others aren’t so easy to spot. One example of a workplace risk that is often overlooked is threats to people’s hearing. Many factories and other environments can … Read more

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