Friday, September 4, 2015

Winter is Coming: Safety Tips for Working Outside

With fall only a few weeks away (the autumnal equinox is on Sept. 23) and winter coming soon after, workers need to be prepared to work safely in the colder weather. Instead of guarding against the sun, ticks, and mosquitoes, workers’ most important task is to be mindful of their physical condition, their clothing and their environment when the temperature drops.

Here are some answers to common questions you may have if you work outside regularly during these months:

What happens if I work in the cold without proper safety precautions?
According to OSHA, the cold will begin to reduce body temperature and the body reacts by using its energy to keep a healthy core body temperature. Too much time in the cold weather will cause the body to gradually shift heat from the extremities, such as the hands, feet and arms, to the chest and the abdomen. This can lead to hypothermia, frostbite and other cold-related illnesses.

What can you do to ensure your safety while working in the cold weather?

  • A good way to start is to protect any part of your body that will be exposed to the cold and to dress properly. For example, your hands. Make sure to cover them with heavy gloves (in case you don’t know which ones, you can find a guide to different types of work gloves here) to protect them from frostbite, which is the freezing of the skin and skin tissues.

  • Building on that, another thing you can do is make sure you have your PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) gear in good condition. There is PPE gear available for eye and face, head and neck, hand and arm, and even foot protection. The gear is designed to keep workers safe in hazardous conditions, including cold weather.
  • Furthermore, OSHA recommends that people familiarize themselves on the different cold-related illness, learn to identify them and learn the steps to treat them. This reduces the risk of cold-related illnesses.
  • You should also make sure to protect your work area from the cold as much as possible. Put a radiant heater near your area to give you some extra heat and shield your area from the drafts and winds.
  • Finally, you should mindful of your body’s needs and be a friend. It’s very easy to get dehydrated while working in cold weather and you must make sure you have warm liquids on hand to warm you up. If you’re working with someone else, make sure they are also drinking plenty of fluids and taking breaks from working in the cold.

Dressing well seems to be really important. Can you recommend must-have clothing items for working in the cold?
Sure. First off, make sure to wear at least three layers of loose clothing. Do not wear anything tight. Top it off with a hat to keep your head warm and keep heat from escaping your body. Next up is the extremities. Wear heavy duty gloves to protect the hands and water resistant gloves if you’re going to be working near water. Finally, wear waterproof boots.

What is hypothermia and why does everyone talk about it?
Hypothermia is one of the most common cold-related illnesses and it’s something that can definitely happen if you work in the cold unprotected. Basically, the body loses heat faster than it produce heat. Hypothermia occurs when your body temperature drops to below 95 F. Your body’s organs need to a temperature of about 98.6 (the normal body temperature) in order to function properly and can’t function correctly at a lower temperature. Symptoms of hypothermia include shivering, dizziness, hunger, nausea, faster breathing and lack of coordination.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

How to Avoid Contamination with Particulate Respirators

Particulate respirators allow you to safely work in environments where the air quality is compromised due to an excess or threat of airborne debris. Respirators are used in a wide range of applications that span beyond the industrial and medical fields with each industry requiring a different level of protection.

How Respirators Work

Respirators work by pressing a multi-layered filtering material over the mouth and nose to combat the inhalation of dangerous particulates. The respirator material is given a slight electrostatic charge to help particulates cling to the respirator and not pass through the filters. This charge allows the respirator to be thin enough for breathable air to be able to pass through while simultaneously filtering out potentially harmful debris.

Here are some of the most important tips for avoiding contamination when using a respirator mask.

Choose the correct respirator – There are respirators for every kind of application. It’s important to understand the specific environment you will be working in to determine the correct respirator for the job and to have a variety sizes to accommodate all workers. Make sure to only use OSHA-approved respirators certified by the NIOSH. While a Respirator Fit Test must be performed once a year, a User Seal Test should be performed each time a respirator is used.

Change out respirators frequently – A working particulate respirator will catch the vast majority of debris when used properly. It is important to replace your respirator using the manufacturer’s guidelines combined with your own experience and judgment. Disposable respirators must be replaced if they become damaged, begin to cause breathing trouble during use, or reach the end of their service life.

Properly maintain respirator equipment – Using a damaged or improperly maintained respirator system can cause serious harm to the user. That’s why all respirators must be maintained according to the manufacturer’s guidelines. It’s important to implement a respirator maintenance schedule to ensure all equipment is functioning properly and users face the lowest risk of contamination possible.

Check out this Respirator Safety video from the US Department of Labor and learn how to:

  • Properly put on (donning) and take off (doffing) a respirator
  • Perform a User Seal Test

There are many types of respirators available and the respirator you choose should be based on the particular hazardous debris to which you will be exposed. If a job requires the use of a respirator, employers must provide all respirator equipment to employees and implement a monitoring system for all use and maintenance.

About the Author: Sara Glove is a leading supplier of OSHA approved PPE, providing companies, employers and individuals with quality work safety equipment for over 40 years.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

5 Jobs Typically Held By Men that Women Do Every Day

August 26th is National Women’s Equality Day. Just in the last 20 years there has been significant progress for women and girls all over the world. This includes, worldwide, more accessibility to education and health resources for women. Since 1995 almost all national constitutions in the world adopted guarantees for gender equality, whereas before that only 79% had it. In terms of the careers and leadership, 33% of 87 countries have or have had a female head of government.

While there has been progress, there are still many aspects of gender equality that need to be improved. One of the most controversial is that of equal pay for men and women in the workplace. On average, women make 77 cents for every dollar men make who have the same job.

Today, women can be anything they want to be - engineers, highway technicians, CEOs, oil drillers - any job that was previously dominated by men. In honor of equality, here’s a list of jobs that society typically stereotypes as being jobs for men that women are doing every day.

A small step for man has evolved into a giant leap for womankind. More and more women are training to be astronauts and go into space than ever before. Going into space can be a dangerous excursion for anybody. That’s why the women going into space, besides being trained for years to be able to work with zero gravity conditions, are engineers that know how to operate machinery in the case that anything goes wrong after liftoff. Brains and the ability to work under high pressure situations are a must for this job.

Vehicle Dynamics Development Engineer
Every time you get behind the wheel of a car, that car has been tested over 100 times to make sure it can withstand a variety of conditions. At big car companies like Ford and GMC, there are test tracks that recreate roads with potholes, black ice and long stretches meant to drive 130 mph on. The drivers testing the cars out for your safety before they are mass produced now include women. Women are living every teenage boy’s dream of being completely destructive with a car to figure out its weaknesses. Between the fun and danger of testing out these cars, it is the job of the engineer to pin point exactly what part of the car needs to be improved from the springs, tires, shocks and more.

It’s not just men in the lab anymore. The amount of women in science continues to grow each year that a new class of graduates takes to the work force. One of the growing paths is that of women in medical sciences. More and more women are doing a risky job in order to find a cure for deadly diseases and agents of bio-terrorism.

Oil Driller
When you think of oil drilling, you might think of the glitz and glamor of the hit show “Dallas.” However, that is far from reality with most drilling occurring offshore and requiring laborious 12 hour shifts. It is reported that women started entering this industry for the high pay. Just like men, women are packing up their work gloves, getting their hands dirty and taking on the unknown that comes with working with a highly combustible product.

Law Enforcement
It’s no secret that when it comes to women in law enforcement, they experience large amounts of discrimination on the job. That’s why it takes some of the toughest women to be able to one not only handle dangerous situations, but also prove themselves to their male co-workers. Despite the challenges of the job, ladies continue to suit up and show that they are equals and ready to take on anything that comes their way.

This list is not, by far, a complete list of all of the dangerous jobs women brave day in and day out. Construction workers, truck drivers, welders, and mechanics – the list goes on. We love to support workers, both female and male, who do the tough, dirty and often times dangerous jobs that help our cities and towns grow, stay healthy and flourish. On the job safety is incredibly important across a wide range of industries, not just the ones appearing on this list.

Be sure you protect yourself and others around you by utilizing the proper work safety gear. And ladies, show your girl pride with Girl Power at Work personal protective equipment made just for you!

Monday, July 20, 2015

The Best Uses for Different Types of Work Gloves

You use your hands for just about every task in life. That’s why keeping them protected is incredibly important. Gloves provide your hands with an excellent shield of protection, but depending on the material they are made out of, different types of gloves are going to be best suited for certain tasks.

When it comes to your work, you want a pair of gloves that are specifically designed to protect you from the potential hazards you encounter on a daily basis. While you’re searching for your next pair of work gloves, here are few things that you should keep in mind based on the industry you are in and the tasks you routinely perform.

Rubber Gloves

For jobs that frequently require a new, clean pair of gloves, single use rubber gloves are ideal because they provide quality protection while being inexpensive and disposable. Often purchased in bulk, disposable rubber gloves are available in a variety of materials, colors and protection levels (thickness). Some of the most popular include latex, nitrile, powdered, powder-free and plastic poly.


  • Disposable
  • Ambidextrous, reversible, flexible & elastic
  • Medical exam grade & USDA approved
  • Fully textured surface

Ideal for:

  • Medical examination
  • Lab work
  • Clinical use
  • Food service and food handling

Leather Work Gloves

When you’re using industrial tools, need a strong and steady grip or require protection against extreme temperatures (both hot and cold), leather work gloves are going to be best. Available with a variety of features, leather work gloves provide heavy-duty protection against cuts and abrasions, heat or cold injuries, chemical splashes and more.


  • Anti-vibration grip
  • Safety cuff to support wrist & provide extra protection
  • Full leather palm
  • Heat protective leather
  • Insulation for working in freezing temperatures

Ideal for:

  • Using power tools
  • Miners
  • Jackhammer operators
  • Weight lifting (specifically anti-vibration)
  • Working in freezing temperatures
  • Working with high-temperature materials

High Temperature Gloves

For situations that expose you to potential fire or heat related injuries, you need the highest level of protection to avoid burns. High-temperature, heat resistant gloves are generally made out of leather or thermonol and will often have an aluminized surface to reflect radiant heat away from the hands and body.


  • Aluminized Rayon reflects 95% radiant heat
  • Wool lining for extra protection
  • KEVLAR fire resistant thread sewn

Ideal for:

  • Welding
  • High-heat environments
  • Firefighters

Insulated Gloves

Keep your hands warm, dry and safe while working in cold conditions with a pair of insulated gloves. These work gloves are padded and lined with high-quality materials like fleece that are designed to keep warmth in and cold out. In addition to providing warmth, many insulated gloves also combine features of other types of work gloves including superior grip, high-visibility and protection against dangerous chemicals.


  • Leather or nitrile exterior for a superior grip
  • Fleece & ThermaTek insulation
  • Protection from cold and wet working conditions

Ideal for:

  • Carpentry & material handling
  • Demolition & roadwork
  • Skiing, shoveling snow, snowboarding
  • Driving
  • Any outdoor work done in freezing temperatures

High Visibility Work Gloves

For tough jobs performed outside, high visibility gloves are quite literally the perfect fit. You need a glove that is thick and padded for protection, yet form fitting so you can keep a steady grip, all while ensuring that you are easily seen in low-visibility working conditions. Hi-viz gloves feature brightly colored materials like neon orange, lime green and yellow to increase your visibility and provide an additional aspect of on-the-job safety.


  • Adjustable sizing and form fitting for dexterity
  • Made of durable mechanical leather
  • Anti-slip grip
  • Available in bright colors like orange, green, and yellow
  • Shock absorbing thermoplastic rubber

Ideal for:

  • Construction
  • General material handling
  • Oil & gas drilling
  • Auto mechanics
  • Mining

Cotton Gloves

The classic cotton glove is one of the more delicate and comfortable types of work gloves available. With a variety of styles, lengths and colors, cotton gloves can be easily customized and designed depending on their usage. Cotton gloves are perfect for taking high-end moving or cleaning companies, parades and completing light chores around the home and in the garden.


  • Close, thin fit and customizable sizes
  • Liquid absorbent to minimize clamminess & sweating
  • Washable and reusable
  • Perfect liners for other heavier or larger gloves

Ideal for:

  • Handling sensitive items, photos, brash polishing
  • Policemen
  • Light gardening or home improvements
  • Uniforms for parades, marching bands, theater groups

Chemical Handling Gloves

When you’re handling chemicals it is extremely important to take the highest level of precautions to insure your safety. From handling chemicals to working with oil clean ups, chemical handling gloves are made from heavy-duty materials that are impenetrable by chemicals. Depending on the specific task and the level of protection needed, chemical handling gloves are available in a variety of styles and lengths from gloves with safety wrist cuffs to elbow length gloves.


  • Liquid proof and chemical resistant
  • Longer in length to protect forearms
  • Dipped in PVC for ultimate protection
  • Rough texture for secure grip

Ideal for:

  • Working in labs
  • Chemical & oil spills
  • Liquid protection jobs
  • Fishery protection

Once you find the type of work glove that works best for your job, consider buying in bulk to save money and ensure you never run out of gloves when you need them most. Skip the risk, and make sure your hands are always protected!

Monday, July 13, 2015

What is PPE? - Personal Protective Equipment Definition & List

What is Personal Protective Equipment?

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) refers to clothing or equipment designed to protect the wearer from injury or infection by minimizing exposure to potentially hazardous workplace conditions. There are many different types of PPE available to protect against a wide range of workplace hazards and includes items such as gloves, hard hats, safety vests, respirators and masks, safety shoes, coveralls and high-visibility clothing.

Depending on the type of work and work setting, injury or illnesses may result from exposure to:

  • Chemicals
  • Radiation
  • Electrical
  • Mechanical
  • Extreme Hot or Cold Temperatures
  • Bodily Fluids (Bacteria, Viruses)

PPE is the first line of defense against workplace injury, but in order to ensure the utmost level of effectiveness, there are several things that need to be taken into consideration and practiced regularly.

All personal protective equipment should:

  • Be maintained for cleanliness and reliability
  • Be made with quality materials and sound construction
  • Fit properly and comfortably

Employers must provide their workers with the required PPE and ensure its proper use through initial and on-going employee training and the implementation of a PPE program.

Types of Personal Protective Equipment

Eye and Face Protection
Potential Hazards: chemical splash, dust, projectiles, gas and vapor, radiation, bodily fluids
PPE Options: safety glasses, safety goggles, face masks, full face shields, eye shields, visors

Eye Protection
Face Protection

Head and Neck Protection
Potential Hazards: impact from falling or flying objects, risk of bumping head, hair getting tangled in machinery, chemical drips or splash, climate or extreme temperatures
PPE Options: safety helmets, hairnets, high-visibility hot and cold weather hats, bouffant caps, disposable hood covers, high-visibility hard hats, fire retardant beanie hats, high-visibility head wraps, cooling neck shields

Head and Neck Protection

Hand and Arm Protection
Potential Hazards: abrasion, exposure to extreme temperatures, cuts, punctures, chemicals, electric shock, biological agents, vibration
PPE Options: medical exam gloves, cold weather insulated gloves, coated chemical handling gloves, high-visibility gloves, gloves with a cuff, arm sleeves/arm-length disposable gloves, anti-vibration gloves, Kevlar gloves/sleeves, high-temperature gloves, cotton knit gloves

Hand Protection
Arm Protection

Foot Protection
Potential Hazards: cuts and punctures, slipping, falling objects, chemical splash, vehicles, extreme hot, cold and wet conditions
PPE Options: rubber work boots, steel toe boots, insulated boots, boot covers, traction spikes, rubber overshoes, feet warmers

Foot Protection

Full Body Protection
Potential Hazards: extreme temperatures (hot and cold), fire, chemical or metal splash, impact or crushing due to poor visibility
PPE Options: conventional or disposable coveralls, flame-retardant suits, chemical suits, full-body protective suits, aprons, high-visibility cold weather clothing, high-visibility hot weather clothing, safety reflective wear

High-Visibility Wear
Protective Coveralls

Respiratory Protection
Potential Hazards: dust, particles, chemical gases and vapors, oxygen-deficient working conditions
PPE Options: particulate respirators, full and half face masks

Masks and Respirators

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