How to Wash Your Hands

Thought you knew how to wash your hands? Think again!

Apparently and according to the World Health Organization (WHO), it’s a lot more complicated than you thought. Here’s what they call the six-step method of hand washing (even though it looks like there are actually 11 steps)


Hoisting & Lifting Safety Learning Tool











(Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Al Rainsberger, CHMM for Foss Maritime)

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The High 5’s of Back Safety (Video)

Back injuries continue to be one of the top injuries sustained in the work place and a single injury can plague to injured worker for life. Watch this 4 minute video with your employees to save yourself a world of grief.


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New Standard for Cut-Resistant Gloves

Has the new standard for cut-resistant gloves got you more than a little confused? If so, check out this new 2-page explanation from Superior Glove.


(Click on the image above to view and/or download the glove standard)

90% of Eye Injuries are Preventable

NIOSH reports about 2,000 U.S. workers sustain job-related eye injuries that require medical treatment each DAY. That’s more than every person in Seattle each year sustaining an eye injury! However, safety experts and eye doctors believe the right eye protection could have lessened the severity or even prevented 90% of these eye injuries.


Simply using the proper eye protection on the job could prevent thousands of eye injuries each year.

Common eye injuries occurring at work can result from chemicals or foreign objects in the eye and cuts or scrapes on the cornea. Other causes of injuries include splashes with grease and oil, burns from steam, ultraviolet or infrared radiation exposure, and flying wood or metal chips.

Two major reasons workers experience eye injuries on the job are because they were:

  • Not wearing eye protection, or
  • Wearing the wrong kind of protection for the job.

A Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) survey of workers who suffered eye injuries revealed that nearly three out of five were not wearing eye protection at the time of the accident. These workers most often reported that they believed protection was not required for the situation.

OSHA requires the use of eye and face protection whenever there is a reasonable probability of injury that could be prevented by such equipment. Personal protective eyewear, such as goggles, face shields, safety glasses, or full face respirators must be used when an eye hazard exists. The eye protection chosen for specific work situations depends upon the type of hazard, the circumstances of exposure, other protective equipment used, and individual vision needs.

(Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Al Rainsberger, CHMM for Foss Maritime)
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“Arc Eye” and “Flash Burn”

Electromagnetic energy given off by an arc or flame can injure workers’ eyes and is commonly referred to as raidant energy or light radiation. The intensity of light or radiant energy produced by welding, cutting or brazing operations varies according to the number of factors including the tasks producing the light, the electrode size and the arc current.

Certain types of UV radiation can produce an injury to the surface and mucous membrane (conjunctiva) of the eye called “arc eye,” “welders’ eye” or  “flash burn.” The symptoms include:

  • pain – ranging from a mild feeling of pressure in the eyes to intense pain in severe instances
  • tearing and reddening of the eye and membranes around the eye
  • sensation of “sand in the eye” or abnormal sensitivity to light
  • inability to look at light sources (photophobia)

The amount of time required to cause these effects depends on several factors such as the intensity of the radiation, the distance from the welding arc, the angle at which the radiation enters the eye, and type of eye protection that the welder or bystander is using. However, exposure to just a few seconds of intense UV light can cause arc eye. These symptoms may not be felt until several hours after exposure. Long-term exposure to UV light can produce cataracts in some persons.

For protection from radiant energy, workers must use personal protective equipment, such as safety glasses, goggles, welding helmets or welding face shields. This equipment must have filters lenses with a shafe number that provides the appropriate level of protection. A shade number indicates the intensity of light radiation that is allowed to pass through a filter to one’s eyes. Therefore the higher the shade number, the darker the filter and the less light radiation that will pass through the lens.

(Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Al Rainsberger, CHMM for Foss Maritime)

June 7-9 is the annual Roadcheck

Now in it’s 29th year, June 7-9, 2016 will mark the annual “International Roadcheck”. International Roadcheck “is the largest targeted enforcement program on commercial motor vehicles in the world, with nearly 17 trucks or buses inspected, on average, every minute across North America during a 72-hour period. Each year, approximately 10,000 CVSA-certified local, state, provincial and federal inspectors in every jurisdiction across North America perform the truck and bus inspections.”

In order to be ready, check out the resources available online at

Download the “Roadmap to Safety” to walk you and your drivers through a seven point safety check (click on image below to download).


You can also review data on past roadcheck events (they post the past 3 years).
There is also a checklist as well as information on what inspectors are looking for.

We’ve giving you plenty of time to prepare so use the time wisely and be ready when June 7th comes around.


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