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Toxic gases can be produced by materials deliberately used or stored in confined spaces, can be produced by natural processes, can be accidentally introduced into the space, or in the case of sewers...
Answered by: Bob Henderson
President
It can only take seconds to succumb to a hazardous atmosphere in a confined space. That’s why investing in high-quality gas detectors is one of the most important steps you can take to protect...
Answered by: Chad Schmidt
Business Development Manager - Western Canada
Though there might be a debate over how often to wash FR clothing, it is impossible to avoid entirely. Like any other garment, FR clothing will get soiled and need to be laundered.While washing your...
Answered by: Karoly Ban Matei
HR and Safety Manager
What Is a Confined Space?A confined space is a workspace that limits free movement while working, especially with regard to safe entry and exit. A relatively large space like a railway tank car is...
Dehydration takes a major toll on the body. It can make you feel dizzy, tired, and weak. Severe cases can result in vomiting, diarrhea, or fainting. Workers doing physical tasks in hot environments...
Earplugs and earmuffs are common pieces of PPE that serve the same purpose: reducing the noise intensity that reaches the ear canal. They're essential for avoiding damage to the auditory system...
Answered by: Karoly Ban Matei
HR and Safety Manager
Let's start off with the simple answer: not all safety harnesses are created equal.There are harnesses designed for specific applications and jobs. It is important to know and understand which...
An occupational head injury can be disfiguring, incapacitating, or even fatal. On job sites where falling objects or "head bangers" can be found, it's critical to keep the head...
Plenty of terms have an intuitive meaning but can be hard to pin down the closer we look at them. Think of words like “alive” or “intelligent” – we all have a pretty...
This is an excellent question and one that brings up a number of different answers, depending on the types of hardhats we're dealing with.In terms of due dilligence, the best answer I can give is...
9-1-1 emergency responders can react with amazing efficiency, ready to spontaneously spring into action at a moment's notice. Yet, when we're talking about confined space rescue, that speed...
​​​​​​When purchasing hand sanitizer for the workplace, you should select a product with contents that meet the criteria of public health authorities. For example, the CDC recommends using sanitizers...
Safety professionals use tapes like these as temporary, immediate, portable, and easily installed barricades.The intended use of this important safety product is straightforward: the creation of a...
According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) there are over 2000 eye injuries in the US every single day as a result of flying objects and particles, chemicals,...
Answered by: Karoly Ban Matei
HR and Safety Manager
First, let's get the obvious out of the way. You should change your filter if it ever goes past its stated expiration date. It is also recommended that you you replace cartridges within six...
A large number of studies link sedentary lifestyles to a series of chronic diseases and a shortened life expectancy. Some researchers concluded that having about 11 hours of sedentary activity per...
Answered by: Karoly Ban Matei
HR and Safety Manager
The atmospheric and physical hazards of a confined space, along with its limited means of access and egress, complicate the logistics of a rescue. When planning and executing a confined space rescue,...
Answered by: Karoly Ban Matei
HR and Safety Manager
Great question. The easy answer is the straightforward one: yes, you could always wear the highest rated cut-resistant leather gloves for every task with an identified hazard for hand injury. In...
Fatigue is a serious safety concern that can affect workers in nearly any sector or industry. There are two types of fatigue:Acute fatigue results from short-term sleep loss or short periods of heavy...
Let's start by establishing a common understanding of what administrative controls are.The 13th edition of the National Safety Council (NSC) text on Administration and Programs states defines...
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Featured Experts

Bryan McWhorter

Safety proffesiona

Bryan McWhorter is a safety professional with eight years of experience in driving and teaching safety. Bryan gained his knowledge and experience as the safety officer and Senior Trainer for Philips Lighting. Philips is a strong health and well-being company that promotes a safety first culture.

Karoly Ban Matei

HR and Safety Manager

Karoly has worked at a senior level (both as an employee and a contractor) for organizations in the construction and manufacturing industries. He has a passion for developing and improving health and safety programs.

Daniel Clark

 

Daniel Clark is the founder and President of Clark Health and Safety Ltd., providing safety and quality consultation across various industries in Calgary, Alberta. Daniel has a Bachelor of Science degree, certification in health and safety, certificates in both CAD design and CNC, auditing certifications and the designation of Canadian Registered Safety Professional. Being raised and practicing in Calgary, the heart of Canada’s energy industry, most of Daniel’s career has been energy related. He has performed safety and quality roles from field supervision to office-based administration and management. Daniel’s consulting business has worked with organizations offering engineering services, restoration, pipeline, environmental, manufacturing and food service.

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