Category Archives: Awareness

Join us at ASSE 2013 in Las Vegas!



Come see the Sportex Team at booth #1850, June 24th-27th for all the newest safety apparel & client programs. We’ve worked hard this year, so let us show you all the creative ways we can assist our friends in business!  Here are some details on what its all about:

ASSE is a global association of occupational safety professionals representing more than 34,000 members worldwide.  The Executive Summit Panel, consisting of CEOs, presidents and vice presidents from a range of industries, provides a valuable view of safety from top leaders.  You can expect to learn from some of the best in the industry during the expo, and when your not busy, feel free to check some of the events scheduled to help keep you enticed: Executive Summit, Academic Forum, Golf Outing, Poster Session, technical Tours and Conference Luncheons.

We hope to see you there!

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Breakdown: Workrite’s FR Basics

FR clothing is designed to protect workers from arc flash and flash fire, two hazards that can cause serious injury or death. In an arc flash, the amount of energy released is “quite significant,” with temperatures reaching between 10,000 and 20,000 degrees Fahrenheit, explains Dan Bowen, technical marketing specialist for DuPont Personal Protection.

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FRA Advisory Wants To Remind Railways about Fall Protection

Article by OH&SRailway Fall Protection

The Federal Railroad Administration has issued Safety Advisory 2011-03 to remind railroad bridge workers, railroads, and contractors or subcontractors about the dangers of walking on unsecured sections of walkway and platform gratings, especially without fall protection. A September 2011 fatal fall is among three incidents that prompted its release.

For more information, contact Ron Hynes, director of the Office of Safety Assurance and Compliance in the agencyh’s Office of Railroad Safety, at 202-493-6404 or Carlo Patrick, staff director of the Rail and Infrastructure Integrity Division, at 202-493-6399.

In each of the three incidents, the bridge worker who fell was not using a personal fall arrest system and fell when stepping on an unsecured walkway or platform grating. “The responsible railroads, contractors, and subcontractors had also not erected a safety net system. Furthermore, in each instance, the unsecured grating is known or presumed to have flipped or tipped as it was found to have fallen along with the worker,” FRA said in its Federal Register notice announcing the advisory. “By focusing attention on these accidents, FRA intends to raise awareness and hopefully prevent a continuing pattern of accidents involving similar circumstances,” it stated. Continue reading

Keep Fire Safety On The Checklist This Holiday

Article by OH&S

Decorating homes and businesses is a long-standing tradition around the holiday season. Unfortunately, these same decorations may increase your chances of fire. Based on data from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), an estimated 250 home fires involving Christmas trees and another 170 home fires involving holiday lights and other decorative lighting occur each year. Together, these fires resulted in 21 deaths and 43 injuries.

Following a few simple fire safety tips can keep electric lights, candles, and the Christmas tree from creating a tragedy. Learn how to prevent a fire and what to do in case a fire starts in your home. Make sure all exits are accessible and not blocked by decorations or trees. Help ensure that you have a fire safe holiday season. Continue reading

OSHA Releases New Educational Videos on Construction Hazards

Here is a really wonderful set of educational resources put out by OSHA that could be used in any number of ways by Companies.  For instance, I know there are companies out there that require employees to complete a number of training hours per year regarding safety; These videos could be utilized to put together hours worth of training, all set up in a matter of minutes.

Their are 12 videos in all, ranging from 2-4 minutes each, which may not be long, but if you use group input and demonstrations following each video, perhaps even include personal stories and how incidents could have been avoided using highlights from the video, you have several hours of useful and effective training while adapting a sense of company / employee cohesion through individual collaboration.

Their is a wide array of useful possibilities for these resources due their availability to the public and the ease of the Video Selection Interface, the videos are available to stream from YouTube, or to download and run right from your computer.  So please take the time and look through the following article and see for yourself.


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ASSE Releases “Body of Knowledge” Online Searchable Resource

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online search toolThe American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) unveiled a new ‘Safety, Health and Environmental Body of Knowledge’ (BOK) tool at its recent Leadership Conference for ASSE members. The tool is a compilation of occupational safety, health and environmental (SH&E) information in one searchable, interactive on-line database which aims to provide the safety profession, businesses, communities and more the information they need when it comes to SH&E. Continue reading

Happy Veterans Day!

Veterans Day 2011Veterans day, originally Armistice Day, is a day for everyone to take a few moments and thank someone who has served  in our Nations Military service, whether it be a simple handshake and a “Thank You”, take the time to Honor our prior and current military this Veterans Day.  From Sportex, Thank you for your service to our great Country and for putting your lives on the line, past and present; for doing something noble, showing true courage and strength.

Raise The Flag

Noise Hazards Creating A Stir

hearing protectionWhile on the web this morning browsing my seemingly large list of RSS feeds of Safety & Construction News updates and Issues going on in the World, I noticed that a whopping 2/3 of the highlights are pointing toward Noise Safety and Hearing Loss Prevention Measures.  A rather staggering amount really.  After further investigation,

OSHA has had trouble implementing control hazards through process design due to high cost, versus the lower cost of ignoring design and outfitting workers with PPE such as respirators and hearing protectors.  In a troublesome economy who can blame such decisions.  While the use of PPE is effective, and prevents hearing loss for workers who utilize it; what about the ears of others not on the site?  The nearby communities and businesses?  OSHA has left it up to us to help control these hazards with process design, a method that could potentially “engineer out” noise, and create a solution for all.

Approximately 30 million US workers exposed to hazardous noise each year, 25000 of which suffer preventable hearing loss.  With these large numbers theres no wonder why such a commotion has been made. Some organizations have taken a step up and pushed things into the right direction however.  The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) will host a webinar on November 30th addressing the new American National Standards Institute (ANSI)/ASSE Z590.3 standard, “Pevention through Design: Guidelines for Addressing Occupational Risks in Design and Redesign Processes” (PTD).

An electronic copy of the standard, the ANSI/ASSE PTD technical report, and materials related to the standard will be provided to attendees. Attendees also receive 0.2 CEUs.

To register for the webinar click here.

Changes to OSHA Standards Regarding Arc Flash

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Arc Flash SafetyChanges to NFPA 70E and NESC (ANSI C2) will impact the workplace for flame resistant, arc rated clothing and work practices for electrical safety like no year in recent history. There are two reasons for this:

1) both standards have 2012 versions. This has not happened since 1995.

2) both standards have several new items which will bump up PPE levels for common tasks, and both standards have more clearly codified the need for arc flash calculations.

You have likely heard of NFPA 70E but may not have heard of NESC. NESC is the National Electric Safety Code (Canadian equivalent CAN/UL S801). This is an ANSI/IEEE standard for utility wiring. It governs most utility properties and can affect non-utility systems, especially transmission and distribution systems commonly found in large industrial plants. OSHA 1910.269 and NESC cover the same basic equipment, and OSHA used NESC in some of the legislation for 1910.269. Most industrial electrical work is covered by the OSHA 1910.300 series and NFPA 70E in the U.S. (Canadian equivalent CSA Z462). The two committees have very few links other than the ASTM arc flash test standards and specifications, so differences are marked. Below are the key areas of change coming in 2012 to affect the workplace. Continue reading

Top 10 Most Cited Standards by OSHA

Fall HazardsThe following is a list of the top 10 most frequently cited standards following inspections of worksites by federal OSHA compliance officers. OSHA publishes this list to alert employers about these commonly cited standards so they can take steps to find and fix recognized  hazards addressed in these and other standards before OSHA shows up.

And before unnecessary injuries, illnesses and fatalities occur.

1 – 1626.451 – Scaffolding
2 – 1926.501 – Fall protection
3 – 1910.1200 – Hazard communication
4 – 1910.134 – Respiratory Protection
5 – 1926. 1053 – Ladders
6 – 1910.147 – Lockout/Tagout
7 – 1910.305 – Electrical, Wiring Methods
8 – 1910.178 – Powered Industrial Trucks
9 – 1910.303 – Electrical, General Requirements
10 – 1910.212 – Machine Guarding