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This is a catchphrase of homeland security, warning us in train stations, subway cars and other public places to be alert to suspicious people or activities. Let’s use it for safety as well. How often do you see someone working without the right protection? Breaking up a sidewalk with a jackhammer with no hearing protection? Walking across a rafter with no fall arrest harness and lanyard? Walking through a cloud of concrete dust at a worksite with no respirator? It doesn’t have to be limited to workplace activities, either. How about people who mow the lawn barefooted, or ride a bycicle in traffic bareheaded?
Maybe you don’t want to be thought of as a nag, or butt into someone else’s business. But if your profession is safety, it isn’t nagging to make sure everyone is protected. Say something! Find a supervisor or foreman, or remind the worker of the bad things that can happen in an instant, or over a lifetime, if they don’t take care.
You can even take it a step further. When you see pictures in the paper or online of people doing work in a way that you know is dangerous, write the editor or add a comment. You may not get an immediate result, but if everyone is vigilant – and vocal – we could move the needle a little toward awareness of personal protection, and make a safer world.
OH&S magazine has reprinted a 2007 article that gives a quick history of personal protective equipment. It notes landmark in protection from some ISEA member companies that are still active in the business. Check it out.
The Undergraduate Programs Office of the American Chemistry Society is joining with other chemistry bloggers and social media users to declare Monday, June 4 as Lab Personal Protective Equipment Day. They’re asking for photos of lab workers decked out in their finest PPE, which they’ll post online. You can also follow the event on Twitter at #LabPPEDay. Check it out.
QSSP is short for Qualified Safety Sales Professional. It’s the designation awarded to sales and marketing personnel from safety equipment manufacturers and distributors who have completed a rigorous week-long training course in the technical and regulatory fundamentals of workplace safety and health.
The 29 new QSSP’s (here’s the list) from around the US and five foreign countries completed the course on April 20. They received classroom instruction from a faculty of safety experts on how to identify and evaluate hazards, manage health and safety in an organization, and how all the parts of the safety and health program have to work together. They studied air sampling and exposure levels, respiratory and fall protection basics, electrical safety, confined spaces, capabilities and limitations of PPE, and lots more.
What this means to the customer is that their PPE vendors can be their partners in prevention. QSSP’s learn what safety directors and employers face as they try to control hazards, protect workers and manage compliance with a host of regulations. They also learn how to explain the true cost of an injury on the job, how that injury affects the whole enterprise, and how deeply it cuts into profits. Then they can sell solutions and sustainability.
Don’t take our word for it: Read what Bob Ennamorato says about QSSP in his PPE Forum blog. Check out the QSSP Web site to learn more about the program, search for QSSP’s in your area, and learn how a QSSP can help your business.
Just reading an article from one of the trade magazines on PPE selection. Like most of the articles like this one in the trades, on blogs, etc., it’s good. It has solid guidance on hazard identification, product selection, management, training, maintenance and more. But there was no mention anywhere in the article of the product standard to which this PPE is designed, tested and made.
Maybe it’s because the standard – in this case, ANSI/ISEA Z87.1 for eye and face protection – is well known, almost universally specified, and referenced in the OSHA regulations. Still, not even mentioning it in an article on vision protection selection raises some concerns. All glasses are not safety glasses, and even some that look the part haven’t been subject to the rigorous testing that the standard requires. Standards provide a convenient shorthand: you specify Z87.1 so that you don’t have to use a long list of requirements. But don’t think that everyone knows about a standard. When you’re telling people how to specify PPE, don’t forget the standard.