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  1. Tenacious Work Gear from Ergodyne

    Ergodyne Be Seen Stay Safe

    Ergodyne has been developing products to make the workplace better since 1983. This week we highlight our growing selection of newer tools and PPE from Ergodyne offered here at GME Supply including tool tethers, safety glasses, gloves, and more. 

     

    Tool Tethers


    The ISEA/ANSI 121 Dropped Objects Prevention Standard outlines the safety standards and requirements for testing at-height tool tethering equipment in order to increase safety. While there are not currently any OSHA requirements specific to general or construction industries, many contractors and employers have begun implementing mandates within their companies or job sites for required 100% tie-off for all drop hazards.

    Tool tethers have been around for quite a few years. However, traditionally they were referred to as tool lanyards. The industry has adopted the name tool tethers to prevent confusion between tool drop prevention equipment and shock-absorbing lanyards. Tool tethers, like most equipment in the at-height industry, come in a range of shapes and sizes.

    We offer a huge selection of Ergodyne Tool Tether solutions for many tool types and sizes. If you need a tool tether with a larger capacity click here to contact one of our Gear Experts®.



    Ergodyne Glasses


    When it comes to compliance, Ergodyne goes above and beyond with their Skullerz® Safety Glasses. That way, every time you wear Skullerz® Safety Glasses you can be sure of some important aspects: 

    First, Skullerz® Safety Glasses are third-party tested for ANSI Z87.1+ High Velocity Impact protection and optical performance and also third-party tested for MIL-PRF-32432 Ballistic Impact Fragmentation - Class 1. Other safety glasses aren't tested for compliance at those levels and often don’t hold up under the same scrutiny.

    Every pair of Skullerz® Safety Glasses also feature anti-scratch lenses with 99.9% UVA, UVB, and UVC protection. You get a number of frame patterns to suit your style and 

     

    Ergodyne Gloves


    Ergodyne stands out in quality, design, and style with everything they manufacture and their gloves are no exception. And, as the temperature starts to drop this season, Ergodyne’s thermal hand protection can keep your hands safe from work hazards and the frigid weather. 

    It’s important to choose a glove that can provide wind and water-resistance alongside your typical search for performance measures like impact, puncture, and tear resistance. We have quite a few different styles of thermal gloves from Ergodyne that will meet your comfort performance needs and make working in the cold more bearable.

     

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  2. Signs and Banners with Columbia Creative Services

    Keeping employees, team members, and other people on the job site safe is at the top of mind for many people. One integral part of keeping people safe on the job site is ensuring that they are aware of the hazards they may encounter. OSHA requires signs to be posted on job sites which is a great first step. In this week's blog post our Gear Experts® are going to talk about our job site safety banners and motivational workplace banners.

    Job Site Safety Banners


    Our job site safety banners make it easy to quickly get your job site OSHA compliant. All of our banners come with grommets on each corner and in the middle so that you can easily hang them. These banners are available in two sizes – 4 x 2 or 6 x 3 foot. These banners feature all of the common job site signs – dangers, warnings, cautions, and notices, that are all required by OSHA.

    Customizations


    We’ve got two main types of job site safety banners – Tower Climbing Job Sites and Construction Job Sites. But we don't stop at banners. Columbia Creative Services, our marketing partner, offers a wide range of custom branding solutions.

    Tower Climbing Job Sites:

    The tower climbing job site banners have notices that are directed towards… you guessed it, tower climbing job sites. The notices are for fall protection, RF monitors, and overhead work.

    Construction Job Sites:

    The construction job site banner is directed towards general construction. It features notices for electrical hazards, speed limits, and PPE.

    Custom Banners:

    We know that not all job sites are created equal. That’s why we can work with you to customize your job site banner. We've partnered with Columbia Creative Services to customize the signs that are on the banner, provide a banner with clear pockets so that you can switch out signs when needed, and even add your logo to the banner so that people know which company is on the job site. For more information about customization please contact one of our Gear Experts® or click here.

    Motivational Workplace Banners

    Our Gear Experts® have put together a selection of motivational workplace banners. These banners are 4 x 2 feet and come with a variety of messages. They are made of the exact same ultraflex 15 oz PVC material as the job site banners. These banners can also be completely customized. For more information on custom motivational workplace banners click here or contact one of our Gear Experts®.

    Columbia Creative Services


    Columbia Creative Services is a marketing agency based in Mid-Missouri that services safety and industrial companies. Our story is a big part of who we are. Because of that, their roots heavily influence our creativity and style. Unlike a traditional marketing agency, their story is a little different. In fact, they got their start by building the brands of two dominant companies in the industrial safety industry.

    Every business is different and that means their marketing strategy should also be different. Focusing on challenging the status quo allows us to use new approaches to help build your brand. This top-notch team is creative, determined, and has an uncanny knack for industrial safety. As Gear Experts, they have extensive knowledge of the safety industry and the gear used to make sure people go home safely to their families every night.

    All-Star Branding

    Columbia Creative Services recognizes the importance of branding. They know that how you present yourself to your customers is the biggest influencing factor in your business. As a result, they focus on breaking through the clutter with a clear and concise message that gets results with these services:

    • Publishing and Production
    • Graphic Design
    • Ad Management
    • Direct Mail
    • Copywriting
    • Web Design
    • SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
    • Email Marketing
    • Social Media Marketing
    • Photography
    • Videography

    Columbia Creative Services has a chest of tools ready to build your brand and share your voice with the world. Due to their history in the safety industry, they have consumer knowledge that gives you an advantage over the competition.

     

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  3. The Hierarchy of Fall Protection 101

    We talk about safety a lot and that’s because safety is what we do. Staying safe while on the job not only ensures that you can go home to your family and friends every night, but that you can stay productive. It's OSHA Stand-Down Week 2019 and this week our Gear Experts® are going to give a broad overview of OSHA Stand-Down and break down the Hierarchy of Fall Protection.

    OSHA Stand-Down Week


     

    Every year OSHA has a Stand-Down Week that is observed in the interest of preventing falls in any at-height industry where falling is a hazard while on the job. OSHA encourages employers to have a “Safety Stand-Down” where employers talk directly to employees about safety. Employers should take this break to focus on fall hazards and reinforce the importance of fall prevention. OSHA and NIOSH have provided a ton of resources that employers can utilize when participating in OSHA Stand-Down Week. You can find those resources by clicking here.

    How to Conduct a Safety Stand-Down


     

    Conducting a Safety Stand-Down can be done in many ways and can tie into safety discussions that companies are already having. Some Stand-Down ideas include a toolbox talk, equipment inspections, rescue plan development, and job hazard overviews. If you’re not sure what to talk about, our blog, YouTube channel, and knowledge base are full of valuable resources to spark discussions.

    The Hierarchy of Fall Protection


     

    The main goal of OSHA Stand-Down Week is fall prevention, so we wanted to take this opportunity to discuss the hierarchy of fall protection. The hierarchy of fall protection is a method of categorizing fall protection into 5 stages. The stages go from “No Risk” (Stage 1) to “High Risk” (Stage 5). Those stages are:

    1. Hazard Elimination;
    2. Fall Prevention;
    3. Fall Restraint;
    4. Fall Arrest; and
    5. Safety Monitor.

    The Break Down


     

    So, now that we’ve covered the stages of fall protection, let’s dive a bit deeper into each stage and what they actually mean.

    Hazard Elimination (Stage 1)

    Hazard elimination is the act of completely removing a hazard via construction or maintenance. Basically, it means that the risk of falling has been completely prevented. For example, fixing a hole in the outer wall of a building is hazard elimination. Once the hole has been fixed, no one can fall out of the building.

    Fall Prevention (Stage 2)

    Fall prevention is the use of equipment that has the purpose of completely preventing access to a fall hazard. While the fall hazard has not been “removed” by means of construction or maintenance (stage 1), it has been blocked with equipment that has been designed for that purpose. Guardrails are an example of fall prevention.

    Fall Restraint (Stage 3)

    Fall restraint is a system that prevents a person working at-height from falling. This is done by using specialty equipment, like a lanyard, to connect a worker to an anchor that prevents the worker from reaching an area where the risk of a fall exists.

    Fall Arrest (Stage 4)

    Fall arrest is a form of fall protection in which a piece of specialty equipment stops the descent of a person who is falling. An example of this would be a self-retracting lifeline.

    Safety Monitor (Stage 5)

    Safety monitor is the highest risk stage in the Hierarchy of Fall Protection. This method is used in situations where it is proven that all other types of fall protection are not possible or would increase the potential danger. A competent and trained person is assigned to monitor the work of others in this situation.

    Clearly, stage 5 of the Hierarchy of Fall Protection is the most dangerous and least preferred method. If you have any questions about the Hierarchy of Fall Protection or the equipment required at the different stages, click here to contact one of our Gear Experts®.

    **The content of this blog is not intended to replace proper, in-depth training. Manufacturer’s instructions must also be followed and reviewed before any equipment is used.

    The ABCs of Fall Protection


    Gear Up with Gear Experts: The Podcast


     

    If you haven’t already checked out Gear Up with Gear Experts, our podcast dedicated to at-height, industry, and construction, it is available for download! You can find it on all major podcast listening platforms like Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play Music, + your favorite podcatcher of choice. And, you can head on over to gearexperts.com to follow us on social media, check out our detailed show notes, and sign up for updates.

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  4. Vertical Systems

    You’re in the business of climbing. Whether you work in the tower, wind, solar, billboard, construction, or utility industry, chances are you will spend a decent amount of time climbing. Here at GME Supply we hold the safety of at-height workers above all else and that’s why this week our Gear Experts® are here to talk about vertical systems.

    Types of Vertical Systems


     

    Vertical systems come in two types: Vertical Lifeline and Ladder Fall Protection Systems. Vertical lifeline systems utilize rope and rope devices to provide fall protection, whereas ladder systems utilize a ladder, cable, and a cable safety sleeve (cable grab).

    Vertical Lifeline Systems


     

    When a ladder system is not already installed on a site a vertical lifeline system is going to be your only option. A vertical lifeline system is used by anchoring rope (either kernmantle or 3-strand rope) onto an anchor point and using a rope grab (fall arrester) like the Petzl ASAP Mobile Rope Grab or the Petzl ASAP Lock to provide fall protection.  Choosing the right kind of rope is important and don’t worry - we’ve got you covered there too! Click here to see our comprehensive rope buying guide.

    Ladder Fall Protection Systems (Cable Climb Systems)


     

    A ladder fall protection system, better known as a cable climb system, is pre-installed on a tower and features a cable attached to the ladder. You can use a cable grab attached to your sternal D-ring to move up and down the ladder with ease. In the event of a fall the cable safety sleeve will lock onto the cable and arrest the fall. Applications for ladder fall protection systems include towers, billboards, commercial buildings, utility, solar, and wind.

    The brand new 3M DBI Sala Lad-Saf Cable Vertical 2 Person Safety System revolutionizes the Ladder Safety Category. It is available in lengths ranging from 20 to 100 feet and comes in both stainless steel and galvanized cable options.

    We also offer a full line of Tuf-Tug cable climb systems that come in a variety of designs and sizes. The monopole system is available in standard lengths of 100’, 150’, 200’, and 250’. The fixed ladder system is available in standard lengths of 100’, 200’, 250’, 300’, and 400’. And, the round climbing leg system is available in standard lengths of 150’, 200’, 250’, and 300’.

    These systems can be further customized. Contact our Gear Experts® for more information about customization.

    Walking Working Surfaces


     

    Effective January 17th, 2017 the new requirements for OSHA Standard 1910 Subpart D went into effect. This standard outlines the new requirements for walking working surfaces. Section 1910.29, which covers fall protection systems, states that fall protection systems should be permanently installed when possible so that they are available whenever potential exposure to fall hazards exist. Personal protective equipment (PPE), including fall protection, must be provided by the employer at no cost to the employee. Each section of the new 1910 Subpart D standard has a different compliance date ranging from May 2017 through November 2036. You can find the complete list of compliance dates here.

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    **The content of this blog is not intended to replace proper, in-depth training. Manufacturer’s instructions must also be followed and reviewed before any equipment is used.

    3M DBI Sala Lad Saf Cable Vertical Safety System: The Video


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  5. Finding the Perfect Respirator

    Finding the Perfect Respirator

    When working in hazardous environments or with hazardous materials taking every precaution to protect yourself and your body is probably one of your top priorities. Respirators are an important part of protecting yourself in those environments. This week our Gear Experts® have put together a guide to help you find the perfect respirator.

    Step 1: What are the Hazards


     

    It’s important to know what hazards you are going to face when looking for a respirator. Not all respirators are created equal and each type has certain hazards that it is better suited to handle. The first step is to identify what the hazard form will be – this means particles, gas/vapors, or both. You also need to know what hazards you will encounter. Some common hazards are:

    →Particulates – Silica, Hazardous Dust, Fibers
    →Welfume – Stainless steel & Galvanized
    →Lead
    →Asbestos/Mold
    →Bleach/Ammonia – General cleaning products
    →Pesticides & Insecticides
    →Solvents – Water-based latex
    →Chemicals – Sulfur Dioxide, Chlorine, and Ammonia

    While this isn’t a complete guide for every hazard you might come into contact with, it is a good base to start with. We cannot stress enough how important it is for you to know the hazards of the next job site. If you’re not sure what category your hazard would fall into click here to reach out to one of our Gear Experts®.

    Step 2: Assess the Situation


     

    Once you know what potential hazards you will encounter and what form they will be in (particles, gas/vapor, or both) you then need to determine whether respirators are needed and if so, what kind. The job site should be assessed for employee exposure to harmful substances. These results are most commonly measured in ppm (parts per million) or mg/m3 (milligrams per cubic meter of air) OSHA’s Respiratory Protection Standard 29 CFR 1910.134 outlines the requirements for respiratory protection on a job site. As a rule of thumb, if the measurements are hard to read, or you are right on the cusp of needing respiratory protection, then it’s best to use it.

    Step 3: Level of Protection


     

    You now know that you need a respirator, but what kind do you actually need? There are 3 main styles of respirators available: disposable, half mask, and full face. Disposable respirators are the most basic form and provide short-term protection for certain types of hazards. Keep in mind that disposable respirators may not be suitable for all hazards. Half mask and full face respirators are generally reusable and provide higher levels of protection. They also provide the added convenience of offering the ability to switch out filters based on specific needs.

    Filters


     

    Each respirator will have an area for a filter – this is what actually removes the hazards from the air. Disposable respirators come with filters built in but most half and full face respirators have filters that can be changed. Filters can have one of 3 letter class ratings:

    →Class N – Not oil resistant
    →Class R – Resistant to oil
    →Class P – Oil proof

    Respirators will also have one of 3 number class ratings

    →95 – filters 95% of all particles measuring 0.3 microns or larger in diameter
    →99 – filters 99% of all particles measuring 0.3 microns or larger in diameter
    →100 – filters 99.7% of all particles measuring 0.3 microns or larger in diameter (this filter is typically an HE or HEPA quality filter)

    You will generally see a filter class rating in this form: N95 or P100.

    Standards


     

    OSHA will only allow respirators that have been approved by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to be used in a workplace.

    OSHA recently implemented the 29 CFR 1926.1153 regulation which outlines new standards on silica dust exposure for contractors.

    Please refer to OSHA’s Respiratory Protection Standards for more information on respirator requirements.

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