How to Use a BioRem-2000 Solvent Spill Kit

Solvent spills can be potentially hazardous if they aren’t identified and cleaned up right away. Luckily, Spill 911 can help you do just that with its BioRem-2000 Solvent Spill Kit.

This micro-powdered kit will not only absorb the spill but elevates the flashpoint above 60 degrees Celsius, which will significantly reduce the flammability. This kit will work on most common hydrocarbon solvents, fuel spills and reagents.

Below are step-by-step instructions on how to use the BioRem-2000 Solvent Spill Kit:

1. Identify and obtain your personal protective equipment.  Wear and use all protective equipment contained in the kit at all times before, during and after spill clean-up.

2. Apply BioRem-2000™ Super Absorber to the spill around its perimeter to dike the    liquid, being careful not to inhale the vapors and avoid splashing the spilled material.

3. Spray BioRem-2000™ Surface Cleaner onto the solvent spill covering the entire spill area to eliminate ignition hazards and to neutralize the solvent.

4. Cover the entire spill area with the BioRem-2000™ Super Absorber to absorb any remaining material.

5. Place waste in disposal bags provided and properly dispose of waste according to regulations in your area.

For more information or to place an online order for the BioRem-2000 Solvent Spill Kit, click here. If you have any questions on this spill kit or any of our other products, please contact one of our customer service representatives at 800-474-5911.

What Does an Accident Cost?

Accidents cost all employers and employees more than just the financial impact of medical bills and increases in insurance. Both the business and the workers involved face numerous direct and indirect costs.

In 2012, there were close to 3 million non-fatal workplace injuries reported to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Fatal injuries amounted to 4,628. The construction industry accounted for 19.3 percent of these deaths, with the highest cause of death coming from falls. With the high occurrence of accidents leading to injury and death, the construction industry must recognize the significant financial impact that accidents have.

Workers’ Compensation and Insurance Cost Increases

Employers will often pay for minor medical bills and lost job time out of their own pockets. This becomes a direct expense. When workers’ compensation pays claims, employers can face an increase in the premiums they are required to pay.

The same increase in premiums can occur for an employer’s liability insurance for property damages that occur during an accident. In the construction industry, damage to the site, vehicles and tools must be considered. Some of these costs may not be covered and must be paid out of pocket.

Time Lost on the Job

A major cost to any employer is the productivity of a trained worker. Skilled trade workers are not easy to replace and job progress will suffer. Employers must find and potentially train replacements or put other workers into overtime situations. If deadlines are not met, companies can face fines, which add to the cost of accidents.

Investigations and Inspections

Accidents often lead to investigation or inspection by OSHA or insurers. The construction industry is high on the list for OSHA investigations due to the number of accidents in general. A business facing an inspection will need to spend time and money to ensure that the facility or site is up to standards. Time will be required of company personnel during the inspection. In any operation, this time is money.

Legal and Managerial

Each state has specific guidelines for workers’ compensation claims. Not all workplace accidents are covered by workers’ compensation in all states. An employee not following employer-established safety procedures, or under the influence of alcohol or drugs, may not be covered.

Regardless of the outcome of any investigation, the business is required to produce documents regarding the accident, safety policies and proof of training. A considerable amount of paperwork is involved when processing medical claims. The time of the employees handling the paperwork must be included when considering the total cost of the accident.

Injured workers also have the option of not accepting workers’ compensation benefits, which then allows the injured party to file suit against the employer. In this case, the business will face legal costs for defending the company in a court of law.

Mandatory Training

When an employer has reported an accident, the state workers’ compensation authority may require the completion of additional training programs. For example, in the state of Ohio, employers receiving group-rating plans must complete an extra two hours of training per year to continue in the plan for just one accident in a calendar year.

The number of hours of training, and the requirements for who must complete the training, can increase with an uptick in accidents. While the initial training program would be required to continue to receive a group-plan cost, continued accidents might require training in order to receive any type of affordable coverage.

Costs to Employees

Each state sets the amount of compensation awarded per week, month or injury. This amount is normally two-thirds of the usual wages. For lower-wage workers, the maximum benefit is usually sufficient. Skilled trade workers may receive less than their normal weekly wages, especially if overtime is often included.

However, the cost to the employee is much more than just the wage loss. In most cases, a worker will experience pain and the inability to enjoy normal non-work activities. Depending on the severity of the injury, a worker can face a permanent full or partial disability. A trade that an employee spent years perfecting may no longer be an employment option.

Even with minor injuries, the employee must make frequent trips to doctor’s offices or therapy appointments; the transportation is the responsibility of the worker. Workers’ compensation only covers medical bills, wages and job re-training — pain and suffering are not included in the calculations. When a worker accepts compensation benefits, he or she gives up the right to sue the employer.

When all of the hidden costs of an accident are considered, it is easy to see the significant financial impact. The indirect costs can be several times the actual medical costs. The amount that a company invests in safety is far less than the cost of an unsafe work place.

This is a guest blog post from Minerallac, a family-owned manufacturer and distributor of electrical construction and safety equipment. Since 1894, they have been getting the proper equipment into the hands of construction workers.

Top Causes of Forklift Accidents

The U.S. Department of Labor, Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) and even equipment manufacturers maintain data on forklift accidents. The majority of accidents involving forklifts are attributed to one of several factors, or a combination of those factors.

Operator and bystanders require training in safe operation and loading. Areas with high noise levels, low lighting or congestion are frequent reasons for problems. Finally, an awareness of the potential for injury with heavy equipment must be instilled in all employees. Understanding five of the biggest reasons behind forklift accidents can greatly reduce the potential for injury.

Lack of Training in Use of Equipment

Operators must be trained in how forklifts operate and how they are loaded safely. A full understanding of the controls used on the equipment is mandatory. The forks, or tines, on these vehicles tilt and lift. Tilting a load in the wrong direction can cause the load to fall.

Loads placed on a lift must be properly balanced. This is an area that requires more than just the operator to have training. Any employee that might be involved in loading pallets must understand how weight is distributed. A load may appear balanced when it is on the ground. The balance becomes an issue as the load is raised.

If an unbalanced load is raised too high, the material can fall and injure bystanders. The load can also tip the forklift over, causing injury to the operator. Operators must be trained in proper forward and reverse driving and braking. Forklifts use a rear wheel drive and reverse drive training will prevent backing into bystanders or other equipment.

High Noise Levels

In environments with high levels of noise, a forklift operator may not hear verbal warnings. Workers in the area of the forklift may not be able to hear the vehicle approaching or backing up.

While it may not always be possible to reduce noise, visible warnings can be added to forklifts. Rotating or flashing strobe lights can significantly increase the visibility of the forklift to workers in the area.

Forklift operators can be equipped with radio systems that use a single earpiece. A full headset will not allow the operator to hear warnings coming from a non-radio user. A hand-held device might not provide enough volume or clarity for the operator to understand messages.

Poor Lighting

Poor lighting is not safe for anyone in a factory or warehouse. Forklift operators must be able to see where they are heading and what is around the vehicle. Lighting is also crucial in preventing the operator from driving off the edge of a dock. Vehicles can be equipped with strong lighting if environmental lighting is not sufficient. Another employee can serve as a guide for the operator for increased safety.

Excess Traffic

In busy warehouses and factories, too much vehicular and pedestrian traffic is a cause of many forklift accidents. When it comes to man against machine, the machine wins. One solution for increasing safety is adding mirrors in any areas where a line of sight is diminished. Mirrors work well at corners and can assist both forklift operators and pedestrians to oncoming traffic.

Any business that utilizes forklift on a frequent basis should establish specific pathways for vehicular movement. Lines for operation can be painted or taped onto the flooring. Operators must use only the designated paths and foot traffic must be kept out of the travel area. Placing pedestrians on a highway is not a good idea. Placing pedestrians on forklift paths is just as bad.

It may not always be possible to arrange for separate travel zones for heavy equipment and pedestrians. Workers must be trained to stay out of blind zones near forklifts. Those working near forklift activity should wear high-visibility vests.

Lack of Awareness

Employees often become accustomed to constant forklift activity around their work areas. This can lead to a lack of attention. Being comfortable working around heavy equipment should not lead to a lack of respect for the dangers.

This same principle applies to forklift operators. While high skill levels are excellent, the operator must continuously think about every procedure involved in running a forklift. Ongoing training or re-certification will improve the level of awareness and increase the safety in operations.

OSHA provides extensive information to help employers maintain safety at sites where forklifts are in operation. When basic safety procedures are followed, forklift accidents should be minimized.

This is a guest blog post by Cheryl Bikowski, the Marketing Communications Supervisor of Gamber-Johnson, the leading provider of rugged forklift mounting solutions for the material-handling and warehouse industry.


Dangerous Electrical Mistakes in the Workplace

Electricity is dangerous when not handled correctly. Electrical safety is extremely important in the workplace, but often overlooked. There are many mistakes that cause accidents and injuries — these mistakes can be prevented.

Lack of Training

In any work environment, training is required. Safety training is just as important as job training and basic electrical procedures must be included. Awareness of the workplace will improve employee safety. Training for electrical safety must include the location of electrical shut offs and the location of any high-voltage or hazardous equipment.

The use of any required safety gear needs to be mandatory, not just a suggestion. Employees must also have instruction in wet location operation and never be allowed to be in contact with electricity on a wet surface. Awareness includes reporting faulty or frayed electrical cords and taking these cables or cords out of service immediately.

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