New Anti-Fatigue Mats will Help Keep Workers Safe

Installing anti-fatigue mats in the workplace is one of the easiest ways to reduce the risk of accidental slips and falls on the job. These mats will improve traction and reduce slips and strain in areas where workers need to stand.

Anti-fatigue mats are made from PVC and are oil, grease and chemical resistant and comply with the OSHA 1910-144 standard. Below are a few of the different types of anti-fatigue mats and ways they can help make your workplace safer and more efficient.

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EPA Releases Final Risk Assessment for Chemical Used for Paint Removal

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced last month the release of the final risk assessment for the chemical N-Methylpyrrolidone (NMP). This chemical is commonly used to remove paint and other coatings.

The assessment identified risks to pregnant women and women of childbearing age, who have a high exposure to NMP through paint or other coating removal.

The risks identified for these women who use NMP for less than four hours per day may be reduced by using specific types of chemical-resistant gloves. However, using gloves and respirators do not adequately reduce risks to women of childbearing age who use NMP for more than four hours per day on a single day or repeatedly over a succession of days.

The NMP final risk assessment was developed as part of the EPA’s Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Work Plan, which identifies chemicals for review and assessment of potential risks to people’s health and the environment.

NMP is a common alternative to methylene chloride, also known as Dichloromethane (DCM), which is a chemical-based paint and coating remover. The EPA has also identified risks associated with DCM during the removal of paint and other coatings. For both NMP and DCM, the EPA is considering a range of voluntary and regulatory actions to reduce risks. It also recommends finding a safer solution for removing paint and other coatings, or taking precautions that can reduce exposures, such as using the product outside or in a well-ventilated area and wearing proper gloves and respiratory protection.

For additional information on the NMP final risk assessment, click here. You can view Spill 911’s line of safety gloves by clicking here and respirators by clicking here. If you have any questions on which options would work best for your application, please feel free to contact one of our customer service representatives at 800-474-5911.

OSHA Publishes Proposed Revision to Eye and Face Protection Standards

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) announced last month that it published a proposed revision to its Eye and Face Protection Standards. This proposed revision will update personal protective equipment requirements in the agency’s general industry, shipyard employment, longshoring, marine terminals and construction standards.

These proposed revisions will reflect current national consensus standards and ensure that employers use the most up-to-date eye and face protection during hazardous workplace operations. This notice incorporates the latest American National Standards Institute eye and face protection standard. The standard was adopted in 2009 when OSHA issued the final rule on personal protective equipment.

You can submit comments to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking electronically by clicking here. Comments can also be submitted via the Federal eRulemaking Portal, by mail or by facsimile. You can consult the Federal Register notice by clicking here. Comments must be submitted by April 13, 2015.

If you would like more information on eye and face protection for your employees, you can contact one of our customer service representatives at 800-474-5911. To view Spill 911’s line of Eye, Ear, Hand & Head Protection, click here. To view our line of personal protective equipment, click here.

How to Use a Base Eater Spill Kit

Spill 911’s Base Eater Spill Kit, manufactured by Clift Industries, is the perfect kit for the immediate neutralization of caustic spills. The Base Eater formula will transform caustics into water-soluble organic salts.

The neutralizer works at a 2:1 ratio, and the pH indicators will eliminate the need for pH strips. It is non-hazardous, non-corrosive and biodegradable.

Below are step-by-step instructions on how to use the Base Eater Spill Kit:

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OSHA & NIOSH Issue Hazard Alert for Silica Exposure During Countertop Manufacturing

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health announced last month that both were jointly issuing a hazard alert about protecting workers from significant crystalline silica exposure during manufacturing, finishing and installing both natural and manufactured stone countertops.

This hazard alert was in response to reports of 46 workers in Spain and 25 workers in Israel who developed silicosis, which is an incurable, progressively disabling and sometimes fatal lung disease. Workers were diagnosed with this disease as a result of exposure to crystalline silica in their work manufacturing stone countertops. In the case of the Israel workers, 10 of them had to receive lung transplants as a result of their condition.

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