DIY Paint Jobs
If you’ve ever taken on a large painting job you’ll know that it’s messy work. So in order to protect your home, surroundings, and yourself you’ll need to prepare ahead of time. Here are some steps to take when tackling your DIY paint job project.
Exterior and Interior
In order to paint your home it first must be cleaned. Depending on the type of exterior siding your home has you should pressure wash, scrape, sand, or use any other safe method of removing dirt and grime from your home. The same holds true for the interior though it probably just requires a dusting or wipe-down. You’ll also want to fix any damage that may exist on the siding or walls. Do a thorough job without cutting corners, this will make your paint job look better and last longer. As for your surroundings cover anything that would be damaged if paint were to fall on it. Your car, rose bushes, carpet, furniture. The more you prepare ahead of time the less messy cleanup you will have to deal with later.
Paint is extremely hard and sometimes even impossible to remove from clothing. Also, depending on what you’re painting and the kind you’re using, getting paint on your skin could be dangerous. That’s why the smart thing to do is to get a pair of painter’s coveralls to protect your clothes and skin from damage. Fortunately, painter’s coveralls are an affordable, easy to use alternative to damaging your clothing and skin.
Disposable Garments Protective Clothing offers several different kinds of painter’s coveralls to keep you clean and protected from paint stains and chemicals. Our Tyvek® suits are resistant to paint, aerosols, blood borne pathogens, and much more. Comfortable, breathable, and durable these paint suits provide the perfect barrier between you and your job.
For a little more protection try our Maxshield suits, which are constructed using two layers of protective material making them even more durable and resistant. With both types of suits you can also chose the extent of coverage you want. From painter’s coveralls, to hooded suits, to aprons, we’ve got you covered.
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Employees & Protective Clothing
Let’s face it. As much as managers and safety professionals know the importance of protective clothing in dangerous work environments, not all employees quite agree. They may think it’s too uncomfortable, not stylish, or not necessary for the task at hand. Not only is this frustrating as a boss, it can pose serious safety and financial risk. If an employee gets injured in some way on the job, the company will be held liable. Making sure that employees wear the proper protective clothing is just as much for their safety as it is for management’s. Below are some of the best ways to ensure your employees wear the proper protective clothing and equipment on dangerous work sites.
Make it Mandatory
Setting a precedent of mandatory PPE is the single best way to ensure your employees wear what they need to on the job. Don’t give them the option whether to wear it or not. They should not be allowed on site until they are fully and properly geared-up. Put the rules in writing and make sure everyone is explicitly aware of what gear and equipment is necessary in which locations and for which tasks.
Stand by Your Policies
Discipline those who do not wear the proper gear or protective clothing. This isn’t fun for anyone, but unfortunately, it might be necessary. Making a policy and sticking to it is going to be one of the most effective ways of maintaining properly dressed and equipped workers on your job site. The consequences for not wearing the proper gear is up to you, but understand that it should be severe enough to coerce them to wear the equipment. Stay credible as a boss by adhering to your policies and following through with disciplinary action. Don’t let anyone off the hook—no exceptions.
Safety training is a must for all employees on dangerous worksites. However, shouldn’t end with a single session. Make safety a part of the culture of your work site. Have frequent safety refreshers and meetings. Educate and remind employees of the necessity of the proper equipment for certain jobs as often as you can. Demonstrate how to wear and use equipment and protective clothing properly. Show people why wearing protective clothing properly is a good choice and also clearly demonstrate the dangers and consequences of inadequate safety practices.
You know what they say—if you can’t take the heat, buy flame resistant coveralls! Before you buy another pair of fire resistant pants, consider choosing flame resistant (FR) coveralls. FR coveralls offer a slew of benefits compared to FR pants (like how they are on SALE for super low prices right now). Look hot but stay cool with superior protection and other benefits that pants alone simply cannot bring to the table. There are 3 good reasons that you should be using coveralls instead of pants and shirts.
1. Easier fit
2. Better coverage
3. One garment to keep up with
Have you ever had to deal with a shirt that keeps riding up? No thank you! It can be very annoying and distracting which is bad enough, but worst of all, it can leave you vulnerable to fire. Fiddling with your clothing to ensure that you are covered up can take away from the focus that you need for the task at hand. It only takes a second to make a mistake. Having an option for an easier fit that you do not have to worry about is simply a better way of protecting yourself. You can wear coveralls right over your clothing. They slip right on and you can slip right out of them whenever you are out of danger from the hazard. They are a safer option when you need to focus on the job and not on your clothing.
You never have to worry about any part of your body being exposed. Coveralls “cover it all”. There are even hooded styles that can cover the back of your neck and head so you are completely protected. You never have to worry about lower back exposure or torso exposure. You step into the garment, close it up and you are wrapped in protection. Pants alone or a pant shirt combo cannot give you that type of coverage without the risk of skin being exposed.
One Garment to Keep Up With
Coveralls are ideal for anyone that hates to have to keep track of their FR gear. It is one garment that does double duty so you do not have to search around for pants and shirts. They make life easier and safer, and reduce clutter!
Don’t Get Burned!
Don’t get burned, whether it’s by flames on the job, or by companies trying to sell you inferior or overpriced products. MPE offers FR overalls at a fair price. They are high quality coveralls that offer the flame resistant protection that you need—much better than fire resistant pants alone—and did we mention? There just so happens to be a SALE on fire resistant coveralls that you can check out here! Check out your options at MPE and consider coveralls instead of separate pieces. They are a better option for safety protection.
One environment where it pays to have the proper protective clothing is a laboratory. Labs are full of safety hazards ranging from mild to life-threatening. Safety should be at the top of the list of priorities for lab workers. Depending on the type of lab, workers may be exposed to certain chemicals, bacteria, airborne or blood borne pathogens, and a variety of other health risks. Protective eye wear, respirators, and clothing all help keep lab workers safe. Below are some of the pinnacles of lab safety that all lab workers should keep in mind while on the job.
Of course the first piece of lab safety we have to mention is having the right clothing and equipment for the job. Different hazards require different safeguards. If you are working with dangerous chemicals which could damage or burn your skin, make sure to have clothing which will protect your hands, arms, and torso from splashing chemicals. If you are working around flames, make sure your clothing is fire-resistant. Also be sure not to wear open-toed shoes in a lab setting to protect your feet.
Keeping a clean and tidy workplace is incredibly important in a laboratory setting. Making sure equipment is properly cleaned, wiping up spills as soon as they occur, and scrubbing surfaces after they have come into contact with harsh or dangerous substances are all paramount in minimizing the chance you come into contact with something that could harm you.
There are a variety of symbols used in labeling for equipment, chemicals, and other items found in a laboratory. Familiarize yourself with the meaning of these symbols so you can recognize and understand the dangers each item may present. Knowing safety labeling is necessary to work in a lab environment.
First aid should be readily available and clearly labeled in any lab setting. First aid can help with minor cuts, burns, bruises, and the like. It can also help with more serious injuries until medical personnel arrive. Labs should also have emergency eye washing stations or showers to help those who have come into contact with harmful substances.
Make sure that you are disposing of waste properly in your laboratory. There are a variety of different categories of waste and each needs to be properly discarded. Hazardous glass and plastic for example should be put into a sturdy, leak-proof container and properly labeled. Biohazards suits should be similarly disposed of in a container which is appropriately marked. Some chemicals cannot go down a sink drain and should be thrown out separately. Each lab should have guidelines and policies for waste disposal.
Certain sites present dangers to workers. Sites like laboratories, construction sites, oil & gas fields, factories, and many more are home to a variety of hazards. Luckily, there is disposable protective clothing and equipment that can help mitigate these risks. Protective garments shield workers from chemicals, toxins, bacteria, and even flames. Using protective clothing and equipment is necessary for those working under dangerous conditions like the following:
Chemicals and Toxins
Protective clothing and equipment helps those who work around harmful chemicals or toxins. Different substances require different sorts of protection. Airborne hazards may require workers to wear protective eye gear or respirators. Chemicals that may burn or harm the skin may require workers to wear coveralls, gloves, or jackets.
Worksites where fire is an eminent danger require fire-resistant clothing or “FR Clothing”. There are all types of articles of clothing that can be fire-resistant such as pants, shirts, jackets, and coveralls. FR clothing protects against flames while remaining not-too-bulky or heavy and still being breathable.
Certain worksites cause people to be in the presence of or handle deadly bacteria or viruses. These sited require some of the highest levels of protection available to ensure that workers do not come into direct contact with the bacteria or virus. Clothing needs to be tear-proof and encompass the whole body. Sites like this are where hazmat suits are often worn. Doctors are also in need of protective clothing so that they do not come into contact with bacteria or viruses.
Some jobs like garages and construction sites require a different type of protection. Hard hats and steel-toe boots are often necessary on these sites because physical hazards are prevalent. On construction sites, it’s often mandated that workers wear brightly colored or reflective vests to indicate their position to other workers.
Influenza, commonly called the “flu”, is a viral infection caused by the influenza virus that attacks the respiratory system. Symptoms of the flu include muscle achiness, soreness, headache, high fever, sore nose or throat, coughing, and being lethargic (among others). Gastric issues may also be associated with the flu such as vomiting, queasiness, or nausea. Often, people are disabled from the flu for several days. It is extremely contagious and can lead to hospitalization or even death.
Especially during the winter months in cold climates, the flu can be a threat to occupational health and safety. Because it is so very contagious, those with the flu should stay home from work to avoid spreading the virus. However, it is in everyone’s best interest to prevent the flu in the first place. Here are some helpful hints for fighting the flu.
First and foremost, get vaccinated! One of the best ways to prevent the flu is by going and getting the flu vaccine. Vaccines protect against the most common types of flu viruses, and are available at the beginning of flu season, which is generally around October. It is especially important for those handling children, the elderly, and those in the healthcare field to get flu vaccines to prevent the spread of the flu among those demographics which are more susceptible to infection.
Wash Your Hands
Wash your hands until you think you’ve washed them too much, and then wash them some more. Your hands touch so many surfaces throughout a day and collect germs with every point of contact. Washing your hands thoroughly and frequently with antibacterial soap helps you as well as those you come in contact with stay clean and healthy.
Avoid Contact With Others
During flu season, try your best to avoid contact with those who are exhibiting symptoms of the flu. Similarly, if you begin to exhibit symptoms, make sure that you keep clear of others so you don’t infect them. Cough or sneeze into your elbow or shirt should you feel the onset of symptoms while at work, and just stay home if you are starting to get sick outside of work.
Avoid Contact with Yourself
Hands off! Keep you hands away from your eyes, nose, and mouth if you can help it. Touching your face can lead to the spread of germs and make you sick. Keep your hands away from your face to stay healthy.
Go to the Doctor
Don’t wait until symptoms progress and you become miserable. Go to the doctor at the first sign of the flu and take their recommendations! If the doctor prescribes anti-viral medicine, make sure to actually take it! You’ll thank yourself in the long-run for tackling your flu head-on.
Courtesy of the CDC: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/preventing.htm
A wide range of workers suffer from respiratory problems that occur as a direct result of their work environment. Workplaces from construction sites to bakeries may contaminate the air that workers breathe. Respiratory issues affect the productivity of workers, making occupational respiratory problems not only a safety concern, but a business problem. The most among these issues is work-related asthma, or occupational asthma. Occupational asthma’s symptoms include coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, and tightness in the chest. All sorts of airborne substances can lead to occupational asthma.
In order to mitigate the risk of occupational asthma, employers and employees alike must take preventative measures. Following OSHA guidelines to address hazardous work environments is the first step. The Occupational Safety and Health Act clearly spells out what businesses need to do to keep their workers free of harm. Make sure that your business adheres to these guidelines and don’t be afraid to supplement safety measures with your own rules.
The best way to ensure occupational health and safety is through proper training. Early and thorough safety training sessions and frequent refreshers are an essential piece to any workplace that may be hazardous to the health or safety of workers. Make sure your employees or coworkers are educated about the risks associated with the workplace, and are taking the necessary steps to prevent exposure to hazards.
Enforce the use of proper safety equipment such as masks and hoods to deter inhalation of hazardous substances. Make sure that employees are aware of the importance and the proper use of the equipment in the training mentioned above. Maintain the equipment and replace it when necessary. Also, keep up on maintenance of ventilation systems. Poor ventilation escalates the risk of occupational respiratory problems.
Reduce exposure as much as possible. Minimize the time spent in toxic environments to decrease the likelihood of occupational respiratory problems. Of course, this may be difficult given the field or job, but try to be as efficient as possible in the time you must be exposed so that you can get away from the hazard.
Should you begin to notice respiratory issues, do not wait to seek medical attention or advice. Catching the problem early will optimize the chances of recovery. If you work in an environment that is known to be linked to occupational respiratory problems, consider regular checkups to make sure your lungs are not being affected.
For some, the damage is already done. If this is unfortunately the case, take care of your respiratory issues. Take physician recommendations or medications and visit your doctor regularly so that the condition does not get worse. With careful monitoring and proactive habits, symptoms can be reduced and, in some cases, eliminated.
Finally, don’t smoke! Avoid tobacco smoke as much as possible, and make sure that it is not allowed in the workplace!
Courtesy of National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Hazmat suits (short for hazardous materials) are suits that are meant to keep the wearer from contacting harmful substances with which they are working. Hazmat suits are full-body suits which should be accompanied by other protective clothing such as goggles, gloves, boots, and breathing masks. There are different classifications of hazmat suits—each with a different level of protection. The levels vary from A to D and each provide protection from different substances.
Level A hazmat suits are the most protective suits on the market. They offer the highest level of protection for respiration, skin, and the eyes. They keep out gases, vapors, and tiny airborne particles. These suits are extremely complex as they are pressurized and have full face-piece self-contained breathing apparatuses (SCBA). The suit itself must be completely chemical-protective and must be totally encapsulating. It must entail inner and outer chemical-resistant gloves, and steel-toe boots which are also chemical-resistant. Coveralls, long underwear, and a hard hat underneath the suit are optional depending on the application.
Level B hazmat suits are slightly less protective. They must have the highest level of protect for respiration, however the level of protection for the skin is not as high. The same SCBA and pressurization must be present, along with many of the same components including chemical resistant gloves, boots, and full-body suit.
Level C hazmat suits are one step down from this. They are resistant to airborne substances in cases where the concentrations and types of these substances is known and deemed less of a threat than scenarios which would require Level A or B protection. Level C hazmat suits require masks with air-purifying respirators, and much of the same clothing elements as Levels A and B. Coveralls, hard hats, boots, and face shields are optional if the situation calls for them. More equipment is usually a safer bet than less.
Level D suits are minimal protection suits. These are considered for “nuisance” contamination, and do not require the same sort of respiration equipment or chemical protection as the other levels. Generally, these suits have much of the same parts but with lower quality material.
Having the right type of hazmat suit for the job is crucially important to worker safety, but so is disrobing the suit. Safe removal of hazmat suits is incredibly important because it is during the removal that workers are at the highest risk of coming into contact with the substance with which they have been working. All protective gear should be removed by rolling it down from head to toe without your skin touching the outer parts of the clothing. This should be done in isolation and be fully removed before exiting the isolation area.
Courtesy of OSHA
Infected Patient in Dallas, Texas
Reports are describing a patient in Texas who contracted the Zika virus through sexual contact. Texas has seen seven other Zika cases all related to foreign travel. This virus is usually transmitted through a bite from a mosquito. These mosquitoes become infected when they feed on a person already infected with the virus. Infected mosquitoes can then spread the virus to other people through bites. However, the virus can also be spread from mother to child around the time of pregnancy and birth, in addition to blood transfusions and sexual contact.
There have been no locally transmitted Zika cases reported in the continental United States, but cases have been reported in returning travelers. With the recent outbreaks, the number of Zika cases among travelers visiting or returning to the United States will likely increase and could result in local spread of the virus in some areas of the United States. The Zika virus is currently being transmitted through the Central and South America and the Caribbean – as a result travel advisories have been implemented.
The most common symptoms of Zika virus include:
- Joint pain
- Conjunctivitis (red eyes)
- Muscle pain
The illness is usually short-lived and mild with infected patients very rarely needing hospitalization. Pregnant women face the most significant threat posed by this virus due to its link with the development of the serious complication of microcephaly in infants.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) gives the following guidelines for protection against the mosquitos that often cause the transmission of the Zika virus:
Travelers are at increased risk for becoming exposed to the Zika virus. There is no treatment or vaccine for the virus. Once the symptoms occur and the diagnosis is confirmed, patients are instructed to get plenty of rest, drink fluids, remain hydrated and take acetaminophen for fever and pain relief. Even though the illness may be mild there remains a serious risk associated with the transmission of the virus from mother to baby resulting in smaller than normal head size in the baby – a condition known as microcephaly. It is therefore important to protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites to stop the spread of the disease.
In Brazil there have been 76 infant deaths from microcephaly in pregnancy or just after death that may have been caused by the exposure to the Zika virus. The smaller than normal head size of microcephaly is due to brain underdevelopment in pregnancy or failure of brain growth after birth. Other infections, such as Rubella, Toxoplasmosis and Cytomegalovirus, severe malnutrition and exposure to toxic chemicals are also linked with the development of microcephaly. There is no known cure or standard therapy for microcephaly. Depending on the severity of the disease the infant may experience a variety of symptoms over his or her lifetime including:
- Developmental delay, such as problems with speech, sitting, standing, and walking
- Intellectual disability (decreased ability to learn and function in daily life)
- Problems with movement and balance
- Feeding problems, such as difficulty swallowing
- Hearing loss
- Vision problems
Therefore the CDC is recommending that pregnant women avoid all travel to more than 24 countries mainly in the Caribbean and South America where the transmission of the Zika virus has been most active.
AMC’s hit show “The Walking Dead” has just launched their 5th season, and it’s already making waves. We can’t help but be interested in the techniques they’ve used to survive and stay safe from walkers, from disease, and from other survivors! So in this infographic we take a look at the tools they’ve used to survive (including weapons, shelter, protective gear, vehicles, and food,) and give a few suggestions of our own.