This is the second post in a six-part series on the power of choice in your arc-rated flame resistant (FR) clothing and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) programs. This post focuses on compliance and why compliance rates increase when employees are offered choice. Stay tuned for additional posts in this series that explore the top reasons cited by safety managers for moving to a managed choice program, including improved comfort, access to innovations, morale, and cost reduction.
Compliance rates rise considerably when individual wearers are empowered with choice, which is one of the many reasons companies choose to switch from a no-choice program to a choice program. Read more
You’ve heard of flash fire – and it may even be a hazard in your workplace, requiring you to wear flame resistant clothing (FRC) – but what exactly is this type of thermal hazard?
Scott Margolin, our resident technical expert, takes us back to the basics with a closer look at the flash fire hazard: Read more
Think about the cell phone you have today, compared to the cell phone you had 10 years ago. Just as the sleek, smart phone you carry today bears no resemblance to your bulky cell phone of yesteryear, the arc-rated flame resistant (FR) clothing of today has come a long way:
This is the first post in a six-part series on the power of choice in your arc-rated flame resistant (FR) clothing and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) programs. Additional posts in this series explore the top 5 reasons cited by safety managers for moving to a managed choice program, including improved compliance, comfort, access to innovations, morale, and cost reduction. Stay tuned for our next post which focuses on compliance and why compliance rates increase when employees are offered choice.
Human nature is to resist being told what to do because lack of control is oppressive and disempowering, even when you recognize the requirement is in your best interest. However, when people have options, even when all those options meet the requirements, they are more likely to comply, more likely to be comfortable, and more likely to be satisfied with their choice. The same goes for PPE programs.
It’s clear that arc-rated flame resistant (FR) clothing – shirts, pants and outerwear – is necessary to protect against hazards on-the-job for those that risk exposure to arc flash or flash fire in their everyday work environments.
But what about what you wear underneath, what’s next to your skin? How important is that?
Arc-rated flame resistant (FR) clothing works as “the last line of defense” in the event of an arc flash or flash fire, there to protect you from injury when all other safety measures and precautions have been unsuccessful in preventing an incident.
Slip, trip, and fall hazards are some of the leading causes of worker deaths and injuries, and the most commonly cited OSHA violation (see the other nine most cited OSHA violations here). In order to address this important component of worker safety, OSHA has released a final rule updating its general industry Walking-Working Surfaces standards specific to slip, trip, and fall hazards. Here is OSHA’s summary of the rule – see here for the complete final rule.