INDUSTRY TIPS

One Heck of a Bump
Depending on the environment, bump caps can be customized to suit most situations.

Head protection isn't the most talked about form of PPE. Most people equate it to simply wearing a hard hat, and for the most part, that's true. The bulk of head injuries sustained are construction related, whereas an object falls through the sky or swings from overhead, so why would anyone really see anything differently?

Then Hollywood stepped in. Suddenly a movie about concussions suffered in sports became relevant to everyday factors in the industrial workplace, and head trauma became a hot topic. Many companies dug deep and started focusing on implementing ways to ensure that their employees would remain concussion free. After all, it wasn't very long ago that the prescription to head injuries was relegated to just a "walk it off" solution.

 

My expertise lies in head injuries sustained by an individual from self-propulsion—basically, people who bump into things. As odd as it sounds, most injuries of this type are not due to someone's careless nature, but the nature of the environment, as well as having the wrong type of PPE.

Hard hats are great for construction sites where the dangers are largely overhead, but they are not so efficient for confined spaces and are designed to prevent impact from a moving object. Bump caps are designed to have a lower profile and offer cushioning directly against the front of head, where most users will strike against an inanimate object, such as a door frame, inside a pipe, under a sink, or an airplane wing. The impact of a body in motion against a very solid immovable object never ends well.

Much like for a football player, the impact from hitting your head against something that is not moving can result in a concussion, a traumatic brain injury that affects your brain function. While the effects are usually temporary, they will often sideline the individual, affecting the bottom line of the company. The resulting headaches, problems with concentration, loss of memory, and difficulty with balance and coordination will force the removal of the employee from work. One easily solvable problem can massively affect daily production by either removing a key player or, worse, having the person work while disoriented, most likely leading to more accidents.

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The Importance of Testing and Meeting Fall Protection Standards
Although ANSI standards are voluntary, they represent the consensus of industry experts and frequently provide more detailed product performance guidelines.

Make no mistake, working at heights is dangerous—falls remain the most common cause of work-related injuries and death. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports around 750 fall-related fatalities a year and another 300,000 non-fatal falls requiring at least one day away from work. Other risks include damage to buildings, a negative impact on reputation, and an adverse effect on productivity and profitability when people miss work because of injury.

For those working in the health and safety industry, it's a constant challenge to source the best fall protection equipment. Products must comply with the latest standards and ultimately keep people working at heights safe.

It has never been more important for employers to ensure their fall protection systems meet the highest standards. Comprehensive fall protection planning often starts with equipment selection, so before you put a fall protection program in place, make sure you specify fully compliant fall protection products. When you choose equipment tested to meet the applicable standards, you prioritize the safety of your workers.

I speak with many people every day, from health and safety professionals to facilities managers. They all ask the same question: Which products and systems will really get the job done? My answer is always the same—choose the products that have been thoroughly tested to the very latest standards.

Test Methods
Fall protection equipment manufacturers have many things to consider when they evaluate their products, including establishing standardized test methods and demonstrating repeatable outcomes.

Therefore, when you investigate fall protection equipment for purchase, you must confirm that a manufacturer tests its offerings. For example, perhaps you are researching MSA fall protection equipment for a roofing project. When you evaluate our products, you will find we address the following areas:

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When Work Brings the Heat: Your Guide to Heat Stress Risks and Solutions
You can;t change the weather, but you can change your approach to working in the heat. 

Weather patterns are changing. The planet's getting warmer. And, in fact, all but three of the hottest years on record have occurred since 2000. On average, excessive heat causes 650 deaths in the United States every year; 39 of those took place on the job in 2016—double the number that occurred only two years prior.

Construction workers in particular take the brunt of the burn, which makes sense when you think about their exposure to unpredictable outdoor temperatures. Services-providing industries, such as trade, transportation, warehousing, and utilities, account for a large percentage of the remaining occupational fatalities.

 

Know the Risk
Heat stress occurs when the body's means of controlling its internal temperature starts to fail. Once the body’s temperature reaches 99.7° F (37.6° C), heat stress has begun to affect the body. At 104° F (40° C), it becomes susceptible to severe damage. As little as 30 minutes of 104° temps can cause cellular damage to the brain or even death.

Two factors contribute to how heat stress affects the body: personal and environmental. Some workers are at greater risk before they ever step foot in the heat due to personal factors: being older or overweight, having heart disease or high blood pressure, or taking medications that act as diuretics or do not react well to extreme heat.

The second contributing factor is environmental and accounts for anything that impacts the body externally: High temperatures; direct sunlight; humidity; limited air movement; hot equipment; reflected heat from the ground, water, or objects; and clothing/PPE choices are chief among them.

Heat-Related Illnesses
Heat rash, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke are the four most common Heat-Related Illnesses (HRIs).

Heat Rash

How it happens: occurs when sweat ducts become clogged and sweat can’t get to the surface of the skin

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Know What's The 'Golden Hour' & 'Golden Seconds' For Heart Attack & Cardiac Arrest
When it's a matter of life and death, every second matters. But it is the time in hand that helps a person to decide what needs to be done next.

When it’s a matter of life and death, every second matters. But it is the time in hand that helps a person to decide what needs to be done next. There is a huge difference what one should or can do when a person has an hour to save someone’s life compared to when a person has only got seconds. What course of action one should take changes drastically in the two scenarios. The difference between having a golden hour and having golden seconds to save a life is almost the same difference as that of suffering a heart attack and suffering a sudden cardiac arrest.

The Golden Hour in Emergency Medicine

“The concept of the golden hour is the vital time period of up to one hour by which a patient suffering from traumatic injury or medical emergency should be receiving proper medical assistance to prevent death or irreparable damage to other body parts and organs. Although nothing is set in stone, but the chances to save a patient are usually really high if he receives due medical attention within an hour of the traumatic event,” said Dr. Vanita Arora, Senior Consultant, Cardiac Electrophysiologist & Interventional Cardiologist, Max Super Speciality Hospital.

Therefore, in an event of heart attack, it is often advised to take the patient to Emergency Care within an hour of the onset of the heart attack. But the same cannot be said about someone who is suffering a cardiac arrest.

Confusing Heart Attack with Cardiac Arrest

Most people use the words heart attack and cardiac arrest interchangeably; in fact almost synonymously. But while innocence may be a synonym of ignorance, the two are very different things. Similarly, heart attack and cardiac arrest are two separate events related to heart.

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