It’s hot as H*** out here!

As summer heats up we need to be reminded to take care of ourselves while working outdoors.

We want to supply you with some helpful links to some terrific information on heat safety:

1) National Weather Service Website:

2) The Red Cross:

3) CDC:

4) OSHA:

These links will give you an opportunity to educate yourself against the hazards of getting overheated. PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) can aid in either helping or hurting the situation. Here are a few tips concerning PPE:

1) Boots or shoes: wear lighter weight socks or when available and acceptable, wear boots with more mesh for breathing

2) Eyewear or goggles: anti-fog coatings are a key during heat. Many wearers remove the glasses when fogging, thus causing a hazard. Also make sure the lenses are polycarbonate and filter proper UV. (All MCR Safety’s plano glasses feature polycarbonate that filters 99.9% UV up to 400 nanometers)

3) Respirators: If available use respirators with an exhalation valve. This will prevent heat build up in the cup of the respirator

4) Gloves: Lighten up during summer. Many leather gloves offer breathable backs such as mesh. If you are using a cotton or polyester glove, try using nylon. If your crew uses cut resistant gloves, makes sure the material breaths properly for the application

5) Hard Hats: Use a hat with ventilation in the top for allowing heat to escape

6) Safety Vests: If you are using solid material, try using a mesh material.

These are some simple thoughts on how to protect, but allow comfort during hot months. Bottom line though, NEVER COMPROMISE SAFETY FOR COMFORT! In today’s market place there are many options to help workers stay cool and safe. Our job as Safety Professionals is to find the options.

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Construction Season is in Full Swing

ConstSafetyThere are over 85,000 crashes in work zones per year. Of that number, over 800 are fatalities. We at MCR Safety want you to be aware of some simple rules to follow:

1) Make sure your safety vest is compliant with local and national regulations (such as ANSI/ISEA 107-2010)

2) Properly place traffic barrels and signs according to your specific hazard. Make sure you are familiar with local requirements.

3) Understand the latest MUTCD (Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices) 

4) Look out for each other! The workplace would be a much safer place if we would watch out for each other.

5) Use Common Sense! Some of the best practices in regards to safety is using good common sense.

This is not a complete list, but please share this with others and talk about these steps on the job. Talking about safety is step one. Step two is acting it out. Step three is going home at the end of the day, whole.

If you need assistance selecting a complaint safety vest please visit the Safety Vest Page on our website.

Does color matter?

I wanted to share with you a potential problem that one of our C&C Managers, Laura Nardone solved:

Industry:  Utilities

Customer:  Municipality – Local County

Issue:  Recent near miss when a municipality worker was wearing a Orange mesh safety vest and was mistaken as part of the Kubota backhoe equipment due to the similar vest color and backhoe color, he was caught up in the equipment.

Review: C&C Manager conducted site survey to identify the equipment and work applications in place.  C&C Manager identified an immediate need to change both the color and the type of safety vest.


Recommendation: C&C Manager presented the MCR Safety 5-Pont Tear-Away safety vest and made a recommendation to convert to the Lime Vest MCR Safety CL2ML2.

Outcome: Local county municipality implemented an immediate change in PPE for this division and committed to review all other operations for PPE improvements.  This MCR Safety recommendation was awarded the “Keeping Us Safe” award at the monthly End User safety meeting.

Annual estimated revenue, $2500, saving lives…priceless……

***Laura Nardone works out of Texas where she regularly assists in finding solutions that protect workers.

Be a Force of Nature during National Severe Weather Preparedness Week

March 3-9, 2013 is National Severe Weather Awareness week. How prepared are you?

Remember in grade school when you had those annoying tornado and fire drills? Pretty lame wasn’t it? NO THEY WERE NOT! They prepared us for the potential tornado or fire that might occur. I remember in third grade we participated in a drill, we all laughed and complained. Fast forward three weeks and it was a different story. A tornado hit about a half of a mile from our school. Thankfully the school was not hit, but it became a reality to me when I felt the fear that day. We are to prepare for such events!

Just last year, there were more than 450 weather-related fatalities and nearly 2,600 injuries. Each time severe weather threatens we hear stories of ordinary Americans who do the extraordinary to save loved ones – a mother protecting her children by shielding them from flying debris, a homeowner opening up his storm shelter to neighbors, neighbors helping a senior in a wheelchair get to a safe shelter, individuals ensuring friends are aware of the current watch or warning in their area.

Tornadoes struck approximately 46 states, caused over $1.6 billion in damage and nearly 70 fatalities. There were more than 935 tornadoes in 2012, with 206 in April alone. While April and May are peak months, tornadoes happen all year round.*

NOAA and FEMA have teamed up to give you great insight on how to prepare properly.

Weather-Ready Nation







We also blogged about this last year. TORNADO! ARE YOU PREPARED?

Bottom line: Get Prepared, Be Prepared!

*NOAA Weather-Ready Nation 2013

Choose the Winners….Let Your Voice Be Heard!

It’s time to vote for the 2013 New Equipment Digest’s King Awards Competition. NED’s King Awards Competition honors superior industrial product innovation. The competition showcases the best new products that have been introduced in 2012, and recognizes the talent and commitment of the companies involved with the development of these products. There are 10 product categories and over 75 outstanding products to choose from.

Need another reason to vote, how about a chance to win a $100 gift card.

Vote for MCR Safety Alycore gloves (#15) here:


OSHA citations inform the employer and employees of the regulations and standards alleged to have been violated, and of the proposed length of time set to correct alleged hazards. The employer receives citations and notices of proposed penalties by certified mail. The employer must post a copy of each citation at or near the place a violation occurred for 3 days or until the violation is abated, whichever is longer. These are the types of violations that may be cited and the penalties that may be proposed:

 § Other-Than-Serious Violation — A violation that has a direct relationship to job safety and health, but probably would not cause death or serious physical harm. OSHA may assess a penalty from $0 to $1,000 for each violation. The agency may adjust a penalty for an Other-Than-Serious violation downward by as much as 95 percent, depending on the employer’s good faith (demonstrated efforts to comply with the Act), history of previous violations, and size of business.

§ Serious Violation – A violation where there is a substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result. OSHA assesses the penalty for a serious violation from $1,500 to $7,000 depending on the gravity of the violation. OSHA may adjust a penalty for a serious violation downward based on the employer’s good faith, history of previous violations, and size of business.

§ Willful Violation – A violation that the employer intentionally and knowingly commits. The employer is aware that a hazardous condition exists, knows that the condition violates a standard or other obligation of the Act, and makes no reasonable effort to eliminate it. OSHA may propose penalties of up to $70,000 for each willful violation. The minimum willful penalty is $5,000. When a willful violation is deemed to be ‘egregious’ than OSHA can apply willful violation limits for every violation found or for every employee exposed to hazards.

§ An employer and responsible management individuals convicted in a criminal proceeding of a willful violation of a standard that has resulted in the death of an employee may be fined up to $250,000 for individuals or $500,000 for a corporation or imprisoned up to 6 months, or both. A second conviction doubles the possible term of imprisonment.

§ Repeated Violation – A violation of any standard, regulation, rule, or order where, on reinspection, a substantially similar violation is found and the original citation has become a final order. Violations can bring a fine or up to $70,000 for each such violation within the previous 3 years. To calculate repeated violations, OSHA adjusts the initial penalty for the size and then multiplies by a factor of 2, 5, or 10 depending on the size of the business.

§ Failure-to-Abate – Failure to correct a prior violation may bring a civil penalty of up to $7,000 for each day that the violation continues beyond the prescribed abatement date.

Source: OSHA Publication 3000-09R. 2003 Other-Than-Serious Violation

MCR Safety’s  C & C team can help you with PPE compliance.

Click this link to find out more about Consulting & Compliance!

An interview with our CEO

Mitch Lewellen, CEO of MCR Safety and current Chairman of ISEA answers his role in each capacity.  See complete interview for Mitch’s insight on our industry and forecasts for the future. Complete Interview

(excerpt from the interview)

SB: You have been the Chairman of the ISEA for two years now. So how has that position or that experience changed your perspective as it relates to leading MCR in the coming years? Has it added something?

ML: It has certainly added to what I do here at MCR. I have had the pleasure of serving on the board for several years and as Chairman for the last two years. It’s not that it changed how or what we do at MCR, but it has helped me to better understand our industry in general and how important standards are to our industry. Additionally, I have garnered a tremendous amount of value by networking with my industry peers, by listening and talking to them. It has been of benefit to me both personally and professionally.

Kids, St. Jude, and Breast Cancer

With Breast Cancer Awareness Month being this month, it brings to my mind great organizations that lead in cancer research. One such organization is St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Since opening 50 years ago, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has changed the way the world treats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. No family ever pays St. Jude for the care their child receives and, for every child treated there, thousands more have been saved worldwide through St. Jude discoveries. The hospital has played a pivotal role in pushing U.S. pediatric cancer survival rates from 20 to 80 percent overall, and is the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. It is also a leader in the research and treatment of blood disorders and infectious diseases in children. St. Jude was founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas, who believed that no child should die in the dawn of life.

“The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of our founder, Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family’s ability to pay.

MCR Safety is a proud supporter of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital



Join that mission by visiting or following them on and Click on the video and see a great way to support this worthy cause.



Personal word… After watching my mother-in-law struggle with breast cancer for 6 years, the topic of cancer is very personal. It is my goal with this blog post to bring you to a realization that together we can make a difference and support organizations that fight the devastating disease of cancer. The National Breast Cancer Awareness Month web page ( offers many options for education and awareness.

Mike Myrick

Knowledge is Power!

As Sir Francis Bacon once said, “Knowledge is Power”. A very true statement that should cause us all to think. In the safety industry, we are given multiple opportunities every year to learn about the latest safety products, procedures, and government rulings. Many take advantage of organizations such as NSC or National Safety Council to assist in filtering this information. Many attend trade shows like the NSC Congress and Expo, World of Concrete, VPPPA Annual National Convention , or regional events such as the Tennessee Safety and Health Congress. Others attend online trade shows, webinars, and video presentations.

Keith Baker, Product Trainer and Analyst at MCR Safety demonstrates a new product with Chris Smith, Regional Sales Manager

No matter the tool you use to get the correct information, my word for you today is, “GET KNOWLEDGE!”

As a safety professional it is all of our duty to stay up to date with changes in the industry to products and standards. We have to remember that what we do everyday is provide services, products, and assistance to help save lives and protect the worker. If we are uninformed we cannot make the right decisions.

If you help with this, contact us at MCR Safety and we will try to point you in the right direction.

Global Harmonization?????

Global Harmonization? What?
We need to get accustomed to hearing the words Global Harmonization. New regulations regarding MSDS’s (Material Safety Data Sheet), chemical processing and handling have been established and will effect every operation that currently uses MSDS’s. OSHA estimates that more than 5 million workplaces will be affected.

The three major areas of change are in hazard classification, labels, and safety data sheets.

  • Hazard classification: The definitions of hazard have been changed to provide specific criteria for classification of health and physical hazards, as well as classification of mixtures. These specific criteria will help to ensure that evaluations of hazardous effects are consistent across manufacturers, and that labels and safety data sheets are more accurate as a result.
  • Labels: Chemical manufacturers and importers will be required to provide a label that includes a harmonized signal word, pictogram, and hazard statement for each hazard class and category. Precautionary statements must also be provided.
  • Safety Data Sheets: Will now have a specified 16-section format.

This link will help you gather further information to clarify the changes.

The labeling change will help to globally clarify what the hazard is and how to protect the workers.

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