30% Fewer Hand Injuries!

At MCR Safety it is our desire to work closely with our Distributors and End-Users to reduce injuries in the workplace. Periodically I will post case studies that we have worked with End-Users to assist in reduction of hand injuries and/or a reduction in spending. Here is one that we worked with a key Oil & Gas company:

Opportunity:
In May of 2008, MCR Safety and a worldwide leading Oil & Gas production company began collaborating on the development of a glove that would protect workers, reduce hand injuries and set an industry standard in providing hand safety specifically designed for the Petrochemical Industry.  As a worldwide Oil & Gas producer, several different job functions and applications would need to be considered in developing an Oil & Gas glove.  The company is known for their vast expertise and success in crude oil exploration and production and transportation of crude oil and refining and natural gas exploration.

The Consulting and Compliance team worked closely with MCR Safety Product Development Managers, National Account Managers, the Prospect’s Global Management Team and Global Safety & Health Advisors, and their field personnel to develop trial and implement a mandate for the use of the MCR Safety HV100 Oil & Gas glove.

Obstacles:
Two major obstacles were introducing the HV100 Oil & Gas Glove to the prospect’s Approved Contractors which performed services for the worldwide locations both on and offshore, the second was to identify the industrial distributors that were Approved Providers for the prospect.

Solutions:
The Prospect was instrumental in formulating documentation and notification to the Approved Contractors mandating the hand protection policies that would be required by compliance if contracted to perform services.  MCR Safety C&C team members and National Account Managers collaborated to identify the Approved Providers and set pricing guidelines and terms for those selected MCR Safety authorized distributors.

Implementation:
Implementation of the Oil & Gas Glove and Hand Safety Initiative was implemented for all the Prospects worldwide locations as a mandate to comply with their Hand Safety Initiative on October 10, 2009.

Observations:
The HV100 Oil & Gas glove was developed and introduced to meet the needs of primarily the petrochemical industry and was introduced to the industrial distribution channel in the Fall of 2009.  Since the introduction of the HV100 Oil & Gas glove, several other models have been developed to meet further specifications, such as the HV200, Y200 and Y300 and the B100 models with some of these models now offer sizing up to 3X.  The MCR Safety Force Flex series is gaining recognition throughout the industrial distribution channel and the market and is no longer exclusive to petrochemical industry applications.

Success:
At the 2010 NSC, the Prospect confirmed a 30% reduction in hand injuries specifically related to the HV100 glove and the 2009 Hand Safety Mandate and Glove Safety Initiative.

The HV100 continues to gain market share and acceptance from a wide array of end-users. This is not being used only petroleum business.

***Special Thanks to Laura Nardone of MCR Safety’s Consulting and Compliance Team for this case study.

How can you have this type of success? Visit the Consulting and Compliance web page and let us know how you want fewer injuries resulting in a cost savings.

 

Tornado! Are you prepared?

During the spring and summer in the U.S. we have to keep our eyes to the sky looking for potential bad weather. Tornadoes can occur any time of day and form rapidly. There were 1,897 tornadoes reported in the US in 2011 (of which at least 1,688 were confirmed). 2011 was an exceptionally destructive and deadly year for tornadoes. There were estimated confirmed fatalities of 552 in the United States (compared to 564 US deaths in the prior ten years combined)*.

As the season grows we have already seen 274 tornadoes reported in the U.S. in 2012, of which at least 183 have been confirmed. There have been 55 confirmed fatalities in the United States (as of 3.8.12)*.

One can never 100% guarantee that you are protected in a tornado, but there are some valuable ways to protect yourself. I have listed a couple of excellent sources for you to read.

Redcross – Redcross Link
FEMA -  http://www.ready.gov/tornadoes

Other items to prepare with:
1) Hard Hats (during & cleanup)
2) Safety Glasses (during & cleanup)
3) Strong shoes/boots (during & cleanup)
4) Dust masks (cleanup)
5) Strong Gloves (cleanup)

Teach your entire family how to use these items and all items in your survival kits.

Before and during a potential disaster:
1) Make a plan – Use the above links to help you design a plan that fits your family
2) Practice your plan – Remember drills from school? Do it at home.
3) Prepare for survival – That is the goal
4) Stay Calm – We work better when we are calm
5) Try to laugh (it may seem weird, but it helps)

This is my son acting crazy while in the bathtub during a Tornado warning.

Please pass this information on to your friends and family so everyone can all remain safe during a potential disaster.
*(source Wikipedia)