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: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/heat/

2) The Red Cross: http://www.redcross.org/images/MEDIA_CustomProductCatalog/m4340158_HeatWave.pdf

3) CDC: http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/heattips.asp

4) OSHA: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/heatstress/

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.

Visit www.mcrsafety.com for solutions!

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.

CL2ML2

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

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 www.stjude.org or following them on www.facebook.com/stjude and www.twitter.com/stjude. 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 (www.nbcam.org) 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.

Save Money…Better Compliance…Good Idea?

Opportunity:

A laboratory services company that provides analysis of organic, inorganic, biological, hazardous, and other materials. With these types of materials and chemicals, employees cannot wear contact lenses in the facility. Safety Prescription Eyewear must be used. Also, their work staff has a higher percentage of Prescription Eyewear users than the average factory. These aspects exaggerated the cost of an Rx eyewear program.
With the hiring of a new Safety Manager, she was eager to find new ways to keep employees safer and to look for ways to cut PPE cost. Rx Eyewear was a logical first step.
Alternatives:

Each employee was able to choose their own Rx style from their current Rx provider. Though all lenses and frames choices met  ANSI Z87+ standards, employees had little regard to the coverage and protection of the eyewear they chose. Most eyewear was chosen based on style.

Since everyone had different tastes in style, there was no uniformity. This made it difficult for the safety manager to quickly verify everyone was wearing compliant eyewear.

Solutions:

The Klondike Plus with the KDRX prescription insert solved multiple problems.

1st – The KD3 was designed as protective eyewear, therefore offers better coverage and protection than most Safety Rx frames

2nd – The entire facility can now wear the same style eyewear making it easy for Managers to verify if employees are wearing the proper eye protection

3rd – The cost of a KD310 & KDRX ensemble is much less than average Safety Rx frames.

Implementation:

The company stocks product # KD310 in the storeroom for all employees (Rx or no Rx). Employees that need prescription eyewear receive product # KDRX which they take to the local Wal-Mart where the company pays $55 to have their prescription filled. The KDRX insert is affixed to the inside of the KD310.

Observation:

After the first 6 months of implementing the new program, the safety manager, operations manager, and employees saw many benefits from the KDRX program.

Employees had improved field of vision since the KD310 has a wrap around style. Employees didn’t have to continue using scratched and spattered lenses like before since they could throw the outer KD310 glasses away and get a new one when needed. Employees can now choose different lens tint options like Amber, Light Blue, and Indoor/Outdoor. The purchasing manager is happy because of the cost saving…see chart below.

Cost Analysis:

1 pair of Rx Safety Eyewear every year =  $250.00* average cost per pair

Number of employees = 42

Total cost per year  =  $10,500.00

Total cost every 2 years  =  $21,000.00

Versus

Best Case

1  KDRX Insert every 2 years ($55 + $10) = $65

6 pair of KD310 every year (x 2 years) = $40.80

Total cost every 2 years (x 42 employees) = $4,443.60

Cost savings per 2 years   =  $16,556.40

Worst Case

1 KDRX Insert every year ($65 x 2 years) = $130

12 Pair of KD310 every year (x 2 years) = $81.60

Total cost every 2 years (x 42 employees) = $8,887.20

Cost savings per 2 years  = $12,112.80

Time from initial opportunity to implementation:

3 months

Special Thanks to Jay McNeil, Sales Manager for MCR Safety for this case study.

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)