After months of deliberation, on September 23, 2017, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) began enforcing the new Silica Dust Rule. Estimated to save over 600 lives each year, the rule was developed to protect the 2.3 million workers exposed to respirable crystalline silica across multiple industries.
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Concrete laborers take on challenging projects involving significant amounts of risk. Working conditions range from cement burns to crush hazards, both major concerns for employers concerned with protecting their employees.
Concrete workers undertake many of the most grueling industrial environments. When encountering rough working conditions, workers require and demand the highest quality protection available. This quality level makes a significant difference in a wearer’s work experience, personal safety, and all-day comfort. Even beyond these factors, high quality PPE ultimately drives employee performance, productivity, and also helps reduce injuries. For all the features found in premium quality gloves, gripping power is one of the most important to consider.
There are some life aspirations definitely worth pursuing. For MCR Safety it is creating the perfect glove; a glove that protects countless workers. What many concrete companies do not understand is the intricate process involved in creating the ultimate glove, from material selection all the way to design work. At its core, the overall new product development process requires uncompromised dedication and a passion for protecting people.
A common mistake when purchasing PPE is relying strictly on individual unit cost at the time of purchase. Other factors must be included, like injury reduction, hazard analysis, and product life, in reaching the most prudent PPE selection. Aside from the obvious moral responsibility involved in protecting the safety of employees, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) reports that the annual costs of workplace injuries in the US totals about $200 billion, creating a serious financial liability for companies not taking the proper measures to equip workers with the right gear.
Pouring, setting, finishing, and curing concrete can be a very delicate process contingent on environmental factors. Temperature, humidity, and surface conditions are critical elements in ensuring that concrete sets and cures properly. When extreme weather and other environmental issues come in to play, concrete manufacturers must employ special techniques to avoid cracking and crusting, while also ensuring that the concrete develops the proper strength necessary for its desired purpose. Because of the additional planning, the likelihood of extra costs, and the added investment in materials, companies must decide whether pouring concrete in cold weather conditions makes sense overall and is a worthy investment.
A brutal winter season is upon us; complete with arctic blasts, bomb cyclones, and below freezing temperatures. Winter sports enthusiasts are jumping for joy but your industrial athletes working in the concrete industry dread being outdoors without the proper gear protecting them from the elements. Everyday construction and concrete work is a hazardous occupation, even more so when one is not outfitted with appropriate safety gear. Add in extreme weather conditions and risk levels rise considerably, along with reduced productivity.
OSHA understands that cold stress is a very real risk to concrete laborers working in extreme cold temperatures. Enough so, that they published a quick card complete with an abundance of helpful information to educate employers on these risks.
The manufacturing of concrete has come a long way since its days of crushed and burned limestone. A craft that began as a basic mixture of crushed stone, sand, and water in early civilizations has evolved into a complex industry, making up approximately 10% of US domestic gross national product. Today it involves advanced chemistry to create the compounds which makeup modern day structures and roadways.
You are aware that gloves provide vital protection from hand injuries in the workplace. You might know that gloves are also used for providing product protection, ensuring the quality of products being manufactured or handled. Given that gloves serve an important purpose, it is critical you and your employees wear the correct gloves.
We literally have over 1,000 different gloves utilizing a multitude of different materials. Protecting today’s modern day employee from all the potential workplace hazards that exist requires a wide assortment of options. So asking us which glove material makes up the majority of our gloves opens up a lengthy discussion. Put it this way, we list over 40+ materials available under the MCR Safety website—glove section making up these 1,000 plus gloves.