2011-10-01 12:00 - Messages

Labour inspectors set their eyes on PPE

Ministry of Labour inspectors will focus on personal protective equipment at Ontario workplaces in the industrial and health care sectors as part of the ministry's October enforcement blitz.

According to a news release by the ministry, inspectors will focus on hazards involving the choice, use and maintenance of PPE. "Workers using inappropriate or poorly maintained equipment are at risk of injury and illness," the ministry said.

Source : http://www.cos-mag.com/PPE/PPE-Stories/labour-inspectors-set-their-eyes-on-ppe.html

OSHA issues new small businesses document to explain respiratory protection standard

This document is intended to provide relevant information to employers and employees in determining whether respirators are needed, and, if so, how the respirators should be selected and used. This publication does not replace the official Respiratory Protection standard (29 CFR 1910.134). OSHA has released a revised Small Entity Compliance Guide for the Respiratory Protection Standard intended to help small businesses protect workers from respiratory hazards. The updated guide, directed at businesses with fewer than 250 workers, explains how to comply with OSHA's Respiratory Protection Standard. It provides instruction on how to select and fit test appropriate respirators to protect workers in many different industries. It includes new illustrations to help employers and workers identify different respirators, and describes how and where they should be used.

The revised guide also explains how Assigned Protection Factors (APFs) and Maximum Use Concentrations (MUCs), detailed in OSHA's revised standard, can help workers and employers assess the level of protection necessary in a given workplace.

Source : http://www.osha.gov/Publications/3384small-entity-for-respiratory-protection-standard-rev.pdf

On-water visibility study: determining the most visible colour that can be worn by floating subjects

Recently, WorkSafeBC adopted the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) 107 standard and included fluorescent yellow-green as a mandatory safety colour for road workers. In comparison with traditional Pantone colours, fluorescent materials provide maximum contrast against an otherwise dull or busy background. During a literature review, the researchers found that the most recent study on the visibility of victims floating on water was conducted in 1957. The research team did not discover any current literature on the topic, so using the science of how humans perceive colour, they set out to identify and scientifically validate the most conspicuous colour for use on personal flotation devices and immersion suits when viewed on the water. They compared three Pantone colours and one high-visibility fluorescent pigmented material to identify the combination of colours and luminance that would be most visible to the human eye under the majority of real-world conditions. Following extensive laboratory simulations and on-water experiments, the researchers found that fluorescent green, followed by fluorescent orange, were the most conspicuous colors for a floating target when compared to nonfluorescent red and non-fluorescent yellow.

Source : http://www.worksafebc.com/contact_us/research/research_results/res_60_10_1050.asp

http://www.worksafebc.com/contact_us/research/funding_decisions/assets/pdf/2009/RS2009_IG30.pdf

ProtecPo, pour un meilleur choix en matière de protection cutanée

L'Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST) et son homologue français l'Institut National de Recherche et de Sécurité (INRS) ont conçu ProtecPo, un logiciel interactif de présélection des matériaux polymères utilisés dans les équipements de protection individuelle (gants, combinaisons et bottes). L'objectif des deux Instituts est de mettre à disposition des professionnels de la prévention et des entreprises un outil d'aide au choix des matériaux les mieux adaptés pour la protection cutanée, notamment contre les solvants et les mélanges de solvants. La démarche suivie pour la mise au point de ProtecPo est basée sur une approche des interactions entre substances chimiques et les matériaux polymères, selon la théorie établie par Charles M. Hansen, scientifique danois qui a collaboré au développement de cet outil informatique.
ProtecPo propose d'effectuer des recherches par :

  • solvant ou mélange de solvants permettant d'obtenir une liste de matériaux recommandés ;
  • famille de solvants permettant d'obtenir des résultats quant au niveau de compatibilité entre les solvants de la famille sélectionnée et les matériaux ;
  • matériau polymère permettant de choisir parmi les cinq matériaux répertoriés (butyle, Viton®, latex, Néoprène® et nitrile).

ProtecPo a été validé en comparant les recommandations obtenues aux données de la littérature spécialisée et aux résultats de tests expérimentaux réalisés sur plus de 800 combinaisons substance(s)-polymère.

L'application (en français et en anglais) est désormais en ligne sur les sites Web des deux instituts : www.irsst.qc.ca/protecpo

 

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