NIOSH releases small-business safety resource…

ImageNIOSH recently published an online resource guide to help small businesses manage safety and health responsibilities.

The guide links to various sources of information on topics such as hazards, regulations, consultation services and emergency preparedness.  It is important and the law to keep employees safe in the workplace.  Accidents DO happen, and it’s priority to keep up with regulations in order to keep the workplace environment a safe one.

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1031-U13 – EMKA Screw-On Concealed 125° Hinge with Captive Pin

Steel City Supply offers a wide variety of industrial cabinet and enclosures for almost an unlimited field of applications.  We supply EMKA hinges, locking systems, gaskets, and an extensive selection of high-end products for indoor and outdoor use.  Our hinges come in a wide variety,  lift off hinges or a concealed hinges, it all hinges on the application. Anything you can imagine is available from weld-on flap hinges to cast butt types, screw-on, clip-on, pop-in, plastic, steel, cast and stainless variants.   These hinges come in four families,  – those for prominent doors, hinges for flush doors and aluminium profiles, pin hinges and friction hinges.  

One of our popular hinges is the Screw-On AISI 304 Stainless Steel 125 Degree Concealed Hinge with Captive Pin.  This hinge can be used on single cabinets for 25mm door return.  For more information about this product and for purchasing please visit here.

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National Safety Month

All accidents can and should be prevented!
June is National Safety Month.  The National Safety Council encourages safe behaviors and strives to increase education about preventable injuries in the workplace, home, community, or even on the road. The idea is to be safe 24/7… no matter what your location is.   The NSM is an annual observance to influence and educate people, families, and employees.  The goal of National Safety Month is to raise public awareness of safety.  June is the perfect month to focus on safety.  The summer season is a time of increased “accidental” and “preventable” injuries and fatalities.

If a company has an emergency plan and safety supplies, but workers don’t know about them, do they truly exist?
Employees are half as likely as managers to know where to find the eyewash or defibrillator… let alone a fire extinguisher.  Many employees are clueless about what their companies emergency plan says or even if one exists!

The following link gives full explanation to how and what is important to keeping the workplace safe and those involved concerned.
http://www.osha.gov/Publications/safety-health-management-systems.pdf

Did you know?
One work-related injury occurs every 8 seconds. Be sure to always follow the guidelines your workplace provides regarding safety.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides a huge selection on workplace safety and heath, including topics on Asbestos, Eye Safety, Office Environments, and even work related Stress. For more detailed information about these topics, please follow the link to the CDC website… http://www.cdc.gov/Workplace/

Here are a few ways to keep up with safety in the workplace:

  • Provide training to all employees on a yearly basis, including incoming and long-time.
  • Have your risks assessed and put the proper coverage in place.
  • Make sure all employees are wearing the proper safety gear and using the right equipment while on the job. It is your responsibility to provide this gear.
  • Consider implementing mandatory drug testing for all incoming employees.
  • Check out safety and wellness seminars for your company.
  • Slips, trips and falls are the nation’s leading causes of unintentional injuries and death.

What do you do in order to keep yourself, family, co-workers, employees, and others safe?

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Introducing the New EMKA Stainless Steel Lift-Off Hinge!

EMKA recently introduced a new version of their popular Zinc Die Cast Lift-Off Hinge (P/N 1056-U34).

This new Hinge (P/N 1056-U34-OPH) has the same design and dimensions as the popular 1056-U34 hinge, but is now available in corrosion resistant 316 Stainless Steel.

This new Stainless Steel Hinge is a cost effective solution for most applications requiring stainless steel hardware such as the food service industry, medical products industry, and severe environmental industrial applications.  

Click here to find out more – https://www.steelcitysupply.com/p-13576-1056-u34-oph-emka-screw-on-lift-off-stainless-steel-hinge.aspx

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OSHA launches campaign to prevent heat illness in outdoor workers

US Labor Department kicks off summer campaign to prevent
heat-related illnesses and fatalities among outdoor workers
Educational materials and mobile application available

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has kicked off a national outreach initiative to educate workers and their employers about the hazards of working outdoors in hot weather. The outreach effort builds on last year’s successful summer campaign to raise awareness about the dangers of too much sun and heat.

“For outdoor workers, ‘water, rest and shade’ are three words that can make the difference between life and death,” Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis said. “If employers take reasonable precautions, and look out for their workers, we can beat the heat.”

Every year, thousands of workers across the country suffer from serious heat-related illnesses. If not quickly addressed, heat exhaustion can become heat stroke, which has killed – on average – more than 30 workers annually since 2003. Labor-intensive activities in hot weather can raise body temperatures beyond the level that normally can be cooled by sweating. Heat illness initially may manifest as heat rash or heat cramps, but quickly can become heat exhaustion and then heat stroke if simple prevention steps are not followed.

“It is essential for workers and employers to take proactive steps to stay safe in extreme heat, and become aware of symptoms of heat exhaustion before they get worse,” said Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health. “Agriculture workers; building, road and other construction workers; utility workers; baggage handlers; roofers; landscapers; and others who work outside are all at risk. Drinking plenty of water and taking frequent breaks in cool, shaded areas are incredibly important in the hot summer months.”

In preparation for the summer season, OSHA has developed heat illness educational materials in English and Spanish, as well as a curriculum to be used for workplace training. Additionally, a Web page provides information and resources on heat illness – including how to prevent it and what to do in case of an emergency – for workers and employers. The page is available athttp://www.osha.gov/SLTC/heatillness/index.html.

OSHA also has released a free application for mobile devices that enables workers and supervisors to monitor the heat index at their work sites. The app displays a risk level for workers based on the heat index, as well as reminders about protective measures that should be taken at that risk level. Available for Android-based platforms and the iPhone, the app can be downloaded in both English and Spanish by visiting http://s.dol.gov/RI.

In developing last year’s inaugural national campaign, federal OSHA worked closely with the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration and adapted materials from that state’s successful campaign. Additionally, OSHA is partnering with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for the second year to incorporate worker safety precautions when heat alerts are issued across the nation. NOAA also will include pertinent worker safety information on its heat watch Web page at http://www.noaawatch.gov/themes/heat.php.

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This blog post was provided by the US Labor Department.

Special thanks to the National Safety Council.

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May is Electrical Safety Month!

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Whenever you work with power tools, on electrical circuits, or anything involving electricity, there is a risk of electrical hazards, especially electrical shock.  Coming in contact with an electrical voltage can cause current to flow through the body, resulting in electrical shock and burns. Serious injury or even death may occur. As a source of energy, electricity is used without much thought about the hazards it can cause. Because electricity is a familiar part of our lives, it often is not treated with enough caution.


A (think: Ashes) = paper, wood, etc.

B (think: Barrel) = flammable liquids

C (think: Circuits) = electrical fires

 

OSHA / NFPA require signs/labels to be placed as near to electrical hazard as possible.
Electrical regulations require Arc Flash labels, lockout/tagout/voltage markers, etc.
for the protection of employees performing maintenance and inspections.

 

Arc Flash hazards can cause serious injury and/or death –
Hundreds of people are killed in the workplace each year by electricity.

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What is Arc Flash

• An electrical breakdown in air resistance resulting in an electric arc which can occur
where there is sufficient voltage in an electrical system
and a path to the ground or lower voltage.

• Arc Flashes produce tremendous amounts of
energy causing explosions and serious burns.

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Lockout/Tagout (LOTO)” refers to specific practices and procedures to safeguard employees from the unexpected energization or startup of machinery and equipment, or the release of hazardous energy during service or maintenance activities. Approximately 3 million workers service equipment and face the greatest risk of injury if lockout/tagout is not properly implemented!

For more information about Safety Signage, Click HERE

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The Simplest Hinge

The Simplest Hinge

Our “Pin Hinges” now include a snap-in type to reduce Total Installed Cost further. For access panels, where quick door or panel removal is beneficial, then a simple spring loaded pin hinge is often the optimal solution. This type of application includes small electrical panels, machine covers, equipment guards etc., where high degrees of sealing are not required.

  • The screw or rivet-on hinges come in versions for Left and Right Hinged doors.
  • The Snap-in hinges have integral nylon washers and are suitable for 14 to 18 ga. doors
  • The weld-on type are raw steel or stainless and easily disassembled for welding.

These hinges feature a spring loaded steel pin with quick manual operation for fast panel removal and fully retained components to make life easy in production and for on-site access.

Latches suitable for similar applications can be seen here.

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