Back-to-school season is here, and from multiple classrooms to the cafeteria, gymnasium, nurse’s office, and even boiler room, another school year means ensuring you’re stocked with the full range of MRO supplies you need to help maintain your facility, while keeping students and staff safe and equipped for a productive year. Fortunately, Amerisource is a single source for the full range of MRO supply requirements in the academic environment, including:
Along with office, janitorial, safety and food service items, we also offer a wide selection of facility maintenance supplies, lighting, hardware, and outdoor equipment to effectively accommodate virtually any MRO need inside or outside the classroom. At Amerisource, our ultimate commitment is to ensure you’re stocked with the full range of products you need to create a constructive and safe environment for learning—all from a single source that saves you both time and money. For more information, contact your local Amerisource representative, or shop online at www.aisorder.com.
Keeping workers safe and performing at their best also means ensuring they stay hydrated on the job, especially in the summer heat. Backed by extensive R&D, Sqwincher’s unique product formulations deliver rehydration in the toughest work conditions. Scientifically formulated for optimal electrolyte replenishment, Sqwincher’s hydration solutions accommodate the unique needs of the industrial worker, including:
The average American consumes too much sodium and not enough potassium. More explicitly, the typical daily intake of sodium is 3,400 mg, yet the ideal guideline is no more than 2,300 mg a day with an ideal limit of just 1,500 mg a day for most adults. With recognition that this excess sodium is commonly linked to the salt added to processed foods, beverages and food prepared in restaurants, Sqwincher has lowered their formulation’s sodium (roughly half that of other national brands) while increasing the amount of potassium for optimal electrolyte replenishment. Beyond rehydration, decreasing your sodium intake while increasing your potassium intake can help control your blood pressure and lower your risk of cardiovascular disease.
With 13 different flavors available, Sqwincher’s product lineup includes a variety of options that accommodate workers’ varying needs and preferences. This includes:
From flavor preferences to dietary considerations, Sqwincher offers hydration solutions to meet all of your needs. For more information or to request a free sample, contact your local Amerisource representative today!
As with other forms of PPE, high-visibility safety apparel (HVSA) aims to protect workers by providing conspicuity (clear/prominent visibility) in a variety of work environments, reducing the risk of worker injury or fatality. For workers exposed to moving vehicles, construction equipment, and/or low-light conditions where visibility is a concern, proper HVSA improves workers’ safety by effectively mitigating the struck-by hazards inherent to these work environments.
High-visibility safety apparel may consist of three parts: background material, retroreflective material, and combined-performance material. The background material is highly conspicuous and fluorescent in color; the retroreflective material reflects light back to the source when light shines on the material; while combined-performance material is a combination of retroreflective and fluorescent material that can be counted toward the minimum area requirements for background material.
The American National Standard for High-Visibility Safety Apparel and Accessories (ANSI/ISEA 107-2015) establishes 4 Performance Classes of HVSA: Performance Class 1, Performance Class 2, Performance Class 3, and Performance Class E. A garment’s Performance Class is contingent upon both its design attributes and the amount of high-visibility materials incorporated, with Performance Class 1 requiring the least amount of high-visibility materials (thus providing the lowest level of conspicuity) and Performance Class 3 requiring the most amount of high-visibility materials (through a full range of movement), thus offering the highest level of worker visibility.
In addition to Performance Classes, there are 3 Types of HVSA that allude to the exposure risk of certain work activities/environments, as well the corresponding protection level required. Types of HVSA include: Type O (Off-road), Type R (Roadway), and Type P (Public Safety). It is important to note that types and classes are co-dependent, meaning high-visibility apparel is designated with both a Type and Performance Class. Specifically, Performance Class 1 apparel is explicitly Type O. Performance Class 2 apparel may be either Type R or Type P, and Performance Class 3 apparel may also be either Type R or Type P.
As referenced, Performance Class 1 apparel provides the minimal amount of required material to differentiate the worker from his or her non-complex, off-road work environment. For a garment to qualify as Performance Class 1, it must be fluorescent lime, fluorescent orange, or fluorescent red in color, while also featuring at least 155 square inches of retroreflective or combined-performance material.
Performance Class 2 apparel provides additional coverage in the context of visibility when compared to Performance Class 1 apparel. This class of apparel is considered the minimum level of protection for workers exposed to traffic from public access highway rights-of-way or roadway temporary traffic control zones.
Enhanced with additional high-visibility materials beyond Class 2, Performance Class 3 apparel offers the highest conspicuity through a full range of movement and is to be worn in complex work environments posing the highest risks to worker safety, such as working at night, on or near roadway traffic, without a physical barrier, or in highly congested areas. A primary distinction between Performance Class 2 and 3 apparel is that Performance Class 3 vests/shirts must have either long or short sleeves. However, one may pair a Class 2 [sleeveless] safety vest with Class E (see below) shorts or trousers to achieve the overall classification of a Performance Class 3 ensemble.
Performance Class E includes pants, bibs, overalls, shorts, and gaiters that, worn alone, do not qualify as meeting the requirements of other Performance Classes; however, when worn in conjunction with a Performance Class 2 or 3 garment, collectively comprise a Performance Class 3 ensemble.
Type O HVSA is for workers in off-road occupational environments which pose struck-by hazards from moving vehicles, equipment, or machinery, but does not include exposure to traffic from public access highway rights-of-way or roadway temporary traffic control zones. Examples of occupational activities for Type O HVSA may include:
Type R HVSA is federally mandated high-visibility PPE for workers in occupational environments which include exposure to traffic from public access highway rights-of-way or roadway temporary control zones. Examples of occupational activities for Type R HVSA include:
Type P HVSA offers additional options to fire, police, and EMS personnel who are exposed to struck-by hazards in roadway or off-road work environments and have other potential hazards that may require access to special equipment. Along with fire, police, and EMS personnel, other examples of occupational activities for Type P HVSA may include:
Selecting the appropriate high-visibility safety apparel is critical to keeping workers safe, and Amerisource is proud to be a single source for all of your HVSA Performance Class and Type requirements, including high-visibility t-shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, safety vests (lime, orange), specialty vests, and more! Contact your local Amerisource representative for more information, or shop online at www.aisorder.com.
Occupational noise exposure and subsequent hearing loss is a particularly pervasive health hazard in the United States, with roughly 22 million workers reporting exposure to hazardous noise in the workplace every year. Here, we’ll cover the basics on noise-induced hearing loss—what it is, how it happens, and how to prevent it from happening to you via adequate hearing protection.
Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is hearing impairment resulting from either a one-time exposure to a high intensity sound, or due to chronic, repeated exposure to noise levels at or above 85 dBA. In either circumstance, damage is done to the microscopic hair cells found inside the cochlea, which are responsible for responding to sound vibrations by sending electrical signals to the auditory nerve. When these cells are overstimulated by noise, they die off; and as the number of hair cells decreases, your hearing decreases as well. Hearing damage, whether temporary or permanent, is largely contingent upon the intensity of the noise and the duration of the exposure.
For workers in general industry that are exposed to sounds levels of 85 dBA or greater as an 8-hour time weighted average (TWA), OSHA requires that the employer have a Hearing Conservation Program (HCP) in place, which includes noise monitoring, audiometric testing, employee notification, use of appropriate hearing protection, administration of pertinent training and education, and associated recordkeeping (OSHA 29 CFR 1910.95).
In the context of noise, OSHA’s permissible exposure limit (PEL) is 90 dBA for all workers for an 8 hour day. The OSHA standard uses a 5 dBA exchange rate, meaning for every 5 dBA over 90 dBA, the permissible exposure limit is cut in half. For context, here’s the A-weighted sounds levels (dBA, meaning adjusted to the weighting curves approximate to the way the human ear hears) and PELs of some common occupational sounds:
The administration and utilization of hearing protection devices is critical to effective NIHL prevention. More explicitly, OSHA mandates that employers provide hearing protectors to all workers exposed to 8-hour TWA noise levels of 85 dB or above. This ensures that employees have access to protection before hearing loss occurs.
Hearing protectors themselves come in two primary forms: ear plugs and ear muffs. The most appropriate shape, size, and type should be comfortable to wear, while also reflecting sufficient noise reduction in the actual working environment. Taking note of the hearing protector’s Noise Reduction Rating (NRR)—manufacturer-provided information indicating the level of noise reduction a hearing protector provides, as exemplified in laboratory conditions—signifies the effectiveness of the device; the higher the NRR, the more noise attenuation (and subsequent protection) offered. Hearing protector fit-testing combined with regular audiometric testing will monitor employees’ hearing over time and ensure adequate hearing protection is being provided.
Of course, adequate protection and proper fit are two of the most important factors for selecting the right hearing protector. Other considerations include:
For more information on occupational noise exposure and hearing conservation, see OSHA’s hearing protection requirements here. Or, to see more of the 1,700 sound levels within the Noise Navigator® Sound Level Database, view it here!
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