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Non-Profit to Raise Awareness and Support for Needlestick Safety and Safer Engineering Controls Among Audience of Infection Prevention Personnel
FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla., June 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Safe in Common (SIC), a non-profit organization of healthcare safety advocates, announced that it will exhibit at the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology’s (APIC) 40(th) Annual Educational Conference International Meeting, hosted in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, from June 8 — 10, 2013.
Safe in Common will join more than 2,500 clinical professionals as part of the organization’s on-going efforts to raise awareness about needlestick safety and promote safer engineering controls. Some 5.6 million U.S. healthcare personnel are at risk of occupational exposure to HIV, hepatitis C and other life-threatening bloodborne diseases transmitted via needlestick- or sharps-related injuries.
Dr. Mary Foley, RN, PHD, Chairperson of Safe in Common is privileged to be among the attendees alongside APIC who play an active role in unifying and educating healthcare personnel surrounding injuries and infection as a result of needlestick- and sharps-related injuries.
“Our industry has worked tirelessly to fight for infection control and against unnecessary needlestick and sharps injuries during APIC’s four decades,” Foley said. “We still, however, have a great deal of work to do to unify our community of healthcare personnel, manufacturers, pharmaceutical firms, regulators, accrediting organizations and provider executives to make sure that needlestick- and sharps-related injuries are eradicated.”
Safe in Common will be exhibiting at Booth 1231 where healthcare workers can meet Dr. Foley, discuss Safe in Common’s mission and sign the Needlestick Safety Pledge. Safe in Common will also be discussing the Top 10 “Golden Rules” of safer engineering controls. For more information about these safety standards, please visit Safe in Common’s most recent online conference, which was held on May 30, here.
Foley will deliver a poster presentation during the event titled “Needlestick and Sharps Injuries among Healthcare Personnel Persist.” In concert with APIC’s look back at its own four decades of work, Foley’s presentation will address how this year marks the 15th anniversary of the first legislation requiring safety devices with the passage of AB1208 in California and the passage of the Federal Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act in 2000. Foley will discuss how these actions led to rapid adoption of safety engineered medical devices and look at the considerable evidence that sharps injuries persist, even when safety devices are used.
Safe in Common believes that all healthcare workers deserve access to the simplest, safest available technologies so that they can work within an environment that is free from the risks of life-changing needlestick and sharps injuries. For more information about Safe in Common and the Organization’s on-going work to raise awareness of needlestick safety and promote utilizing safer engineering controls that protect healthcare workers from unnecessary needlestick- and sharps-related injuries, please visit http://www.safeincommon.org.
About Safe in Common
Safe in Common is a non-profit organization established to enhance and save the lives of U.S. healthcare personnel at risk of harm from needlestick injuries. It is led by Chairperson Mary Foley, PhD, RN, former President of the American Nursing Association and other industry leaders. To learn more about the Needlestick Safety Pledge and its goal of promoting and strengthening the Federal Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act, go to www.facebook.com/safeincommon and follow Safe in Common on Twitter at www.twitter.com/safeincommon.
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WASHINGTON, May 30, 2013 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ –
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has ordered Oxford, Miss.-based Carbo Limo of Oxford, LLC, USDOT No. 1525224, to immediately cease its interstate passenger service. This follows a finding by a team of specially trained investigators that the company’s two motor coaches used for its interstate operations were unsafe and that drivers were not properly screened or monitored by the company to ensure compliance with federal safety regulations.
“Safety is our highest priority,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “Bus passengers and their drivers — and everyone sharing the road — deserve to reach their destination safely. Safety is not negotiable.”
Carbo Limo is a for-hire passenger carrier consisting of 10 passenger vans/minibuses and one stretch limousine used for its intrastate operations, principally shuttle service in and around Oxford. The company also operates two large motor coaches to provide interstate passenger service, over which FMCSA has authority. The action announced by FMCSA revokes Carbo Limo’s federal operating authority to conduct for-hire, interstate transportation of passengers.
This action represents the ninth out-of-service order issued by FMCSA since the deployment April 1, 2013, of more than 50 specially trained “Operation Quick Strike” safety investigators targeting high-risk passenger carriers. In the past six weeks, FMCSA investigators have issued out-of-service orders to bus companies in the District of Columbia, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Ohio, New York and Utah. Since the beginning of 2013, FMCSA has issued out-of-service orders to a total of 16 bus companies and eight trucking companies. The agency has also declared six commercial driver’s license holders as imminent hazards, blocking them from operating in interstate commerce.
“Our ‘Operation Quick Strike’ teams are continuing their safety investigations from coast to coast,” said FMCSA Administrator Anne S. Ferro. “We will not allow safety to be compromised. We will move quickly and decisively to stop unsafe carriers from putting the traveling public at risk.”
During their recent investigation, FMCSA investigators found that Carbo Limo failed to ensure that its vehicles were properly and regularly inspected, repaired and maintained. The company kept no records of tests conducted on emergency doors and windows on its two interstate motor coaches, and an inspection sticker was found to be falsified.
Carbo Limo also employed drivers before receiving pre-employment drug and alcohol tests as required by federal regulations. The company was found to be in violation of regulations requiring random drug and alcohol testing of its drivers. In addition, the company failed to monitor and ensure that its drivers complied with federal hours-of-service regulations. On occasion, the company dispatched a driver who did not possess a commercial driver’s license.
A copy of today’s imminent hazard out-of-service order can be viewed atwww.fmcsa.dot.gov/documents/about/news/2013/CarboLimoLLC.pdf.
As part of FMCSA’s work to make safety data readily available to the traveling public, the SaferBus mobile app gives bus riders a quick and free way to review a bus company’s safety record before buying a ticket or booking group travel. The SaferBus app, available for iPhone, iPad and Android phone users, can be downloaded for free by visiting FMCSA’s “Look Before You Book” webpage at www.fmcsa.dot.gov/saferbus.
Travelers planning a bus trip are also encouraged to think safety first before buying a ticket or chartering a bus by using FMCSA’s multilingual passenger carrier safety checklist at: http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/safety-security/pcs/Index.aspx.
FMCSA urges consumers and whistleblowers to report any unsafe bus company, vehicle or driver to the agency through a toll free hotline 1-888-DOT-SAFT (1-888-368-7238) or FMCSA’s consumer complaint web site: http://nccdb.fmcsa.dot.gov/HomePage.asp.
Consumers who bought a ticket on a bus company that FMCSA has recently placed out-of-service may be entitled to a credit from their credit card company under the Fair Credit Billing Act if they paid for the ticket by credit card. For more information visit: http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/safety-security/pcs/bus-credit-refund.aspx.
SOURCE Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – Although mature, the North American industrial protective clothing market experiences high growth in some segments due to frequent revisions in industry standards. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA’s) 2010 memorandum, which mandated heat and fire-resistant (FR) clothing for workers in the oil and gas industry, gave a huge boost to this segment making it the highest revenue contributor to the market.
Another impending standard regarding combustible dust hazards will further ignite the heat and FR segment.
New analysis from Frost Sullivan (http://www.materials.frost.com), North American Industrial Protective Clothing Market, finds that the market earned revenues of $1.63 billion in 2012 and estimates this to reach $2.30 billion in 2017 at a compound annual growth rate of 7.2 percent. The study covers the five clothing types – high-visibility, heat and FR, chemical, chainsaw, and antistatic.
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“Companies are eager to avoid financial losses incurred through legal settlements and compensations to victims of workplace accidents,” said a Frost Sullivan Research Analyst. “As a result, employers in North America tend to adopt management practices that focus on employee safety.”
While the market’s prospects are still bright, the influx of cheap imports from Asia has pegged it back to some extent. Participants are reluctant to increase their products’ average selling price, and are considering combating the imports challenge through industry consolidation and higher entry barriers.
Participants can stand out in the market by leveraging technological innovations to create novel design and raw materials. These RD efforts will be driven by customer demand for better-performing protective clothing that is both comfortable and stylish.
“Multi-functionality is a growing trend in the industrial protective clothing market in North America,” noted the analyst. “Acknowledging this, protective clothing companies are providing lines of new products that combine the features of high-visibility, chainsaw, chemical, and antistatic clothing.”
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SAN DIEGO, March 8, 2013 — /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Child Safety Network (CSN) appoints Azim Khamisa as President. Azim Khamisa, who worked with CSN over 20 years ago, returns to CSN after a life changing event that has made Azim the most qualified and motivated leader for CSN’s continuing mission to make America a safer place for children to live.
Azim Khamisa was born in Kenya and educated in England and had a successful career as an international investment banker and finance expert. For several years leading up to a personal tragedy that claimed the life of his only son – Tariq Khamisa, Azim consulted with CSN as its Chief Financial Officer.
After working with CSN for several years, Azim’s life changed when on Jan 21st, 1995 a 14-year-old gang member murdered Azim’s son – Tariq Khamisa. Tariq was earning extra money delivering pizza at night to help put himself through school at San Diego State University when an 18-year-old gang leader gave the order for the 14-year-old gang member to murder Tariq because he refused to give up his money from delivering pizza.
“CSN’s staff and Ward Leber, the founder of CSN were key to the investigation and capture of my son’s killer (Tony Hicks). At the time, the police could find no witnesses. Even if there were any, they would not want to talk to police in fear of retribution from the gang. Ward immediately hit the airwaves and invited anyone with information to contact CSN. From there, the CSN staff gained the trust of a young girl that overheard the killer bragging about the murder and interacted with law enforcement and the District Attorney office to affect a successful arrest and conviction. Without CSN’s intervention my son’s murder might have remained unsolved,” said Azim.
This tragedy led Azim to create the Tariq Khamisa Foundation which is the single most effective organization in the prevention of youth violence. They literally take the nation’s most “at-risk” youth and turn their lives around, making them peaceful, successful, productive citizens. Without the programs that Azim helped to create, there is an 80%-90% chance that a youth offender will return to a life of crime when placed in the juvenile justice system.
Using a unique program co-founded by Azim called C.A.N.E.I. (Constant And Never Ending Improvement); even the most hardened criminal youths have a 70% to 80% chance of leading a drug-free, violence free, gang-free productive life.
U.S. Congressman Tony Cardenas said: “The Los Angeles City Council honored Mr. Azim Khamisa for his life saving work on behalf of at risk youth. Azim’s dedication and love for our children is unmatched by anyone in our country’s history. I am heartened and encouraged to know that my friend Azim is rejoining Child Safety Network as their President. Azim and the dedicated child advocates at CSN will be a powerful force for profound positive change for all of America’s children.”
Ward Leber will remain at work full-time as the Founder of CSN and Azim Khamisa will remain the Founder of TKF. To add to Azim’s skill with finance, his 17-year journey developing anti-youth violence programs have lead him to receive over 65 humanitarian awards from people and organizations as diverse as the Dalai Lama, the White House, Children’s Defense Fund, US Department of Justice, Child Safety Network and many others. For a list of awards see: http://www.azimkhamisa.com/topics/view/17773/. Azim has also authored four books, provided over 400 key note speeches and is an expert at non-profit development and management.
“Ward’s vision to build a ‘National Center for Child Safety and Parenting’ is one that I wholeheartedly share. There are not enough resources for parents these days and the dangers that face our kids are not going away. Most of us agree that we were safer growing up than our kids are today. With new technology comes new opportunity; and also new dangers to our children. Therefore, my first order of business will be to improve and expand www.csn.org and to continuously provide free access to information, programs, and resources that can benefit children, youth, parents, and grandparents,” said Azim.
About CSN: www.csn.org Since 1989 CSN has worked diligently to reduce the likelihood of children becoming victims of abuse, abduction, injury and exploitation. We accomplish this by providing free child safety educational services, programs and resources to children and parents throughout the United States. Millions of families have benefited from the diligent work of CSN and its volunteers. Over 300 U.S. representatives including the office of the president have endorsed the lifesaving efforts of CSN. CSN also works with law enforcement, educators, PTA members, and schools and has received help from over 200 celebrities including Taylor Swift, Celine Dion, The Cast of American Idol and many more.
About TKF: www.tkf.org
CONTACT: Child Safety Network 800-906-6901 email@example.com
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CHICAGO, March 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – In its Sentinel Event Alert, “Safe Use of Opioids in Hospitals“, The Joint Commission recently expressed concern about the safe use of opioids in hospitals, “While opioid use is generally safe for most patients, opioid analgesics may be associated with adverse effects, the most serious effect being respiratory depression, which is generally preceded by sedation.”
According to the Food and Drug Administration, between 2005 and 2009, more than 56,000 adverse events and 700 patient deaths were linked to patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) pumps. In fact, 1 out of 378 post-surgical patients are harmed or die from errors related to PCA pumps.
To help prevent such errors in the future, the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health Safety (PPAHS) just released a tool aimed toward enhancing PCA pump safety, based on data collected from clinical professionals.
The PCA Safety Checklist is not only free download off of the PPAHS website (http://www.ppahs.org), but it now can be “checked” as recommended steps are completed and healthcare facilities are encouraged to adapt it by, for example, adding their logos to the word document.
The PPAHS checklist tool concentrates its efforts on the top three risks uncovered in the data: that a patient can potentially receive too much medication; that injury and death can occur even if there are no errors with the pump; and that oximetry monitoring may not be sufficient.
The PCA Safety Checklist is available in pdf and as a “checkable” word document by clicking on links at the top right hand corner of http://www.ppahs.org
For more on the 6 key tasks that should be performed any time a PCA pump is initiated, a pump is refilled or there’s a change in pump programming, please visit http://www.ppahs.org
The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health Safety (PPAHS) is an advocacy group devoted to improving patient health and safety. PPAHS supporters include physicians, patients, individuals, and organizations.
PPAHS recently released a concise checklist that reminds caregivers of the essential steps needed to be taken to initiate Patient-Controlled Analgesia (PCA) with a patient and to continue to assess that patient’s use of PCA. For more information and to download the PCA safety checklist, please visit http://www.ppahs.org
SOURCE Physician-Patient Alliance for Health Safety
HOUSTON, Feb. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ –
Goldstone Exterior Services Inc., the Houston-based leader in compliant exterior maintenance and asset preservation services, today announced the launch of its full-service health, safety and environmental (HSE) department, appointing HSE veteran Kenny Johnson as Director of HSE Training. Goldstone currently serves some of the state’s biggest names in commercial real estate and industrial companies, providing regulatory compliant asset maintenance and preservation services ranging from closed-loop power washing of buildings, parking facilities and industrial equipment to full service maintenance planning and consulting.
“Our investment in formalizing our HSE programs truly raises the bar on both work quality and job safety in our category,” said Jean Neustadt III, President of Goldstone Exterior Services Inc. “In today’s highly regulated job site environment, our customers will benefit from our company’s commitment to industry-leading HSE best practices.” Neustadt added that the company has already secured a number of significant new contracts based on the addition of its HSE operation.
“Our customers can have greater confidence that we are employing the very best HSE programs to prevent incidents and injuries in the execution of their projects,” said Kenny Johnson, Director of HSE Training for Goldstone. “We now offer an unparalleled commitment to HSE processes and procedures among Houston’s exterior services companies.” Johnson went on to add that solid, behavior-based HSE programs will permeate the company’s culture and how its personnel do their jobs, ultimately driving ever-increasing job quality for its customers. In addition to improvements in safety equipment, it also includes extensive and ongoing training of its employees on job site safety practices and procedures.
Over the years, Goldstone Exterior Services has distinguished itself as a leader in providing environmentally superior “closed loop” power washing services, meaning washwater runoff is captured, treated and/or properly disposed with no contaminated effluents entering storm sewers. The addition of its HSE operation will offer customers a full line of new benefits that include job safety assessments, job planning and safety analysis, environmental protection, in addition to extensive HSE training for its employees who execute work at customer job sites.
SOURCE Goldstone Exterior Services Inc.
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SAN DIEGO, Jan. 11, 2013 — /PRNewswire/ – As temperatures drop, San Diego Gas Electric (SDGE) is reminding its customers about important safety tips to reduce the risk of CO poisoning.
Symptoms of CO poisoning can include nausea, headaches, paralysis and even death. SDGE wants its customers to remember the following tips to help prevent CO poisoning:
- Never use a gas oven, portable barbeque or range for space heating.
- Carbon monoxide poisoning can occur as a result of a poorly ventilated heater or a CO leak from another source. Have natural gas furnaces checked at least once a year by a licensed heating contractor or SDGE.
- Vacuum and clean regularly in and around the furnace, particularly around the burner compartment to prevent a build-up of dust and lint.
- Never store items in, on or around the appliance that can obstruct airflow.
- If you suspect that you or a loved one is suffering from CO poisoning, call 911 immediately
- Visit sdge.com/safety for more information on staying safe.
SDGE is a regulated public utility that provides safe and reliable energy service to 3.4 million consumers through 1.4 million electric meters and more than 850,000 natural gas meters in San Diego and southern Orange counties. The utility’s area spans 4,100 square miles. SDGE is committed to creating ways to help customers save energy and money every day. SDGE is a subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), a Fortune 500 energy services holding company based in San Diego.
SOURCE San Diego Gas Electric (SDGE)
LOS ANGELES, Oct. 17, 2012 — /PRNewswire/ — As thousands of Californians prepare for the annual Great Shakeout drill on Thursday, Oct. 18 at 10:18 a.m., Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) is reminding customers that advance preparation is critical in getting ready for the next major earthquake.
SoCalGas offers these safety tips to help reduce the chance of injuries or property damage from the next quake:
Before an earthquake
- Securely strap water heaters to prevent them from moving or toppling over. The water heater should be fastened securely to the wall studs in two places — the upper and lower one-third of the tank — with heavy bolts and metal straps. Be sure to place the lower strap at least four inches above the thermostat controls.
- Replace semi-rigid (aluminum or copper) gas appliance connectors with approved flexible connectors made of corrugated metal. These are less likely to crack during an earthquake. Connectors and water heater strapping kits are available at most hardware and home improvement stores.
- Know where the natural gas meter is located. Gas meters are commonly located above ground next to the home on the side, front or back, but may also be in a cabinet or an underground vault.
- Have a 12-inch or larger adjustable wrench handy to manually turn off the gas meter should it be necessary if a gas leak is suspected after an emergency.
After an earthquake
- Do not turn off the gas meter after an earthquake unless you smell gas, hear the sound of gas escaping or see other signs of a gas leak and only if it is safe to do so. Once the gas has been turned off, it may take SoCalGas several days to restore service, depending on the magnitude of the emergency. Do not attempt to turn the gas back on yourself.
- If there is an apparent gas leak, remain calm. Do not light a match, candle or cigarette, and do not turn electrical devices – not even a light switch — on or off, or use any other device or equipment that may cause a spark. Note that gas leaking from a plastic pipe can cause static electricity which can ignite the gas. From a safe location, call SoCalGas at 1-800-427-2200 or 1-800-342-4545 in Spanish, 24 hours a day, seven days a week; or call 911.
- If a gas leak is suspected and it is safe to do so, turn the gas off at the meter. Using a 12-inch or larger adjustable wrench, make a quarter-turn of the valve, moving it from a vertical position to a horizontal position. This will shut off the flow of gas. (A diagram and instructions for turning off the gas meter are printed in the “Survival Guide” section of most telephone directory white pages and is also available at socalgas.com).
- If the gas is shut off at the meter, do not turn it back on yourself. Call SoCalGas to have the gas turned back on, have the pilots relit and service all gas appliances for safe operation.
For more natural gas safety information, visit SoCalGas’ website at socalgas.com/safety.
About Southern California Gas Co. Southern California Gas Co. has been delivering clean, safe and reliable natural gas to its customers for more than 140 years. It is the nation’s largest natural gas distribution utility, providing service to 20.9 million consumers connected through nearly 5.8 million meters in more than 500 communities. The company’s service territory encompasses approximately 20,000 square miles throughout central and Southern California, from Visalia to the Mexican border. SoCalGas is a regulated subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE).
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DENVER, Oct. 9, 2012 — /PRNewswire/ – Inversoft, a profanity filtering and moderation software provider has announced that Nate Sawatzky has joined their team to lead the Online KidSafety practice for the organization. Nate was formerly the Director, Community Support for Disney Online Studios. As managing director, he will evaluate client’s existing moderation processes and propose changes that will make games and communities safer for kids and teens. Nate will also provide comprehensive consulting for compliance of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) to ensure clients understand legal requirements and are implementing appropriate compliance measures. In addition, he will build and lead Inversoft moderation service teams.
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“We are extremely excited to have Nate join the Inversoft team. Nate is an expert in profanity filtering, moderation and community management. His background at Disney’s Club Penguin involved working with large moderation teams on one of the world’s largest online games,” said Brian Pontarelli, CEO and Founder, Inversoft, Inc. “Leveraging his knowledge of the industry and ability to create high quality moderation teams allows Inversoft to provide a complete end-to-end filtering and moderation solution to our customers.”
“I’m excited to partner with a company that is dedicated to finding ways to improve the online experience. Inversoft is known in the industry as a company dedicated to working with their clients to find the perfect balance of technology and human moderation,” stated Nate Sawatzky. “In addition, we have the shared goal of keeping chat and posts age appropriate for each specific community. This makes the community safer and more productive regardless of the age of the users.”
About Inversoft Inc. Founded in 2007, Inversoft is a Denver-based technology and professional services firm focused on profanity filtering and moderation software. The company provides products and expert support that address the challenges created by user-generated content (UGC), including cyber-bullying, predatory and grooming behavior, sharing of personally identifiable information, and other online threats.
CleanSpeak, Inversoft’s flagship product, is a powerful suite of tools and services that has been adopted by many major corporations. Its industry-leading accuracy, performance, security and analytics enable enterprise-scale organizations to safely and efficiently maintain their online communities, games, virtual worlds, mobile apps, social networks and more.
To learn more about Inversoft’s diverse offerings or to schedule a demo, visit http://www.inversoft.com.
Brian Pontarelli President and CEO, Inversoft Inc. 1-888-423-7814 firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.inversoft.com
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ROSWELL, Ga., Sept. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — On-the-job eye injuries can have devastating consequences, such as chemical burns or blindness. Despite these potential hazards, 85 percent of industrial workers in a Kimberly-Clark Professional survey released today said they had observed others failing to wear eye protection when they should have been.
“This high rate of noncompliance seriously jeopardizes worker health and safety. In many instances uncomfortable eyewear or fogged lenses could be responsible,” said Valona Renner-Thomas, Product Manager, Eye and Face Protection, Kimberly-Clark Professional. “The results are very disconcerting when you consider that 90 percent of eye injuries can be prevented through the use of proper protective eyewear. Enhancing eyewear practices is critical to creating Exceptional Workplaces–those that are safe, healthy and productive for all employees.”
The Occupational Safety Health Administration requires employers to provide eye and face protection to guard against chemical, environmental, radiological or mechanical irritants or hazards. Yet, data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that nearly three out of five injured workers were not wearing eye protection at the time of the accident or were wearing the wrong kind of eye protection for the job.
Most Challenging PPE
The importance of eye protection was evident to survey participants. Eighty percent said they would encourage a co-worker or employee to wear eye protection if he or she were not in compliance, and 22 percent said they would report the employee to a supervisor or find a way to halt dangerous work operations until the worker complied with personal protective equipment (PPE) protocols.
In addition, eyewear came in first when respondents were asked to rank the most important PPE category for on-the-job safety. It was also deemed the “most challenging” PPE category in terms of compliance, which leads to the question: how can compliance be improved? Greater comfort and fog-free lenses could help, according to the survey results. When asked what would most improve compliance with eye protection protocols, the top choice was more comfortable eyewear–with features like flexible, comfortable nose pieces (56 percent) followed by fog-free lenses (22 percent).
Fifty-one percent of respondents also reported having been forced to wear uncomfortable eyewear or eyewear they did not like while at work. Of these, 46 percent wound up purchasing their own eye protection, while 45 percent said they “used it anyway.”
Fogging was also a problem on the job, with 88 percent of respondents saying they or someone they worked with had been unable to see or complete a task properly because of fogged lenses. Forty percent of respondents said this had happened on “numerous occasions.”
For years now, many companies, safety professionals and organizations such as the National Safety Council have been emphasizing the importance of off-the-job as well as on-the-job safety.
Despite this, only a quarter of respondents said their organizations encouraged employees to take protective eyewear home, even though 84 percent of respondents said they would consider using eye protection from work as their everyday sunglasses if it was comfortable, fit well and offered UV protection.
The survey also asked about eyewear aesthetics and branding. When it comes to style, wraparound frame designs were the top choice, selected by 77 percent of respondents. When asked if they believed brand-name products were better than less-expensive copycat or knock-off items, 71 percent answered yes.
The online survey of 138 workers in manufacturing industries across the U.S., Canada and Mexico was conducted from June 15, 2011 through July 15, 2011. All survey respondents said they were responsible for purchasing or influencing the purchase of protective eyewear or wore these products on the job. Twenty-nine percent were involved in manufacturing, engineering, product design or RD, 13 percent were in manufacturing production, 11 percent were supervisors or shop stewards, 9 percent were safety managers or industrial hygienists, while the remaining 37 percent held other positions. Respondents were employed in the following fields: metal manufacturing, industrial manufacturing, construction/utilities, automotive, transportation equipment or other industries.
About Kimberly-Clark Professional
Kimberly-Clark Professional partners with businesses to create Exceptional Workplaces for their employees and patrons. KCP helps transform workplaces making them healthier, safer and more productive. Key brands in this segment include: Kleenex, Scott, WypAll, Kimtech, and Jackson Safety. Kimberly-Clark Professional, located in Roswell, Ga., is one of Kimberly-Clark Corporation’s four business segments and can be visited on the web at www.kcprofessional.com.
Kimberly-Clark and its well-known global brands are an indispensable part of life for people in more than 175 countries. Every day, nearly a quarter of the world’s population trust K-C’s brands and the solutions they provide to enhance their health, hygiene and well-being. With brands such as Kleenex, Scott, Huggies, Pull-Ups, Kotex and Depend, Kimberly-Clark holds the No. 1 or No. 2 share position in more than 80 countries. To keep up with the latest K-C news and to learn more about the company’s 140-year history of innovation, visit www.kimberly-clark.com.
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