Monthly Archives: October 2017

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Make Your Workplace Safer with A-SAFE Barriers

Industrial barriers are meant to protect, whether it is racks, pedestrians or equipment, but all too often these barriers just take the damage themselves and need to be replaced, or even damage the vehicle which impacted them. A-SAFE manufactures flexible, polymer-based safety guardrail systems which flex on impact and return to their original shape, offering huge cost savings. Before installation, customers have their sites surveyed so that every solution is tailored to each facility’s needs. After the site survey, a custom proposal is provided with CAD drawings before installation.

These flexible barriers are made from Memaplex™, a three-layered material made of eight blended polyolefin and rubber materials.  Developed and exclusively manufactured by A-SAFE, it is designed specifically to dissipate impact and return to its original shape. It also wipes clean, does not corrode or flake, and is resistant to chips, cracks, cold and chemicals.

 

These barriers are ideal for use in many applications including:  food and beverage, airports, manufacturing, warehouse and distribution, and parking lots.

Types of barriers include:

  • Column, Wall and Rack Protection
  • Pedestrian and Traffic Segregation
  • Height Restrictors and Bollards
  • Curb Barriers and Wheel Guides
  • Lift and Slide Gates

 

When traditional barriers are compromised, the force of the blow transfers directly to the base, ripping the barrier out of the floor, meaning you not only have to replace the barrier, you have to repair the floor. Since A-SAFE barriers are flexible, they absorb the shock, minimizing floor damage. This can provide dramatic long-term cost savings over traditional barriers.

Interested in lowering your costs while protecting your profits? Contact your French Gerleman Account Manager or e-mail info@frenchgerleman.com for more information on A-SAFE barriers today!


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2017 National Electrical Code®: Changes in Overcurrent & Surge Protection

Mersen recently released a guide to understanding its changes in overcurrent and surge protection in the 2017 National Electrical Code®. These changes are to increase worker safety and help prevent arc flashes.

Arc flashes are the result of a massive release of energy due to an arcing fault between two phase bus bars, neutral or a ground.  This energy discharge burns the bus bars, vaporizing the copper and thus causing an explosion, which destroys everything in its vicinity and creates deadly shrapnel as it dissipates. Short-circuit current ratings (SCCR) indicate what fault current a system can handle without unacceptable damage in the case of a fault. Proper documentation is essential to ensure the available short-circuit current does not exceed the SCCR and that suitable precautions are in place.

We offer Mersen safety solutions to help you comply with the updated code and increase your workplace safety. Mersen’s guide covers nine key changes to the 2017 National Electrical Code®:

  1. Arc energy reduction

    Any fuses rated 1200 A or higher must have their location documented and available. The fuses must also have a method to reduce clearing time if their clearing time is not already 0.07 seconds or less.

  1. Field marking of available fault current

    Industrial control panels, industrial machinery and motor controllers of multimotor and combination-load equipment must have the date the current short-circuit calculation was performed and available short-circuit current rating (SCCR) documented.  If the available short-circuit current exceeds its short-circuit current rating, they shall not be installed. Elevators must also have the maximum short-circuit current clearly marked.

  1. Branch circuit and ground fault protection for single motor power conversion equipment

    Semiconductor fuses and instantaneous trip circuit breakers must now be installed as a single unit if instantaneous trip circuit breakers are permitted.

  1. Short-circuit current rating for elevator control panels

    Elevator control panels must be marked with their SCCR. If the available short circuit current exceeds its short-circuit rating, elevator control panels shall not be installed.

  1. Surge protection for emergency elevator, dumbwaiter, escalator, moving walk, platform lift, or stairway chairlift

    Surge protection shall be provided if the elevator has been designated as supplying an emergency system load.

  1. Surge protection for critical operations data systems

    A cascading protection scheme should be used throughout the entire operations data system.

  1. Surge protection for industrial machinery

    Industrial machinery with safety interlocks are required to have surge protection.

  1. Surge protection for fire pump controllers

    Surge protection was required previously for emergency systems at distribution level, but are now also required in or on the fire pump controller.

  1. Short-circuit current rating documentation and field marking

    Transfer switches can often have several different SCCR, so the rating based on the protective device and settings shall be externally marked.

Want to learn more about the changes in the 2017 National Electrical Code® or how best to implement them in your workplace? Contact your French Gerleman Account Manager or e-mail info@frenchgerleman.com to learn about Mersen safety solutions.


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Achieve Green Initiatives & Critical Waste Reduction Goals with Closed Loop Recycling

Closed Loop Recycling (CLR) recycles oil absorbents, wipers and PPE such as gloves, sleeves, aprons, and jackets. CLR specializes in turning these waste streams into three reusable products through their environmentally friendly laundering process.

CLR offers customized solutions, monthly reporting, and scheduled pickup and delivery for provided materials including 55-gallon drums in which to collect the used materials placed conveniently around the facility near the end users.  CLR creates a custom plant layout and service strategy for each individual client to ensure the highest quality service.

The Process

CLR delivers materials and 55-gallon DOT approved collection drums at the facility for use. Once products are fully utilized, they are gathered and placed into the collection drums. Stations can be as simple as a couple drums labeled clean and dirty, to custom racks and distribution solutions built into existing tool cribs. The program is tailored to each facility’s needs. CLR’s customer service rep will utilize the plant layout to restock all clean products to predetermined levels as well as consolidate all collection drums for processing.

The fluids from the absorbents, wipers, and rags are extracted and transported by an EPA-approved oil recycler to a refinery, where it can be recycled as asphalt or industrial grade fuel. The products are then thoroughly laundered and inspected and then packaged and redistributed for future use.  Drums are emptied, steam cleaned and conditioned for reuse according to DOT specifications. Recycling oil absorbents, wipers, and PPE not only helps the environment, it eliminates the need to continually purchase disposable products, and eliminates liability for disposal of these materials.

CLR bundles its products into one simple price, which includes:

  • Reusable products – wipers, absorbents, rags, etc.
  • Full facility service
  • Station by station tracking
  • Laundering
  • Recycling of fluids
  • Drum cleaning
  • Documentation
  • Transportation

If you are interested in recycling your PPE and absorbents, CLR offers a free trial so you can see what results will be. Contact your French Gerleman Account Manager or e-mail us at info@frenchgerlemanc.om to learn how to get started!

 


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Top 13 Safety Apps That You Need on Your Phone

Smartphones and tablets are a part of everyday life now both personal and work related, so much so that we’ve designed a line of touchscreen-compatible gloves for every industry. While there are some professionals who shy away from these new technologies, industry leaders and trendsetters embrace new technology that can improve their productivity.

This blog is a celebration of those tech savvy safety professionals who want to use every tool at their disposal. Here are a list of some of our favorite safety apps that you should download today.

  1. Dark Sky:

If you are in any industry where weather can affect the job or job site, having a weather app on your device is essential. Unlike the weather app that comes standard with your iPhone or Android device, Dark Sky (Android | iTunes) aims to create a new kind of predictive forecast to now what the weather will be like in an immediate location within the hour.

This app is perfect for anyone working in landscaping, construction or just working under a tight deadline and need to know if the rain will be stopping anytime soon.

  1. Hazmat Emergency Response Guide:

This is the electronic version of the Department of Transportation’s Emergency Response Guide (Android | iTunes). It is a searchable resource; you can do keyword or term searches on the fly instead of flipping through indexes and pages of material to find what you need.
We’ve outlined a pretty good introduction to arc flash with The No-BS Approach to Arc Flash but when you need to know the nitty gritty information, there are two incredible safety apps that you should not be without.

  1. NFPA 70E 2012 Edition:

This is the arc flash code that is distributed by the National Fire Protection Agency. This online edition (Android | iTunes) allows you to browse articles or search by keyword and access important electrical safety news from the NFPA. The app does cost a few dollars but it’s certainly more convenient than lugging around a textbook all day long.

  1. Electrical Edge: Arc Flash Calculator:

Electrical Edge: Arc Flash Calculator (iTunes) is a tool developed to help anyone trying to calculate the potential dangers from an arc flash. Whether you’re an electrical engineer, a safety manager or field technician, knowing the inner workings of electrical equipment is important.

  1. NIOSH Pocket Guide for Chemical Hazards:

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health mobile app has entries for 634 chemicals and allows you to search chemical by name, synonym, DOT number, CAS number and RTECS number.

  1. Chemical Safety Data Sheets:

The Chemical Safety Data Sheets app (iTunes) provides the International Chemical Safety Cards (ICSC) that are put our by the United Nations Environment Program, the International Labour Office, and the World Health Organization. ICSCs are similar to Material Safety Data Sheets, but are formatted to be a simple, more concise and standard 1 to 2 page document on all pertinent information.

  1. Dropbox:

It might be pretty obvious to suggest Dropbox (Android | iTunes), but everyone should have access to a cloud storage application. Dropbox is considered one of the gold standard cloud storage providers. Having all of your safety policies and documents at your fingertips is a valuable time saver.

  1. DocuSign:

Do not be stuck carrying around stacks and stacks of forms and papers. Docusign (Android | iTunes) is an application that allows you or others sign off on documents using a finger or their stylus. This prevents the need to carry paper and scan it in to send electronically.

  1. OSHA Safety Regulations, Checklists, Audits Reports:

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is the federal agency that enforces safety and health regulations in the United States. While OSHA can’t just shut down your jobsite, they can fine you and your company for workplace safety violations. This safety app (iTunes) was designed to help you easily brush up on OSHA safety regulations, create checklists, generate reports, and add photos and comments for reference.

The app covers OSHA regulations for manufacturing, service industries, warehouse, construction and medical/dental fields and serves as a great reference tool for avoiding violations including OSHA’s Top 10 Citations.

  1. Job Safety Analysis:

A job safety analysis (JSA) is a procedure that helps incorporate health and safety principles and practices into a job or task. When completing a JSA, each basic step of the job is outlined to identify potential hazards and recommend the safest way to do the job.

This free Job Safety Analysis app  (Android | iTunes) can be used on-site to create a customized JSA which you can send electronically to your employees on that site. There are also pre-filled options to save you time and you can include photos of the hazards and risks that are present.

  1. Keep Track of Lockout/Tagout Procedures:

Lockout/tagout ensures that dangerous machinery is properly shut off and not able to be started up again until maintenance or servicing of the machinery is completed. Brady Link360 Lockout/Tagout (Android | iTunes) allows you to create well-defined lockout/tagout procedures while standing by the machine. These steps can be shared with your work crew. It also allows you to add photos and diagrams, and share them with other app users.

  1. When You’re Working at Heights:

If you’re working at heights, it’s important to know your fall clearance swing fall distances. While you could spend time to calculate it in your head, Honeywell made this easy-to-use safety app to do all the thinking for you. Miller Fall Clearance app (Android | iTunes) will help you calculate your fall clearance and swing fall whether you’re using a self-retracting line or lanyard and is available in English, Spanish and French.

  1. Crosby Sling Calculator:

Need to know if the rig you have set up is adequate enough to lift the equipment you are trying to lift? This little app can help (Android | iTunes). It is designed to take the type of rigging you are using, combine that with the weight and geometry of your lift load and tell you if what you are using for your lift is the right equipment. It does cost $25 but compared to the cost of injuries or damaged equipment, it is money well spent.

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For more information about fall protection or other personal safety products or issues, please contact your French Gerleman account manager or e-mail info@frenchgerleman.com.