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Why Should You Choose Ergonomic Tools?

 Years of labor can take their toll on workers, but long-term injuries can be minimized with the use of ergonomic tools. That’s why Greenlee is devoted to improving their tools to be more ergonomic to enhance the wellbeing of those who use them.

What are ergonomic tools?

Ergonomic tools are designed not only to decrease injuries, but increase productivity. Ergonomic tools can minimize general soreness, physical wear and tear, and lengthen the careers of workers by improving their health. When tools are optimized for usability, the job gets done faster with less physical strain.

What are the effects of ergonomic tools?

The use of ergonomic tools has been proven to positively impact not only the lives of workers, but also the bottom line of companies. A major utility switched to ergonomic tools and saw a 100% reduction of lost work day cases, a 62% reduction of OSHA recordable cases and a 10% work efficiency improvement saving 25,504 hours of work. Their annual savings came to $7,353,248.

How does Greenlee help prevent injuries?

First, Greenlee looked into what was causing the injuries. The primary culprits were force, repetition and posture. These three components damage tissue, wears down tendons, ligaments and joints, and increases fatigue and the potential for injury.

This damage accumulates over time, resulting in scar tissue, joint damage and loss of range of motion and strength. These injuries almost never fully heal, and can result in inability to work as people age. The workforce is aging as a whole, and it is important to prevent such injuries that can plague workers even after retirement.

Greenlee launched industry-first ErgoLab, which used Electromyography Testing and test-based result to compare their tools, and design them for worst case scenarios. Greenlee aims to reduce occurrences of rotator cuff tendinitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger finger, elbow epicondylitis, low back pain and knee bursitis.

Greenlee’s ergonomic tools feature:

  • Improved grips
  • Decreased weight
  • Improved center of gravity
  • Battery power
  • Improved user posture

Their battery tools are designed to extend users reach to diminish shoulder strain, and their general tools decrease forces that can cause carpal tunnel. Not all injuries can be prevented, but these can be lessened with the use of ergonomic tools, and Greenlee is a good place to start.

If you have any questions or are interested in learning more about Greenlee’s ergonomic tools, contact us or your French Gerleman Account Manager.


The French Gerleman Motion Summit Recap

Recently we hosted a Motion Summit, a complimentary event at our St. Louis branch covering the latest motion control updates with Rockwell Automation and our other motion automation partners. We demonstrated tools to design, develop, and troubleshoot motion control systems.

If you weren’t able to attend, here are some highlights from the presentations:


Rockwell Automation focused on Integrated Architecture and how it incorporates Motion Control into its Logix controllers.  Utilizing one common Ethernet/IP network, Rockwell is able to connect to I/O, servo drives (CIP Motion) and safety features (CIP Safety) within those servo drives

Rotary motors and actuators from Rockwell’s VP and MP series are designed to meet the needs of various industries, including those with wash down applications. Their Kinetix Servo Drives come in a broad range, from low-power indexing drive to high-power multi-axes drives. iTRAK and MagneMotion systems have Intelligent Track Systems that allow independent control of multiple movers.

Rockwell Automation also has safety built directly into its motion products. The most common safety feature is “Safe Off”, which interrupts gate power to prevent IGBT switching. This allows the drive to be disabled safely without removing power from the drive itself.  In addition to “safe off”, there are advanced safety features such as safe speed, safe direction, and safe position which allow personnel to safely interact with moving parts of a machine while it continues to operate.  For example, to allow a machine to be cleaned or serviced while it is running, safe speed and safe direction features might be enabled on a drive.  This would allow the operator to run the machine at a speed slower than typical production speeds, and in a direction such that he cannot be pulled into the machine, yet still have the machine produce parts. Conventional safety approaches can often hinder productivity, but these advanced safety features allow all of this to be done without losing efficiency.

They demonstrated their Motion Analyzer Sizing Software that makes it easier and more efficient to size and optimize motion control systems.  Rockwell also demonstrated the Load Observer and Dynamic Notch Filter features of the Kinetix drive which dramatically reduce the tuning process and automatically compensate for dynamic loads.


 Nidec-Shimpo is an Encompass Partner of Rockwell Automation, and an ISO 9001, ISO 14001 certified manufacturer.  Their products include high precision servo gearboxes, such as inline planetary, right angle planetary, right angle worm, rotary indexing, and pancake gear sets. Their gearboxes are lubricated for life, and active centering is standard on all products, allowing horizontal installation on equipment.


LUTZE covered the standards that need to be considered when choosing VFD cables, most notably the new standards outlined in NFPA 79 2018. What are the NFPA changes, and how do they affect VFD cable?

Paragraph 4.4.2.8 in the NFPA 79 2018 Edition states that “electrical conductors and equipment supplied by power conversion equipment as part of the adjustable speed drive systems and servo drive systems shall be listed flexible motor supply cable marked RHH, RHW, RHW-2, XHH, XHHW, or XHHW-2.”  This may eliminate using THHN cabling if NFPA 79 is required.

To make sure you comply with the new NFPA 79 standards, check the cable’s specification sheet to make sure it has one of the above designations. These ensure the cables are rubber high heat resistant, water resistant, and/or crosslinked high heat resistant. Avoid any designation that begins with T, as it stands for “thermoplastic” and should be avoided.

What cables would LUTZE recommend using considering this? DRIVEFLEX VFD cable is the most flexible in its class, easy to strip, route, and terminate, safer and more efficient. DRIVEFLEX VFD cable also has the lowest capacitance, highest impedance, full shielded, reduces shaft voltage, bearing failures, and nuisance tripping. Not to mention, it is also code compliant with the new NFPA changes.


LinMot specializes in linear motors, guided actuators, and servo drives. their linear servo motors reach speeds greater than 200 inches per second, with forces up to 610 pounds. They are tested out to two billion cycles, and have high energy savings compared to air cylinders. They also offer a unique combination linear-rotary actuator which has both a linear and rotary motor in one package – ideal for capping applications.  LinMot also integrates the safe torque off feature in their servo drives.


MTS Sensors is recognized as an industry leader in sensing technologies and solutions that enable feedback control for automation and safety applications. They make precision absolute linear sensors with resolutions of 5 micrometers and lengths up to 787 inches.  They offer a variety of output signals which include an Ethernet/IP interface for seamless integration with Rockwell controllers.

In industrial markets, MTS Sensors provides rugged and reliable sensors which can reduce maintenance costs, increase uptime, and enhance safety. Examples of temposonic industrial markets include machine/tool, steel, paper and wood processing, plastics and rubber, wind, metal forming, food and beverage and medical equipment.


Tolomatic is an Encompass Partner of Rockwell Automation that manufactures both rod and rodless mechanical linear actuators.  They offer a variety of solutions in linear motion using both ballscrew and belt-drive technologies.  Food-grade applications would benefit from their USDA-approved, stainless steel, IP69K washdown-rated actuators.  They also demonstrated their online sizing software for properly selecting an actuator and highlighted their “Your Motor Here” feature which is a library of motor adapters for over 100 different servo motors from a variety of manufacturers.

If you are interested in learning more about any of these products or the information covered in our recent Motion Summit, contact your French Gerleman Account Manager.


Switchgear Lifecycle, Technologies & Safety Seminar Recap

Recently we hosted a Switchgear Lifecycle, Technologies & Safety Seminar covering the product life cycle, preventive maintenance, and planning for future capacity. If you couldn’t attend, here are a few highlights from the seminar.

Electrical systems are essential to almost every other system a building has, and maintenance is required to keep them running properly. All equipment eventually reaches the end of its useful life, but well-maintained equipment lasts 35 years on average, as opposed to 17 years for unmaintained equipment.

Electrical equipment was never designed to go without maintenance.  In fact, when it was installed, you should have received an owner’s manual and maintenance guide.  Loose connections or mechanical parts are responsible for more than 30% of electrical losses, and electrical system components are 3x more likely to fail without preventive maintenance. If in doubt of what proper preventive maintenance for electrical systems includes, refer to the NFPA 70B for details to prevent equipment failures and worker injuries.

Below are key recommended preventive maintenance services according to NFPA 70B:

  • Voltage and current measurements
  • Harmonic voltage and current measurements
  • Ultrasonic testing
  • Infrared thermography
  • Visual Inspection

Checking for voltage imbalances, drops and the intended voltage ratings for your equipment can elongate their useful lives. The use of infrared thermography does not interrupt uptime for any of your equipment, but picking up excess heat readings can indicate poor connections or excess load. Qualified, experienced electricians can often visually identify and fix issues on the spot which non-qualified maintenance personnel may not notice.

Visual inspections are incredibly useful in preventive maintenance, although they cannot be solely relied on as the only type of preventive maintenance.  Regular switchgear maintenance should include cleaning, inspecting for physical damage, checking insulation resistance, and reinsulating windings as appropriate. Circuit breakers 225 amps and above should be electrically trip tested to ensure they operate correctly.

An arc flash risk assessment should be included with your regular preventive maintenance. Arc flashes occur when an electrical arc passes through air, phase to ground, or phase to phase, and can cause serious injury and damage. The risk assessment will help you determine if there are any current hazards to address, and estimate further precautions to take against arc flashes by referring to the NFPA 70E.

Finally, an important part of preventive switchgear maintenance is preparation for an electrical system failure. Uninterruptable Power Supplies (UPS) ensure power continuity to maintain process control in the event of a utility power failure. There are many solutions to provide backup of information, power continuity, control panel protection, and surge protection to keep your electrical infrastructure running smoothly.

For more information on the information covered in the Switchgear Lifecycle, Technologies & Safety Seminar, contact your French Gerleman Account Manager.


Reform Capacitors to Keep Your Spare VFDs Ready for Use

Having spare VFDs on hand can help reduce the amount of downtime when a failure occurs, but these spares require regular maintenance to keep them ready for use.

When VFDs are stored for long periods of time, typically 12+ months, the internal chemistry of the DC bus capacitors begins to deteriorate if power is not applied.  Formed when voltage is applied to the capacitor, its oxide layer acts as an insulator preventing shorts from occurring. In storage, this layer can degrade.

If the VFD is not powered up slowly to recondition the DC bus capacitors and prepare it for operation under full load, it could result in a catastrophic failure and render it useless. To help maintain your spare inventory, French Gerleman now offers a Bonitron M3628PCF Portable Capacitor Former for rent allowing you to reform your VFDs on site.

 

How often do capacitors need to be reformed?

Most manufacturers recommend an annual power up of all drive modules to insure capacitors are always in an operable state. Consult the manufacturer’s guidelines for specific instructions for your specific VFDs.

 

 

 

Why rent the Bonitron Portable Capacitor Former?

The M3628PCF Portable Capacitor Former can reform capacitors by slowly increasing the DC bus voltage to allow the internal chemistry to readjust at a safe rate. There are digital displays to show the voltage levels and current. The Capacitor Former operates from standard 110-240VAC supply and can also be used as a variable DC power supply for recharging capacitors, or discharging capacitors for maintenance.

Because it comes with wheels and an extendable handle, it is easy to take with you wherever you need it.  It is only 10.5” tall by 18” deep by 22” wide, which makes it convenient to use.

Renting a Bonitron M3628PCF Portable Capacitor Former may be the right solution to make sure your spare VFDs are ready for operation when needed. If you are interested in renting a Bonitron M3628PCF Portable Capacitor Former or have any questions, please contact your French Gerleman Account Manager or Power Control Product Manager.


Nidec-Shimpo Offers OEMs Faster Turnaround on High Precision Servo Gearboxes & Custom Product Assemblies

French Gerleman’s partnership with Nidec-Shimpo offers customers increased access to a wide-range of high-precision servo gearbox products, inventory and custom assembly options. Gearbox options include economy, standard duty and high-performance class, inline and right angle planetary, and right-angle worm products that offer many standard features superior to competitive products.

With the success Nidec-Shimpo has seen over the last few years, expansion was necessary to support ongoing customer requirements.  In July of 2017, they moved to their main North American headquarters to a new 50,000 square foot facility in Glendale Heights, IL.  The new facility offers more than double the space of their previous building.

The new facility satisfies the need for expanded assembly, but also met a number of other needs.  For example, they added a larger testing facility, room for new employees and engineering support, improved on paint booth capabilities, and included a large addition to inventory space.  Currently, Nidec-Shimpo maintains inventory of nearly $4 million and with the proximity of their new headquarters, French Gerleman can offer next day delivery on several common Shimpo models.

The Midwest-based assembly operation benefits our OEM customer base by handling a wide variety of products, and assembling those they do not have available as complete units.  This satisfies small quantity orders, prototypes and helps in emergency/machine down situations.  The expansion has also opened the door to more custom product conversations.  Recently they have seen more requests from customers for custom shafts and adapters, private labeling/colors and food grade coatings.

With Nidec-Shimpo Japan now focused on product development of the robotic technologies they manufacture, this facility offers the extra space and capability for more local design in addition to the assembly resources here for those future products.  Globally Shimpo manufactures more than 70,000 robust, high quality and cost-effective planetary gearboxes per month.

For more information on Nidec- Shimpo products, to review a product sample kit or to discuss the option to tour their new facility, contact your French Gerleman Account Manager.


Panduit and General Cable Offer End-to-End Structured Cabling Solutions, Guaranteed Network Performance & System Reliability

For more than 10 years, Panduit and General Cable have offered a comprehensive line of structed cabling solutions for a variety of institutional, commercial and industrial applications.

How businesses manage their network cable and connectivity can have a major impact on overall system performance and business productivity.  Especially if there is an unplanned downtime due to poor network reliability.

Panduit and General Cable’s combined category 6A, 6 and 5e high-performance copper and fiber systems provide a robust and optimized cabling infrastructure that exceeds electrical parameters for today and into the future.  This world-class partnership provides guaranteed network performance and system reliability for the most demanding network requirements.

The Panduit and General Cable (PanGen®) vision is to provide organizations – large and small – the ability to enable essential business applications.  These solutions are developed through advanced research and development, manufacturing excellence and rigorous performance testing.

 

Four Key PanGen Benefits:

  1. Importance of Structured Cabling – A properly designed and implemented cabling infrastructure is a fundamental strategic asset of every business and institution. Carefully planning a structured cabling solution facilitates the delivery of new services, lower network maintenance costs and increased productivity.

 

  1. High-Performance Solutions – Category 6A, 6 and 5e high performance copper and fiber systems with network connectivity and cables provide a robust and optimized cabling infrastructure that exceeds all electrical parameters.

 

  1. World-Class Installation & Technical Support – Quality installation of PanGen solutions is provided through an extensive network of specially trained and certified installers. Meeting stringent qualification requirements, installers receive continuous training on products, standards and installation practices.  PanGen solutions come with prompt, nationwide technical support for customers from the design stage to post-system installation support.

 

  1. Complete Solution Warranty – All PanGen installations are eligible for the PanGen 25-year warranty*, which offers the following advantages:
    • 100% warranty coverage to repair and replace defective components
    • Compliance with all applicable ANSI, TIA/EIA and ISO standards
    • Backed by an installed channel performance guarantee
    • One point of contact for all inquiries (usapartners@panduit.com)

 

Interested in exploring options to enhance your current network infrastructure? If the answer is yes, we can help.

French Gerleman is an authorized distributor of Panduit and General Cable’s full-line of data communication products and services.  For more information about PanGen® structured Cable Solutions visit pangensolutions.com or contact your French Gerleman Account Manager.  We can schedule a facility walk-through or assessment and help you to determine the appropriate next steps to achieve your data infrastructure goals and objectives.

Content developed in coordination with Panduit and General Cable.

*To be eligible for the PanGen® system warranty, the system must be installed by a Panduit    Certified installer, meet certain requirements, and be registered by Panduit. The PanGen system warranty is subject to various terms, conditions and limitations.


Harness New LED Technologies in Your Facility

On October 19, we hosted an LED Seminar in St. Louis with presentations from Philips, Acuity Brands and Dialight on emerging lighting technologies and how they can improve your workplace. They each focused on different aspects of how upgrading to LED lighting can improve your workplace from improved light output to new connected systems.

State of the Lighting Industry from Philips

LEDs have made a huge impact on the lighting industry as they are extremely efficient, last far longer than traditional lighting and are capable of being dimmed. LEDs can last up to 100,000 hours depending on the type, which equates to about 25 years in an office.

Upgrading to LED lighting has its costs, as any upgrade does, but there are different upgrade strategies you can take:

  • Simply replacing traditional light sources with LEDs, like changing the lamp in a fixture, will save energy and be more sustainable, but does not provide a new look or feel. It is the least expensive and easiest transition to LED lighting.
  • Installing a retrofit kit to replace traditional panel lighting is a cost effective way to help provide a new look and feel to your lighting, in addition to standard LED benefits, without penetrating the ceiling.
  • Completely renovating your lighting solutions can be higher cost, but will provide a new look and functionality
  • Add Enhanced Controls. Adding control systems to your lighting allows you to adjust for natural daylight, whether or not the building is occupied, and lets you dim your lights, which can add 50-65% more energy savings in addition to the savings that simply come from switching your light sources.

Old technology is declining as LED improves. Issues with LED, such as glare, are being fixed, and LEDs can now come with integrated sensors and be connected into controlled lighting.

The Next Step, Lighting Controls from Acuity Brands

Switching out lamps help save energy, but the next step forward in energy reduction is controlled lighting. Connecting an entire building with an information system converged network creates an IoT building. IoT (The Internet of Things) delivers building services through one holistic IP system.

Lighting offers the ideal platform to enable the IoT in buildings:

  • Ubiquity — where there are people, there are lights
  • Continuous power for additional sensors and devices
  • Processing capability for edge computing
  • Energy savings from a lighting retrofit can help fund inclusion of IoT networking and sensors

A smart LED lighting system can provide the IoT framework to unify your lighting devices, building controls, management systems and networks.  New, smart lighting systems can provide enhanced, customer-focused services to maximize performance, reduce operational costs, create better visual environments and increase energy savings while enhancing user experiences.

Energy-efficient LED lighting is being transformed into a smart, connected platform for data-driven applications. As a result, companies can derive more value from their LED systems beyond energy-efficiency and high-quality lighting.  Smart applications can help enhance employee safety and security, improve parking management, leverage location analytics and propel operations to the next level.

Evaluation & Selection of LED Fixtures from Dialight

When choosing LED solutions for your workplace, you have to consider the safety standards your lighting must meet. Different standards apply to different environments, such as industrial verses a hazardous location.

The 2017 NEC NFPA70 Code Book is the standard for all such safety ratings. When it comes to lighting safety in general, heat must be considered – both how much heat the lighting emits and how much it can withstand from the environment.

Why upgrade to LED? Overwhelmingly the top reason is safety, followed by energy reduction, maintenance reduction and the reduction of overall operational costs. LED systems use less energy and last longer require less maintenance, making your workplace safer and more efficient.

Whether you are looking to make your workplace safer, or you are looking for an integrated control system, LEDs are your path ahead. If you have further questions, connect with your French Gerleman Account Manager for more information.


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!


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!

 


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.

Now that you have all of these new apps to make your job easier and keep your employees safer, why not get a FREE sample of the S18TAFGFN pictured below?

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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.