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OSA Magazine | Issue 1

Eye Protection - Practical advice to keep in sight

Height Safety - One death is too many

Falls are the biggest cause of deaths in workplaces throughout the world. On top of this, high percentages suffer major injury such as broken bones or fractured skulls. You don’t have to fall far to be hurt, many deaths and major injuries were from a fall from below head height. It’s easy to see why many authorities have made reducing the number of falls from height a priority.

In Good Hands? Handcare a valuable investment for the organisation

Multi-million Dollar claims for damages have resulted in major asbestos companies being forced to cease business, further throwing great strains on the insurance industry. The UK coal mining Industry has been devastated by the level of pneumonconiosis developed by miners. Similarly, a major glove supplier sold their business to eliminate potential claims for latex allergy.

Noise Exposure - Meeting the challenges of employee noise exposure in the oil and gas industry

Noise exposure legislation, designed to protect the hearing of employees and prevent noise nuisance, is becoming tougher and more widespread.

Safety Footwear - Protection through well engineered design and manufacture

To consistently and effectively provide the necessary level of protection, safety footwear must be carefully designed and manufactured. A thorough consideration at the development stage of both the design and materials to be used can save both time and money during the testing and certification stage. A well-engineered product will also help to ensure there are few or no problems identified during ongoing compliance testing, thereby avoiding costly product recalls and the risk of litigation.

Seams Absurd

Evaluating the construction and design of chemical protective clothing is vital in ensuring a selected garment is fit for use. Different garments, whilst being approved to the same European norms may have minor design differences; different width of zip cover, different hood construction and shape, and other such elements which may not be reflected in European Standard testing but may, or may not make the garment more or less suitable for any specific application. One critical aspect is how a garment is put together.  Users and manufacturers alike have long been aware of the importance of seam construction and type in a garment designed to protect against hazardous dusts and liquids. In simple terms, regardless of how effective is the protection offered by the fabric used, stitching the seam leaves what to a tiny dust particle or low viscosity liquid are big gaping holes - holes which can become particularly exposed and open when the seam is under stress and holes through which these nasty little particles and liquids will readily pass in order to do their dirty work. The laws of the universe tell us that all things will generally take the path of least resistance. Stitch holes on a stitched seam offer such a path through which a little particle such as asbestos might well drive a proverbial bus. Occam’s Razor also tells us that all things being equal the simplest explanation is likely to be the correct one. Thus if penetration has occurred through a stitched seam garment, the simplest and probably correct explanation is that it has occurred through the seam holes.

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