The gift of personal protective equipment (PPE) is a practical gift indeed

ARE YOU A PRACTICAL sort of gift buyer, preferring to give a family member or friend something he or she actually can use? If so, the Safety Solutions & Supply team would like to suggest that there’s nothing more practical than personal protective equipment, or PPE. It’s useful, of course, for people involved in construction, industry, shopwork, medicine, or hazardous trades, but it’s also practical for the rugged individualist, the outdoorsman or woman, the would-be lumberjack, the heavy-duty do-it-yourselfer (DIYer), or the careful-is-the-watchword person on your gift list.Continue reading

#ThankfulThursday: Do positive worker-safety trends have a place among your posts?

#THANKFULTHURSDAY … You’ll often find this hashtag on Facebook and Twitter social media feeds — on Thursdays, of course. You’ll likely find it used more often this time of the year — what some people call “the season of thanksgiving,” “the season of thankfulness,” or “the season of gratitude.” Thankfulness is a positive attitude for all seasons, but the emphasis is stronger during the holiday season, starting with the week of the Thanksgiving holiday and running right on through Christmas and New Year’s Day. People just seem to be more reflective this time of the year.Continue reading

For the holidays or for any time, we share ‘The Twelve Ways to Safety’

IT’S DIFFICULT TO HEAR “The Twelve Days of Christmas” holiday tune and have it quickly leave the mind. It kind of sticks with you for a while, wouldn’t you agree?

At Safety Solutions & Supply, we’re working toward the day that the focus on workplace safety sticks to everyone in construction, industry, manufacturing, and mining without fail — without letup. We’re doing that, to a great part, through the wide-ranging workplace safety training we offer.Continue reading

HAZWOPER training preps responders for chemical spills, other hazardous situations

EARLY ON NOV. 27, 2017, the Monday after Thanksgiving, nine cars on a CSX train hauling molten sulfur derailed in the area of Kathleen and Strickland roads in Lakeland, Fla. That’s just a few miles northwest of the Safety Solutions & Supply headquarters in Mulberry, Fla.

As a result of the derailment, two of the rail cars leaked. One was carrying the molten sulfur; the other contained cooking oil. Emergency responders, which included hazmat (hazardous materials) personnel from Polk County Fire Rescue, reported that several thousand gallons of the sulfur leaked onto the ground.

The accident was a stark and close-by reminder of the dangerous environment in which we live, an environment that includes hazardous chemicals passing right through our neighborhoods on any given day — sometimes several times during a single day. The incident was a reminder, too, that accidents of his magnitude can happen at any time and that emergency responders have to be ready to quickly deal with them. It was a reminder of the crucial responsibility we have at Safety Solutions & Supply to train people for hazmat situations and to train them well.

Our professional and certified instructors routinely lead classes in emergency response, with eight of those classes dealing directly or indirectly with hazmat situations, requiring HAZWOPER-trained personnel. (HAZWOPER stands for Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response. HAZWOPER training is covered under federal OSHA Standard 29 CFR Part 1910.120.) Those classes are:

  • HAZWOPER Incident Command

  • HAZWOPER Incident Command Refresher

  • HAZWOPER Operations 8 Hours

  • HAZWOPER Site Worker 40 Hours

  • HAZWOPER Technician 24 Hours

  • HAZWOPER Site Worker Refresher 8 Hours

  • HAZWOPER Technician 8 Hours — Hazmat Technician Refresher

  • Ammonia Suppression Training

Details about each of these classes can be found on our website. A good place to start would be http://solutionsinsafety.com/training/emergency-response/.

The team here at Safety Solutions & Supply understands that the most active and challenging regulatory standards to maintain compliance with are those dealing with commercial vehicle operation and shipment of hazardous materials. Our team of professionals continuously monitor the regulations to ensure that our training programs meet company and emergency responder needs. From general driver training and updates to hazardous materials transportation, our team will develop curriculum to ensure that hazmat workers, technicians, and emergency response personnel are fully trained, knowledgeable, qualified, and certified by all relevant regulatory agencies, including OSHA.

For details about the wide-ranging safety training offered by Safety Solutions & Supply in Mulberry, Fla., and Gonzales, La., go to http://solutionsinsafety.com/training/. For an up-to-date class schedule, go to http://solutionsinsafety.com/upcoming-events/.

FLSME Regional Mining Conference a Knowledge- and Idea-Sharing Event

Safety Solutions & Supply IntroducesVeri 5000 AVD, a New Portable Anchorage Verification Device

THE 32nd ANNUAL FLSME REGIONAL MINING CONFERENCE wrapped up recently in Lakeland, giving Safety Solutions & Supply an opportunity to showcase a brand-new device in fall protection. The conference, a key event for mining industry representatives and associated service firms to gain important industry knowledge and exchange ideas, was held Oct. 11 and 12 at the RP Funding Center (formerly The Lakeland Center).Continue reading

Safety engineers back Singapore Accord to promote professional excellence

American Society of Safety Engineers President Explains Stance on Accord

JIM SMITH, M.S., CSP, is the 2017-18 president of The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE, www.asse.org). In early October, Smith wrote an article, titled “Paving the Way to Professional Excellence,” for the ASSE website blog. The article shares why the ASSE joined with more than 40 international organizations in signing a document called the Singapore Accord.Continue reading