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Protecting Your Workers With Advanced Safety Technology

Without a doubt, your most valuable asset is your workers. Keeping workers safe should be at the top of every company’s priority list. To get the job done right, workers need to be healthy, safe, and protected. Safety is more than an action item, it’s a responsibility. Advanced safety technology is one way to help create a safer environment for your workers.

Technology can help prevent accidents, injuries, and loss of life through advancements like fall protection, GPS, wearable devices, real time communications, and gas detection. Not only does technology protect workers, it also helps operations stay in compliance with OSHA regulations.

Falls remain the number one cause of injury and death at construction worksites.

Innovation provides other benefits to your operation as well. For example, state-of-the-art monitoring systems centralize, analyze, and report data in real-time to help your business be more efficient, productive, and streamlines costs.

At Total Safety, our mission is to ensure the safe wellbeing of workers worldwide. That’s why we provide advanced safety technology and innovation to worksites around the world.

Let’s look at a few of our breakthrough technologies that help keep workers safe.

 

Fall Protection

Fall hazards can never be ignored. In fact, fall protection was the most-cited standard enforced by OSHA in 2019 and remains the number one cause of injury and death at construction worksites. Falls usually happen due to inadequate safety equipment, failure to safety procedures, improper use, and neglecting safety measures. With Total Safety, new innovations keep workers safe with real-time monitoring, motion and non-motion detection, and immediate alert technology. Fall detection devices are regularly inspected to ensure that protection meets safety and compliance regulation requirements.

 

Centralized Confined Space Monitoring (CCSM)

Working in tight, enclosed spaces can be a very challenging situation. Total Safety’s patented Centralized Confined Space Monitoring™ System (CCSM) maximizes worker safety by monitoring confined spaces remotely from a central control room. CCSM includes an innovative risk control process to employ dedicated equipment with trained safety technicians. Our system uses five types of technology which includes badge/ID reader technology, fixed gas monitoring, closed-circuit cameras, audible and visual alarms, and push-to-talk communications.

 

Gas Detection

Industrial worksites face the threat of gas exposure, which can endanger the lives of workers and compromise the project at hand. Our gas detection technology helps keep your workers safe from invisible threats. Trained technicians, intelligent software, and specialized equipment provide gas detection monitoring in real-time. Mobile-connected smart inspection, alerts, and asset tracking will safeguard your jobsite in compliance with OSHA regulations. Connectivity also provides the gateway to relay data to smart software for storage, organization, and reporting. 

 

Wearable Devices

When it comes to work safety, be assured that protection is always with you. Wearable technology, such as Total Safety’s SafeTek ShieldTM, keeps workers safe with real-time monitoring, detection, and immediate response. From gas monitoring to motion and fall recognition, wearable GPS devices track, notify, and provide emergency assistance in an instant to protect workers during critical situations.

 

Real-Time Communication

Direct, real-time communications is vital in mission critical situations. At Total Safety, we use Motorola 2-way radios because they are engineered for reliability in the toughest conditions and situations. Our connected 2-way radio systems, networks, and communications monitoring link workers to a centralized control room, ensuring immediate assistance and responsive incident resolution. Real-time communications help keep your workers safe, when they need it most.   

 

PPE Distribution

Today, personal protective equipment (PPE) is one of the most important items available to help safeguard your workforce. We utilize smart vending and online ordering of PPE to provide workers the essential equipment needed to get the job done safely and efficiently. SafeTek eDistribution™ technology makes it easy for you to order, monitor, track, and distribute PPE, tooling, and supplies. Total Safety’s eProcurement solutions combines technology and advanced reporting to ensure workforce safety and increase productivity.   

 

Asset Management

It’s crucial to make sure your workers have the right tools, at the right time, right at their disposal. Asset management solutions are designed to monitor, control, distribute, and maintain PPE, tools, and supplies to optimize production output. With our industrial vending machine’s auto-refill functionality and tool cribs, these solutions help increase productivity, efficiency, and peace of mind. 

 

The best way to keep workers safe is having the latest, most advanced technology on your side. We can help. Talk to a Total Safety expert today (888-328-6825) and find out more about our SafeTek™ worker safety technology. 

 

The Importance of Head Protection in Industrial Safety

On any industrial worksite, the most important and vital asset to protect is your head. The human brain is delicate, fragile, and the ‘packaging’ which houses it is vulnerable to impact, bumps, and shock. In fact, head injury is still one of the most common causes of fatal accidents on the jobsite. Since the brain is so soft, it can be damaged by contact with the inside of the skull and also by compression. Proper head protection acts like the crumple zone on your car, absorbing the energy and spreading out the time of the impact.

“Head injury is one of the most common causes of fatal accidents on the jobsite.”  

It’s imperative that you select the right gear to protect your head and brain. Honeywell, a partner of Total Safety, makes some of the most durable, reliable, and comfortable safety helmets available. We’ll learn about that more a little later in the article.

 

 

Sensible Risk Management

It’s essential for you to get the best performance from your head protection. Helmets and head protection should come with full instructions and the manufacturer or supplier should also provide additional information. It’s imperative to always follow the manufacturer’s set instructions.

There may be other specific national regulations that require head protection. In the UK, regulations require that suitable safety helmets be worn where there is a foreseeable risk of injury to the head.

Before choosing any protective gear, you should try to remove the hazard or make the hazard less severe. In accordance with sensible risk management, assess the hazards and take the necessary steps to reduce risks until they are as low as is reasonably possible.

 

The Most Popular Head Protection: Helmets

At work, the best way to protect your head is with a good helmet. Problem is, workers won’t wear a helmet that’s uncomfortable or fits poorly. So it’s important that you select a comfortable, proper-fitting helmet, like the Honeywell North Zone™ Hard Hat. Here are a few things to know about the care, cleaning, usage, and proper fit of your helmet.

 

Proper Fit – The ideal fit for protective headgear should leave a little breathing room so that air can flow freely. There are many helmets designed to adjust to the user’s head shape and size. A common feature includes a sliding mechanism that allows you to adapt the tightness of your helmet. When finding your fit, try to locate a spot in which the hard hat feels secure, yet not painfully tight. Skin abrasions are a sign that you haven’t adjusted your hard hat to the appropriate size.

 

Strap Adjustment – Make sure your strap is secure, yet not too tight. Always adjust the harness suspension to maintain the proper clearance between your head and helmet. There should be approximately 1 to 1 ¼ inches of clearance from your head. Also, examine the strap to ensure it’s not frayed or tattered.

 

Signs of Wear – Every time you use your helmet, look for any cracks in the outer covering. Any cracks, gouges, or flaking can be problematic. Deterioration such as cracks or chalking can cause the hat to break when hit, banged, or knocked.

 

Proper Cleaning – When cleaning your hard hat, use a mild soap and some warm water. Abrasive cleaners could damage the surface and weaken the shell. Keep your head protection stored away from contaminates, dirt, and debris that can damage the helmet. Also, keep your helmet out of direct sunlight and excessive heat. Sun and heat can harm the outer shell and cause the harness to deteriorate over time.

 

Proper Replacement – Determining when to replace your hat is dependent on usage, time, and discretion. A helmet should be replaced when or before its protective capacity is significantly reduced. The manufacturer of the helmet is a good source of guidance when deciding replacement. Most manufacturers have specific recommendations detailing when you will need to replace your hard hat. The average lifetime for a safety helmet is approximately 2 to 5 years. Ultimately, if your helmet shows advanced wear and tear, then it’s probably a good time to replace it.

 

Head Protection Standards

OSHA mandates specific requirements for head protection in the workplace and states that employers are responsible to ensure that workers wear proper head protection. OSHA has two standards that carry out safety hat requirements: 29 CFR 1910.135, which refers to industrial workers, and 29 CFR 1926.100 that applies to construction, demo, and renovation workers. Both standards require workers to wear hard hats or safety helmets if there is any potential risk of head injury.

 

Protective Pairings

Helmets are also paired with other PPE such as eye protection, visors, and ear protection. According to Honeywell, Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) is the number one occupational disease in the US and Canada. Unlike most injuries, it’s hard to tell when someone has been affected by NIHL because it’s painless and progressive. Yet the good news is that Noise-Induced Hearing Loss is totally preventable. Learn about Honeywell’s award-winning hearing technology and how they can help your team understand more about NIHL.

Speaking of Honeywell, this top brand is one of the leading providers of head protection in the industry. Combining innovation, technology, and quality, here is a sample of Honeywell’s game-changing, top-selling head protection products:

 

Honeywell Fibre-Metal E-1 Full Brim Hard Hat
On impact, the SuperEight impact energy control system dissipates force by reducing it to smaller increments and spreading it over a greater area. Full brim adds an extra margin of protection from hazardous sun rays and hazardous falling substances.

 

Honeywell E-2 Cap Style Hard Hat
The exclusive smooth crown design contains a technically advanced suspension with eight load bearing points to stabilize and balance the hard hat during everyday wear.

 

Honeywell Fibre-Metal Roughneck Fiberglass Cap
Fibre-Metal Roughneck caps with the SuperEight suspension are the industry standard for heavy duty protection. These injection-molded fiberglass caps have earned a solid reputation on construction sites, steel plants, and other extreme jobsite environments.

 

Honeywell North Matterhorn Hard Hat
All-purpose lateral impact HDPE hard hat with foam liner is tough and durable. It’s the choice of quick fix or ratchet suspensions, both with forehead comfort band and crown pad for optimal comfort.

 

A safety helmet is a necessary part of the work day. It helps protect your head from impact, shock, and major injury. To put it simply, proper head protection can save your life! Wearing a hard hat may be a little uncomfortable at first, but with a few adjustments, it’ll become second nature. Most importantly, the right helmet will protect the most important asset of all…your brain. So as you gear up for work, remember to put on your Honeywell hard hat, protect your head, and return home safely at the end of the day.

Tips for Turnaround Project Planning

 Plant turnaround is an inevitable reality and a common occurrence in many industries. A turnaround is a scheduled stoppage of part or all of a plant’s operations. It’s normal for operations to stop for maintenance, replace equipment, upgrade resources, or to maintain regulatory compliance. Over time, assets age, processes fail, and you may need to periodically shut down in order to get your operation back to full production again.

For any organization, turnaround is a massive undertaking. Beyond the possible financial pressures, this process can be one of the biggest challenges an operation can encounter. A shutdown can bring up many questions, complexities, and logistical concerns. Let’s look at how your next turnaround project can be more simple, safe, and streamlined.    

 

Planning For Success

As an organization, it’s important to define turnaround objectives with your turnaround project, plan 6-18 months in advance before the shutdown or turnaround occurs. Management must then clearly outline what work needs to be accomplished by creating a clearly defined set of criteria.

A sound mitigation strategy helps reduce downtime, improves safety, and reduces costs while enhancing business process optimization and mitigating risk. Plan for the unseen! It’s vital to control the shutdown without scheduled delays. From one phase to the next, the plan needs to address all activities and expected deliverables. Setting goals, developing strategies, defining tasks, and creating schedules form the basis of turnaround development and success.

Leadership can maximize efficiency by creating a Gantt chart and utilizing project management software. With these tools, teams can schedule and assign tasks, create a work breakdown structure, and evaluate progress in real-time.

Also, make sure stakeholders are on board with the process upfront. Share all facets of the upcoming event with stakeholders, like turnaround objectives, project preparation schedule, capital project integration, resource requirements, and initiating a dynamic risk management process.

 

Scope Management & Cost Control

After the initial planning is complete, it’s time to define the scope of the project and select the actual work to be accomplished. Cost control is a key component. It’s important to determine, for instance, if monitoring technology is more cost effective than hiring extra workers for the project. Once you have identified the specific work to be added to the scope, evaluate it thoroughly. If proposed work meets the requirement, include it in the project. If it does not meet the requirements, staff should consider scheduling it at a different time. During this phase, take time to identify and formulate cost estimates, schedules, work lists, and resources needed to complete the turnaround.       

 

SafeTek™ Worker Safety Technology

“Almost 50% of work-related accidents occur during plant maintenance outages and stoppages, according to TA Cook and Solomon Associates.”  

Turnaround is where operational and worker safety are at their peak of vulnerability. Ensuring jobsite safety for workers, contractors, and visitors should be a top priority during shutdown. Turnaround can present many challenges for safety and may involve workers performing tasks that aren’t necessarily routine. Also, a large number of contractors may be working on site for the first time with little knowledge of the equipment, supplies, and processes.

Here are a few advanced safety solutions you should include in your next turnaround phase.

 

 

SafeTek SmartMonitor™

During large-scale turnaround projects, monitoring in confined spaces is absolutely critical. A Centralized Confined Space Monitoring (CCSM) system utilizes advanced technology, connecting safety equipment and highly specialized technicians to keep an eye on workers in tight areas. With CCSM, entrants to confined spaces have an improved line of communication and visibility to operators in the centralized control room.        

 

SafeTek WorkZone™

Lockout/Tagout (LOTO) procedures ensure that machinery is properly shut off and unable to start up again prior to completion of maintenance work. LOTO software increases efficiency in creating complete and accurate lockout/tagout packages that include tags, field lists and associated documents, to help companies meet regulatory safety requirements by reducing inconsistencies caused by manual processes.

 

SafeTek Communication™

During turnaround, communication is key. Mission-critical 2-way communications like Motorola’s push-to-talk radios are ideal for these projects, maximizing safety, efficiency, and compliance by providing immediate service during maintenance or shutdown.

 

SafeTek Shield™

Wearable technology, such as SafeTek ShieldTM, keeps workers safe with real-time monitoring, detection, and immediate response. This portable technology is especially crucial during shutdown and turnaround projects. From gas monitoring to motion and fall recognition, wearable technology can track, notify, and provide emergency assistance to protect workers during critical situations. 

Total Safety provides all of these solutions to help safeguard workers during turnaround, shutdown, or maintenance projects.   

 

Risk Management

It’s important to know the potential risks associated with turnarounds. To help mitigate risk, work with experienced partners who understand turnaround procedures and provide solutions that enable you to plan for the unseen.

Risk management begins by minimizing the risks with the highest impact. Risks are added and subtracted from a list based on potential new risks, existing uncertainties, and other changing conditions. Not all risks can be managed, but if the team focuses on areas with the highest impact, the success of the project will be maximized.

Also, make sure your workplace is compliant with OSHA regulations. OSHA guidelines will help your operation adhere to required safety standards. To further manage risk, utilize worker safety technology, provide equipment such as air breathing apparatus, and establish emergency response and safety personnel during the turnaround process.                

 

Stakeholder Communication   

It’s a good idea to communicate with shareholders as often as possible. Provide daily email updates and have scheduled check-in meetings to discuss progress, problems, or any potential monetary concerns. If a problem or delay does occur, resolution will be much easier if you’re in consistent communication with shareholders.            

Turnaround is a complex (and expensive) endeavor. But if your operation plans accordingly, assesses the risks, and applies advanced technology to keep workers safe, your turnaround phase will go as smooth and efficiently as possible.

Need help planning your next turnaround? Talk to a Total Safety expert today.