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As we are amid a national pause to slow and prevent the spread of Covid-19 on our island, we can’t forget to look out for our own health, specifically our mental health.

Since the first appearance of Covid-19 in the world, our mental well-being has been under a constant barrage of assaults from the uncertainty of the Covid-19 situation.  This encompasses the economic challenges, restricted movement and isolation. There’s also the added pressure of being hypervigilant about our own physical health wherever we go, with what we touch, in wearing our mask and even visiting our loved ones. In spite of all those things, we need to maintain a level of normalcy in our routine, family and jobs.

It is a lot to handle.

To help manage your mental health,  here are some tips for coping while you are at home:

  1. When you wake up, take a bath/shower and dress for the day - this refreshes your body and prepares your mind for a new day.
  2. Take at least 10 minutes for self-reflection at the start of the day– To do this, find a quiet space for you to explore your feelings, goals or simply take a break from worrying about the things that are stressing you out.
  3. Set boundaries between your personal and work life if you are working from home, this can be done by creating a designated area to work within your home and by having set office hours - this will help to maintain a good professional/personal balance within your life.
  4. Don’t stay cooped up in the house, take walks around your neighborhood when you can, while maintaining social distancing practices from others.
  5. While you may be physically isolated from others, do not isolate emotionally from your friends and family. Stay connected with your loved ones through regular check-ins and light, positive conversations.
  6. Avoid overindulging on unhealthy snacks and sugary drinks while at home.
  7. Be aware of the habits you develop during this time, you can create good habits by limiting tv time, adding exercise, maintaining a tidy environment, proper diet and wholesome occupation during lockdown.
  8. Deliberately set aside time to disconnect from the news and social media to give yourself a break from the constant onslaught of information.
  9. Staying together with family or roommates for several days can be stressful. Remember that everyone manages stress differently and one should communicate what affects you in a calm manner, while being considerate of their feelings.
  10. Don’t hesitate to change up your daily schedule by exploring new activities or potential hobbies to keep your mind engaged and challenged.
  11. While at home you can set a goal to tackle projects around the house which you may not have had time to complete previously- this can help you to feel productive within your personal life and help to occupy your time.
  12. Stay motivated by utilizing the time to develop or refresh your professional skills with online courses, video tutorials or webinars.

Overall, it’s important to bear in mind that a lockdown is a temporary state. Keeping occupied, staying positive and hopeful throughout this experience will contribute to maintaining your mental wellbeing.

Stay safe!

 

For persons who work at height, safety is not just a word – it is an imperative to protect your life. Therefore, regular inspection of your safety harness is essential.

Before every use, your safety harness equipment should undergo a touch and visual examination to ensure there are no issues or weaknesses with the equipment, which could contribute to placing you, the wearer, in danger.

Why do both a tactile (touch) and visual examination?

You may be able to look at your harness and make one determination, however, when you touch it, what you feel may make you think differently. Using both your sight and touch in tandem allows for a detailed examination that optimizes your chances for spotting defects or unusual wear and tear.

Remember - “Mek sure bettah dan cocksure.” i.e. it’s better to verify than to assume – nowhere is this more applicable than ensuring one’s safety while working at height.

How should the inspection be carried out?

Check the safety labels and tags first.

These should contain information such as which class of harness you have, the weight limit allowed and which safety standards your harness meets. If your harness was previously inspected, the date of that inspection should be noted on the ‘inspection grid’ tag. Information regarding the proper care reqiured for the model you are using should also be located in the labels. 

It's recommended that you perform the inspection in a well-lit area. This is conducted by holding the straps of your harness and drawing them across the palm of your hand, slowly working your way around the equipment,  gently but firmly bending the webbing on both sides to expose any damage to the weave of the fabric.

In some models, there is an “impact indicator” which indicates whether a harness was previously involved in a fall.  A harness should not be re-used after the impact of a fall-arrest

What does this inspection look for?

Other than the obvious, which would be major tears, this safety check seeks to verify the condition of the material, e.g. if there is any frayed material, how soft or loose the material feels, or if there is an excessive hardness or rigidity to the material.  and whether any foreign substances or contaminants have seeped into the material, which could compromise the integrity of the equipment.

According to OSHA, some of the defects to look for include:

  • Cuts of 1 mm or more at the edges of webbing lanyards (e.g. where the lanyard may have been choke-hitched around steelwork); 
  • Surface abrasion across the face of the webbing and at the webbing loops, particularly if localized.
  • Abrasion at the edges, particularly if localized. 
  • Damage to stitching (e.g. cuts or abrasion).
  • A knot in the lanyard, other than those intended by the manufacturer. 
  • A chemical attack, which can result in local weakening and softening – often indicated by flaking of the surface. There may also be a change in the color of the fibers.
  • Heat or friction damage indicated by fibers with a glazed appearance which may feel harder than surrounding fibers.
  • UV-degradation, which is difficult to identify, particularly visually, but there may be some loss of color (if dyed) and a powdery surface.
  • Partially deployed energy absorber (e.g. short pull-out of tear webbing).
  • Contamination (e.g. with dirt, grit, sand, etc.) which may result in internal or external abrasion.
  • Damaged or deformed fittings (e.g. carabiners, screw link connectors, scaffold hooks).
     

In addition to regular “before use” checks, an in-depth inspection should be conducted on your harness by a competent person other than yourself every six (6) months.

Safety harnesses should be retired if they have been involved in a fall. However, when you should change a harness is determined by factors should as the wear and tear, frequency of use and how it was stored. On average, a harness is usually changed between 3-5 years of light to moderate use with proper care.

If you are looking for high quality and comfortable safety harnesses, the staff at Safety Supply Co. can assist you with finding the right fit for you. Check out our harness products here: https://safetysupplyco.com/shop/climbing-fall-protection/harnesses-body-...

 

A major component of any construction project is the material. You want the best materials, but you also don’t want to break the Bank. It’s the age-old struggle. Well, there is a product that can tick both those boxes. It’s FIBERMESH

What is FIBERMESH?

FIBERMESH is a product made from virgin polypropylene fibers and used to reinforce concrete, especially for floors, driveways, and alllarge, slab-on-grade, pours. Wait... did we write that right? Polypropylene fibers? Yes, we did! FIBERMESH really does reinforce concrete, instead of using wire mesh! 

How does it work?

While the concrete is in its plastic (wet) state, the fibers are added to the mixture and tumbled until evenly distributed. This even distribution helps to reinforce the concrete in all directions and assists with crack control, reducing water loss and increasing impact resistance and compression strength.

Is it the right product for your project?

We know, it seems like FIBERMESH can do it all! As it can do all of the above, it’s both a cost-effective and labour-saving product that can help you complete your project with a long lifespan and safety in mind. With a convenient ratio of 1 bag per cubic metre*, using FIBERMESH gets you the best value for your money.

You’ll also reduce costs by eliminating the wastage factor which projects invariably can, and do, produce. FIBERMESH comes in a water-soluble bag, which you can toss directly into the mixer- the bag will dissolve, allowing for the fibers to begin mixing, hence there’s no wastage and with this feature, you’ll also play a role in saving the environment. We can’t forget the safety factor. Instead of adding wire mesh to an already potentially dangerous environment containing nails, planks, pipes, and wires, the packaging and method of use for FIBERMESH contribute to making your worksite a safer and more productive location.

So, if safety, minimum wastage, environmental protection, and cost are concerns of yours, then FIBERMESH is the product for you!

After all, FIBERMESH is all about “Making Good Concrete Better!”

Safety Supply Co. Inc. stocks four (4) types of FIBERMESH, and our knowledgeable staff would be more than happy to assist you with choosing the correct product for your project. Visit our website to see our selection. Click: https://safetysupplyco.com/shop/concrete-products/fibermesh

 

5 Tips for Working at Home

The outbreak of the coronavirus has most people working from home. If you're new to working remotely, these tips can help you stay productive and maintain balance. 

Maintain Regular Hours

Figure out what times of day you're most productive versus when you slack off, then Set a schedule, and stick to it. Having clear guidelines for when to work and when to call it a day helps many remote workers maintain work-life balance. 

Create a Morning Routine (to get you in the chair)

Deciding you'll sit down at your desk and start work at a certain time is one thing. Creating a routine that guides you into the chair is another. Having a routine can be more powerful than a clock at helping you get started each day.

Set ground rules with people in your space

Set ground rules with other people in your home or who share your space for when you work. If you have children, set clear rules about what they can and cannot do during that time. Additionally, divide up the house work task fairly, so you’re not overwhelmed by being stuck with the majority of it.

Schedule breaks

Allow yourself a full lunch hour (or two), and take 15-minute breaks as needed.

Get some fresh air

To the extent that it's allowed and safe where you are during the COVID-19 outbreak, get out of the house, provided you can maintain social distancing of course. Your body needs to move. Plus, the fresh air and natural light will do you good.

For some reason, a request for assistance is perceived as a sign of weakness, when in reality, it's a sign of strength and courage. So here are 4 instances when it's definitely time for you to bite the bullet and ask your co-worker for help.

When you have no idea what you're doing

It's ok to approach a colleague to ask for some clarification and assistance to avoid wasting time. So, take a deep breath, then approach your supervisor or one of your co-workers in order to get a better understanding of the particular task at hand.  

When you simply have too much on your plate

Your deadline is approaching and you know you're not going to meet it, request assistance from your co-workers. Be sure to repay the favor next time they need your help.

When you make a mistake

We're humans, it happens... NEVER sweep it under the rug in hopes of anyone not noticing. Instead, approach the appropriate persons in the office immediately to get the problem resolved promptly.

When you need additional expertise or insight

When a project you're working on can greatly benefit from a co-workers advice or talents, never hesitate to ask for their input. It fosters collaboration among team members, and makes your project better than it would've been.

Asking for help is sometimes more essential than it is easy. Breathe in, swallow your pride and ask; it can be that simple.

 

7 Ways to Lead a Stress Free Lifestyle

April has been deemed National Stress Awareness Month and as such we’ve put together 7 ways you can celebrate this rewarding initiative.

Take control of your health – Taking control of your personal health can make a great difference in the amount of stress you feel. Exercising, a nutritious diet or making that doctor’s appointment you’ve been pushing back, are all ways you can take charge of your body.

Do something you’ve always wanted to - Take that trip, start that creative or physical hobby, finish that book, a trip to the beach; doing something out of routine can put things in perspective and give you the direction you’ve been needing. 

Focus on now and worry about nothing - When you realize you can only control the present, you’ll worry less. Escape from the disappointment of what once was and the fear of what might be, and leave stress stuck in a time warp. 

 

Meditate and Reflect - Take 10 minutes a day to ‘zone out’ and quiet your mind. This releases the stress of the day and allows your mind to be at peace.

 

Keep a journal - For 5 minutes every day, write and reflect on the day you’ve just experienced and list 5 good things that happened today.

 

Be optimistic – No matter the challenge, think positively and put a positive spin on it; let this positive mindset become a focal point throughout your life.

 

Smile awhile and give your face a rest - Whether it’s in the form of a funny video, movie, a comedy podcast or just talking to a good friend; whatever it takes, give yourself time for laughter each and every day.

 

“Every year over 300 people die in ladder-related accidents, and thousands suffer disabling injuries. Without better training and continuous innovation in safety, planning and product design, we will continue to see far too many fatalities.”

Ryan Moss, ALI president and CEO of Little Giant Ladder Systems. National Ladder Safety Month was started to heighten awareness, reinforce safety training, and educate homeowners and working professionals.

Visit http://www.ehstoday.com/national-ladder-safety-month to read the full article. 

 

 

Did you know that the real secret to increased efficiency at work lies in resting? Let’s talk about what you have to gain from making rest a priority. 

Brain Sharpness

Your brain gets tired and fatigued when over used and rest is needed for it to recover. Down time is essential for boosting motivation, reflecting, making memories, problem solving and the list goes on. Without the brain being able to process core information, our productivity will be in-efficient. 

 

More Done in Less Time

A greater sense of accomplishment and productivity has been realized when a study revealed that persons who took one off day each week ended up reporting more efficiency in their endeavors.

 

Time to Review & Reflect

Reviewing and reflecting on work done gives you the insight needed to make any necessary adjustments needed to maintain efficient habits. A rest day is a great opportunity to reflect on accomplishments and failures, which allows you to return to work with the motivation needed to get things done.

 

Healthy Immune System

Getting adequate sleep keeps your immune system primed for attack. Nothing gets in the way faster than a runny, congested nose. Studies show that sleep deprivation costs companies billions every year. Taking a regular rest day with good sleeping habits, will maintain your immune system which keeps illnesses at bay. Are you sleeping well? Find out here: Sleep Hygiene Assessment

 

Creativity

Innovative thinking is hindered when the brain is exhausted. This explains the epiphanies experienced while taking a shower or after waking from a nap. These glimpses of evidence prove that rest is essential for brain matter regeneration. 

 

Energy is needed for the proper function of our physical and mental well-being. Rest days allow us to properly manage and replenish our energy levels in a responsible way. The number of hours you spend at work does not necessarily determine your productivity, but rather the energy and mental awareness you bring to the table. Protect your Energy!

 

"Look like a team, play like a team." When it's clear co-workers are both part of the same team, it instinctively encourages trust. Branded company clothing will not fix issues overnight, but it is a powerful tool to help solidify a wider company culture.

Read on to learn more about the benefits of branded workwear.

Work Ethic And Direction

A uniform can be one of the most direct ways to fuel a workforce’s productivity and encourage effective teamwork. The transition between work and social mindsets a lot smoother. This benefits those teams who could benefit from a more professional mindset whilst at work, but keep those employees who find it harder to “switch off” less likely to burn out because, once the uniform is removed, work is over.

Identity

A company uniform therefore offers much more than branding and is a key driving force behind an efficient workforce. It retracts barriers, improves confidence and offers purpose behind company goals, it allows employees to relate to the company in much greater depth.

Equality

By adopting a similar or same uniform for all employees, it allows the individuals working for you to be seen as a team rather than individuals - they’re all equally important and necessary to company success. A staff uniform removes any perception of individual’s earnings, experience or personal previous success, which is essential to avoid any insecurity amongst your workforce. This therefore allows employees to feel valued without any unnecessary causes of jealousy or disdain.

Unity

An employee uniform emphasizes that your workforce is working towards a common goal, encouraging teamwork and togetherness. Conversely, with a relaxed uniform policy or no uniform at all, employee’s sense of direction can often be self-orientated rather than with the business in mind.

Safety Supply stocks a range of workwear attire which can be embroidered with your company's logo. Contact us today for more information.

When working with hazardous substances such as gases, solvent powdered chemicals and sprays, RPEs (Respiratory Protective Equipment) are used to control exposure and improve air quality and ventilation. Today we’re going to discuss how, when and why RPE is necessary for the environment you’re in. 

Firstly, let’s discuss hazardous substances, what are they?

 

Hazardous substances are defined as any toxic, harmful, corrosive, irritant of asphyxia substance or a mixture of substances including dusts, fumes, gases, mists and vapors, that may produce adverse health effects in individuals when exposed to sufficient quantitates. The list can go on as common gases found in the household such as chlorine, ammonia and wood dust; have adverse effects on our respiratory organs, causing ill health and early death.

 

RPE is divided into two main types: 

• Respirators (filtering devices), use filters to remove contaminants in the workplace air. Filter selection and use requires due care and attention to ensure the safety of wearers. 

• Breathing apparatus (BA), needs a supply of air from a clean source (e.g. an air cylinder or air compressor). BA may be used in situations with reduced oxygen levels.

 

The law requires employers to prevent or control the exposure of employees and others to hazardous substances at work. RPE should be used as a last resort- when inhalation exposure risk remains after you have put every other practicable measure in place. It may also be used as additional protection in case other control measures fail to operate.

 

Good health, safety training and support can minimize or remove the risk to employees of respiratory health issues. Risk assessments should be carried out to reduce the effects of dangerous substances and environmental solutions put into place, for example adequate ventilation, warning signs and appropriate equipment. All employees should be kept properly informed about risks associated with the handling of dangerous substances and be provided with appropriate guidelines for handling them as well as relevant health checks.

 

Why is RPE a last choice for protection?

RPE only protects the wearer, controlling the environment around you can protect everyone working in the area. RPE should NOT be used in environments where oxygen levels are low.

 

To make sure wearers are getting the most protection from RPEs, it must be correctly selected, used and maintained. A mismatch between the RPE and the environment is costly & dangerous. 

Users should be trained to use and maintain RPE.

 

Safety Supply stocks half and full face RPE for your convenience. Our knowledgeable staff would be more than happy in assisting you with choosing the correct gear for your environment. Visit our website to see our selection. Click Here: http://bit.ly/2ENpP0k

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