FOD

FOD

FOD is a safety term that is mainly used in the aviation industry and the acronym, depending on the context, has two different meanings: Foreign Object Debris: Internal or external debris that is not where it is supposed to be. Includes tools, loose hardware, baggage, birds, volcanic ash, and even humans. Other examples of FOD include loose

2019 Spring Scholarship Award Winner Selected

2019 Spring Scholarship Award Winner Selected

For the past few years, we’ve had the pleasure of holding our Creative Safety Supply scholarship competition. During this time, it’s been an honor to read about the experiences of a large, diverse swath of American students. For the Spring 2019 contest, the hundreds of submissions revealed a generation of scholars who are working hard

HMIS

HMIS

The Hazardous Materials Identification System, or HMIS for short, is a numerical system for rating hazards in the workplace that was developed by the American Coatings Association. Although the system is voluntary, it can help employers stay in compliance with OSHA standards. HMIS is a system that uses easy-to-understand labels with colors and numbers to accurately communicate

Prop 65

Prop 65

Proposition 65, formally titled as the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, regulates the substances that California has identified to cause cancer, birth defects, or reproductive harm. Under Prop 65, businesses must provide warnings about exposures to these chemicals, typically with a label or sign. The goal is to enable Californians to make informed

Flammable Liquids

Flammable Liquids

Flammable liquids, as defined by OSHA, is any liquid with a flash point at or below 199.4°F. The two primary hazards of flammable liquids are explosion and fire. Flammable liquids burn easily at normal working temperatures and are extremely prone to ignition, whereas combustible liquids can burn at temperatures higher than working temperatures. Common flammable liquids

PPE

PPE

PPE is the acronym for personal protective equipment, referring to garments or equipment specifically designed to be worn. It can be the last line of defense between an individual and an injury, illnesses, or even death. PPE limits the exposure to hazards, protecting them from coming into contact with dangerous chemical, physical, radiological, electrical, mechanical, or

Machine Guarding

Machine Guarding

Machines in warehouses and factories often have multiple moving parts and the potential to cause a workplace injury. Ingoing nip points, rotating parts, flying chips, and sparks are just some of the risks that machinery can pose. Machine safeguards are a type of engineering control that prevents workers’ body parts contacting it or to control

Lockout/Tagout (LOTO)

Lockout/Tagout (LOTO)

Officially referred to as the control of hazardous energy, lockout/tagout is a system used to ensure the safe servicing and maintenance of machines and equipment. It applies to a number of energy sources including electrical, mechanical, pneumatic, chemical, and thermal sources. When LOTO is implemented correctly, the system will work to prevent unexpected energization and the

Biohazard

Biohazard

Biological hazards, commonly known as biohazards or biological agents, are organic substances or organisms that pose some level of threat to human health. Biological hazards can affect humans in a number of ways, and reactions can range from mild irritation to death. Those working in healthcare are often exposed to biological matter in the form