"December Employee Safety Talk"
Safety glasses are required:
Wearing safety glasses in an industrial environment is one of the oldest individual protection programs practiced in our industry. It is obvious that approved eye protection is needed in the production and maintenance areas of the plant. To eliminate doubt as to other areas where eye protection is required to be worn, in the following areas questions have been raised concerning safety glass usage:
- Aisles & Walkways: approved eye protection is required in all aisles and walkways in the manufacturing area.
What is approved eye protection?
To see if you have approved eye protection, look on the inside of the frame (temples or bridge). "Z-87" must be noted there to let you know the frames meet OSHA requirements. Also, on the top corner or top middle of the lenses, a small manufacturer's trademark must appear. If your glasses have both it means both frame and lenses are approved for industrial use. If these marks are not there, your glasses are not safe for work.
Is any tinting allowed in the lenses?
Only "clear" or "rose-tint" lenses are allowed for industrial safety glasses. "Rose 1" is a light tint; "Rose 2" is a heavier tint. This tinting allows reduction of glare from the florescent lighting in the plant but does not distort your vision like other tinting when worn inside the building. Sunglasses, photo-gray, dark-tint lenses or any other shaded lens are not allowed.
Wooden pallets in trash carts:
Wooden pallets must never be placed in trash carts or the racks being used to collect paper and cardboard. The wooden pallets present a very serious safety issue for those that empty the material from the carts/racks. Please be sure to safely stack wooden pallets in your area, not in carts or racks.
Fire & electrocution hazards - small appliances: