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Protection Update - July 2008

July 1, 2008
News from the International Safety Equipment Association

In this Issue:
>> Understanding Cut Protection
Cut resistance is often the primary factor considered when evaluating gloves for cut protection because it can be easily measured using standard devices such as the Cut Protection Performance Test or CPPT.

>> New Protection for Workers
Look for garments from ISEA members that meet ANSI/ISEA 101 – 1996 (R2008) – American National Standard for Limited-Use and Disposable Coveralls – Size and Labeling Requirements, or ANSI/ISEA 107–2004 – American National Standard for High-Visibility Safety Apparel and Headwear, or ANSI/ISEA 207-2006 – American National Standard for High-Visibility Public Safety Vests…

>> New ISEA Standard for ‘Decon’ Showers
The International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) has published a new American National Standard to help first responders and health care facilities specify appropriate decontamination showers for use during emergency operations.

>> Three Elected to ISEA Board
Capital Safety, OK-1 Manufacturing and U.S. Safety Executives have been newly elected to the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) Board of Trustees.

>> Washington Watch: ISEA Steps Up on Worker Safety, Health Issues
Throughout this summer and fall, the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) will engage the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and Congress on issues to improve worker safety and health by advancing the use of personal protective equipment (PPE).

>> Making Workers Safer Around the Nation
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) – www.osha.gov – has announced the reissuance of its Combustible Dust National Emphasis Program (NEP) Instruction; the NEP will increase enforcement activities and focus on specific industry groups that have experienced frequent combustible dust incidents.

>> OSHA $100,000 Club of Citations
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed penalties of $100,000 or more for the following recent alleged failures to protect workers from potential hazards, including many that could have been avoided or mitigated by personal protective equipment (PPE).

>> Terminated Whistleblower Gets $254,000
United Parcel Service Inc. (UPS) has paid $254,000 to a mechanic who was terminated by the delivery carrier after complaining about unsafe conditions in trucks at the company’s Watertown, N.Y., garage. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) had investigated the complaint.

To read the entire July 2008 Protection Update, click here .

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