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10 SAFETY 2018 COATINGSPROMAG.COM Better Safe Than Sorry with taped seams and make sure it has the proper barrier coating to prevent the solvents from permeating." As with the Ty vek models, keeping workers cool is a priority for many protective apparel manufacturers. Between enclosed spaces and the overall volume of PPE involved, it's easy for worker produc- tivity to decrease due to heat stress — especially on jobs taking place in hot months or climates and without access to shade or air conditioning. OSHA also mandates rest periods beginning at 78 °F (25.6 °C) for heav y work and 90 °F (32.2 °C) for light work. To address that need, ZIPPKOOL is now offer- ing its HVN-500 High Visibility Cooling Jacket, in which the lightweight jacket has two fans circu- lating air to vaporize sweat and cool temperatures. Powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, the harness-compatible jacket has tested to be between 20 °F (~11 °C) and 30 °F (~17 °C) cooler compared to the outside temperature. COOLSHIRT SYSTEMS is another provider of heat-stress prevention and recovery products through liquid-cooled garments, including an optional attached Safe Temp heat-stress alarm that sends an audible alert to warn workers when their skin temperature exceeds 100 °F (37.8 °C) and before any heat stress symptoms begin. On the other hand, in winter months, some coatings contractors might face the opposite problem of needing innovative ways to stay warm while making sure their hands are as free as possible to perform basic tasks. To that end, Carhartt's flame-resistant, quilt-lined duck bib overall could be a solution. Weighing just 13 ounces (368.5 grams), this overall includes multiple tool and utility pockets while keeping arms free of potentially cumbersome coat sleeves. Carhartt manufactures a full range of products that can help contractors keep warm or cool, depending on the season, including cargo pants, long-sleeved yet light- weight shirts, and coats with water-repellent technology for working in rainy conditions. Besides overall clothing garments, some coatings jobs — such as working on rooftops — may require specialized footwear. KEEN Utility offers a full line of work boots under its American Built Collection brand with features ranging from breathable waterproof membranes to slip resistance to asymmetrical steel toes. Elsewhere, Warson Brands released three new boot series in January 2018 from its Iron Age Footwear line. e Galvanizer and Troweler models are ideal for concrete workers, while the Groundbreaker is designed for tough metal and smelter environments. Working at Heights Many coatings jobs take place at elevated heights, such as rooftops or on bridges. at makes safety of paramount importance on these projects, including both workers in the air and those on the ground below. Of OSHA's ten most-cited violations for its 2017 fiscal year, four dealt directly with heights: general requirements (#1), scaffolding (#3), ladders (#6), and fall protection — training requirements (#9). In January 2017, a long-awaited update to OSHA's walking-working surfaces rule became effective, establishing employer requirements for using personal fall protection systems. OSHA estimates the standard, which also applies to low-slope roofs, will prevent 29 fatalities and more than 5,842 injuries annually, while affecting ~112 million workers at 7 million sites. T he f ina l r u le's most sig nif icant update is a l low- ing employers to select the fa l l protection system that works best for them, choosing f rom a range of accepted options. OSH A has per mitted the use of these systems in constr uction since 1994, and the f ina l r u le adopts simi lar requirements for genera l industr y. Other changes inc lude a l low ing employ- ers to use rope descent systems up to 300 feet (91.4 m) above a lower level; prohibiting the use of body belts as par t of a persona l fa l l ar rest system; requir - ing D -r ings, snap hooks, and carabiners to be proof tested to a minima l tensi le load of 3,600 lb. (1,632.9 kg ); and mandating worker training on persona l fa l l protection systems and fa l l equipment. "e final rule will increase workplace protection from those hazards, especially fall hazards, which are a leading cause of worker deaths and injuries," said David Michaels, the former U.S. assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health. "OSHA believes advances in technology and greater flexibility will reduce worker deaths and injuries from falls." Over a 20-year period, the new rule also phases in a requirement to equip fixed ladders that extend over 24 feet (7.3 m) with ladder safety or personal fall arrest systems while prohibiting the use of cages and wells as a means of fall protection. Companies such as MSA Safety, Guardian Fall Protection, Elk River, and Werner are among many industry providers of personal fall arrest systems, which consist of an anchor, harness and connector, and lanyard or self-re- tracting device. One new development for the construction industry is MSA's new V-SHOCK line of mini personal fall limit- ers, which weigh just 2.0 lbs. (0.9 kg). is system puts less weight on workers' backs, thus reducing fatigue and boosting productivity. A Better Safe Than Sorry continued on page 12

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