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NFPA 70E 2021 Update: Notable Changes

Did you know the NFPA 70E Standard has been updated? Every three years, the NFPA 70E committee works to address the dynamic electrical safety industry and the changes and improvements that occur within this segment of workplace safety.

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1,000,000 Masks Produced... and Counting!

You can’t see our smiles behind the masks we are wearing, but they are there because National Safety Apparel has produced 1,000,000+ masks to help fight the battle against COVID-19! As we continue to adapt to the changes around us, we are extending our efforts as states around the U.S. are requiring face coverings in public spaces.

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Heat Stress and PPE

Exposure to high temperatures on the job can put workers at risk of heat stress. Whether that be outdoor or indoor work conditions, heat stress poses a threat to worker health and productivity.

Alongside environmental acclimatization, rest breaks, and proper hydration, employers can also help to ensure workers are supplied appropriate personal protective equipment or PPE.

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5 Causes of Heat Stress and How to Avoid It

As the weather starts to get warmer in the northern hemisphere, the daily risks of heat stress and heat stroke increase. Workers in outdoor environments like those working in the utilities, oil & gas, and construction industries are at a greater risk.  Heat stress occurs when the body’s natural cooling processes fail to effectively regulate body temperature. Signs of heat stress can include fatigue, exhaustion, headaches, flu-like symptoms, cramping, dizziness, rash from excessive sweating, fainting and more. Not only is heat stress a health hazard, workers suffering from heat exhaustion are at greater risk for accidents since they are less alert and may not be able to think clearly. It is important to know the risks of heat stress and how to properly mitigate them to stay healthy and productive.

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Best Practices for Arc Flash PPE During COVID-19

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, most of us have had to reassess and restructure many of our daily practices. Many things we never thought twice about doing suddenly bring into question whether they may put us at risk. Sharing PPE (personal protection equipment) has been a common practice we’ve done for years, especially when it comes to more costly items, like arc flash kits for electrical maintenance and aluminized clothing for molten metal protection. As concerns continue to grow over the spread of coronavirus, so do our daily inquiries about sanitizing PPE. We have turned to the CDC and arc flash industry expert Hugh Hoagland for guidance.

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