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The safety products industry is a competitive environment that continues to evolve as technological advances are adopted to better protect workers.


The sole international standard regarding anti-impact hand protection addresses only 
knuckle protection. But this void is soon to be filled by a U.S. voluntary standard - 
ISEA 138,  Performance and Classification of Impact Resistance Hand Protection. 

When giving an architect or main building contractor your recommendations for a fall 
protection system, you'll no doubt want to suggest the safest, most efficient, and most cost-effective solution. 

So, what is ahead for 2018? It appears likely that the focus for respiratory protection in 
2018 will revolve around two key areas.

Grainger has been named again to Fortune's annual list of "World's Most Admired 
Companies" for 2018. Among competitors in the Wholesalers: Diversified category, 
Grainger ranked No. 1 for the fifth consecutive year.

increase in 2017but not the majority of it, according to CEO DG Macpherson, who said the company's "own pricing and marketing actions" drove last year's growth.

"We're focused on integrating, as well as understanding how we're going to go to market, 
and make sure that we're servicing each other's customers well, continuing to look for opportunities to drive growth," said Tom Pientok, President of Apache.

I think the next time I walk into a new fitness studio, I'll swipe a pair of those free foam 
earplugs from the front desk, just in case. 


A recently created database allowed researchers to determine that, in a 33-year period, falls accounted for nearly half of all construction worker deaths - and more than half of the workers killed lacked access to fall protection - according to the Center for Construction Research and Training (also known as CPWR).
Examining the total health of workers in Boyle County to improve the workforce - that's the 
idea behind a grant application, but a business to partner with is needed.

Workers at a barrel refurbishing plant in St. Francis were exposed to formaldehyde, mercury 
and other hazardous chemicals but did not receive proper training in safely handling the 
materials, according to violations found by the  U.S. Occupational Safety and Health AdministrationAlso, workers whose native language is Spanish did not receive training on how to deal with hazardous materials in a language they could fully understand, according to OSHA.


A new graphene printing technology can craft flexible, water-repellant circuits. These new circuits pave the way for wearable (and washable) electronics.


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