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OSHA Issues Final Rule Updating Walking-Working Surfaces Standards

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a final rule updating its general industry Walking-Working Surfaces standards specific to slip, trip, and fall hazards. The rule also includes a new section under the general industry Personal Protective Equipment standards that establishes employer requirements for using personal fall protection systems. “The final rule will increase workplace protection from those hazards, especially fall hazards, which are a leading cause of worker deaths and injuries,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. “OSHA believes advances in technology and greater flexibility will reduce worker deaths and injuries from falls.” The final rule also increases consistency between general and construction industries, which will help employers and workers that work in both industries. OSHA estimates the final standard will prevent 29 fatalities and more than 5,842 injuries annually. The rule becomes effective on Jan. 17, 2017, and will affect approximately 112 million workers at 7 million worksites. The final rule’s most significant update is allowing employers to select the fall protection system that works best for them, choosing from a range of accepted options including personal fall protection systems. OSHA has permitted the use of personal fall protection systems in construction since 1994 and the final rule adopts similar requirements for general … READ MORE

Five Tips on Selecting Personal Protective Gear for Women

Unfortunately, many manufacturers of personal protective equipment have not kept up with the changing workforce. More women in all types of industries and positions historically held by men are now entering the workplace. In the industrial workplace, this means that most gloves, eye gear, gowns, and other safety clothing, originally designed for men may not fit well on women because of their different body builds. "[Because of this,] women must take time in selecting proper protective gear," says Vicky Adams, senior category manager for safety and gloves for Impact Products, a leading manufacturer of safety-related products. "Always remember, if protective clothing does not fit properly, it can't do its job protecting the worker." To help address this issue, Adams offers the following five tips for selecting PPE for women: Gloves: Gloves should have a "snug" fit-too tight, and they will quickly become uncomfortable; too large, and they will be clumsy. The gloves should … READ MORE

What is a Gantry Crane?

A gantry crane is a crane that is supported by uprights that run along a rail at ground level. Gantry cranes are ideal for situations in which you have no elevated runway or top rail to run your crane along. Gantry cranes are designed to move and offer more flexibility then permanent cranes. Gantry cranes provide an economical way to lift materials anywhere in a facility. The wheels enable you to move the gantry around your facility. This is a more cost-effective lifting solution for areas of infrequent lifts than a more expensive permanent structure. Industries that use gantry cranes include: automotive, power plants, mining, aerospace, shipping, petroleum and refuse handling. Gantry cranes come in all sizes, and some can move very heavy loads, particularly the extremely large examples used in shipyards or industrial installations. When considering purchasing a gantry crane make a list of the services you require of the crane. Consider the maximum loads, the average loads, … READ MORE

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Choose the right Chemical Resistant Gloves

Ten Things to Know When Selecting Chemical Resistant Gloves: 1. Know the types of chemicals and chemical ingredients you are working with 2. Review the chemical's Safety Data Sheet to know what ingredients may be potentially harmful 3. Chemical resistant gloves are generally made of latex, nitrile, neoprene, and PVC; use a "chemical resistance chart" provided by some glove manufacturers to determine which glove will work best with which chemical ingredients 4. Consider the dexterity of … READ MORE

Harrington Hoists, Inc. Releases Line of Ex Certified Spark Resistant Manual Hoists and Trolleys

 Nationwide Industrial Supply is a preferred distributor of Harrington Hoist, who is recognized as a leading manufacturer of electric and air powered chain hoists, electric wire rope hoists, lever hoists, manual hand chain hoists, push and geared trolleys, overhead cranes, crane accessories, below-the-hook and material handling equipment. Harrington Hoists, Inc. has introduced their new RCB Ex Certified Spark Resistant (for potentially explosive atmospheres that require features that reduce … READ MORE


Your warehouse can be a dangerous place. When it comes to protecting people on a daily basis, a yellow line painted on the floor does not stop accidents from happening. The whole plant or warehouse is a workplace, and even the most automated conveyor system needs safe access. The safety department, the training department and plant layout need to be involved. Separating and defining work areas and walkways as well as providing drop-off protection for interior loading and rail docks has long been … READ MORE

Klein Tools Tech Bags

 Klein Tools introduced new tech bags to the popular Trademan Pro Organizers line. These products are designed to hold laptops and other technical devices such as meters or smartphones. The Tradesman Pro Tech Backpack and Tradesman Pro Tech Bag are designed for professionals that need to carry a laptop or tablet to the jobsite. Both bags have a separate compartment to keep laptops protected from other tools. There is also storage for adapters and cables as well as an organizer pocket for … READ MORE

Steel Shelving

At Nationwide Industrial Supply, our Steel Shelving systems are designed for storage of small parts that might normally fall through standard wire shelves. A dual layer construction with double hemmed perimeter ensures maximum strength and durability for heavier equipment. Nationwide Industrial Supply offers a range of steel shelving units as part of their storage solutions. Shelving offers an alternative to conventional storage in bins, and there are many reasons that make shelving a more … READ MORE