Here at Levitt-Safety we get a lot of questions – which we love! And, that’s exactly what we’re here for; after all, our mission is to be your partner in all things safety. All the content we publish is specifically created to help solve the safety challenges that are timely, relevant and important to you.

So, what have been the most-burning questions we’ve received so far this year? Keep reading to find out!

Q: It’s 2019. Isn’t there a better solution for chemical spills?

A: There is! In David Wootten’s blog, It’s Time for a New Spill-Control Program. Here’s Why., he explains everything you need to know about Trivorex and Le Vert — Prevor’s two leading spill-cleanup products. Don’t feel like reading it all? No worries! We also made this video that shows you a real-time demonstration of how the absorbent works:

Q: I feel so hot in my chemical suit (And not in a good way). How can I stay cool and protected while wearing coveralls?

A: It’s all in the material. Lucky for us, DuPont makes it easy to find the right solution for every workplace. We wrote the blog 5 Steps to Finding the Right Chemical Suit to break down the top points to consider when selecting your level of protection. We know there’s a lot of info there, so we also made an easy-to-follow video too:

Q: How can I achieve an accident-free 2019?

A: Everyone came back from winter holidays feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the New Year. But, achieving workplace safety takes more than a mental resolution. In our first blog of the year, we broke down the top seven ways you can create a safer workplace.
We’re now halfway through 2019. How’s your resolution of achieving a safer workplace going? Remember it’s not too late to start today!

Q: What safety trade shows should I attend?

A: We’re almost six months into the year and while a number of the large, national shows have come and gone, there are a few big ones still to come. In our blog The Top 10 Safety Trade Shows to Attend in 2019 we list ‘em all. Remember, we include all of the shows (big or small) that we’re attending on our events page.
If there’s one you’re particularly interested in that you missed the boat on this year, be sure to make a note of it for 2020.

Q: How can I improve my emergency shower and eyewash safety program?

woman using emergency eyewashA: We’re glad you asked! We published three articles on this topic already this year (and hosted a webinar, which you can view here). With the new ANSI Z358.1 Standard in effect, this was a hot topic in January. To learn everything you need to know to stay safe and compliant, check out these articles:

Looking for all the facts in one place? We also created the ANSI Z358.1 Simplified: Your Guide to Emergency Shower and Eyewash System Compliance.

Q: What are some of the weirdest safety questions that people asked in 2018?

A: As we mention in our article, 7 Ways to Achieve an Accident-Free 2019, the best way to move forward with your safety mission is by reflecting on the past. Here’s the list of the top 10 questions put into Google from last year. Some might surprise you!

Q: What’s this new cap lamp I’ve heard so much about?

A: This is a question we were especially excited to answer because our very own sister company, Northern Light Technologies, is behind all the buzz. They recently launched the new Eagle Cap Lamp which provides Canadian miners with more power, tail lights, connectivity, personnel tracking and even emergency response capabilities. You can read all about it here.

Q: What are the new respiratory fit test standards?

A: If you follow Canadian safety news, you likely know that the new CAN/CSA-Z94.4 respiratory protection standard was introduced last September. Hint: we wrote an ultimate cheat sheet for the new requirements here. There were a lot of additions made to this new version compared to the 2011 edition. One of the most surprising of all was the new “comfort clause”. Michael Douglas wrote a detailed blog, Can Workers Refuse “Uncomfortable” Respirators? New CSA Standards Says Yes, where he highlights the major changes introduced in regards to workers’ comfort.
Looking for straightforward directions to complete a compliant respiratory fit test? Jonathan McCallum followed up with this Ultimate Cheat Sheet for Respiratory Fit Testing blog which includes all the steps, plus details on who’s responsible for what (employee vs. employer) when it comes to respiratory protection at work.

Q: Does Levitt-Safety offer rentals?

A: Indeed we do! We interviewed John Lindsay in February about our rentals division and included it all in the blog Try Before You Buy: Why More Companies are Opting to Rent Safety Equipment. From gas monitors to respiratory fit testing equipment, we are able to help you with whatever rentals you need to keep your workplace safe.

Q: Scaffolding is presenting challenges. What are the different working-at-height platforms available out there?

A: At Levitt-Safety, we’re a fan of two brands in particular: Vertical Rise Stairs (VRS) and LOBO customizable work platforms.
VRS platforms are designed to increase safety and productivity in tight, hard-to-reach areas. Tony Guarino writes about all the perks in his blog 6 Features that Elevate Vertical Rise Stairs Above Other Platform Systems.
If you’re looking for something more customizable for large-scale projects, LOBO could be the solution for you. In Tony’s article How LOBO Can Bring the Occupational Safety of the Aerospace Industry to New Heights, he covers just one of the many examples of how the unique LOBO system can adapt to (and solve) any working-at-heights related issues.

Q: Is there a master list of safety acronyms?

A: You bet! From AED to ZAP, we’ve established that there are a lot of acronyms you should know if you work in the safety industry. That’s why we wrote the ABCs of Safety: Your Ultimate List of Safety Acronyms.
Bonus: we also posted a full explanation on the difference between TRIF and DART.

Q: I need a vehicle fire suppression system. Help!  

A: A great place to start is by reading our 5 Things to Look for in Your Vehicle Fire Suppression System Provider, or watching the video below. Next, Meet Our VFSS Team! Written by Derek McEwen, Market Segment Manager of Fire Systems and Mining Technology, this article introduces you to some of our key team members and explains what you can expect from your fire system project with Levitt-Safety.

Q: I’m stressed at work. What should I do?  

A: When researching for this blog, we found out that 58 per cent of Canadians reported feeling overworked at their jobs! Know that you’re not alone with this problem. Safety doesn’t end with physical wellbeing – it’s also essential to consider your mental health while on the job. In our blog Your Workplace Stress: Where’s it Coming From and How Can You Manage It?, we explain what occupational stress is, what causes it, and how you can recognize and treat it.

Q: Does Levitt-Safety sell online?  

A: We absolutely do! And, we’re extremely excited to share that our e-commerce website is now better than ever. Our E-Commerce Specialist, Ryan Kennedy, penned a blog that explains what’s new and what’s to come for our online store.

Q: Which social media groups should I join if I work in safety?

A: Finding the right group you fit into online can be as challenging as it is in person. For this reason, we’ve written a couple of blogs on this topic. First, The Top 5 Safety LinkedIn Groups You Should Join Right Now explains the top forums that safety professionals are gathering in over LinkedIn. This includes general EHSQ, confined space, mining and more. Second, our recent post Work in Safety? Follow the Top 3 Reddit Groups opens you up to some neat discussions taking place over Reddit.
Remember, we’re active on LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter (and post all of this great content each week) so be sure to follow us there.

Q: I need safety career advice.

A: We hear you. Whether you work in the safety industry itself, or a sector which is concerned with worker health and safety, we could all use a few pointers from the pros. This year we looked to the seasoned safety professionals on our team for guidance and wrote 4 Habits to Look for in the Next Safety Manager You Hire and What’s the Difference Between Telling vs. Tattling in the Workplace?
Enjoy these articles? Be sure to let us know! The more guidance we can provide, the better.

Q: How do I measure dust in my workplace? 

Worker cutting stone with grinder.A: Wouldn’t you know that we’re in the middle of a dust monitoring campaign at this very moment! So far, our resident Occupational Health and Industrial Hygiene pro, Jonathan McCallum, has published three articles in the past month on this topic:

Stay tuned! There are two webinars still to come!

You spoke and we listened! There you have it: all of your top safety questions and concerns (thus far) for 2019. Remember, the year’s only half over. Please keep your feedback and questions coming our way so that we can produce the best possible content for you and your team!

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