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PostHeaderIcon ... PPE comfort vs. safety awareness

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Before we start this discussion, ask yourself these few questions:

1. what's going through your mind when your feet feel like they've been fighting hell all day?

2. how is your brain working when the safety glasses you must wear pinch hard on your temples?

3. how does your body respond to a tight fitting overall or one with legs and sleeves too long?

4. can you easily overcome the above listed discomforts so you're alert at all times and not thinking about getting it done faster (less safely) or inclined to cut corners?

Above points may seem obvious to many. After all, when we purchase safety work clothing or equipment for our own private use, we choose what fits us best. But when we go to work, it's the employer who will impose safety wear requirements on us. For one to minimize accidents, two it's an OSHA (or other governing body) requirement. Depending on how that particular employer decides to go about it, you end up either comfortable (and safe and effective), or NOT.

The above list covers only safe-wear that are most often required at any work place. Depending on work environment you may also use some other, far more task-specific gear, which by shear lack of choice may not be available in a most comfortable variety. However, the ones listed above should pose ZERO discomfort, if chosen properly. Before we start, let's finish this topic first:

" uncomfortable clothing will cause fatigue, unwelcome attitude, and rush to judgment, and eventually will blow up in your face when you expect it least"

Fatigue often starts with feet. When they're unhappy, nothing else wants to perform. And so it is the work boot that should be carefully chosen to provide the best comfort possible. In fact, it is the single most important part of protective clothing, if our safe work place is to actually become one. Foot discomfort has historically caused or lead to accidents, which were otherwise quite avoidable.

How hard is it to make that RIGHT choice?

Last Updated (Wednesday, 24 July 2013 03:55)

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PostHeaderIcon ... US Senator visits Somali pirates

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Just came across an article related to a US senator's visit to Somalia. What is especially positive is, what he says about it, such as

We need a coordinated strategy now because this is rapidly spinning out of control

or negative when he suggests

worldwide ban on paying ransoms

No question, ransoms feed the fad, yet I wish he had one of his relatives held hostage by those pirates.

The problem continues to expand and nothing is being done to actually slow it down. Before anyone tries to stop the payouts though, he should think of some far more reaching solutions, not the least of which being the elimination of the underlying problem, or the chaos driven country of Somalia. It is Somalia that needs help first.

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Last Updated (Monday, 30 May 2011 02:31)

 

PostHeaderIcon ... EU NAVFOR Somalia and more

Here is an official website for what it became to be known as the European Union Naval Force Somalia, or EU NAVFOR Somalia.

The unfortunate first impression is, that the home page delivers mostly the good news, while in reality the situation in the Somali pirate controlled region has worsened since the operation started. There is still however, a lot of up to date information on hijacked ships and maps like the ones below, so even though it is more focused on the "accomplishments" of the Atalanta campaign, it's worth checking regularly nonetheless. Check out available for download publications, for example the BMP3 report or Best Management Practice 3, with most recent update as of June 2010, or 78 pages of how to manage for high risk areas.

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These images show a weekly-updated list of hijacked vessels and a map of hijacking positions for each listed vessel.

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It is quite obvious from the map that pirates have literally taken control of the entire region up to coast of India and recent reports suggest, as far as the Straits of Hormuz.

Here is a link to NATO Shipping Center web site. NATO being involved in several operations worldwide, anti-piracy in Somalia region being one of them.

Here is a web site for Neptune Maritime Security , a self-appointed "World's Most Elite Maritime Security Specialists". The latter aside, as is the case with such web sites, there is good information posted and worth checking. Given the magnitude of the problem and shear number of attacks, no single web site is going to cover it all.

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Last Updated (Monday, 18 April 2011 15:06)

 
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