The importance of Work Gloves & Safety Supplies

Workplace safety has become a hot topic in the last few decades and numerous programs have been put into place to protect the employee from potential hazards. Most places of employment enjoy the benefits of an onside safety coordinator who can update staff with the most recent changes and implementations. This person will also maintain a schedule of safety classes and tickets the employees may need and keep them current. One of the courses you will be expected to update every 3 years (although some companies choose to do an annual in house update with employees) is WHMIS, or Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System. This is a nationally recognized information system whereby workplaces use a combination of product labels, MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheets) and worker education to provide a well rounded safety program when it comes to using hazardous materials. A WHMIS training course will allow employees to become familiar with the 6 classes of controlled products, and the 8 symbols that pertain to them. Hazardous materials could entail anything from the chemicals you use on a work site to the cleaning chemicals you use in the shop without thinking twice. Each product must have either a supplier label or a workplace label. The supplier label will be provided by the supplier, and if this is affixed to the product, no further labelling is required. If, however, the product is decanted into another container, or the product is made by your workplace, or if the supplier label becomes illegible, a workplace label must be provided affixed to the product container. Information regarding the product can also be found in the MSDS binders that your workplace should have on site. There should be one in the office, another for each shop location, and one for each work truck. The binder details every single hazardous product that can be found at your work place or in your work truck. Should you have an incident with one of the products, your safety coordinator or other staff should be able to easily locate the product MSDS information so that you can receive the proper first aid care immediately. PPE (or Personal Protective Equipment) is one of the key elements when it comes to providing employees with the proper safety environment. PPE can encompass a variety of protective clothing, including gloves, eye shields, welding masks, steel toed boots, coveralls, hard hats, different types of breathing apparatus, and harnesses. Whatever you need to do your job safely should be supplied to you by your employer, and if you donít have the correct equipment, it is your right to refuse unsafe work. Work gloves can be an especially important component to any safety program and the right gloves must be used for the right job. In one study, 70% of workers who obtained hand injuries were not wearing gloves. The remaining 30% of injuries were due to an improper fit, damaged gloves, or those that werenít suitable for the job at hand.

Can moving boxes in Toronto be helpful?

If youíre ready to make a change in housing in the Toronto area, you know how fast the market moves. In the blink of an eye, your home has sold and itís time to get everything put together and out the door. Thereís not likely a lot of time from your sale to move out day and it pays to have everything packed up as quickly as possible.
Typically the fastest method to move out is to have a pile of cardboard boxes at the ready. These are sturdy, help to protect your household goods, and can be marked easily so that you know which rooms each box goes into when it arrives at your new residence. Sometimes people will put the call out for boxes to friends and neighbours, or scavenge the local neighbourhood for curb side donations in order to pack up their households. This can work fine, but itís very time consuming, some of the boxes will be damaged or a variety of different sizes that donít quite to the job the way youíd hoped, and you may even run out and continuously have to track more of them down. Itís certainly not the most efficient method to pack up and move out!
Others hire movers, who often come equipped with their own boxes to pack up your stuff. If you havenít done your research, you really have no idea whoís coming into your home and handling your valuables. Maybe you feel as if your privacy is being invaded, and in all likelihood youíll want to pack up and move your own very personal items or valuables anyway. This option is the most expensive, and you may not get the moving date you need if the movers are busy.
If youíre looking for a financially feasible and quick method to pack up, buying your own boxes and packing supplies can be the best option. Our boxes come in a variety of sizes and styles so that every piece of your household is protected and packed appropriately, not simply packed into a box that ďwill doĒ. Not only does this ensure that your boxes are in perfect condition, but it also means that you have the right number of boxes for your household when you need them. Even if you miscalculate, weíre only a quick drive away to replenish your stock and keep you on track.
Our supplies include your standard square or rectangular boxes, but we also provide specialty boxes for your big screen tv or other fragile glass pieces, like mirrors or decorative glass panels. Our wardrobe boxes include everything youíll need to simply open the box, hang all of your clothing inside, and close it up again. Once youíve arrived in your new home, itís a simply reopening of the box and voila! Your clothes are hanging in your new closet again with only minutes of your time spent.
Moving can be time and energy consuming, but with the right packing materials at your disposal, your move will be faster and more efficient. Give us a call or stop by!

How to prevent losing your keys

Itís an awful feeling that hits you right in the bottom of your gut. Weíve all experienced it and it can cause anyone to panic; itís that terrible moment when you realize youíve lost your keys. There are numerous ways in which you can help prevent this occasion, just keep reading for some helpful tips!


1. Get them copied. This is probably the best way to prevent key loss and an expensive lock replacement. No, you donít want to be swimming in extra keys, but a few extra copies handed out to a neighbour and trusted friend can help you during crunch time. Itís also a good idea to keep a spare set in a drawer or at the office. Having a copy in at least 2 other places held by responsible people will keep you from being stuck out in the cold, without wheels or without your mail.


2. Mark the keys. This helps to avoid tossing them when youíre in the middle of a household purge and youíre wondering what the keys could possibly open. Keep necessary keys where they belong by clearly marking them and never wonder again. There are great key ring attachments for exactly this purpose, with a white label that you can write on. Just marking them as necessary with nail polish or permanent marker with the first letter of what they open will be sufficient for those with a good memory.


3. Keep them in the same spot every time. A key rack by the door is the perfect way to hold keys when youíre not using them. Often keys are lost because we put them in a variety of different places and canít remember the last spot, or we shove them into a shallow jacket pocket (where the key can easily fall out) or at the bottom of a deep purse.


4. Attach a funky key ring accessory. If you get an easily recognizable key ring accessory, youíre far less likely to lose your keys in a jumble on your desk. If theyíre dropped in a parking lot theyíll be immediately visible. This is helped even further if you attach something brightly coloured or even glow in the dark. The more wacky and colourful your accessory, the easier it will be to locate in the midst of clutter or if theyíre dropped. Theyíre also very easy to identify when someone finds them and requests you to describe them before handing the keys over to their rightful owner. If youíre often around water or a pool, opt for a brightly coloured cork to help keep your key afloat and prevent a soggy retrieval.


5. Chip them! Thatís right; technology comes to the rescue with a chip that you can locate with an app downloaded onto your phone. Itís fairly idiot proof...unless, of course, you make a habit of losing your phone.


Itíll happen to the best of us, but with spare keys in the right hands and a few other helpful tips, youíre well on your way to being worry free.