During my eight years in law enforcement, “officer safety” was never far from the minds of my partners and I. For us, officer safety revolved around the idea that anyone you meet on the job might try to kill you at any time. Many behaviors that seem strange or paranoid to citizens are trained behaviors officers believe will minimize the potential for bodily harm. When I transitioned into my current role at ORR, I experienced an entirely different angle on safety. The fears weren’t gang members, terrorists, or bank robbers; instead, people talked about falls, slips, trips, and visibility.
The safety industry is full of initials and numbers. This is particularly apparent in the world of flame/fire resistant clothing, arc flash PPE, and high visibility safety apparel. Below is a glossary designed to help you sort out the alphabet soup that accompanies HVSA, FR, and AR clothing.
According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration agency (OSHA), occupational injury and illness cost businesses $170 billion every year. However, those businesses who implement safety and health management systems are able to cut these expenses by 20 to 40 percent (OSHA, 2016). Some of the areas where the savings can be seen include profits, productivity, fines/fees, and the training of new and temporary workers.