Friday, April 19, 2013

IPAM April Breakfast Meeting - Safety & Protective Apparel



On April 12, IPAM held their monthly breakfast meeting where safety professionals from Manitoba meet to learn about relevant industry topics. This month featured a presentation about safety and protective apparel by Rafe Vogel from Richlu Manufacturing.  We learned about high visibility clothing and CSA Standard Z96-09.


 There are three classes of high visibility clothing:


  • Class 1 apparel consists of basic harness or stripes over the shoulders and encircling the waist. Class 1 apparel can be used when vehicles are travelling less than 40 km/hr.
  •  Class 2 apparel is full coverage of upper torso including the front, back, sides and shoulders. A change to the standard in 2009 requires that the minimum side coverage is 50%. Class 2 apparel should be used when vehicles are travelling between 40 – 80 km/hr.
  • Class 3 apparel consists of Class 2 apparel plus arm and leg bands. Class 3 apparel is required when vehicle speeds exceed 80 km/hr.

                          class 2 high visibility clothing


 Some additional requirements include:


  • Stripes shall create an “X” on the back and two vertical stripes extending from the shoulders on the front and a waist-level band. The distinction between the front and back pattern allows motorists to easily tell which direction people are facing.
  • Bands shall not be less than 50mm wide and gaps between the bands shall not exceed 50mm.
  • Acceptable fluorescent colours include yellow-green, orange-red and red. Acceptable bright colours include yellow-green and orange-red. Bright red is not acceptable.
  • Non-reflective patches or lettering cannot cover reflective stripes or bands.


 Further information about high visibility clothing and CSA Z96-09 can be found at




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Monday, March 11, 2013

IPAM Breakfast Meeting March 8/2013: The Machine Safeguarding Process

IPAM Breakfast Meeting banner

On Friday March 8, 2013 IPAM (Incident Prevention Association of Manitoba) held a breakfast meeting at the Canad Inns Polo Park. Workplace Engineering Solutions sponsored this event and gave a presentation on The Machine Safeguarding Process.

We talked about how to perform a proper machine guarding assessment and the critical items in the process. The presentation was for a diverse group of individuals from across industry. At the end of the presentation a group discussion brought forward some important points. The group discussed the need to push back on the manufacturers to incorporate machine safeguarding in their design. Having a strong purchase agreement that asks for compliance with relevant codes and standards is a good first step. Also having run off criteria to validate these items before the equipment arrives was another best practice discussed. The group also discussed the need for machine safeguarding to be integrated into the production process. When safeguarding is not designed with the process in mind, and hinders the operation, it becomes a safety hazard itself. Good machine safeguarding is designed to work with the process to ensure compliance is automatic.

Workplace Engineering Solutions would like to thank IPAM for allowing us to host the event. Please visit their website at and have a look at what they are working on.

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