Category: Safety & Personnel

Tech Tip: A Step in the Right Direction

FootwearCollageAt Nelson-Jameson, we often get questions from customers asking about how to find the right size when ordering boots for female employees. For those not familiar, industrial/work boots are generally sold only in men’s sizes. Hence, things can start off on the wrong foot for buyers hoping to find their employees the right footwear.

Though some variance does occur among manufacturers and among different kinds of footwear styles, a general rule to consider is:“ women can find the right boot by subtracting two.” For example, a U.S. Women’s 8 generally converts to a U.S. Men’s 6. In our experience, this works well for ordering both boots and inserts.

If you have any questions though, don’t hesitate to call us and we’ll “walk” you through the process to help you find the perfect pair of boots for you or your employees! To see our complete collection of footwear, click here.

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Nelson-Jameson, Inc. Updates Color-Coded Products Line

CCCoverMARSHFIELD, WIS., April 15, 2015  – Nelson-Jameson has updated their extensive collection of color-coded products for material handling, janitorial, safety, lab and processing applications, with the introduction of Ultra Safe Technology (UST) Brooms and Brushes.

The revolutionary new line of cleaning tools are supplied in the United States exclusively by Remco. With enhanced bristle security and unique bristle patterns, UST brooms and brushes help improve food safety and quality while minimizing the risk of contamination hazards.

Other new items have also been added to expand color selections on a variety of items. The color-coded line includes several colors, including white, red, yellow, blue, green, gray, brown, black, orange, purple and pink. The company’s new color-coded catalog features the complete color-coded line and is available on their website, nelsonjameson.com.

For more information or to request a flyer, please contact Customer Service at 800-826-8302 or visit nelsonjameson.com/colorcoded.

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Don’t Get Pinned Down By Norovirus This Winter

graphic_970pxThe June issue of the CDC’s Vital Signs discusses the disturbing fact, that when it comes to norovirus: “…the amount of virus particles that fit on the head of a pin would be enough to infect more than 1000 people.” Not only that, but this tough contender can withstand freezing, as well as temperatures up to 140˚F; it causes 19-21 million illnesses in the United States alone; and it holds the championship belt for being the “most common cause of foodborne-disease outbreaks in the United States”!

However, norovirus does not have to prevail this winter (a time when the illness frequently shows up). One simple, but very effective treatment is out there that can limit the spread of norovirus: hand-washing. Though it may be common knowledge for folks working in the food industry, it’s good for us to take a step back and remind ourselves of the significant responsibility we play in preventing the spread of norovirus. A massive 70% of contaminated (norovirus) food outbreaks are caused by infected food workers. With the virus’s ability to live and thrive in numerous environments, hand-washing is our best way to say “no” to norovirus all year long.

…and Nelson-Jameson is here to do our part!   That’s why we have compiled a wide line of hand hygiene products meant to take on the challenge.  Our selection of soaps, signage, hand dryers, and towels are there to assist in the struggle to contain this formidable opponent.  We even offer Glo-Germ products, meant to help in training/demonstrating proper hand-washing techniques to employees.   Call us for more information or to get a copy of our “Hand Hygiene Products” catalog.

To check out more about the importance of hand-washing, check out this site from the CDC concerning how “Clean Hands Save Lives,” or our Learning Center article on Hand Hygiene.

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Tech Tip: Ice Melt Application Tips

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Icy sidewalks and driveways will be here soon. Here are some helpful tips to remember when using ice melt this winter.

Use it!
Whether it is in an effort to save money or time, skipping ice melt means that you are setting yourself up for  slippery sidewalks, entryways and parking lots. This could be an expensive mistake for your company.

Don’t use too much
Evenly spread application is essential for optimal melt. Applying ice melt using a spreader ensures even application, while scoops and shovels are most common, they can cause overuse or piling in areas.

Know when to apply
Todd Spencer, former National Sales Manager for North American Salt, is quoted saying “pre-application is ideal as an initial deterrent before the snow falls, though it is often difficult to predict necessity.” Ice melt must be applied on the ground/ice for it to be effective, not on a pile of snow.

For more information on ice melt products available at Nelson-Jameson call 800-826-8302 or visit our website.

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Food Safety in Paradise: Hawaii Implements A New Rating Program

Source: Polynesian Cultural Center

Source: Polynesian Cultural Center

One may have thought references to someone “getting a red card” might have diminished with the conclusion of the World Cup this July. However, residents of Hawaii have the phrase very much in mind with the launch of the Hawaii Department of Health’s new restaurant food safety law (one based on similar existing initiatives in Toronto and Sacramento).

Getting a “green card” means an inspection has been passed. To pass, a restaurant must demonstrate it does not allow employees to have bare-handed contact with ready-to-eat foods, that it maintains proper holding temperatures for food, ensures hand washing standards compliance, etc. “Yellow” indicates that there are “two or more major violations” that require “a follow-up inspection. Red means the place is shut down due to health risks.”

A level of debate, according to Manolo Morales of KHON, has resulted especially from the implementation of the glove requirements. Some concerned food workers cite the gloves are cumbersome to wear during food preparation, while officials argue the use of gloves can prevent numerous food safety concerns including norovirus, “the number one food borne illness in the country.” Locals and visitors to the islands, alike, now can now get a taste of the program, at any of the 10,000 establishments covered by the law.

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