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Hosted by Al Buczkowski & Allie Thunstrom, Radio Free Tenacity presented by Ergodyne is a podcast utterly obsessed with Making the Workplace a Betterplace. Featuring the latest work gear, stimulating convos with jobsite experts & innovators, & more than its fair share of surprises. Worksite safety has never sounded so good. So get switched on to Radio Free Tenacity, the Voice of Worker Safety.

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Hosted by Al Buczkowski & Allie Thunstrom, Radio Free Tenacity presented by Ergodyne is a podcast utterly obsessed with Making the Workplace a Betterplace. Featuring the latest work gear, stimulating convos with jobsite experts & innovators, & more than its fair share of surprises. Worksite safety has never sounded so good. So get switched on to Radio Free Tenacity, the Voice of Worker Safety.

    007 - Brain Jiggle is Bad: The Injury Your Hard Hat Overlooks

    007 - Brain Jiggle is Bad: The Injury Your Hard Hat Overlooks

    Overview:


    The traditional hard hat design actually does what it was designed to do really well, and that’s preventing head injuries from objects striking workers directly—linear impacts. What it doesn’t account for as well are glancing blows or angled impacts that create rotational forces to the brain which can have long lasting, detrimental effect to worker health. 


    Olof Rylander, Sr Business Developer of Safety for Mips joins us to discuss how his company is addressing this worksite risk by boosting the protection power of safety helmets with an innovative safety system aimed at reducing rotational motion. 


    Show Highlights:


    The current blindspot in hard hat and safety helmet testingThe difference between angled and direct impactsRotational motion and its long-lasting damage to the brainHow Mips works to mitigate rotational motion 


    Featured Guest:


    Olof Rylander, Sr. Business Developer of Safety for Mips

    • 11 min
    006 - How Next Level Companies Approach Safety

    006 - How Next Level Companies Approach Safety

    Bill Geddings, Sr. Safety Engineer at Zoox, joins the pod! Zoox is an autonomous vehicle company currently headquartered in Foster City, California, founded to make personal transportation safer and cleaner. The company is currently focused on testing on private and public roads as they move towards launching the first Zoox ride-hailing service.


    Show highlights:
    The power of continuous improvementHow next level companies approach safetyHow to leverage safety gear manufacturers as a partner in safety

    Featured End User/Guest:
    Bill Geddings, Sr. Safety Engineer at Zoox

    • 30 min
    005 - Head Over Tea Kettle - Slips, Trips, & Choosing The Right Traction

    005 - Head Over Tea Kettle - Slips, Trips, & Choosing The Right Traction

    Overview:
    If over a quarter century of America’s Funniest Home Videos has taught us anything, it’s that people fall—a lot. But with falls accounting for over 30,000 deaths in the U.S. each year (the third highest among accidental deaths), it’s not always as funny as Bob Saget, Tom Bergeron, Alfonso Ribiero or *insert dad-joke machine here* make it seem. 


    The cost of these accidents is steep—with the average disabling claim costing a hefty $28,000. The good news? The right traction device cost just a few bucks to keep you upright and out of harm's way. But choosing the right one is key. Peter Freeberg, ACS Safety Manager at Minneapolis-St.Paul International Airport, joins us to discuss the challenges of keeping his crews upright in the frozen north. 


    Show Highlights:
    How to drive PPE compliance by giving work crews a deeper sense of ownership in the selection processHow the right ice cleats/traction devices improve safety & productivity How the wrong ice cleats/traction devices can actually cause injuries and equipment damage



    Featured End User/Guest:
    Peter Freeberg, Operations Service Manager, MSP Int’l Airport 


    As Operations Service Manager for Delta Airlines at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, Peter and his team are on the frontline of below-wing operations. Always looking for ways to improve and do the job just plain better, Peter’s team was integral in helping Ergodyne develop the industry’s first true indoor/outdoor spikeless traction device.


    Alsie Nelson, Product Director, Ergodyne


    Alsie leads the development of products that combat temperature stress, including cooling PPE and winter work gear. Her dedication to mitigating the risk of temperature stress on the job has helped propel Ergodyne into one of the most respected thought leaders in the category.

    • 39 min
    004 - Is Your Lanyard Legit? - How ANSI/ISEA 121-2018 aka “The Dropped Objects Standard” Should Inform The Solutions You Choose

    004 - Is Your Lanyard Legit? - How ANSI/ISEA 121-2018 aka “The Dropped Objects Standard” Should Inform The Solutions You Choose

    Overview:
    ANSI/ISEA 121-2018 established minimum design, performance, labeling and testing requirements for solutions that prevent falling objects while working at height––including tool lanyards. But what does that mean to you? Ergodyne Product Director and ISEA  member Nate Bohmbach played a key role in the creation of the standard, and he joins the pod to explain exactly what it all means to the typical work site (and why you should care). 


    Show Highlights:
    Why the creation of ANSI/ISEA 121 was a landmark in at-heights safetyWhat ANSI/ISEA 121 means to the average safety proHow ANSI/ISEA 121 can be used to guide the selection of drops prevention equipment Get a run-down of the latest & greatest 121-compliant safety gear 



    Featured Guest:
    Nate Bohmbach, Product Director, Ergodyne 
    Nate Bohmbach’s passion for at-heights safety solutions includes the emerging category of Objects at Heights. As Product Director at Ergodyne, Bohmbach leads the Prevention Pillar, where he has developed innovative safety products and taught best practices to multiple industries since 2011. Additionally, Nate has served as chair for the ISEA Standards Committee for Dropped Objects Solutions and is a member of NATE (National Association of Tower Erectors). He presents for 1000s of EHS professionals annually (across almost every industry vertical) on the topic of dropped objects prevention.

    Related Article:
    Is Your Lanyard Legit?: Five Must-Haves for Every ANSI-Compliant Tool Lanyard

    • 33 min
    003 - Personal Protection Envy - Choosing PPE That'll Make You The Envy Of Work Crews Everywhere

    003 - Personal Protection Envy - Choosing PPE That'll Make You The Envy Of Work Crews Everywhere

    The best PPE is the PPE that gets worn. Knowing what PPE your worksite needs is one thing, knowing what your crew wants is quite another. Safety Superhero Abby Ferri and Greg Schrab (Ergodyne SVP of Product Mgmt) help us go beyond the basics to track the trends in PPE and discuss what’s hot, what’s not and what’s hip, now and wow.


    Show Highlights:
    How frontline managers are selling safety to their workers (and why the  words they use matter) What you're saying about the value of your workforce with the gear you provide The critical connection between worker feedback and high-performing (and highly coveted) PPECatching up with the latest and greatest work gear wonders
    Featured Guests:

    Abby Ferri, Safety & Risk Management Consultant, Podcaster (Safety Justice League), Author (The Safety Habit)


    Greg Schrab, Senior VP of Product Management, Ergodyne

    Related Articles:
    How to Determine the Right PPE for Your Worksite

    • 1 hr 7 min
    002 - Cover Your Mug - How The Pandemic Pushed PPE Transparency Into The Spotlight

    002 - Cover Your Mug - How The Pandemic Pushed PPE Transparency Into The Spotlight

    The last year saw PPE become a household acronym with the face mask as its breakout star. But the CDC's recommendation to "cover your mug" presented a unique set of challenges for safety gear manufacturers and those working (quickly!) to set and communicate a baseline of performance standards for this overnight PPE sensation.

    In this episode of RFT, we'll pick the brains of two prominent figures within ISEA (International Safety Equipment Association) to unpack those challenges, the mutual role ISEA and manufacturers play in building trust around safety solutions and what the future of face masks holds.

    Show Highlights:
    How to determine the trustworthiness of your safety gearWhy the manufacturer of your safety gear mattersHow safety gear standards are developed & why they're neededWhy safety equipment standards are ever evolvingHow to choose the right face covering for the jobDetermining the future of face covering & face covering performance standards past the COVID-19 pandemic
    Featured Guests:

    Cristine Fargo, Former VP of Operations and Technical Services, ISEA
    In her 25+ years with ISEA, Cristine oversaw many functions of the organization including standards development for safety equipment.

    Tom Votel, Vice Chair, ISEA // President & CEO, Ergodyne
    Tom founded Ergodyne in 1983 and has been a board member of ISEA since 2011--bringing a lifetime of advocacy and experience in industrial safety to his current position of ISEA Vice Chair.

    Related Articles
    What Face Covering Should I Use?

    • 59 min

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