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MSA launches new safety initiative

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In today's fast paced workplace, MSA Safety is encouraging workers to pause at the start of their day and spend a couple of minutes talking about one thing: safety. Earlier this month, MSA launched #TailgateSafetyTalks, an initiative that encourages worksite operators to lead safety focused discussions at the beginning of each shift, ensuring workplace safety is top of mind for every person on the jobsite.

"Education, training and awareness play a critical role in keeping people safe and ensuring they go home at the end of the work day," said Rebecca Trimpey, MSA Global Training Manager. "Our #TailgateSafetyTalks campaign is a simple way to remind workers to pay close attention to their behaviors, including checking safety products before each use, engaging in behavior based safety (BBS) practices, and discussing how they can be even safer moving forward."

To encourage this practice, MSA has added a charitable tie in to the programme. For every safety tip workers share on Facebook using #TailgateSafetyTalks, those individuals will qualify for a chance to have MSA make a US$250 charitable donation in their name. Winners will be drawn at random every Monday in October.

"In order to improve workplace safety and eradicate on the job injuries, product training and consistent, ongoing education is crucial," Trimpey continued. "Our #TailgateSafetyTalks campaign, an idea sparked by our sales associates, represents just one element of a larger focus that ensures our customers truly know how to properly test and use their equipment."

In addition to the #TailgateSafetyTalks campaign, MSA last year opened a new state-of-the-art safety training facility near Pittsburgh, Pa, to educate industrial workers, construction contractors, utility workers, and firefighters on how to properly select, inspect and use personal protective equipment (PPE) in an application based atmosphere.

The three story indoor training complex, located steps away from the company's global headquarters in Cranberry Township, Pa, is packed with a complex rig of ladders, platforms, manholes and escape windows, which allows MSA to simulate true-to-life worker safety scenarios. For offsite customers, MSA offers more than 150 online training programmes relevant to MSA's innovative products and general industry safety standards via MSA-U.

Customers, safety experts and the public can explore MSA's new product solutions and latest technological advancements, and speak with the company's team of safety specialists, at this year's National Safety Council (NSC) Congress and Expo, held on 15 - 21 October in Anaheim, Ca.

Among the products to be showcased are the ALTAIR 5X Multigas Detector with photoionisation detector (PID), an instrument that can detect up to six gases simultaneously; the Latchways Mini Personal Fall Limiter, now available with tieback capabilities; and the revolutionary G1 self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA).

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