When you’re out working under the big hot sun all day, you feel it. You feel it on your skin, you feel it in your eyes, and you feel it on your shirt. You feel the heat, but you also feel the sweat. And as you know, the sweat can be just as annoying and uncomfortable as the heat. Ever have it run down your forehead, into your eyes, and sting like crazy? How many times have you come home with your shirt drenched at the end of the day, wearing you down with the weight of all that perspiration? What if we told you there was a shirt out there that would keep you dry?
Our friends at ANSI have approved three main classes of clothing regarding visibility: namely, Classes 1, 2, and 3 (surprised?). Actually, there is a class E that’s only for work pants and shorts. When these are worn with Class 2 or 3 garments, they add up to Class 3 coverage.
The higher the class number, the higher the visibility. This is based on the amount of background material (often bright orange, red or green–you want to stand out from your surroundings), the width of the reflective tape, and the photometric performance of the tape (how reflective it is, right?). Except for Class E, all High Visibility clothing must contain 360 degrees of reflective taping around the torso.
If you loved alphabet soup as a child, you’ll love this. Our old friends at ASTM decided on an arc test method to help you decide on the relative safety of flame-resistant garments to protect you from the heat and flame by-products of an arc flash accident. (This has nothing to do with electric shock protection.) An arcing fault can release tremendous amounts of concentrated radiant energy in a small fraction of a second. You get incredibly high temperatures in a pressure blast, possibly hurling debris over 700 miles per hour (yes, faster than your last commercial plane ride). You don’t want to be there without good protection. Continue Reading…
Have employees wear their usual shirts, vests, etc. when fitting for jackets. And usual shoes if you’re fitting for pants.
Neck: Put your tape around the neck about where the Adam’s apple is (or would be, for women). Don’t tighten around the circumference–in fact, put a finger between the tape and the skin for the measurement. (An employee turning a reddish color is an immediate clue the tape is too tight for accurate size.) Continue Reading…
When a handgun bullet strikes body armor, it is caught in a “web” of very strong fibers (like Kevlar). These fibers absorb and disperse the impact energy that is transmitted to the vest from the bullet, causing the bullet to deform or “mushroom”. Additional energy is absorbed by each successive layer of material in the vest, until the bullet has been stopped. Continue Reading…
“Duck” in this sense, comes from “doek,” a Dutch word for canvas cloth. Originally, canvas was made from hemp (yes, that hemp), but now most canvas involves cotton. This type of material is tightly-woven, and made of plied yarns (so it doesn’t twist on itself). It’s so strong, it’s been used for tents, sails and even straitjackets. Cotton duck is breathable and water-resistant. In clothing it tends to keep out the wind while resisting snags.
On WorkingPerson.com you will find duck fabric used in brands like Carhartt, Dickies, Redkap, Bulwark, CornerStone and more. Duck Jackets, duck pants, duck shirts, duck overalls, and the list goes on. If duck workwear is what you are looking for, we have you covered.
- Every day, as many as 2,000 workers suffer eye injuries on the job.
- There were an estimated 97,000 workplace-related eye injuries treated in US hospital emergency rooms in 2002.
- As of 2003, the U.S. Department of Labor estimates that eye injuries total more than $300 million a year in lost production time, medical expenses and worker compensation.
- The U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics states that workers aged 25-44 accounted for 62 percent of eye injuries and 81 percent of those were men.
- About 52 percent of all eye injury cases occurred in manufacturing or trade, 20 percent in the service industry and 15 percent occurred in construction. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics)
- More than one in four cases of eye injuries occur at work with as many as 50 percent of those injured wearing no eye protection at all. (Source: USACHPPM – U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine, Vision Conservation and Readiness Program)
- 90 percent of all job-related eye injuries can be prevented by wearing the proper protective eyewear.
- Only eye protection that has been certified by the American National Standards Institute should be used and must have “ANSI Z87″ clearly stamped on the frame or lens.
Polycarbonate is a type of plastic (a thermoplastic polyester, if you really want to know). It’s used in “bullet-proof” windows in addition to safety glasses because of its flexibility and strength.
Since this material it gives a little, you could hammer a nail through a polycarbonate lense without it shattering. (You guesssed it–don’t try this at home while wearing your glasses!) Traditional heavier, hardened safety glass is only one tenth as impact-resistant as polycarbonate plastic. However, because the material gives a little, it needs to include a scratch-proof coating for durability.
One more advantage of polycarbonate lenses is that they naturally absorb 99% of UV rays so they protect your eyes not only from things like road debris, but harmful UV radiation.
Working Person’s Store stocks a range of products utilizing this space-age plastic. Check out these WileyX Eyeglasses and DeWalt Eyewear, they are both made with polycarbonate lenses. It even protects some of our Pelican Flashlights and Streamlight Flashlights . Look around and save.