ANSI/ISEA 201-2012 Standard: Choosing PPE for Cold Temperatures

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In frosty weather, going for a job without proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is quite risky and it can make you severely ill as well. All you need for a cold weather job in cold is the right kind of PPE. Its quite confusing to choose workwear for cold temperatures because you cannot always guess how much insulation will be needed. You also cannot be sure that your workwear will protect you from the cold winds that happening during the winter.

Many employees need help in selecting the right kind of PPE for working in cold temperatures. The American Standard for Classification of Insulation Apparel used in frigid work environments (ANSI/ISEA 201-2012) is now offering help to such employees, as well as employers. This help is being provided through a set of guidelines, which are especially tailored to answer how one can stay safe from the cold temperature’s hazardous effects. This standard Continue Reading…

Simple Steps to Extend the Life of Your Work Boots

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When you purchase a pair of high-quality work boots or shoes, you are making an investment.  You shop hard to find the best boot for your job with all of the right features and expect your boots to work for you by providing comfort and safety.  Quality boots have the potential to last you years and years and suffer minimal damage.  However, you must do your part and care for them properly and, thus, extend their life.

Owning a pair of boots made from leather or synthetic materials requires regular maintenance.  To preserve leather, you must clean it to remove dust and dirt and apply a leather conditioner.  Different leathers and materials, however, require different care steps.  It is important to read the label or box that comes with your boots to determine what materials they are made from.  From there, you can take the necessary steps to care for them. Continue Reading…

Muck Boot Company Contributes To Hunter’s Rescue

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There’s a very good chance that you woke up today, and didn’t give the risks of your job a second thought. In fact, most of us never really think of the harm that could come upon when we are at work. For 28-year-old Colin Philips, a hunter in Alabama, NY, it was just another day at work until trouble hit the unsuspecting man. Philips went hunting in the Alabama swamps alone (which was his first mistake) since his partner was out of town. While walking deep into the swamp, he attempted to track down a deer, but lost it. “I should have been with somebody, or waited for somebody to come help me track the deer. Obviously, that’s hindsight now,” said Philips. Continue Reading…

Enjoy the Outdoors With the Right Winter Apparel

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For many, winter is a dreaded time of year.  The roads are hazardous, the weather is unpleasant, and let’s not forget about the frigid temperatures that often keep up cooped up indoors.  However, with the right winter outerwear, you can enjoy your favorite cold weather sports like snowmobiling and skiing or comfortably complete your daily errands without feeling like you’re turning into an ice cube.

One of the best ways to make the most out of your winter gear is to layer up.  Layering allows you to add and remove articles of clothing based on your own personal comfort.  When layering, you want to keep three main layers in mind: wicking, insulating and weather protection.  The wicking layer is what you wear closest to your skin.  This layer is what will wick moisture away from your skin so you feel dry and warm.  Continue Reading…

Which Glove Safety Ratings Apply To You?

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Glove ratings can be a useful piece of information when it comes to selecting the right gloves for you.  However, the key is to pay attention to the right glove rating when choosing a glove that is right for your specific job.  There are several tests for work gloves that determine the ratings, but which rating is the most important for your task, the test for cut, punctures, abrasion or dexterity?  Reviewing the test standards for safety gloves can give you a crash course in selecting the perfect glove for your workplace.

For cut, the test is simple.  ANSI uses a sharp metal blade that moves across the glove material until it cuts through.  The ratings for cut range from 0 to 5, 0 for less than 200 grams and 5 for over 3500 grams.

Choosing the right puncture test can be a little more complicated.  Puncture tests make use of very different sized probes, a large nail, a small nail and a hypodermic needle.  To choose which test best applies to you, you must consider your specific safety requirement. Continue Reading…

Fox River: An American Made Brand Made for Working People

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Proudly made in the USA, Fox River has been providing its services since 1900 as a leading U.S. manufacture of quality work socks, gloves and various other accessories. Since 1900 this brand is making socks in USA and is continuously committed to remain American-made. This company is located at the center of country in Osage, Iowa. Because of this they are able to easily and efficiently distribute their products across the country and around the globe. Continue Reading…

Why Choose Thinsulate?

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The holidays are approaching at a rapid pace, and while the warmth of the season might seem like enough to get through the winter, it isn’t. After Santa returns to the North Pole, all we are left with are cold and snow. But while there could be that urge to purchase fancy – yet – impractical winter wear for you or your loved ones, it might make more sense to go with workwear that is more functional.

Thinsulate products, like Thinsulate insulated boots are designed to keep you warm, but not overheat. The technology behind this is as follows: Thinsulate fiber is thinner than polyester and the gaps between the fibers allow moisture to escape, which actually help you to retain the heat produced by your own body. It provides two times the insulation of a “duck down” and is not nearly as heavy. Continue Reading…

2014 Workwear Manual from Working Person’s Store

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Online shopping doesn’t get much easier than it is on WorkingPerson.com.  With great photographs and detailed descriptions, customers like you can find exactly they’re looking for without ever getting up off the couch!  With WorkWearCatalog.com, Working Person’s Store is taking fun and easy shopping for quality products to the next level.

We are pleased to release our latest catalog: the 2014 Workwear Manual.  Complete with an interactive version on WorkWearCatalog.com, a downloadable PDF, and an ink and paper version available upon request, the 2014 Workwear Manual is sure to take you on a journey through all the on the job apparel that will keep you in comfort and style from winter to summer. Continue Reading…

OSHA’s “Focus Four Hazards”

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In any industry that makes use of powerful equipment and requires employees to work outdoors, there are bound to be some major hazards and risks.  For the construction industry in particular, OSHA has identified 4 construction hazards that are responsible for the majority of physical, financial and emotional losses.  What OSHA calls the “Focus Four Hazards” are Fall Hazards, Caught-In-Between Hazards, Struck-By Hazards and Electrical Hazards. Continue Reading…

Selecting the Right Boots for Winter Weather

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The winter season can present many challenges at the workplace as well as safety risks.  With cold temperatures and the presence of ice and snow, workers need to be thoughtful in selecting the right protective gear to wear on the job.  One of the most important piece of safety equipment is the work boot.  Without the right pair of winter work boots, you could be at risk for slips, trips and falls.

With all of the work boot options that are out there today, it can be difficult to select the one that will best fit your needs.  It is essential for you to keep in mind the conditions that you may be working under.  Will you be working outdoors?  If so, how cold can it get?  How much snow and rain can you expect?  And, what kind of work will you be doing?  By answering these questions you can narrow down your options and choose the boots that have the features you need.  It is also important to familiarize yourself with some of the safety features of work boots, that way you know exactly what to look for. Continue Reading…

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