USA-Made Products Keep America Prosperous

WPS USA Made Products

You like those Wigwam socks? How about those Thorogood boots? Or that Filson shirt? Think the quality is pretty good? That they’re well-made? Well, that’s for a good reason. Those things all have one thing in common, and that’s that they’re all American-Made. As you well know, nobody makes things with as much quality as we do right here in America.

When you buy American Made products, your boots are made the American way. Naturally, as you might expect, that makes for a higher-quality product. A well-paid American worker is going to have the skills and expertise to make a long-lasting, durable, comfortable product that you simply aren’t going to find from anywhere else in the world. Plus, American workers know what American workers need. Continue Reading…

WPS Welcomes an Online Catalog

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Working Person’s Store puts out two catalogs a year. Fall/Winter and Spring/Summer. The WPS catalog features the very best there is to offer in workwear and work footwear for both men and women and now the catalog can be accessed online!

The very same catalog that you get in your mail twice a year is now online, which makes the process even easier. Now you can browse, pick what you want, and then you can instantly order because you’re already there. Working Person’s Store wants everyone’s shopping experience to be as easy and enjoyable as possible. Continue Reading…

Do you have Moxie?

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You’ve heard the phrase. We all have. “She’s got moxie.” But what does that mean? Is moxie some illusive personality trait? Is it a skill you acquire? If you look up the official definition in the dictionary, it will tell you that moxie is a “force of character, determination, or nerve.” In other words, it’s a tough woman who knows how to take control and get things done. She cannot be deterred. That’s something that working women who wear Moxie Trades work boots know well.

When you say “she’s got Moxie,” well, that’s got more than one meaning. It all goes back to the beginning. Moxie Trades was started by a working mom named Marissa McTasney who quit her job at a computer company to learn more hands-on skills. She also learned something else — that working women were often forced to choose to wear unattractive, poorly-fitting men’s work clothing and work boots. So she did something about it. She had moxie. And she could not be deterred. Continue Reading…

Taking Care of your FR Wear

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Flame resistant (FR) clothing saves lives because it significantly reduces burn injury, gives the wearer escape time, and increases chances of survival. Providing FR clothing demonstrates management’s commitment to safety and employee well-being. It can improve morale, as well as increase safety.

FR clothing can only provide protection if the wearer follows garment manufacturers’ recommendations for proper use:

  • Wear garments properly – collars closed, sleeves and cuffs down and secured, shirt tails tucked, closures secured, and other manufacturer recommendations.
  • Wear looser-fitting garments that provide adequate mobility.
  • Do not wear non-FR clothing over FR garments. The outermost layer must be FR
  • Wear only FR or non-melting undergarments (e.g. cotton, silk, wool.)
  • Wash garments thoroughly after each wearing to remove contaminants.
  • Do not put on or take off the garment in proximity of flammable gasses, vapors, dusts, or in other potentially explosive environments.
  • In potentially explosive atmospheres, proper grounding procedures must be used.
  • Wear garments with the appropriate arc rating as dictated by an electric arc hazard analysis. Consult employer if unsure.

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Proper Care and Prevention of Corns

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It’s amazing how a tiny little bump of skin on your foot can cause so much pain and discomfort. If you’ve ever had a corn on your foot, you know how unpleasant it can be. Corns are preventable, but if you do have the unfortunate occurrence of getting one, they are also treatable.

Corns are thick, hardened pieces of dead skin, and they usually occur on the tops and sides of toes. They can make walking very painful. They develop because of rubbing and friction and pressure on the skin. Some corns are caused by an improper walking motion, but most corns are caused by wearing shoes that don’t fit properly. Some corns also occur on the bottom of the feet and some doctors believe this is caused by blocked sweat ducts.

So in order to prevent corns from occurring in the first place, the best course of action is to make sure your shoes or boots fit properly. Make sure you have the proper size and that they are not too wide or too narrow, or fit too tightly. If you can’t wiggle your toes in your shoes or boots, they are too tight. Also, keep in mind that your feet might not be exactly the same size. You might need two different sized shoes or boots. Continue Reading…

Don’t be a Statistic: Prevent Back Pain on the Job

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They have hard heads to protect your head. Steel toe boots to protect your toes. And safety goggles to protect your eyes. But none of those things protect you from the injury you are most likely to suffer at work: Back problems. Avoiding back problems is the most important health-related priority you can have when working in the trades.

If you’ve ever come home from work and felt an aching back, there are some things you can do in the future to help with avoiding back problems. The Center for Construction Research and Training says the construction industries have the highest rate of back injuries other than the transportation industry. One in every four of all construction industry injuries every year are back injuries, causing 1 in every 100 construction workers to miss work.

These injuries, on average, cause the worker to lose seven days of work, but often, it’s much more than that, sometimes more than a month. Most back problems are caused by low-back injuries, and repeated injuries can cause permanent damage and even disability. The most common back injuries are strains and sprains caused by lifting, pulling, carrying, and pushing things at work. If you work with heavy loads, you are obviously more likely to suffer a back injury. But your chances of getting injured are also elevated if you spend a lot of time working bent over, or twisting and turning while carrying heavy objects — activities which are common in many of the trades and other blue-collar work, not just construction. Continue Reading…

Walk Indoors and Out with Ease with Kick-Ons Shoe Covers

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As a working person, you probably take great care in your footwear selection.  You choose the perfect work boots or shoes with all of the features and technology that your job requires.  While your footwear helps you get the job done at work, it is more than likely that it also gets wet, dirty, muddy, and dusty.  Even if your job requires you to be mainly outdoors, there are times when you must come inside to the office or even a client’s home.  Working Person Store is now carrying Kick-Ons shoe covers to save your from the embarrassment of tracking in mud, dust, and dirt while allowing you to leave your shoes conveniently on.

Kick-Ons are one of a kind shoe covers made from reusable, washable, and durable EVA rubber-like material.  Disposable shoe covers are often nothing more than a thin paper like lining and they are no match for Kick-Ons which help you save money and create less waste all while saving your carpet and your professional image.  In fact, Kick-Ons promise to last a lifetime so you can feel confident in your purchase.

You may switch out your bulky snow boots for thinner hiking boots in the summer, but you won’t have to worry about switching out your Kick-Ons.  They will conform to the size of your shoes and they have adjustable straps.  Their lightweight design makes them perfectly comfortable to walk in, no matter what outdoor shoes you may be wearing.

Even if you don’t work outdoors, Kick-Ons have a variety of uses for the entire family.  Protect your bowling and golf shoes without having to remove them for a quick trip to the restroom or car with Kick-Ons.  Or, complete your indoor and outdoor chores without letting any dirt from the yard creep inside.  Kick-Ons are available in black or in hot pink, to let you reflect your personal style and they are available in men’s, women’s, and children’s sizes.

Breeze indoors and out without fear of ruining your shoes, carpet, or flooring with Kick-Ons, now available at Working Person’s Store.

ESD Footwear: Keeping you Safe in Electrical Environments

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Static dissipative footwear (ESD) is designed to protect you against hazards, due to really low footwear resistance, while keeping a high enough level of resistance to reduce the possibility of electric shock. And to qualify, the footwear has to have a lower limit of electrical resistance of 106 ohms and an upper limit of 108 ohms.

Put simply, ESD work boots reduce the amount of static electricity that can build up in your body.  But unlike Electrical Hazard (EH) work boots, ESD boots can be either steel toed or soft.  They actually conduct static electricity through the linings, the insole, outsole, and into the ground.

And so you can be sure what you’re pulling onto your feet before you set out to work, ESD shoes or boots will have an “SD” clearly visible on the ASTM label sewn inside them.

But there are some pretty tight rules around modifying, or altering your ESD work boots too.  First, you can’t add your own insole to the shoe because unless it’s explicitly an ESD insole, static electricity can’t flow through it. Also as a guide to keeping safe, try to keep the floor and the bottom of your ESD work boots as clean and free from dust as possible, this means the static electricity can dissipate properly, flowing straight through the sole and into ground. Continue Reading…

Everything You Need to Know about EH Footwear

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When you’re out on the job, your personal safety starts from the ground up. And footwear safety is vitally important: one wrong step can lead to injury, meaning lost time and an uncertain future. So finding the right protective footwear that’s not only comfortable, but also protects your well-being, is key to starting out your work day on the right foot.

You already know you need the right tool for the right job – and the same is true for your work boots. So when you’re working in a specific trade – in this case, working with and around electricity – extra special precautions need to be taken.

Electrical shock resistant (EH) footwear is made with non-conductive, electrical shock resistant soles and heels; the outsole gives you a secondary source of electric shock protection, against contact with live electrical circuits, conductors, parts, or tools. Continue Reading…

Take Proper Care of Your FR Clothing

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It’s obvious what flame-resistant clothes do to take care of you. You know, protect you from flames. But it’s not always obvious how you’re supposed to take care of your flame resistant clothing. How to wash it, dry it, and keep it in good condition. It’ll last much longer if it is properly cared for, and it will also retain its flame-resistant properties much better. So here’s some good instructions:

When it comes to laundering flame-resistant cotton clothing, ASTM F1449-01 has several recommendations. It’s important to realize that some laundering procedures can damage for FR clothes. Hard water and high temperatures that are used in industrial laundering and drying can cause minerals to build up on cotton fabrics and make them flammable. The harder the water, the more minerals build up, the more flammable your flame-resistant clothes become. But this can be prevented. Using soft water or an adequate soap can keep minerals from building up, and thus, keep your flame-resistant clothes flame-resistant. Continue Reading…

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