ANSI Z87.1-2003: What You Need to Know

ANSI Z87

It’s a voluntary standard for Personal Eye and Face Safety Devices.  Here are some of the requirements for ANSI Z87.1-2003:

Frames – A High Mass Test is performed on four samples.  A 500 gm pointed projectile is dropped from a height of 130 cm (51.2 in). No parts or fragments of the protector can contact the eye of the headform. No failures are allowed. Twenty samples are tested with a High Velocity Test.  Here,  the item is a target for a quarter-inch steel ball shot at 150 feet/second for spectacles, 250 feet/second for goggles, 300 feet/second for face shields. No contact with the headform is allowed, nor can any parts or fragments be ejected.  No failures are allowed. Pyramex safety tests were done similarly and the results showed they were rated among the top.  Continue Reading…

OSHA – Occupational Health and Safety Administration

OSHA

Unless you’re James Bond, deciding to go to work each day (or night) is not generally expected to be a life-or-death decision. Even in our more dangerous occupations, we want the odds to be on our side. A major reason for this in the USA is the Occupational Health and Safety Act, which created the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA). This lead to rules mandating Personal Protective Equipment, like hard hats, high visibility clothing, and safety glasses, not to mention safety footwear. Continue Reading…

Xenon Bulbs: What are They?

Xenon Flashlight Bulbs

We have a whole bunch of flashlights that feature Xenon bulbs, so we thought you should know…

Xenon is a rare, nonflammable, odorless gas. (More Than You Wanted To Know Department: the name comes from the Greek word, “xenos,” meaning “strange.”) Xenon bulbs are incandescent halogen bulbs with the gas xenon added to them. Continue Reading…

The Ins and Outs of Conductive Footwear

Conductive Footwear

A typical human body may carry around 12,000 to 35,000 volts of electrostatic charges. Conductive footwear provides a continuous grounding path between the human body and an ESD flooring. Conductive footwear is designed to keep you protected when potential electrical hazards are present.

Conductive footwear is designed to discharge static electricity from the body through your shoes into grounded floors. Floors must be grounded so that a charge can be dissipated. Conductive footwear is designed and manufactured to minimize static electricity and to reduce the possibility or ignition of volatile chemicals, explosives or explosive dusts. Continue Reading…

How Much Thinsulate Do You Need In Your Footwear?

Thinsulate In Work Boots

Thinsulate is a microfiber material that insulates even when damp, and dries quickly. It’s used in gloves, jackets, footwear and other clothes in different thicknesses.

Measured in grams (per square meter), you have quite a choice at of weights at our Working Persons’s Store. We prefer you to be a little on the cautious side when it comes to manufacturerer’s recommendations, and, of course, “your mileage may vary.” We also feel that insulated footwear should be one of your warmer purchases, as it’s easier to layer things like jackets and sweatshirts comfortably. So we carry a heck of a lot of Insulated Boots with this material. Continue Reading…

What is the American National Standards Institute?

American National Standards Institute

Founded in 1918, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), is a private, not-for-profit, membership organization that acts as a standards coordinating and approval body, not necessarily a standards developer. Its membership consists of individuals and organizations representing a wide range of interests including trade associations, labor unions, professional societies, standards developing organizations, private industry, consumers, academia and government agencies. Presently, there are over 13,000 ANSI-approved American National Standards.

The main functions of ANSI include establishing a variety of accreditation programs, such as third-party product certification. ANSI supports the development and approval of national voluntary standards. The American National Standards Institute also acts as the U.S. representative to the international standards organizations including the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). ANSI is also responsible for creating liaises with government department and agencies on standards’ issues. All the while ANSI is setting standards for protective footwear. Continue Reading…

Foot Anatomy: What You Need to Know

Foot Anatomy

The human foot and ankle are complex organs that work together to provide strength and flexibility. The ankle serves as a foundation that provides shock absorption. The foot can sustain enormous pressure and provides flexibility and resiliency. The foot and ankle contain:

  • 26 bones (one-quarter of the bones in the human body);
  • 33 joints;
  • more than 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments; and
  • a network of blood vessels, nerves, skin, and soft tissue. Continue Reading…

Foot Ailments: Causes, Prevention, Advice

Healthy Feet

You are on your feet, working most of the day, so naturally your feet require specialized care. A doctor specializing in foot care is a podiatrist. He can contribute to your total health, starting at the feet. Whether you need regular preventive care or surgery to correct a deformity, information is the strongest weapon against foot ailments. In order to keep your feet healthy, be familiar with the most common ills that affect them. Be aware that self-treatment can often turn a minor problem into a major one, and is generally not advisable. Continue Reading…

Corns: What Causes Them and More

Corns

When tight or narrow work shoes are worn, the body reacts to the pressure and friction by trying to protect the skin and the structures beneath it by forming hard and circular areas just like a kernel of corn. The areas can also become inflamed or ulcerated from the constant friction when they rub against each other. Of the two common types the wearing of improper-fitting shoes while working and/or toe deformities causes hard corns. One type usually develops on the tops and tips of the toes and along the sides of the feet; the other type (soft corn) develops between the toes and is sometimes referred to as a “kissing corn,” usually the result of bone abnormalities in the toes. Continue Reading…

What is Hammer Toe?

Hammer Toe

The toes may seem small and relatively insignificant, but they are vital to walking and working. There are at least six sets of muscles that control each toe. Two tendons join on the dorsal aspect (top) of the toes, and insert into the middle and distal phalanges of each toe. On the bottom (plantar aspect) of the toes are two more muscles that, instead of joining like the extensors, remain separate. Each muscle stabilizes one of the bones in the toe. The flexor digitorum longus muscle attaches to the bone at the end of the toe (distal phalanx) and the flexor digitorum brevis attaches to the middle phalanx. The lumbrical and the interossei muscles stabilize the proximal phalanx (inner toe bone). Continue Reading…

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