Understanding Compliance Requirements for High-Visibility Safety Clothing

High Visibility Clothing Requirements

To most people, a safety vest is a safety vest. Orange or lime green, big or small, it’s all the same. But one look at some sobering statistics, and you’ll realize otherwise. You’ll realize the importance of having the correct and compliant safety vest for your line of work.

According to the 2011 NSC Injury Fact Book, there were 667 fatalities and 28,958 injuries in work zone crashes in 2009. That’s almost two deaths per day. And it’s two too many. These statistics show that struck-by accidents remain a major workplace hazard. And they outline the importance of making sure your safety vest is fully compliant.

Because the fact is, it’s easy to wear one that isn’t compliant, without even knowing it. High-visibility apparel has become an iconic part of the image of the blue-collar worker. You see them in commercials on road construction workers, airline and transportation workers, law enforcement and other service personnel. And most of those times, in those commercials, they’re wearing a vest that isn’t compliant. Continue Reading…

Working Person’s Store Workwear Catalog

Working Person's Store 2012 Catalog

OK, you can stop holding your breath now. The day we know you’ve been pining for has finally arrived. No, the Cubs haven’t won the World Series. But we did just send the Working Person’s Store Spring 2012 catalog to the printer. In all seriousness though, we’re pretty proud of it, and we know it’ll help you outfit yourself and your employees for the coming season.

This catalog is jam-packed with all the newest and best products. It features a 68-page layout, with 64 pages of products, including our very own Working Person’s Store socks, fresh off the line. If you get nothing else, you’ve got to get a pair of these, just for the novelty of it. They’ll no doubt be our hottest seller. Think of them as a collector’s item, for your feet. Continue Reading…

Sympatex: Keeping Moisture Out

Sympatex Waterproof Liners In Work Boots

Anyone who’s ever hiked a trail or climbed a peak or shoveled a sidewalk knows that the clothing you wear while doing these things are second only in importance to the actual physical condition of your body itself. To help your body stay dry and keep your temperature regulated, your clothing makes all the difference. And the most important key to staying dry and keeping your temperature regulated is actually quite simple: Layering. That’s because breathability is vital to achieving the desired results. You need 100% breathability.

The same principles apply to footwear. In order to keep your feet dry and warm (or cool), you need a product that provides 100% breathability. Sympatex membranes, which are so effective that they are used in the leading brands of outdoor footwear – including Carhartt, Timberland Pro, Thorogood, and Golden Retriever – do exactly this. Continue Reading…

How to Detect Flammable and Combustible Liquids

Detecting Flammable Liquid

It’s a question that baffles many. It’s also the most common question when training: Why is it that that I’m getting a combustible gas reading on my instrument now, when I didn’t earlier today? The answer is not as complicated as you might think. First of all, a there is a common misunderstanding about when combustible gasses can be detected.

It is important to understand that flammable and combustible liquids are two different things. As defined by the NFPA, a flammable liquid is defined as a liquid whose flashpoint does not exceed 100 degrees fareheit when tested by closed-cup test methods, while a combustible liquid is one whose flashpoint is 100 degrees farenheit or higher. These two differences can actually be further classified into six groups: Continue Reading…

Hearing Conservation: Military Practices To Improve Your Program

Hearing Conservation Programs

We all know military families make immense sacrifices for our country. What’s startling to find out is that, more and more, military members are sacrificing something we tend to take for granted: Their hearing.

Disability claims for hearing damage are on the rise in the military. In fact, hearing damage is the most common disability among military members returning from combat in the last 10 years. Military members wear protective footwear and clothing, so why is hearing protection so overlooked?

A common-sense hearing conservation program was needed. So the Department of Defense charged the Government Accountability Office to study this issue and report back on ways that hearing loss can be avoided. What they found can be used in your business to improve your own hearing conservation program. Continue Reading…

Cut-Resistant Gloves: Technological Advancements Mean More Options

New Ideas On Cut Resistant Glove Technology

A lot can change in 15 years. A lot has changed in 15 years. Social media websites like Facebook and Twitter have become an everyday part of life for most Americans. The hybrid car has gone from design-floor dream to viable option for the average person. And cut protection for your hands has gone from one single option to many.

In 1997, para-aramid was the fiber for cut-protection gloves. This yellow fiber wasn’t just a valuable asset for workplace protection of your hands, it was the only valuable asset for workplace protection of your hands. But like social media sites and hybrid cars, times have changed. Now, even though para-aramid continues to be an industry leader, the alternative options have exploded. Continue Reading…

Carhartt Men’s 6-Inch Black Blucher Work Boots

Carhartt Work Boots

If Donna Summer’s song about “working hard for the money” is your personal anthem, then Carhartt Men’s 6-Inch Black Non-Safety Blucher Work Boots CMH6111 and Composite Toe version CMH6311 are perfect for you. Not only are these Carhartt boots durable and waterproof, they’re also lightweight and comfortable. Carhartt takes great pride in any product they offer to their customers. That means their Blucher work boots are no exception to their extensive quality in product.  Continue Reading…

Ramblers Bone: The Venture of a Lifetime

Ramblers Bone If you’ve ever been interested in exploration or are an avid fan of travel, you will appreciate what American photographers Mikael Kennedy and Sean Sullivan are doing. On April 5th, they embarked on the adventure of a lifetime, with a goal to travel 5,600 miles on a 30 day road trip throughout the southwest. They have named this project Ramblers Bone and plan to share the details through pictures and limited words via Twitter (www.twitter.com/ramblersbone) and their website, www.ramblersbone.com. Continue Reading…

Bates Zero Mass Boots: Lightweight Duty Boots for Heavy Duty Tasks

 

Bates Zero Mass Boots

You’re running through a field, trying to complete the training exercise to the best of your ability. But you can’t. Because it feels like you’ve got cinder blocks tied to your feet. They’re not cinder blocks. They’re tactical/training boots. But tell that to your instructor. If only someone could make a decent tactical/training boot that wasn’t weighing you down. Well… now that you mention it…

Your tactical/training boots are supposed to help you do your job, not hinder you. The number one drawback of wearing boots? You guessed it – Continue Reading…

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