Special Footwear Needs

Special Footwear Needs

Would you believe that an estimated 10-18 million people (4-7%) of America’s adult population has problems with their feet? With these problems, most need special footwear that you can’t just buy at your local shoe store. At this rate, it is very likely that some of our Working Person customers are dealing with problems with their feet as well. Although some people know why they are having issues with their feet, some may still have no clue what is going on. Some factors causing your foot pain may include aging, complications from injuries, congenital defects or illness like arthritis or diabetes. Continue Reading…

Safety Footwear Features

 

 

Safety Footwear

Safety Footwear

Safety footwear is designed to protect the user from potential work hazards. There are different components that made up safety footwear. These components include safety toe guards, metatarsal guards, electrical hazard ratings, electro static dissipating ratings and the soles of the shoes.

The mission of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OHSA) is to save lives, prevent injuries and protect the health of America’s workers. OSHA believes that the employer shall ensure that each affected employee wears protective footwear when working in areas where there is a danger of foot injuries due to falling or rolling objects or objects piercing the sole. Such equipment shall comply with American National Standards Institute (ANSI), ANSI Z-41-1991, “American National Standard for Personal Protection-Protective Footwear” [62 FR 40141, July 15,1997]. To accomplish this, federal and state governments must work in partnership with the more than 100 million working men and women and their six and a half million employers who are covered by the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. Continue Reading…

Effective Fit and Selection of Safety Footwear

Fitting Safety Footwear

The main focus for this article is to inform you on safety footwear features, fit, proper safety footwear selection and how to maintain your safety footwear. We will also identify ways you can care for your feet as well as adding some tips about how to prevent foot discomfort.

The fit and selection of safety footwear is different for each and every person because everyone has a different perception of comfort and each foot has its own special requirements. Only the person wearing the shoe can determine the comfort level and specific needs that the footwear must have. When finding the perfect pair of safety footwear you must consider these issues: heat, moisture, pressure, friction and bacteria. Continue Reading…

Hi-Tec Footwear Gets a Boost of Technology

Hi-Tec Ion Mask

Ion Mask Waterproofing

One of your favorite boots at the Working Person’s Store is getting an update that is sure to make your feet happy. Hi-Tec is implementing a new technology into their boots, called ion-mask. This breakthrough technology gives shoes the extraordinary ability to repel most liquids, including water and oil. With this new technology, liquids simply repel off the surface of the shoe in the form of beads.

Originally patented by Oxford UK-based P2i and was developed to protect soldiers from chemical attack. The ion-mask technology was applied and used on clothing products to keep the soldiers safer. Hi-Tec then pioneered the use of this technology on footwear. Continue Reading…

What Are Those Knife Blades Really Made Of?

Knife Blade Types

Blade Types

Blade steel, the metal used to make blades for knives, is manufactured from a combination of elements that provide the specific features the manufacturer is looking for. Typically, the most common blend is iron and carbon with other materials like chromium, molybdenum, vanadium or manganese.

When deciding which type of blade is best, the job it will be doing is the most important factor. There are a variety of materials which, when combined, will provide the features you most need. While the basic materials used are very important, so is the process used to create the blade. The table below includes some of the more popular types of materials used to create blades. Since some of the terminology is confusing, the following paragraphs explain the terms. Continue Reading…

Blade Shapes

Knife Blade Shapes

For over two million years, knives have been used as tools for survival and sport. The modern knife, while retaining the same basic elements is very different from ancient implements. The shape of the blade wasn’t as important to our ancestors. Since they made their stone or flint blades by hitting them with rocks, they had to take what they got.

Eventually, man figured out how to shape flint to make different types of blades, like a scythe for cutting grain. But we’ve gone well beyond rock and flint. Modern methods were developed to use bronze, copper and iron. We can now shape the blade so it’s uniform and have designed blades in shapes that work best for each job. A variety of features defines each knife. The materials used to make it, like carbon or stainless steel, the shape, the grind and the thickness all combine to make knives that are designed for each application. Continue Reading…

What is Kevlar?

Kevlar

Kevlar Used To Create Cut Resistant Work Gloves

Kevlar is a synthetic material known as a polymer (aren’t you glad you asked?). A Kevlar fiber is an array of molecules that are paralllel to each other like spaghetti in a package. These chains are held together by electrostatic forces between molecules known as hydrogen bonds. The fibers are drawn at a temperature over 750 degrees Fahrenheit. (If you must know, the actual chemical name of Kevlar is poly-para-phenylene terephthalamide, but we didn’t tell you.) Continue Reading…

Carhartt Outerwear Fabric Guide

Carhartt Outerwear Fabrics

Carhartt Outerwear Fabrics

Carhartt Outerwear Shell Fabrics

Cotton Duck

No fowl were hurt when making this material, but you can be assured Carhartt had only humans in mind when they constructed their coats and jacket using this stuff.A breathable, tightly woven fabric, the name comes from the Dutch word, “doek,” meaning “canvas.” Carhartt uses double yarn in this 12 ounce duck (also called “firm duck” since it’s unwashed) for durability, it’s treated for water-resistance and is good at protecting against snags and tears. The cotton is “ring-spun” so you get fibers that are tightly twisted together. This makes for a softer feel, not at all like your old canvas tent. Firm Cotton Duck is featured in many different types of Carhartt jackets, such as Carhartt Chore Coats or Hooded Jackets. Continue Reading…

5 Tips for Sizing Employees For Uniforms

Uniform Sizing

When you are measuring employees for their uniforms, being detail-oriented is important. Otherwise, you risk giving the person a uniform that is too small or too big. Almost everyone has experienced the discomfort in their work wear that was either too small or too large. On top of the discomfort, it can make one feel self-conscious and possibly unimportant. If an employee feels self-conscious, just how well will he be performing his duties? Therefore, it is highly important that you take accurate measurements in the proper way for both the comfort of your employees and to ensure they do their best on the job. There are five tips that will help you measure or evaluate your employees: Continue Reading…

Sizing Up Your Gloves

Get The Right Fit For Your Work Gloves

Sure, you could pull on Grandma Tessie’s old mittens if you’re just going for a walk in the park (just don’t rip them off the old dear’s hands). But if you’re on the job in the freezing cold, or working with machinery, chemicals or delicate cargo, you want to make sure you’ve got the right gloves for you. Working Person’s Store already has the styles you need, like utility gloves, winter work gloves, welding gloves and general use gloves, among many other styles. But are they the right size? Continue Reading…

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