How Tough is Puncture-Resistant Footwear?

Puncture Resistant Footwear
Whether you work in construction, demolition, mining, rescue, law enforcement, or in a junkyard, the last thing you want to do is step on a sharp object and know it without seeing it.  Other than singing the old tune, “we hate when that happens,” Working Person’s Store offers you a slew of safety boots and shoes to ward off this evil.  Let us explain …

That old standby, the American Society for Testing and Materials, in their valiant effort to help keep you safe, has spelled out what you can expect from puncture-resistant shoes and boots in their classic “F2413-05 Standard Requirements for Protective Footwear.” Continue Reading…

Slip-Resistant Work Footwear Basics

Slip Resistant Footwear
As a rule, athletic shoes and footwear with leather soles are typically not designed with the proper sole compounds, tread patterns and other properties that make them slip-resistant in most work environments. Luckily, there are several footwear vendors.  Grabbers and Skidbuster are well-known for offering a wide range of popular styles with the slip resistant properties needed to reduce the chance of an employee slip & fall injury.

A suitable test that measures footwear slip resistance can be found with the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) F1677-96. This testing method covers the operational procedures for using a slip testing device for determining the slip resistance of footwear outsoles under dry, wet or greasy (contaminated) conditions. This test utilizes a scale from 0 to 1. With 1 being the most slip-resistant. This test may help establish the best footwear protection for the job at hand. Restaurant and chef shoes are a great place to start your search for slip-resistant footwear since those types of professions commonly deal with wet or greasy floor conditions.

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How Bright Is Your Flashlight?

When you’re buying a flashlight, like in our Pelican or Streamlight lines or Petzl headlamps, you sometimes want to know how bright it is.  Often the terms used to describe this can be confusing, so here it is–down and dirty:

Candlepower is obvious–it’s how bright a candle is (“radiance”) right next to the candle.  Candela is an alternate term for this.

If you measured how bright the light was a foot away from the candle, you’d have a Foot-Candela. (So far, no problemo, right?) Continue Reading…

Carhartt Creating Buzz with New Boot Line in 2012


Carhartt Boots

Carhartt Boots Just Got Better With This New Line!

Carhartt, in association with Black Diamond Group is set to release a new line of boots in March 2012. Changes are being made to manufacturing and the result is exciting new styles that will be available at Working Person’s Store as soon as January 2012. If you want updated versions of Carhartt boots, this is your chance! Features such as waterproof membranes, rugged waterproof full-grain leather, Achilles heel support, Ortholite Comfort Tongue – exclusive to Carhartt, Comfort Footbed also by Ortholite, Carhartt Proprietary Heel Guard and Vibram Rubber are all included in the new lines of boots. And don’t forget, all these new boots have stylish new designs to go with their incredible comfort and safety features.

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The Benefits of LED Bulbs

LED Bulbs
It’s time for the Holidays again. Inevitably, the lights have to go up on the house, tree and what other creative place you can think to put them. As technology has advanced, you notice the use of much brighter LED bulbs versus grandma’s traditional strings of lights that need to be replaced every other year. So, what are LED lights, why are they so bright and how do they last so long and how are they different from other flashlights?

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Leather Tanning: It’s a Process

Leather Tanning

Leather Tanning

Tanning of leather is the process created to convert skin or hide into leather. These have the ability to absorb chemicals such as tannic acid which keep them from decomposing, water resistant durable and supple. Surfaces of the hide include oil glands and hair which is considered the grain side while the flesh side is considered to be softer. Hides come from sheep, cattle and porcine animals. The process is essentially a reaction of the fibers of collagen with different chemicals of which, the most prevalent would be vegetable tannins and trivalent chromium for starters. Continue Reading…

New Innovations In Keen Safety Toe Footwear

Keen Boots InnovationsKeen is taking a bold new direction with their safety toed footwear by updating styles, shelf appeal, comfort and outstanding fit. These work boots are not like yesteryear’s work boots. In fact, some great changes have been made with Keen footwear and the following article will tell you exactly what you need to know.  Continue Reading…

Bug Repellant Lowers Flame Retardant Factor in FR Clothing

FR Apparel And Bug Spray

Do you know how bug spray effects FR Apparel?

Bug repellant and FR clothing have been considered in combination. However, testing has been done with this application on fire resistant clothing. Results of this application showed little promise. With fire retardant clothing, sprays like DEET are shown as significantly reducing the factor of flame retardation. While it is always advised to use bug repellent on skin, testing and research are showing that using this or any other type of repellant on FR clothing can cause serious problems. One problem with using DEET on clothing is that sprays like this are flammable, therefore reducing the protective retardation of flame for FR clothing. Continue Reading…

Layering: Staying Warm in the Cold Weather


Effective Layering

As the weather turns colder many people continue to work and play outdoors. For instance, hiking in the fall and winter can be extremely rewarding. It is important that working people keep themselves well dressed to keep safe from discomfort and even frostbite. When dressing for colder weather consider your internal thermostat. Some people usually run hot while others seem to always be cold…like my wife. If it’s the former then multiple layers would probably work better. If you’re generally cold heavier clothing could be the better option. Either way, the best way to keep warm is by wearing layers. Continue Reading…

Preventing Frostbite

Prevent Frostbite

Prevent Frostbite

Frostbite is caused by exposure of the body to the cold. Several factors contribute to the danger and severity of frostbite. The length of time exposed to the cold and the actual temperature outside make a big impact to the risk. The wind chill factor and the humidity in the air can also be important circumstances. High altitudes can even pose a danger. Wetness of clothing, shoes or body coverings increases the chances significantly. If these conditions are extreme enough it is possible for frostbite to occur in just minutes to exposed body parts. The elderly and the young are particularly susceptible to frostbite. Persons with circulatory problems, previous cold injuries and those who recently lost blood due to an injury are also more likely to suffer frostbite. Continue Reading…

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