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Enjoy the Outdoors With the Right Winter Apparel

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For many, winter is a dreaded time of year.  The roads are hazardous, the weather is unpleasant, and let’s not forget about the frigid temperatures that often keep up cooped up indoors.  However, with the right winter outerwear, you can enjoy your favorite cold weather sports like snowmobiling and skiing or comfortably complete your daily errands without feeling like you’re turning into an ice cube.

One of the best ways to make the most out of your winter gear is to layer up.  Layering allows you to add and remove articles of clothing based on your own personal comfort.  When layering, you want to keep three main layers in mind: wicking, insulating and weather protection.  The wicking layer is what you wear closest to your skin.  This layer is what will wick moisture away from your skin so you feel dry and warm.  Continue Reading…

Why Choose Thinsulate?

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The holidays are approaching at a rapid pace, and while the warmth of the season might seem like enough to get through the winter, it isn’t. After Santa returns to the North Pole, all we are left with are cold and snow. But while there could be that urge to purchase fancy – yet – impractical winter wear for you or your loved ones, it might make more sense to go with workwear that is more functional.

Thinsulate products, like Thinsulate insulated boots are designed to keep you warm, but not overheat. The technology behind this is as follows: Thinsulate fiber is thinner than polyester and the gaps between the fibers allow moisture to escape, which actually help you to retain the heat produced by your own body. It provides two times the insulation of a “duck down” and is not nearly as heavy. Continue Reading…

Not All Insulated Gloves Are Created Equal

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If you work in industries such as oil and gas, mining, transportation and construction, you know that the work does not stop when the weather turns cold. In cold, snowy and rainy conditions it is essential that you change up your work wear so that you’re adequately prepared for the risks involved. This is especially true for your work gloves.

There are tons of winter work gloves out there that are labeled “thermal” or “insulated”. Of course, “thermal” sounds like what you probably want when the temperature drops, but you must consider the other features of the glove to determine if it is appropriate for you and your job. Continue Reading…

ANSI/ISEA 201-2012 Standard: Choosing PPE for Cold Temperatures

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When the weather is cold, it is important to show up for the job prepared.  The fact that your workwear will need insulation that will allow you to complete tasks comfortably while staying warm is obvious, but we may not always know how much or how little insulation we need.  Another question we may ask ourselves while we prepare for work in frigid temperatures is, will the clothing keep us protected from cold for the intended life of the product? Continue Reading…

Staying Dry is the Key with Today’s High-Tech Fabrics

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We already know that layering clothing is the best way to stay warm in cold weather, right? And with advances in fabric technology over the last 10 to 15 years, today’s cold weather warriors can now utilize all layers to help keep skin dry – even with flame-resistant workwear.

Remember, effective layering means starting with a base layer that wicks (pulls) moisture away from the body, a middle layer that insulates and an outer layer that keeps out the wind and water. Until recently, silk and wool were considered the best moisture-wicking fabrics. And they are still good choices, especially for those who prefer natural fibers. But moisture-wicking technology has improved dramatically with innovative new synthetic fabrics and blends. Continue Reading…

Layering – A New Industry Standard for Insulated Clothing

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When choosing clothing for cold-weather layering, insulated clothing will add warmth. And thanks to a new ANSI standard, working people and employers now have a new tool to help sort through the choices in insulated clothing. The American National Standard for Classification of Insulating Apparel Used in Cold Work Environments (ANSO/ISEA 201-2012) creates a new voluntary industry standard that assigns a thermal performance category based on the garment’s insulating value after a set number of cleaning cycles.

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The “How To” on Staying Warm in Cold Weather

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Winter winds will soon be blowing and hazards associated with exposure to cold come with the season. Without proper protection, people who work outside during winter, as well as those whose interior work environments expose them to cold, face serious health risks such as frostbite, hypothermia, and even death. Fortunately, risks associated with exposure to cold can be reduced substantially with the proper work attire, and today we offer information and resources to help you prepare now for protection against unnecessary risk. Continue Reading…

Preparing for Winter: Personal Protective Clothing Keeps You Safe

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For those of us who work outdoors in the winter, like construction workers, utility workers, road crews, commercial fishermen, police officers, firefighters and military members just to name a few, specialized weather-appropriate clothing and accessories are a necessity.

In addition to health risks like hypothermia and frostbite that are caused by exposure to cold weather, there are other issues that cold weather presents in the outdoor workplace. Extreme cold can also decrease efficiency and increase the likelihood of work-related accidents and injuries. This is because your brain and body are both slowed by the cold. The dexterity of your fingers is reduced when they’re cold. Ever try to type after a snowball fight? Difficult. The same principles apply to working in the extreme cold. Continue Reading…

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