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When Flammable and Combustible Liquids Can Be Detected

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…

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…

Nautilus Safety Footwear: Don’t Get All Charged Up

ESD Safety Shoes By Nautilus Work Footwear

Have you ever thought about how much electricity the average human being carries around with them - in them – every single day? It’s shocking. (Pun intended!) In fact, you can accumulate as much as 12,000 volts just walking across a carpeted room. And we know you’re asking for it when you do this, but rubbing a balloon against your hair can generate as much as 20,000 volts. On average, the typical human being carries 25,000 volts of electricity with them at any given time. And passing it on to something else is easy. We do it all the time. It’s called static electricity, and it’s the “shock” you feel when you touch something. Sometimes we feel it – like when you touch a door knob or a sweater – but most of the time, we don’t. You have to have a buildup of 1,500 or more volts to feel a static electric charge when you touch something. But a charge with as little as five volts can cause damage to your home computer. Continue Reading…

Avenger Work Boots: Staying Cool Under the Heat

Avenger Work Boots

They say “if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.” But in your job, you aren’t working in no kitchen, and getting out isn’t an option. You have a job to do. So you need work boots that not only are as tough as you are, but as durable too.

Here’s another phrase you’re probably familiar with: “Coming apart at the seams.” There’s a reason for that. It’s because things come apart at the seams . Oftentimes, when under the duress of heat. The last thing you want coming apart at the seams is your work boots. You know, the things you rely on most to keep you safe and protected on the job site. Especially in enhanced heat situations. Continue Reading…

Materials Used To Make Shoes And Work Boots

Work Footwear Components

Leather is the preferred shoe upper material to make work boots and work shoes. The following qualities make it one of the best components for work boot and work shoe manufacturing:

  • Breathability: Pores in leather allow fresh air to circulate inside the shoes.
  • Moisture absorbency: Leather absorbs moisture away from the foot and out of the shoe.
  • Customization: Leather will assume the shape of the wearer’s feet, providing individualized fit. This quality maximizes comfort and minimizes foot disorders.
  • Durability: Leather resists tearing and puncturing. Continue Reading…

What is a Podiatrist?

Podiatrists

When your discussing footwear and foot protection, often the term podiatrist will come up. You may wonder what a podiatrist is exactly. Podiatrists specialize in medical care of the foot, ankle, and lower leg. They must have a doctor of podiatric medicine (D.P.M.) degree from a college of podiatric medicine. They must pass written and oral board examinations and must obtain a state license to practice podiatric medicine. Like other doctors, podiatrists work in private practices, hospitals and clinics. They also retain the ability to become professors at colleges of podiatric medicine, department chiefs or hospital administrators. There they demonstrate their knowledge of foot, leg and ankle problems which may lead to special footwear needs. Continue Reading…

Footwear Sizing Differences: Men, Women, Children

Differences In Footwear Sizes

The difference in length of 1/3 inch applies to men’s, women’s and children’s footwear. A problem with the system involves the way it was developed. The sizing scales for each gender are different. You can even find differences in American versus European sizing, but that different topic. Unfortunately, in America we do not start with a small number for length in children and go to the largest number for men.

Children’s sizes start at 0 and go to 13, then start over with Size 1 and usually go to 4. Men’s length sizes can start at Size 4 and normally go all the way to 16, while women’s sizes may start at 2 and go to 12 or 13. These length sizes vary, so to properly measure and fit, you should use a measuring device and inventory for the particular grouping you are fitting.

One constant you will notice in men’s and women’s sizing is the difference of two sizes. That is, on the shoe size scale comparison, a man’s 8 will be the same length as a woman’s 10. But remember that this is only toe length. When fitting, keep in mind that the lasts are probably designed differently for the male or female foot.

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Iron Age Work Boots: No Longer a Thing of the Past

Iron Age Work Boots

Iron Age Work Boots Will Be Available In 2012

It was an exciting time. Optimistic, really. The worst war the world had ever seen had finally ended, the enemy defeated. More than four million American men returned home with goals and dreams and a drive to succeed. To build those dreams with sweat on their brow and determination in their hearts and work boots on their feet. It was 1918. And those work boots were Iron Age work boots.

Iron Age Boots was the very first branded “safety-toe” footwear. The first Iron Age Boots debuted in 1918, after the end of World War I. These brave American men had risked their lives on the battlefield, and they certainly weren’t about to risk a toe on the job site wearing a pair of soft toe work boots. So they turned to this new brand of work boots to keep them safe. They trusted Iron Age’s new “steel toe technology.” And several generations later, American men, and now women, are still trusting Iron Age Boots today. Continue Reading…

2012 FR Clothing Standards Changes

Carhartt Fire Resistant Balaclava
The New Year rings in significant changes to the standards for Fire Resistant clothing. Some of the areas that are seeing change are work practices, multi-layer clothing systems and FR accessories such as face protection and arc flash gloves. Changes to work practices include energized work permits required before entering the LAB or limited approach boundary, protection shields and arc blankets are now listed in the standard and clarification of the difference between electrical hazard shoes as opposed to dielectric shoes is also highlighted. In the area of multi-layered clothing systems,  these will become more prevalent especially to those workers in utility companies. Continue Reading…

Pyramex Safety Glasses – Top Rated and Built To Last

Pyramex Safety GlassesPyramex Safety Eyewear was recently involved in an independent study for performance during the months of January and February of 2011. The results are astounding. Various models of Pyramex safety glasses along with two other competitors’ safety glasses were tested and compared. Scientific analysis was performed in 5 different areas including Lens Color, Comfort, Adjustability, Overall Liking and Protection. Pyramex rated the highest of the three compared companies in all 5 areas. 500 people tested these safety glasses 5,000 times. The ratings in this comparison are significantly higher than the other two competitors that were also being tested. Continue Reading…

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