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This Is Not Your Grandfather's Glove: Hand Protection in the Age of Performance Gloves

July 05, 2016, Posted in News

Some injuries you can't forget.


I will always remember how my grandfather was missing half of his left pinky finger. It's just something I can't forget. He lost half of his finger at work at the age of 50 when a 55-gallon drum of ice cream rolled over his hand. I always admired how he made the best of the situation, and he repeatedly spoke about his work-related injury, so his story went down in the family lore.

 

Like 70 percent of workers today who suffer from hand injuries, my grandfather was not wearing safety gloves when he sustained his injury. And like 30 percent of workers today, even if my grandfather were wearing a glove, most likely the gloves "were inadequate, damaged or wrong for the type of hazard," according to a study conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Plus, the technology of composite engineered yarns and steel for cut resistance and Thermal Plastic Rubber (TPR) overlays for impact resistance simply didn’t exist during my grandfather's time as it does today—in the age of performance gloves. Fortunately for workers today, performance safety gloves are engineered with technological advances that aid in extra protection, dexterity, durability, and comfort.

Ouch! The Statistics & Cost of Hand Injuries are Staggering

In today's work environment, let’s not forget that hand injuries are the second leading cause of work-related injury—back and neck sprains and strains take first place. The most common causes of hand injuries are blunt trauma, followed by cut and laceration injuries from a sharp object, which account for one-third of hand injuries.

A human hand consists of:

  • ► 27 bones—including the eight wrist bones
  • ► Major nerves, including the ulnar, median, and the superficial branch of the radial nerve
  • ► Arteries, veins, muscles, tendons, ligaments, joint cartilage, skin, and fingernails

 

Because our hands have an intricate structure and a complex anatomy, the potential exists for a variety of injuries. Human hands are truly amazing and are definitely worth protecting properly. The cost of a hand injury can far exceed the cost of a hand protection safety program.

BLS reports that today, the average hand injury claim exceeds $6,000, coupled with a typical workers' compensation claim of $7,000—for a total of $13,000. Plus, the National Safety Council reports the following costs for typical injuries:

 

 

OSHA's Top Eight Hand Injuries to Protect Against

OSHA dictates that employers must use personal protective equipment (PPE) to provide additional protection against hazards that can’t be completely eliminated through other measures. According to OSHA, 70.9 percent of arm and hand injuries could have been prevented with PPE, specifically safety gloves.

The hand injuries that employers need to protect against include:

 

1. Burns
2. Bruises
3. Abrasions
4. Cuts
5. Punctures
6. Fractures
7. Amputations
8. Chemical exposures

Three Effective Ways to Prevent Hand Injuries

How can employers help prevent the eight hand injuries listed above? They can 1) evaluate job site risks, 2) teach employees about the hazards, and 3) provide the proper safety glove for the application.

 

1. Evaluate job site risks by asking the right questions:

 

  • ► What engineering and work practice controls need to be in place to help prevent hand and finger injury?
  • ► What tools and equipment will your workers use?
  • ► Does the equipment have built-in safeguards to protect against pinching when exposed to moving machine parts? Are there barriers between your workers' hands and the saw blade?
  • ► Are your workers wearing jewelry that can get caught in machinery? Thousands of employees are injured every year when a ring or bracelet gets caught in a moving machine part.
  • ► Does the worker have to handle heavy equipment or machinery where fingers and hands are easily crushed?

You can always consult with a safety specialist, safety engineer, or product manager to help you evaluate the potential areas and risk factors that can lead to hand and finger injury at your job site.

 

2. Teach & train:

 

One of the best ways to behaviorally teach and train is to role play or simulate a hand injury. Tape up an employee’s dominant hand with gauze, then instruct him or her to perform a couple of simple work tasks and a personal task, such as texting. The simulation drives home how debilitating a hand injury can be and will help increase compliance.

 

Have a Glove Show & Tell: Display several different types of gloves and talk about the specific application for the glove. Reiterate the importance of using the right glove for the right task. (As was mentioned earlier, 30 percent of hand injuries are a result of using the wrong or inadequate glove for the job.)

 

3. Outfit workers with today’s high-performance gloves:

 

OSHA says, "It is essential that employees use gloves specifically designed for the hazards and tasks found in their workplace because gloves designed for one function may not protect against a different function even though the glove may appear to be an appropriate protective device." Below are three types of high-performance gloves, all of which have revolutionized hand protection.

 

Impact-resistant gloves

Impact-resistant gloves, also known as anti-impact gloves, feature dense thermal plastic rubber pads or overlays strategically located along the top of the hand and along fingers to help protect from crushing blows. TPR provides maximum cushioning while not interfering with dexterity. Other features of impact-resistant gloves include padded palms, molded knuckle areas, and extra grip patches. Workers in oil drilling, automotive, and heavy manufacturing environments benefit greatly from TPR technology.

 

Coated gloves

Numerous types of coated gloves are available today, which include nitrile foam coated, high-visibility knit coated, PU palm coated, crinkle latex coated, and the list goes on. Prominent features of coated gloves include seamless design, breathable knit back, elastic cuffs, and a variety of gauges. The main features of seamless knit coated gloves are their good grip and great dexterity. Solid coated fingers and palm usually provide abrasion and tear resistance. When wearing coated gloves, workers are also able to move their hands more freely and easily in cold conditions. Plus, coated gloves give additional skin protection from harmful chemicals and oils.

Coated gloves are ideal for jobs that require a high degree of touch sensitivity, dexterity, and a superior grip. Industrial applications include general assembly, painting, the handling of small oily parts and components, horticulture, machining, and maintenance.

 

Cut-resistant gloves

The use of cut-resistant gloves has increased considerably. Glove fabrics and coatings have been improving at a fast and furious pace; thus, cut-resistant gloves are thinner, more comfortable, and provide greater protection. Thanks to engineered composite yarns, manufacturers are creating gloves with superior levels of cut resistance without compromising comfort and dexterity—two major factors in worker compliance.

 

Engineered yarns, or super yarns, are popular in industrial applications requiring ASTM Level 3 or higher and are heavily used by meat processing, glass handling, and heavy sheet metal handling industries where workers are exposed to sharp blades. Those who work around sharp blades will need to wear cut-resistant gloves. The gauge and cut level required will depend on the specific task.

 

Get a Grip on the New ANSI/ISEA 105-2016 and EN 388 European Glove Standards

Just as today’s high-performance gloves have evolved and changed to take advantage of new technologies, the American National Standard for Hand Protection Classification and the European EN 388 standard have evolved to address these advances in PPE technology and cut-resistant materials.

 

On Jan. 12, 2016, the ISEA approved the new ANSI/ISEA 105-2016 standard for Hand Protection Classification. This standard is a voluntary consensus standard first published in 1999 and later revised in 2005 and 2011. A major focus of the new standard is cut-resistance testing and classification. The new ANSI/ISEA 105-2016 standard can be ordered at https://safetyequipment.org/standard/ansiisea-105-2016/.


The European Norm (EN) 388 standard is in the revision process and will be released in early 2016.

 

Below are three key points to help you navigate the new ANSI standard and the proposed EN 388 changes:

 

  • ► Both the ANSI/ISEA 105 and revised EN 388 standard will now use the Tomodynamometer (TDM) 100 machine. As a result of this important change, the cut level between the two standards will now match in terms of range for most levels. Designating one piece of equipment for cut testing will help to eliminate confusion about glove performance and help safety managers choose the appropriate protection for their employees.

  • ► ANSI will add four additional cut levels for higher cut-resistant materials using a nine-level alphabet scale rated from A1-A9. EN 388 levels through the TDM method will be given a six-step letter score of A through F. Previously, the ANSI and EN standards both had a ranking scale of 1 to 5, which caused confusion because different testing and classification methods were used. An "apples to apples" comparison did not exist between the ANSI testing and the European Norm (EN) testing.

  • ► There are no third-party testing or conformity requirements for ANSI/ISEA 105. Testing can be performed and certified by the manufacturer.

 

Let's Do Something About That 70 Percent/30 Percent Hand Injury Statistic

Gloves today come in a variety of sizes, price points, materials, and styles to satisfy a wide range of industrial applications. Safety managers have thousands of glove resources and safety solutions at their fingertips to ensure they are protecting the fingers and hands of employees. Ask yourself, "What can I do today to protect my employees' fingers and hands tomorrow?"

 

Tackle the fact that 70 percent of workers aren't wearing gloves by making sure safety gloves are readily available for the employee. Establish work rules that demand when and where gloves are to be worn. Reward compliance and make sure employees know the repercussions if they don’t comply with safety rules. 

 

Put a dent in the fact that 30 percent of workers are not wearing the right glove by choosing the proper glove for the application, whether that is an impact-resistant glove, a coated glove, or a cut-resistant glove of the proper gauge. Also, don’t be misled by leather gloves for cut protection. Because leather is skin, it can be easily cut, just like the skin of your employee. Leather, although a popular choice during my grandfather's time and my father's time, is not a good choice today for employees whose jobs expose them to the risks of cuts and lacerations.

 

I hope in the next year, the number of hand and finger injuries drops significantly as compliance and proper glove specification improve through technology, innovation, training, and motivation. Let's all work together to reduce the number of hand injuries. If in favor, raise your hand!

 



This article originally appeared in the April 2016 issue of Occupational Health & Safety.



About the Author

Mary Padron is a MarCom and Event Specialist at Radians®, a leading manufacturer of high-performance hearing protection devices. For more information about Radians' comprehensive line of quality PPE, visit www.Radians.com or call 1-877-RADIANS.

 

 

Nine New Ways to Protect Hands at Work

March 30, 2016, Posted in News

Press Release


MEMPHIS, TN—March 29, 2016—Radians®, a global leader in personal protective solutions to keep workers safe, is aggressively expanding their glove line to help reduce hand injuries.

Hand injuries are the second leading cause of work-related injuries, which are expected to reach three million this year. The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that 70% of hand injuries occur because workers—especially construction workers—don’t wear hand protection primarily because of dexterity issues.  The other 30% of workers are wearing the wrong glove for the application.

Radians has added nine new gloves to protect hands at work. The new line includes protective gloves with dexterity, cut protection, abrasion resistance and thermal plastic rubber (TPR) overlays for impact protection.

“With Radians developments in glove technology to enhance dexterity, comfort and safety, users will be able to select the correct gloves, based on their job applications and hand injuries will decrease,” said Radians President, Bill England.  “Hand protection is one of Radians’ fastest growing product categories because we offer a quality product line with great features. Our product managers and safety specialists are equipped with the expertise and knowledge to help our customers choose the right glove for the application.”

Radians expanded line includes:

 

  • Three new CE Cut 3 gloves in 13 gauge (RWG534), 15 gauge (RWG536), and 18 gauge (RWG533)

  • Four general purpose coated gloves (RWG14, RWG15, RWG16) one of which is a two-ply winter coated glove (RWG17)

  • One CE Cut 5 glove with Thermal Plastic Rubber (TPR) overlays for impact-resistant protection (RWG603)

  • One CE Cut 5 glove with TPR overlays for impact-resistant protection and a 7 gauge acrylic terry liner for warmth in cold conditions (RWG604)

 

Radians glove line is available in a variety of sizes, materials, coatings, gauge choices, and cut protection levels to satisfy a wide range of industrial applications. For more information, call toll free 1-877-723-4267 or visit www.radians.com.

Radians New Rainwear Line Satisfies a Variety of Industrial Protection Requirements

March 21, 2016, Posted in News


 

MEMPHIS, TN—March 16, 2016—Radians®, a global leader in quality personal protective equipment (PPE), has significantly expanded their RadWear® rainwear line to protect workers in a variety of conditions, including general purpose, extreme weather, and industrial protection requirements.

In addition to weather-related applications, the new styles are intended for applications including hazardous chemicals, food processing, and construction environments requiring high visibility.  Designed with workers in mind, each style has features to keep workers protected and dry, including double heat welded seam construction that secures the seams for waterproof integrity.

Radians new rainwear additions include the:

  • ERW™ 35—.35mm PVC/Poly economy rain suit
  • DriRad™ 28—.28mm PVC/Poly jacket, coat, and bibs
  • AquaRad™ 25—.25mm TPU/Nylon rain jacket and bib
  • DuraRad™ 42—.42mm Acid Green PVC/Poly rain jacket & bib (Self-extinguishing treated polyester)
  • Fortress™ 20¬—High visibility .20mm PVC/Nylon jacket and pants
  • Fortress™ 35¬—High visibility .35mm PVC/Poly rain jacket, coat, and bibs


All of the new styles, with the exception of the ERW 35, have an ETP™ Collar that extends in the back for additional protection and is tapered in the front for wearable comfort. Other comfort and convenience features include detachable hoods, vented cape backs for comfort, hook and look adjustable cuffs, QDM™ snaps, etc.

For more information about Radians new rainwear or PPE safety solutions for the jobsite, call Radians toll free at 1-877-723-4267 or visit www.Radians.com.

 

Radians Builds World Class Education Center

March 08, 2016, Posted in News


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MEMPHIS, TN—February 16, 2016—Radians®, a leading manufacturer of high performance Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), recently opened a world class education center at their corporate headquarters in Memphis, TN.
 
Radians President Bill England says, “The backbone of Radians culture is protecting workers through safety and compliance.  Work place safety begins with training and understanding the product applications and potential dangers and risks of the jobsite.”

The new Radians facility allows interactive, hands on training that centers around the most widely used PPE products on jobsites, including hand and head protection, eyewear and hearing protection, and high-visibility protection. “Radians customers will be educated on the current ANSI standards and regulations as well as being exposed to many other resources and services at our headquarters,” said England.

In addition to state-of-the-art audio visual equipment, seating, and lighting, Radians new education center has several entertainment amenities including a pool table, foose ball, a dining area with bar, and a relaxed conversation area with sofas and chairs for smart discussions and connecting with customers.

For more information about how Radians can provide PPE safety solutions for your company, call toll free 1-877-723-4267, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit www.radians.com.

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Radians® is a Memphis, TN-based manufacturer of quality safety eyewear, RadWear™ high visibility apparel, rainwear, hearing protection, performance gloves, head gear, cooling products, heated jackets, and lens cleaning systems. Radians has partnered with highly respected companies including DEWALT® and BLACK+DECKER™ to provide high performance personal protection products. Their brands include Crossfire® by Radians, Arctic RadWear®, Nordic Blaze™, and VisionAid®.  An ISO 9001:2008 certified leader in the PPE industry, the company has additional facilities in Reno, NV, Thomasville, NC, Wareham, MA, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit www.Radians.com.

 


 

 

 

 

 

Radians continues to add protective eyewear with progressive styling

February 29, 2016, Posted in News

Radians® recently launched three new styles of safety glasses in their Radians branded line of protective eyewear with progressive styling for the industrial markets.

The new styles include the T70, T71, and T72. All three styles exceed ANSI Z87.1+ standards, protect against 99.9% of harmful UV rays and include a hard coat polycarbonate lens to protect against scratches. All three styles have progressive styles and cool lens choices, including ice, copper, and yellow mirror.

The T70 is a substantial safety glass with a wide, full wraparound frame. Designed for workers with wider heads and fuller faces, the T70 provides the fit and protection that smaller glasses can’t provide.  Available in a cool-looking metal gray frame, the T70 comes with a neck cord so safety glasses are within easy reach.

The T71 meets VO Ballistic Standards MIL-PRF-3103 for law enforcement, first responders, and workers who need additional protection because of their dangerous work environments. Additional comfort is provided by the dual mold rubber temples and adjustable rubber nosepiece.

The T72 has a progressive, bayonet-styled lens and non-slip temples and a soft rubber nosepiece for a secure, comfortable fit. The T72 is available in clear, smoke, amber, and copper lenses. Copper lenses block blue light and are ideal for workers who work outdoors in medium to bright conditions where sunlight and glare cause eye strain and fatigue.

For more information, call Radians toll free at 1-877-723-4267 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Radians® is a Memphis, TN-based manufacturer of quality safety eyewear, RadWear™ high visibility apparel, rainwear, hearing protection, performance gloves, head gear, cooling products, heated jackets, and lens cleaning systems. Radians has partnered with highly respected companies, including DEWALT® and Black+Decker™, to provide high performance personal protection products. Their brands include Crossfire® by Radians, Arctic™ RadWear, Nordic Blaze, and VisionAid.  An ISO 9001:2008 certified leader in the PPE industry, the company has additional facilities in Reno, NV, Thomasville, NC, Wareham, MA, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit www.Radians.com.

 

SOURCE: ISHN.COM

Explore the New ANSI/ISEA 107 2015 Standard for High-Visibility Apparel With a White Paper from Radians

February 16, 2016, Posted in News

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MEMPHIS, TN—February 15, 2016—Radians, a leading manufacturer of high-visibility apparel and other high performance safety products, has several members on the ISEA product group who played a significant role in drafting the new ANSI/ISEA 107 2015 Standard for High-Visibility Apparel and Accessories.

ISEA recently announced the new standard, and the official standard document can be ordered online by visiting ISEA at www.Radians.com.

Several changes have been added to expand the types of High-Visibility Safety Apparel (HVSA) available in order to more effectively address a wider variety of Struck by Vehicle hazards. If you want to explore the key five revisions of the new High-Visibility Apparel standard, click here to download the Radians White Paper. Just click on the White Paper, follow the instructions, and a complimentary White Paper will be emailed to you.

If you have questions about the new standard, you can consult with a Radians safety specialists by calling toll free 1-877-723-4267, or email your question to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit www.radians.com.

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Radians® is a Memphis, TN-based manufacturer of quality safety eyewear, RadWear™ high visibility apparel, rainwear, hearing protection, performance gloves, head gear, cooling products, heated jackets, and lens cleaning systems. Radians has partnered with highly respected companies including DEWALT® and BLACK+DECKER™ to provide high performance personal protection products. Their brands include Crossfire® by Radians, Arctic RadWear®, Nordic Blaze™, and VisionAid®.  An ISO 9001:2008 certified leader in the PPE industry, the company has additional facilities in Reno, NV, Thomasville, NC, Wareham, MA, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit www.Radians.com

Radians New Passage Eyewear to Play Pivotal Role in Safety Programs

February 09, 2016, Posted in News

MEMPHIS, TN—February 9, 2016—Radians® has developed Passage™, an innovative safety glass that was designed to be an economical safety solution while adding extra features for worker adoption rate.

According to Shannon Owens, Radians VP of Eyewear Development, “Passage will play a pivotal role in safety programs because it will satisfy the standard demands of the safety manager, the price demands of purchasing, and the comfort and style demands of the end-user. Patterned after the success of the Radians Mirage safety glasses, Passage maintains Mirage value pricing while significantly enhancing style and comfort. The extended style lens provides added wraparound and it’s a great looking safety glass.”

Passage has a lightweight frame and slim, flexible temples with rubber temple pads for a comfortable, non-slip fit. It is an ANSI Z87.1+ safety glass that offers 99.9% UV protection, and the impact resistant polycarbonate lens has been treated with a hard coat to prevent scratching. Available in clear, clear anti-fog, smoke, and indoor/outdoor lenses, Passage comes with an attachable neck cord so safety glasses are always conveniently within reach. Two-color custom imprinting is also available on the lens or temples.

For more information on what the Radians Passage can do for your safety program, please consult with a Radians safety specialist at 1-877-723-4267 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Radians extensive line of PPE is sold through authorized distributors and their full line can be viewed at www.Radians.com.

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Radians® is a Memphis, TN-based manufacturer of quality safety eyewear, RadWear™ high visibility apparel, rainwear, hearing protection, performance gloves, head gear, cooling products, heated jackets, and lens cleaning systems. Radians has partnered with highly respected companies including DEWALT® and BLACK+DECKER™ to provide high performance personal protection products. Their brands include Crossfire® by Radians, Arctic RadWear®, Nordic Blaze™, and VisionAid®.  An ISO 9001:2008 certified leader in the PPE industry, the company has additional facilities in Reno, NV, Thomasville, NC, Wareham, MA, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit www.Radians.com.

Understanding the New ANSI 107-2015 Standards

February 08, 2016, Posted in News


Understanding new safety standards can be time-consuming and complicated. Radians attempts to save you time and increase your understanding of the new ANSI 107-2015 Standards for High Visibility Safety Apparel (HVSA) and accessories. The ANSI 107-2015 Standard provides criteria for materials, test procedures, design, labeling, and care instructions used in the construction and manufacturing of high visibility apparel.

Radians is a member of the High Visibility Products Group of the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) and has been actively involved with the ANSI 107-2015 revision.

Click here to get a copy of our Whitepaper with all the new information you need to know!

 

Noise Induced Hearing Loss: Are you doing enough to protect your workers?

January 12, 2016, Posted in News

 

Safety at Work Magazine recently published an article focused on noise induced hearing loss and what employers can do to protect their workers. 

Read the full article here: http://www.spisafety.com/storefrontCommerce/epubs/magazineQ12016.html
Pages 10 - 12

Also check out our full page Foam Earplug Dispenser Ad on page 32.

Radians Foam Earplug Dispensers

December 21, 2015, Posted in News

Radians Foam Earplug DispensersRadians has just launched new patent-pending Disposable Foam Earplug Dispensers that are available with two of their popular Made in the USA foam plugs, the Resistor and Detour.

These innovative dispensers are a game-changer for workplace safety because they have several patented design features which make the dispenser easy to use, easy to refill, and easy on the environment too.

The reusable dispenser, which comes with a space-saving, slim vertical dispenser box, is easy to mount and refill. Engineered with a variable mounting bracket, the dispenser is easily installed on peg board, slat wall, wire cages, warehouse racks, and drywall, which means you can easily control placement in high traffic areas.

To refill, simply remove the empty box and refill with the replacement dispenser box, which comes in quantities of either 250 or 500 foam earplugs.

The patented flexible structure of the vertical box uses less material than typical dispensers in the marketplace, making Radians’ new dispenser extremely economical and gentler on the environment than traditional plastic dispensers. The patented 360° bi-directional rotating funnel provides workers with quick and easy access to the earplugs, which always helps to increase worker compliancy.

The dispensers are available in their uncorded Made in the USA Resistor plug (PDFP70) and their Detour plug (PDFP30). Both styles of disposable foam plugs have a 32NRR.

For more information about the new dispensers or any of the hearing protection products in Radians’ comprehensive line of high performance safety gear, visit www.Radians.com, call 1-877-723-4267 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

SOURCE: Contractor Supply Magazine

Radians Launches Patent Pending Foam Plug Dispensers

December 10, 2015, Posted in News

Radians‬ is excited to launch our eco-friendly, budget-friendly, patent pending Foam Plug ‪‎Dispensers‬, which are available with two of our most popular ‪Made in the USA‬ foam plugs Resistor and Detour. The patented 360 degree bi-directional rotating funnel allows workers to conveniently to get one pair at a time, providing a more hygienic solution to ‪‎Hearing Protection‬ and less waste of earplugs. Easy to mount and refill.


 

Wipe Away the Grease and Grime

November 17, 2015, Posted in News

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Wipe Away the Grease and Grime with Radians’ New Made-in-USA Respirator Wipes & Lens Cleaning Towelettes

MEMPHIS, TN—October 28, 2015— Respirators, safety glasses, and other PPE become ineffective when they are soiled with smudges, grease and grime. Now you can conveniently and economically wipe away grease and grime with Radians’ new respirator wipes and lens cleaning towelettes which are made in the USA.

Radians, a leading manufacturer of high performance safety gear, recently launched their new respirator wipes (RW-100), including an alcohol free version (RWAF-100).

Both the 5” x 7” respirator wipes and lens cleaning towelettes are individually wrapped in foil packets and are packaged in easy-to-use boxes of 100. The boxes have a perforated hang tab that allows for mounting on both pegboard hooks and standard counters. These cleaning accessories can be strategically placed in high traffic areas to facilitate proper cleaning behaviors among workers in the plant or office. Their specially developed formula will help keep PPE crystal clear.

For more information about Radians’ comprehensive line of quality safety gear, visit www.Radians.com, call 1-877-723-4267, or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 



Radians® is a Memphis, TN-based manufacturer of quality safety eyewear, high visibility apparel, rainwear, hearing protection, performance gloves, head gear, cooling products, heated jackets, footwear, and lens cleaning systems. Radians has partnered with highly respected companies including DEWALT® and Black+Decker to provide high performance personal protection products. The company has additional facilities in Reno, NV, Thomasville

 

SOURCE: EHS Daily Advisor

Combat Workplace Noise Pollution to Help Prevent Hearing Loss

November 09, 2015, Posted in News

Yikes! Hearing loss is the third-leading major U.S. public health issue.

By Mary Padron, published on Sep 01, 2015


According to John Hopkins Medicine and the Hearing Loss Association of America, "Hearing loss is the third leading major public health issue, affecting 48 million Americans, or 20% of the adult population." Arthritis leads the way, followed by heart disease. Sixty percent of people with hearing loss are either in the workforce or in educational settings.

One of the leading culprits of hearing loss is workplace noise pollution, which can lead to noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). Over-exposure to high-noise environments occurs at factories, airports, construction sites, NASCAR races, rock concerts, and on our highways. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, industries that include mining, agriculture, construction, manufacturing, utilities, transportation, and the military run the highest risk of NIHL noise pollution. Over-exposure to noise has serious consequences to our well-being and hearing, including auditory and non-auditory effects:

  • temporary, mild, or permanent hearing loss
  • tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • physical and mental stress
  • reduced concentration and communication
  • loss of productivity
  • increased probability of work-related accidents and injury
  • heart palpitations
  • aggressive behavior
  • exhaustion
What is NIHL?

According to the World Health Organization, noise-induced hearing loss "is the most common, permanent, and preventable occupational injury in the world."

Noise-induced hearing loss may happen suddenly from an explosive type of blast or gradually over time as a worker is continuously exposed to noise above 85 dB without wearing proper hearing protection. Unfortunately, NIHL is an invisible pollutant, so it is often relegated to the back burner while eye protection and high-visibility protection take the job site spotlight. We can't see, taste, touch, or smell noise, and there is no obvious wound or blood—but every workplace should have a hearing conversation program, especially because hearing loss affects millions of workers.

What if you had to continuously listen to your blow dryer or to a juice blender (approximately 80 to 95 dB) for eight hours every day? Surely you would cringe at the thought and become quite agitated. Unfortunately, in numerous industrial settings, millions of American workers are assaulted and exposed to dangerous levels of noise (85 dB or above) every single workday.

How to Combat Workplace NIHL

Three weapons in your hearing loss prevention toolbox are (1) education, (2) "buy quiet" practices, and (3) the use of hearing protection devices (HPDs).

Education and training


Educate your workers and safety specialists about hearing loss by distributing informational brochures, by placing posters and caution signs in key traffic areas, and through annual training programs, which are required by OSHA "whenever employee noise exposures are at or above an eight hour time-weighted average (TWA) of 85 dBA or, equivalently, a dose of 50 percent, which is considered the action level."

"Buy Quiet” practices and other controls


When purchasing new equipment, nip noise in the bud by specifying the acceptable sound output for any new machinery. Be adamant about your sound requirements with your buyers and purchasing agents. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that a national "Buy Quiet" purchasing movement is in place to get the military and corporations to buy "ear friendly" machinery.  Hopefully, as technology improves, this "Buy Quiet" trend will gain greater momentum.

To deal with existing high-noise equipment and environments, consider engineering controls such as silencers, mufflers, and specially constructed acoustic walls to help remove sound. Administrative controls, such as moving workers to a safe area or limiting their time around the sound annoyance, is also effective in reducing noise exposure.

Hearing protection devices

When engineering and administrative controls are not successful in reducing noise exposure, hearing protection devices must be used. OSHA requires that employees be offered a variety of hearing protection devices, including ear muffs and ear plugs.

Just as ears, ear canals, and heads come in many different shapes and sizes, so do the many hearing protection devices available in the marketplace today. There are three primary types of noise related to HPD use: constant, intermittent, and impact/impulse. Constant noise requires single-use hearing protection, multi-use banded hearing protection, or ear muffs. Intermittent noise requires banded hearing protection or ear muffs. Impact or impulse noises are the most severe and require the highest passive noise reducers, double plugging, or electronic/active HPDs.

Which HPD Is Right For Your Safety Program?

Ear plugs

In the 1970s, NASA developed memory foam to assist astronauts with overwhelming G forces. This material was later adapted to make single-use ear plugs because of its slow recovery capabilities and softness. When choosing foam ear plugs, make sure the plugs are self-adjustable, non-irritating, comfortable, and offer the most protection, with NRRs of up to 33dB. Bullet, barrel, bell, and winged shapes exist to fit a large variety of ear canal shapes and sizes. Foam ear plugs are available in fluorescent safety focused colors to aid in compliance verification and many of them are made in the USA.

They come corded and uncorded, plus a variety of packaging options exist, including individually wrapped plugs or bulk options to be placed in dispensers for easy access in high-traffic, high-noise areas. Disposable foam plugs are ideal for big companies with lots of workers who go through large quantities of plugs quickly.

In addition to disposable foam ear plugs, reusable, custom molded, and baffle type ear plugs are available. Reusable plugs are made of silicone, polyvinyl, and other types of rubber. These non-porous plugs can be cleaned with warm water and soap. Custom molded plugs provide a super comfortable and personalized fit and are a favorite among workers, hunters, and musicians because of the proper fit. Baffle plugs have a sound-activated baffle/valve inside that will close when exposed to an impulse noise such as a gunshot. Baffle plugs feature technology that allows normal conversation when no impulse noise is present, allowing workers to hear commands and conversation.

Banded hearing protection and ear muffs

When hearing protection is intermittent, banded hearing protection can be a good lightweight alternative to ear muffs. Banded hearing protection is easy to remove and is designed to hang conveniently around the neck, which means the HPD is always within reach, doesn't touch dirty or oily surfaces, and allows for quick communication.

Ear muffs can be either passive or active. Both are easy to fit properly and come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and styles to fit a wide range of users. NRRs also vary greatly and can be as low as 17dB or as high as 30dB. Ear muffs can be worn over the head, behind the ear, under the chin, and as a hard hat attachment. They are available with lots of value-added features, such as gel-pad cushions on the cups, padded headbands, compact folding headbands, and multi-position headbands.  Because ear muffs are very visible, they make it easy for safety officers to check for compliance.

Active ear muffs use electronic circuitry to cut or compress harmful impulse noises above 85 dB down to a safe level. Ear muffs that feature compression technology will reduce impulse noise to a safe level of 82dB while still allowing you to communicate. Ear muffs that use cutting technology will cut out all impulse noise completely. Some ear muffs also feature microphones that enhance/amplify hearing. Although the recommended use for active ear muffs is with the electronics on, they can be switched off. When the electronics are turned off, the active ear muff then functions as a passive ear muff and can be used in any environment. When the electronics are on, active ear muffs should be used only to protect against impulse noise.

When selecting hearing protection for your safety program always consider the type of noise—continuous or intermittent—the long-term cost, and worker preference. Worker compliance is one of the primary factors when considering the effectiveness of any HPD.

Why Hearing Protection Matters

All of our five senses—sight, taste, touch, smell, and hearing—are a blessing, and the sense of hearing is very important among the five. Think about all the precious moments you would miss if you couldn't hear. You couldn't hear "I love you" from your spouse or grandchild. You couldn't hear the music that makes you want to get up and dance. You couldn't hear the clink of crystal or the special words to loved ones when making a toast. When you can't hear properly, your performance at work declines and your impairment might even cause more accidents and injuries to occur. So protect hearing every day with quality hearing protection, not just because OSHA requirements and other federal regulations demand it. Do it because it is the right thing to do. Work hard. Stay safe.




About the Author


Mary Padron is a MarCom and Event Specialist at Radians®, a leading manufacturer of high-performance hearing protection devices. For more information about Radians' comprehensive line of quality PPE, visit www.Radians.com or call 1-877-RADIANS.

 

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Radians breaks ground on Memphis HQ expansion

October 29, 2015, Posted in News


Latest expansion will give company over 200,000 square feet of operating space.

Radians, a Memphis-based manufacturer of high performance Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), is breaking ground on another expansion at its Memphis headquarters.

The new building will be located at 6084 Discover Drive, adjacent to its current facility at 5305 Distriplex Farms Drive. This expansion will give Radians significantly more warehouse capacity increasing its current footprint to over 200,000 square feet while still leaving room for future expansion.

The project is scheduled for completion in the first quarter of 2016.

In December of 2011, Radians moved its headquarters from Bartlett to its current 5305 Distriplex Farms Drive location in Memphis. Radians also has warehousing or manufacturing facilities in Nevada, North Carolina, Massachusetts, and the United Kingdom.

According to Mike Tutor, CEO of Radians, “The expansion will provide us with much needed warehouse space for our expanding product lines including our new DEWALT Heated Jackets.”

For more information about Radians and its comprehensive line of quality safety gear, visit www.Radians.com, or call 1-877-RADIANS or visit them on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/RadiansPPE.

Source: Contractor Supply

Radians RWG555 CE Cut 5 ANSI Cut 4 Glove

July 12, 2016, Posted in News


Radians, a leading manufacturer of high performance personal protective equipment (PPE), is excited to announce the launch of the RWG555, their new CE Cut 5, ANSI Cut 4 glove. Radians, a leading manufacturer of high performance personal protective equipment (PPE), is excited to announce the launch of the RWG555, their new CE Cut 5, ANSI Cut 4 glove. The glove also meets European EN 388:2003 standards for Abrasion Resistance, Blade Cut, Tear, and Puncture (4 5 4 3).

This washable, lightweight Salt-N-Pepper glove is 360° breathable and has fiberglass thread wrapped in high performance polyethylene (HPPE) for cut resistance to protect hands from direct contact with sharp edges such as glass, metal, ceramics and other materials.

Its nitrile is thicker than most other breathable nitriles which equates to excellent abrasion resistance in wet or dry applications without compromising dexterity.

It has a seamless design for a comfortable fit and the knit wrist cuff is color-coded to indicate glove size. This workhorse glove is available in six sizes from X-small to XX-Large and is very competitively priced. They can be purchased by the dozen or 120 to a case.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently stated that “70.9% of arm and hand injuries could have been prevented with personal protective equipment (PPE), specifically safety gloves.” You can explore Radians comprehensive line of safety gloves at www.Radians.com.

For more information about Radians extensive line of quality safety gear, visit www.Radians.com, call toll free 1-877-723-4267, or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Radians’ PPE gear is sold through authorized distributors.

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