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Radians Acquires Neese Industries

May 22, 2018, Posted in News

Acquisition expands Radians’ portfolio in flame resistant (FR) clothing and protective rainwear markets

Radians Acquires Neese Graphic


Safety Supply Corporation, a leading manufacturer of high quality personal protective equipment (PPE) and parent of Radians, Inc., announced today they have acquired Neese Industries, Inc., an established global leader in FR clothing and protective rainwear for almost 60 years.


Radians and Neese combined will have manufacturing capabilities in Mexico which will improve lead times on several product lines by bringing manufacturing closer to the USA. Owning their plants, equipment and in-house design and production teams allows both companies to respond quickly to unique customer needs.


“FR clothing and protective rainwear are an important growth area in the Radians portfolio,” said Bill England, President of Radians. “The acquisition of Neese bolsters our PPE platform and will build on our combined strengths of manufacturing, distribution, and product innovation. The acquisition allows us to broaden our efforts to be a top-tier, single-source supplier of high quality protective gear.”


“We are looking forward to a mutually beneficial partnership with the management and employees of Radians,” said Bob Riches, Neese product champion of FR clothing. “Radians and Neese share a respected reputation in the safety industry and the mutual mission of ‘Protecting What Matters Most’ which includes our relationships with workers, consumers, and our customers.”


Riches will continue to lead and manage the 134 employees that work for Neese Industries and will play a major role in the expansion of FR clothing and rainwear at Radians. After systems integration is completed later this year, customers will be able to conveniently order both Radians products and Neese products on a single purchase order.


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Safety Supply Corporation to acquire LFS Glove, a division of LFS, Inc.

May 22, 2018, Posted in News

Radians Acquires Bellingham Graphic


Safety Supply Corporation, a leading manufacturer of high quality personal protective equipment, today announced their agreement to acquire LFS Glove, a division of LFS, Inc. This newly formed subsidiary of Safety Supply is registered as Bellingham Glove, Inc. and will be part of the Radians group of companies, joining such brands as RadWear® USA, Crossfire®, VisionAid™, and RadPlugs.


"The team at Bellingham® Glove is very enthusiastic about this new partnership," said LFS Glove Vice President, Bill Stevens.  "Bellingham Glove and Radians have both built reputations for innovation and excellence in the past 20 years. Combining our strengths will allow us to serve and supply our customers even more effectively."


According to Mike Tutor, CEO of Radians, "Our acquisition of LFS Glove will help Radians to continue our aggressive expansion of our hand protection category. The combination will provide our customers with an outstanding selection of gloves to meet a multitude of applications in the industrial and retail markets, including lawn and garden gloves, eco-friendly gloves, and gloves designed especially for women."


Radians President Bill England commented, "Radians plans to work closely with the Bellingham Glove team during the integration of our operating systems, sales team, and inventory to ensure that best-in-class processes and systems are maintained to allow for a smooth transition and excellence in customer service."


Once the systems integration is completed later this year, customers will be able to conveniently order both Radians products and Bellingham gloves on a single purchase order.


As part of the acquisition, Radians has opened a new sales office for Bellingham Glove, Inc. Below is the contact information:


Bellingham Glove, Inc. (an affiliate of Radians, Inc.) 
2040 E. Bakerview Road  
Bellingham, WA  98226

Toll free number:                            877.723.4267  
Local office phone number:            360.733.3236 (In service April 27, 2018)  
Office fax number:                          888.571.8175 or 360.734.3391  
Sales email address:                      This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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Radians continues aggressive growth in hand protection market with the launch of ten new gloves

February 22, 2018, Posted in News

New Glove Group

Radians, a global leader in safety solutions, recently launched ten new gloves. They have been aggressively adding new glove styles since 2015, growing their product offering by 300%.

According to Bob Kelsey, Radians’ product manager for hand protection, “We want to be the company that safety professionals turn to for durable, comfortable, and affordable work gloves that satisfy a variety of job site applications.

“Keeping workers’ hands safe from cut, puncture, impact, and abrasion injuries is one of our top obsessions. After all, hand injuries can be devastating, especially serious ones that compromise the normal use of your hands, which often leads to feelings of helplessness and dependency on others.”

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), says that the potential for hand injury exists for 4.7 million workers and full hand protection compliance could prevent 712,000 lost workdays per year. “We want to chip away at these alarming statistics,” says Kelsey “by serving as the best glove resource for safety professionals and workers.”

Radians growing line of hand protection satisfies the needs of numerous industries including automotive, food processing, oil and gas, glass handling, construction, agriculture, steel and fabrication, electronics, and more. They have numerous types of gloves including:

High dexterity

High visibility



Cold Weather

Water Resistant

Abrasion Resistant

Cut resistant (From A2 to A7)

Puncture Resistant

Impact Resistant


Gripper gloves for wet and dry applications



Below is a list of their ten new gloves:


































If you need a sample or help choosing the right glove for the application, a Radians hand safety specialist is available to help you. Just call toll free 1-877-723-4267 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To view Radians’ full range of safety solutions for the industrial, construction, and safety markets, visit

Radians® is a Memphis, TN-based manufacturer of quality PPE, including safety eyewear, RadWear® high visibility apparel, rainwear, hearing protection, hand protection, head gear, cooling products, heated jackets, eyewash stations, and lens cleaning systems. Radians has partnered with highly respected companies including DSM Dyneema, 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, British Columbia, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit


Radians Heeds Color Trends

February 22, 2018, Posted in News

MEMPHIS, TN —— Radians, a market leader in the development and manufacturing of safety gear for shooters and hunters, showcased their ladies aqua Lowset Range Combo at the 2018 SHOT Show in Las Vegas.

According to the National Rifle Association (NRA), “women are the fastest-growing segment of gun owners. Whether it’s for self-protection, hunting, or target shooting, women are showing more interest than ever in owning firearms.” From 2001 to 2010, says the NRA, “the number of female target shooters has risen 43.5%.”

According to Wes Miller, Director of Sales for Sporting Goods, “Women are also showing an increased interest in hearing and eye protection to protect them while target shooting or hunting. They want safety products that fit their size, are comfortable to wear, and offer maximum protection. They also want style and convenience. While pink is a popular color, aqua is on the rise.”

To address the color trends in the marketplace and the desire for convenience, Radians showcased a Lowset Range Combo kit in aqua at the 2018 SHOT Show. Their range combo is a convenient safety solution for new female shooters who are in the market for both ear and eye protection. The kit includes a Lowset, compact-folding earmuff (NRR21) and an aqua/charcoal shooting glass that is impact rated (+) per the ANSI Z87.1 standard. The shooting glass has a smaller frame to provide a better fit for ladies and youth. The MSRP is $29.99.

If you are new to gun ownership and want to learn more about hearing and eye protection, Radians offers free downloads of their Fast Facts, which can be found at under the “Info” tab.

Radians’ safety gear, which is sold through authorized distributors, is available at fine sporting goods outlets and e-commerce sites. For more information, visit their website and click on the “Sporting Goods” tab or call toll-free 1-877-723-4267 to speak to a safety professional.

Radians® is a Memphis, TN-based manufacturer of quality PPE, including safety eyewear, RadWear® high visibility apparel, rainwear, hearing protection, hand protection, head gear, cooling products, heated jackets, eyewash stations, and lens cleaning systems. Radians has partnered with highly respected companies including DSM Dyneema, 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, British Columbia, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit

SOURCE: The Outdoor Wire

Safety companies join together to help with hurricane relief and other natural disasters

November 08, 2017, Posted in News

Hurricane relief

Working with and Quest Safety Products, Inc., Radians, a Memphis-based manufacturer of high quality PPE, recently shipped a full semi-trailer truckload of safety products to help with FEMA Task Force One Hurricane Relief.

The shipment included safety glasses, hand protection, hearing protection, hard hats, and high visibility safety vests.

According to President Bill England, “Radians is honored to donate safety products that are essential to keeping workers and volunteers safe as they rebuild from in Houston, Florida, and Puerto Rico. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria have caused enough hard ship and suffering, and those rebuilding shouldn’t have to worry about their personal safety.”

In 20 years, Radians has become a leader in the safety industry by manufacturing high performance Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for the industrial, construction, and retail markets. Radians’ products are manufactured in ISO-certified facilities and have passed strict ANSI testing to ensure maximum protection and performance.

For more information about the relief efforts, watch the Radians video and the Quest Safety video.

To learn more about Radians’ comprehensive line of safety products, visit

Radians® is a Memphis, TN-based manufacturer of quality PPE, including safety eyewear, RadWear® high visibility apparel, rainwear, hearing protection, hand protection, head gear, cooling products, heated jackets, eyewash stations, and lens cleaning systems. Radians has partnered with highly respected companies including DSM Dyneema, 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, British Columbia, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit


Chris Massa joins Radians as Vice President of Retail Sales

October 13, 2017, Posted in News

Radians, Inc., a leading manufacturer of high performance safety gear for the industrial, construction, and retail markets, recently added Chris Massa to its executive team to oversee Radians' expanding retail channel that provides personal protective equipment to hardware and sporting goods stores and e-commerce sites.

"The addition of Massa as Vice President of Retail Sales is an indication of Radians' commitment to the retail channel," said President Bill England. "His proven track record of success, strategic vision, and cross-functional initiatives to realize aggressive goals positions him as a key player to grow the Radians retail channel."

Massa is responsible for developing and implementing strategic direction and long term sales growth. His focus is to expand the channel while achieving Radians' overall financial goals and to align the retail team with Radians' key customers. He will also be responsible for all licensing initiatives with Stanley Black & Decker.

"I am excited and honored to join the Radians team. Being a part of a growing and dynamic organization was a critical consideration, and I am eager to work with the entire Radians organization while helping our customers win and grow in the market place," said Massa.

Massa, who has extensive experience launching and commercializing new products both in store and online, spent the last seven years of his career working with retailers in North America. He developed strategy and drove sales of consumer goods while working with home centers, home décor retailers, craft stores, specialty retailers, and mass retailers in US, Canada, and Mexico.

Prior to working with North American retailers, he served in various sales leadership and executive positions with Newell Rubbermaid for nearly nine years. Massa began his career with Black + Decker™/DEWALT® and worked for them for eight years in various sales, product training, and leadership roles.

For more information about Radians' comprehensive line of safety products, visit

SOURCE: The Outdoor Wire

Cold battle combat: Innovative multiple PPE is the armor you need

November 08, 2017, Posted in News

Written by Mary Padron

Cold weather can endanger the lives of workers whose jobs put them in the midst of frigid temperatures and extreme weather conditions. According to OSHA, protective clothing is recommended for work at or below 4 degrees Celsius or below 39.2 degrees Fahrenheit.

If outdoor workers are outfitted with proper PPE, their risks of getting hypothermia, frostbite, or catching a cold are greatly diminished. Bad weather and storms often limit visibility, so if the PPE has high-visibility features, such as reflective tape, the risk of being struck by a vehicle is also decreased.  A side benefit of wearing proper PPE in harsh elements is that workers are more comfortable, which helps to improve performance and productivity.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that hypothermia results when body temperature is below 95 degrees and often occurs from prolonged exposure to cold temperatures. Warning signs include confusion, memory loss, slurred speech, shivering, and drowsiness. According to the CDC, hypothermia “requires emergency medical assistance.”

Frostbite most often affects fingers, toes, the nose, ears, chin, and cheeks. Amputation can result from extreme cases. An initial warning sign of frostbite is pain and redness in the skin. If the skin is not protected, the skin area becomes a grayish-yellow or white. Or, the skin may become waxy and unusually firm or numb. Like hypothermia, frostbite requires medical care.

The risk of becoming a victim to hypothermia, frostbite, and other cold injuries can be greatly reduced by wearing proper PPE.

Heated jackets

One of the innovations in cold weather technology is battery-powered heated jackets. Often powered by 20V lithium-ion batteries, heated jackets feature carbon fiber heating elements that distribute heat to core body areas, such as the neck, chest, waist, and middle back.  They often feature an LED controller that allows the wearer to adjust the jacket’s temperature setting to high, medium, or low. This allows workers to adjust the warmth of the jacket based on changing weather conditions or on their level of exertion or activity.

Many heated jackets in the marketplace can provide up to nine hours of core body warmth and are designed with durable fabrics that are wind and water resistant, depending on the style. The battery component often features a USB power port for charging portable electronics, such as a smart phone or iPad.

Although heated jackets are built with heavy duty construction, they are very stylish and can be worn at work, around town, and at cold outdoor activities, such as a football game.

The importance of layers

To protect your workers from cold injuries, make sure their winter work jackets include multiple layers versus single layers. Multi-layered clothing produces air pockets which trap air, providing additional thermal insulation. For winter work jackets, three layers of protection are ideal:  inner, middle, and outer.

The inner layer should be a wicking material, such as polyester, silk, or polypropylene that draws moisture away from the skin. This inner layer is very important. If moisture wicking does not occur, the thermal insulation of clothing decreases 30 to 50 percent.

A lightweight, insulating middle layer made of thermal fleece, down or wool is next. If the middle layer is easily removable, such as a zip out removable fleece jacket, the worker can customize his comfort to prevent excessive sweating during strenuous activity.

The outer layer is for wind and water protection. Specify breathable, water-repellent outer fabrics, such as 300 Denier PU coated rip stop polyester that is breathable per ANSI 107, 7.6 standards (ASTME96-05).

Multiple types of PPE

In addition to multiple layers, workers need to wear head, hand, and foot protection in addition to winter jackets.

It is estimated that 40 to 50 percent of body heat is lost through the head. Plus, frostbite frequently affects the ears, nose, cheeks, and chin. Wearing protective head gear, such as a liner under a hard hat, helps to reduce heat loss and the risk of frostbite. Thermal balaclavas can also be worn under hard hats or alone for added warmth and comfort. Wearing a scarf around the neck can keep you warm, but a scarf can get caught in machinery. Thermal liners and balaclavas are safer choices.

It’s critical to protect workers’ hands and feet from cold weather stress as frostbite has claimed numerous fingers and toes. Severe frostbite cases can often lead to amputation so it is very important to provide quality hand and foot protection. Choose insulated and water-resistant gloves and footwear, whose design features apply to the specific tasks of the worker.  Insulated boots are better for cold weather than shoes. Boots span the ankles preventing heat loss at a thinly insulated region of the foot. Thick insulated soles are crucial because heat loss occurs when the foot hits cold ground. Double layer thermal socks are always a good choice.

Features to look for

When buying cold weather PPE, make sure the products you select have multiple product features that provide additional warmth, comfort, and protection. Some of these features include:

  • Elasticized waistband and wrist cuffs to keep the elements out;
  • Zip-out removable fleece jacket to allow for weather changes or physical activity changes;
  • High-visibility material and silver reflective tape to keep you visible during a winter storm;
  • Ergonomically-designed products that are comfortable to wear;
  • Thermal-lined pockets to help keep your hands warm;
  • Breathable mesh to wick moisture away from your body;
  • Waterproof and breathable PU Coatings on the exterior of apparel to keep you dry;
  • Battery-powered heated jackets that provide hours of warmth that you control via heat settings.


Don’t forget convenience and versatility features like 3-in-1 designs, such as a balaclava that easily converts into a neck gator or face shield or bomber jackets and parkas that can be worn three ways. There are even 4-in-1 reversible jacket designs with zip-off sleeves that convert a safety jacket into a safety vest or reverse to a fashion jacket and vest to wear after work.

Before the winter season begins, hold a safety meeting and discuss hypothermia, frostbite, and cold stress first aid. Explain your inclement weather policy and hand out winter gear to your work crew. Keeping workers warm and dry improves morale and productivity on winter jobsites. Leading manufacturers of PPE have product champions and safety specialists to help you choose your winter safety gear.


The Millennial Generation: Wired for Sound and At Risk for Hearing Loss

November 08, 2017, Posted in News

Written by Mary Padron

Sound-level meter apps available for smart phones "can have a tremendous and far-reaching impact in the area of noise control," says the CDC.

Do you have a favorite sound? Is it the sweet laughter of someone you love? Or do you appreciate the sounds of a rushing river or waves lapping upon the beach of your favorite seaside town? Or, like many Millennials, maybe your favorite sounds are your favorite songs played from your iPod while wearing ear buds.

No matter what your favorite sounds are, how do you protect your hearing so that you are not a victim of noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL), especially if you are a Millennial whose hearing may already be compromised from over exposure to personal electronic devices?

Unfortunately, hearing loss negatively impacts a person's job, relationships, and lifestyle. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that hearing loss "is the third most common chronic physical condition in the United States. It is twice as common as diabetes or cancer."

The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) estimates that "approximately 15 percent of Americans (26 million people) between the ages of 20 and 69 have high frequency hearing loss due to over exposure to noise at work or during leisure activities."

Over exposure to noise can be detrimental to hearing health and can lead to:

  • tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • temporary, mild, or permanent hearing loss
  • loss of productivity
  • increased probability of work-related accidents and injury

At Risk for Hearing Loss

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics, Millennials represent 36 percent of the U.S. workforce and will represent 75 percent by the year 2025. Born between 1980 and 2000, they already have experienced a steady stream of loud noise in their personal lives through ear buds and personal electronic devices. Plus, younger workers entering the workforce often underestimate the risks of noise hazards.

Additionally, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates globally that 1.1 billion teenagers and young adults, which includes Millennials, are already at risk for hearing loss from unsafe use of electronic devices or from exposure to dangerous sound levels at nightclubs, concert halls, or sporting events.

In February 2017, CDC released a survey that said around 8 million people ages 20 to 29 suffer from some kind of hearing loss. This amounts to 7 percent of this age group who can’t hear high-pitched sounds. This figure goes up to 10 percent for people ages 30 to 39.

The cumulative effect of over exposure to sound in Millennials' personal and workplace lives could cause the "generation wired for sound" and the younger generations that follow to suffer from hearing loss more frequently than the generations before them. Safety managers and professionals need to address the increased risk of hearing loss for Millennials in their hearing conservation programs, especially because they represent more than one-third of today’s workforce.

How to Motivate Millennials to Protect their Hearing through Technology

Luckily, despite these statistics, WHO says NIHL "is the most common, permanent, and preventable occupational injury in the world." Because Millennials are now the largest generation in the U.S. labor force, having surpassed Baby Boomers and Gen Xers, how can we motivate them to protect their hearing at work and in their personal lives?

Most safety managers are familiar with the primary methods to help prevent hearing loss, including education, engineering and administration controls, "buy quiet" practices, and the use of hearing protection devices (HPDs), such as foam ear plugs and ear muffs.

However, with Millennials, there is another tool which can be helpful—technology and the evolving smart phone apps that help measure sound. After all, Millennials have grown up on technology and respond positively to it. They are tech-savvy, well educated, and they love a good smart phone app.

How can you tell when a noise is unhealthy for your ears? There's an app for that. Sound-level meter apps available for smart phones "can have a tremendous and far-reaching impact in the area of noise control," says CDC. The mobile nature of the smart phone makes it easy for Millennials to take control of their hearing health by downloading apps that measure the decibel level of sounds in the environment around them. CDC and NIOSH say the benefits of these apps include:

  • Raise workers' awareness about their work environment
  • Help workers make informed decisions about the potential hazards to their hearing
  • Serve as a research tool to collect noise exposure data
  • Promote better hearing health and prevention efforts
  • Easy to use


Although many smart phone apps are very accurate, they should not be used for OSHA compliance purposes or professional-grade sound measurement. Instead, sound meter apps should be used as a tool to screen surrounding environments for noise pollution, including workplaces, gyms, concerts, power appliances, kitchen tools, loud moving vehicles, airports, etc. Smart phone apps are not intended to be used in diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition, nor are they intended to be used as legal evidence for workplace/merchandise safety.

However, the inexpensive cost, ease of use, and portability of smart phone apps can provide Millennials with an approximate value of noise levels to motivate them to use hearing protection devices, which include foam ear plugs, passive and electronic ear muffs, custom-molded ear plugs, banded protection, etc.

Five Noise/Sound Meter Apps for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

Below are five of the more professional rated apps in the marketplace. Remember, smart phone apps are not as accurate as a professional SPL noise meter, which can cost in the thousands of dollars. However, the affordable apps below, when used properly, can provide a good approximate value of the noise levels in your environment.

Which do you think has more power to motivate a Millennial? A sign that says "Hearing Protection Must Be Worn in This Area," or when a worker activates his or her sound meter app and sees "100 dB SPL"?

In 2014, the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) conducted a pilot study to determine which smart phone apps were the most reliable. The resulting paper, "Evaluation of Smartphone Sound Measurement Applications," was published in the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. They studied both iOS and Android apps. For more in-depth scientific information about the most reliable smart phone sound-level meter apps, visit

Six Workplace Training Strategies That Will Empower Millennials to Protect Their Hearing

How can a safety professional encourage Millennials to better protect their hearing both in their professional and personal lives? One key way is to develop digital safety training that caters to the generation that grew up with a cell phone in their purse or pocket.

1. Throw away that black training binder and go digital. Offer safety training on the go by including mobile-enabled training in your safety courses. This gives Millennials the flexibility to train any time and anywhere and to engage in training when it best fits into their workflow.

2. Include lots of safety training videos in your modules. Millennials prefer video to PowerPoint decks as they often prefer watching video to reading. The popularity of YouTube among Millennials is a testament to video-based training modules. For example, many workplaces use disposable foam ear plugs for their hearing protection. Instead of showing a diagram on how to insert the ear plug, show a video that focuses on proper insertion techniques. Many foam plug manufacturers have videos like this on their websites for easy download.

3. Position your classroom instruction as a "Coaching Class."

4. Break up content into bite-size, easy-to-read pieces with lots of headlines.

5. Use social media to enhance training. Possible social media training exercise for hearing protection:

Have your employees download one of the sound/ noise level meter apps from the Internet, many of which are free. You may want your employees to download different apps to compare differences. Like a treasure hunt, give your employees three or five key noise areas to measure the Sound Pressure Level (SPL) with their apps. On a dedicated Facebook page for the training exercise, ask them to post the sound pressure level in decibels that correlates to the different noise areas being measured.

Then review the results of the exercise in a group setting. For this discussion, make sure you have different kinds of hearing protection available with a range of NRRs. Then discuss the type of hearing protection needed or not needed for the different noise areas. This exercise makes learning more engaging and memorable and helps increase awareness of "hearing loss danger zones" at your workplace.

6. Ask Millennials for their input about the hearing protection devices for your safety program. Make it fun. Ask them to take a "selfie" wearing the hearing protection and to comment on what they like or don't like about the product in 140 characters or less—think Twitter. This exercise can provide the safety manager with valuable insight on which HPDs will be more readily adopted by their Millennial employees, which always helps increase compliance.

Sound Meter Level Apps Help Raise the Consciousness of Noise Pollution

Whether you are a Millennial, a Gen-Xer, or a Baby Boomer, all workers need to be aware of the dangers of hearing loss. One way to increase awareness is through sound meter level apps that can be affordably downloaded from iTunes or Google Play. Although these apps can’t be used for OSHA compliance, many of them serve as a viable measurement tool that can alert workers to the hearing hazards around them at work and at play.

Sound meter apps help raise the consciousness level of noise pollution; we can hope the increased awareness will lead to heightened levels of compliance for wearing the proper hearing protection at work. Who knows, maybe Millennials will begin to keep foam ear plugs in their purses or pockets alongside their smart phones.


Product Spotlights - RadWear® High Visibility Apparel

November 08, 2017, Posted in News

Radians manufactures a comprehensive line of safety products that includes a vast selection of high visibility apparel under its RadWear® brand. The Radians RadWear® line includes Type R Class 2 and Class 3 safety vests, polos, T-shirts, lightweight and heavy-duty rainwear, wind shirts, surveyor pants, 4-in-1 reversible windbreakers and quilted jackets, and a variety of cold weather jackets and parkas.

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Choosing the Right Rainwear for the Right Application

November 08, 2017, Posted in News

Written by Debbie Smith

Takeaway: Using the right rainwear can help you keep workers safe while keeping them dry.

The number one priority for employers is keeping their employees safe. But there's one thing that is often forgotten until it’s required: rainwear.

Providing adequate rain PPE is an essential part of keeping your workers safe throughout their shift. No worker enjoys having their clothes soaked through, and you need to make sure they're supplied with rainwear that won't compromise the safety benefits of their other equipment.

While OSHA does not set specific standards for working in the rain, they do provide guidance for outdoor industries that may be affected by rainy conditions, including construction and logging.

Assessing Your Needs

So, where do you start? The first step should be a thorough assessment of the worksite and worker requirements. It’s critical to fully understand employee needs and the hazards they face before selecting gear to protect them.

Some questions to get you started:

  • What tasks will employees be performing?
  • How long will the gear be used for?
  • Are hazardous chemicals involved?
  • Are specific rainwear standards applicable to this job?
  • Does this application require breathable or non-breathable PPE?
  • What is the climate like?

Consider the Climate

Your PPE needs are heavily influenced by the climate in which your employees work. Though it seems obvious, the northeast in July requires entirely different rainwear than in December, and you have to plan for this.

Depending on the kind of hazards the workers will encounter, they might need to be equipped with rainwear that uses non-breathable waterproof materials. Non-breathable material tends to be heavier and doesn't allow good airflow to keep the wearer comfortable in the heat. Workers using non-breathable rainwear in extreme heat, then, will require additional PPE, such as cooling towels, to keep them cool and protect them from heat exhaustion (see New Trends in Equipment to Help Outdoor Workers Beat the Heat to learn about other options).

Addressing Job Hazards

Simply protecting your workers from getting wet is one thing. Ensuring they aren’t at risk for electrocution, burns, or jobsite accidents is quite another. Employers must identify and account for these hazards when choosing rainwear for their crews. Here are some things to consider.


Boots should be waterproof to protect workers’ feet and ensure comfort – no one can do their best work when water seeps into their boots and soaks their socks.

Make sure they also have strong traction to prevent slips and falls in wet weather. This is especially important in the winter months when ladders are slick and puddles can turn to ice (learn more in 6 Tips for Safer Walking-Working Surfaces).

Rain Suit

Appropriate rain gear should include both a jacket and pants. Wool or synthetic materials are great choices for cold weather, as they insulate even when they're wet. Be sure the suit fits properly so it doesn’t interfere with movement.

Low Visibility

Inclement weather conditions and working outdoors in poorly lit locations can severely reduce visibility, putting workers at risk of being struck by vehicles and other dangers. To ensure workers can always be seen, they should be provided with waterproof high-visibility jackets. High-visibility rain gear that has faded or become dull will do little to make workers noticeable and should be replaced immediately.

Fire Hazards

Some applications call for additional protection in the form of fire resistance (FR). This broad-reaching term means different things in different applications. In the electric utility industry, FR really means arc resistant – providing protection from an electric arc flash. The standards for this type of gear are outlined in ASTM F1891, Standard Specification for Arc and Flame Resistant Rainwear.

There are three things to look for when selecting FR rainwear:

  • The arc rating – how much energy is required to create the 50 percent probability of a second-degree burn over bare skin
  • The heat attenuation factor (HAF) – the percentage of energy that is blocked by the material
  • The break-open threshold – the amount of energy it takes to create openings in the material (generally the outer layer of the rain jacket)

Getting the Right Kind of Waterproofing

Waterproof rainwear generally comes in two types: breathable and non-breathable. Let’s look at the best applications for each.

Breathable Waterproof Materials

Rain gear made from breathable materials have an exterior that does not let outside elements penetrate through it, but allows perspiration to dissipate through the interior coating. This helps avoid the clammy feeling that results from sweat building up next to the skin. The protective coating is generally either a liquid coating that is applied to the shell fabric (minimal breathability) or a film that is applied using an adhesive (good breathability).


  • Lightweight
  • Woven exterior with interior coating enhances durability
  • Stitched and tape-sealed seams ensure integrity during inclement weather

When to use it:

  • Construction applications that require ANSI/ISEA 107-2015 standards for hi-visibility
  • Where employees are exposed to unpredictable climate conditions
  • In applications where workers are not at risk for chemical exposure
Non-Breathable Waterproof Materials

Like the name suggests, non-breathable rainwear does not allow air to flow through. The material used is impermeable so as not to allow anything through the exterior coating and ensure complete protection for the user.

Since stitching can absorb chemicals, another potential hazard, these products are usually constructed using a heat-weld method to ensure the strength of seams without the need for stitching. This type of rainwear also has minimal features to avoid getting caught on equipment, tears, and, ultimately, exposure to dangerous chemicals.

It’s important to conduct an assessment of the job application and potential hazards before selecting non-breathable gear. Check with the manufacturer to confirm that the material used will maintain its integrity when exposed to the chemicals used in your workplace.

When to use it:

  • Jobs with chemical applications
  • Chemical blasting with high water PSI factors
  • Sanitation and truck wash down applications
  • Wastewater management, environmental clean-up, petro-chemical, and mining

Who Bears the Cost?

While OSHA requires employers to pay for workers’ personal protective equipment, they do not require them to cover ordinary clothing, including raincoats. Several states, however, categorize rain gear as PPE. Be sure to look into this and find out what your rainwear obligations are.


Selecting the right rainwear for the right application isn’t always as easy as it sounds. An initial assessment of workplace needs and risks is critical to ensure that the gear you choose is sufficient to address the identified risk factors. It’s not just about keeping workers dry – it’s about keeping them safe.

SOURCE: Safeopedia

Thomasville company makes durable safety gear

November 08, 2017, Posted in News

Written by Brad Jones

THOMASVILLE, N.C. -- It's hard to hide the products made by Radians in Thomasville.

Whether it's a vest, a shirt or jacket - they are high-impact colors, with reflective stripes and patterns. You can't miss them.

Getting the job done is more than just being bright and reflective, sometimes it's adding custom features like loops or pockets, or a custom specialty like a logo.

Phillip Young and a partner started as Carolina Safety Sport --- and built the business -- selling it to Radians in 2011.

But he wanted to make sure the jobs he created in Davidson County would stay there.

But now, they're growing, and adding more square footage and adding jobs.

And more customers are skipping safety gear that's made overseas and going with high visibility wear that's customizable, fire retardant and made close to home.

Not too many years ago, you didn't notice all the people working on job sites or along the side of the road. Now you do.

Being safe has just become part of the job.

There are no statistics, but accidents are down in work zones - and that's a sign that we're all paying better attention to the gear that Radians supplies to people all across the country.


Radians Introduces New Colors in Their Ladies Range Line

November 08, 2017, Posted in News

Written by Mary Padron

MEMPHIS, TN——Radians®, a market leader in the development and manufacturing of safety gear for shooters and hunters, has added two popular colors, coral and aqua, to its ladies range series, which includes hearing protection and safety glasses.

According to Wes Miller, Director of Sales for Sporting Goods, "Women are the fastest growing segment of gun owners in the United States. While they enjoy both sport and leisure shooting, many are simply looking at gun ownership as a means of extra security and protection. Increased enrollment in gun safety courses, range use and gun permits for women means more females want PPE that fits their size and their style while providing maximum comfort and protection.

"Until recently, girls with guns had very limited choices in the colors of their safety gear," says Miller. Our new Ladies PPE Gear gives the female shooter and huntress new color choices in addition to traditional pink."

The Radians Lowset™ low profile, compact folding earmuffs (NRR21) will be sold individually and are now available in a coral/charcoal combination or an aqua/charcoal combination.

Matching ladies range eyewear that complies with ANSI Z87.1+ standards are also sold individually and are designed with a smaller frame to provide a better fit for ladies and youth. The eyewear features sporty, flexible dual molded temple arms for maximum comfort, an adjustable rubber nosepiece for a custom fit, a scratch resistant hard coat, and 99.9% UVA / UVB protection.

A Lowset Range Combo kit in aqua is also available. The kit includes both the earmuff and safety glass and is ideal for new female shooters who are in the market for both ear and eye protection.

Radians new Ladies PPE Gear line can be found at sporting goods outlets and e-commerce sites. All of Radians products are sold through authorized distributors. For more information, visit or call toll-free 1-877-723-4267 to speak to a safety professional.

Radians® is a Memphis, TN-based manufacturer of quality PPE, including safety eyewear, RadWear® high visibility apparel, rainwear, hearing protection, hand protection, head gear, cooling products, heated jackets, eyewash stations, and lens cleaning systems. Radians has partnered with highly respected companies including DSM Dyneema, 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, British Columbia, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit


Why Don't Workers Wear Gloves?

November 08, 2017, Posted in News

Written by Mary Padron

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that wearing gloves reduces the relative risk of hand injuries by 60 percent. That’s a pretty good statistic, which should encourage industrial and construction workers to put on their gloves. However, safety professionals are frequently challenged—on a daily basis—by workers who won’t willingly put on their work gloves or by employees who won’t consistently wear their gloves during the work day.

The BLS says hand injuries are the No. 2 leading cause of work-related injury and the most preventable, yet they send more than one million workers to the emergency room annually.

So why don’t workers wear gloves?

Workers often don’t wear gloves because many gloves in the marketplace are too bulky or don’t allow for the dexterity and control that workers need to do their jobs. Or, after extended wear, the glove becomes hot, awkward and downright uncomfortable.

What can suppliers do to improve compliance for hand protection?

Savvy suppliers of hand protection understand that “protection and comfort are both knights at the roundtable.” Leading manufacturers are actively listening to the “uncomfortable” complaints made by industrial workers and are engineering gloves made with Dyneema Diamond Technology, which is the new standard in cut protection – providing double to triple improvement in cut resistance with gloves that are 40 percent lighter than gloves made with aramid fiber. The thin fiber and unique polymer dramatically aid in producing a glove that is comfortable to wear.

Some benefits of gloves made with Dyneema Diamond Technology include:

  • Better feel and control
  • Radiates heat away from hands for all-day comfort
  • High strength
  • Cool-touch comfort
  • Increased cut resistance without fiberglass discomfort
  • Durable and washable for long lasting protection
  • Resistant to UV and chemicals, like bleach
  • Floats on water

SOURCE: Industrial Supply

Trends and Technologies in Making Cut Protective Gloves Truly Comfortable

November 08, 2017, Posted in News

Written by Bob Kelsey

Worker Sorting Through Materials Wearing Protective Gloves

Takeaway: New technologies have made cut-proof gloves functional, resistant, and now, thanks to technologically advanced fibers, truly comfortable.

"My hands are my livelihood." This is a truth for millions of workers in the construction, automotive, glass, and sheet metal industries. Hand injuries rank second among work-related injuries, most of which could have been prevented by simply pulling on a proper pair of cut resistant gloves.

It's unfortunate but not surprising that so many workers don't wear their safety gloves. After all, wearing gloves all day can be unpleasant and uncomfortable. Thankfully, new fiber technology has dramatically improved the wearer's comfort while simultaneously improving cut protection.

The Bare Bones of Hand Injuries

Each of our hands has 29 bones along with major nerves, arteries, veins, muscles, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, skin, and fingernails. Given the complexity of the human hand, an injury can be small physically but come with a very high cost—more than $6,000 on average, to be precise. Even getting a few stitches can cost around $2,000 and come with significant work-related restrictions.

Even with the best safety protocols in place, hand injuries still occur. The most common ones include:


Many of these can be prevented by a good pair of work gloves suited for the types of tasks involved on a job. But how do you know which gloves are right for you?

Cut Ratings Explained

It can be confusing and difficult to figure out which glove is best for the type of work you’re doing. To that end, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has established a rating system regarding different cut hazards and the level of protection best suited for each:

  • Cut Level 1 – Nuisance Cuts: This level essentially covers paper cuts
  • Cut Level 2 – Low Cut Hazards: Most common in construction and package handling jobs
  • Cut Level 3 and 4 – Moderate Cut Hazards: Most common in lighter metal stamping and light glass handling positions
  • Cut Level 5 to 9 – High & Extreme Cut Hazards: These are the heavier jobs involving sheet metal, glass, sharp blades, razors, food service, pulp and paper, and so on


There are also EN388 (European Glove standards) ratings that address the levels of puncture, tear, blade cut, and abrasion resistance in a similar manner. These guidelines have been applied to protective equipment, especially gloves, to help companies and individuals determine the best gear for their work.

In Search of Comfort, Function, and Protection

Given the hazards workers face, why don’t more of them wear gloves to protect their hands against these injuries? Employees may argue that wearing gloves diminishes grip and dexterity, which can compromise safety in an entirely different way. After all, if you can’t handle tools appropriately, how can you use them safely?

Arguments like these may have had some weight in the past, but technology has evolved to make safety gloves more flexible and comfortable than ever, thanks to engineered yarns (also known as super yarns).

In the past, protective gloves were usually rigid, hot, and generally uncomfortable. Some workers may have chosen leather gloves only to find that, although better than nothing, they offered almost no protection against cut-related injuries. Today, there are several options available that provide comfort, grip, and varying levels of protection so individuals can choose the glove that’s best for the task at hand.

The Evolution of Cut-Proof Protection

For a long time, leather was the basis for protective gloves, but that essentially meant wearing a second skin that didn’t offer much protection at all. Since then, technological advances like synthetic fibers have led to lighter, more flexible, and durable options.

Polyester and nylon options provide some minimal protection against minor abrasions. Another synthetically developed option is HPPE (High Performance Polyethylene) technology that are generally inexpensive and boast protection ratings at levels two and three.

Gloves made of Kevlar (or its generic counterpart, Aramid) are able to withstand excessive temperatures while still being suitable for gripping. Their flame-resistant fibers also comply with FDA food handling regulations.

Dyneema is another synthetic fabric that provides high levels of protection. It is noted to be fifteen times stronger than steel despite being thin and light-weight. Gloves made with Dyneema have fibers so small and thin that they don't irritate the skin, making it possible to wear them longer without side effects. Dyneema, moreover, can dissipate body heat and cool the wearer's hand, which is a great perk for anyone who has to work outdoors in the summer or in higher temperature work environments.

Dyneema represents a step-change in cut resistant fibers. It's stronger, lighter, and thinner than aramid materials and fifteen times stronger than steel on a weigh-per-weight basis. Gloves made with Dyneema offer enhanced cut protection, are cool to the touch, last longer, and are resistant to chemicals and UV light.

Further technological enhancements have paved the way for Dyneema Diamond Technology, which retains the same properties as standard Dyneema but doubles the cut resistance of the yarn at the same glove thickness or provides the same cut resistance in a thinner glove for improved dexterity and comfort.

The Bottom Line

There’s no substitute for being careful and complying with safety standards, but that shouldn't mean having to be uncomfortable throughout your entire shift. Cut-proof gloves have come a long way and today’s technology balances protection with wearability, so no one has to choose between comfort and protecting two of their greatest assets while on the job.

SOURCE: Safeopedia

How Brazilians Cure a Hangover and Other Jet Set Travel Cheats

November 08, 2017, Posted in News

Written by Mark Ellwood

Bicycle maker Lorenzo Martone has serious tips on how to tune out sound on an airplane and always be ready for an adventure.

Lorenzo Martone made his name as publicist for such models as Victoria’s Secret angel Alessandra Ambrosio before turning a passion for bicycles into a successful business. In 2012, he started Martone Cycling Company,  selling luxury bikes and accessories online and at such stores as Los Angeles's Fred Segal and Colette in Paris. Martone’s latest product is a limited-edition rose-gold model of his standard MCC bike.

Martone lives in New York and says he flies around 500,000 miles a year, mostly on American Airlines. It's “the only airline that makes me feel like a millionaire—and that’s the only type of millionaire I am,” he laughs. “In miles.”

Want to tune out noise on a plane? Make like a construction worker.

I’m a light sleeper, and my search for earplugs started from me sleeping with men who snore—I’ve had multiple boyfriends with a serious, severe snoring problem. And the travel experience is so noisy for me, too; airlines have become flying buses, where you come across lots of people that don’t really know how to behave when sharing a small amount of space. So I need good earplugs, and not the ones they give you on the plane. I researched the brand that construction people use, and I use those, which are custom fit to your ear: Radians. But because the airplane itself is so loud, I add a pair of Bose earphones on top of that, even if I’m not listening to music or watching movies.

Always have an emergency kit and make sure it's stocked with these four things.

never leave home without my passport. I remember I was living in Europe, in Paris, and it was one of those casual dinner situations, where friends of friends decided to go to Ibiza right away for the opening weekend of lots of clubs. I couldn’t go, and I regret it. So now, even in the U.S., where I can travel with my driver’s license, I always make sure to bring my passport in case someone has one of those ideas.

And I pack my "What if I bump into a crazy rich friend with a jet?" kit. It consists of some scandalous swimming trunks—I’m Brazilian, so I’m very comfortable in Speedos all day long, and I’m not ashamed of going to the supermarket shirtless—and my sunglasses and hangover pills, Engov. You can buy them over the counter in Brazil, in a gold package that looks like a condom package. You're supposed to take one before you start drinking and another one after, but it’s really hard to remember. I take one when I’m feeling the pain of the hangover, and it always works. I learned about it from my parents who said, "You’re going to be having a big night—here, we don’t want to hear complaints about your headache tomorrow," Every time I go to Brazil, I have more and more orders from friends. It’s like I’m trafficking Engov.

When in St. Barts, do as the locals do. 

I’ve been going to St. Barts with my best friend [and ex-fiancé] Marc Jacobs for maybe seven years now for Christmas and New Years. Don’t be scared—people look up the airport online and see the two little mountains the plane has to go through [to land], and it looks scary, but you get used to it. There is a big New York City art collector slash real estate mogul slash Russian billionaire crowd, but I like that you can make out of St. Barts whatever you want—there’s also a very local side to it, a very islandy Caribbean vibe. There is a place only locals go called Le Select, right in the center [of Gustavia]. It’s been there forever, with a big terrace and plastic chairs; they only have burgers and beer. I always like going there, as it’s the opposite of so many other places on the island that are so frou-frou.

Always opt for an AirBnB over a hotel.

AirBnB has a filter that tells if a place is only for AirBnB or if someone lives there. Most people prefer to go to AirBnBs where there’s no-one [in residence], but I think the opposite. I don’t want to be in a plain apartment decorated with Ikea furniture so it can be rented on AirBnB; I want to open a fridge and see what people eat. I was going to Tel Aviv in the summer of 2014, and all my friends canceled at the last minute, so I found an AirBnB in Yafo, a local neighborhood that wasn’t very touristy. I was on the way up the stairs to the third-floor apartment, and I smelled this delicious cake being cooked. The woman was literally waiting for me, baking a cake—and she was pregnant, very pregnant. I asked when it was due, and she told me, "Tomorrow." I said, "Oh my God, girl, get outta here—what are you doing?Æ 24 hours later, I’m receiving baby pictures, and we’ve kept in touch since then. I even got to meet the baby.

The pros of flying with a bike.

The first thing you need to do is buy a bike suitcase. All you have to do is take the front wheel off your bike, and its fits in the case—those cases are accepted by pretty much any airline, as oversize baggage like surfboards or instruments, but do call and check. You usually need to book in advance, too, as they only allow a certain number of oversize bags on a plane. When you arrive, you go to that section of the airport for extra-size luggage, and the people that are in that room are so interesting: They’re musicians, they’re surfers. In that room, everyone is very chatty. It feels like a little gang of people that share something extra, a little community.

When in a new city, consider exploring by bicycle.

What I love about Tokyo is that you can bike on the sidewalk legally. It’s an interesting experience, as you’re among the pedestrians, and the place is so packed, but they don’t care, and they don’t complain about stepping aside for the bike. People are scared of biking in New York because of the traffic, but I think it’s crazy, and so fun. I love the Lower East Side in New York, especially Forsyth Street, because it has a bike lane in the middle, and it’s very green. That area, the new Chinatown, has such a strong character, and it’s full of new small art galleries I love.

How to travel with your dog.

I started traveling with my dog, Mia, when she was a little puppy so she could get used to it. She is an emotional-support dog—my doctor wrote me a letter that I needed her as an emotional support, because I think I sounded crazy enough when I talked about how attached to her I was. So you need to call and make sure that the letter is in your booking on your airline of preference [so you can bring the dog on board]. The best airports have cute dog relief areas now, too: There was a very cute one in Dallas, and the airport that’s most pet friendly is San Francisco. They love dogs there, and there are lots of signs. I say, if you’re going to fly with a pet, fly via San Francisco.

SOURCE: Bloomberg Pursuits

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