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Safety Professionals, 'We've Got a Problem'

July 25, 2018, Posted in News

Choose hand protection solutions via form, function, and fit.

Safety Professionals, 'We've Got a Problem'



Astronauts wouldn't dare go into their work "space" without wearing protective gear, especially hand protection, which is a critical component of a space suit. Even though space gloves are incredibly bulky and non-dexterous–a common work glove complaint of workers–astronauts always wear them because they understand the danger and life-threatening consequences of not wearing safety gear. For astronauts, it's simply not an option to forego wearing space PPE because it literally saves their lives.


How can we channel the astronaut's "must wear PPE" attitude toward safety among our global workforce? How can we motivate workers to willingly wear their hand protection like astronauts do? We motivate them by providing them with the appropriate glove for the task. That glove should be comfortable and fit properly.


We encourage them to wear it through proper training and the constant reminder that hand protection is a crucial part of the worker's well-being. After all, if someone suffers a serious hand injury, such as losing a finger or the functional use of a hand, the quality of his or her life declines immensely. Hand protection protects a person’s well-being, not just the hands, fingers, and wrists.


Safety Professionals, 'We've Got a Problem'

In the movie Apollo 13, directed by Ron Howard and starring Tom Hanks, the phrase "Houston, we've got a problem," entered the mainstream culture. Although hand protection is evolving quickly like spacesuits due to technological and scientific breakthroughs that improve protection, comfort, and dexterity, the statistics for hand injuries still remain problematic.


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and other sources, here are some of the numbers that reveal the severity of hand injuries:


  • Seventy percent of workers who experience hand injuries are not wearing gloves when the injury occurs.
  • Thirty percent of workers are wearing inadequate or inappropriate hand protection.
  • One million workers are sent to emergency rooms annually because of hand injuries.
  • There are 250,000 serious injuries to fingers, hands, and wrists each year, propelling hand injuries to the second-leading cause of work-related injury (back and neck injuries take first place).
  • The average hand injury claim exceeds $13,000 when medical claim and workers’ compensation claims are coupled together.
  • The National Safety Council (NSC) reports that a severed tendon typically costs $70,000, a laceration $10,000, and stitches $2,000.


Hand Protection Solutions Via Form, Function, and Fit


Spacesuits have evolved into machines of impressive complexity, even becoming miniature spacecraft that fly independently. Hand protection has grown increasingly complex, too, with all of the choices offered in the marketplace. From super yarns for high levels of cut protection to advanced palm coatings and thermal plastic overlays, choices for hand protection are immense and varied.


Astronauts know that NASA has chosen their spacesuit and gloves with methodical and scientific reasoning. After all, the astronaut's life depends upon it. Safety professionals should specify hand protection with methodical and scientific care in order to choose the perfect glove for the worker in his or her job environment.


Providing workers with the right gloves for the application will motivate them to willingly wear their gloves. The safety professional's understanding of the importance of glove form, function, and fit leads to accurate glove selection and increased worker compliance.


Form: What is Your Glove Made of? Materials, Fibers, and Coatings




When selecting hand protection, safety professionals must consider the material of the glove. Ideally, the material should provide comfort, the appropriate protection for the task, and dexterity. Common glove materials include natural leather, synthetic leather, and fabric gloves that are machine stitched.


Natural leather comes from cow, goat, or pig. It is soft to the touch, tear resistant, durable, and has high tensile strength; however, like human skin, it doesn't provide high levels of cut resistance. Synthetic leather has similar properties to natural leather but is man-made.


There are many synthetic and natural fibers that are used to make fabric glove shells. Glove shells are knitted on a flat head knitting machine and are measured by the gauge (ga) of the shell: The smaller the gauge, the thicker the shell. Seven gauge is the thickest shell and 18 gauge is the thinnest, lightest-weight shell. If dexterity is of paramount importance, then you will need to select a glove with a high gauge.




Just as our hands are made of tendons, ligaments, bones, and nerves, glove shells are composed of fibers. Not all fibers are created equal, and picking the wrong fiber for your glove is a common error in fabric glove selection. Two primary types of fibers are filament fibers and staple fibers.


Filament fibers are longer, lined up, and bundled. They produce products with higher tensile strength that resist breakage under tension. Staple fibers are shorter in length and are mechanically twisted to form a variety of sizes.


Machine knit glove shells can be made from many different types of materials, including natural fibers, synthetic fibers, and fiber blends. Natural fibers are plant based and include cotton, bamboo, wool, silk, and hemp fibers. Man-made synthetic fibers, such as polyester and nylon, are frequently used in glove shells.


Typical fibers for blended yarns include cotton, acrylic, nylon, and polyester. The blend of polyester, nylon, and cotton fibers offers extra durability and strength while maintaining the comfort benefits of cotton. Blends help manufacturers develop a variety of gloves to satisfy a wide range of applications.




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.


Glove coatings:

  • improve the gripping power of a glove
  • increase the glove’s resistance to puncture and abrasions
  • offer protection from liquids and chemicals


Common glove coatings include nitrile, latex, and polyurethane (PU).


Nitrile gloves, an industry staple, hold up well to gasoline, turpentine, acids, bases, oils, and diesel fuel. They are generally stronger and more puncture resistant than latex gloves. They are available in different finishes, such as smooth nitrile, foam nitrile, and sandy foam nitrile.


Latex gloves, which are one of the most recognized glove materials in the world, resist acetone, thinners, and ketones but often cause allergic reactions if the wearer is over-exposed to the product. Semi-smooth texture is extremely flexible and provides superior dexterity and sensitivity. Latex gloves are also available in different finishes, including foam, sandy foam, and crinkle latex. Rough finishes on gloves improve the worker’s grip.


A PU coating can be silicone free and has a low-particulate shed, which reduces risk of contamination from the dip itself. The coating "strikes through" onto the inside of the glove, which can lead to heat retention and sweating. Not as durable as nitrile or latex, PU gloves can be used for inside light duty, detailed assembly, inspection, light fabrication, and box/small parts handling.



Function: 'Danger, Will Robinson'—Matching the Glove to the Risk


Since we don't have a robot (yet) that informs us of impending danger as Will Robinson does in the Netflix adaption of Lost in Space, choosing the right glove for your safety program requires safety professionals to conduct a proper PPE hazard and risk analysis, also known as a "risk assessment."


Put on your detective hat and ask these questions to discover the dangers lurking in your workspace.


  • What specific risks are present in your facility that could put your employees' hands, fingers, thumbs, and wrists in danger?
  • Can these risks be eradicated via engineering or administrative controls, such as putting up guardrails on machinery (engineering) or regular inspections of work spaces by safety officers to ensure employees are wearing their gloves (administrative)?
  • What glove features are required to safely protect against the risk, especially if engineering or administrative controls aren't feasible or possible?
  • Do you need a Cut Level A3 or does the task require A7 cut protection? Do you need a coated glove with a crinkle latex finish or will a typical coated glove work? Does the glove need a thermal layer? Does it need thermal plastic overlays for enhanced impact resistance?


The questions are many and the answers can be complicated but you need to know: You are not alone. Most leading glove manufacturers and suppliers have product managers, product champions, and trained safety specialists who can help with risk assessments and specify the perfect glove for your safety program. Don't hesitate to call and get the support you need to help protect your workforce.


For more information about engineering, administrative, and PPE controls, visit OSHAcademy at



Fit: If the Glove Fits, Comfort and Compliance Skyrocket


Just as people don't like to wear shoes that are too small or too large, they don't like to wear gloves that don't fit. However, far too many workers are thrown into situations where they are wearing work gloves that don't fit.


Proper sizing of work gloves will manifest itself into improved compliance statistics. Gloves that are too small or too large can interfere with productivity and lead to hand injuries. Improperly sized gloves are uncomfortable so workers will frequently remove them. Gloves that are too large can often get caught in machinery, which can cause serious hand injuries. Gloves that are too small can cause hand fatigue. It seems like common sense but far too many workers wear gloves that don't fit them. Gloves that are too tight may lead to increased sweating, which nobody likes.


Determining proper glove size

Encourage employees to measure their hands using a sizing chart. To determine the proper glove size, use a soft cloth tape measure to measure your dominant hand.


For gloves that come in numbered sizes, match your measurement to the size listed. For example, if the measurement is seven inches, then select a size seven glove. If the measurement is over seven inches, then choose the next size larger to avoid hand fatigue, in this case a size eight.


If the gloves are offered in lettered sizes, such as S, M, L, XL or XXL, convert to a numerical size using a size chart. Sizes can be different among manufacturers, so you will want to confirm the sizing chart that your supplier uses. Some charts include half sizes and some do not. 


The Goldilocks Zone and Gloves

NASA often refers to the Goldilocks Zone in space when trying to find new planets that are "just right" for human habitation. Gloves have a Goldilocks Zone, too. Selecting the glove with the specific features that are "just right" for the task and selecting the glove that fits the worker's hand "just right" will do wonders for your safety program.


Couple this with motivational training that reminds workers that safety is more than just following OSHA rules and avoiding citations or HR reprimands. Wearing PPE at work is often life-saving, like spacesuits, especially when the PPE protects against struck-by accidents, slips and falls, and head injuries.


Remind your workers on a regular basis that safety is also about maintaining the worker's well-being and quality of life, especially when it pertains to vision, hearing, and hand injuries, which often aren't life threatening. But these types of injuries negatively compromise your lifestyle and your relationships at home and at work.


Finding new, perfect planets is not an easy task. But finding the perfect glove can be, especially when you reach out to PPE manufacturers, suppliers, and distributors who are knowledgeable and passionate about hand protection. You are not alone!



Save Lives & Reduce Injury with FR/AR Workwear

July 25, 2018, Posted in News

Burned in a Flash

Save Lives & Reduce Injury with FR/AR Workwear

Workplace burn injury and fatalities are frequently the result of the worker’s clothes catching on fire from two primary workplace hazards: flash fire and electric arc flash also referred to as “thermal incidents.” 


When a thermal incident ignites non-flame resistant clothing, the worker is exposed to injury from the burning or the melting of the garment. If a garment continues to burn, the area of injury increases and can also result in internal injuries, such as lung and airway damage.


The American Burn Association (ABA) reports that over 486,000 people receive medical treatment for burns each year, and survivors with 40 to 60 percent body burn typically stay 54 days in the hospital with an average cost of $780,000.


OSHA says that ten percent to 45 percent of all burns happen at work and that 40 percent of workplace burn fatalities are from fires and explosions. It is estimated that 50 percent of all jobsite electrical injuries are due to arc flash, resulting in 2,000 people visiting burn centers each year for treatment.


Burn injuries are expensive, debilitating, often life-threatening and in too many cases deadly. Arc-Rated (AR) and Fire-Resistant (FR) clothing can help reduce the risk of burn injury from thermal incidents and is required in many industries, including oil and gas, electric power utilities, metallurgy, mining, paper and pulp, food processing, paint, and for all workers who come in contact with energized electrical equipment.


What is a Flash Fire?

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) defines a flash fire as “a type of short duration fire that spreads by means of a flame front rapidly through a diffuse fuel, such as dust, gas, or the vapor of an ignitable liquid, without the production of damaging pressure.” 


Combustible dust is also a flash fire hazard. If it is ignited within a confined space, it can explode and is a potential threat within industries where sanding, polishing or grinding occur.


Although a flash fire is only three seconds or less, it can produce temperatures from 1000 degrees F to 1900 degrees F. Don’t let the three seconds fool you. If a worker is not wearing flame-resistant clothing (FRC), his or her clothing can ignite during that three seconds and continue to burn even though the thermal incident may be over. It is ironic that most burn injuries result from the clothing igniting or melting instead of the incident itself, which is short-lived.


Know This Standard

The NFPA 2112 standard is the national consensus “Standard on Flame-Resistant Clothing for Protection of Industrial Personnel against Short-Duration Thermal Exposures from Fire.” 


PPE that is compliant with this standard, such as garments, shrouds, gloves, and balaclavas, resist ignition and reduce the severity of burn injuries. This standard specifies test methods, certification standards, minimum design and performance requirements, and labeling instructions.


FR fabrics fall into two categories: treated or inherent. Treated FR fabrics are fabrics in which flame-retardant chemicals are added after the fabric has been woven or knitted. An FR fabric that is considered inherent is made of fibers that are flame-resistant due to the chemical structure of the fibers.


What is an Electric Arc Flash?

The electrical industry is not a stranger to arc flash hazards as many of daily activities expose workers to risk. Some of these risks include voltage testing, removing circuit breakers, and opening bolted panel covers. The NFPA describes an arc flash as “an electric current that passes through air when insulation or isolation between electrified conductors is no longer sufficient to withstand the applied voltage.”


NFPA 70E standard is the national consensus standard for electrical safety in the workplace. Originally developed at OSHA's request, NFPA 70E helps companies and employees avoid workplace injuries and fatalities due to shock, electrocution, arc flash, and arc blast, and assists in complying with OSHA 1910 Subpart S and OSHA 1926 Subpart K.


FR versus AR

According to the current NFPA 70E standard, all arc-rated clothing must also be flame-resistant to qualify for the arc rating. In other words, all AR clothing is FR, but not all FR clothing is AR.


Like FR clothing, all AR clothing must provide both a thermal barrier that insulates workers against burns and the fabric must be self-extinguishing. However, AR garments are required to carry an arc rating on the garment label.


All fabrics specified for use in AR workwear are tested according to ASTM F1959. The arc rating can be reported in one of two ways:


Arc Thermal Protective Value (ATPV), which is a rating of the arc burn protection capability of garment. The higher the arc rating, the more protection a garment gives because the fabric has demonstrated a higher resistance to catching on fire. The ATPV is expressed in calories per centimeter square (cal/cm2) and represents the thermal exposure from an electric arc that will create a second-degree burn in human tissue.


Energy of Breakopen Threshold (EBT) — If the ATPV can’t be calculated because the fabric breaks open, the energy that causes the fabric to break open is called EBT. Like ATPV, the higher the rating, the greater the protection.


Keep in mind that while both values can be reported, only one arc rating is given to fabric and that rating is based on the first value that is reached, which is considered the “lowest value.” According to the ASTM F1506 standard, the lowest value will be used on the garment’s label. 


When considering the NFPA 70E standard, approximately 90 percent of all electrical trade workers generally fall into Category 1 and 2, meaning they require arc rated clothing with an ATPV rating of 8 or higher. 


The Future of FR Workwear

FR/AR clothing and the textile industry have seen vast improvements and impressive technological advances in manufacturing, design, and testing in the past 30 years. This trend will continue as new fabrics and fiber blends are created to enhance protection levels, durability, and comfort.


Style and comfort, provided protection is not compromised, is perhaps where the future points -- both are such a critical component of compliance. Designing and developing stylish and comfortable FR Workwear, including FR denim jeans, shirts, and coveralls, will lead to improved employee morale and pride at work.




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.


For more information, please contact inside sales toll-free at 877-723-4267 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

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.


For more information, please contact inside sales toll-free at 877-723-4267 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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

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