Orange Vs. Yellow - High Visibility Safety Apparel

When evaluating high visibility safety apparel, how does one choose between yellow and orange safety vests or work wear? Which color provides the best protection? Our sensitivity to color, the work environment and subconscious responses contribute to our opinion as to which color provides the best protection. When comparing the two colors, many people will say that yellow appears “brighter.” This is true when considering the color of the garment alone, but there are other variables. To answer the question of whether orange or yellow is safer, we will explore a few additional factors and their impact on overall conspicuity, or visibility.

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3 Reasons We've Changed Cut to Mechanical

Mechanical protection includes garments that provide cut, puncture and abrasion protection. A cut protective garment may not include protection from puncture and abrasion. The main safety standard that measures protection for these multiple hazards is ANSI/ISEA 105. Originally developed for gloves only, this standard is commonly used for cut resistant protection. Changing the name of our garments from Cut Protection to Mechanical provides you with the confidence that garments from National Safety Apparel provide protection against cut, puncture and abrasion.


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360 Degree FR Head Protection

Did you know that electrical workers are now required to wear arc rated head and neck protection while on the job? The most recent update to OSHA 1910.269 mandates that when working on or around electrical hazards, 360 degree FR protection is required. This includes the head and neck. Whether workers are looking to comply with OSHA 1910.269 (Electrical Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution Standard) or NFPA 70E (The Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace) choosing the best FR head protection for their application provides protection to one of their greatest assets. 

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Getting Smart With Rubber Voltage Glove Testing

Did you know that electrical shock is the leading cause of electrical injury?1 To protect against electrical shock hazards anyone working on energized equipment is required to wear voltage rated gloves (VRG’s).

At National Safety Apparel®, our goal is always to provide a reliable and convenient solution to meet our customers’ PPE needs, and our voltage rated gloves are no exception. We recognize the sense of urgency that comes with providing protection for a growing workforce or a team responding to an emergency event. Our ArcGuard® Rubber Voltage Gloves are stocked in high volumes and available for quick delivery so our products can get to work as soon as you need them. 

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ANSI/ISEA 107-2015 Standard Updates

Hi-Vis requirements have evolved with the launch of ANSI/ISEA 107-2015. Are you complying with the standard as it stands today? 

There are multiple changes and new terminology. It’s important that you learn all you need to know about the new ANSI/ISEA 107-2015 standard to ensure that you - and your workers - stay safe & compliant. 

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Arc Flash 101: 5 Things You Should Know

NFPA 70E, OSHA, HRC, PPE - When it comes to arc flash standards in the industry, there are so many terms to remember and so many opportunities to misunderstand their meanings & requirements. These arc flash terms and standards may seem confusing, but it's important to understand each one so that you can comply with these standards and most importantly - stay safe. 

We're breaking down arc flash standards: hitting all the details - from standards to fabrics, and beyond. Here are five things you need to know about arc flash.

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7 Ways to Wear Hi Vis This Spring

At the National Safety Apparel headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio, we can go through what feels like all four seasons within one week. We know first-hand that the weather can change at the drop of a dime and it’s important to be prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws at you this spring while ensuring you’re visible, comfortable, and compliant. With so many high-visibility options, we know that’s easier said than done. Here are seven different ways to wear flame-resistant hi-vis clothing this spring – for any condition you may encounter.

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