3 Winter Hazards to Watch For

Staying warm this winter isn’t just a matter of comfort, it’s a matter of safety. Leaving your body exposed to the various winter hazards can lead to decreased productivity and potential injury, even death. Thankfully, with the proper FR clothing, it’s possible to stay both warm and protected this winter.

While selecting FR clothing for cool and cold weather can be a difficult task, being aware of all potential hazards will help you with this process. However, as the seasons change, so do the hazards. To prepare you for the change in seasons, here are the top 3 winter hazards to watch for and how to prepare for them.

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Selecting FR Clothing for Cooler Weather

As the winter months approach and the temperature drops, it’s important to keep workers warm by selecting the proper FR clothing. The cooler temperatures create a new hazard for workers: cold stress. Similar to heat stress, this occurs when someone loses the ability to regulate their body temperature due to being exposed to extreme temperatures. As skin temperature drops, the core body temperature will eventually drop too. This can lead to a decrease in productivity and performance, but it doesn’t stop there. Cold stress can eventually lead to hypothermia, which can cause workers to lose coordination, a decrease in breathing and heart rate, and a loss of consciousness. To protect your workers from cold stress, it is important to select the proper FR clothing for the cold weather.

Below is a list of considerations to follow when selecting FR clothing for your team for the cooler months

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5 Ways To Stay Warm This Fall With FR Garments

Like all good things, summer must come to an end. Fall is quickly approaching and with it comes foul weather and cold temperatures. Thankfully, staying warm, dry, and compliant doesn’t have to be hard. 

Finding the proper work wear and foul weather gear will depend on the environment, work conditions/practices, and potential hazards you face. Rain, low visibility, and cold temperatures are just a few of the factors that need to be considered when selecting the proper FR workwear and outerwear. Equally important to staying warm and dry is remaining compliant to industry standards for safety. Layering FR garments is a great way to stay warm and dry, but, if not done properly, it can interfere with the necessary requirements for compliance to the industry and employer standards. Whether you comply with OSHA 1910, NFPA 70E, and NFPA 2112 outer most layers must be FR

To prepare you for the change of seasons, here are 5 ways to stay warm and remain compliant this fall. 

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The 1-2-3 of Innovative Arc Flash Head Protection

There are many common problems and complaints associated with arc flash head protection. Poor visibility, lack of airflow, heavy and bulky products, and poor two-way communication are just a few of the most cited complaints. All of these can lead to decrease compliance, which could result in worker injury or, at the very least, a decrease in overall effectiveness and productivity.

To combat these problems and avoid potential injury, National Safety Apparel offers the ArcGuard 20 cal lift front arc flash hood. 

Lightweight & breathable, optimal airflow, and increased visibility is not what you expect to find in your typical arc flash head protection – but this is exactly what you get with this arc flash hood. This lift front hood combines the latest innovations in arc flash protection, including PureView™ faceshield technology, into one superior product.

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National Safety Apparel Selected as 2018 Business Longevity Awards Honoree

National Safety Apparel has been selected as an honoree for the 2018 Smart Business Business Longevity Awards. The Business Longevity Awards, presented by Smart Business Network Inc., recognize local organizations with at least 50 years in business that demonstrate an ability to adapt and evolve with the changing times. These awards celebrate the rich history of Northeast Ohio’s business community and acknowledge the specific companies that have made it all possible.  

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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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