Safety apparel and equipment help protect front-line employees
Industrial work settings often host conditions that—without proper attention—can leave workers vulnerable to serious injuries. Fortunately, there’s no shortage of equipment and protective gear available to help keep workers safe on the job. Below is a sampling of some of the recently released safety equipment and apparel available on the market.
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For employees who work in welding, West Chester Holdings offers the IRONCAT line of welding gloves designed, the company said, for heat shielding, dexterity and protection. IRONCAT welding apparel is available in leather or flame resistant cotton. The products suit applications like maintenance, steel construction, industrial fabrication, aerospace, piping, sheet metal fabrication and more.
IRONCAT gloves for Stick welding feature thicker materials for higher heat. The 14-inch length provides forearm coverage while welts protect finger seams. Cotton linings provide ventilation and foam insulation is available for heat resistance. The company’s IRONCAT MIG welding gloves have unlined palms for dexterity, while foam insulation on the back provides heat protection. Lighter weight materials are available including cowhide for durability, goatskin for dexterity and deerskin for comfort. Wing thumb designs for open-handed work are available with a straight thumb for gripping.
Galeton, a supplier of gloves and work gear, recently introduced Rough Rider grain leather double palm gloves with an extra layer of leather over the palm. Durable and ideal for heavy work conditions, the gloves feature safety cuffs and heavy canvas backs. The product comes with a longer cuff for jobs where additional forearm protection is needed.
The company has also added Thinsulate lined gloves to their Panther driver’s gloves line. Constructed from select leather, they feature 40 grams of 3M Thinsulate lining to keep workers’ hands warm. The gloves are ideal for working outside in cold conditions, said Galeton, and are available in sizes small through XX-large.
Ansell Protective Products has re-launched its PowerFlex 80-813 gloves, combining flame resistance, cut protection and ergonomics. The gloves feature enhanced arc flash protection and cut-resistant yarn for ANSI Level 4 cut protection in wet, oily and dry environments. The gloves have coated palms for grip and provide protection with EN Level 4 flame resistance. They feature patented knitted variable stitch design to release tension in high stress zones. The gloves’ ergonomics help reduce hand fatigue and the possibility of carpal tunnel injuries, said Ansell.
Kimberly-Clark Professional has launched two new products—Jackson Safety G60 Level 2 polyurethane-coated, cut-resistant gloves and Jackson safety G60 Level 5 cut-resistant sleeves. Both are designed for metal fabrication, glass handling, automotive assembly and stamping and assembly. The company’s Level 2 gloves protect against minor cuts and abrasions, offer a barrier against oil and provide dexterity. The product offers ANSI/EN 388 Level 2 cut resistance and a stretch Kevlar liner for cut resistance and comfort.