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Cooling Down Core Temps

June 16, 2017, Posted in News

Written by Mary Padron

We all learned in science class that homeostasis is the self-regulating process by which our bodies maintain stability. One of the most important functions of homeostasis is the regulation of body temperature, which is called thermoregulation. Thermoregulation is the homeostatic process that allows the human body to maintain its core internal temperature of 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit or 37 degrees Celsius.

All thermoregulation mechanisms, such as sweating and shivering, are designed to return the body to its internal core temperature. If a worker’s internal core temperature is compromised while working in hot and humid working conditions, the worker becomes vulnerable to heat stress or heat induced illnesses. According to OSHA, thousands of workers are negatively impacted by heat stress each year and some even die from it.

What is heat stress?

Heat stress occurs when the body is no longer able to cool itself by sweating because the surrounding air temperature is close to or exceeds core body temperature. When the body is unable to cool itself by sweating, several heatinduced illnesses can occur, such as:

  • Heat cramps—Muscle spasms associated with cramping in the abdomen, arms and calves often caused by losing large amounts of salt/ electrolytes and water through physical exertion
  • Heat rashes—The skin’s sweat glands are blocked and the sweat produced can’t reach the surface of the skin to evaporate. This causes inflammation that results in a rash with tiny red blisters or bumps on the skin. Sometimes the bumps can be white or yellow as well.
  • Heat exhaustion—The body overheats when the body’s cooling mechanism to maintain a normal core temperature begins to fail, usually from excessive heat and dehydration. Untreated, heat exhaustion can lead to heat stroke. (See chart below.)
  • The often fatal heat stroke— Heat stroke is considered a medical emergency where the core body temperature is greater than 104 degrees Fahrenheit causing complications with the central nervous system.

Heat stress risk factors

Any job site—indoors or outdoors—that can raise a worker’s internal core temperature increases the risk of heat stress. High heat environments, high humidity areas, radiant heat sources, direct physical contact with hot objects, or strenuous physical activities can induce heat stress in employees. Other risk factors include weight, physical fitness and acclimatization, dehydration, metabolism, use of alcohol or medications, blood pressure, and age.

OSHA lists temperatures over 91 degrees as a moderate risk and advises to implement precautions that reduce heat stress. When the heat index ranges from 103 degrees and above, safety managers should be prepared to issue a heat stress alert and implement aggressive protective measures. Prone to heat stress Certain industries, occupations, and sports activities expose people to heat stress. These include but are not limited to military operations, moving companies, welding and metal forging, commercial laundries and bakeries, firefighters, boiler room workers, construction workers, and factory and automotive workers.

Outdoor operations in direct sunlight and hot weather, such as farming, construction, oil and gas well operations, and landscaping also increase the risk of heat-related illness in exposed workers.

Sporting and recreational events, such as 5K runs, marathons, fishing, even lying on the beach, can also induce heat stress, especially if the event takes place in a hot and humid climate.

Don’t forget that excessive heat may increase the risk of other injuries at the jobsite resulting from a worker’s sweaty palms, fogged-up safety glasses, and dizziness. Burns may also result when a worker accidentally comes in contact with hot surfaces or steam.

10 preventative measures

Take note of these preventative measures that every safety manager should practice to reduce the risk of heat stress.

1. Practice acclimatization, which is short work exposure early in the hot season, followed by gradual increases in intensity and duration.

2. Allow for frequent work breaks in an area that is cooler than the work environment.

3. Tell workers to drink plenty of water before, during, and after their shift and provide that water.

4. Tell workers to wear light-colored, loosefitting clothing.

5. Tell workers to avoid sugar, alcohol and caffeine, especially during heat waves.

6. Provide a hydration station with easy access to cool air or shade, water, fans, etc.

7. Implement a heat advisory program when a heat wave is forecasted or the heat index reaches 103 degrees. This can be as simple as putting an alert notice on a worker’s locker, at the time clock, or at the water cooler. Another tactic is to send a text to your workers with the heat advisory alert.

8. Train employees about heat stress, its risks and symptoms. OSHA has a Heat Stress Quick Card PDF that is available at

9. Formulate a buddy system where workers help monitor each other for the symptoms of heat stress.

10. Invest in PPE cooling products, such as cooling towels and neck wraps, head bands, and head shades, ice-packet vests, wetted overgarments, heat-reflective aprons or suits, and moisture-wicking apparel.

Cooling towels and neck wraps

Cooling products today are high tech and help accelerate the evaporative cooling process. The advanced technology allows for workers to stay cool for an extended length of time. Plus, when the coolness wears off, the cooling towel, neck wrap, headband or head shade can be quickly reactivated by submersion in water for two to three minutes and then twirling in the air to reactive the cooling technology.

In addition to keeping the worker cool during the work day, cooling towels and neck wraps also offer a convenient method to wipe away sweat from the face and eyes.

When specifying cooling products, ask these questions:

  • Is the product made from materials that are anti-microbial?
  • If the product is a headband or head shade, does it have a stretch-fit design which aids in comfort and a custom fit?
  • If the product is a neck wrap, does it have a stretch loop feature that keeps the wrap secure around the neck?
  • How long does the intense cooling experience last before it needs to be reactivated again?


Cooling products come in a variety of colors and patterns so they keep you cool, and they look cool too. Make sure your heat stress combat kit includes cooling products. They are economical, easy to use, and effective at reducing the risk of heat stress.


When the stress beast is a risk

June 09, 2017, Posted in News

Written by Mary Padron


It is a universal truth that almost everyone has experienced stress in their lives. The stress beast can dig its claws into people at work, at home, in their social lives and in their relationships, or while watching headline news about the latest terrorist attack.

The American Institute of Stress reports that “workplace stress is the No. 1 source of stress for American adults.” Although job stress impacts everyone differently, it will affect most employees eventually. Princeton Survey Research Associates says that “Three-fourths of employees believe the worker has more on-the-job stress than a generation ago.” Plus, reports that annual cost to employers in stress related health care and missed work is close to $300 billion dollars.

According to NIOSH, “Job stress can be defined as the harmful physical and emotional responses that occur when the requirements of the job do not match the capabilities, resources, or needs of the worker. Job stress can lead to poor health and even injury.”

Work-related stress has serious consequences for the safety and health of the employee and for the health of the organization through increased absenteeism, high staff turnover, poor performance, and greater risk of worker injury.

Job stress can wreak havoc

Not all stress is bad. Healthy stress can help people face challenges, stay focused, or provide energy to tackle important projects. Healthy stress can help keep workers alert to prevent accidents or costly mistakes. However, when stress becomes overwhelming and excessive, it can negatively interfere with productivity, performance and safety at work.

Some of the physical symptoms of excessive stress include:

  • Insomnia—a double whammy because sleeping issues affect your ability to perform the next day, thereby increasing stress levels and fatigue
  • Stomach problems, nausea, and lack of appetite
  • Muscle tension in neck and lower back and teeth grinding
  • Headaches, including debilitating migraine headaches
  • High blood pressure or racing heart

Some of the emotional symptoms of excessive stress include:

  • Feelings of anger, depression, irritability, helplessness, and anxiousness
  • Short-tempered behavior
  • Lack of confidence in one’s ability and talents
  • Declining mental focus, which can lead to poor safety compliance, increased risk of injury on the job, and impaired decision making
  • Negative outlook for the future

If workplace stress is continuous and becomes chronic, it can lead to cardiovascular disease, musculoskeletal disorders, psychological disorders, workplace injury and impaired immune function.

10 common job stressors

Because of technological advances, globalization, sensory overload, and the repercussions of the 2008 recession, the nature of work has changed at breakneck speed. Although there are many situations that can lead to stress, here are ten job stressors leading the way in today’s workplace.

  1. The “always on” email and text culture
  2. Corporate downsizing and reorganization, which often requires workers to work more hours or wear too many hats
  3. Lean production schedules and heavy workloads
  4. Lack of family friendly policies
  5. Too many unrealistic “I want it now” deadlines
  6. Job insecurity
  7. Hectic and routine tasks that have little meaning
  8. Unpaid overtime
  9. The nature of the job itself, particularly if the worker has too much responsibility, or too little responsibility for his or her skillset, or is repeatedly exposed to harmful situations
  10. Working conditions, especially if there is too much exposure to noise, harmful chemicals, or risk of injury

How can workers cope better with stress?

As in any problematic situation, denial of the problem leads to more stress. It’s easy to see when a worker is not wearing his hard hat, his face shield, his hi-viz vest, or his hand protection. However, stress is intangible and is often difficult to identify.

Employees must take accountability for their stress by having open and honest discussions with safety professionals.  Another way for workers to combat stress is to share possible solutions with management that would help alleviate the stress, such as an alternative work schedule. Common alternatives include part-time, flextime, compressed workweeks, telecommuting and job-sharing, or requesting to report to a manager whose management style is motivational.

How can organizations help workers?

According to NIOSH, “Recent studies of so-called healthy organizations suggest that policies benefitting worker health also benefit the bottom line.  A healthy organization is defined as one that has low rates of illness, injury, and disability in its workforce and is also competitive in the marketplace.”

What are some of the organizational characteristics that lead to healthy, low-stress work and high levels of productivity?

  • Employee and management training on job stress
  • Open communication about how to eliminate job stressors
  • Recognition for good work performance
  • Career development opportunities
  • A culture that values the individual worker
  • Offering flextime and alternative work schedules
  • Engineering and administrative controls that improve working conditions
  • Implementation of a coordinated and integrated health, wellness, and safety program

How can safety professionals help prevent job stress?

A NIOSH study about workplace injuries reveals “there is a growing concern that stressful working conditions interfere with safe work practices and set the stage for injuries at work.” So today’s safety professional must protect workers from injury and harmful stress that can lead to unsafe work practices. Safety professionals need to bring awareness to upper management and HR about the negative impact stress can have on the safety of employees.

A workplace health and safety program

According to the CDC, a workplace health and safety program is a health promotion activity or organization-wide policy “designed to support healthy behaviors and improve health outcomes while at work.”

These programs can consist of education, medical screenings, on-site fitness programs or access to off-site fitness centers, and on-site safety training programs.

A workplace health and safety program has “the potential to significantly benefit employers, employees, their families, and communities,” says the CDC. “Integrating or coordinating occupational safety and health with health promotion may increase program participation and effectiveness and may also benefit the broader context of work organization and environment.”

If your employer does not yet offer a wellness or health promotion program in conjunction with your safety program, you may want to suggest implementing one. If you need information on how to start a program, visit the CDC website at Once implemented, watch worker morale, productivity, and compliance skyrocket as the stress beast is put back in its cage.


Radians R-Series Dual Mic Electronic Earmuff

June 15, 2017, Posted in News

Written by Mary Padron

MEMPHIS, TN —— Radians®, a leading manufacturer of high performance safety gear for shooters, hunters, and outdoor enthusiasts, recently introduced the R-Series™ R3200ECS electronic earmuff.

Ideal for hearing range commands, this premium earmuff features digital electronics that amplify low level sounds while compressing noises that exceed safe levels. Compression takes place when sounds surpass 85 decibels - the level at which hearing loss begins. After a discharge, the earmuff quickly allows normal sounds to be heard at safe hearing levels.

The R3200ECS (MSRP $49.99) was engineered with several features to aid in both comfort and performance, including:

    • Tapered, low profile ear cups, for more compatible use with shotguns and rifles
  • Compact folding feature for easy portability and storage
  • Two, independent microphones, right and left, to amplify low level sounds
  • Electronic circuitry ensures impulse noises (muzzle discharge) above unsafe levels are not amplified. "Compression" technology means the user's ability to hear surroundings is not interrupted, but is protected.
  • Soft ear cushions and a premium adjustable headband allow for a comfortable, custom fit to deliver a noise reduction rating (NRR) of 23db.
  • A 3.5mm jack and accessory cable (included) allow the user to easily connect a smart phone, radio or digital audio device for stereo playback
  • An LED "on" indicator light helps to prevent unintentional battery discharge
  • Operates with two AAA Alkaline batteries – not included.


For Radians complete product offering for shooters and hunters, download the Radians Sporting Goods Catalog.

Radians safety gear can be found at fine sporting goods outlets, range venues 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 sporting goods safety professional.


Your Eyes Are Amazing—They Deserve Quality PPE

June 15, 2017, Posted in News

Written by Mary Padron

When vision is impaired, quality of life and the ability to work experience a drastic and unfortunate decline. Preventing eye injuries should be a top task on every safety professional's to-do list.

According to NIOSH, every day more than 2,000 workers in the United States suffer from an eye injury and require medical treatment. That's more than 700,000 Americans each year! Approximately one-third of those injuries require emergency room treatment and 100 of them result in one or more days away from work.

When Should Workers Wear Eye Protection?

Any worker or bystander who is working in, near, or passing through eye risk areas should wear protective eyewear. Please see the sidebar about OSHA's general requirements for employers to provide eye protection.

The type of eye protection to specify depends on the hazards in the workplace. If the job site has flying objects, particles, or dust, safety glasses with side protection (side shields) must be worn. Workers who work with or near chemicals should wear goggles with indirect vents. If hazardous radiation is a risk, workers must wear special-purpose safety glasses, goggles, faceshields, or helmets designed for that task.

Common causes for eye injuries include:

  • Flying objects from equipment operation (bits of metal, glass, wood, etc.)
  • Chemical splash
  • Tools
  • Particles and dust
  • Acids or caustic liquids
  • Harmful radiation
  • Falling objects when reaching for items on tall shelves

Three Things That Help to Prevent Eye Injuries

1. Understand and identify the safety risks at work.
Identify the work activities that could put your employees' or guests' eyes at risk. Risk is the probability that a person will be harmed if exposed to a hazard, such as the hazards listed above. Risks are usually rated:

  • low for minimal risk
  • medium for minor or serious risks that aren’t likely to occur
  • high for unacceptable risks that are likely to occur

Organizations should always consider ways to eliminate or modify unacceptable vision risks.

Manufacturers often have product managers who specialize in specific protection categories, such as eye safety. These product managers, or product champions, often will consult with safety professionals to help them understand and identify the safety risks and dangers at their job site.

2. Control the hazard by elimination, engineering controls, administrative controls, or through the use of the appropriate PPE.
Elimination or substitution of the hazard is the most effective method for removing a hazard. For example, can I use a water-based chemical that is not harmful instead of a solvent-based chemical that could damage a worker’s vision? Unfortunately, elimination or substitution is often not possible or practical.

Engineering controls are another effective method for reducing worker exposure to hazards. They include designs or modifications to plants, warehouses, equipment, ventilation systems, and workstations to make these areas safer or more ergonomic.

Administrative controls change the way the work is done to achieve a safer outcome, including timing of work, policies, rules, work practices, operating procedures, etc.

Personal protective equipment provides protection against hazards. It should be used when other safety controls are not practical or be used in addition to other controls. For example, to help prevent eye injury, make sure your employees are wearing ANSI Z87+ impact resistant eyewear.

3. Choose safety glasses with the ANSI marking of "Z87+" for your workers.
ANSI/ISEA Z87.1-2015, American National Standard for Occupational and Educational Personal Eye and Face Protection Devices, sets forth criteria related to the general requirements, testing, permanent marking, selection, care, and use of protectors to minimize the occurrence and severity or prevention of injuries from such hazards as impact, non-ionizing radiation, and liquid splash exposures in occupational and educational environments, including, but not limited to, machinery operations, material welding and cutting, chemical handling, and assembly operations.

Certain hazardous exposures are not covered in this standard. These include, but are not limited to: bloodborne pathogens, X-rays, high energy particulate radiation, microwaves, radio-frequency radiation lasers, masers, and sports and recreation.

ANSI Z87.1-2015 provides clarifications to markings on lenses and frames, and seeing that "+" mark on your lenses and frames means the glasses or goggles you're about to wear have been tested for impact resistance and found satisfactory. The "Z87+" marking is like a seal of approval indicating high-velocity impact, and "Z87" alone means basic impact.

What Are the PPE Options for Eye Protection?

There are many different kinds of PPE that provide eye protection. These include safety eyewear, goggles, side shields, brow guards, and eyewash stations, all of which play a prominent role in preventing injury and vision impairment.  However, let's take a closer look at safety eyewear because it is one of the primary PPE segments.

Safety eyewear
Safety glasses have evolved from rather mundane styles to super stylish eyewear that can be used after the workday is over. Safety eyewear is available with:

  • Anti-fog coatings that are either water based or solvent based to prevent fogged glasses, which is a common eyewear complaint
  • Scratch- and abrasion-resistant coatings
  • De-centered lenses for enhanced optimal clarity
  • Polarized lenses to reduce glare
  • HD technology for optical clarity
  • UV protection to protect against the sun’s harmful rays
  • A variety of tints to reduce glare, screen hazardous radiation, or to provide other task specific filtration
  • Filter lenses with a shade number for protection from radiant energy (Note: The shade number indicates the intensity of light radiation that is allowed to pass through a filter lens to one’s eyes. Therefore, the higher the shade number, the darker the filter and the less light radiation that will pass through the lens.)
  • RX and bifocal
  • Over-the-Glass (OTG) to use with prescription eyewear
  • Comfort features, such as rubber nose pieces and temples for a secure and comfortable fit all day long


There are many things to consider when specifying eye protection for your job site:

  • Comfort. Many end users are required to wear their eyewear for extended periods of time, so comfort is a critical issue. When a safety glass is comfortable to wear, the worker is more willing to wear it on a regular basis.
  • Style/fashion. Because fashion tends to change rather quickly, market participants need to follow the trends and be ready to adjust their product offerings on short notice. A trend to entice end users to wear their eyewear is to offer logo and branded items. Some leading PPE manufacturers offer in-house custom pad printing to brand safety eyewear.
  • Price. Price influences purchases and budgets. Many manufacturers offer value, performance, and premium brands to satisfy economic and style demands.
  • Protection. The user wants the product to provide the maximum amount of protection from flying debris and hazards, as well as protect the eye from damaging UV rays.
  • Specific applications. The right lens color, coatings, and eyewear styles used in the proper job application can enhance the performance and productivity of the user.
  • Anti-fog coatings. Anti-fog coatings are either water based (hydrophilic) or solvent based (hydrophobic). The coating is either built into the lens for long-term use and durability or it is a surface coating. If the coating is not built into the lens, the anti-fog coating becomes quickly compromised after multiple cleanings or exposure to abrasion. Water-based coatings are non-toxic and non-flammable, unlike solvent-based coatings, which can be highly toxic. Keep in mind that a good anti-fog solution increases usage of personal protective eyewear, especially since fogged eyewear is the number one job site complaint.

Our Eyes Deserve Quality PPE

Sustaining an eye injury, especially one that leads to permanent vision loss, can have devastating outcomes for the injured worker. Our eyes are truly amazing, and our sight is one of the most developed senses in humans. When vision is impaired, the quality of life and the ability to work experience a drastic and unfortunate decline. Therefore, preventing eye injuries should be a top task on every safety professional's to-do list. Prevent Blindness America, the nation's leading volunteer eye health and safety organization, says that "90% of all workplace eye injuries can be avoided by using proper safety eyewear."


Radians launches six cut-resistant gloves

June 15, 2017, Posted in News

Radians recently launched its new line of cut protection gloves made with Dyneema Diamond Technology. Cut-resistant gloves made with Dyneema Diamond Technology offer maximum protection, higher durability, and greater abrasion and UV resistance over aramid, leather, nylon and polyethylene with glass fiber gloves. They can also be laundered and reused multiple times without compromising performance.

According to Radians Glove Product Manager, Bob Kelsey, “Radians is excited about using Dyneema Diamond Technology in our new line because it is the new standard in cut protection providing double to triple improvement in cut resistance with gloves that are 40% lighter when compared to aramid fiber. The thin fiber and unique polymer allow for better feel and control, high strength, cool-touch comfort and high durability without fiberglass discomfort.

“It’s like having everything you want in a glove, plus the bonus of a wide range of customizable vibrant colors and also Black Dyneema Diamond Technology for EN388 2016 (ISO13997) level D and ANSI/ISEA 105-16 A4 standards,” says Kelsey.

Nico Janssen, who is the DSM Dyneema regional business manager for high performance textiles, says that the Dyneema Diamond Technology, “will enable Radians to cost effectively manufacture ultra-lightweight gloves with the same cut resistance as thicker and heavier gloves made from aramid, HMPE, or nylon. We’re excited to partner with Radians because both DSM Dyneema and Radians understand that the more comfortable a cut resistant glove is, the more protective it becomes because workers are more willing to wear the glove and keep it on.”

The new Radians cut protection line made with Dyneema® Diamond Technology includes the following work gloves:

  • RWGD100—ANSI Cut Level 3—1296g (Touchscreen)
  • RWGD104—ANSI Cut Level 4—1997g (Touchscreen)
  • RWGD106—ANSI Cut Level 4—1663g
  • RWGD108—ANSI Cut Level 4—1788g
  • RWGD110—ANSI Cut Level 4—1534g (Has TPR Overlays)
  • DPGD809 —ANSI Cut Level 3—1235g (Touchscreen)


New IQuity™ anti-fog coating from Radians® is a non-toxic, water-based coating that outperforms and outlasts mainstream hydrophobic anti-fog coatings

June 15, 2017, Posted in News


Radians®, a global leader in the development and manufacturing of high performance Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), recently launched its premium IQuity™ anti-fog coating that outlasts and outperforms mainstream hydrophobic coatings.

According to Radians’ Eyewear Product Champion, Michael Bolden, “Radians’ IQuity™ anti-fog coating is an intelligent, breakthrough technology that provides one of the most superior and long-lasting anti-fog coatings in the marketplace.”

Blurred vision from fogging is the number one reason why workers take off eyewear leaving their eyes vulnerable. IQuity is the smart solution for industries and workers who experience challenges and frustrations from fogging.

“IQuity comes at a perfect time,” says Bolden, “because OSHA’s final ruling on Crystalline Silica means more workers will need to wear respirators along with their safety glasses. Wearing respirators and safety eyewear together often leads to fogged eyewear.”

IQuity intelligent anti-fog coating is virtually permanent, anti-scratch, and anti-smudge. Compared to toxic, solvent based coatings, IQuity is environmentally friendly, non-toxic, and is both EN166 K and N compliant.

IQuity anti-fog coating is currently available in three popular ANSI Z87.1 impact resistant safety eyewear. Each safety glass is sealed in an air-tight bag and packaged in a designer box for longer shelf-life. They include Dagger™ IQ, Rad-Sequel™ IQ, and Optima™ IQ.

To see a demonstration of the IQuity difference, watch the video at

Radians safety products are sold through authorized distributors. For more information, call toll free 1-877-723-4267, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit


Radians Call Sign Bravo and Echo

June 14, 2017, Posted in News

Written by Mary Padron

MEMPHIS, TN — Radians®, a trusted leader in the development and manufacturing of safety gear for law enforcement and public safety professionals, is growing its TACTICAL line to help meet the demand for enhanced performance PPE.

According to Art Kunkle, Radians VP of Retail Sales, "With the reduction in military force and more veterans and serious shooters entering the marketplace, the demand for enhanced performance product is growing. Radians is heeding the call with our new TACTICAL Call Sign Echo and Call Sign Bravo."

TACTICAL Eyewear—Call Sign Bravo

Radians Call Sign Bravo TACTICAL eyewear is tested to meet Ballistic Impact Standards MIL-PRF-32432. Safety glasses that meet the Ballistic Impact Standard will withstand an impact from a projectile traveling approximately four times the speed of projectiles used in the ANSI Z87.1+ safety test. In addition to the improved protection, stylish frames and lenses offer ideal optics, comfort and fit:

  • CSB100—Full frame, low profile dual lens available in smoke and ice (MSRP $11.99)
  • CSB101—Lightweight metal frame with single lens available in clear and amber (MSRP $14.99)
  • CSB102—Half frame available in smoke and clear (MSRP $15.99)

TACTICAL Hearing Protection—Call Sign Echo

Radians TACTICAL hearing protection called Call Sign Echo is available in both passive and electronic earmuffs with a range of NRRs:

  • CSE10BX— Premium electronic, dual microphone, MP3/Smartphone connection, compact folding—NRR23 (MSRP $49.99)
  • CSE20BX—Premium electronic, single microphone, compact folding—NRR26 (MSRP $29.99)
  • CSE30BX—Premium passive, full cup protection, padded headband—NRR28 (MSRP $24.99)
  • CSE40BX—Premium passive, low profile, compact folding—NRR21 (MSRP $14.99)

Radians new TACTICAL line can be found at fine 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 and ask for Tina Nelson or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


PPE During a Natural Disaster

June 13, 2017, Posted in News

Written by Mary Padron

Disaster sites are a natural breeding ground for health and safety concerns, including severe injuries to fingers and hands. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that 70 percent of workers who injure their hands were not wearing work gloves during the accident. Likewise, many restoration contractors who injure a finger or hand during a disaster were not wearing hand protection. Often, the reasons for not wearing work gloves center around complaints of discomfort and lack of dexterity or mobility. Like 30 percent of workers today, even if disaster workers were wearing gloves, most likely the gloves “were inadequate, damaged or wrong for the type of hazard,” according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Fortunately, today’s safety gloves are engineered with technological advances that aid in extra protection, dexterity, durability and comfort.

Hand injuries are expensive

In today’s work environment, let’s not forget that hand injuries are the second leading cause of work-related injury—back and neck sprains and strains take first place. The most common causes of hand injuries are blunt trauma followed by cut and laceration injuries from a sharp object, which account for one-third of hand injuries.

A human hand consists of:

  • 27 bones—including the eight wrist bones
  • Major nerves, including the Ulnar, Median, and the superficial branch of the Radial nerve
  • Arteries, veins, muscles, tendons, ligaments, joint cartilage, skin, and fingernails

Because our hands have an intricate structure and a complex anatomy, the potential for a variety of injuries exists. Human hands are truly amazing and are definitely worth protecting properly. The cost of a hand injury can far exceed the cost of a hand protection safety program.

The BLS reports that today the average hand injury claim exceeds $6,000, coupled with a typical worker’s compensation claim of $7,000, for a total of $13,000.

Common hand injuries among disaster workers

OSHA dictates that employers must use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to provide additional protection against hazards that can’t be completely eliminated through other measures. According to OSHA, 70.9 percent of arm and hand injuries could have been prevented with PPE, specifically safety gloves. The hand injuries restoration crews need to protect against include burns, bruises, abrasions, cuts, punctures, fractures, amputations, and chemical exposures.

Three effective ways to prevent hand injuries

1.  Evaluate hand injury risks at the disaster site by asking yourself and your crew about potential hazards at the job site - like sharp objects.

You can always consult with a safety specialist, safety engineer, or product manager to help you evaluate the potential areas and risk factors that can lead to hand and finger injury at a disaster site.

2. Teach & Train—one of the best ways to behaviorally teach and train is to role play or simulate a hand injury. Tape up worker’s dominant hand with gauze then instruct him or her to perform a couple of simple work tasks and a personal task like texting. The simulation drives home how debilitating a hand injury can be and will help increase compliance.

3. Outfit workers with today’s high performance gloves.

Impact Resistant Gloves

Impact resistant gloves, also known as anti-impact gloves, feature dense thermal plastic rubber (TPR) pads or overlays strategically located along the top of the hand and along fingers to help protect from crushing blows. TPR provides maximum cushioning while not interfering with dexterity. Other features of impact resistant gloves include padded palms, molded knuckle areas and extra grip patches.

Coated Gloves

Numerous types of coated gloves are available today, which include nitrile foam coated, high-visibility knit coated, PU palm coated, crinkle latex coated, and the list goes on. Prominent features of coated gloves include seamless design, breathable knit back, elastic cuffs, and a variety of gauges. The main features of seamless knit coated gloves are their good grip and great dexterity. Solid coated fingers and palm usually provide abrasion and tear resistance. When wearing coated gloves, workers are also able to move their hands more freely and easily in cold conditions. Plus, coated gloves give additional skin protection from harmful chemicals and oils.

Cut-Resistant Gloves

The use of cut-resistant gloves has increased considerably. Glove fabrics and coatings have been improving at a fast and furious pace; thus, cut-resistant gloves are thinner, more comfortable, and provide greater protection. Thanks to Engineered Composite Yarns, such as Kevlar® and steel or gloves made with Dyneema® fiber, licensed manufacturers are creating gloves with superior levels of cut resistance without compromising comfort and dexterity—two major factors in worker compliance.

Engineered yarns, or super yarns, are popular in disaster applications, including glass handling and heavy sheet metal handling where workers are exposed to sharp blades. The gauge and cut level required will depend on the specific task.

Make safety a top priority

Establish work rules that demand when and where gloves are to be worn. Reward compliance and make sure employees know the repercussions if they don’t comply. If you are not sure which glove to choose for a particular job at a disaster site, ask a safety specialist or PPE manufacturer you trust for guidance. 



Radians Sponsors Grand American World Trapshooting Championships

June 15, 2017, Posted in News

Written by Mary Padron

MEMPHIS, TN — — Radians®, a global leader in the development and manufacturing of high performance Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for shooters and hunters, is a proud sponsor of the 2017 Grand American World Trapshooting Championships which will be held August 2-12 at the World Shooting & Recreational Complex in Sparta, Illinois.

Hosted by the Amateur Trapshooting Association (ATA), this event is the largest participation shooting event in the world attracting over 4,500 classified shooters who shoot at over 4,000,000 clay targets over 15 days. The complex where the event will be held has 121 Trap Fields extending 3.5 miles, more than 1,000 campsites, and over 80 exhibitors on site.

According to Art Kunkle, VP of Retail Sales for Radians, "This event lets us promote our eyewear and hearing protection lines directly to avid trap shooters, reminding them of the importance of wearing safety products when shooting traps. Plus, our Arctic™ RadWear® cooling products help protect from heat stress and will keep trap shooters cool during hot summer events, such as the Grand American."

All Radians products meet important standards and regulations and are manufactured in ISO certified facilities. They manufacture both performance and premium brands to satisfy both newcomers to the sport and also professional shooters.

Their safety eyewear line includes premium interchangeable lens kits, polarized lenses, HD lenses, ballistic-rated eyewear, and foam lined eyewear. Their hearing protection line includes disposable Made in the USA foam earplugs, custom molded earplugs, passive hearing protection, Bluetooth enabled earmuffs, and electronic earmuffs that amplify low level sounds while compressing noises that exceed safe levels. They also offer tactical, ladies, and youth lines and affordable combo kits that contain both eye and hearing protection.

Radians just released their new 2017 Sporting Goods catalog. To order a copy, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and mention part number 5028. Or, the catalog can be downloaded directly from their website at

Radians is sold through authorized distributors and is available at sporting goods outlets and e-commerce sites. For more information, call toll-free 1-877-723-4267 or visit and click on the "Sporting Goods" tab.


Radians' Range Program

June 14, 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 evolved its Range PPE Program, enabling ranges to affordably accommodate beginners and visitors.

According to Art Kunkle, Radians VP of Retail Sales, "The range venue is evolving and we are evolving with it. Earmuffs and shooting glasses are available in economical styles and packages. Additional convenience items, like 'Over the Glass' protective eyewear allow an unprepared visitor to be protected."

Enthusiasts in the sport, aware of the risk of hearing loss, are likely to seek higher Noise Reduction Ratings, as well as enhanced fit and comfort features. Radians offers the full spectrum of ratings, features, and price points. Sizes to fit Ladies and Youth are available in both glasses and earmuffs.

Made in USA (Memphis, TN) foam earplugs are available in a variety of package formats and can be sold in one pair hygiene packs, jars of 25 pairs, bags of 50 pairs, and several other formats.

Radians has a custom pad print shop for logos on shooting glasses and earmuffs, a screen print shop for logos on shirts or vests, designs marked for the Range Safety Officer, and even embroidery capability.

Electronic Earmuffs, Interchangeable Lens Kits, Custom Molded Earplugs and other, more exotic items mean there is a product to meet the needs of almost every range shooter.

Radians safety gear for the range can be found at sporting goods outlets, range venues 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


How to avoid frostbite and other winter perils

June 13, 2017, Posted in News

written by Mary Padron

Whether you’re de-icing a plane in Chicago, or you’re a snow blower in upstate New York, or a commercial fisherman in Alaska or Canada, all outdoor workers must be aware of the risks and dangers associated with cold weather. One winter culprit is frostbite, which can seriously damage workers’ hands and fingers within five minutes in subzero temperatures. Wearing proper winter gloves is one preventative measure that can help outdoor workers keep their hands warm and safe from the perils of winter weather.

Frostbite can leave its mark forever

According to the National Safety Council, frostbite is “the most common injury resulting from exposure to severe cold, and it usually occurs on fingers, toes, nose, ears, cheeks and chin.” Frostbite is not pretty and can cause permanent damage to a workers’ hands or fingers, including amputation. As a cold injury to the skin, frostbite damages fingers and hands similar to the way burns do. It causes discoloration, swelling, numbness and a prickling sensation, blisters, and in severe cases, tissue death, which is called necrosis.

It can appear white and waxy on the affected areas, or in severe cases, the skin and deeper tissues may become gangrenous, which turns the skin into an inky black or green color as the tissue dies. Frostbite is worse in areas of the body that have restricted blood flow, such as the fingertips.

WebMD, says, “Frostbite is a treatable but potentially serious condition that affects the skin. It happens when a body part isn't properly covered when you’re outside in freezing temperatures.”

Key features

One of the best types of hand protection to keep hands warm in the winter are mittens. Unfortunately, mittens don’t allow for dexterous hand movements, so this type of glove is typically not a practical safety solution for the outdoor worker. However, a good winter work glove is a powerful tool in your safety program and cold prevention efforts.

Three key features of a good winter work glove include:

  • A water-repellant outer coating or material that provides water resistance and wind repellence
  • An insulating liner that traps air for warmth and offers moisture-wicking capabilities
  • Comfort and a good fit

Insulation in winter gloves

Many PPE manufacturers offer gloves with 3M™ Thinsulate™ Insulation to help keep you warm when it’s cold outside. The unique microfibers that make up Thinsulate help trap body heat, while allowing moisture to escape. The material is a matted piece of insulation that allows manufacturers to remove the bulk out of gloves, thus improving dexterity, which is always an important feature of a good work glove. 

Other insulating materials used in winter work gloves include thermal liners, quad layers, 100 gram micro fleece liner, 7 gauge acrylic terry liners and inner shells, acrylic thermal liners, fleece, and more. The choice of liners is dependent upon the temperature outside; the intended application of the glove; and the comfort, fit, and feel required of the glove.

Improve compliance

Your winter glove should fit your hand properly as tight gloves can compromise circulation and increase sweating, which makes your hands colder not to mention uncomfortable. Poorly fitted gloves reduce dexterity and grip strength. Gloves that are too loose can get caught in machinery and are just as uncomfortable as gloves that are too tight. Make sure the winter glove you choose for your safety program is comfortable and is offered in a variety of sizes to fit workers’ hands.

Your winter glove should also have a good cuff that can fit over your jacket sleeve. An extended gauntlet cuff with hook and loop closure offers additional protection to keep snow from creeping into your glove.

Different types of winter gloves

The marketplace has a wide selection of winter work gloves to meet a variety of jobsite applications. In addition to helping you combat the cold in mild and extreme conditions, winter work gloves often serve other protective functions, including:

  • High visibility protection
  • Cut protection
  • Impact protection
  • Abrasion protection
  • Waterproof insulated protection
  • Extreme condition insulated protection
  • Gripping capabilities in wet and dry applications

Hands are precious

Our hands are truly amazing. They are capable of a wide variety of functions, including fine motor movements for delicate tasks and gross motor movements to pick up large objects or perform heavy labor.

According to, “The complex abilities of the hand are part of what make humans unique. Only humans have the ability to bring our thumbs across the hand to connect with our ring and pinkie fingers. This ability provides us with the dexterity to use tools. It also gives us a forceful grip. . . . It is one means by which humans have changed the world by creating gigantic buildings and machines, tiny electronics, and high-fived each other at those accomplishments.”

So make sure that workers are equipped with the right winter glove to protect their hands from frostbite, cuts, abrasions, and punctures. Most glove manufacturers have experienced safety specialists who can help you choose the right winter work glove for your safety program. Your workers will “high- five you” for helping to keep their hands safe this winter.


Radians announces the opening of a new distribution center in British Columbia, Canada

June 15, 2017, Posted in News

Radians®, a global leader in the manufacturing and development of high performance Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), is pleased to announce the opening of its new Canadian distribution center in British Columbia doing business as Radians Canada Distribution, Inc.

The new distribution center at 1487 Lindsey Place, Delta, B.C., V3M 6V1, is automated and will allow for same day shipping of in-stock safety products to all major cities in Canada.

According to Randy Miller, Director of Operations Canada, “Radians Canada Distribution, Inc., will stock a comprehensive line of Radians and DEWALT® safety products to satisfy our customers’ demands. Our world class customer service and fast order fulfillment will give our distributors a competitive edge in the Canadian marketplace.”

All of Radians safety products comply with the current Canadian Standards Association (CSA) standards, ANSI standards, and WorkSafe standards and are manufactured in ISO-certified facilities. The Radians Canada Distribution, Inc., safety product line includes:

  • DEWALT® and Radians work gloves
  • RadWear® high visibility vests, accessories, and rainwear
  • Radians, DEWALT, and Crossfire® premium eyewear
  • Disposable and reusable hearing protection
  • Respirator and lens wipes

According to Bill England, President of Radians, “Opening our new Canadian Distribution Center will efficiently consolidate distribution activities, improve product availability, provide a higher level of customer service to our Canadian distributors, and enhance our growth in Canada.”

RCD, Inc., is sold through authorized distributors. For more information, call toll free 1-877-723-4267, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit to download the Radians 2017 Canada Products brochure.


Adjust hearing protectors’ attenuation for real world conditions

June 13, 2017, Posted in News

Written by Mary Padron and Steve Clark

Many different types of hearing protection devices (HPDs) are available in the U.S. marketplace, and all share two attributes:

  1. The packaging for the hearing protector will have the required U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) labeling with the hearing protector’s Noise Reduction Rating or NRR.
  2. The Noise Reduction Rating that appears on the EPA label is supposed to be evaluated under laboratory testing specified by the American National Standards Institute in ANSI S3.19.1974.

The Noise Reduction Rating ( NRR) is an estimate of the amount of potential protection a hearing protection device will provide in a noisy environment. It is simply the decibel (dB) noise attenuation for the earplug or earmuff based on laboratory test data.

The higher the NRR number, greater is the potential for the protector to reduce noise. Currently, the highest NRR rating for earplugs is 33, and the highest available NRR rating for earmuffs is 31. Do not assume that the HPD with the highest NRR is the best choice for your workplace. Over-protection can be harmful when it leaves workers with the inability to hear warning signals, their co-workers, and important commands.

When the NRR is not really real

Unfortunately, the Noise Reduction Rating does not always predict the level of protection workers will actually receive in the field. The NRR is often viewed as inflated and overly optimistic because the NRR does not take into account:

  • The way the product is worn—improper fit
  • The size and condition of the HPD
  • The comfort of the device, which if uncomfortable can compromise the amount of time a worker actually wears his or her HPD
  • The motivation and training of the worker

Five important criticisms of the NRR

The Noise Reduction Rating has been frequently criticized for being overly optimistic in real-world, workplace conditions. In the article “The Naked Truth about NRRs” by Elliott H. Berger, Senior Scientist and recipient of the National Hearing Conservation Association’s (NHCA) Lifetime Achievement Award, Berger states, “Emphasis on noise reduction data as a purchasing criterion, and reliance on such numbers for predicting protection, is both unwarranted and potentially deleterious to the effectiveness of a hearing conservation program.”

Five reasons for the NRR’s “Not Really Real” criticism include:

  1. The NRR doesn’t take into account the misuse and improper fit of the earplug or hearing protector by the user in the real world. Thus, the NRR has a disclaimer on the EPA label that states “when used as directed.”
  2. Consumers and end users have taken the NRR too literally, expecting HPDs to attenuate or block noise in the workplace as they did in the laboratory.
  3. The ANSI S3.19 standard is now outdated. Even though new testing standards are available such as ANSI S12.6, the EPA still requires testing to the S3.19-1974 standard.
  4. Some hearing protector devices are tested in labs without proper accreditation, so their methods often do not comply with required standards.
  5. Test results are sometimes misinterpreted by suppliers.

OSHA’s NRR correction factor

To adjust the NRR so that it more appropriately mirrors workplace conditions, OSHA recommends a 50-percent NRR Correction Factor. OSHA’s Appendix IV:C. Methods for Estimating HPD Attenuation states that “OSHA's experience and the published scientific literature have shown that laboratory-obtained real ear attenuation for HPDs can seldom be achieved in the workplace. To adjust for workplace conditions, OSHA strongly recommends applying a 50-percent correction factor when estimating field attenuation.”

Preventing hearing loss

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Noise-Induced Hearing Loss “is the most common, permanent, and preventable occupational injury in the world.” It may happen suddenly from an explosive type of blast or gradually over time as a worker is continuously exposed to high noise levels without wearing proper hearing protection. Hearing loss has become the third-leading health issue in America and adversely affects millions of workers in manufacturing, mining, the military, agriculture, landscaping, and construction. The really sad part is that hearing loss is preventable but once it is acquired, it is permanent and irreversible.

Whenever employee noise exposures are at or above an eight-hour time-weighted average (TWA) of 85 dBA, the workplace is required to have a Hearing Conservation Program (HCP).

Training & motivation

Educate your workers and safety specialists about hearing loss by distributing informational brochures, by placing posters and caution signs in key traffic areas, and through annual training programs. Annual training programs are required by OSHA “whenever employee noise exposures are at or above an eight hour time-weighted average (TWA) of 85 dBA… which is considered the action level.” In addition to group training, one-on-one training can be even more effective, especially when it comes to the insertion and proper fit of foam earplugs.

According to OSHA, “Workers who understand the reasons for the hearing conservation programs and the need to protect their hearing will be more motivated to wear their protectors and take audiometric tests.”


When choosing foam earplugs, make sure the earplugs fit properly, are non-irritating, comfortable, and offer the appropriate level of NRR protection. Bullet, barrel, bell, and winged shapes exist to fit a large variety of ear canal shapes and sizes. Disposable foam plugs are ideal for big companies with lots of workers who go through large quantities of plugs quickly.

Earmuffs & banded protection

For short term or intermittent use, earmuffs and banded hearing protectors are an excellent solution as they can be fitted and removed quickly.

Earmuffs can be either passive or electronic. Both are easy to fit properly and come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and styles to fit a wide range of users. NRRs also vary greatly and can be as low as 17dB or as high as 30dB. Earmuffs can be worn over the head, behind the ear, under the chin, and as a hard hat attachment. Because earmuffs are very visible they make it easy for safety officers to check for compliance.

Banded hearing protection can be a good lightweight alternative to earmuffs. Banded hearing protection is easy to remove and is designed to hang conveniently around the neck.

Hearing impacts lives at work & home

When an employee can’t hear properly, his or her performance at work declines and the impairment might cause more accidents and injuries to occur. Not only that, but the employee’s entire lifestyle is compromised by the hearing loss. So protect workers’ hearing every day and specify quality hearing protection that is comfortable, safe, easy to use, and with an appropriate NRR for the application.

For more information, visit or call 1-877-723-4267.



Radians® adds embroidery to its fast and economical custom imprinting capabilities

November 07, 2016, Posted in News

Radians®, a global leader in the development and manufacturing of high performance safety products, recently announced that it is adding embroidery to its custom imprint program, which also includes screen printing, pad printing, and heat transfer services. (Pictured above: Radians embroidery machine in Memphis, TN.)

According to Jim Hink, Director of Marketing at Radians, “Embroidered logos are sleek, professional, and durable. They represent one of the most popular branding methods to stand out from the crowd and differentiate your brand image.  Radians’ in-house marketing team and graphic designers will work with you to ensure a quality embroidered or imprinted product.”

With access to hundreds of colorful threads, Radians can stitch your logo or design onto select RadWear® high-visibility apparel, including jackets, polos, and T-shirts made from solid fabrics. Radians state-of-the-art embroidery machines stitch up to 1,200 stitches a minute and offer up to 15 colors in any one design allowing for production efficiency, versatility, and creativity.

“Radians’ Custom Imprint + Embroidery program is one of the most economical and efficient programs in the safety industry,” says Radians President, Bill England.  “You’d be hard-pressed to find another PPE manufacturer who can beat our low minimums, low pricing, and quick turn-around time.”

Some of the Radians safety products that can be customized include high-visibility apparel, such as vests, jackets, and T-shirts, hats, safety eyewear, neck cords, neck shades, and cooling towels.

To learn how to turn your PPE into a walking billboard to advertise and differentiate your brand, visit Radians safety specialists and in-house marketing team can help you every step of the way.

Radians is sold through authorized distributors. For more information, call toll free 1-877-723-4267, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit



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