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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. 

 



SOURCE: www.randrmagonline.com

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 http://www.radians.com/radsite/index.php/mediamenu/catalogs.

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 www.radians.com and click on the "Sporting Goods" tab.



SOURCE: www.theoutdoorwire.com

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 www.radians.com or call toll-free 1-877-723-4267 to speak to a safety professional.

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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 www.Radians.com.



SOURCE: www.theoutdoorwire.com

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 Healthline.com, “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.



SOURCE: www.ishn.com

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 www.radians.com to download the Radians 2017 Canada Products brochure.



SOURCE: www.ishn.com

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.”

Earplugs

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 www.Radians.com or call 1-877-723-4267.


 

SOURCE: www.ishn.com

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 http://bit.ly/2fjOQGo. 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 www.radians.com.

 

SOURCE: ISHN.COM

This Is Not Your Grandfather's Glove: Hand Protection in the Age of Performance Gloves

July 05, 2016, Posted in News

Some injuries you can't forget.


I will always remember how my grandfather was missing half of his left pinky finger. It's just something I can't forget. He lost half of his finger at work at the age of 50 when a 55-gallon drum of ice cream rolled over his hand. I always admired how he made the best of the situation, and he repeatedly spoke about his work-related injury, so his story went down in the family lore.

 

Like 70 percent of workers today who suffer from hand injuries, my grandfather was not wearing safety gloves when he sustained his injury. And like 30 percent of workers today, even if my grandfather were wearing a glove, most likely the gloves "were inadequate, damaged or wrong for the type of hazard," according to a study conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Plus, the technology of composite engineered yarns and steel for cut resistance and Thermal Plastic Rubber (TPR) overlays for impact resistance simply didn’t exist during my grandfather's time as it does today—in the age of performance gloves. Fortunately for workers today, performance safety gloves are engineered with technological advances that aid in extra protection, dexterity, durability, and comfort.

Ouch! The Statistics & Cost of Hand Injuries are Staggering

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 exists for a variety of injuries. 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.

BLS reports that today, the average hand injury claim exceeds $6,000, coupled with a typical workers' compensation claim of $7,000—for a total of $13,000. Plus, the National Safety Council reports the following costs for typical injuries:

 

 

OSHA's Top Eight Hand Injuries to Protect Against

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 that employers need to protect against include:

 

1. Burns
2. Bruises
3. Abrasions
4. Cuts
5. Punctures
6. Fractures
7. Amputations
8. Chemical exposures

Three Effective Ways to Prevent Hand Injuries

How can employers help prevent the eight hand injuries listed above? They can 1) evaluate job site risks, 2) teach employees about the hazards, and 3) provide the proper safety glove for the application.

 

1. Evaluate job site risks by asking the right questions:

 

  • ► What engineering and work practice controls need to be in place to help prevent hand and finger injury?
  • ► What tools and equipment will your workers use?
  • ► Does the equipment have built-in safeguards to protect against pinching when exposed to moving machine parts? Are there barriers between your workers' hands and the saw blade?
  • ► Are your workers wearing jewelry that can get caught in machinery? Thousands of employees are injured every year when a ring or bracelet gets caught in a moving machine part.
  • ► Does the worker have to handle heavy equipment or machinery where fingers and hands are easily crushed?

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 your job 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 an employee’s dominant hand with gauze, then instruct him or her to perform a couple of simple work tasks and a personal task, such as texting. The simulation drives home how debilitating a hand injury can be and will help increase compliance.

 

Have a Glove Show & Tell: Display several different types of gloves and talk about the specific application for the glove. Reiterate the importance of using the right glove for the right task. (As was mentioned earlier, 30 percent of hand injuries are a result of using the wrong or inadequate glove for the job.)

 

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

 

OSHA says, "It is essential that employees use gloves specifically designed for the hazards and tasks found in their workplace because gloves designed for one function may not protect against a different function even though the glove may appear to be an appropriate protective device." Below are three types of high-performance gloves, all of which have revolutionized hand protection.

 

Impact-resistant gloves

Impact-resistant gloves, also known as anti-impact gloves, feature dense thermal plastic rubber 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. Workers in oil drilling, automotive, and heavy manufacturing environments benefit greatly from TPR technology.

 

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.

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.

 

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, 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 industrial applications requiring ASTM Level 3 or higher and are heavily used by meat processing, glass handling, and heavy sheet metal handling industries where workers are exposed to sharp blades. Those who work around sharp blades will need to wear cut-resistant gloves. The gauge and cut level required will depend on the specific task.

 

Get a Grip on the New ANSI/ISEA 105-2016 and EN 388 European Glove Standards

Just as today’s high-performance gloves have evolved and changed to take advantage of new technologies, the American National Standard for Hand Protection Classification and the European EN 388 standard have evolved to address these advances in PPE technology and cut-resistant materials.

 

On Jan. 12, 2016, the ISEA approved the new ANSI/ISEA 105-2016 standard for Hand Protection Classification. This standard is a voluntary consensus standard first published in 1999 and later revised in 2005 and 2011. A major focus of the new standard is cut-resistance testing and classification. The new ANSI/ISEA 105-2016 standard can be ordered at https://safetyequipment.org/standard/ansiisea-105-2016/.


The European Norm (EN) 388 standard is in the revision process and will be released in early 2016.

 

Below are three key points to help you navigate the new ANSI standard and the proposed EN 388 changes:

 

  • ► Both the ANSI/ISEA 105 and revised EN 388 standard will now use the Tomodynamometer (TDM) 100 machine. As a result of this important change, the cut level between the two standards will now match in terms of range for most levels. Designating one piece of equipment for cut testing will help to eliminate confusion about glove performance and help safety managers choose the appropriate protection for their employees.

  • ► ANSI will add four additional cut levels for higher cut-resistant materials using a nine-level alphabet scale rated from A1-A9. EN 388 levels through the TDM method will be given a six-step letter score of A through F. Previously, the ANSI and EN standards both had a ranking scale of 1 to 5, which caused confusion because different testing and classification methods were used. An "apples to apples" comparison did not exist between the ANSI testing and the European Norm (EN) testing.

  • ► There are no third-party testing or conformity requirements for ANSI/ISEA 105. Testing can be performed and certified by the manufacturer.

 

Let's Do Something About That 70 Percent/30 Percent Hand Injury Statistic

Gloves today come in a variety of sizes, price points, materials, and styles to satisfy a wide range of industrial applications. Safety managers have thousands of glove resources and safety solutions at their fingertips to ensure they are protecting the fingers and hands of employees. Ask yourself, "What can I do today to protect my employees' fingers and hands tomorrow?"

 

Tackle the fact that 70 percent of workers aren't wearing gloves by making sure safety gloves are readily available for the employee. 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 with safety rules. 

 

Put a dent in the fact that 30 percent of workers are not wearing the right glove by choosing the proper glove for the application, whether that is an impact-resistant glove, a coated glove, or a cut-resistant glove of the proper gauge. Also, don’t be misled by leather gloves for cut protection. Because leather is skin, it can be easily cut, just like the skin of your employee. Leather, although a popular choice during my grandfather's time and my father's time, is not a good choice today for employees whose jobs expose them to the risks of cuts and lacerations.

 

I hope in the next year, the number of hand and finger injuries drops significantly as compliance and proper glove specification improve through technology, innovation, training, and motivation. Let's all work together to reduce the number of hand injuries. If in favor, raise your hand!

 



This article originally appeared in the April 2016 issue of Occupational Health & Safety.



About the Author

Mary Padron is a MarCom and Event Specialist at Radians®, a leading manufacturer of high-performance hearing protection devices. For more information about Radians' comprehensive line of quality PPE, visit www.Radians.com or call 1-877-RADIANS.

 

 

Nine New Ways to Protect Hands at Work

March 30, 2016, Posted in News

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MEMPHIS, TN—March 29, 2016—Radians®, a global leader in personal protective solutions to keep workers safe, is aggressively expanding their glove line to help reduce hand injuries.

Hand injuries are the second leading cause of work-related injuries, which are expected to reach three million this year. The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that 70% of hand injuries occur because workers—especially construction workers—don’t wear hand protection primarily because of dexterity issues.  The other 30% of workers are wearing the wrong glove for the application.

Radians has added nine new gloves to protect hands at work. The new line includes protective gloves with dexterity, cut protection, abrasion resistance and thermal plastic rubber (TPR) overlays for impact protection.

“With Radians developments in glove technology to enhance dexterity, comfort and safety, users will be able to select the correct gloves, based on their job applications and hand injuries will decrease,” said Radians President, Bill England.  “Hand protection is one of Radians’ fastest growing product categories because we offer a quality product line with great features. Our product managers and safety specialists are equipped with the expertise and knowledge to help our customers choose the right glove for the application.”

Radians expanded line includes:

 

  • Three new CE Cut 3 gloves in 13 gauge (RWG534), 15 gauge (RWG536), and 18 gauge (RWG533)

  • Four general purpose coated gloves (RWG14, RWG15, RWG16) one of which is a two-ply winter coated glove (RWG17)

  • One CE Cut 5 glove with Thermal Plastic Rubber (TPR) overlays for impact-resistant protection (RWG603)

  • One CE Cut 5 glove with TPR overlays for impact-resistant protection and a 7 gauge acrylic terry liner for warmth in cold conditions (RWG604)

 

Radians glove line is available in a variety of sizes, materials, coatings, gauge choices, and cut protection levels to satisfy a wide range of industrial applications. For more information, call toll free 1-877-723-4267 or visit www.radians.com.

Radians New Rainwear Line Satisfies a Variety of Industrial Protection Requirements

March 21, 2016, Posted in News


 

MEMPHIS, TN—March 16, 2016—Radians®, a global leader in quality personal protective equipment (PPE), has significantly expanded their RadWear® rainwear line to protect workers in a variety of conditions, including general purpose, extreme weather, and industrial protection requirements.

In addition to weather-related applications, the new styles are intended for applications including hazardous chemicals, food processing, and construction environments requiring high visibility.  Designed with workers in mind, each style has features to keep workers protected and dry, including double heat welded seam construction that secures the seams for waterproof integrity.

Radians new rainwear additions include the:

  • ERW™ 35—.35mm PVC/Poly economy rain suit
  • DriRad™ 28—.28mm PVC/Poly jacket, coat, and bibs
  • AquaRad™ 25—.25mm TPU/Nylon rain jacket and bib
  • DuraRad™ 42—.42mm Acid Green PVC/Poly rain jacket & bib (Self-extinguishing treated polyester)
  • Fortress™ 20¬—High visibility .20mm PVC/Nylon jacket and pants
  • Fortress™ 35¬—High visibility .35mm PVC/Poly rain jacket, coat, and bibs


All of the new styles, with the exception of the ERW 35, have an ETP™ Collar that extends in the back for additional protection and is tapered in the front for wearable comfort. Other comfort and convenience features include detachable hoods, vented cape backs for comfort, hook and look adjustable cuffs, QDM™ snaps, etc.

For more information about Radians new rainwear or PPE safety solutions for the jobsite, call Radians toll free at 1-877-723-4267 or visit www.Radians.com.

 

Radians Builds World Class Education Center

March 08, 2016, Posted in News


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MEMPHIS, TN—February 16, 2016—Radians®, a leading manufacturer of high performance Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), recently opened a world class education center at their corporate headquarters in Memphis, TN.
 
Radians President Bill England says, “The backbone of Radians culture is protecting workers through safety and compliance.  Work place safety begins with training and understanding the product applications and potential dangers and risks of the jobsite.”

The new Radians facility allows interactive, hands on training that centers around the most widely used PPE products on jobsites, including hand and head protection, eyewear and hearing protection, and high-visibility protection. “Radians customers will be educated on the current ANSI standards and regulations as well as being exposed to many other resources and services at our headquarters,” said England.

In addition to state-of-the-art audio visual equipment, seating, and lighting, Radians new education center has several entertainment amenities including a pool table, foose ball, a dining area with bar, and a relaxed conversation area with sofas and chairs for smart discussions and connecting with customers.

For more information about how Radians can provide PPE safety solutions for your company, 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 www.radians.com.

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Radians® is a Memphis, TN-based manufacturer of quality safety eyewear, RadWear™ high visibility apparel, rainwear, hearing protection, performance gloves, head gear, cooling products, heated jackets, and lens cleaning systems. Radians has partnered with highly respected companies including 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, Wareham, MA, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit www.Radians.com.

 


 

 

 

 

 

Radians continues to add protective eyewear with progressive styling

February 29, 2016, Posted in News

Radians® recently launched three new styles of safety glasses in their Radians branded line of protective eyewear with progressive styling for the industrial markets.

The new styles include the T70, T71, and T72. All three styles exceed ANSI Z87.1+ standards, protect against 99.9% of harmful UV rays and include a hard coat polycarbonate lens to protect against scratches. All three styles have progressive styles and cool lens choices, including ice, copper, and yellow mirror.

The T70 is a substantial safety glass with a wide, full wraparound frame. Designed for workers with wider heads and fuller faces, the T70 provides the fit and protection that smaller glasses can’t provide.  Available in a cool-looking metal gray frame, the T70 comes with a neck cord so safety glasses are within easy reach.

The T71 meets VO Ballistic Standards MIL-PRF-3103 for law enforcement, first responders, and workers who need additional protection because of their dangerous work environments. Additional comfort is provided by the dual mold rubber temples and adjustable rubber nosepiece.

The T72 has a progressive, bayonet-styled lens and non-slip temples and a soft rubber nosepiece for a secure, comfortable fit. The T72 is available in clear, smoke, amber, and copper lenses. Copper lenses block blue light and are ideal for workers who work outdoors in medium to bright conditions where sunlight and glare cause eye strain and fatigue.

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

Radians® is a Memphis, TN-based manufacturer of quality safety eyewear, RadWear™ high visibility apparel, rainwear, hearing protection, performance gloves, head gear, cooling products, heated jackets, and lens cleaning systems. Radians has partnered with highly respected companies, including 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, Wareham, MA, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit www.Radians.com.

 

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Explore the New ANSI/ISEA 107 2015 Standard for High-Visibility Apparel With a White Paper from Radians

February 16, 2016, Posted in News

PRESS RELEASE


MEMPHIS, TN—February 15, 2016—Radians, a leading manufacturer of high-visibility apparel and other high performance safety products, has several members on the ISEA product group who played a significant role in drafting the new ANSI/ISEA 107 2015 Standard for High-Visibility Apparel and Accessories.

ISEA recently announced the new standard, and the official standard document can be ordered online by visiting ISEA at www.Radians.com.

Several changes have been added to expand the types of High-Visibility Safety Apparel (HVSA) available in order to more effectively address a wider variety of Struck by Vehicle hazards. If you want to explore the key five revisions of the new High-Visibility Apparel standard, click here to download the Radians White Paper. Just click on the White Paper, follow the instructions, and a complimentary White Paper will be emailed to you.

If you have questions about the new standard, you can consult with a Radians safety specialists by calling toll free 1-877-723-4267, or email your question to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit www.radians.com.

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Radians® is a Memphis, TN-based manufacturer of quality safety eyewear, RadWear™ high visibility apparel, rainwear, hearing protection, performance gloves, head gear, cooling products, heated jackets, and lens cleaning systems. Radians has partnered with highly respected companies including 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, Wareham, MA, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit www.Radians.com

Radians New Passage Eyewear to Play Pivotal Role in Safety Programs

February 09, 2016, Posted in News

MEMPHIS, TN—February 9, 2016—Radians® has developed Passage™, an innovative safety glass that was designed to be an economical safety solution while adding extra features for worker adoption rate.

According to Shannon Owens, Radians VP of Eyewear Development, “Passage will play a pivotal role in safety programs because it will satisfy the standard demands of the safety manager, the price demands of purchasing, and the comfort and style demands of the end-user. Patterned after the success of the Radians Mirage safety glasses, Passage maintains Mirage value pricing while significantly enhancing style and comfort. The extended style lens provides added wraparound and it’s a great looking safety glass.”

Passage has a lightweight frame and slim, flexible temples with rubber temple pads for a comfortable, non-slip fit. It is an ANSI Z87.1+ safety glass that offers 99.9% UV protection, and the impact resistant polycarbonate lens has been treated with a hard coat to prevent scratching. Available in clear, clear anti-fog, smoke, and indoor/outdoor lenses, Passage comes with an attachable neck cord so safety glasses are always conveniently within reach. Two-color custom imprinting is also available on the lens or temples.

For more information on what the Radians Passage can do for your safety program, please consult with a Radians safety specialist at 1-877-723-4267 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Radians extensive line of PPE is sold through authorized distributors and their full line can be viewed at www.Radians.com.

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Radians® is a Memphis, TN-based manufacturer of quality safety eyewear, RadWear™ high visibility apparel, rainwear, hearing protection, performance gloves, head gear, cooling products, heated jackets, and lens cleaning systems. Radians has partnered with highly respected companies including 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, Wareham, MA, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit www.Radians.com.

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