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Radians Introduces New Colors in Their Ladies Range Line

November 08, 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 added two popular colors, coral and aqua, to its ladies range series, which includes hearing protection and safety glasses.

According to Wes Miller, Director of Sales for Sporting Goods, "Women are the fastest growing segment of gun owners in the United States. While they enjoy both sport and leisure shooting, many are simply looking at gun ownership as a means of extra security and protection. Increased enrollment in gun safety courses, range use and gun permits for women means more females want PPE that fits their size and their style while providing maximum comfort and protection.

"Until recently, girls with guns had very limited choices in the colors of their safety gear," says Miller. Our new Ladies PPE Gear gives the female shooter and huntress new color choices in addition to traditional pink."

The Radians Lowset™ low profile, compact folding earmuffs (NRR21) will be sold individually and are now available in a coral/charcoal combination or an aqua/charcoal combination.

Matching ladies range eyewear that complies with ANSI Z87.1+ standards are also sold individually and are designed with a smaller frame to provide a better fit for ladies and youth. The eyewear features sporty, flexible dual molded temple arms for maximum comfort, an adjustable rubber nosepiece for a custom fit, a scratch resistant hard coat, and 99.9% UVA / UVB protection.

A Lowset Range Combo kit in aqua is also available. The kit includes both the earmuff and safety glass and is ideal for new female shooters who are in the market for both ear and eye protection.

Radians new Ladies PPE Gear line can be found at sporting goods outlets 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.

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

Your Eyes Are Amazing—They Deserve Quality PPE

November 08, 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."



SOURCE: www.ohsonline.com

How to Combat Fogging, the Number One Complaint from Safety Eyewear Users

November 08, 2017, Posted in News

Written by Michael Bolden

Worker Wearing PPE, Including Glasses Demonstrating Anti-Fogging Properties

 

Takeaway: Safety glasses with lens coatings containing the latest anti-fog technology are the surest way to combat fogging.

Fogging is the number one complaint of safety eyewear users. And it's entirely understandable. Dealing with fogged eyewear is not only very frustrating, but also presents a major safety hazard. The fogging effect on lenses can obscure workers’ vision, making them incapable of clearly seeing the dangers around them and leaving them vulnerable to a wide range of life-threatening accidents and injuries.

Workers who deal with the problem by removing their fogged eyewear to see better are in no better of a situation. Without the protection it affords, they run the risk of suffering an eye injury from airborne particulate matter, splashing from chemicals, or falling objects. They also become exposed to harmful visible and invisible light, which can cause loss of vision.

Thankfully, there are things workers and employers can do to minimize fogging and prevent the incidents that result from it.

What Causes Lenses to Fog?

Fogging can result from a number of different causes, but in all cases it's a matter of humidity and temperature, whether from the environment or the workers themselves.

Environmental Heat and Humidity

Hot, humid environments are the leading cause of lens fogging. Moisture in the air causes tiny droplets of water to collect everywhere on the lens—the same process that causes a glass of cold water to “sweat” in the sun. The closer the ambient temperature comes to the dew point coupled with a strong relative humidity, the higher the likelihood that lenses will fog.

Worker Exertion

Even if the environment is kept cool, chances are the workers who use eye protection have a job that involves physical exertion, which raises their body temperature. When body temperature increases, more sweat is produced, especially around the eyes and face. Instead of dissipating into the atmosphere, that moisture condenses and causes fogging on the inside surface of the lens, especially with sealed eyewear that restricts ventilation and newer wrap-around models that are so prevalent in the market today.

The Trouble with Fogged Eyewear

We mentioned the safety hazards in the opening paragraphs, but fogged eyewear can also cause problems for productivity and compliance.

Productivity

When a worker's eyewear fogs up, they have no choice but to remove it and wipe it clear. These small interruptions in the work process can really add up over the course of a shift, leading to a significant decrease in productivity.

Workers who are required to wear respirators and safety eyewear at the same time often encounter fogging complications. These workers should be given safety eyewear with long lasting and durable anti-fog coatings that fight moisture by absorbing it into the coating itself, and dispersing it in larger drops that be seen through.

Compliance

Fogging is frustrating, so it's not uncommon for workers to avoid wearing their safety eyewear throughout a portion of their workday. Not only does this increase their risk of injury, but it's also not in compliance with safety regulations, which can result in steep penalties.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, workplace eye injuries due to non-compliance cost employers an estimated $467 million annually in direct costs, and $934 million per year in indirect costs, such as legal fees and new worker training.

What Can Workers Do?

If you're a worker who struggles with fogging, here is one simple but effective solution you can consider: choose a different style of eyewear.

If possible, choose a style of eyewear that allows more air to flow around the lens, which will reduce the potential for fogging.

What Can Employers Do?

If you're an employer, OSHA says it's your responsibility to make sure that your workers are safe in the workplace or on the job. That means doing more than just providing them with personal protective equipment and calling it a day.

If your workers are experiencing fogging frustrations, here are some steps you can take:

  • Introduce the dangers of fogging as part of heat stress training and give workers advice on how to deal with fogged lenses
  • Give workers safety eyewear with anti-fog lenses, or train them on how to select the most appropriate anti-fog eyewear (see Employee Rights: What PPE Does My Employer Need to Provide? to learn more about your duty to provide adequate safety equipment).
  • Make sure workers know the importance of staying compliant and are well aware of the penalties for not putting on safety eyewear while on the job
  • Specifically recommend eyewear with Super Hydrophilic Anti-Fog Coating—it lasts longer than standard hydrophobic coatings. Both hydrophilic and hydrophobic anti-fog coatings absorb moisture and disperse it. Hydrophobic coatings are soap-based and have a low tolerance to chemicals, oils, and regular cleaning. Hydrophobic coatings will disappear over a shorter period of time compared to eyewear with hydrophilic coatings that last five to seven times longer.

Combat Fogging and Prevent Serious Eye Injuries

Workplace injuries can occur in the blink of an eye—literally—and fogged lenses can be a contributing factor. While there are many simple and effective solutions to address the problem, the most efficient way is to simply prevent the problem from occurring in the first place by using safety eyewear with the latest and most effective anti-fog technology.



SOURCE: Safeopedia

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

November 08, 2017, Posted in News

IQuity

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 http://bit.ly/2prcDbS.

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 www.radians.com.



SOURCE: www.ishn.com

Radians Call Sign Bravo and Echo

November 08, 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 www.radians.com 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..



SOURCE: www.theoutdoorwire.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.

 

SOURCE: ISHN.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.

Radians is Packing the Pink To Support the Growing Number of Female Shooters and Hunters

November 26, 2012, Posted in News

PRESS RELEASE

 

 

MEMPHIS, TN—November 20, 2012—A recent survey by the National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA) reports amazing growth in female participation in hunting and shooting.  According to the NSGA survey, “72 percent more women are hunting with firearms today than just five years ago.” Hunting with a bow and arrow is up 176 percent (thank you Hunger Games!) and shooting with a handgun is up 33 percent.

The survey reports that “3 million women now hunt and over 5 million women enjoy shooting.” To support the growing number of female shooters and hunters, Radians is developing a pink safety line for women that includes eye, ear, and hand protection. Some of the products in the women’s line include:

  • X-TREME™ Anti-Fog Women’s Shooting Glass  (MSRP $15.49)
  • Pink custom molded ear plugs (MSRP $14.99)
  • Lowset™  pink passive earmuffs (MSRP $19.99)
  • Pink Pro-Amp™ electronic earmuffs (MSRP $99.99)
  • Pink Shooter’s kit (shooting glass and earmuff combo (MSRP $24.99)
  • Pink Shooting Gloves (available 2013--MSRP $12.99)


When designing the products for women, Radians considers the differences in female anatomy. For example, their eyewear frames for women are 10% smaller than those made for men, providing the perfect size for women. Although the eyewear styles are more feminine, they are fully functional when it comes to meeting and exceeding ANSI Z87.1+ Standards for safety.

For more information about Radians quality personal protective products for shooters and hunters, including their ladies and youth lines, call 1-877-RADIANS or visit their website at www.Radians.com or their Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/RadiansPPE.

ISHN included Radians Extremis Safety Glass in their September Product Update. Thank you to ISHN for the coverage!

October 02, 2012, Posted in News

www.ishn.com

With a soft, foam protective liner and all the safety benefits of an ANSI Z87.1+ certified safety glass, Radians new Extremis™ eyewear goes to extremes to provide workplace safety, comfort and style both indoors and outdoors. Features include an anti-fog coating, a scratch-resistant hardcoat, 99.9 percent UVA/UVB protection, and a foam-lined frame to protect against dust and flying debris.

Source: ISHN

http://www.ishn.com/articles/94001-safety-glasses

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