PPE

Inventor of Kevlar dies at 90

Ultra strong fiber revolutionized hand protection, other products

Stephanie Kwolek, the DuPont chemist best known for inventing Kevlar, died June 18 at the age of 90. Kevlar is considered a “happy accident” within the scientific community. Kwolek and her colleagues at DuPont were attempting to develop a strong synthetic fiber that could be used in tires when she noticed a mixture of a polymer and a solvent that appeared cloudy – quite different from the usual translucent appearance of conventional polymer solutions.


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"Active visibility" work gloves emit a bright glow

Everyone recognizes the brightly colored and reflective material apparel worn by roadway crews, on construction sites and in manufacturing plants.


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How to determine the durability of hand protection

Abrasion resistance ratings are often used to evaluate the durability of a glove — that is, how long a glove will last in the field, when used for a variety of tasks.


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Improved power line protection: Comply with OSHA's new arc-rated clothing rules

On April 11, 2014, OSHA published in the Federal Register the final rule revising 29 CFR 1910.269 and 1926 Subpart V standards governing workplace safety in electric power generation, transmission and distribution work.


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Protect oil & gas workers from noise, confined spaces, respiratory & fall risks

From 2003 to 2010, 823 oil and gas extraction workers were killed on the job — a fatality rate seven times greater than the rate for all U.S. industries


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Specialized fall protection for unique at-height work situations

When people think about what it means to work at height, the first image that typically comes to mind is commercial construction


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Tips to protect highway workers from the neck up

Each year during peak construction season, approximately 20 percent of America’s highway system is under construction, according to the National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse.


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New Victor Arcair “Boot” design features a robust, secure power/air connection on its K-Series torch cable assemblies

Victor Arcair “boot” design withstands the routine abuse found in shop and field applications

­ Victor TechnologiesTM has announced it has introduced an improved ­Victor®Arcair® “boot” design that encapsulates the electrical connection between the torch and weld cable and eliminates the chance of accidental arcing.


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What PPE to use when cleaning out radioactive room at nuke site?

Workers at Hanford Site helped select equipment, develop training

When workers enter the hazardous and historic McCluskey Room at the Hanford Site this summer, they will be safer due to their preparation and involvement in planning and training for the job.


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What exactly is arc flash testing and why do I need it?

It's a reasonable question. If you don't know what it is, how can you know if you need it or not? Arc flash testing is the process of determining the arc rating for materials and equipment to be used in electrical hazardous environments. Arc ratings are important in assisting companies and manufacturers in staying compliant with OSHA regulations and in keeping their workforce safe in a potential arc flash situation.


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Eye Injuries: You rarely see them coming. Practical Solutions for reducing injuries to the eye.

The 3M Eye Injury Reduction webinar will provide an examination of how to help solve eye injuries in the workplace. This issue continues to challenge virtually every industry, and the solution is often times multifaceted. 3M will share some new tools and approaches to help you in solving this issue.

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