2019 Readers' Choice Awards Winners: Best PPE, safety equipment products
ISHN Magazine recognizes the most innovative personal protection equipment and occupational health and safety products of 2019
May 13, 2019
For the 7th year in a row, ISHN held its annual Readers' Choice Awards to find the best occupational health and safety products from 2019. Thousands of ISHN subscribers voted online for their favorite personal protective equipment (PPE) and safety equipment suppliers. The categories were selected from all major PPE types, including safety equipment, eye protection, fall protection, respiratory protection, and more.
All category winners will receive recognition in ISHN media and a commemorative award. Voting for this contest ran from March 1 to April 30 of 2019, and lucky voters received gift cards during the voting process.
Product categories are listed in alphabetical order. Click on winner name for more information.
2019 Readers' Choice Winners List
Apparel - Arc Flash/Flame Resistant-
40 CAL ArcGuard® REVOLITE™ Lift Front ArcFlash Hood With Light - H65NPQH40LFL
National Safety Apparel’s 40 cal ArcGuard® RevoLite™ lift front arc flash hood is the solution to comfortable arc flash head protection with light to lead the way. Our lift front shield allows easy access to fresh air while out of the hazard zone without removing the hood. The PureView™ faceshield features an anti-fog and scratch resistant coating, the curved shield ensures a greater range of visibility. A mounting clip and flashlight attach accordingly and permits lifting the faceshield for fresh air. Ease of wear and comfort make this lift front hood the protection you want for 40 cal head protection.
Apparel - High Visibility-
VIZABLE FR HI-VIS DUAL HAZARD T-SHIRT - TYPE R CLASS 3 - TEEY2LSPC3
Flash fire and arc flash protection has never been so comfortable. The VIZABLE® FR HI-VIS dual hazard t-shirt features a hi-vis flame resistant soft knit blend that delivers comfort and protection in the field. The contrast grey rib knit and chest pocket has the style and functionality you’re looking for, and 3M™ Scotchlite™ FR segmented reflective ensures visibility on the job. A tagless neckline with smooth covered neck and shoulder seams work together with the soft knit keeps you comfortable from start to quitting time.
Flame-resistant Apparel - Shirts-
TECGEN FR Tacoma Heavyweight Zip Front Hoodie - C21IB12
The TECGEN FR Tacoma heavyweight fleece provides heavyweight warmth and stands up to harsh conditions. The 16 oz modacrylic blend fleece features a distressed leather print that hides stains and a premium ribknit waistband offers more durability and keeps everything in place while bending and reaching. Inherently FR, the flame resistant protection will not wash out. The hood features premium drawstring and toggles and fits over a hard hat. UL certified to NFPA 2112 for flash fire and compliant to NFPA 70E, the TECGEN FR Tacoma sweatshirt delivers the protection, comfort and warmth you're looking for.
Protective Clothing (Non-FR)-
ATA® PreventWear™ Pullover P145SP-HVB-UV-3CM-TH
Created for glass manufacturing, this ATA® PreventWear™ pullover delivers significant cut and abrasion resistance. Across the abdomen the cut score is ANSI A6. Arteries in the neck and forearms are ANSI A5. The upper chest, back and biceps score ANSI A4. Bright orange upper sleeves increase visibility and safety awareness. Ribbed cuffs and thumb loops hold sleeves in place, protecting the wrists. And it’s comfortable: the fabric stretches and breathes. Comfort Collar protects the neck and cools the skin. Vented armpits and a mesh back release body heat, making it lighter weight and easier to wear. Made in the USA.
5 Star Australian Innovation... Eye Muffs combine safety goggles and ear cushions, providing excellent protection against eye injuries and high-frequency noise. Designed by industry professionals, EYE MUFFS is a product of Reptiler Pty Ltd. A company that prides itself in safety first!
Eye/Face Protection - Plano Safety Spectacles-
Silverton Safety Eyewear
Answering a market need for better foam-lined, hybrid eye protection, Gateway Safety introduces Silverton™ safety eyewear. Silverton provides two product options for dust protection: one version with temples and one with a head strap. Silverton also features Gateway Safety’s revolutionary OptiFit™ foam, a soft, tapered foam that provides better protection around the eyes. Plus it is independently, third-party tested by UL to meet ANSI Z87+ and CSA Z94.3, and meets the ballistics impact section of the military standard.
PIG® Spill Kit in Large High-Visibility Cart PIG® Spill Kit in Large High-Visibility Cart
Wheeled cart with swing-out doors and flip-top lid that offers instant access to spill response supplies. Available in Universal, HazMat and Oil Only options, the Kit's doors and lid open for full access. Supplies are prepacked and thoughtfully organized so responders can find what they need without digging through or dumping the kit. More: 8" rear wheels roll easily over uneven surfaces; front swivel casters allow cart to pivot without tipping back. Includes: PIG Mat, PIG Absorbent Socks, Mat Pads, Loose Absorbent, Wipers & PPE Lockable cart features adjustable shelves and built-in door pocket for documents and instructions
Emergency Response - Showers & eyewash stations-
Heat Trace Showers with Halo™ Technology
Bradley Heat Trace Showers with Halo™ Technology provide safe and fast eye wash and emergency shower relief in the most extreme, frigid environments. The new heat trace cable is engineered to protect units from freezing down to -50° F/-46° C. Model S19-304 Series is insulated and equipped with a freeze protection valve to ensure continual flow of water in case of power failure in cold temperatures. Certified to ANSI/ISEA Z358.1 and cCSAus listed, and meets NEMA 4X standard.
Pelican 3345 Flashlight
As an early innovator in the safety certified lighting industry, Pelican is at it again with the introduction of the Pelican™ 3345 LED flashlight as its first with a variable light sensor. Instantly adjusting brightness to its surroundings, it is safety certified (Class I, II, III, Division 1/IECEx ia) and packed with 'must-have' technology for all those working in hazardous environments. Additional features include: Dual Beams (Spot and Flood), Industry Leading Legendary Guarantee of Excellence, Powered by three economical AA alkaline batteries, Full Time Battery Level Indication, and Integrated Clip
PIG® Grippy® Adhesive-Backed Berber Entrance Mat
Keep floors safe and capture dirt and liquid with the world's first adhesive-backed mat — New Pig's carpeted absorbent runner in Berber texture comes in multiple colors and sizes. Adhesive-backed mat stays in place: no bunching, shifting, curling or flipping. Sticks to most commercial floor surfaces. Berber texture and colors complement modern upscale lobbies and vestibules. ADA compliant for wheelchairs and walkers. Tested and Certified by the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI): when used as part of your floor safety program, high-traction surfaces such as PIG Grippy Mat have been proven to reduce slip-and-fall claims by as much as 90%
Slips and Falls Protection - Walking traction-
Superior grip and stability on ice and snow. Designed to provide versatile traction for workers who frequently move from outdoors to indoors as the cleat can easily and quickly flipped to the top of the boot. Hi-Vis and reflective strap provides increased visibility in all work conditions. Replaceable straps and cleats also available. Brass non-sparking cleats are also available which makes the MidCleat versatile in all work environments.
Training - Safety Training-
Facility Results / NFPA 70E 2 Hour Training Program
Facility Results’ NFPA 70E Training Program focuses on the practical application of the standard and emphasizes best practices for identifying and avoiding the hazards associated with arc flash. These best practices have the potential to save lives, can prevent disabling personnel injuries and damage to buildings and equipment, and help your organization meet OSHA training obligations.
The Malta Dynamics Mobile Grabber Fall Protection System provides companies the capability to place up to five workers in fall arrest with overhead anchor points – anytime, anywhere. The XSERIES meets OSHA fall protection codes, and has been validated by an independent third party testing laboratory.
Fall Protection - Harnesses-
KNAACK® Safety Kage™
The KNAACK® Safety Kage™ cabinet is a one-stop-shop for jobsite safety. The interior of the cabinet houses ample secure storage space for all types of fall protection and personal protection equipment, including hooks for harnesses and shelves for items such as hard hats, gloves and dust masks. The exterior doors of the cabinet feature protected storage for a first aid kit, fire extinguisher, and personal eye wash station. The green color of the Safety Kage™ stands out as a high visibility identifier for workers to locate in the event of an emergency, keeping equipment easily accessible when needed.
Fall Protection - Self Retracting Lifeline-
Max Patrol™ Leading Edge Self Retracting Lifeline (SRL)
The Werner R4100 Max Patrol™ Leading Edge Self Retracting Lifeline (SRL) combines freedom of movement performance with a fall arrest mechanism designed to minimize clearance requirements. Designed for use in leading edge applications, it allows for line-lock performance. Its features include an impact-resistant polymer housing with swivel top, a carrying handle for easy transport, and a shock pack cover to aid inspection. Each unit in the series has a 3/16 inch galvanized steel cable, and is available in three lengths: 20ft., 30ft. and 65ft. It meets both ANSI Class A and OSHA Standards for safety.
Today’s hard-working men and women in safety face a variety of on-the-job challenges each day. The new KEEN Utility Detroit XT brings the next generation of stability and comfort with its KEEN.Key-Tech Flex technology. Crafted from durable waterproof leather with the KEEN.Dry® waterproof membrane, this boot delivers breathable waterproof protection that allows vapor out without letting water in. The Detroit XT is built for comfort without sacrificing safety and features an asymmetrical safety toe design that provides a roomier toe box and unobtrusive fit.
The Honeywell BW™ Ultra is a five-gas detector from Honeywell designed specifically for sampling and monitoring confined spaces, before and after entry. It benefits from unmatched sensor technology, visibility on gas readings, comfort, and connectivity – even in most extreme working conditions. The Honeywell BW™ Ultra simultaneously detects the four gases companies are required to monitor in confined spaces, plus allows for a fifth sensor (of one's choice), creating a fifth level of protection for confined-space entries. It boasts the industry's largest, easy-to-view screen (in relation to unit size), and remote monitoring.
Industrial Hygiene - Compliance-
VariBlast® Compact Safety Air Gun
EXAIR’s new VariBlast® Compact Safety Air Guns are a small and lightweight cast aluminum air gun capable of handling tough jobs. Because of the engineered variable flow trigger they are able to produce light, medium or heavy force upon a target simply by pulling the trigger. This comfortable and ergonomic air gun has two ¼ NPT air inlets and a storage hanger for convenience. Air consumption is only 10-17.5 SCFM, depending on the nozzle installed. It is capable of producing up to one pound of force, making it a great choice for light to medium duty applications.
Industrial Hygiene - Fixed Permanent Systems-
FILTAIR® SWX with ZoneFlow™ Technology
The FILTAIR® SWX with ZoneFlow™ Technology fume extraction system is designed specifically to capture weld fumes. This powerful high volume system features ZoneFlow™ technology giving it a larger capture zone than traditional fume capture units, up to five feet away. THe FILTAIR® SWX with ZoneFlow™ is ideal for fabrication shops, manufacturing and training centers, or areas that need filtration but do not have extensive floor space.
Industrial Hygiene - Service-Oriented Single Gas Portables-
Honeywell BW™ Solo brings a whole new level of serviceability ease and intelligence to the single-gas detector category, with BLE connectivity that provides real-time visibility into the status and safety of hazardous-area workers, helping companies respond faster, more knowingly and decisively to safety incidents. It was designed for user-friendly operation (one button); easy-to-read display for multiple languages; lightweight convenience; and easy maintenance/serviceability. It is the easiest single-gas detector to service on the market, with extensive selection of sensors and sensor swap-out that takes seconds. It is compatible with Honeywell's IntelliDoX docking/charging/calibration station, which simplifies instrument management, datalogging and records-keeping/administrative tasks.
There isn’t much this versatile glove can’t do. Designed to protect against a wide variety of chemicals while providing excellent grip in oily and wet conditions, this glove also offers back-of-hand impact protection in a high visibility color; excellent cut protection (ANSI A4); puncture protection (ANSI 2); extended gauntlet cuffs for superior hand and arm coverage; and an ergonomic shape to reduce hand fatigue and encourage day-long wear. For a chemical resistant glove that goes the extra mile, this glove can’t be beat.
Magid’s D-ROC® GPD482 AeroDex™ Work Glove is the lightest cut A4 glove ever! AeroDex is a first-to-market, lightweight shell technology that is over 50% lighter than a comparable Cut A4. The flexibility and dexterity AeroDex provides means that workers can perform jobs that require extreme tactile sensitivity without removing their gloves. Plus, AeroDex is specially engineered to make your hands feel cooler than a comparable cut resistant glove. This kind of comfort and dexterity is what keeps the gloves on the hands and keeps your people working efficiently.
Hand Protection - General (All Purpose)-
They’re coated. Cut resistant. And actually generate heat! With foam nitrile palm and ANSI A2 cut protection, PIONIR-ATAND-13 gloves are first-rate work gloves. High dexterity, thanks to ATA® fiber technology. And delivering a reliable grip on wet and dry surfaces via foam nitrile palms. What’s absolutely breakthrough is this: PIONIR gloves warm the hands – as much as 18o F warmer – without heat packs or batteries. The power comes from ATA® PioNIR™ technology. When exposed to Sun and certain indoor lighting, the glove fiber absorbs near infrared rays and converts them into heat. The ultimate cold weather safety glove.
Magid’s D-ROC® DXG48 TriTek Palm Coated Work Gloves give you the greatest oil grip you’ve ever experienced! The revolutionary new TriTek Palm™ Coating absorbs oil on the outside yet repels it on the inside to strengthen grip and minimize saturation in heavy liquid and oil applications. TriTek delivers over twice the abrasion resistance of other palm coatings, while maintaining dexterity and flexibility. And all of this comes on a DX Technology™ Shell, so you get the gripping power of TriTek plus a Cut A4 coreless shell for non-irritating, lightweight comfort. Get the grip no other glove can beat with TriTek!
Hand Protection - Impact Resistant-
Designed to provide ultimate comfort and eliminate snag hazards, this innovative new glove has back-of-hand protection concealed beneath the outer layer, built seamlessly into the glove. In addition, this versatile glove features incredible cut-resistant properties (ANSI A8); a PVC shell to protect from chemical hazards; puncture resistance (ANSI 4); a texturized palm for a superior grip in wet or oily conditions; an extended gauntlet cuff to protect against spills, splashes, and submersion; and it is fully machine washable.
The AirPro SecurePlus Baseball Bump Cap combines the lightweight and flexible 2-piece AirPro insert with a redesigned outer cap for the most comfortable head protection solution yet.
Head Protection - Welding Helmets-
Crystal2.0 welding helmet
The new optrel crystal2.0 welding helmet with Crystal 2.0 Lens Technology (CLT2.0) offers the clearest optical clarity for welders before, during, and after welding. Traditionally, glare-protection features on welding helmets hamper a welder’s safety and productivity with a clouded and falsified view of the environment and workpiece. The crystal2.0 delivers 31% visible light transmission in its light state (Protection Level 2.0) — setting a new world record for best brightness and breaking the record optrel itself set three years ago. The crystal2.0’s true color perception is also industry-leading.
The HL400 dispenser has been designed to accommodate dispensing the full line of Howard Leight disposable foam uncorded earplugs. The HL400 has been engineered to be lightweight and durable with a unique feature where the dispenser knob rotates in both directions – for easy earplug dispensing. Better yet, refilling and mounting the dispenser are just as easy.The HL400 dispenser is all about choice; from which earplugs to select, to how to refill the dispenser, and where the dispenser will be placed in your facility.
The new TruAir P100 disposable respirator from Gateway Safety offers a revolutionary compact size and exceptional comfort. Typical P100 respirators are big and bulky due to the level of protection they provide. The new TruAir P100 from Gateway Safety is NIOSH approved, guaranteeing its level of protection, yet offers a smaller size and lighter weight to make it one of the most comfortable P100 respirators available. Dual, adjustable, cloth head straps provide a custom fit and an exhalation vent reduces hot air buildup for easier breathing.
Respiratory Protection - PAPR-
Primair 800 Series Welding Helmet
Unlike other welding helmets, Honeywell North’s PAPR welding solution is designed to reduce work interruptions and maximize productivity. The shield-less system eliminates the
need to flip up the ADF to grind. Just push a button, and keep working.
Respiratory Protection - Supplied air-
Supplied Air Respirator
The Supplied Air Respirator provides industrial protection against weld fume and heat stress. Paired with the T94i-R™ industrial grade respiratory helmet, this system reduces strain on the neck and lower back with its well-balanced, lightweight design. Combined with the C50 air regulator, this system can also cool the air entering the helmet up to 50 degrees Fahrenheit, ultimately increasing all-day wear and comfort for enhanced productivity.
Unlike traditional heavy duty soaps and hand cleaners, Solopol® GFX™ is guaranteed to remove the toughest dirt, grease and grime without damaging your skin. Solopol® GFX™ is an environmentally responsible product that does not contain dangerous solvents or pumice, safe guarding against dry, cracked skin. Its rich, foamy lather covers the skin better than traditional heavy duty cleaners so you get a more complete wash. And, it rinses away quickly without clogging your drains.
Data Collection & Analysis - Predictive analytics-
Cority Analytics harnesses the science of prediction to reduce workplace safety incidents. Using Cority Analytics, EHS professionals can leverage advanced modeling tools to delve deeper into their data to better understand why incidents occur and where to focus their efforts to reduce risk and improve program performance. Key capabilities include: What-If Analysis - enables users to see the impact and cost of different variables on the risk of injury. Third Party Integrations - measures and benchmarks against safety data for over 100 countries. Data Quality Score - assesses the accuracy, completeness, and timeliness of EHS information
Data Collection & Analysis - Software-
Remark Office OMR v10
Automate your data collection from BBS observations, training assessments, checklists,, audits, and other safety forms. Create and print your own forms. Scan completed forms with any image scanner, multifunction printer or mobile scanning app (anything that can create a suitable image file (PDF, TIFF, JPG). Remark Office OMR provides ultimate flexibility in your form design and scanning hardware. Analyze your forms with the built-in reports or export data to your safety management system, database or other reporting tools.
EHS Management Software
Process Hazard Analysis
Cority's Process Hazard Analysis solution enables EHS professionals to properly identify and analyze risks throughout their organization's operations, drive continuous improvement by minimizing or mitigating these risks, streamline assessment processes, and ensure compliance with process safety management requirements.
MSDSonline Chemical Management Solution
Updates to the MSDSonline Chemical Management Solution now give users greater control than ever to streamline chemical management and simplify hazard communication compliance. The completely redesigned platform – with over 350 new and improved features – improve overall system usability and help streamline employee right-to-know access to SDSs, chemical inventory management and regulatory reporting compliance with the latest regulatory updates from GHS, OSHA and WHMIS. Enhanced mobile functionality and access to the MSDSonline SDS/Chemical Management Mobile App enable safety professionals and frontline workers to access and manage SDSs and chemical information, even in remote locations where internet connectivity is limited.
Smart PPE - PPE for tracking-
With the new Honeywell BW™ Connect, hundreds of companies around the world can instantly transform their dependable BW gas detectors into wireless gas monitoring devices. The BW Connect adapter can be attached quickly to current detectors and paired with any available smartphone via Bluetooth®. An easy-to-use, cost-effective addition, compatible with the Honeywell Safety Communicator App, Honeywell BW Connect grants real-time visibility of worker safety status to remote stakeholders. The unit sets up easily and seamlessly integrates with the Safety Communicator App to provide enhanced situational awareness,and enable faster emergency response.
Wearables - Exposure monitors-
The New TSI SidePak AM520i Monitor provides real-time monitoring of respirable dust exposure in potentially explosive or volatile environments. Measuring PM10, PM4 (respirable), PM2.5, PM1 and 0.8µm for diesel particulate matter (DPM) exposures, this latest product from TSI combines proven direct reading measurement technology, personal portability, data-logging, and long-running batteries with globally recognized certifications for use in environments requiring intrinsically safe instrumentation. Now respirable dust and aerosol exposure can be monitored almost anywhere to help keep workers safer everywhere including environments that have the potential of containing gases, vapors and fumes.
ON DEMAND: Hand injuries are the #1 preventable injury in the workplace. Despite plentiful PPE, preventable hand injuries still occur at very high rates among industries where sub-contractors are a key part of the workforce.