2020 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 2020
July 14, 2020
For the 8th year in a row, ISHN held its annual Readers' Choice Awards to find the best occupational health and safety products from 2020. 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 April 1 to June 19 of 2020, and lucky voters received gift cards during the voting process.
Product categories are listed in alphabetical order. Click on winner name for more information.
2020 Readers' Choice Winners List
PIG Water Absorbent Mats
PIG Water Absorbent Mat Pads are designed to instantly soak up small pools and puddles of water caused by weather events, system breakdowns, spills, condensation, container overflows and more. The mats pull in large volumes of water to help prevent equipment and structure damage as well as slip and fall injuries. A tough, spunbond top layer holds the mat together so it won’t rip or fall apart when picking up, handling or disposing of. Available as pads, in a dispenser box and perforated roll, the mats can be wrung and reused during a single water spill clean-up.
Saf-T-Gard® Voltgard® RESCUE-8T Telescopic Insulated Rescue Body Hook
Designed to comply with OSHA 1910.269(j) for the construction of live line tools and OSHA 1926.957 for the use of live line tools, the innovative Saf-T-Gard® Voltgard® RESCUE-8T Telescopic Insulated Rescue Body Hook is coated and heat treated with an 18” opening and mounted on an 8’ telescopic fiberglass handle to safely withdraw injured personnel from confined spaces, in vaults, near electrical cabinets or switch gear. The unique telescopic handle design collapses to a compact overall length of 43” to conveniently fit inside a standard shipping carton
(43” x 20” x 2”) to simplify storing and save on transporting/shipping costs.
New Venom® Black face protection provides serious protection against workplace hazards. The new and improved Venom headgear offers several customizable features, including an adjustment knob on each side to move any attached visor into three different positions. In addition, a rotating ratchet system slides easily and comfortably over the nape of the neck. The entire unit is ultra-comfortable, with a cloth brow pad at the front to absorb perspiration and a cushioned pad on the back. Venom Black can be paired with Venom visors, which offer a unique, contoured design with improved coverage over traditional style visors.
Eye/Face Protection- Plano safety glasses
Gateway Safety RibbonCandy Safety Glasses
RibbonCandy™ safety eyewear comes in ten differently colored temples to allow employees to choose their “flavor” of protection for the day. Plus, these safety glasses feature patented “ribbon” temples to create a natural flex point for all-day comfort. RibbonCandy is incredibly lightweight, all-around impact protection, weighing just 0.8 ounces. Independently tested and certified by Underwriters Laboratories to meet ANSI Z87.1+ and offers 99.9% UV-A, B and C protection. Also meets ballistic impact resistance requirements for eyewear in US Military Performance Specification MIL PRF-32432 (GL).
The Squids® 3186 Iron/Steel Worker Tool Tethering Kit contains ANSI/ISEA 121-2018 certified tool attachment and tool lanyard solutions specific to tools commonly used by iron and steel workers working at heights. It includes product solutions and straightforward instructions for tethering spud wrenches, hammers, tape measures, sleever bars, folding tapes, pliers, bolt cutters, cordless impact drills/drivers, gloves and hard hats.
SelectFlex®--The world’s only Dynamic Arch Control Insole with 3 selectable support levels specifically designed to improve workforce health.
SelectFlex orthotics biomechanically conform to individual arch geometry within 3 stiffness/arch height settings. A key-turn dynamically lifts the foot into alignment with the body and corrects abnormal pronation. Unlike static inserts, wearers can choose levels for each foot or type of activity. At 1/4 the cost of custom-made orthotics, SelectFlex adjustable arch insoles help prevent injuries caused by overpronation, poor alignment, or other lower extremity issues. SelectFlex leverages a portfolio of patented assistive human augmentation technologies that deliver long-term therapeutic benefits.
The KONG® A5 Chemical Impact is a 13-gauge HPPE/Glass/Steel Cut-Resistant Knit with a full-dip nitrile base coating & full-dip sandy nitrile outer coating and knit cuff. But what sets it apart is the patented high visibility impact design. IVE™ maximizes hand and finger visibility at a distance through increased contrast, brightness, fluorescence and pattern recognition. The unique, but familiar pattern, is easily recognizable at a distance, even when dirty or in low-light environments.
Hand Protection - Cut Resistant-
Command™ A7 Insulated (SKC4SNW2)
The Command™ A7 Insulated, a Cut-Resistant glove with a Touchscreen infused palm double-dipped sandy nitrile ¾ coating glove, 13-gauge HPPE/Steel Shell and 10 gauge acrylic insulation. A color coded reinforced saddle shows glove cut level.
Constructed using a soft, grain goatskin leather and proprietary V-GRIPS® coating covering the palm, index finger and thumb for a grip that won’t quit, the Saf-T-Gard® Voltgard® V GRIPS® Leather Protector Gloves are the most powerful leather gloves to ever take a hold of the electrical safety industry! Available in various lengths (10”-14”), cuff styles (slip-on or split leather gauntlet) and sizes (8-12), all styles meet ASTM Standard F-696 and have an Arc Rating of at least 28 cal/cm2. Use low-voltage styles with Class 00 and 0 and high-voltage styles with Class 1, 2, 3 and 4 rubber insulating gloves.
Hand Protection- General (all purpose)-
Majestic Glove 3237AL
The SuperDex® liquid resistant, double dip general purpose glove offers users incredible fit, feel, and comfort with a seamless knit shell and slip on cuff, as well as tremendous grip and tactility with its micro crinkle latex palm. This is the ultimate general-purpose glove for users who have come to expect ultimate comfort in hand protection.
15-gauge seamless knit shell
3/4 dip black micro crinkle latex palm over full dip red foam latex
Exceptional liquid resistance and grip
EN 407 Contact Heat Level 1
Antifungal treated liner
Pre-curved finger design follows the natural contours of the hand to minimize hand fatigue and
Hand Protection - High Visibility-
Majestic Glove 35-7466
The 35-7466 is the newest glove in a family of extreme cut resistant high visibility gloves. Made with KorPlex® Technology, an engineered yarn that blends some of the strongest fibers to produce ultimate cut resistance, this high visibility seamless knit glove offers exceptional comfort, ANSI A4 cut resistance, touch screen capabilities, and excellent tactility and flexibility in a foam nitrile palm finish. High visibility in hand protection maintains safety awareness and compliance in the workplace.
Extreme cut resistance
High visibility seamless 18-gauge knit glove with KorPlex® cut resistant technology
Experience the most comfortable impact glove ever with Magid’s newest innovation in light impact protection that’s unbelievably soft, cool, and comfortable, with incredible dexterity and A4 cut resistance! The Flex Series® Lean TRX443 Impact Gloves feature low-profile TPR that is 60% thinner on a super soft lightweight shell, giving workers the impact protection they need with the comfort they never thought possible.
Ergodyne N-Ferno® 6811ZI Zippered Rib Knit Beanie Hat with Bump Cap Insert
The N-Ferno® 6811ZI Zippered Rib Knit Beanie Hat is a soft cuffed beanie with an opening to add the Skullerz® 8945 Universal Bump Cap Insert (included) for added head protection during cold winter jobs. This winter hat is made from 100% soft dry acrylic with warm 40-gram 3M flex stretch insulation, and includes a zippered bump cap insert compartment on the back. Intended for spaces where worker-generated impact head protection is needed (low ceilings, beams, low pipes, etc.), this hat is ideal for construction, aircraft manufacturing & maintenance, heavy equipment & machinery assembly, mechanics and other confined space work.
The future of area monitoring. Connected worksites with the effortless setup of a smart-home product and local or remote alarms and notifications. Industry leading 60 days of continuous, 4-gas, battery life. The MSA quality and ruggedness you expect, with an IP68 and drop-tested design and long-lasting, fast-responding X-Cell® sensors.
Switchgear Safety LLC LOTO Pro™ Magnetic Lock-Out/Tag-Out Device
Switchgear Safety LLC’s patented LOTO Pro™ lock-out/tag-out solutions utilize heavy duty, switchable magnets to temporarily attach the LOTO device to the gear with absolutely no modifications to the equipment or enclosure required. When locked out, the switchable magnet’s handle is inoperable, thus preventing removal of the device and operation of the intended switch, push button, valve, or other equipment. Switchgear Safety offers LOTO Pro devices for all types and styles of equipment (Both electrical and non-electrical) and can also design and configure the products for any custom or specialized applications where standard hard-mounted LOTO devices aren’t available or practical.
Unbelievably lightweight AeroDex protection is now available in a Cut A6 sleeve! Magid® MGARD® Magid’s M-GARD® ADS22BST sleeves feature AeroDex®, a first-to-market shell technology that is over 50% lighter, with the same cut protection as comparable sleeve materials. AeroDex is specially engineered to feel cooler, making it a more comfortable solution that workers will actually want to wear.
FLASHTABLES BASED ON IEEE 1584 Based on IEEE 1584 incident energy equations, labels can be applied and documented in a fraction of the time needed for a full-blown Incident Energy Analysis. FlashTables is an Intellectual Licensed Product that can be installed by Facility Results for 1/3 of the cost of other methods. FlashTables is ideal for facilities that are dynamically changing, and the intent is to label all electrical panels on the plant floor. The average manufacturing facility requires 500 labels and can be OSHA compliant in one week or less.
VelocityEHS MSDSonline Chemical Management Solution
VelocityEHS’ comprehensive MSDSonline Chemical Management Solution simplifies complex chemical inventory management tasks, giving customers greater control over chemical hazards throughout their organization. Recent system updates improve overall system usability and streamline employee access to SDSs, chemical inventory management – including multilingual GHS workplace labeling – and regulatory reporting compliance. Enhanced mobile functionality and the MSDSonline SDS / Chemical Management Mobile App enable frontline workers to access and manage SDSs and chemical information, with or without internet. Complementing the updated platform are the new 24-hour Emergency Response Services, which provide a hotline for SDS back-up access, chemical exposure support, and more.
Software- Data Collection & Analysis
Gravic, Inc. Remark Office OMR v10.2
Automate your data collection from BBS observations, training assessments, checklists, audits, surveys, and other safety forms. Create and print your own forms. Scan completed forms with any image scanner, copier, 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. There is no need to purchase special forms or hardware. Analyze your forms with the built-in reports or export data to your safety management system, database, or other reporting tools.
Software- EHS Management
Cority COVID-19 Situational Awareness Solution
Cority’s COVID-19 Situational Awareness solution enables you to mitigate any pandemic and business continuity risk facing your business. Leveraging the most advanced data collection and analysis tools in the industry, occupational health and EHS practitioners can address every area of their pandemic planning and response efforts while ensuring the health and safety of employees, maintaining essential business operations, avoiding unnecessary downtime and minimizing costs. Dedicated, interactive dashboards give you a real time 360 degree view of your pandemic response – enabling you to quickly drill down into your data to understand what's working and where more support is required.
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. Updated to reflect NFPA 70E requirements for training in First Aid, Emergency Response, Resuscitation CPR & AED for the qualified person.
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.