Ironclad recently announced the release of the first glove in the world to pass NFPA 2112:2018 certification for flash fire protection. Designed in partnership with DuPont Personal Protective Equipment, the Heatworx Heavy Duty FR is an extremely advanced glove, featuring a molded silicone rubber palm and a shell made with 100% DuPont Kevlar. Designed for maximum dexterity plus the ability to handle hot items up to 600 degrees Fahrenheit (315 degrees Celsius), the Heatworx Heavy Duty FR delivers complete heat and flame protection in one glove.
This glove was developed in response to a desperate need for an NFPA 2112-certified glove in the safety market. Workers in hazardous locations that are at risk for lethal flash fire exposure are required to wear FR garments certified to NFPA 2112:2018 for protection in the event of a flash fire incident. Up until now, they had no options for flash fire certified hand protection. Now they can be fully protected with the Heatworx Heavy Duty FR glove.
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National Safety Apparel’s TECGEN FR CAT 2 Neck Gaiter meets cold weather head-on.
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PIP’s NOVAX electrical safety products are an industry-leading brand that is trusted by some of the world’s largest utility and electrical contractors.
NOVAX rubber insulating gloves are manufactured using an environmentally friendly aqueous dip process, which results in much softer and more flexible gloves that allow for greater dexterity and reduced hand fatigue for users.
The gloves also are dielectrically tested for their insulating performance. Production batches are subject to ISO sampling for a variety of tests, which include physical and further electrical testing. A second round of testing is conducted at PIP’s Black Pearl Manufacturing facility prior to delivering NOVAX gloves to customers.
PIP’s versatile line of NOVAX rubber insulating gloves features more than 30 styles that come in a variety of lengths and cuff styles, with select electrical class distinctions that range from Class 00 to Class 4.
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Lapco’s men’s flame-resistant flex denim is constructed from an 11-ounce cotton, modacrylic, elastane fabric blend that offers a triad of comfort, protection and mobility. Design details – like a low-rise, boot-cut leg opening and Nomex thread and zipper tape – make it great for on-the-job tasks, while its modern fit and indigo wash with two-toned top stitching translate easily into off-the-job looks.
To complement this style, Lapco is launching a new women’s comfort stretch denim leveraging the same performance fabric and materials. Functional by nature yet feminine by design, this five-pocket style is offered in a dark wash and – like its men’s equivalent – combines value and versatility while meeting the requirements for modern safety standards. Because we know how important fit is to our female end users, we are offering this style in both regular and plus sizes.
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Two Milliken & Co. textile businesses – Westex and Polartec – have announced a new collection of flame-resistant, arc-rated knit fabric. Known as the Polartec FR Collection, it introduces three unique Polartec fabric constructions engineered with Westex FR/AR fabric technology that provides trusted thermal hazard protection. The products span shirting, insulation and weather-resistant fabrics that meet or exceed worldwide protection standards for even the most demanding industries, including oil and gas, electrical and construction.
The Polartec FR Collection knits patented tri-blend yarn into flame-resistant, temperature-regulating fabrics, meaning that dual-hazard thermal protection is engineered directly into the fiber and is guaranteed for the life of the garment. The collection comprises three individual lines: Polartec Power Dry FR, which offers superior next-to-skin moisture management; Polartec Power Grid FR, which provides superior warmth without weight; and Polartec Wind Pro FR, which is four times more wind resistant than classic fleece.
For more than 60 years, Westex has been a leader in creating fabrics that offer superior dual-hazard protection for a wide range of applications. Polartec, acquired by Milliken & Co. in 2019, is a frontrunner in premium and sustainable performance textiles for the apparel market.
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The Power Gripz, designed by linemen for linemen, began as a solution to the many challenges faced by these end users on the job every day. We now offer no-melt, no-drip, no-ignition high- and low-voltage protectors plus a full line of work gloves for any job.
Grade A cow or goat high- and low-voltage leather protectors are available in standard, bell and contour cuff as well as a cut-resistant option. Proprietary grip pads provide unparalleled grip without compromising hand dexterity, performance or safety in all weather conditions. If you are more of a traditionalist, be sure to check out The Power Gripz Bare Series leather protectors.
The Power Gripz also offers a full line of durable work gloves, including leather, mechanic-style, impact- and cut-resistant, water-resistant and flame-resistant.
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Your PPE is flame-resistant. What about your face covering?
Most face masks used in industrial workplaces are designed to either provide heat and flame protection or reduce the spread of COVID-19. CarbonX Defender Masks protect against exposure to thermal hazards and COVID-19 like no other face mask on the market.
The Defender Masks are constructed with the highest-performing and most comfortable CarbonX fabric blends. Like all CarbonX products, they are truly nonflammable and will not burn, melt, drip, ignite, shrink or char when exposed to direct flame or high heat. With an outer shell of CarbonX fabric and an interior layer of nonwoven filtration media, the Defender Masks are highly protective as well as comfortable and reusable.
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As the workforce continues to evolve, women play an even more significant role than in the past. When we looked at the FR high-visibility market, we noticed women in large boxy designs, oversized neck drops/armholes and garments that were too long. In addition, improperly fitted garments can create secondary hazards. Therefore, we spent countless hours designing garments that fit women properly. We focused on ensuring that pockets are ergonomically positioned and waists are correctly cinched, creating the perfect fit and style that appeal to women.
The “1971 by Kishigo” Series FR Long Sleeve Women’s V-Neck T-Shirt (part number F615) is a long-sleeve T-shirt made from lightweight modacrylic blend FR interlock knit material and 2-inch-wide high-performance, breathable reflective material, which significantly reduces hot spots and provides greater flexibility over solid tapes. The F615 shirt also has a left chest pocket and an arc rating/ATPV of 10 cal/cm².
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Iron Age Footwear is excited to announce its new Solidifier work boot series, complete with waterproof liners, 90-degree defined heels, goodyear welts, polyurethane tough-abrasive outsoles and awesome full-grain leathers.
The Solidifier offers a durable and affordable alternative for those who like the look and feel of a wedge outsole while needing a defined heel and a tough-abrasive leather and outsole. This boot is perfect for masons, concrete workers, utility workers, and oil and gas workers.
The boot comes in three versions: 6-inch, 8-inch and pull-on. All models come standard with Iron Age’s full-grain crazy horse leather, welted construction, Bootbed memory foam removable footbed and abrasion-resistant outsole. The 6-inch and 8-inch add a layer of weather protection with a Hydrotex waterproof liner.
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Klein Tools has introduced two new additions to its line of personal protective equipment: tinted and clear safety helmet visors, designed to add eye protection to a Klein Tools’ safety helmet while still maintaining a low profile.
These visors feature superior impact protection; high-quality optical Class 1 lens, tinted or clear, tested for minimal distortion to ensure uncompromised vision across the entire surface; half-face, wraparound design; durable, effective anti-fog coating; scratch resistance; UV protection; and a lightweight design with vents.
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Lapco FR knows what it takes to get the job done, and that is why we are proud of the products we manufacture, including our new men’s flame-resistant windshield vest.
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Available January 2021 only from Portwest, the UFR48 Bizflame Flame Resistant Duck Quilt-Lined Jacket is engineered with maximum safety and comfort in mind. Bizflame duck is a high-performance fabric constructed from 100% cotton duck 10 ounce. Designed to wick away water, the wind-resistant properties combined with lightweight insulation ensure the worker is protected from the elements. This jacket provides exceptional flame resistance and is fully compliant to NFPA 2112 and 70E.
The UFR48 has a quilt-lined hood and four pockets that provide ample storage capacity. It also features durable brass zippers and a flame-resistant lining for added protection. The Portwest UFR48 has an ARC4 rating and is 45 cal/cm2.
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MCR Safety’s newest ANSI Class 3 FR work shirt offering is a high-visibility lime, button-down, long-sleeve shirt with 2-inch silver FR reflective stripes. The triple-vented design – combined with moisture-wicking 5.5-ounce inherent blend FR fabric – is the perfect solution to solve your heat-stress needs. The CAT 2 shirt has an ATPV rating of 8.9 cal/cm2.
Patented Summit Breeze technology is exclusively used on MCR Safety FR apparel. Its mesh venting is incorporated onto the back and under the arms, giving you one hardworking set of FR clothing.
In addition to better FR performance, Summit Breeze technology provides better heat-stress management for those working in hot environments, those who are performing labor-intensive tasks or a combination of the two. When working in environments where heat stress is a potential hazard, vented openings can literally be a lifesaver.
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R&R Lotion offers the only waterless hand cleaner that cleans, remoisturizes and kills 99.99% of germs – all at the same time. It remoisturizes and exfoliates your hands with shea and sunflower butters along with succulents and botanicals. The cleaner is formulated with benzalkonium chloride, which offers a broad spectrum of anti-microbial properties against bacteria, fungi and viruses. Call (480) 443-9255 for further information or to order samples.
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Youngstown’s FR Hi-Dex Glove offers multihazard protection while maintaining excellent dexterity and comfort. This glove was developed with lineworkers who were seeking the most dexterous glove they could get that still met their company standards of Cut Level A3 with FR/AR properties.
To achieve this, we use a single-layer palm made of flexible, durable goat-grain leather. The entire interior of the glove is then lined with Kevlar fiber. The leather and Kevlar combination is sewn into an ergonomic, pre-curved, 3D pattern for superior fit and dexterity. The result is a glove that is lab tested to show Cut Level A3, Puncture Level 4, flame resistance and an arc rating of 27 cal/cm². FR Hi-Dex Gloves are lineworker tested and approved. Sizes range from XS to 3XL.
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