Cementex, a national leader in the manufacture of electrical safety solutions, has released the updated UltraLite Series of Arc Flash PPE Task Wear, designed to combine comfort with complete safety. Available in both 11- and 12-cal/cm2 and 40 cal/cm2, the UltraLite Series is ideal for a wide range of uses.
Developed after years of firsthand market research, the UltraLite Series garments are designed for use by qualified persons trained in proper arc flash safety in any situation where the risk of exposure to an arc flash is present. The updated line of garments now features a standard color gray, which reflects sunlight for heat reduction in outdoor applications. Additionally, the gray garments allow for easier identification of contamination, as well as any dirt or debris that may compromise the safety of the garment.
The 11- and 12-cal/cm2 UltraLite garments include a balaclava-hooded long-sleeved T-shirt and simple high-waisted pants, made to fit comfortably over daily-wear clothing. With kits available that include gloves, a helmet and face shield, and a basic tool kit, UltraLite Task Wear ensures that technicians are completely safe and prepared for the job.
The breakthrough technology used to create the 40-cal/cm2 UltraLite joins two different materials to produce highly protective garments that are 37 percent lighter than typical 40-cal/cm2 garments, while maintaining premium comfort, durability and wearability. The UltraLite line of garments includes a coat/coverall, pants with a bib and a 40-cal hood. The hood now can be upgraded with an optional ventilation fan system or hood lamp. The line is available as separate garments or in kits that include garments, a suit hood, safety glasses, gloves and a basic tool kit.
All Cementex products are made in the USA to the highest standards of quality. The UltraLite Series meets current ASTM F1506 standards and ASTM F1959/F1959M-99.
U.S. manufacturer National Safety Apparel has released ArcGuard Lift Front Arc Flash Hoods featuring the latest arc flash industry innovations in one superior product.
The lift-front arc flash face shields were designed to solve the common problems of poor ventilation and overheating that often came with traditional hood designs. The lift-front design allows the wearer to easily obtain fresh air when out of the hazard risk zone by simply lifting a latch. The easy-to-raise window provides fresh air without having to remove the entire hood. Before returning to the hazard risk zone, the wearer can quickly regain compliance by securing the shield back to the lowered and locked position. The latch makes an audible click to alert the wearer that the shield is safely secured.
When the shield is down and the wearer is at work, the lift-front hood features specially designed indirect vents. With built-in vents at the front, sides and top, ArcGuard Lift Front Arc Flash Hoods deliver more ventilation than similar products on the market. These vents also serve as auditory ports for improved two-way communication, even when the window is secured.
The lift-front design is currently available in two 40-cal options. ArcGuard Compliance, made with Westex UltraSoft, is a perfect upgrade to your classic arc flash suit. For a premium solution, the ArcGuard RevoLite is made from lightweight, inherently flame-resistant material that is 50 percent lighter than traditional 40-cal options.
National Safety Apparel www.thinknsa.com/product-category/arc-flash
Coming in early 2018, DragonWear will introduce its formidable Elements Cyclone Pull-Over Hoodie in two colors for the utilities, industrial safety and petrochemical markets. Constructed from DragonWear Inherent Tri-Blend Elements FR Fabric, a wind-repelling outer surface and durable water-resistant finish guard against fierce weather. Developed to provide superior comfort and freedom of movement in nonstop work environments, this four-way-stretch hoodie with stylish contrast stitching and a modern fit is an ideal mid-layer or outerwear garment for the demands of any season. Functionality and useful design stay at the top of the list with a three-panel, hard-hat-friendly hood design that can be adjusted to ensure unobstructed peripheral vision; a hidden cellphone pocket inside the front kangaroo pocket; and extra-long sleeves with knit cuffs that prevent wind gusts up the arm. This powerhouse hoodie levels up with advanced air permeability technology for a true comfort experience in the windiest of environments. The Elements Cyclone gives two times greater wind protection than other fleece-style garments with a cfm air permeability specification of 60 cfm, allowing the wearer to be exposed to high winds all while staying warm and comfortable. The hoodie is offered in navy and gray. CAT 3, arc rating 28 cal/cm2, NFPA 70E, NFPA 2112.
Youngstown Glove has introduced the world's first arc-rated anti-vibration and impact protective work glove. We took our top-selling Ground Glove design and added FR gel to both the palm and top of hand. The palm-side gel reduces vibration caused by impact tools, while the top-of-hand gel dampens against unexpected impacts. The glove is made of a double-layered goatskin and sewn into an ergonomic, 3-D pattern for superior grip, comfort and dexterity. This glove will not drip, melt or ignite if exposed to sparks or flames. It is arc rated to 23 cal/cm². MSRP $49; size range S-2XL; part number 11-3210-10.
Youngstown Glove www.ytgloves.com
Youngstown Glove is proud to introduce a dual-hazard fleece glove liner that is both inherently flame-resistant and arc-rated and designed to keep you warmer on cool workdays.
Read more: FR Fleece Glove Liner
National Safety Apparel offers the Arcguard TECGEN CC 55 Cal Arc Flash Kit for the ultimate in protection and comfort. Constructed of lightweight 7.5-ounce TECGEN CC inherently FR fabric with a 7-ounce quilted Nomex lining, this arc flash kit is 30 percent lighter than traditional arc suits – providing a high level of protection without the added weight. It also offers superior moisture-wicking for a dry, comfortable fit. The arc hood features a removable, replaceable anti-fog and anti-abrasion-coated face shield that is highly transparent for better color recognition and improved visibility. This 55 Cal Arc Flash Kit includes a short coat, bib overalls and arc flash hood, along with rubber voltage gloves and 10-inch leather protectors. A separate glove bag, hood bag and large deluxe gear bag ensure that the necessary protection is all in one place.
National Safety Apparel www.thinknsa.com
Heat stress, though often considered during the summer months, is problematic in some industries – including electric utilities – throughout the year. Vortec Personal Air Conditioning Vests (PACs) circulate cool air to minimize temperature-related stress and fatigue, thus improving comfort and productivity.
Vortec PACs use a vortex tube to reduce the temperature of the air circulating through their vests, which diffuses the airflow around the worker’s torso. The circulating air is up to 60 degrees cooler than ambient, keeping workers comfortable even in oppressive environments. Durable, plasticized vests are available in three sizes and provide continuous cooled or warmed air through the perforated lining. They do not restrict movement or absorb sweat or other contaminants, and they can be worn under other protective clothing. Dual-action PACs can easily switch from cold to hot to provide comfort in all seasons.
Available this month, DragonWear introduces Dri Pro, our new base layer series for men and women. Our short-sleeved shirts are CAT 1 and meet relevant industry certifications for the utility and industrial safety markets. Made in the USA with new DragonWear Inherent Tri-Blend FR Fabric that was originally developed and tested by the U.S. military, this shirt offers unmatched comfort and superior, always-permanent moisture management. Increased fabric strength and proven wash-and-wear performance provide long-lasting durability, while True-Flat high-density seams, tagless garment labels and improved stretch give the wearer a true comfort experience all day long. Odor-resistant, anti-microbial fabric that is highly breathable and fast-drying makes this shirt a must-have for any environment. Offered in navy and tan. Shirts are available in both men and women’s fits (navy only). CAT 1, arc rating 5.5 cal/cm2, NFPA 70E.
Honeywell has announced an innovative new face shield technology with more optical clarity to better protect electrical workers from potentially deadly electrocution and arc flash.
Salisbury by Honeywell’s new PrismShield arc flash protective face shield incorporates proprietary nanotechnology that allows a wider spectrum of light to enter the lens of the face shield. This greatly improves color recognition and color sharpness for electrical workers and reduces the need to lift the shield to see wires more clearly, particularly in dim light.
PrismShield makes use of a bronze lens tint, which improves color recognition for the electrical worker in poorly lit areas, particularly indoors. A premium anti-scratch, anti-fog lens coating also enhances visibility for the worker over the life of the product.
In addition, Honeywell has developed an exclusive weight-balancing frame for the face shield that reduces the likelihood of the shield moving or tipping, which reduces neck strain and increases comfort.
The PrismShield technology meets ASTM F2178 and ANSI Z87.1 standards and will be available on all Salisbury by Honeywell 12- and 20-cal face shields for all switch hoods and in both 20- and 40-cal versions of the lift front hood models.
Salisbury by Honeywell www.salisburybyhoneywell.com
MSA is excited to offer the new line of Nexus Climbing Helmets in partnership with Centurion Safety Products. Nexus Climbing Helmets provide users with Type I impact protection in a low-profile, modern design that includes a replaceable four-point adjustable chinstrap.
Two models are available – Heightmaster and Linesman – which include a Dry-Tech sweatband for increased user comfort and retro-reflective striping for increased visibility in low-light applications. The Heightmaster model is suitable for use primarily in work-at-height applications for workers in industries such as utilities, oil, gas and petrochemical, and meets ANSI Z89.1-2014 as well as EN 12492 standards. The Linesman model is recommended for confined space entry and rescue applications.
Youngstown Glove is proud to announce the launch of the FR Rain Glove with Outdry. This unique work glove is designed specifically for work in heavy rain.
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DragonWear is a manufacturer of innovative, performance-based FR and arc-rated clothing for the utilities, industrial safety and petrochemical industries. All DragonWear fabrics are inherently flame-resistant and proudly made in the USA. We strive to give our customers the pinnacle in performance, comfort and protection by developing new fabric technologies and advanced product designs. The products we create are the result of extensive conversations with customers and field experts to ensure solutions and innovations in the gear our customers depend on in the field.
Certain DragonWear garments are made utilizing Polartec FR fabrics, a unique blend of jersey/mesh fibers that creates permanent flame resistance. Their FR properties are inherent, not chemically treated, and will never wear out or melt on skin when exposed to extreme heat or flame. The entire Polartec FR fabric line meets and exceeds NFPA 70E. DragonWear has been partnering with Polartec on innovative fabric options for nearly a decade, and the durability and protection our garments provide are proof of this successful partnership.
The Halo is 360-degree personal lighting that attaches to any standard hard hat and produces a ring of light around the wearer, enabling him or her to see and be seen. It is visible over a quarter-mile away in all directions and floods the wearer’s task area with light for improved work efficiency.
The Halo provides up to 202 lumens of power and has four light modes: Halo (full brightness in 360 degrees); HI-Alert (rotating/pulsing light); Task (200 percent power to the front third of the Halo); and Dim (low-power 360-degree illumination). A single button at the front of the Halo controls the light modes and turns the Halo on/off. The Halo was built tough to survive in rough construction environments and has an IP rating of 67 to protect against dust, dirt and water. It is powered by a single, rechargeable 18650 lithium-ion battery that provides 5.5 to 34 hours of runtime (mode dependent) and is easily swapped out.
Hi-Line is proud to present QuickEeze FR-Rated Adjustable Sleeve Straps. These popular sleeve straps were designed by linemen Cody Hopkins and Dylan Morrill for lineworkers. They are made of high-quality, FR-rated, self-extinguishing materials. In addition, the straps are easily adjustable, and their flexible design allows for comfort all day. A unique oval button design allows for quick and easy attachment with no extra hassles in attaching and detaching. The straps are field-tested for durability and longevity, and they’re made in the USA.
Lakeland Industries Inc. has introduced a new line of FR protective apparel with enhanced, industry-leading moisture-wicking technology designed specifically for electrical utility workers. Incorporating a 55/45 high-performance FR blend and 3M Scotchlite segmented reflective trim for high-visibility options, the apparel line is NFPA 70E and NFPA 2112 UL certified with a lightweight, high-performance design. The new line protects utility workers by absorbing moisture seven times faster than traditional FR cotton; moves an average 50 percent more moisture to the exterior of the fabric, creating a drier zone next to the skin; and maintains moisture movement capabilities at a rate five times faster than other brands.
Designed by linemen for linemen, Lakeland’s new FR high-performance apparel line combines superior moisture-wicking fibers, style and functionality in addition to these key features: a 55/45 blend (data shows this is the best blend for moisture-wicking and transport); tag-free back collar; seamless underarm gussets designed to eliminate seam pull and shirt rise; and flat-seam construction with contrast design.
Lakeland is providing further assistance for electrical utility workers with a Lineman Safety & Performance Guide. The free guide will help men and women learn how to climb stronger, work more safely, and select and layer FR apparel to optimize job performance. The guide is available for download at http://promo.lakeland.com/fr-knit-press-kit.
Lakeland Industries Inc. www.lakeland.com