MPS Inc. has introduced Centurion’s Nexus Extreme Mips helmet, the world’s first industrial safety helmet utilizing the Mips Cradle (multidirectional impact protection system). The Nexus Extreme Mips helmet takes head protection to the next level, exceeding standards by matching a strong, lightweight ABS shell and mountaineering chinstrap to a suspension featuring the Mips low-friction layer, allowing up to 15mm of rotational movement inside the helmet shell on impact. Studies show that in helmets without Mips, the brain moves inside the skull when impacted, leading to potentially severe injury and brain damage. In a Mips-equipped helmet, the cradle moves so that your brain doesn’t, providing extreme 360-degree protection.
The Nexus Extreme Mips helmet includes Centurion’s Twist-2-Fit ratchet headbands and compatibility with Centurion’s range of accessories. It is available in a full spectrum of colors.
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Cementex, the safety tool specialists, recently announced the release of a new lift-front hood in their Ultralight Series of Arc Flash PPE. The lift-front hoods provide a larger viewing area through the updated clear gray color shield, and they remain compatible with Cementex’s innovative hood ventilation system, which helps to reduce the risk of dehydration, especially in hot weather conditions.
The new lift-front face shield of this hood provides a larger viewing area through which users can see the energized equipment. By enhancing the viewing area, the new lift-front hood design helps to minimize accidental contact with energized, hazardous conductors. The lift-front shield must remain latched while operators are within the hazardous area around energized equipment, but it can be lifted when safely away in order to more easily facilitate breaks.
Breaks are needed less frequently by users of Cementex PPE. All Cementex Arc Flash PPE is compatible with an innovative ventilation system that ensures greater air circulation, provides cooling, reduces the risk of dehydration, and makes long-term wear easier and safer for users.
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We know that fogging lenses and an overall lack of comfort are the two main reasons why workers remove their eye protection. Brass Knuckle Spectrum (BKFLEX-4040N) helps solve those problems by bringing together flexible comfort and peak anti-fog protection for safety eyewear they’ll never want to take off.
Spectrum offers N-FOG anti-fog lens protection, which permanently bonds to the lens and will not wear off or wash off. The anti-fog protection exceeds European EN 166/168, lasting 15 times longer.
For comfort, Spectrum features bowed, super-flex rubber temples that ratchet for custom fit. They touch the wearer only behind the ears, eliminating all pressure points. These ratcheting flexible temples offer a true face-hugging design that inspires compliance. The second-generation PivotEase nosepiece slides up and down and pivots on a hinge for added secure fit. Spectrum brings all this to bear while also retaining its anti-scratch, anti-static and UV protection properties.
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Silver Needle Inc. currently has the only NFPA 2112 SEI Certified complete Gas Extraction System (GES) in the industry that features our patented Internal Extraction Harness and optional Kevlar retrieval lanyard. Our DuPont Nomex quilted GES greatly exceeds the current NFPA 2112 standard. Silver Needle has been testing different fabrics for over 15 years to find the best fabric combinations for comfort and the greatest results. Repeated controlled laboratory testing of 10 seconds with our latest quilted fabric had a predicted burn injury of 0% third-degree burn and a 4% second-degree burn. The garment also meets the ASTM F1506-20a minimum performance requirement with an ATPV of 60 cal/cm².
Silver Needle’s GES is not only safe but comfortable. Our newest design offers superior freedom of movement while wicking away moisture and drying up to 25% faster than other thermal liners.
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Westex: A Milliken Brand recently announced the launch of a new product selection app, the Westex App, developed to provide users a way to custom build an FR/AR uniform based on their workforce’s individual safety standard requirements. The free mobile app is available for iOS and Android mobile devices.
Innovative features on the Westex App include product selection by safety standard; a global perspective, with more than 15 global safety standards included in the app; and an interactive uniform builder.
The free mobile app is available to download now in the Apple App Store or via Google Play. The product selection tool also can be viewed online at https://app.westex.com.
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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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