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Mastering Workplace Safety: Your Guide to Puncture-Resistant Work Gloves

Workplace safety is paramount, and equipping your team with the proper PPE is pivotal when preventing common hand injuries such as punctures. These hazards can range from thick wood splinters to fine single-wire strands. 

According to the Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S), 7% of acute hand injuries are attributed to punctures. Additionally, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that punctures incur an average cost of $47,703 per year per incident. Read on to learn more about puncture-resistant work gloves and ensure the safety of your workforce on the job.

What are Puncture Resistant Work Gloves?

Puncture-resistant work gloves are personalized protective equipment (PPE) designed to safeguard against puncture hazards in diverse workplaces. These gloves are constructed with materials that resist penetration from sharp objects, such as nails, shards of glass, metal, and other pointed items.

These gloves are commonly used in construction, manufacturing, automotive, metalworking, and more. It’s important to note that puncture-resistant gloves are distinct from cut-resistant gloves, which are designed to protect against sharp edges and blades rather than puncture threats.

Understanding Puncture Wounds:

A puncture wound is an injury caused by sharp, pointed objects that penetrate the skin and underlying tissues. Unlike cuts or scrapes, puncture wounds are characterized by their deeper and narrower nature. Many cuts and lacerations originate from punctures, underscoring the need to select the correct glove based on the hazards the job presents.

Navigating Industry Standards: Puncture and Needlestick Protection

Manufacturers typically focus on two primary puncture hazards: blunt punctures and needlestick punctures. Both the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the European Standard (EN 388) utilize a similar testing methodology to assess puncture resistance, specifically concerning blunt punctures.

The testing method targets potential puncture threats from larger objects such as nails and staples by using a standardized 4.5mm diameter steel probe featuring a rounded point, moving at a 100mm/min fixed speed. The testing machine records the maximum force exerted on the probe to penetrate the material fully. This test is repeated 12 times on the material to obtain an average measurement. Results are expressed in Newtons and converted into a 1-4 scale for EN388 and a 1-5 scale for ANSI/ISEA 105.

The following chart outlines these puncture resistance levels:

LevelANSI/ISEA 105-2016EN 388:2016
110-19 N20-59 N
220-59 N60-99 N
360-99 N100-149 N
4100-149 N150+ N
5150+ N

It’s crucial to note that not all puncture threats come in the same shapes or sizes.  A common misconception in the workplace is assuming that a glove with a high puncture level is also rated for needle resistance. To address this, the ASTMF2878-10 standard introduced by ANSI specifically tests for needlestick punctures.

This testing method employs a 25-gauge steel needle moving at a 500 mm/min speed. The testing machine records the maximum force required to penetrate the material, with results given in Newtons and then converted into a 0-5 scale, as illustrated in the chart below:

LevelASTM F2878-10
0< 2 N
1≥ 2 N
2≥ 4 N
3≥ 6 N
4≥ 8 N
5≥ 10 N

Exploring the Different Puncture-Resistant Glove Materials

Not all puncture-resistant gloves are created equal. These gloves can come in various materials depending on your specific needs. Here are some of these materials and their respective benefits and disadvantages.

  1. Leather
    • Leather is a commonly used material in glove manufacturing and is known for its effectiveness in blunt puncture resistance. However, it provides limited defense against needlestick punctures.
  2. Nitrile
    • Disposable nitrile gloves, widely used in medical, dental, and food preparation settings, offer excellent resistance to punctures and abrasions. They are particularly effective for one-time use hand protection.
  3. Metal Mesh
    • Gloves made from metal mesh are effective against both needlestick and blunt punctures. However, they face challenges such as degradation over time, resulting in decreased protection. Additionally, they may not be the most comfortable to wear.
  4. Woven Kevlar®
    • A popular choice in various industries, woven Kevlar® stands out for its excellent puncture and cut resistance. Different weave patterns provide varying levels of protection.
  5. Epoxy Plates
    • Epoxy plates offer high cut and puncture protection levels, creating a multi-layered defense against needlestick and blunt punctures.

Choosing the Right Puncture-Resistant Glove:

Many options are available for puncture-resistant materials. However, it’s important to note that no single material or glove can guarantee protection against all puncture-related hazards. Selecting the right puncture-resistant glove involves considering the task at hand and the potential hazards of the job.

The charts above serve as a general guide to help you make this determination. For personalized guidance and support, reach out to a Liberty Safety representative to get connected to one of our product experts and help ensure workforce safety.

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Built For Impact: A Comprehensive Guide to Impact-Resistant Gloves

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Hand-impact injuries pose unique challenges in treatment and recovery, particularly when any of the hand’s 27 bones are crushed instead of cleanly broken. Beyond bone injuries, these accidents can also harm muscles, tendons, and ligaments (ohsonline.com).

The Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) states that 42% of acute hand injuries are attributed to impacts. This underscores the importance of selecting the appropriate impact gloves tailored to the specific work task.

What are Impact-Resistant Gloves?

Impact-resistant Gloves are essential personal protective equipment (PPE) designed to prevent occupational hand injuries. These injuries often occur in environments where there’s a high risk of hand trauma from collisions with machinery, heavy equipment, or similar hazards. Reinforcement across the back of the hand, often using Thermoplastic Rubber (TPR), adds an extra layer of defense with a tread design for added protection.

What causes a Hand-Impact Injury?

A hand-impact injury occurs when an object strikes or pinches a hand, transferring force from the object to the hand. The intensity of this force results in a shift or displacement of skin, bones, and muscles, leading to injuries such as lacerations, bone fractures, and bruises.

Understanding the ANSI/ISEA 138-2019 Industry Standard:

The ANSI/ISEA 138-2019 standard, established by the American National Standard Institute, outlines the minimum performance, classification, and labeling requirements for gloves designed to protect the knuckles and fingers/thumb from impact. The standard classifies impact resistance into three performance levels: level 1, 2, and 3, with level 3 offering the highest level of protection.

The classification is achieved by dropping a ‘drop striker’ on the glove’s impact points, recording the force transferred in kilonewtons (kN). The tests are conducted on each knuckle, finger, and thumb. The knuckles are tested four times, while the fingers and thumbs are tested five times.

The chart below illustrates all impact levels, ranging from Level 1 to Level 3, helping workers choose gloves based on their specific needs.

How Impact-Resistant Glove Materials Safeguard Against Injuries:

To mitigate impact injuries, the key lies in extending the duration over which the impact occurs. This prevents the hand from absorbing the entire impact at once. The primary way to achieve this is through deformation.

Deformation, the impact-resistant material’s ability to temporarily change shape, slows the impact force transferred to the hands. This is achieved by integrating impact-resistant back-of-hand materials, often referred to as bumpers. Bumpers aim to optimize deformation so the impact force is slowed as much as possible.

TPR stands out as a widely used material for impact protection. It possesses shock-absorbing properties and is highly durable for bending, stretching, and moving. This ensures workers maintain a comfortable range of motion while being shielded from impacts. TPR’s versatility extends to performing well in cold and hot working environments.

Choosing the Right Impact-Resistant Glove:

Selecting the right impact-resistant glove involves considering the task at hand and the potential hazards of the job. The chart above serves as a general guide to help you make this determination. For personalized guidance and support, reach out to a Liberty Safety representative to get connected to one of our product experts.

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Elevating Workplace Safety: Your Guide to Cut-Resistant Work Gloves

Cuts and lacerations are common workplace injuries. According to data from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, approximately 30% of all workplace injuries fall under this category, with a staggering 70% of these incidents affecting the hands or fingers. One crucial step in addressing these hazards is selecting gloves that meet or exceed the appropriate cut level for a specific work task. Read on to learn more about cut-resistant work gloves and ensure the safety of your workforce on the job.

What Are Cut-Resistant Gloves?

Cut-resistant gloves play a crucial role as Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for workers across diverse industries such as manufacturing, automotive, construction, or other environments where cut protection is paramount. These gloves are designed to protect workers from common workplace hazards including cuts, lacerations, abrasions, and other injuries that can hinder job performance.

Cut-resistant gloves are textile products specially engineered to protect against direct contact with sharp surfaces. Manufacturers design them with the capacity to withstand cutting and slashing, minimizing the wearer’s risk of accidents and severe injury.

The Significance of Cut-Resistant Gloves

Beyond the immediate physical protection they offer, cut-resistant gloves play a vital role in maintaining the overall health of your workforce. Cuts pose a significant risk of exposing the injured employee to blood-borne pathogens, infections, or diseases. Apart from the initial laceration and potential exposure to further issues, the injured employee may endure ongoing health complications, resulting in costly consequences.

According to the National Safety Council, a hand injury can cost anywhere from $540 to $26,000 and injuries to the hand are the second most common type of workplace injury. This makes a big impact on workers’ compensation claims, emphasizing the importance cut-resistant gloves have on mitigating long-term health and financial risks.

Exploring the Different Cut-Resistant Glove Materials

Not all cut-resistant gloves are created equal. These gloves can come in various materials depending on your specific needs. Here are some of these materials along with their respective benefits and disadvantages.

  • Aramid or DuPontTM Kevlar®

Kevlar® is the trademarked brand name for the aramid fiber made by DuPontTM, its name is synonymous with the term aramid. Kevlar is one of the strongest man-made fibers available with excellent cut protection and heat insulation. It is designed to protect hands from the sharp edges of metals, ceramics, glass, and other materials. Pound for pound it is five times stronger than stainless steel.

  • High Performance Polyethylene (HPPE)

HPPE fibers are specially designed to protect against cuts and abrasions when handling sharp and abrasive objects. These fibers can be engineered in a variety of composite-knit yarns, some featuring high-strength composite fiber blends for higher cut resistance and dexterity. 

  • All-Metal Chainmail

While less common, metal can be used as the sole material in manufacturing cut-resistant gloves. Referred to as chainmail gloves, these gloves are made of metal rings linked together in a pattern to form a mesh. These gloves provide a high level of cut resistance, but significantly limit the user’s range of motion.

  • Basalt

Basalt fiber, extracted from crushed basalt rock, offers fine continuous filaments with superior strength characteristics. It is naturally fire-resistant and provides high cut resistance, tensile strength, and good abrasion resistance.

  • Glass Fiber

Glass fiber is a well-known yarn for cut-resistant gloves, offering a smooth and silky surface for enhanced comfort. It can be used as the sole component for cut resistance or to reinforce other fibers, providing high tensile strength, cut resistance, fire resistance, water resistance, and non-conductivity.

Understanding Cut Levels

Cut-resistant gloves vary in their resistance and strength. The higher the cut level, the more heavy-duty and cut-resistant the glove is. The ANSI/ISEA 105-2016 standard, established by the American National Standard Institute, utilizes a nine-level scale, which provides a quick guide for identifying the appropriate cut-resistant gloves required for the specific hazard faced.

This standard assesses cut resistance on a scale from 0 to 6,000 grams, based on tests by a Tomodynamometer (TDM Method), which moves a blade across the material being tested. The weight required to cut the material determines the level of cut resistance. A higher rating on the scale translates to better protection and cut performance.

The chart below illustrates all nine cut levels, ranging from A2 to A9.

Choosing the Right Cut-Resistant Glove

When determining the right cut-resistant glove for you, it’s essential to consider the task at hand and the potential hazards that the task presents. The chart above serves as a general guide to help you in making this determination. For personalized guidance and support, reach out to a Liberty Safety representative to get connected to one of our product experts.

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The Protective Gear That Made Our Top 10 List In 2023

As we bid farewell to the holiday season and approach the end of another year, let’s take a moment to revisit the standout products that made waves in 2023. Liberty Safety is proud to present our top ten products, ranging from head-to-toe safety gear. Each item embodies our commitment to providing quality protection, tailored to meet the diverse needs of your workforce. Join us as we explore the features that set these products apart, showcasing their excellence in safety and performance.

A4938 X-Grip® Gray Polyurethane Cut Resistant Gloves

These iconic gloves feature an ANSI A2 cut rating and an HPPE yarn shell designed to protect against light-cut hazards. With exceptional grip, dexterity, and durability, it’s ideal for applications such as material handling, glass operations, sanitation, and more.

Key Features Include:

  • 13-gauge salt and pepper HPPE yarn shell
  • Gray polyurethane coating on palms and fingers
  • High resistance to abrasions
  • Non-slip, dust and lint-free, breathable
  • Sizes ranging from XXS – 2XL

Learn more about this glove here.

F4928 Ultra-U™ Black Sandy Nitrile Cut Resistant Gloves

These gloves feature an ANSI A6 cut rating with an engineered yarn shell for protection against higher cut hazards. Featuring touchscreen compatibility, exceptional grip in oily and wet conditions, and remarkable durability, it’s perfect for small sharp parts handling, manufacturing, inspection, and maintenance and repair.

Key Features Include:

  • 18-gauge salt and pepper engineered yarn shell
  • Black sandy nitrile coating on palms and fingers
  • Touchscreen compatibility
  • Non-slip, dust and lint-free, breathable
  • Sizes ranging from S – 2XL

Learn more about this glove here.

4965 Y-Grip™ Cut Resistant Gloves

These gloves offer an ANSI A3 cut rating with a proprietary engineered yarn shell for protection against light/medium cut hazards and are equipped with a gray polyurethane coating on palms and fingers. Optimal for demanding tasks in construction, material handling, manufacturing, MRO, and more.

Key Features Include:

  • 13-gauge FLXtec™ proprietary engineered shell (OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 certified)
  • Gray polyurethane coating on palms and fingers
  • Sizes ranging from XS – 2XL
  •  WARNING: Risk of Cancer from Dimethylformamide Exposure – For more information go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov

Learn more about this glove here.​

F4953 Charger FLX™ Impact Gloves

Featuring a combination of an ANSI Level 1 impact resistance rating, an ANSI Level 3 puncture rating, and an ANSI A6 cut rating, these gloves protect against light-level impact hazards and higher cut hazards. Additionally, these gloves contain a black sandy foam nitrile coating on the palms and fingers for optimal grip and durability. Ideal for applications across industries such as industrial manufacturing and construction. 

Key Features Include:

  • 18-gauge engineered yarn shell (OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 certified)
  • Single dipped sandy foam nitrile coating on palms and fingers
  • TPR at the back of the hand and fingers for impact absorption
  • Reinforced nitrile thumb crotch
  • Touchscreen compatible
  • Sizes ranging from S – 2XL
  •  WARNING: Risk of Cancer from Dimethylformamide Exposure – For more information go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov

Learn more about this glove here.​

0965 Integrator II™ Impact Gloves

Featuring an ANSI/ISEA Level 2 impact resistance rating, these gloves protect against medium-level impact hazards. Crafted from premium grain goatskin leather, they provide enhanced flexibility and conform to the hand’s shape. Additionally, these gloves are equipped with an Aramid/steel lining for improved dexterity, cut protection, and puncture resistance.

Key Features Include:

  • Made from premium grain goatskin leather
  • Keystone thumb construction
  • TPR on fingers and back of hand for impact absorption
  • Shirred elastic back
  • Sizes ranging from M – 2XL

Learn more about this glove here.​

2846HR Bioskin® Blue Latex Disposable Gloves

Ideal for cross-contamination environments, these medical grade FDA Class 1 approved gloves come in a convenient 50-glove dispenser. Perfect for use in healthcare and safety settings.

Key Features Include:

  • 14 Mil thickness
  • 12” length
  • Powder-free
  • Meets ASTM D3578 standard
  • Food contact safe
  • Sizes range from S – 2XL

Learn more about this glove here.

​​2026BK Duraskin® Black Nitrile Disposable Gloves

These industrial-grade single-use gloves, available in a 100-glove dispenser box, are diamond textured for extra grip and food contact safety. Suitable for various environments such as automotive, industrial, safety, manufacturing, and more.

Key Features include:

  • 6 mil thickness
  • Powder-free
  • Diamond textured for extra grip
  • Sizes range from M – 2XL

Learn more about this glove here.​

F4600 G-Grip™ Black Microfoam Nitrile Coated Seamless Gloves

Designed for superior grip in wet and oily conditions, these gloves balance comfort, durability, and protection. Ideal for safety professionals in industries such as automotive, hardware, manufacturing, machine operations, and general assembly.

Key Features Include:

  • 15-gauge gray nylon shell
  • Black microfoam nitrile coating on palms and fingers
  • Highly durable, able to withstand multiple launderings
  • Sizes ranging from XS – 2XL

Learn more about this glove here.​

C16725G HiVizGard™ Class 3 Waterproof Insulated Black Bottom Bomber Jacket

This multi-functional jacket includes a waterproof PU-coated polyester black bottom shell, quilted liner with fleece collar, detachable hood with adjustable pull cords, dual mic tabs, and a front zipper closure. Ideal for environments where hi-visibility is crucial, such as construction, maintenance, and transportation.

Key Features include:

  • Detachable hideaway hood with adjustable pull cords
  • Built-in quilted insulation with fleece collar
  • 2” wide reflective stripes
  • Front zipper closure
  • Sizes ranging from M – 5XL

Learn more about this bomber jacket here.

1790 Pulsar™ Clear Encased Safety Goggles

Leading in eye protection, these safety goggles filter 99% of harmful UVA/UVB rays. With indirect ventilation for breathability and splash protection, they are perfect for use in assembly, construction, and fabrication.

Key Features Include:

  • Soft PVC frame and adjustable head strap
  • ANSI Z87.1-2010 standard certified
  • Passes D3: Droplet and Splash Test
  • One size and universal frame fit
  • WARNING: Risk of Reproductive Harm from Bisphenol A Exposure – For more information go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov 

Learn more about these safety goggles here

Helping You Plan for a Safe Future

In the realm of workplace safety, making informed choices about personal protective equipment (PPE) is pivotal. At Liberty Safety, we are dedicated to providing top-quality and comfortable PPE, ensuring your workforce is equipped with the best in safety gear.

As you gear up for the New Year, we invite you to subscribe to the Liberty Safety Newsletter. Be the first to know about the latest products, promotions, industry insights, and best sellers for 2024. Your safety is our priority. It’s all part of our Freedom in Full Gear promise!

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Permeation vs. Penetration in PPE: A Guide to Safety and Compliance

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is your last line of defense against many workplace hazards. In the realm of safety management, understanding the subtle differences between permeation and penetration in PPE is not just vital for adhering to OSHA guidelines; it’s crucial for ensuring your safety on the job.

The Basics: What Is PPE?

PPE includes a wide range of protective gear, from gloves and coveralls to masks and more, each designed to shield you from different types of hazards. However, not all PPE is created equal. Understanding these differences is essential for your safety, especially when dealing with chemical, biological, or particulate hazards.

The Importance of OSHA Standards

OSHA standards are critical in guiding the selection, use, and maintenance of PPE. These standards help ensure that employees are protected against various workplace hazards, and failing to adhere to them can have serious consequences.

Permeation vs. Penetration: Understanding the Difference

  • Permeation involves hazardous substances like gases, vapors, or liquids moving through a barrier fabric at the molecular level. This can happen even without visible defects in the material, making it a significant concern when dealing with chemical or biological hazards.
  • Penetration, in contrast, deals with the passage of solid particles or objects through a barrier material. This typically occurs through holes, gaps, or defects in the fabric. Understanding penetration is vital when facing particulate hazards like dust or debris in construction sites or other similar environments.

Significance of Permeation Testing

In permeation testing, the actual breakthrough time is the length of time it takes for a challenge chemical to permeate the fabric being tested. It is measured from the point of initial contact of the challenge chemical with the outside surface of the fabric to the time that the challenge chemical is detected on the inside of the fabric. DuPont shares normalized breakthrough time (NBT), which measures the elapsed time from initial contact with the challenge chemical until the chemical permeates the fabric at a rate of 0.1 ´g/cm²/min. This is defined in the ASTM F739 test method. Normalized breakthrough times eliminate biased results due to differences in the sensitivity of the detection equipment and are thus the industry standard measure of breakthrough time.

You can view normalized breakthrough time for different chemical challenges when tested against DuPont fabrics at DuPont™ SafeSPEC™.

Selecting the Right PPE

Choosing PPE with the appropriate resistance against both permeation and penetration is key. This decision should be based on the specific risks of your workplace, as well as the type and duration of exposure to hazards. Your experts at Liberty Safety are standing by to assist with product selection, quotes, and to support your safety planning – contact us today.

DuPont™ SafeSPEC™: Your Guide to PPE Selection

DuPont™ SafeSPEC™ is an invaluable resource for selecting the right PPE. By inputting details about your work environment and hazards, SafeSPEC™ recommends products that meet OSHA standards and your specific safety needs. Learn more on how to use DuPont SafeSPEC.

Action Steps for Safety

  1. Conduct a Hazard Assessment: Understand the types of hazards you’ll face and the necessary protection needed.
  2. Choose Appropriate PPE: Select PPE based on your hazard assessment, focusing on the necessary protection against specific threats.
  3. Refer to DuPont™ SafeSPEC™: Use this tool for expert recommendations on protective apparel.
  4. Maintain Your PPE: Regular inspections and maintenance are crucial for ongoing protection.
  5. Stay Informed and Consult Experts: Keep up with safety regulations and best practices, and don’t hesitate to reach out to your Liberty Safety professionals for advice.

Partner with Liberty Safety for Your Protective Needs

Understanding permeation and penetration in PPE is essential for ensuring a safe working environment. At Liberty Safety, we’re committed to providing top-quality PPE and expert guidance to help you navigate these complexities. Contact us for a comprehensive range of safety products and personalized assistance, ensuring your safety in every work situation.

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Beating the Chill: Cold Stress Prevention and the Power of Proper PPE

Winter’s bite is unforgiving. The winter work environment poses unique challenges, particularly cold stress – a serious occupational hazard where the body cannot maintain its normal temperature. Equipping yourself with knowledge and the right winter work gear is the first line of defense.

Common occupations at risk of cold stress include:

  • Construction workers
  • Snow crews
  • Drivers/Transit workers
  • Emergency responders
  • Landscapers
  • Utility workers
  • Custodians/Janitors

The key factors contributing to cold stress include wind speed, dampness, cold water, and cold air. Cold stress can occur at temperatures as high as 50° F when combined with rain and high wind.

It is important for employers and employees to be aware of the symptoms and to know how to respond if symptoms arise to avoid potentially fatal consequences.

What is Cold Stress? Understanding the Risks

Cold stress occurs when the body fails to maintain its normal temperature. The chilling effect of winter can reduce blood flow, leading to frostbite or hypothermia – a risk that increases with moisture, wind, and inadequate clothing.

Understanding cold stress symptoms and the importance of cold stress prevention is the first step toward safeguarding your team. From the early shivers, to the numbing of extremities, knowing what to watch for is crucial.

Dress to Protect: The Science of Layering

The cornerstone of cold stress prevention is selecting the right personal protective equipment. And when facing the cold, layering is akin to building a fortress. The science is clear: air trapped between layers provides insulation, while the right materials keep moisture at bay. Each piece of gear serves as a barrier against the cold, providing the necessary insulation to keep body heat regulated. Proper layering with insulated jackets, winter work gloves, and thermal socks is key.

Top Tips for Avoiding Cold Stress

  1. Whenever possible, avoid scheduling work during extreme weather conditions, or plan work during the warmest part of the day.
  2. Provide Frequent Warm Breaks – When avoiding harsh conditions is impossible, be sure employees have access to frequent, adequate warm breaks.
  3. Implement a Buddy System – Require employees to work in pairs so they can watch for symptoms of cold stress. In extreme weather, such as blizzards or low-visibility conditions, make sure each employee is protected with our HiVizGard™ safety gear and attire.
  4. Monitor Employees – Ensure employees are in proper physical health to tolerate harsh weather conditions and do not have health conditions such as hypertension (high blood pressure), hypothyroidism, or diabetes.
  5. Provide Safety Measures For Employees – thermometers, chemical hot packs in first aid kits and warm fluids to drink.
  6. Train Employees About Cold Stress

Spotting the Chill: Early Signs of Cold Stress

The war against cold begins with vigilance. Recognizing the early signs of cold stress can stop a descent into an emergency. Is the skin cold or pale? Are workers complaining of numbness or experiencing a full-body shiver? These red flags demand attention. Along with winter work boots and insulated work gloves, being alert to these symptoms is non-negotiable for cold weather safety.

Let’s continue to explore the steps for cold stress prevention, the role of PPE, and how to craft an emergency response plan that’s as robust as the C16725G jacket itself.

Emergency Response: Acting on Cold Stress

When it comes to dealing with cold stress, prompt and effective action is crucial. If a worker displays symptoms of hypothermia or frostbite, taking immediate action is essential. Begin by removing any wet clothing and replacing it with dry, insulated layers. Then, move the individual to a warmer environment and start the process of gentle rewarming.

For severe cases, seek medical assistance promptly – delays can lead to critical outcomes. An emergency plan is only as effective as its implementation; regular drills and education are imperative.

Planning for Cold Weather with the Right PPE

Cold weather PPE goes beyond just clothing. Winter PPE should include layers that can be adjusted with changing temperatures, and employers should plan work schedules around the warmer parts of the day.

The Best Winter Work Jacket for Low-Visibility Environments

Among the trusted gear is the Class 3 – Waterproof Insulated Black Bottom Bomber Jacket (product C16725G), winner in the category of best winter work jackets, offered by Liberty Safety. ANSI-compliant, this waterproof and insulated bomber jacket is tailored for those who work outdoors in tough fall and winter conditions. This cold weather jacket serves as a prime example of PPE that combines comfort, protection, and durability. Ensure your team has the appropriate winter workwear and cold weather gear – learn more at Liberty Safety today.

Training for the Freeze: Cold Stress Education

Empowerment through education can turn the tide against cold stress. Training sessions that cover everything from recognizing cold stress symptoms to proper PPE donning and doffing techniques can enhance your team’s preparedness. Leverage the resources in our winter catalog, designed to educate, engage and inspire proactive cold weather safety measures.

Your Winter Safety Partners: Request a Quote Today

As your winter safety partners, we invite you to take the next step. Request a quote for our comprehensive PPE solutions, tailored to meet the unique demands of your industry. From insulated work gloves to thermal insulated work boots, our catalog has it all. Visit the product page for the C16725G to understand why this jacket is the preferred choice for those serious about cold stress prevention.

A Call to Winter Readiness

The reality of cold stress is that it can be mitigated, managed, and more often than not, entirely prevented with the right approach. Education, vigilance, and the appropriate use of PPE winter workwear and cold weather gear are the cornerstones of a safe winter work environment. As the cold sets in, let’s not just brace for winter – let’s redefine readiness.

Explore the Liberty Safety winter catalog, request a personalized quote, and explore the protective features of the C16725G. Your team deserves the pinnacle of cold weather protection – let us provide it.

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Choose the Right Protective Apparel for every Hazard: How to Use the DuPont™ SafeSPEC™ Product Selector Tool

At Liberty Safety we are committed to keeping everyone protected. We’re proud to share the DuPont™ SafeSPEC™ Product Selector Tool from our industrial partner, DuPont Personal Protection, which perfectly demonstrates that commitment, passion and value for safety. 

Count on Liberty Safety and DuPont Personal Protection for the expertise and experience to find the right PPE and safety solutions for your needs.

The easy-to-use tool that helps you choose the right personal protective equipment (PPE) for prevention.

According to the World Health Organization, occupational accidents and diseases cause 2.7 million deaths each year. Choosing the ideal protective clothing for your needs can help prevent up to 80% of occupational injuries and illnesses; that is where DuPont™ SafeSPEC™ comes into play.

DuPont™ SafeSPEC™ helps you select the appropriate protective apparel for particulate, biological, and chemical hazards.

This system is based on the latest safety standards and regulations, helping you meet the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations.  While the SafeSPEC™ product selector tool is a powerful resource, employers should always rely on a full, onsite job hazard assessment before making final PPE decisions.

Get support meeting OSHA requirements in your organization.

OSHA sets and enforces standards for personal protective equipment. This product selector tool ensures that your protective apparel fulfills those requirements while covering a variety of hazards, including:

  • Chemical exposure, with a database of permeation data for more than 300 common chemical hazards
  • Flash Fires
  • Electric Arc Flash

Count on Liberty Safety, alongside our industrial partner DuPont Personal Protection, for the expertise you need to choose the right personal protective equipment for your needs.

How to use SafeSPEC™ Products Selector

Answer a series of questions about the hazards and work environment. The tool then generates a list of DuPont products that are suitable for your situation.

This list, or scenario, includes information about the products, such as the type of protection they offer, the materials they are made of, and their design features.

Let’s get started:

  1. Go to the DuPont™ SafeSPEC™ Product Selector Tool.
  2. You’ll first need to accept the terms and conditions. NOTE: SafeSPEC™ is intended to assist in choosing protective clothing for particular applications and does not replace the judgment of a qualified safety professional or industrial hygienist. Contact your Liberty Safety experts for support.



  3. Read the introduction carefully before proceeding to the next step; it provides important information you will need to complete the task.


  4. Describe the hazards you or your team will face in this task. This includes solid, liquid, gas, aerosol, and vapor forms of different chemical hazards.



  5. If your team will be working with any hazardous liquids or gases, make sure to add the types of chemicals to the list. This will help you identify the potential hazards and take appropriate safety precautions.



  6. Add a few more details about the exposure to the hazard, including the time, intensity, and route of exposure, as well as potential for fire hazard.



  7. Select the fabric, seam, and design options best suited to your hazard scenario.



  8. Assess the suitability of the recommended products for your specific scenario. Have questions? Ask your Liberty Safety experts!

No results found? Here are some reasons why

If you’ve used DuPont™ SafeSPEC™ Product Selector Tool and haven’t found any results, there are a few possible reasons why:

  • You may have entered incorrect or incomplete information. Make sure you’ve entered the correct hazard type, application, and environmental conditions.
  • There may be no products that meet your specific needs. If you’re using the tool to find a product for a rare or specific hazard, it’s possible that DuPont doesn’t offer a product that meets your needs. Talk to your Liberty Safety expert to find the PPE you need.  

Here are some tips for using the DuPont Product Selector Tool to get the best results:

  • Be as specific as possible when entering your information; Providing the most accurate information possible will yield the most relevant results.
  • Consider using the advanced search features. The advanced search features allow you to filter results by product type, brand, and other criteria.
  • Don’t be afraid to contact DuPont customer support. If you’re having trouble using the tool, DuPont customer support is happy to help.

You can also use the SafeSPEC™ Product Selector’s Search by Industry and Search by Hazard features:

  • These options allow you to configure different scenarios, with varying levels of specificity.

You can also use the SafeSPEC™ Product Selector features to Search by Industry and Search by Hazard

Search by Industry allows users to find appropriate PPE solutions based on hazardous tasks that are common on worksites.

Search by Hazard allows users to search for multiple, specific hazards that may be present on the job site. Search by Hazard is especially helpful for multi-hazard environments.

Found the right solution for your needs? Purchase the products at Liberty Safety.

Contact our team of experts for a quote.

DuPont™ SafeSPEC™ products are available at Liberty Safety. Liberty Safety offers a wide range of safety clothing products featured on SafeSPEC™ to meet the needs of workers in a variety of industries, including:

  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Chemical processing
  • Healthcare
  • Transportation

Liberty Safety’s experts can help you choose the right PPE for your situation, including sizing, design, and application of the product.

In addition to DuPont Personal Protection products, Liberty Safety also offers a wide supply of personal protective equipment products from leading brands for any kind of risk and hazard.

We’ve got you covered.

Visit our website and dive deeper into any products researched on DuPont™ SafeSPEC™,or check out our wide range of products from hard hats to safety boots.

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HEARING PROTECTION: SAFEGUARDING YOUR EARS IN NOISY ENVIRONMENTS

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Ever spent an afternoon working in a noisy environment, only to find your ears ringing afterward? This is not an uncommon experience. The World Health Organization reports that over 5% of people worldwide need rehabilitation services due to hearing loss that causes disability. Often, this disability results from prolonged exposure to loud noises in our daily lives, whether at work or home.

Fortunately, with proper ear protection, these risks can be reduced, and ears can be safeguarded from potential damage. August 7-13 marks the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Safe + Sound week. Why not take this opportunity to learn more about hearing protection and to reassess the precautions taken in your workplace?

Continue reading to explore the types of ear protection PPE (personal protective equipment) and understand the circumstances when ear protection is crucial. By understanding and acting on this information, anyone can help safeguard their hearing health and overall well-being.

Unveiling the Noise: Understanding the Loud Environments Encountered Every Day

Noisy environments are everywhere. In the workplace, construction sites, manufacturing factories, and warehouses are rife with loud noises. Even outside of the workplace, everyday tasks like mowing the lawn can add to the cumulative strain our ears experience.

When noise levels surpass a safe level, prolonged exposure can cause lasting damage. Recurring loud noises can lead to various health issues. The results include both physical and psychological stress, with early symptoms ranging from fatigue and irritability to depression and anxiety.

In more serious cases, prolonged exposure to loud noises can cause conditions such as:

  • Quicker brain degeneration
  • Digestive problems
  • Dementia

The long-term effects of noise exposure can be devastating. Exposure to noise for a long time is associated with health problems such as hearing loss, high blood pressure and heart disease. This is why taking the necessary steps to protect your hearing is so important.

The Silent Epidemic: Statistics on Hearing Loss and Noise Exposure

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Every year, approximately 22 million U.S. workers are exposed to potentially harmful noise at their workplace, according to the estimates provided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Harmful noise in the US means that workers are exposed to noises above 85 decibels.

According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), roughly 12% of the workforce faces hearing difficulties. Around 24% of people in that group have suffered from partial or complete hearing loss because they were exposed to a noisy work environment.

A recent study by Apple in collaboration with the University of Michigan revealed that 1 in 3 Americans are frequently exposed to sound levels above 70 decibels. These noisy environments can cause feelings of irritability, poor sleep, damage to hearing, and heart problems. Existing mental health problems may grow worse.

Another study suggests that being exposed to loud noise in the workplace can cause problems with hearing. These problems can include ringing in the ears, being too sensitive to sound, not being able to hear high-pitched noises very well, and having trouble understanding speech when it is noisy. It is essential to use personal protective equipment (PPE) to prevent hearing loss.

Personal protective equipment is special clothing and gear that people use to protect themselves from harm. This can include things such as helmets, face shields, gloves, and ear protection. Wearing PPE helps keep you safe when working in loud places or using tools.

Hearing protection is a critical component of personal protective equipment. By wearing the right type of ear protection, there’s not just a reduction in the risk of noise-induced hearing loss. It’s a way to ensure that the enjoyment of the sounds that matter most in life can continue. Moreover, safety ear protection is designed to fit comfortably over the ears and block out harmful loud noises, allowing for safety without compromising comfort.

Simplifying PPE Standards and Regulations

Now that you know the risks of noise exposure, it is important to understand the personal protective equipment standards and regulations that apply to hearing protection.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sets out regulations for using PPE in the workplace.

Here is a breakdown of the OSHA safety standards and regulations:

  • Employers must provide free hearing protection to employees exposed to an average of 85 decibels or more for 8 hours.
  • Hearing protectors must be replaced as needed.
  • The employer must start a hearing conservation program if the average occupational noise is equal to or greater than 85 decibel (dB) over eight hours. This program should involve regular professional testing of the employees’ hearing.

OSHA has fines and penalties for employers who do not follow their safety standards. This can include hefty fines ranging from $1,036 to $14,502 per violation. Employers must correct violations within the specified period after receiving a citation. Failure to correct the violation can result in a civil penalty of up to $7,000 for each day the violation continues.

In addition to regulating safety measures, OSHA does also provide support resources for businesses on mental health and well-being. Register for the “Hears” to Workplace Safety: How to Create a Sound Hearing Conservation Program webinar taking place on 8/9/23.

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Types of PPE Ear Protection

Different types of hearing protection exist for the ears. Earmuffs go over the ears and protect them from loud noise. Earplugs fit inside the ear to block noise. Both of these options aid in safeguarding from loud noises that can harm hearing.

The right type of ear protection is essential for specific environments. Hearing protection varies for different noise levels and environments, hence it’s crucial to use suitable ear protection for the environment in question.

For example, for work in an industrial setting with loud machinery, earmuffs might be needed. On the other hand, earplugs could be more appropriate for an office environment with a lot of background noise.

Liberty Safety acknowledges the importance of hearing protection. That’s why the product catalog includes various ear protection solutions that cater to multiple environments, noise levels, and comfort preferences. Options range from reusable headband earmuffs to convenient foam earplugs.

Hearing is a precious asset, and the right protective measures can make a significant difference. Two case studies from the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America illustrate how hearing protection devices (HPDs) can reduce the noise by 25-42 dB in high-noise workplaces, even when the noise level reaches 130 dBA. Therefore, if exposed to loud noises regularly, taking appropriate measures to protect the ears can greatly decrease the risk of hearing loss.

Understanding When Ear Protection is Required

Noise levels above 85 decibels can result in hearing loss over time. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommends that employers provide free hearing protection when noise levels exceed this threshold.

The law mandates that employers provide their employees with hearing protection if the workplace noise is sufficiently loud. OSHA has established legal noise exposure limits for employees, limiting the noise to no louder than 90 dBA for 8 hours. Every five dBA increase results in halving the time allowed for noise exposure.

Employers hold a significant role in ensuring adherence to PPE standards and regulations, including those related to hearing protection. Besides providing necessary ear protection equipment, employers should also offer training to ensure all employees understand the hearing protection requirements in their workplace.

When selecting hearing protection, these factors should be taken into consideration:

  • Noise Reduction Rating (NRR): This rating indicates how much noise the ear protection device can reduce.
  • Comfort: Comfort is a key consideration in ear protection. Ensure the chosen device fits comfortably and securely over the ears.
  • Environment: The chosen device should be suitable for the environment in which it will be used.
  • Compatibility with other PPE: Ensure that the selected ear protection is compatible with any other safety equipment being worn, such as a hard hat or face shield.

The consequences of choosing inappropriate hearing protection can be severe. Don’t let inadequate protection put hearing at risk. Choosing the right PPE for the ears should consider the NRR, comfort, environment, and compatibility with other PPE possibly in use.

Act Now: Protect Hearing With Liberty Safety

The value of proper hearing protection is immeasurable. Noise-induced hearing loss is permanent and irreversible. However, it’s also largely preventable. By taking appropriate steps to protect hearing, the risk of developing noise-induced hearing loss can be reduced.

Now is the time to prioritize hearing health. Download Liberty Safety’s product catalog today to find the right ear protection solutions for different environments and noise levels. Learn more about hearing protection and subscribe to the newsletter to stay up-to-date with the latest in safety news and tips. Remember, Liberty Safety is committed to providing top-of-the-line hearing protection solutions designed to ensure maximum safety and comfort. Don’t leave hearing to chance – protect it with Liberty Safety.

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Unlocking Safety Excellence: A Guide to Using DuPont Personal Protection Resource Center

Liberty Safety’s core purpose is to equip distributors with the necessary tools to enhance their safety culture. Liberty Safety constantly strives to achieve this goal by becoming an industrial partner with esteemed companies such as DuPont Personal Protection, renowned for their unwavering commitment to personal safety.

This comprehensive online hub contains an array of documents, articles, and multimedia resources. Users can find valuable insights into industry hazards, safety protocols, and guidance on appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) selection.

Whether you’re a seasoned risk management professional or a safety beginner, the DuPont Personal Protection Resource Center is an indispensable asset for everyone. Dive into the following sections for more insights.

Locating the DuPont Personal Protection Resource Center

Begin your journey by navigating to the DuPont Personal Protection Resource Center website. Here, a plethora of resources await, available with the following library filters:

  • Resource Type
  • Industry
  • Application
  • Product Category
  • Product Type
  • Brand
  • Product
  • Language

Simply select a category and the search results will be refined and streamlined according to your preferences. Rest assured; the Resource Center receives frequent updates to provide you with the most up-to-date information.

Navigating the Resource Center Homepage

The DuPont Personal Protection Resource Center makes it easy to find useful documents such as ‘Product Data Sheets’ and ‘Technical Data Sheets’, articles, case studies, images of products offered, videos, webinars, and as well as frequently asked questions (FAQs).

The Resource Center displays different sections where you’ll find a wealth of information on DuPont Personal Protection product lines and brands — designed to help you make informed decisions about which product suits your needs. Here’s the breakdown of every section:

  • You’ll find product and technical data sheets within the documents section, perfect for anyone looking for detailed information about a particular product.
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  • The articles section includes case studies and articles, providing insights and ideas for anyone wanting to learn more about a specific application for DuPont Personal Protection products. 
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  • The video section contains webinars and instructional product videos, making learning more about these products from anywhere easy.
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  • If you still have questions, you’ll be delighted to find the FAQs tab, which offers concise, informative answers to frequently asked questions.
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DuPont Personal Protection makes it easy for customers to access the important information they need to make informed decisions when researching, purchasing, and using their products. Customers can quickly get up-to-date information about the products and services available by providing these resources in one convenient location on its website.

 

Perks of Signing into DuPont.com for Access to Premium Content

Registering for a DuPont.com account opens doors to exclusive content and benefits:

  • Exclusive Industry Content: With a DuPont.com account, you gain access to recent research and industry insights by DuPont Personal Protection experts.
  • News and Trends: Stay in the loop with regular updates on blog posts, press releases, and announcements about new products or services.
  • Intuitive Search Feature: Quickly locate required information without data overload.
  • Tailored Product Information: Customizable preferences allow notifications based on your interests when new solutions are launched.

Honing Your Filter Skills in the Resource Center

Navigating through a treasure trove of information in the DuPont Personal Protection Resource Center could be overwhelming at first, but with the right approach to using filter options, it’s a breeze.

You can sort by topic, brand, industry, application, product family, and more. Combining different categories and filters yields narrowed-down results for your needs. For instance, if you’re looking for safety information regarding a particular type of worksite, you may want to use the “Industry” filter, with options like “Manufacturing & Industrial,” “Oil & Gas,” “Chemicals,” “Health Care & Medical” and more.

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If you’re looking for information on a specific product, the “Brand,” “Product Family,” and “Product” filters can help narrow down the results.

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For best results, we recommend using multiple filters under different categories to find resources specific to your search.

Harnessing the Power of the Search Function

The search function in the DuPont Personal Protection Resource Center offers an intuitive means of finding valuable information. Just enter your search terms and watch as possible matches populate in the drop-down menu. Search results are categorized under Documents, Articles, Images, Videos, and FAQs, simplifying your search process.

For instance, if you type “Tyvek” in the search bar, possible answers to your inquiry will appear, such as:

  • Tyvek® 400 D Product Overview Sheet
  • Tyvek® 500 HV Product Overview Sheet
  • Tyvek® versus microporous films
  • Tyvek® Recycling Program
  • Tyvek® Reusable Study
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By using specific, relevant keywords, you’ll find the most accurate results and smoothly navigate.

Accessing, Sharing, and Viewing Materials

The DuPont Personal Protection Resource Center offers materials for viewing, sharing, and downloading:

  • Share videos and articles by clicking the share button and copying the link. Social media sharing is also available.
  • To download documents and images, click the download button below each resource.
  • You may also preview the document on the Resource Center before downloading and/or sharing.
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Using a combination of these methods, you can use the resources in creative ways. Store files on your computer, print copies for offline review, or email useful materials to colleagues.

The DuPont Personal Protection Resource Center: An Empowering Knowledge Hub

Leverage the DuPont Personal Protection Resource Center to equip yourself with the knowledge needed to choose the best products for your specific requirements. With a special focus on industries exposed to hazardous conditions or materials, our industrial partner’s Resource Center is a crucial tool for promoting personal safety.

To learn more about the DuPont Personal Protection Resource Center, watch a quick video walkthrough here:

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The Resource Center, with its vast array of resources, along with Liberty Safety’s commitment to superior service, empowers users with essential safety information.

Liberty Safety is proud to offer protective solutions from DuPont™, including DuPont™ Tyvek®, Tychem®, ProShield® and more. Shop for DuPont Personal Protection products here.

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2023 F4953 Charger FLX™ Impact Gloves

Introducing Liberty Safety’s NEW F4953 DayBreaker® Charger FLX™ Impact Gloves.  This glove is designed to protect your worker’s hand at a high-risk job site.  F4953 is made with an 18 gauge dark blue engineered yarn shell (OEKO-TEX® standard 100 certified) that offers excellent dexterity and comfort.  The glove is super lightweight and comfortable while keeping your hands safe.

The F4953 provides ANSI A6 cut level with touchscreen compatibility.  Includes a Hi-vis green TPR Level 1 impact protection at the back of the hand and fingers for keeping the worker’s hand visible.  Plus features an Abrasion level 4 and Puncture level 3.

This is a NEW impact glove from Liberty Safety’s DayBreaker® series.

Features

  • 18 gauge engineered yarn shell
  • Single dipped with sandy foam nitrile palm and fingers coated
  • Hi-Vis green TPR at back hand and fingers
  • Reinforced nitrile thumb crotch
  • Colored hem cuffs for easy size identification

Applications:

  • Construction
  • Industrial Manufacturing
  • Oil and Gas