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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.

Your safety is our priority. It’s all part of our Freedom in Full Gear promise!

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hearing protection

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.
Resource Center
  • 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.

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 for Access to Premium Content

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

  • Exclusive Industry Content: With a 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.


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.

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.


  • 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


  • Construction
  • Industrial Manufacturing
  • Oil and Gas


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What You Need to Know About OSHA PPE Compliance: Are Your People and Business at Risk?

Safe workplaces are good business. Without proper compliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA)  Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)  standards serious risks can be involved for both employers and employees. 

OSHA’s aim is to reduce the number of workplace injuries and illnesses. Successful businesses know the OSHA standards applicable to their industry and work environment to ensure a safe workplace.

Companies with a Strong Commitment to Safety Avoid Serious Issues and Penalties

Successful companies focus on OSHA regulations and PPE by investing in comprehensive safety programs, ongoing training, adequate PPE, and a culture of safety.

Without proper compliance with PPE standards, serious risks can be involved for both employers and employees. Specifically, here are some of the biggest issues driving OSHA and PPE compliance:

  • worker injuries and fatalities
  • OSHA fines and penalties
  • increased insurance premiums
  • legal liabilities and lawsuits
  • compliance costs
  • keeping up with regulations

PPE is Crucial in Safeguarding Workers from Various Hazards on the Job 

PPE includes any device or appliance designed to be worn or held by an individual for protection against one or more health and safety hazards. Some examples of PPE include cut resistant gloves, coated gloves, sleeves and hi-vis protective apparel.

A Deep Dive into OSHA PPE Requirements and Compliance

According to OSHA, personal protective equipment must be designed and constructed safely, kept clean and dependable, and fit comfortably to encourage workers to use it. Employers must provide workers with safety gear and ensure it is properly maintained.

How to Ensure Compliance with OSHA PPE Requirements

Implement policies that require using suitable personal protective equipment (PPE), providing training on the correct use of PPE, and regularly enforcing these policies. Display appropriate signage in each work area and train supervisors to monitor PPE usage daily.

Consider progressive discipline for repeat offenders who fail to comply with proper PPE usage. This could include verbal warnings, written reprimands, suspension, and even dismissal in extreme cases.

OSHA’s established PPE regulations have different requirements depending on the specific job tasks and conditions in an industrial workplace.

Employers must ensure workers wear the proper PPE for tasks that could expose them to physical, chemical, electrical, mechanical, or other hazards. 

For instance, protective apparel plays an important roles in construction, where workers are exposed to a variety of hazards, including falls, loud noise, dust, and chemicals. Workers must use PPE appropriate for a construction site.

In manufacturing PPE sleeves, cut resistant gloves and coated gloves protect hands and arms from abrasions, cuts, and exposure to harmful substances.

In many industries workers wear hi- vis safety apparel to alert drivers or other vehicle operators of a worker’s presence, especially in low light and dark conditions. 

Without a PPE program that includes the provision of items like safety harnesses, masks, and gloves, as well as training on how to use them, workers would be at high risk of injury or illness.

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OSHA has Identified Six Types of Violations, each Carrying Different Fines

OSHA enforces its standards by conducting inspections in order of priority, which includes imminent danger situations, fatalities, and worker complaints. Employers must adhere to OSHA safety requirements to avoid costly fines and other sanctions. 

OSHA does not fine employees for workplace safety violations; the responsibility lies solely with the employer. Fines collected by OSHA do not directly fund the agency. Instead, they are directed to the U.S. Treasury’s general fund. Importantly, these fines are not tax-deductible.

OSHA’s six types of violations: 

Type of ViolationMinimum PenaltyMaximum Penalty
Willful or Repeated$10,360$145,027
Posting Requirements$0$14,502
Failure to AbateN/A$14,502 per day past the abatement date
De MinimisN/AN/A

Helpful Definitions of OSHA’s Six Types of Violations

Serious violations occur when an employer knowingly leaves a hazard that could result in death or serious harm unresolved. Fines can reach up to $14,502 per violation.

Other-than-serious violations don’t lead to serious injury or death but compromise employee safety. Fines can reach up to $14,502 per violation, though they can be reduced by up to 95%.

Willful or repeated violations are those that are repeated within three years, and companies face much harsher penalties, from $10,360 up to $145,027 per violation. The size of the workforce can lead to a reduced fine, with an 80% reduction for 10 or fewer employees, decreasing to no reduction for 251 or more employees.

Posting requirements violations occur if an employer receives a citation or violation notice from OSHA. The notice must be visibly posted near the incident area until the violation is resolved or for three days. Failure to do so may result in fines up to $14,502 per violation.

Failure to abate violations happens if companies do not resolve a safety violation by the date specified in the OSHA notice. The company can be fined up to $14,502 per day past the abatement date.

De minimis violations are minor infractions that don’t necessarily require a citation or notice, and they typically don’t incur penalties.

Have questions? Contact Liberty Safety’s PPE experts now

The Top 10 Most Cited OSHA Violations in 2022 were:

  1. Fall protection
  2. Hazard communication
  3. Ladders
  4. Respiratory protection
  5. Scaffolding
  6. Lockout/Tagout
  7. Powered industrial trucks
  8. Fall protection – training requirements
  9. Personal protective and lifesaving equipment – eye and face protection
  10. Machine guarding

Learn more about how these top most cited OSHA violations impact your PPE choices. 

What to Include when Creating your PPE Program

The OSHA PPE standards require employers to provide employees with personal protective equipment when necessary to protect them from workplace hazards. 

To ensure the successful implementation of PPE based on OSHA’s regulations and guidelines, employers should follow these tips:

● Examine the workplace and determine what hazards exist

● Choose and maintain the appropriate PPE for each hazard

● Provide OSHA PPE training to employees

● Monitor compliance regularly

● Enforce policies on PPE use

● Keep employees informed of any changes to PPE policies

OSHA Hierarchy of Controls

Learn how PPE hazards are addressed in specific standards for the construction industry. Have questions about PPE for your industry? Contact Liberty Safety’s PPE experts now

Ensuring PPE Compliance in the Workplace

PPE, often the last line of defense against occupational hazards, minimizes exposure to various risks, ranging from biological and chemical to physical and ergonomic. Its importance, however, can be overlooked by employees for a myriad of reasons, including discomfort and inconvenience.

​​​​Prioritizing Comfort and Convenience in PPE Selection

Don’t let workplace safety be compromised due to these concerns. Organizations should strive to ensure that their PPE is not only suitable for the hazards present but also comfortable and convenient for employees to use. 

Involving workers in the selection process of PPE, considering their comfort, ease of use, and even their aesthetic preferences is one way to increase use and safety.

Going Beyond Equipment: The Need for Proper PPE Training

Moreover, effective PPE compliance goes beyond equipment provision – it requires proper training for employees on the use, necessity, and limitations of their PPE. It’s essential to make PPE training engaging and valuable for workers, emphasizing its role in protecting their health and safety.

Creating a Culture of Safety with PPE 

Establishing a culture of safety in the workplace is a crucial part of PPE compliance. The success of PPE programs doesn’t just rely on having the right equipment or even stringent regulations in place; it also depends on the willingness and cooperation of employees to use PPE correctly.

When employees feel comfortable discussing PPE and reporting issues, they’re less likely to overlook the potential hazards in their work environment. And, a safe environment contributes to employee retention and productivity.

To this end, one noteworthy program is the OSHA’s Safe and Sound Campaign. The program highlights three main aspects: 

  • management leadership
  • worker participation 
  • proactive hazard control

Management leadership demonstrates commitment to safety and the well-being of employees. 

Workers, when involved in safety programs, are more likely to adhere to safety protocols, and proactive hazard control shifts focus from reaction to prevention.

Creating a Culture of Safety with PPE

Have questions? Contact Liberty Safety’s PPE experts now regarding resources available from agencies like OSHA that guide PPE compliance standards.

Maintaining PPE Compliance in the Face of Emerging Threats

Changes in work environments, advancement of technologies, shifts in the global landscape, or unexpected natural disasters can all contribute to new and complex hazards that demand innovative safety measures. 

Is your PPE program flexible, adaptive, able to respond to evolving threats and shifting regulations? Regular reviews and updating risk assessments, done ongoingly, identifies new threats as they arise. Ask Liberty Safety about the latest industry developments and update your PPE needs accordingly.

The Future of PPE and Technology

Advancements in technology such as smart PPE are already making their way into various industries. Smart PPE refers to equipment that is connected to the internet and has advanced capabilities, such as real-time hazard tracking and health monitoring. These proactive (rather than reactive) measures can drastically improve safety. 

As a leader in the safety industry, Liberty Safety is dedicated to providing head-to-toe PPE that complies with the highest standards and integrates the latest technology. We understand that PPE compliance is a dynamic process that requires constant adaptation and evolution. 

Here is a selection of our products that meet the highest standards established by federal agencies. Contact our PPE experts today for the right PPE for your industry and hazards.

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Specialized PPE from DuPont and Showa Serves Oil & Gas Industry Workers

The Oilfield Worker CS710

The oil and gas industry touches many aspects of modern life, from fuel used to transport people and goods to materials used in the production of goods that surround us every day. Work involved in exploration, drilling, production, processing, refinement and transportation involves high-risk activities which often must be conducted in extreme conditions.

Hours are long and the workplace is typically hazardous for oil and gas industry workers. Along with engineering processes for greater safety and rigorous training in a wide range of safety practices, appropriate PPE is an important step in protecting the health and safety of workers.

We’ll take a look at the hazards specific to the upstream and downstream aspects of the oil and gas industry and the types of PPE that can help mitigate those risks and protect workers.

Workplace Hazards in the Oil and Gas Industry

Overall, the oil and gas industry breaks down into two distinct parts, upstream and downstream.


Source: DuPont

Upstream refers to the activities related to exploration and production. Exploration includes all the tasks related to identifying the places to drill, conducting surveys, and handling various types of rights involved in the process. Production deals with getting the oil and gas out of the ground through drilling and hydraulic fracturing (fracking).

Downstream refers to the refining and processing of oil and gas. The transportation and storage processes that support the processing and distribution phases are sometimes termed midstream activities or grouped with downstream activities.

Looking at the industry as a whole, the jobs involved are different in upstream and downstream, as are the specific hazards that workers are exposed to, yet some hazards are common throughout.

  • Fire and explosions
  • Machinery and heavy equipment
  • Chemicals, including hydrogen sulfide gas
  • High pressure lines and equipment
  • Fatigue
  • Vehicle collision

Upstream Hazards in the Oil and Gas Industry

Workers in upstream oil and gas perform many high-risk tasks in their jobs and are frequently exposed to several extreme workplace hazards. Off-shore drilling produces about 30% of the world’s crude oil, and for those working on oil rigs or drilling platforms, a combination of conditions make the work extremely challenging.

Hours are long, often 12-hour shifts that operate around the clock, and the tasks are physically demanding. Extreme weather conditions can arise at any moment and further complicate the work at hand. All this, plus human error, equipment failure, and external conditions can potentially lead to injury.

Flash fires are a significant hazard as are explosions from the well itself or explosion of flammable materials involved in the drilling process. Oil and gas are flammable, as are some of the chemicals involved in the drilling operation.

Work at times takes place in narrow or confined spaces, including storage tanks, mud pits, and areas around the wellhead, creating an ignition hazard and increasing the risk of suffocation.

Equipment and rotating machinery involved in the extraction process present the hazard of worker injuries from being struck by, caught between or caught in machines and heavy equipment. Burns and blunt force injuries are also common, as well as injuries from being struck by debris.

One of the specific risks of upstream oil and gas production is that of breathing in hydrogen sulfide gas, which may be released as part of the drilling process. In small concentrations, it can be harmful and cause irritation to the eyes and respiratory system, but in larger concentrations it can be deadly.

OSHA-NIOSH’s Hazard Alert describes the challenges related to hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Exposure to dust with high levels of respirable silica released in this process can lead to lung disease.

Downstream Hazards in the Oil and Gas Industry

Collectively, the activities of refining, transporting, storing, marketing and selling are part of the downstream process. Separating the crude oil into various products involves exposure to hazardous emissions and VOCs along with the hazards of working with pressure vessels, pipelines, and compressors.

Transporting crude and refined products involves a variety of transportation methods–tankers, barges, and trucks.

Operational tasks include maintenance technician jobs including welding steel and maintenance of compressors, pumps, heat exchanges and other systems. Additional hazards include confined spaces and high pressure lines and equipment

PPE to Protect Oil and Gas Workers

Keeping workers in the oil and gas industry safe requires comprehensive and regular safety training as well as the development and implementation of safe practices. OSHA’s Job Safety Analysis Process can be used to help workers identify hazards at the worksite and find solutions, such as implementing safe practices for fall protection, fire protection, electrical work, emergency response and other concerns.

The correct use of appropriate PPE is an important part of establishing workplace safety. Typical PPE requirements for oil and gas workers, in both upstream and downstream jobs, includes hard hats, safety glasses, and hearing protection to handle a wide range of exposures. Boots should be chosen to provide crush protection, insulate against shock, and give secure footing to reduce slips and falls. Respiratory protection is vital, and needs to be selected depending upon the particular conditions such as exposure to hydrogen sulfide gas or crystalline silica, or air that is otherwise unsafe to breathe.

Across all aspects of the oil and gas industry, workers need protection from fire, chemicals, and machinery–gear that provides safety for the hands and body during all types of activities. Gloves and coveralls fill this role.


Hand protection is a must for both upstream and downstream workers. Choose gloves that are designed to meet the demands of cut resistance and chemical resistance to protect hands against oils, abrasion, chemicals and cuts. Materials like neoprene, nitrile, vinyl, rubber protect hands from chemical and liquid hazards. Specialty gloves offer protection from crush, vibration,  and other hazards.

 SHOWA KV660 Chemical Protection Gloves defend against a broad range of hazards as well as oils. Along with ANSI cut level 2 protection, this seamless knit liner gloves are triple-dipped with a PVC coating and reinforced with a Kevlar® liner. The rough surface of SHOWA KV660 gloves offers a good grip and high abrasion resistance. And the SHOWA KV660 maintains its barrier to hazards even after multiple washes.


SHOWA 240 Cut Resistant Gloves protect against cuts and burns, having an ANSI Cut Level A3 rating and Level 2 arc flash defense rating. They protect hands from flames, flashes and sparks as well as cuts. The SHOWA 240 Cut Resistant Gloves are made of a seamless knit and have a Kevlar® liner and sponge neoprene palm coating for extra grip; they’re comfortable, flexible, and easy on the skin even when worn for long periods of work. A Level 5 EN 420 Dexterity rating ensures control and precision when working on small-scale projects.

Showa 240

Coveralls and Body Protection

Workers in upstream and downstream activities require specialized protection to meet the demands of their roles in the industry, whether working on a drilling platform or maintaining pipelines.

High performance coveralls help protect upstream and downstream workers from flash fires and an array of chemical exposures. Coveralls like the DuPont™ ProShield™ 6 SFR are worn over a primary flame-resistant garment. The ProShield™ 6 SFR  provides a lightweight barrier against oils and greases, non-hazardous particles, and secondary flame-resistant protection. With an attached hood, elastic waist and attached sock ensure a secure fit with a front storm flap.

To simultaneously protect workers against chemical hazards and flash fires, Tychem® 2000 SFR is made of a unique fabric technology that provides both chemical and secondary flame protection in a lightweight garment, intended to be worn over primary flame resistant garments.

In the event that a flash fire occurs, these coveralls won’t ignite and won’t contribute to additional burn injury if appropriate flame-resistant personal protective equipment, such as DuPont™ Nomex®, is worn beneath. The Tychem® 2000 SFR fabric doesn’t char like traditional secondary flame resistant technologies. Instead, it was designed to shrink away from flame – without burning.

Taped seams provide strong chemical resistance against heavy liquid splashes. A sewn seam is covered with a strip of compatible chemical-resistant material through heat sealing. The attached respirator-fit hood, lined with ProShield® 6 SFR fabric, has elastic around the face opening. A storm flap, which can be sealed by the wearer with an adhesive strip to prevent intrusion, covers a strong zipper. Integrated socks are composed of garment material and elastic at the wrist opening offers a tighter fit.

DuPont™ Tychem® 6000 FR

Full-body garments like the DuPont™ Tychem® 6000 FR coveralls provide triple hazard protection–from chemical splashes, flash fire, and electric arcs–in a single-layer garment. The Tychem® 6000 FR combines the chemical protection of Tychem® with the thermal/arc protection of Nomex®.

The Tychem® 6000 FR provides 30 minutes of protection from >180 chemicals, is certified to NFPA 1992, and has an arc rating of 15 cal/cm2 Ebt, which exceeds the NFPA 70E Hazard Risk category 2 requirement.

chem - 6000 FR

PPE Meets the Challenges

Every day, workers in the oil and gas industry confront an array of hazards; EHS Daily Advisor presents the top hazards in an infographic.  Protecting workers doing hazardous jobs in extreme conditions demands PPE that performs consistently to meet and beat the challenges.


Source: EHS Daily Advisor

Don’t take chances when the risks are already high. Work with an experienced supplier who can provide the industry’s best protection products and who willingly shares their deep expertise to ensure your teams are equipped with the appropriate gear.

As a preferred vendor partner with DuPont and Showa, Liberty Safety has the technical resources to answer your questions and help you keep your workers safe, day in and day out.

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2023 Liberty Safety’s Work Gloves

At Liberty Safety, we have taken pride in delivering hand protection for the last 30 years.  We focus on hand safety for your workers to perform work tasks without putting their hands at risk.  We offer hand protection for a wide range of industries to protect your workers against harmful hazards and substances.

Liberty Safety is excited to share with you our newest products for 2023.  Each glove is designed to protect you and your team’s hands from injuries and illnesses.

4965 Y-Grip® Cut Resistant Gloves

Y-Grip Gray Polyurethane Coated Gloves

Liberty Safety has an extensive cut-resistance glove range that caters to any work environment.  Our Y-Grip® series provides A 3 cut resistant that provides comfort and durability.

The new Y-Grip® 4965, a 13 gauge A3 cut resistant glove made with a polyurethane coated on the palm and fingers for better grip and dexterity.  Designed with superior comfort without the irritation of glass fiber or steel.

Liberty Safety’s FLXtec™ proprietary engineered yarn is 25% lighter in weight compared to competitors while offering the same cut protection level as other fibers.  The yarn is 9.16x stronger than HPPE on an equal weight.


  • 13 gauge FLEXtec™ proprietary engineered shell
  • Gray polyurethane coated on palm and fingers
  • Colored hem cuffs for easy size identification
  • ANSI A3 Cut Resistance
  • Available size: XS – 2XL


  • Material Handling
  • Manufacturing
  • MRO
  • Construction

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0919 NeoWarrior™ Mechanic Gloves


Mechanic gloves offer protection from a multitude of hazards and tasks.  Because there are so many different tasks in such a large variety of industries, consolidating the features you need into a glove can be good idea.

Liberty Safety’s new 0919 NeoWarrior™ mechanic gloves feature a three-open-finger design for handling small parts and tools.  This glove is made with a synthetic leather palm with spandex and mesh fabric back of hand.  The hi-vis mesh fabric at back of hand for breathability and visibility in low light applications.


  • Premium synthetic gray leather with foam padded palm
  • 3 open fingers design
  • Black spandex and hi-vis green mesh fabric at back of hand
  • Available size: M- 2XL


  • Material Handling
  • Construction
  • Warehouse

Choosing the Right Gloves

Liberty Safety offers a wide selection of gloves designed to protect hands from various hazards.  As the PPE industry continues to evolve and adopts new standards, we will continue to provide the best protection for the job.

We know workers’ hands are their most important tool, and many work environments are riddled with hazards that can cause hand injuries.  Requiring the proper gloves (job specific tasks) mean protecting your workers and ensure people go home safety at the end of the day.

Liberty Safety  can help you choose from some of the most requested gloves for your industry.  

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Prioritizing Workplace Safety: Celebrating June – National Safety Month

June national safety month Liberty Safety

Workplace safety stands as a concern for organizations across all industries. Recognizing the need for personal protective equipment (PPE), Liberty Safety has emerged as a trusted provider of top-quality safety solutions. 

June is National Safety Month, a nationwide initiative dedicated to promoting workplace safety approaches. It’s the perfect time to make sure your employees know just how much their safety matters to you and your business. Liberty Safety shares your commitment to safeguarding employees and is a proud member of the National Safety Council (NSC)

In this blog post, let’s explore the significance of National Safety Month and shed light on these core values your organization shares with Liberty Safety.

National Safety Month: A Time to Prioritize Workplace Safety

National Safety Month serves as a catalyst for organizations to prioritize the well-being of their employees and create a culture of safety. 

This month-long initiative, created by the National Safety Council (NSC) in 1996, aims to raise awareness about workplace safety, reduce incidents, and foster a proactive approach to occupational health and well-being. 

By actively participating in National Safety Month, organizations demonstrate their commitment to protecting their workforce and cultivating a safe working environment. 

Liberty Safety fully supports the goals of National Safety Month through their dedication to providing top-quality PPE products.

Join us in exploring the weekly topics for 2023 Weekly Topics, per the 

Week 1: Emergency Preparedness 

National Safety Month starts with a critical topic: Emergency Preparedness. Every year, emergencies such as natural disasters, fires, and workplace incidents claim lives and cause injuries. Understanding how to respond can make a significant difference.

A well-developed emergency plan and a basic emergency supply kit is vital for both households and workplaces. Training is another crucial aspect. Familiarize yourself and your family or employees with the use of fire extinguishers, the location of emergency exits, and first-aid procedures. The more prepared we are, the better our chances of survival during an emergency.

Week 2: Slips, Trips and Falls 

The second week of National Safety Month focuses on preventing slips, trips, and falls – some of the most common causes of serious work-related injuries and deaths. These incidents can occur in any setting, from home to office to outdoor environments.

Good housekeeping is key: ensuring walkways are clear of clutter can significantly reduce the risk of falls. Wearing appropriate footwear also matters. Shoes should provide adequate traction and can prevent slips and trips. Finally, always be mindful of your surroundings, and don’t rush—taking your time can often prevent a potential fall.

Week 3: Heat-Related Illness 

As we move into summer, the third week of National Safety Month emphasizes the dangers of heat-related illnesses, such as heatstroke and heat exhaustion. When it’s hot, make sure to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids. Dressing appropriately is also important. Lightweight, loose-fitting clothing helps your body cool down. 

Learning to recognize the signs of heat-related illnesses—such as heavy sweating, weakness, dizziness, nausea, and headache—can help ensure prompt treatment and recovery.

Week 4: Hazard Recognition 

The final week of National Safety Month is devoted to Hazard Recognition. Whether at home, work, or in public places, being able to identify potential hazards can prevent accidents and injuries. 

Safety audits can be useful in workplaces to identify potential risks. Look for things like unsecured materials that could fall, exposed wires, or unsafe equipment. Training and awareness are key to hazard recognition.

Safety is everyone’s responsibility

Let’s use National Safety Month to ensure we’re all doing our part to create safer environments.  To make it easy, here are some key areas to check, first, along with some exceptional products.

1. The Importance of Hand Protection

Hands are among the most vulnerable body parts in the workplace. In order to prevent injuries, hand protection should be essential to ensure workplace safety. Let’s dive into the critical role of hand protection by highlighting Liberty Safety’s FroGrip® P-Grip Ultra-Thin Polyurethane Coated Gloves (4636TCG).

hand protection

These gloves combine excellent dexterity with reliable hand protection, including a 13 gauge hi-vis green polyester shell and touchscreen compatible design. Workers perform their tasks with precision and confidence while wearing them. 

Liberty Safety also offers a product line of gloves designed to resist cuts, abrasions, and punctures. These cut resistant gloves exemplify Liberty Safety’s commitment to offering advanced hand protection solutions. 

By incorporating Liberty Safety’s hand protection gear into workplace safety protocols, organizations can align with the goals of National Safety Month, prioritizing employee safety and well-being.

2. Clear Vision for Safety: Liberty Safety’s Full-Frame Safety Glasses

safety glasses

Clear vision is essential to maintaining a safe working environment, particularly in hazardous conditions. That’s why it’s important to spotlight eye protection with products like Liberty Safety’s iNOX® AURA II™Full-Frame Safety Glasses (1764BG).

These glasses are meticulously designed to provide optimal eye protection without compromising vision clarity. Enjoy:


    • Polycarbonate polarized lenses for maximum protection

    • Soft non-slip adjustable rubber nose piece

    • Anti-scratch coating

    • Compliance: ANSI Z87.1+

Liberty Safety also offers safety glasses with features such as durable frames, distortion-free lenses, and anti-fog coatings. They enhance both safety and comfort for the wearer.

Our glasses not only protect your employees’ eyes from potential hazards but also contribute to creating a culture of safety and awareness in the workplace. They are particularly valuable in industries such as construction, manufacturing, and laboratories where eye protection is of utmost importance.

3. High Visibility, High Safety: Hi-Vis Apparel

hi-vis apparel vest

Visibility plays a pivotal role in workplace safety, especially in high-risk environments. That’s why we focus on high-visibility safety clothing, featuring Liberty Safety’s HiVizGard™ Class 2 Hi-Vis Apparel (C16015GB).

These Class 2 garments are designed for workers near heavy traffic driving over 25 mph and in low visibility areas. Features include a front zipper closure and multiple pockets for convenience and functionality. This Surveyor’s Vest is meticulously designed with a black bottom. This strategic feature serves to conceal any accumulated dirt or grime, ensuring the vest consistently maintains a clean and professional appearance.

 Liberty Safety’s Hi-Vis Apparel ensures that employees stand out. These garments are specifically designed to enhance visibility, making workers easily identifiable, even in low-light or high-traffic conditions. Reducing the risk of accidents and enhancing overall safety. These garments are available in various styles, including vests, shirts, jackets, and pants, catering to the specific needs of different industries and job roles. 

4. Protecting Heads: Liberty Safety’s DuraShell® Hard Hats

hard hat

The head stands as one of the most vulnerable body parts in potentially hazardous work environments, demanding reliable head protection. We highlight the crucial role of head protection by introducing Liberty Safety’s range of Hard Hats

Crafted from durable materials and designed to meet stringent safety standards, Liberty Safety’s Hard Hats offer unparalleled protection for workers’ heads. These hard hats are available in various styles and configurations to suit different industry needs, ensuring a comfortable and secure fit for every wearer. 

Consider the 1404R-HO DuraShell® Hard Hat by Liberty Safety. This hard hat provides robust head protection, ensuring safety and comfort with its sturdy design and adjustable features, making it an indispensable tool for any high-risk environment.  Featuring:


    • Shell constructed from high-density polyethylene

    • Low-Profile design

    • Pillowed brow pad & top ribbon pad for comfort

    • Rain trough on sides and back of helmet channels moisture away

    • Available in 4 suspension

    • Compliance: ANSI Z89.1-2014, Type 1, Class C,G,E

Liberty Safety’s Hard Hats provide reliable protection for workers’ heads, providing a critical safeguard in inside or outside work environments.

Use this month and these resources to bring health and safety to the forefront of your day to day  

National Safety Month serves as a powerful reminder of the importance of workplace safety. Liberty Safety, a trusted provider of top-quality personal protective equipment (PPE), wholeheartedly embraces this initiative. 

Through their commitment to delivering innovative and reliable safety solutions, Liberty Safety supports organizations in their quest to create a safe and secure working environment.

Shop a vast assortment of safety supplies & worksite safety including cut resistant gloves for hand protection, safety glasses for superior eye protection, high visibility apparel, hard hats, and more. Provide your employees with high-quality, reliable PPE to protect against workplace hazards from LibertySafety – the brand you trust.

Explore Liberty Safety’s extensive range of PPE products and support National Safety Month’s initiative

When it comes time to find the best selection of PPE for your workers, Liberty Safety can help. Contact us to learn more about our line of personal protective equipment for your safety concerns.

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Automotive Paint Shop PPE Includes Specialty Gear from DuPont™

Automotive Paint Shop PPE Includes Specialty Gear from DuPont™

Automotive paint does more than create pleasing appearance, it’s a complex technology that protects the metal while creating the chosen finish. For those who work in automotive paint environments, it’s also a potential health threat, which is why choosing the right PPE is critical.

Automotive paint shop workers may be employed in body shops, dealerships, and automotive repair shops as well as factories; they face exposure to similar hazards involved in mixing and applying paints and chemicals that are often toxic or hazardous. 

The paint they spray is typically a mixture that includes not only paint but also thinner, hardener, and a catalyst formulated to suit the substrate and other characteristics of the desired finish. While OSHA regulated operations and NIOSH outlines best practices, extreme care and conscientious use of PPE is needed to protect the immediate and long-term health of workers.

Hazards and Exposures on the Job in Automotive Painting

The routine operations involve a host of chemicals that pose risks related to both acute and long-term exposure, as well as activities that produce dust and particles that are harmful when inhaled. Work in autobody repair and painting exposes workers to a variety of hazards, both physical and chemical. OSHA provides detailed explanations and guidelines for specific hazards within the automotive painting industry. Several common hazards include:

Airborne Particles
Grinding and sanding to remove old finish or as part of the painting process puts dust and particles into the air. This paint and primer dust may have hazardous characteristics that lead to irritation in the respiratory system. Sandblasting, if it is used, also releases silica into the air.

Fans, blowers, and sanders are all typically involved in the painting process in a body shop contributing to the basic noise level. Sanders and spray booth fans run at about 80dB; air blowers may range up to 90 or 100dB, depending on the type and pressure. Hearing damage occurs from exposure to excessive noise in two ways–particular events of loud sounds, and the duration of exposure to elevated noise levels. Generally, the acceptable noise level limit for eight hours would be about 85dB, and that duration before permanent damage occurs decreases with an increase in noise level. Specific tools and equipment can produce noise at significantly higher levels.

Unlike a muscle that can be strengthened, you can’t “toughen up” your hearing by repeated exposure to loud noise. Hearing loss builds over time and is not reversible. 

Physical Injury
Working with cutting tools, sheet metal as well as welding operations presents ample opportunity for injuries. Flying metal fragments can cause eye injuries; welding operations can cause burns and eye damage. Oil and grease can lead to slips and trips that result in falls; and repetitive stress injuries from poor ergonomics when handling tools.

Vapors and Fumes – working with volatile organic compounds that give off vapors
These gases can damage the respiratory system and other problems. VOCs are released by paints, fillers, and solvents. Metal fumes enter the air from welding and cutting.

Automotive paints are specially formulated for their purpose and typically contain a resin or binder, pigment, solvent, and other additives. The resins in these paints are often polyurethanes; isocyanates are essentially, the raw materials that compose polyurethanes.

NIOSH describes isocyanates as “powerful irritants to the mucous membranes of the eyes and gastrointestinal and respiratory tracts.” Exposure builds over time and they cause damage to the eyes and skin. Repeated exposure can lead to sensitization and severe illness including work-related asthma. Products containing isocyanates must be handled carefully to avoid health problems and introduce a specific set of cautions and hazards. The damage is cumulative, and the body does not get rid of these once they are taken in.

An introductory guide is offered by NIOSH that reviews a range of chemicals and helps workers to understand the potential health risks associated with each one.

PPE to Address the Hazards

PPE to Address the Hazards

Exposures of all types in this industry tend to be cumulative, whether the exposure is to loud noises or chemicals. The actions you take today will affect not only your health tomorrow, but your length of life and the quality of life you’ll experience in the years ahead. Careful attention to best practices also helps prevent exposing your family to the effects as well.

DuPont™ recommends using the 4P method for assessing risk in the workplace.


Earplugs and earmuffs that are worn all day preserve hearing and address the cumulative effect of noise from fans, paint booth operations, blowers and sanders.

Respirators and face masks protect the lungs and respiratory system from particles, vapors, fumes, and chemicals that can be inhaled. Their use is critical for protecting health, and required  in accordance with regulations for chemicals used and paint booth operating standards. OSHA provides detailed guidance for the use of various types of protective respiratory gear that is beyond the scope of our discussion here.

While awareness of an odor can be an indicator of the presence of a potentially harmful chemical, some chemicals are odorless and cannot be detected by smell. Frequent exposure to certain other chemicals can diminish the sense of smell that would help indicate their presence.

Gloves provide improved grip while protecting the hands against multiple types of injuries. When the hands are exposed to harsh chemicals burns can result, and toxic chemicals can readily enter the bloodstream through the skin. The proper gloves for full dexterity and also protect against cuts and abrasions when working with cutting tools and metal.

A4938 Cut Resistant Gloves

A4938 X-GRIP® gray polyurethane cut resistant gloves

Constructed with a 13 gauge salt and pepper HPPE shell, polyurethane coated palm and fingers, these gloves offer ANSI level A2 cut resistance, breathability, and provide all day comfort.

Coveralls and full-body protective clothing efficiently prevent chemicals from coming in contact with the skin. They also help paint booth workers to produce the best quality coating applications by preventing the lint or dust from clothing, which could damage the surfaces being painted, from entering the spray booth.

DuPont™ Personal Protection is designed with unparalleled expertise and taps into a broad portfolio of technical solutions to meet or exceed global protection standards. For paint shops,  Tyvek® 400, Tyvek® 800, and Tychem® 2000 coveralls offer specialized protection and are available through Liberty Safety to meet the demands and hazards for these task-specific jobs.

DuPont™ Tyvek® model TY800

DuPont™ Tyvek® model TY800

Coverall with hood has serged and over-taped seams and elastic thumb loops. It has elastic wrists, ankles and face and an elastic waist (glued-in), a self-adhesive Tyvek® storm flap and a self-adhesive chin flap. Garments resist low-concentration, water-based inorganic chemicals and provide an effective barrier against many water-based inorganic chemicals in low concentration, as well as particles down to 1.0 micron.

Tyvek® 400 TY120

DuPont™ Tyvek® 400 TY120

Coverall with comfort fit design. This style has a collar, elastic waist, storm flap, open wrists and ankles, and serged seams. These garments offer durability and comfort along with softness and breathability. They repel water-based liquids and aerosols and fine particles and fibers down to 1.0 micron.

DuPont™ Tychem® 2000

DuPont™ Tychem® 2000

Coverall includes a standard fit hood, serged seams, and storm flap in addition to elastic wrists and ankles. A lightweight and durable fabric, Tychem® 2000 fabric provides at least 30 minutes of protection against >40 chemical challenges. Tychem® 2000 is used for light splash protection in a variety of industrial environments.

Advantages of Tyvek® and DuPont™ Products

Tyvek® brings key characteristics into play. Coveralls are anti-static treated to minimize dust entering from outside the spray booth. The specific structure of Tyvek® is stable, durable, and low lint, suitable for settings that demand high air purity. The low lint characteristic of Tyvek® keeps spray booths free of lint and dust so that the best quality finish can result.

Dry linting propensity

The unique structure of Tyvek® material offers a high degree of protection against airborne particles and many water-based inorganic chemicals. As the nonwoven structure of the material forms a multi-layer barrier, its barrier performance will remain intact even if the outer layers become damaged in places. Beyond the durability of the material—Tyvek® is highly resistant to abrasion and tearing—it is also lightweight and soft, as well as permeable to both air and water vapor, providing a high level of comfort.  For specific types of paint or exposure, the protection provided by Tyvek® must be reinforced or enhanced with other accessories, such as those available in the Tychem® range. Some types of paint work present risks not only when applying the paint, but also when preparing the paint or cleaning tools, using solvent washers, and so on. For all potentially hazardous tasks, DuPont™ suggests its range of lightweight and effective Tychem® accessories.

Practicing Protection

NIOSH sums up sound PPE practices for paint application in their poster:

Got everything covered?

Source: NIOSH

Safety and health are protected day by day through effective use of appropriate gear. As a preferred vendor partner with DuPont™, Liberty Safety has a wide range of DuPont™ products and a technical support team to help you make a wise selection for your application.

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3 Tips to Protect Your Team from Heat Stress

3 Tips to Protect Your Team from Heat Stress

Summer’s heat isn’t likely to diminish any time soon. That’s why it’s best to plan for heat before it starts. With that in mind, employers have to seriously consider the steps they can take to protect workers from heat stress, especially those who work outdoors.

Heat stress is caused by multiple factors and can happen to workers and others in all areas of the country–not only those regions known for record-setting highs.

Humidity, work load, duration, and changes in temperature are just some of the factors that contribute to the likelihood that workers will experience heat stress. We’ll take a closer look at these factors and discuss some tips on how you and your team can avoid heat related illnesses.

#1 Equip Your Team to Understand How Heat Stress Affects Health and Safety

Facts About Heat Stress

Heat stress happens when the body cannot get rid of excess heat. The body’s core temperature rises as a result and with that, the heart rate increases. Workers in several industries, indoors and outdoors, are vulnerable to heat stress, including manufacturing workers, miners, warehouse workers, and bakery workers as well as farmers and construction workers.

Symptoms arise as the body continues to store heat. Concentration and the ability to focus are affected and the person may lose the desire to drink, increasing their vulnerability to illness or death if the person is not cooled down.

High air temperature and radiant heat from the sun or another industrial source contribute to the conditions that create heat stress, indoors or out. A lack of air movement increases the effects of heat, and high relative humidity makes it difficult for the body to cool itself through sweating. The right PPE safety gear can protect workers from the sun and bring relief from the heat.

Stay Alert for Symptoms and Offer First Aid

Heat stress can produce a range of heat related illnesses. An individual’s underlying health can also be a factor in how the body reacts to heat and the particular set of symptoms that arise, however these conditions can strike a worker of any age.

That’s why it’s critically important to understand the symptoms that you may observe in your crew–or yourself–and be on the lookout for any unusual symptoms or changes in performance.

Although the severity of these illnesses differs, an individual may not present milder symptoms before a more severe condition, such as heat stroke, occurs; heat related illness does not necessarily move in stepwise fashion, so the symptoms listed need not appear in a particular order to be considered serious.

The right response at the right time can mean the difference between life and death or prevent heat related illnesses from escalating in severity. Fluids, shelter from sun, and cooling are some of the first steps to take. It’s also important to note that the person suffering from illness should not be left alone.

Keep Track of Weather Conditions with Accurate Information

Anticipate and track weather conditions to prepare for periods of excessive heat and prevent injury or illness. The National Weather Service has tools to help you monitor weather patterns so you can better manage heat stress for your workers.

The Heat Index chart offers a way to determine how hot it feels based on a combination of humidity and temperature.

NWS Heat Index
Source: National Weather Service

The NWS also offers guidance to help you interpret the patterns you see on regional heat maps, clarifying the color designations and providing direction for necessary precautions.

Heat Risks
Source: National Weather Service

This resource from the NWS and CDC pulls together the information you need to get a broad look at weather patterns that affect your region as well as the nation. Knowing what heat trends could be headed your way can help guide the way work is scheduled.

#2 Acclimate Workers to Heat Conditions

Gradually Increase Exposure to Heat Conditions

The body takes time to adjust to working in extreme heat. All workers, experienced and new, need to gradually increase exposure during the start of high-heat periods.

NIOSH recommends the following schedule: For workers with previous experience with the job, the acclimatization regimen should be no more than a 50% exposure on day 1, 60% on day 2, 80% on day 3, and 100% on day 4. New workers should increase exposure even more slowly, with no more than a 20% exposure on day 1 and an increase of no more than 20% on each additional day.

Failing to acclimate workers puts them at risk of injury or even death.The majority of heat stress related deaths occur either early in the season or to workers new to the job.

Schedule Wisely to Protect Worker Health

As much as possible, adapt work schedules to avoid heavy work during the hottest part of the day. Workers should be working shorter shifts until they have adapted to the heat.

Water, Rest, and Shade

Employers should provide areas where workers can cool down. Workers should stay hydrated by drinking plenty of cool water, even before they get thirsty, and take regular breaks in sheltered or air conditioned areas out of the heat.

#3 Provide PPE that Cools and Shields

Those who work outdoors are among those at the greatest risk for heat stress. Direct sunlight and high humidity coupled with exertion all contribute to the effects of heat exposure. Employers have the responsibility to provide appropriate heat safety PPE for workers and protect them from heat stress.

Cooling Colors and Shading the Skin

Along with choosing the right PPE, one tip specifically for working outdoors is to wear the right clothing. Cover the skin as much as possible for protection and select light-colored garments made of wicking fibers. Light and high visibility colors reflect the light, keeping workers cooler than dark clothing.

PPE and safety gear can shield workers from the sun with a light-weight layer of protection, such as a neck gaiter, or create shade with protective shields to cover the neck.

Keep the body cool with shade that you can wear, like the HiVizGard™ Hi-Vis Green Fire Retardant Treated Neck Shade, FRNS161G/F. An elastic band attaches this self-extinguishing treated mesh fabric to most hard hats. Trimmed with silver reflective material, this HiVizGard™ neck shade also comes in lime or orange.



Keep the body cool with shade that you can wear, like the HiVizGard™ Hi-Vis Green Fire Retardant Treated Neck Shade, FRNS161G/F. An elastic band attaches this self-extinguishing treated mesh fabric to most hard hats. Trimmed with silver reflective material, this HiVizGard™ neck shade also comes in lime or orange.



Create a full brim of shade with the HiVizGard™ Orange Full Brim Neck Shade, NS162F/G. Shield your eyes from the sun as well as the back of your neck. Trimmed with silver reflective material, this full brim 100% polyester shade fits most hard hats and folds into a pouch for convenient storage. It’s also available in green or orange.



For lightweight, multipurpose sun protection the HiVizGard™ Hi-Vis Green Neck Gaiter, NS163G, can be used to cover the neck, face, or head. Made of a single layer of cool and breathable hi-vis 100% polyester material, it’s soft and comfortable against the skin.

Materials Make a Difference

Polyester fabrics can be used to wick moisture away from the body to keep it cooler; they pull moisture toward the surface so that it can evaporate and keep the skin dry. Polyvinyl acetate, or PVA, is another material commonly used for cooling products because of its absorbency and cooling properties. Used in cooling towels, bandanas, vests and other items, it is beneficial for cooling the body temperature and also comfortable against the skin.



Keep your cool in the heat with the Class 2 HiVizGard™ Evaporative Cooling Vest, C16006GC, that combines the safety of a high visibility vest with evaporative cooling power. Activate the vest’s cooling properties by soaking it in cold water for a couple of minutes, then its evaporative properties will help you maintain a healthy body temperature. A zipper closure helps it stay in place while you work.

Durawear™ Cooling Towel


Keep a cooling towel on hand for easy relief when hot weather hits. Activate the DuraWear™ Blue Cooling Towel, 1930B, by soaking it in water and this light-weight, super-absorbent towel made of advanced PVA will provide cooling relief when wrapped around the neck or used to cool down other pulse points. Antimicrobial treated, it’s durable and machine washable.

Equip Your Team to Stay Safe in the Heat

Everyone is vulnerable to heat. In 2021, data reported by the National Safety Council indicates that 201 people died from weather related excessive heat in the U.S.

Don’t become a statistic – look out for yourself and those around you. Following effective heat related protocols on the worksite, combined with the right cooling gear from a trusted supplier, can protect workers and bring relief. Liberty Safety offers a wide range of protective gear and products to help workers keep cool during summer’s heat.