April 1, 2008
FOR THE WHOLE PERSON Look for garments and other safety products from ISEA members that meet applicable standards, including the ANSI/ISEA standards for


Look for garments and other safety products from ISEA members that meet applicable standards, including the ANSI/ISEA standards for high-visibility safety apparel, headwear and public safety vests…

From Aearo Technologies (800-560-1094 or through a partnership formed with John Deere, is a new line of high-quality, high-performance personal protection equipment that bears the widely recognized John Deere® leaping deer trademark. The product line includes eyewear, hearing protection, respiratory pro-tection, head protection, protective clothing and first aid (101-piece kit).

From Draeger Safety (800-615-5503 or

  • Comes word that the company has opened a new office in Kingston, Ontario, specializing in providing propane-fueled and safely controlled training environments with props for fire service applications to allow safe fire training in realistic atmospheres. At 9,000 square feet, the office is triple the size of the former office in Napanee, Ontario.

  • A new line of life-saving products for tracking downed firefighters through an exclusive manufacturing and supply agreement with Exit Technologies of Boulder, Colo. Through this agreement, Draeger launched two fireground tracking products at the 2007 Fire-Rescue International show under the names Draeger FRT 1000 and Draeger ETR 1000 (see February 2008 Protection Update).

From LaCrosse Footwear, Inc. (800-323-2668 or is waterproof High-Vis Orange safety apparel series featuring Precision Fit Technology (PFT) for spring 2008. PFT has features to increase the user's range of motion in specific areas, such as shoulder fit, head movement with hood and color, elbow and knee gussets, sleeve length, pocket locations and zipper placement, the company reports.

From MCR Safety (800-955-6887 or is an expansion of its Luminator rainwear and high-visibility vest offerings to now include water-repellant, insulated jackets and pants. This is a Class 3 garment with outer radio pockets, zipper front closure covered by snap safety fly, two zipper front pockets, inner zipper storage pockets, elastic cuff with Velcro take-up, and roll-up hood with reflective stripe, the company says.


(Look for fall protection from ISEA members that meets ANSI/ASSE Z359.1-2007, Safety Requirements for Personal Fall Arrest Systems, Subsystems and Components; ANSI/ASSE Z359.3-20007, Safety Requirements for Positioning and Travel Restraint Systems, and ANSI/ASSE Z359.4-2007, Safety Requirements for Assisted-Rescue and Self-Rescue Systems, Subsystems and Components)…

From Aearo Technologies (800-560-1094 or, home of the AOSafety® and SafeWaze brands, are:

  • Site-Serviceable Retractable Lifeline, which allows fast in-the-field replacement by certified technicians - reducing downtime and replacement costs that arise from typical repairs that must be done off site. In addition, the lifeline's Full Contact pawl mechanism won't hang up, freeze up or corrode, providing a safer, more consistent alternative to other retractables, the company said.

  • Aerospace Lifeline System for environments with exposed “H” or “I” beams. The system minimizes fall distances, which reduces the height of fall clearance required, Aearo said, adding that the design reduces the likelihood that a fall will pull workers off an elevated surface.

From Capital Safety (800-328-6146 or, home of the DBI-SALA and PROTECTA brands of fall protection, are:

  • ExoFit XP Rescue Harness, which combines the comfort of the ExoFit XP fall-arrest harness with essential features needed for rope access, positioning and suspension. It is ideal for those requiring fall arrest with occasional rope rescue needs, as well as those performing rigging operations, the company said, adding that the harness incorporates connection points on the waist and chest that provide attachments for high- and low-angle rope rescue.

  • Tool bag accessory for full-body harnesses. The DBI-SALA line features an 11-pocket model that accommodates a variety of tools and fasteners, including combination square and pry bar, and a 15-pocket model that includes an iron hammer loop and removable top pouch for tape measure, the company said.

  • The Perimeter Limiter Freestanding Counterweight Anchor for fall protection in decking operations during concrete construction. The device provides a non-penetrating, overhead anchorage point for a personal fall-arrest system for up to two users, the company said, adding that any SRL or shock-absorbing lanyard that limits arrest forces to a maximum of 900 pounds can be used with the anchor.

  • The Roof Top Anchor for membrane and built-up type roofs as an addition to the company's line of Roof Top anchors, currently available for corrugated metal and wood-sheathing roof tops. Each anchor features a unique “tip-over” load-distributing design to keep the worker safe and preserve the structural integrity of the roof in the event of a fall, the company said.

From the Miller Division of Sperian Protection (800-873-5242 or is the Miller® Construction Harness with a number of features designed specifically for construction applications, including unique combination D-ring pad/shoulder pads to minimize discomfort/stress around the neck and shoulders when using a tool belt; non-stretch webbing; soft lumbar pad for additional support and comfort; removable waist belt to accommodate tool pouches; tongue-buckle leg straps for easy adjustment, and two pull-free lanyard rings.


(Look for gas detection equipment from ISEA members that is marked and certified to the American National Standard for Gas Detector Tube Units — Short Term Type for Toxic Gases and Vapors in Working Environments, ANSI/ISEA 102-1990 (R2003), or to the American National Standard for Air Sampling Devices — ?Diffusive Type for Gases and Vapors in Working Environments, ANSI/ISEA 104-1998 (R2003))

From Mine Safety Appliances Co. (800-MSA-2222 or are:

  • ALTAIR® 4 Multigas Detector for lower-explosive-limit gases, carbon monoxide, hydrogen sulfide and oxygen. It is the only portable gas detector to offer both MotionAlert and InstantAlert features, the company said, adding that it is ideal for confined space entry. The unit features a large, high-contrast display, rubberized buttons for low-light conditions, and a 10-foot-plus drop-test rugged housing; vibrating alarm and data logging are standard features.

  • Biosensor 2200R biological agent detector - and handheld, portable instrument for rapid detection, analysis and identification of biological agents. Unique bioassay technology offers excellent sensitivity and low false positives, and is very easy to use during white powder response calls, MSA said, adding that it provides rapid measurement of anthrax, ricin, botulism, SEB and plague.

  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) approval for use of the OptimAir TL powered air-purifying respirator (PAPR) with tight-fitting facepiece. This PAPR may now be used for any number of job applications with loose-fitting hoods and tight-fitting facepieces, MSA said.

From RAE Systems Inc. (888.723.4800 or are ToxiRAE 3 family of single-gas monitors and the AutoRAE Lite bump test and calibration station. The ToxiRAE 3 features a stainless-steel front cover to withstand harsh environments and currently is available in three models: hydrogen sulfide and high- and low-range carbon monoxide, the company said, adding that they carry U.S. Canada, E.U. and global IECEX safety certificates for use in oil, gas, steel and first responder hazardous environments. The AutoRAE Lite bump test and calibration station works with the ToxiRAE 3 to quickly and easily check for proper alarm levels and to calibrate as required.


Look for products from ISEA members that comply with ANSI/ISEA Z89.1-2003 American National Standard for Industrial Head Protection, ANSI/ISEA Z358.1-2004 American National Standard for Emergency Eyewash and Shower Equipment, and ANSI Z87.1-2003 American National Standard for Occupational and Educational Personal Eye and Face Protection Devices…

From Aearo Technologies (800-560-1094 or are:

  • XLR8® High-Heat Hard Hat and Cap-Mount Headgear for high-heat environments. A thermoplastic shell reinforces this hard hat, which is designed to meet the needs of welding, foundries, steel mills and utility work, the company said.

  • Mexican hard hat added to the company's patriotic line; it features the Mexican coat of arms on the front, with national flag colors accenting the sides.

From Bradley Corp. (800-BRADLEY or is a new OneStep bottle eyewash. The patented design allows the user to simply pull the bottle from the wall-mounted station and quickly use it to rinse the affected eye area, the company said, adding that the bottle top is suspended from the holder and there is no turning, twisting or unscrewing required to open it. The product is intended as a quick flush before users reach an ANSI-compliant eyewash station.

From MCR Safety (800-955-6887 or is BearKat small pro-tective eyewear. The BearKat is nine percent smaller across the lens area and 17 percent shorter in temple length, providing an excellent option for smaller faces, the company said, adding that this value series eyewear features a lightweight single wrap-around lens design with non-slip temple sleeves. Lens offerings include clear, gray, light blue and indoor/outdoor clear mirror.

From Mine Safety Appliances Co. (800-MSA-2222 or is an improved SmoothDome cap, offering a lightweight, comfortable, smooth-surfaced silhouette that accommodates welders' shields and most welding accessories. The helmet complies with customer requests that its smooth shell be compatible with suspensions and accessories for the current V-Gard® cap, MSA said, adding that four- and six-point suspensions are available.

From Safety Optical Service ( is a line of universal side shields that provides the American worker with a simple and fast solution for compliant side protection on-site. Products are available in a hard-resin, G.E. Lexan polycarbonate or pliable FDA medical-grade polymer. All are adjustable and form-fitting to facial and safety frame features, the company said.

From U.S. Safety (800-821-5218 or is InfraSpec Protective Eyewear added to the company's plano protective eyewear product line. Constructed from impact-modified nylon, the wrap-around design is lightweight and durable with temples intended to hug the head and adjustable nose pads to ensure a secure fit, the company said, adding that a unique flip-up lens is a simple, extremely functional mechanism that can be raised or lowered in a single motion.


(Look for hearing protection devices from ISEA members that are labeled according to the U.S. EPA Noise Reduction Rating (NRR), 40 CFR, Part 211) and for communications devices…

From Aearo Technologies (800-560-1094 or are:

  • E-A-R® SofTouch Push-In Earplugs that offer comfort with protection. With no roll-down required and pistol-grip handles, the plugs make it easy to get a fast, clean and protective fit with an NRR of 31dB, making them ideal for many noisy environments.

  • Peltor® PowerCom Plus II Radio Headset, offering 30 programmable channels. This two-way radio headset for high-noise environments simplifies communication with no wires, the company said, adding that the system is compatible with existing UHF systems with a noise reduction rating (NRR) of 25dB.

  • Peltor Worktunes Digital 26 AM/FM Radio Headset with user-friendly options, including digital station readout, presets to user “favorites,” external input from iPods and other MP3 players, and limits volume to 82dB for hearing safety.

  • Peltor Wireless Solutions Headset with Bluetooth technology, offering easy synch-ronization with existing communications systems, and enabling users to transmit and receive messages without cores or wires.

From Howard Leight by Sperian Protection (800-430-5490 or are Clarity® Multiple-use Earplugs that improve worker safety and communication. Utilizing Bilsom® technology's patented Sound Management Technology, the Clarity earplug delivers uniform attenuation that blocks low and medium frequency noise while enhancing the perception of higher voice and warning signal frequencies without distortion, the company said, adding that the plugs are available in two sizes to accommodate a wide range of ear canal shapes.


(Look for hand protection from ISEA members that is labeled to ANSI/ISEA 105-2005 (American National Standard for Hand Protection Selection Criteria)…

From Ansell Health Care (800-800-0444 or are ProGrade series gloves featuring 10 styles to meet construction workers' diverse needs. Gloves within the series offer performance advantages such as comfort, dexterity and dry and/or wet grip along with high levels of protection against cut, puncture and abrasion, the company said, adding that styles also are available that provide chemical resistance, high visibility and protection against the cold.

From Ergodyne (800-225-8238 or are ProFlex® Precision-Purpose Gloves - Vibration Control Series, which deliver maximum protection against vibration, impact and shock hazards with advanced vibration-dampening gel polymers, moisture wicking fabrics and breathable spandex to give these gloves exceptional protection and form-fitting flexibility.

From MCR Safety (800-955-6887 or is the Memphis Dyneema® polyurethane glove. This 10-gauge blend of Dyneema/Nylon/Spandex in a seamless shell provides abrasion, tear and cut protection, the company said, adding that the polyurethane palm and finger coating enhance grip and wear. Other features include a breathable shell for maximum comfort and color-coded hem sizing for easy identification.

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Order Complete Set of ANSI/ISEA Standards and ISEA Product-Use Guides at Deep Discount

ISEA is offering a complete set of its American National Standards and ISEA use-and-selection guides at 30 percent off the price of purchasing the publications individually. For $290 plus $10 handling and shipping, safety officers can get all the following publications in a convenient three-ring binder:

  • American National Standard for Limited-Use and Disposable Coveralls - Size and Labeling Requirements, ANSI/ISEA 101-1996 (R2008)

  • American National Standard for Gas Detector Tube Units - Short Term Type for Toxic Gases and Vapors in Working Environments, ANSI/ISEA 102-1990 (R2003)

  • American National Standard for Air Sampling Devices - Diffusive Type for Gases and Vapors in Working Environments, ANSI/ISEA 104-1998 (R2003)

  • American National Standard for Hand Protection Selection Criteria, ANSI/ISEA 105-2005

  • American National Standard for High-Visibility Safety Apparel and Headwear, ANSI/ISEA 107-2004

  • American National Standard for Air-Purifying Respiratory Protective Smoke Escape Devices, ANSI/ISEA 110-2003

  • American National Standard for Occupational and Educational Personal Eye and Face Protection Devices, ANSI Z87.1-2003

  • American National Standard for Industrial Head Protection, ANSI/ISEA Z89.1-2003

  • American National Standard - Minimum Requirements for Workplace First Aid Kits, ANSI/ISEA Z308.1-2003

  • American National Standard for Emergency Eyewash and Shower Equipment, ANSI/ISEA Z358.1-2004

  • American National Standard for High-Visibility Public Safety Vests

    , ANSI/ISEA 207-2006
  • Eye and Face Protection Use and Selection Guide

  • Use and Selection Guide for Personal Fall Protection Equipment

  • Use and Selection Guide for Non-Powered Air-Purifying Particulate Respirators

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