Each month, EHS Today's print edition features a variety of personal protective equipment, literature, software and services geared to improve your workplace.
Product Spotlight: Push-in Foam Earplug
Half of industrial sector workers experience some type of hearing loss because of noise exposure. Howard Leight by Honeywell TrustFit Pod push-in foam earplugs are designed with an ergonomic stem and dimpled foam tip to reduce noise exposure for the construction, manufacturing, steel and other industries. Earplugs can be reused up to five days and should be cleaned between each use and prior to re-insertion. The plugs fully insert into the ear and can be removed without picking up dirt from workers’ fingers. The dimpled tip collapses to be easily and gently pushed into the ear without the need to roll-down, helping to reduce hygiene concerns and time-consuming insertion.
Product Spotlight: Earmuffs with Built-in FM Radio
MSA Safety’s level-dependent left/RIGHT Dual Pro ear muffs provide hearing protection while also offering a built-in FM radio. The unit allows a user to engage in clear verbal communication while hearing warning signals, alarms and other important sounds. The unit uses its electronic system to amplify a weak signal and features an AUX input for connection to MP3 or com radio. A thin, flexible headband and left/right designation ensure a tight seal. MSA left/RIGHT passive hearing protection offers three helmet-mounted options. The cups are designed to account for the asymmetrical position of each ear on the head, can be adjusted to the angle of the ear, and also can be independently raised or lowered.
Product Spotlight: Custom-Fit Electronic Earplugs
HearDefenders Waterproof Digital Basic (DB) earplugs are custom-fit, waterproof electronic hearing protection that comes available in multiple faceplate colors and shell combinations. They have an adjustable volume control and passive protection of +/- 24-26NRR and are P2i Aridion nano-coated for water repellency. This mid-level model also features white noise programming, a low-battery warning indicator and a size 13 battery for approximately 350 hours of use time. The earplug package includes batteries, cleaning tools and care and user instructions.
RFID Asset Management Suite
ricson’s RFID Asset Management Suite leverages industry proven technology to provide real-time monitoring of portable equipment. The suite integrates antennas, alarm interfaces and long-range product-based tags into a turn-key system. A site survey ensures optimum performance and antenna placement to achieve maximum detection for each specific application. RFID tags are installed on Ericson’s temporary power and lighting products to deliver read ranges. Additionally, asset tracking and control can be implemented with existing systems. The RFID reader can be set to either detect all UHF RFID tags in the area, or set to detect Ericson tags.
HEPA and Carbon Filters for Fume Hoods
CleanAire HEPA and Carbon Filter Paks are designed to be mounted inline in the exhaust ducting from a fume hood or contaminant source up to 1500 cfm. The HEMCO filter pak includes a galvanized steel housing with hinged and gasketed access door for filter change-out and molded composite resin inlet and outlet plenums with duct connection collars sized to meet specification. Both filters include a 30 percent pleated pre-filter and can be paired together for applications that require particulate and fume removal.
A new line of workwear by Dickies and Invista is crafted for the skilled tradesman working in severe weather conditions. Dickies Pro military-grade fabric garments are made with nylon CORDURA T420HT fiber technology. The Field Coat is built with multiple pockets and square-quilted water-repellent insulation for lightweight. The Bomber Jacket features military-inspired interior camouflage print, a removable insulated hood, a headphone stabilizer bungee, adjustable tab cuffs and reflective accents. The Ripstop Pant is designed to withstand gale-force winds with reinforced stress points, FLEX fabric and cargo pockets designed for specific tools.
Gas Detection Firmware Update
Updates to Industrial Scientific’s Tango TX1 single gas monitors include extended H2S sensor range, acknowledgeable gas alerts and other improvements. Tango TX1 H2S sensors that ship will have an extended sensor range. Sensors will now measure from 0-500 ppm. Acknowledgeable gas alerts, added in the newest firmware version 1.8, are optional alerts below the low alarm setpoint. To upgrade Tango TX1 firmware, users can dock the instrument on a DSXi or iNet DS Docking Station or contact their local Industrial Scientific Service Center for assistance.
Prescription Safety Frames
SafeVision has introduced a new frame style to its line of prescription safety eyewear. The SVSG02 combines style with ergonomics. Frames are available in five colors including desert camo, matte black, army camo, navy camo and blue/black. The frames comply with ANSI Z87.1-2015 industry high impact standards, droplet and splash hazards testing.
Handheld Weather Monitoring
The INO Weather Pro is a handheld weather monitor that logs seven measurements: lightning strikes, temperature, relative humidity, altitude, heat index, dew point and atmospheric pressure. The device tracks weather history with downloadable real-time logs that capture measurements according to user frequency preferences, and the dashboard is customizable. Users can monitor their surrounding environment in the event of an approaching thunderstorm with indicators. In the summer, users can follow the heat index to stay ahead of possible dehydration or heat stroke and track the dew point, atmospheric pressure and temperature year round.
Spill Station Kit
The PIG 95-gallon Fuel Spill Station Kit with Overpack is ideal for use anywhere there are fueling operations. The kit is filled with absorbents specifically made for gasoline, diesel, jet fuel and kerosene spills without taking in a drop of water. Absorbents include static-dissipative mats and socks that pass NFPA99 standards for static decay and surface resistivity. PIG Loose absorbent, personal protective equipment, caution tape and clean-up tools also are included. The Overpack container is UN Rated 1H2/X345/S for shipping waste after cleanup and is weatherproof and UV-resistant.
Floor Marking Guidebook
Brady’s Floor Marking Guide offers nine tips to help readers establish effective floor marking. This guidebook includes the benefits of color-coded floor marking, tips, industry regulations, examples, solutions and more. The book includes a color standards guide and how they related to OSHA and ANSI standards as well as visual examples of what colors to use in various areas of a facility. It also offers key features to consider when selecting floor marking materials.
Explosion-Proof LED Light
The EPL-LP-70W-LED-HDBC-20-EPP beam clamp-mounted LED fixture from Larson Electronics is weatherproof and comes with an adjustable aluminum mount that makes it ideal for industrial applications, maintenance, cleaning and servicing duties and large hazardous work areas. This unit contains a 70-watt LED lamp that produces 6,000 lumens of light capable of illuminating an area of 5,000 sq. ft. It produces illumination equivalent to a typical 400-watt halogen bulb while drawing only 70 watts at .59 amps on a 120V AC power source. The mounting system consists of a bracket mount that allows for clamping around 4.5 in. by 4.5 in. objects. This unit is supplied with 20 feet of 16/3 SOOW cord ending in an explosion-proof straight-blade plug.