Archive for July 8, 2011

Hands-Free Lighting Solutions

Lets face it; you are more efficient and productive at work when using two hands, especially when working in confined spaces, carrying a flashlight in your hand is just not an option. The solution: a flashlight holder that mounts your flashlight to the rim of your hard hat or a headlamp.

Flashlight Holders are easy to install and are available in fixed angles and adjustable. Adjustable flashlight holders are recommended since they feature a knob that allows you to rotate the light in the direction needed.  Most clips are made from unbreakable stainless steel and will stay tightly mounted to your helmet.

Headlamps are another handy hands-free lighting solution. They can be worn on your helmet or directly on your head. All headlamps feature a rotating head for directing light where you need it most. They are also made durable enough to withstand the rigors your job may present.

Whatever your preference is, flashlight helmet mounts and headlamps are a cost efficient way to deliver hands-free lighting in demanding work environments. Hands-free lighting is ideal for those working in the following professions; auto repair, maintenance, electricians, plumbers, construction, heating and air conditioning repair and firefighters.

How to Select the Right Welding Glove

Ask any welder, the best welding gloves offer flexibility, durability, comfort and heat resistance.  Even though the sole purpose of  a welding glove  is to protect your hands from high temperatures, they are not all the same. Grain, Split, Deerskin, Pigskin, Cowhide, Mig,  Tig, Stick gloves, oh the pressure! There’s a few things to consider when shopping for welding gloves.  First the protection level, application,  leather preference and Welding Glovesquality(which often follows price).

Welding gloves can range anywhere from 3 bucks to $20. Remember, you get what you pay for. That’s why it’s important to know the application and protection level you need.  For example, economic welding gloves are great for short term welding applications and general purpose applications that need low heat, flame or spark protection. However, these gloves are often made of the lowest grade of animal skin, offer less protection and don’t last as long. That’s when the most important question comes into play: “What type of protection do I need?” Rule of thumb; the higher the heat, the more insulation or lining your glove needs. Unfortunately, the thicker the lining the less dexterity you might have.  Identifying key features that different leathers offer will  help you select the right welders gloves. Here’s animal skins 101 for welders:

SKIN TYPES

Elk Skin: Most resistant from heat, flames and abrasions

Cowhide:  Durable, heat and flame resistant

Deerskin: Most comfortable fit and dexterity

Pigskin:  Most resistant to oil and water than any types of leather

Goatskin: Lightweight, oil and weather resistant

LEATHER TYPES:

Grain: The smooth outer layer from which the animal hair grows. Grain leather appears smooth and shiny and provides better sensitivity and control.

Split: Located entirely on the flesh side.  Split leather is napped (also know as suede)  and is much thicker.

TYPES OF WELDING:

Tig Welding:  TIG welders use one hand to add the filler rod while the other hand holds the torch. This type of welding produces the most heat which requires thicker gloves. The most important feature in a TIG welding glove is Kevlar thread that provides additional heat resistance.  In addition, a TIG glove lined with wool or cotton-foam can provide more protection than a glove lined with cotton. TIG Welding Gloves are designed specifically for TIG welding. They offer the maximum heat protection features without loss of dexterity.

Mig Welding: Mig Welding is the most common used welding process.  It uses a welding gun, a power source, shielding gas and a constant feed of welding wire.  This process generates high heat and requires high dexterity. MIG Gloves feature excellent heat protection along with comfort and dexterity.

STICK (SMAW) Welding: Stick welding (also referred as arc welding) is a manual welding process that uses a consumable electrode coated in flux to lay the weld. This welding process produces less heat with virtually no sparks or splatter. STICK welding gloves provide low heat protection and emphasize on dexterity. Thin, top-grain pigskin, deerskin gloves are often used for Stick welding.

Protect Your Smart Phone With the Pelican i1015 Case

iPhone Case from PelicanHave you ever experienced that moment of shear panic as you watch your iPhone fall, hoping nothing gets damaged? Well, with our new i1015 iPhone/Smart Phone Case from Pelican, you can relax, knowing your smart phone is safe.  Like all Pelican Cases, the i1015 is virtually indestructible. The hard plastic shell is crush proof, yet opens easily with a pull of the latch. Inside the case, a rubber liner holds the phone securely in place, keeping the screen scratch-free. The rubber liner also doubles as an O-ring, providing a tight seal to keep out things like dirt and even water.  The external audio jack allows you to listen to music without having to open the case and expose your phone to the elements. So go ahead – take your smart phone to the pool, the beach, or the mountains. The i1015 iPhone Case from Pelican can withstand any abuse you can dish out!

The i1015 fits the following smart phones:

  • iPhone, iPhone 4, and iPod Touch
  • Blackberry Bold, Curve, Storm, and Pearl
  • T-Mobile MyTouch 3G and G1 Nokia
  • Motorola Droid and Cliq

Eyewash Stations – A Safety Necessity

eyewash stationsRemember your high school chemistry class.  There was that awkward contraption in the middle of the room, looked like a drinking fountain for friends – two could drink at once.  And then your teacher explained to you that this was to protect your eyes in case something corrosive splashed up into them.  You prayed you never had to use it.

CFR 1910.15 (c) requires that a shower or eyewash station must be available in any facility that contains corrosive substances.  The American National Standard Institute (ANSI) Z358.1 sets the standards for the requirements of portable eye wash stations and showers:

  • Eye wash stations and emergency showers should be available in accessible locations, 10 seconds from the hazard.
  • Eye wash stations and emergency showers must deliver 15 minutes of constant flow.
  • They should have an on/off valve, pull-strap or door that activates the wash with one single motion.
  • They must be clearly visible and identified with a sign.

Medical experts say that immediate access to an emergency wash station is critical. The chance of full recovery from chemical contamination of the eye is excellent if the victim reaches an eyewash station within 10 to 15 seconds. Panic, pain, and obscured vision will slow response time, so it is important that emergency wash fixtures be highly visible.

When an eye injury does occur, have an ophthalmologist (eye physician and surgeon), or other medical doctor examine the eye as soon as possible. Although the injury may not look or feel serious, it could still cause serious damage to your eyes. If you have blurred vision, partial loss of vision, double vision, or sharp pains in your eye after an accident, consult an ophthalmologist or go to a hospital emergency room right away.

Don’t learn eye safety by accident, practice safety and be prepared!

Health Problems Associated with Wildfire Smoke Inhilation

Wildfires in Arizona and New Mexico have burned a combine 1400 square miles of land, pumping billows of smoke into the atmosphere that contains a mixture of carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, water vapor, particulate matter and other organic chemicals. Inhalation of smoke is damaging to your respiratory system and millions of people are affected by it every year. People living in a 5-10 mile radius of a wildfire are at the most risk and should limit prolonged outside activity.

Common health problems associated with smoke inhalation include coughing, itchy throat, dry eyes and headaches. More serious health issues that can arise include shortness of breath, wheezing, chest pains, exacerbation of asthma and the development of bronchitis. Children, elderly and individuals with a history of asthma or respiratory diseases are the most at risk to develop health issues. Even the healthiest person can develop symptoms when exposed to high levels of wildfire smoke.

Residents living near wildfires should take precautions to ensure proper respiratory health. Hot and dry weather conditions cause smoke in the air to remain stagnate and settles at the ground level. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends staying indoors as the best way to avoid smoke inhalation. Keep windows and doors closed and remain indoors until smoke levels have decreased. If you have to drive somewhere, keep the windows rolled up the entire trip.

For those individuals looking to take more precautions, a full face respirator is recommended. The full face design seals around your forehead, cheeks and under your chin for an airtight fit. Full face respirators also come with adjustable straps so you can get a custom and secure fit. It is also recommended to use a pair of organic vapor cartridges or particulate filters for the best respiratory protection possible.