Archive for October 31, 2017

‘Tis the Season

Earlier we discussed some of our latest “cool deals” for winter. Today, we’ll take a broader look at our selection of winter gear here at Enviro. As October rolls into the rearview (Happy Halloween/Dia de los Muertos/Reformation Day everyone!), the chill of winter will soon be fully upon us. But rain, sleet, or shine, work never ends, and we all have to keep warm while we toil towards the onset of spring. Enviro is here to meet your low-temperature needs. We have six basic categories of winter wear: jackets and sweatshirts, gloves, rain wear, insulated clothes, footwear, and flame-resistant jackets. Check the sidebar in the link above, and let’s dive in.

 

All aboard the high-visibility hype train! High-visibility (hi-viz) clothing has seen a massive boom in popularity as concerns and anxieties about public safety have heightened, particularly in Europe. In a 2008 public information campaign in France, Karl Largerfeld (Chanel’s creative director and public mascot) posed in a hi-viz safety vest alongside the caption “It’s yellow, it’s ugly, it doesn’t match anything, but it can save lives.” Lagerfeld is known for making outlandish, cruel, and stupid statements, but even a broken clock is right twice a day. Hi-viz is essential for low-light environments and worksites with a high level of activity. If you’re working in the snow, it’s that much more important (and difficult) to know where everybody is and what they’re doing. We have comfortable and durable bomber jackets from Tingley and Occunomix, featuring different pocket configurations and materials for various situations.

 

Your hands are your main tools as a human being, so you have to go to the necessary lengths to protect them in the cold. Our excellent selection of insulated gloves will do the trick. Products like the PowerGrab Thermo Winter Gloves from PIP come with special fabrics that keep the hand warm while evaporating moisture from the skin. Digging deeper into the inventory you’ll find low-priced high-quality gloves like the Sperian Perfect-Coat, which is made of acrylic terrycloth with a coating natural rubber that provides an excellent grip. You also have MCR’s new Ninja Ice glove, a state-of-the-art piece of insulating wear that keeps you warm and toasty while also maintaining your touch sensititivity. The newest models even feature fingertips that can interact with touch screens.

 

In the snow or rain, you’re going to get wet. It’s a given. There’s water everywhere, and it can easily pool in your shoes or get under your collar, causing all kinds of discomfort. Never fear, we’ve got you covered (literally). Tingley and Occunomix step up to the plate again with top-quality rainwear including overalls that reach up to your chest, and raincoats (raincloaks?) that reach down to your feet. It’s mostly hi-viz wear, which makes sense since the dreary atmosphere that these kinds of conditions create can make it hard to see. Most of the selections come with specialized pockets that can keep your tools dry until you need them. The Tingley Comfort-Brite, the “cloak” I mentioned before, even has a mesh cape back so you can link up to fall protection if you’re working in a job that requires it (best of luck if you are).

 

When winter comes, you have to be ready. At Enviro we do our part to help you stay ready with some of the finest products on the market.

Ablaze in the North

“Wine country.” That’s what they’re calling it. Wildfires are ripping through Northern California’s “wine country,” as if the burden of suffering will primarily be borne by grapes and vines. Once again, the media tips its hand and shows that the human cost of the 2017 disaster season is only a statistic to adjust, rather than an actual flesh-and-blood tragedy. I don’t expect this trend to improve as this year winds down and more catastrophes occur (which they will), but the best we can do is our best to aid those in need with the resources at our disposal. At Enviro, that’s our extensive inventory of high-quality safety equipment, including respiratory protection that is absolutely essential in these conditions.

Smoke inhalation is dangerous under any circumstances; the only thing that should be entering your lungs is air, period. But the danger is heightened during fire scenarios, when the air is full of not just smoke, but of burnt material and ash carried by the wind. The smoke is heavy with carbon monoxide, which will inhibit your breathing, and microscopic particles will irritate the lungs.

There are four 3M masks in particular that we’re highlighting for use in fire response applications.

3M’s 1860 N95 disposable medical respirator is precision-engineered to block out airborne particulate as small as 0.1 microns. It meets the CDC guidelines for tuberculosis exposure control set by NIOSH, and the FDA has approved it for general-purpose surgical use. It’s normally used for medical procedures such as electrocautery and laser surgery, which involve powered instruments that can kick organic particles into the air. The cup shape resists collapsing towards the face, and the >99% bacterial filtration efficiency (BFE) rating ensures it will protect from bacteria and bodily fluid alike. First aid responders and other medics will find this mask most useful.

The 8210 is a general-purpose N95 disposable particulate respirator, known worldwide as one of the most reliable available. NIOSH approves it for 95% filtration efficiency against non-oil-based particulate. The lightweight design sits comfortably over the user’s face, which works with the advanced electrostatic microfiber filter to allow it to be worn for long periods without discomfort. The adjustable nose clip and welded headband create a secure seal around the entire mouth.

The 8271 P95 disposable particulate respirator is ideal for hot and humid industrial environments. NIOSH approvies it for 95% filtration efficiency against both oil-based and non-oil-based particulate, making it more versatile than the average mask. The built-in Cool Flow technology allows hot air to leave the mask without letting harmful substances back in, creating a system of comfort and efficiency. It also provides protection from nuisance levels of acid gas. The adjustable nose clip and braided headband create a secure seal around the entire mouth.

3M’s general-purpose hot weather 8511 particulate respirator is perfect for hot and/or dusty work environments. NIOSH approves it for 95% filtration efficiency against non-oil-based particulate. The Cool Flow exhalation valve is engineered to release exhaled breath quickly to prevent heat buildup inside the mask, and the advanced electrostatic microfiber filter allows it to be worn for long periods without discomfort. The adjustable nose clip and braided headband provide a secure seal.

These four respirators should serve well in the coming weeks as we work to repair our state and rebuild our communities. As long as smoke is in the air, masks should be on as many people as possible. There will probably be more to come about the fires in this space, so stay tuned and stay safe.

Cool Deals

Winter isn’t only coming to Westeros. It’s also nearly that time of year for us. Thankfully, our winters are more predictable and less cataclysmic, and here at Enviro we’ve been committed to providing top-tier weather protection for the harshest conditions for the past 20. Right now, as the season approaches, we’re rolling out a sale on six of our products for a limited time.

 

MCR’s Ninja Ice glove is an excellent choice for your insulation needs, and while supplies last we’re offering free shipping with every order of 12 pairs. These gloves feature hydrorepellent technology (HPT) on the palms and fingertips that, as its name implies, repels water and other liquids while maintaining its softness and flexibility. It’s an unusually comfortable and resilient glove that will serve you well in wet and dry situations and temperatures as low as -58°F (-50°C). Also features Actifresh treatment that prevents microbial buildup.

 

The Occunomix tri-band reflective beanie, as you may have already guessed, features three bands of reflective material on its outer surface that will ensure visibility in low-light situations. It offers 360-degree coverage of your head and ears, making it as ideal for mundane chores and sports as for hard labor. The brushed anti-pilling fleece is able to endure long hours of usage in harsh conditions.

 

Next we have these reversible windbreakers from Radians, which can be used in a variety of applications and conditions. The reversible design converts from dark grey to fluorescent yellow, allowing for easy transition to high-visibility and back again. The first jacket (3ZGS) features zippered waterproof pockets on the lower front and chest, a non-waterproof zippered pocket on the sleeve with triple-segmented pencil holder on the high-visibility side, while the grey side has the pockets on the lower front and sleeve. The second (3ZDS) has a radio pocket on the chest on the hi-viz side, and the same pockets as the other jacket on the grey side.

 

The PowerGrab Thermo gloves from PIP is another great choice, with a seamlessly designed acrylic terrycloth shell that insulates the hands while absorbing moisture away from the skin. The hi-viz orange color makes it easier to see what you’re doing in low-light conditions, while the soft interior won’t chafe against your skin. It’s a fine option for use indoors and out, for work and sport.

 

Finally, we have Chicago Protective Apparel’s welding leather moto jacket, which features a boldly stylish brown grain leather build with a moto collar. A few shades redder and it could almost pass for Star Lord’s jacket from Guardians of the Galaxy. You probably won’t be needing this for any cosmic shenanigans, but the pockets on the sleeves and front will hold whatever gadgets you might be taking with you. The sleeves are precurved with a perforated panel at the back to accomodate the natural bend of the arm, which is a nifty feature you don’t see every day.

 

We have hundreds of other winter products on the site. I’m not sure if they’re all included in the big sale (the announcement only featured these six) but one thing’s for sure: no matter where you look on our site, you’ll find top-quality products at a price that can’t be beat. Stay safe, friends.

The Big One, Pt. 2

Last time we talked about the unfortunate inevitablity of a major earthquake striking California, probably within the next 10-15 years. It’s hard to imagine a disaster season more brutal and grueling than 2017’s, but the San Andreas quake could very well take the cake. Our already delicate infrastructure will collapse, and parts of the landscape could sink as much as three feet, wrenching freeways and pipelines apart like paper. Supply lines will be cut off, probably for weeks, but there are plenty of first responders within California who will step up to the plate to help their communities survive. When the cavalry comes, we will already be starting to regroup and perhaps even rebuild.

 

First responders have to meet chaotic situations with a plan of action that is decisive and ordered, but flexible enough to respond to changing conditions ad developing hazards. There are different protocols depending on the situation; an earthquake is not a hurricane is not a fire is not a drug bust, etc. Fires, however, are a common effect of post-earthquake conditions, as the shaking can either cause flammable facilities or equipment to ignite or set loose preexisting fires that had been contained. A variety of respirators ought to be available to address conditions as they change. Your standard N95s will be adequate for many situations, but not for a major gas or chemical leak, or a rescue mission inside a house built before the asbestos ban.

 

There’s been a relatively recent boom in demand for high-visibility clothing, which is a good thing for everyone. Responders need to be easily identifiable in the landscape, and you aren’t going to easily lose sight of someone wearing a hi-viz vest or jacket, whether in a crowd of people or a cloud of dust. The Radians Radwear SV2 is an efficient and economic option that can be bought in mass quantities. We also have quality hi-viz clothes from Pyramex, PIP, MCR, Tingley, and Occunomix. While the vests obviously don’t provide much in the way of comfort or warmth, we also sell fluorescently-colored jackets that do.

 

Los Angeles County is in ruins. Buildings are falling apart, with falling debris from overhead a constant concern. Everyone needs a hard hat, and we’ve got you covered in that department as well. Radians hard hats feature high-quality ratchet suspension and a variety of colors; one could even color-code each responder based on their job, if one wished. The same goes for gloves: dangerous surfaces, edges, and points abound in a post-quake environment. Gloves are absolutely necessary for moving debris, rescue ops, and whatever other labor needs to be done in these harsh conditions. Nitrile-coated gloves are becoming standard in the labor world for the cheap and effective protection they provide, but the more heavy-duty jobs will require something stronger. HexArmor’s many lines of high-end gloves are engineered to serve different specific needs: some prioritze cut protection, others abrasion, etc. But the most interesting of their designs incorporates a skeleton-like plastic backing that redistributes force from impacts. In an unpredictable wilderness of collapsing structures and precarious rescue, these sturdy gloves could be a great addition to your safety arsenal.

 

There’s nothing we can do to prevent the San Andreas quake from happening. It will come, and it will be terrible. What we can do is brace ourselves and stock up on what we’ll need when the time comes, and be ready to help each other. Neighborly compassion and communal care will be the new currency, and when the state is up and running again we’ll be able to apply the hard lessons we will learn to build a new, superior society.

The Big One

It’s okay if you’ve been avoiding pictures of what’s happening in Mexico City. We were not designed to process all of the suffering that is broadcast into our homes 24/7. There’s only so much we can take. But for those in California, the glimpses of the destruction send a chill down our spines because we know that we’re next. We live on top of the country’s most well-known fault lines, and it is long overdue for a devastating release of the energy it holds.

 

The “Big One,” as it’s come to be called, has seemed closer than ever as we’ve watched Mexico endure a brutal September of seismic catastrophe. The devastation to the capital is just a taste of what is impending when the fault gives way. A 2008 study estimated that a 6.7-or-greater earthquake in SoCal would kill 1800 people, injure 53,000, and cause $214 billion’s worth of damage. Honestly, those figures seem too conservative to me. Sacramento passed a measure 2 years ago to reinforce the area’s older building with infrastructural improvements. That’s all well and good and could very well bring the devastation below the ’08 figures, as could the warning system technology that gave Mexico a precious 30 seconds to brace themselves (mere hours after commemorating the quake of 1985, exactly 32 years before).

 

Doomsaying aside, what matters to us at Enviro is response and recovery. As nice as it would be to emphasize preparation, history shows that almost nobody will actually bother to prepare. Hundreds of thousands of people will be displaced by this catastrophe, and many more will be stuck where they are with no connection to the outside world. You can call 911 as much as you please, no one will answer. You need to be able to survive. We have several different first aid kits on our website. They’re designed for serving large amounts of people, and are differentiated by how many people the supplies are supposed to be enough for (10, 25, 50, etc). That may seem like an absurd amount of supplies, but if you’re stranded in your house for weeks or months and the landscape you have to live off of until help arrives is a devastated wasteland bristling with dangerous material, you’ll want more emergency supplies than you’d have known what to do with before. These kinds of situations change people on a fundamental level. Paradigms shift, priorities shuffle, and life itself takes on a different meaning that our “civilized” existence obscures.

 

Some of the product pages on our site have more information than others. In the case of our first aid kits, the one that has the most detail seems to be the 10-person vehicle first aid kit (K201-048) from Certified Safety Manufacturing. As you can see, it’s more expensive than other first aid kits since it’s actually a package of 10 distinct units. But it enumerates each item in the kit, which most of our pages don’t seem to (I will personally update them when I get the chance). The bulk packaging could also work in your favor: this earthquake will force us to engage and cooperate with our neighbors to survive, so you might as well initiate that process now and throw in together to stock the whole neighborhood with these.

 

The Big One, whenever it comes, will be the most brutal disaster in Californian history and a landmark for America easily on par with distant events like the Peshtigo fire or Johnstown flood, and recent traumas like Katrina and 9/11. It will be a tragedy of epic proportions, but it is also necessary. It must happen for California to learn what truly matters, and the dust will settle on a better, stronger people than before.

 

Next time, we’ll focus on the equipment that first responders will be using when they go into the field. Stay tuned, and stay safe.