First Line of Defense

Enviro Safety Products has a long and prolific partnership with the research-and-development giant 3M, who have been providing us with their latest surprising innovations in protection and productivity for nearly 20 years now. This blog is going to start shifting away from situational and categorical topics (we’ll probably run a few of those pieces every so often) towards spotlighting specific 3M products. Today we’re going to look at the PELTOR ComTac III Hearing Defender. 3M’s PELTOR line of hearing protection sets an industry-wide standard for quality and convenience using sophisticated level-dependent functionality that keeps your ears protected while letting you hear what you want to hear.


The Hearing Defender’s name has a martial ring to it, which is fitting since this product and others like it have become standard issue in tactial settings for the military, law enforcement, and other public protectors. It’s an active hearing protection device with a microphone and inner programming that analyzes sounds and determines if it should muffle them for the wearer based on their volume, all within a fraction of a second. It’s called environmental listening, level-dependent functionality, or ‘talk-thru” (because it allows you to talk to people without removing or lifting the headset). Often with talk-thru systems you’ll get what’s called a clipping effect, in which the first few syllables or words of a sentence may be lost as the software kicks in, which can lead to garbled and misunderstood commands. The Defender’s refined reaction time eliminates that issue almost completely.


The headset is compatible with external communications systems (two-way radio, intercom, etc), which work completely distinct from the talk-thru function and, therefore, won’t be affected by electric failure or low battery. Such an event is highly unlikely given the battery’s superlative 500-hour life, but it’s always nice to have a failsafe. The headset has been rigorously tested in accordance with standards set by the Department of Defense, is designed with standard tactical helmets in mind, and can even function after being submerged in water.


The noise-cancelling microphone inside the ear cup can be moved to either side to accomodate left or right-handed shooters, or whatever other need the user may have depending on the situation. The ear cups themselves (which are actually providing the physical protection and would simply become passive in the event of outage or failure) come with a noise reduction rating of 20 decibels, which makes a huge difference in dangerously loud environments.


While you could say the military and law enforcement are the target audience for the Hearing Defender, it’s not just for those kinds of applications. Its spartan design and elegant functionality will resonate with certain kinds of personalities that don’t need (or want) the extra complications of a built-in radio or whatever else. Yet its field-tested ruggedness seems ill-suited for the factory floor. It ought to be outside in its element, and will probably appeal to folks working in construction, lumber, shipping yards, oil rigs, and the like. It’s not just for work, either. The level-dependant protection is ideal for sport hunters who need to hear the subtle noises of the forest without compromising their safety when it’s time to pull the trigger.


All in all, the Hearing Defender embodies the formula for excellence that 3M has honed over the decades. Its combination of sophisticated tech and down-to-earth function make it a simple choice for anyone working in environments with high noise levels.

Great Scott!, Pt. 2

As we announced on Tuesday, 3M is integrating Scott Safety into their impressive arsenal of safety equipment. Today I’m going to explore their line of gas and flame detection products. Before we go exploring it’s worth asking what exactly these products do. How does one “detect” gas or flame, and what does it matter? What’s the difference between these products and the thermal imagers we saw before? Thermal imaging is for when the fire is already in progress. These products are designed to head dangerous situations off at the pass and prevent fires from breaking out in the first place. Let’s start with gas detection.


Different gas detectors have different capabilities, intended for various environments and situations. For example, there’s the Protege Multi-Gas Monitor. It looks like a Tamagotchi from the 90’s, but this is a sophisticated piece of tech that can save lives. With the bush of a button it can analyze the atmosphere in a space to determine if hazardous gases and fumes are present. It can also analyze oxygen and carbon monoxide levels to determine the breathability of the air. OSHA uses devices like this to determine if respiratory protection is required (by law) in a given work area. These devices have to be unbelievably precise, and the craftsmen at Scott hold their products to that high standard. It can be hooked up to a computer and calibrated to your specifications. The single-gas version of the Protege comes with thirteen different “chemical sensors” that plug into the device one at a time to detect a particular gas. It’s slightly lower tech with fewer bells and whistles, but the same great performance.


Flame detection is a bit more arcane. Flame detection systems are similar to a smoke or heat detector in someone’s home, but far more advanced. The Flame Vision FV282f+, for example, uses triple infrared (IR3) sensing to verify and reverify the presence of a fire within seconds of it starting, minimizing false alarms. It’s ideal for areas with flammable chemicals that can ignite suddenly and burn rapidly, a process which usually creates massive amounts of dark smoke in a very short time. It comes with a CCTV camera built in that can send a live feed of the room to a security monitor, providing a visual of the situation (at least until the entire room is black with smoke). There’s also the FV-40, which has seven different models: IR1, IR3, multi IR, UV, UV/IR2.5, UV/IR4.5, and ultra-fast UV/IR. Which model you choose depends on many factors, such as the dimensions of a room, the potential fire hazards present, budget, etc. Standard UV, for example, can detect organic and inorganic flames (depending on the flammable material) but trades a slightly higher false alarm rate than the UV/IR models in favor of higher reaction speed.


This is just a taste of Scott Safety’s top-tier gas and flame detection products, which provide specific services that I haven’t known 3M to provide (though the conglomerate is vast, so they could very well have products like this already). The Scott brand is strong enough that a merger with 3M is a no-brainer, and the partnership will surely be a fruitful one, for them and us!

Great Scott!

If you’ve spent enough time browsing our site or reading this blog, you know that one of the cornerstones of business here at Enviro is our partnership with 3M. This link has existed since the earliest days of the company in the late 90’s, and has been extremely fruitful and valuable over the years. Exciting developments are taking place in the 3M camp, the latest of which is their acquisition of Scott Safety, announced back in March and finalized in early October. By folding Scott into their conglomerate, 3M creates new opportunities for the company and a new source of inventory for us.


Founded Earl M. Scott in New York, 1932, Scott Safety specializes in protective equipment for high-risk environments and tasks. They’re internationally known for their high-quality self-contained breathing apparati (SCBA) and technology that allows the user to calculate temperature in a space (thermal imaging) and detect the presence of fumes or fire. Let’s look at some representative products.


The X380N thermal imager is par of Scott’s X-Series of advanced imaging equipment. This remarkable device reads a fire scene and provides vital field data to the firefighters so they can operate tactically and efficiently. The description provided by Scott points out two features that seem especially important: hot and cold spot trackers. The hot spot tracker, obviously, locates which sector of the area is hottest, what the text calls “the true seat of the fire.” The cold spot tracker, on the other hand, locates “thread or valve gas leaks” and can also be used to monitor chemical temperature in hazmat situations. All of this data is presented in high resolution and full color in the most brutal environments, upwards of 2000°F.


Scott has a robust selection of respiratory protection products, but they’re primarily associated with SCBA technology, and rightfully so because this is where they really outshine the competition. Their latest unveiled product is the Air-Pak X3 Pro, designed with the long-term health of the firefighting community in mind as concerns mount about carcinogenic exposure in the field. The innovative shoulder harness makes donning and removing simple and comfortable, and the entire apparatus can be worn comfortably for hours. The X3 Pro also supports wireless connection between devices to allow for instant communication. If you’ve ever heard the noise a fire can generate in full blaze, you know how valuable these features would be out there.

Finally we have gas and fire detection. I think I’m going to do a post devoted just to this section, because the styles and functions of these products are diverse and I’d like to take a day to research what exactly they do so I can better explain what Scott is bringing to the table in this department. Stay tuned for that piece later this week.


3M’s announcement of the merger on their website is headed by the phrase “As One,” later elaborated upon: “As one, we’ll help you achieve your goals.” 3M, as always, is committed to bringing the latest in innovation and performance to the working public. We’re very excited to start bringing Scott Safety to our customer base, and hope you are too.

‘Tis the Season, Pt. 2

November is here, and we are fast approaching the long, hard winter. Here at Enviro, we go out of our way to provide top-quality safety for all kinds of situations. Last time we discussed some of our winter product selection. We’ll wrap up that presentation here with the categories of insulated clothes, winter footwear, and flame-resistant jackets. These categories may seem a bit barebones at the moment, and we may build them out further as the season progresses, so stay tuned.


“Insulated clothes” may sound a bit redundant. Weren’t the gloves and jackets we talked about earlier insulated? They were and are, but the products in this category take insulation to the next level. Of particular note are the full-face hoods by Occunomix. They call them Hot Rod Liners, and they ue a sophisticated combination of intuitive design and quality materials to keep your head warm in frigid conditions. An elastic strip in the forehead area sits tight against the skin, preventing cold air from getting in. There are different variations on the product for different situations, including an extra long neckpiece, removable mouthpiece, and a double layer of DuPont “sherpa” lining. There’s also beanies and face masks in their Thinsulate and Noggin Topper lines. This section also includes high-quality jackets, vests, and parkas from PolarWear.


Next we have the Terra-Lite and Wolf Pac insulated boots from OnGuard. The Terra-Lites are heavy-duty footwear products engineered for use in the most extreme cold. They repel water, their metal parts resist corrosion, and the three-play Thermashield fleece lining maximizes warmth and comfort. Their Wolf Pac boots are even more intense, boasting a 100% waterproof PVC exterior with wool felt lining, reinforced heel, and a large toe vault that promotes circulation in the feet. It also features a steel-toed version.


Finally we have our flame-resistant jackets. It’s worth noting here that there are flame-resistant items elsewhere in the winter gear section, in the other clothing categories. They can be found by looking at the feature descriptions on each item, and the flame-resistant ones tend to advertise that trait strongly. There are also related products in the sidebar for every item on the site, so make sure to look at those. Here we have four products from Stanco and Chicago Protective Apparel. There are specific flame-resistant fabrics and materials that are standard in the industry, with arcane names like Indura, Proban, and Nomex. They’re all designed to protect you in the event of an arc flash, or an accident that causes electricity to leave its intended path and arc through the air, either to the nearest conductor (which could be you) or the ground. Indura fabric features flame retardant chemicals “impregnated in the core of the cotton fiber” (not a phrase you encounter everyday), which protects the wearer and buys time to escape.


Winter is a time of contradictions, of ecstatic joy juxtaposed against bitter misery, of boundless life alongside frostbitten death. Winter products like ours can help you ac-cent-tchu-ate the positive aspects of winter, and keep the negative outside where it belongs.

‘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.

The New PELTOR Alert

The PELTOR line of headsets from 3M offers some of the most impressive and advanced hearing protection you’ll find on the market. PELTORs are used in all kinds of high-volume environments, from the construction yard to the battlefield. The latest addition to the line, however, is for more casual use with a price to match. Say hello to the Alert.


The PELTOR Alert headset is an active protection product, which you’ll remember means that it features sophisticated noise sensitivity technology that allows you to hear sound below the threshold of danger. This makes it perfect for, say, the shooting range where you may want to talk to your friend but don’t want to take your protection off while other people are firing more or less at random. Another good application would be when you’re out mowing the lawn, which involves belligerent noise yet hasn’t received much attention from the safety community. Why would you want to wear a silly-looking headset while you’re out in your front yard? Because the Alert is so much more than that.


For the first time, 3M is including extra features to make PELTOR more appealing to the general market. What makes the Alert ideal for leisure activities rather than the workplace is its media-playing capabilities. The headset itself has a built-in FM radio that you can use to tune into your favorite stations, with a knob that raises and lowers the volume/radio signal (max volume of 82 decibels) and another that turns ambient noise up and down, giving you complete control over what you hear. Noises from outside come in through the environmental microphones in the front, which instantly cut out if they detect noise that is too loud. The radio is advanced enough that it can sense the strength or weakness of the radio signal, and switch from stereo to mono to optimize the reception. The antenna is sturdy but flexible, and can pick up signal even in harsh conditions.


Not only that, but there’s a headphone jack that can connect to your MP3 player, phone, or whatever portable media device you prefer, and the sound quality will impress even the pickiest audiophiles, with a rich low end that makes it great for your favorite bass-heavy tunes. The radio is also compatible with headset kits that allow for set-to-set communication, if your situation calls for it.


Let’s be frank: a typical workplace that requires hearing protection at this level doesn’t want its employees listening to music or radio on the job. If the environment is making that much noise, your job probably requires a bit of focus to do safely and responsibly. This is a product intended primarily for leisure activities that involve hazardous noise levels. Some may say that it’s outside the purview of what a site like ours should be selling, but we serve the sportsman as well as the workman alike, and it’s not outlandish to imagine that someone would want the same great hearing protection at play that they get at work. The Alert is here to meet that need.