We trust you are all staying safe during the resurgence of this pandemic. We have been working this whole time, wearing our carefully curated PPE…
We here at Gary’s Welding Inc. are firm believers in proper personal protective equipment (PPE). Without it, our work would be, ummm, pretty painful and downright dangerous.
Here are a few fun and maybe even newish PPE items we thought you might enjoy checking out! Thanks in part to The Fabricator and also the Industrial Safety & Hygiene News magazines for these suggestions. We are in no way paid, sponsored or reimbursed by these companies, either. Peruse at your own leisure.
**Important note** – I have provided the links for these items online, but you might be able to find them at your local welding supply store. If you can, support local first!
- Well, if these aren’t the bees knees, I don’t know what is. These sort of remind me of licorice. The RigMasterFR glove, with back of hand impact protection. According to their website, these are designed for use in the oil and gas industry and have fingertip pinch point protection. Veeerrrry important right there. Don’t need no fingers pinched off! You need your digits. Find at www.banom.com
- Bullard® Standard Series Vented 4-Point Ratchet Suspension Cap Hard Hat – wait a sec, a VENTED hard hat?? Sign me up!! If you have ever had to wear one outside in the summer under a blazing sun, you know this would be like heaven. Find at https://www.northernsafety.com/Product/23216
- Black Stallion FR Cotton Knit Long-sleeve Henley – you still need to keep covered in warmer weather if you are going to be around sparks and torches. How about a Flame-resistant Henley? These look nice and also come in brighter colors, to help with visibility on the job site. For use in:
- Electrical Utility
Found at blackstallion.com. http://www.blackstallion.com/products/tf2520-gl-detail.html
- 3M Virtua CSS Protective Eyewear with Foam Gasket
Cost-effective! And safety glasses are essential if you are doing grinding, chipping, painting or a myriad of other could-get-in-your-eyes-type things.
This set of safety glasses offers a comfortable, lightweight frame with Cord Control System (CCS) and a foam gasket attachment. CCS is designed to keep a corded earplug attached, untangled, and ready for use. The foam gasket helps limit eye exposure to nuisance dust while providing additional cushioning. The clear, anti-fog, polycarbonate lens absorbs 99.9% UV and meets the requirements of CSA Z94.3-07 and is Impact Rated to ANSI Z87.1-2010. Found at https://www.magidglove.com/3M-Virtua-CCS-Protective-Eyewear-with-Foam-Gasket-and-Reader-Lens-3MVC220AF
- If any of your work involves heights, then check this out! All contained in a nifty bucket. We like buckets.
3M™ DBI-SALA® PROTECTA® Compliance-In-A-Can™ Fall Protection Kit (Includes 1191995 FIRST™ Harness With Pass-Thru Buckle Legs And 5-Point Adjustment, 1341001 PRO™ 6′ Single-Leg Shock Absorbing Lanyard And Carry Bag, 3600 lb Hooks).
Found at https://www.airgas.com/product/Safety-Products/Ergonomics-%26-Fall-Protection/Fall-Protection/p/D622199808
- Men’s & Women’s Timberland Pro Direct Attach 6” steel toe boots
Often in a shop, out in the field, at a mine or on a construction site, steel toed boots are a requirement. Much like hardhats. These are rugged and look like they will last awhile. They are also insulated, so are good for cooler weather or working in all weather. They also have an oil-resistant rubber lug outsole for traction.
- Seam-sealed waterproof leather uppers for durability and dry, comfortable feet
- Padded top collar
- Mesh lining with antimicrobial treatment for odor control
- Nylon shock diffusion plate for support and torsional rigidity
- Single boot weight for size 9: 910 grams/2 pounds
We hope this helps give you some good ideas for PPE around the shop, the mine or on a construction site. Remember to observe your specific country, state or place of employment regulations when it comes to personal protective equipment for your specific job. If you own your own business, be familiar with MSHA and OSHA regulations on the subject. Other than that, have fun with it!
Thanks for reading.