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  • How can I tell if a garment meets ANSI 107-2015?

    It’s easy, it’s on the label.

    1. The label will state that garment meets ANSI 107-2015

    2. The label will contain a pictogram showing HVSA type

    •Type R, Type O, Type P

    -If FR, must include specific standard used to evaluate flame resistance

    •ASTM1506, 2733, 1891

    •NFPA 1977, 2112

    -If not FR, must state “Not FR” and site ANSI 107-2015 standard

  • ​What is the difference between the 2015 edition of ANSI/ISEA 107 Garment

    The three new classes are Type "o", Type "R" and Type "P".

    TYPE “O” ANSI CLASS ANSI CLASS 1 -is the new type. This type “provides daytime and nighttime visual conspicuity enhancement for workers in occupational environments which pose struck-by hazards from moving vehicles, equipment and machinery, but which will not include exposure to traffic on public access highway rights-of-way or roadway temporary traffic control (TTC) zones.” These work environments could include mines, warehouses, oil & gas both refineries and drilling sites, etc..

    TYPE R ANSI CLASS 2 and 3 -refers to workers previously covered by ANSI/ISEA 107-2010 Class 2 and Class 3. Their occupational environments “include exposure to traffic (vehicles using the highway for purposes of travel) from public access highway rights-of-way, or roadway temporary traffic control (TTC) zones or from work vehicles and construction equipment within a roadway temporary traffic control (TTC) zone.”

    TYPE P -ANSI CLASS 2 and 3 refers to workers previously covered by ANSI/ISEA 207-2011, includes the Type R occupational environments, but “provides additional options for emergency responders, incident responders and law enforcement who have competing hazards or require access to special equipment.”

  • What makes a garments HI VIS?

    Combination of 3 Components:

    1.Fluorescent background fabric -Most effective way to increase wearer visibility in a lit environment

    2.Retro-reflective tape -Most effective way to increase visibility in a low light and night time environments

    3.Bio-motion-We are innately programmed to recognize the human form, similarly our eyes are naturally drawn to movement

  • What is Retroreflective Glass Bead Technology?

    In a glass bead system, light strikes the back surface of the bead and is returned to its source. Retroreflection – Retroreflection occurs when surfaces return a portion of directed light back to the light source. In the case of nighttime visibility, retroreflectivity allows light from car headlights to be bounced back towards the light source, which is the driver.

    This is the most effective way to increase visibility in a low light and night time environments.

  • What is Bio-motion referring to as a visibility component?

    We are innately programmed to recognize the human form

    Similarly, our eyes are naturally drawn to movement.

    Bio-motion states that reflective components should be positioned on the arms and legs in such a way that the human form is more recognizable and limb movement separates a person from their background environment.

  • Is a small sized vest ANSI complient?

    The simple answer is. It is now. The 2015 edition of ANSI/ISEA 107 includes a reduction in the minimum requirement for background fabric in only the smallest size garment offered by a manufacturer.

    This change will make small sized garments available to workers who previously were forced to wear garments that were too large for them in order to be compliant with the standard.

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  • How do I choose the right glove for cold weather?

    Cold weather glove liners do more than just add an extra layer between your hands and the elements. Certain liners can provide higher degrees of warmth, greater dexterity, additional protective qualities, and different levels of comfort.

    Insulation liners in gloves work to prevent heat from naturally leaving your hands by trapping air within the insulating layer and reflecting this heat that you lose through your skin back to your body. Having the appropriately lined cold weather glove for the temperatures and your application has a dramatic impact on dexterity, productivity, and overall worker morale. Working outside in the cold can already be a tough endeavor, but having the right PPE can make the experience more efficient, safe, and manageable.

    Different Liners, Different Functions

    Fleece is a good starting point as a cold weather liner for fall when the temperatures are just starting to drop. Gloves with a fleece lining could also be sufficient for indoor workspaces that are kept at cooler temps.

    HexArmor® gloves with a fleece liner: Helix® 2077, Thin Lizzie™ Thermal 2091

    Gloves with waterproof liners only are ideal for slightly cooler temperatures when you need more dexterity and are working in an application where your hands may get wet. Waterproof liners naturally offer protection from windy conditions, giving workers some warmth properties, too. Dry hands maintain their heat up to 25 times better than wet hands.

    HexArmor® gloves with a waterproof liner only: Chrome Series® Waterproof 4036

    Thinsulate™ liners offer optimum warmth when hands are active, without overdoing it. All Thinsulate™, no matter the level, has breathable and moisture-resistant qualities. Another bonus? It’s launderable.

    C40 Thinsualte™ is a high-activity liner designed to perform well on hands frequently in motion. This liner has about one and a half times the warmth of down and nearly twice the warmth of high loft fiberfill insulation. It’s what most workers need and will use in the colder elements. Normal liners can cause hands to sweat and become overheated, but because of the thinness of C40, this is a non-issue.

    HexArmor® gloves with a C40 Thinsulate™ liner: Rig Lizard® Arctic 2023 (also has waterproof liner), Chrome Series® Arctic Leather 4082 and Chrome Series® Arctic 4086

    C100 Thinsulate™ is a liner designed to perform well in slightly colder conditions where more warmth is needed for those who are working in 0 to 20 degrees Fahrenheit, depending on activity level on the job. It's rapidly becoming the choice for harsher conditions, such as those found in parts of Canada, North Dakota, and Alaska. The added protection does add a little bulk and reduces dexterity, so testing the glove is imperative to make sure you need that much thermal protection.

    HexArmor® gloves with a C100 Thinsulate™ liner: Rig Lizard Arctic® Leather Palm 2033 and Rig Lizard Arctic® TP-X+® Palm 2026

    G150 Thinsulate™ liners are designed to perform well in extremely cold conditions (-10 to -20 degrees Fahrenheit) where not much dexterity is needed to perform job duties or there’s a low amount of activity happening during the application.

    HexArmor® gloves with a G150 Thinsulate™ and waterproof liner: Arctic Mitt 4050

    Picking the Right Cold Weather Glove

    Remember, to correctly identify the type of glove and liner necessary for your environment, you need to analyze the temperatures in which you will be working, the application you’ll be performing, and the amount of activity necessary. These factors have a direct impact on what type of liner may be best for you.

    Being aware of environmental factors like humidity, altitude, wind speed, and duration of exposure is crucial to staying safe when temperatures drop. Also, keep in mind that your body may be different than your fellow worker, and this can affect how you handle cold temperatures. Gender, metabolism, activity level, and your size can impact your resistance to the cold. So a glove that may be sufficient for your coworker, may not work for you.