Eye Protection for Infection & Hazards

Protecting Your Eyes

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Isn’t it great to be at your best in everything you do? Whether its work or leisure, it pays to have good eyesight. There’s nothing like hours of diligent hard work at the machine shop with a project that’s waiting for promising pay. Having good vision lessens the risk of injuries and unwanted accidents.

No doubt that you and I want to have the same great moments at work or play, but unfortunately there are some things that can get in our way, particularly with our vision.

Eye injuries in the work place are very common. Thousands of U.S. workers sustain job-related eye injuries every day! Choosing the right eye protection minimizes potential exposure to hazards and infectious diseases via ocular exposure.

Imagine not being able to meet a project’s deadline because a smokey and dusty environment is making it seeing difficult seeing your work on a machine. Or, handling corrosive chemicals in the lab and you have no eye protection on? Can you even imagine medical professionals not using eye protection? Definitively not!

Reasons for Eye Injury

Dust, small particles, smoke, harmful chemicals and ocular diseases can all impact our vision. Chemicals and flying shards are just some of the hazards facing many modern workplaces. Healthcare workers, lab workers and janitorial staff are all prone to infectious diseases from eye exposure.

The 2 major reasons eye injuries/infection happen on the job are:

  1. No eye protection was being worn
  2. The wrong kind of eye protection was worn for the job

Some occupations that have a high risk of eye injuries/infection include:

  • Construction
  • Carpentry
  • Electrical work
  • Maintenance
  • Lab work
  • Health/Dental care
  • Welding

Good eye protection provides a barrier to infectious or dangerous materials getting in your eyes.

Proper eye protection can actually help enhance your performance, improve your eyesight given the right kind of lens, and prevent exposure to harmful particles and harsh chemicals that might permanently harm your eyesight.

All you need to do is to pick the right the right kind of eye protection for your activity.

Picking Proper Protection

Safety Goggles

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If you’re in an environment where chemicals are being used, there is a risk of it splashes getting into your eyes. Choose the safety goggles with an appropriate and comfy fit. Also, chooses ones that that reduce fogging also known as anti-fog safety goggles.

Full-Face Shield Eye Protection

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If you’re in a machine shop, you need a full-face shields, particularly when you are welding. This will keep your entire face from getting exposed to welding heat, sparks and smoke. You can use face shields as well on pretty much any kind of work akin to that of welding or any that keeps your entire face exposed to harmful materials.

In a medical or dental environment, using a full-face shield offers the most protection. Full-face shields cover more of the face and offer more protection from liquids in medical and dental applications.

Safety Glasses

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For anything else less risky at the workplace , you can simply opt for safety glasses to protect your eyes from dust and flying fragments and even give your eyes protection from direct UV exposure. Safety glasses are ideal for impact protection but less so for splash or chemical protection.

Use the right eye protection in unison with other Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) such as disposable gloves, isolation gowns, face masks and other items. Remember to opt for the right kind of eye protection either at work or play. You only get one set of eyes and you want to do your best to protect them.

Still not sure what you need?

Call our Harmony Supply Specialists (800 899-1255) to get just the right protection for your needs.

Back From The 2016 National Safety Council Expo

2016 National Safety Council Expo

Jeff dropped by the World’s Largest Annual Safety Exhibit in Anaheim, CA earlier this week to find the best new safety products for our customers. He scouted more than 1,000 exhibitors showcasing new and innovative safety products across 200,000 sq ft.!

In the coming weeks we will be introducing new safety products straight from leading industry manufacturers to you!

Here’s a sneak-peek at what’s coming.

High Visibility Garments

Being seen is critical for worker safety, especially in equipment and vehicle work, and low light environments. We’re expanding our Highly Visible Safety Garments including jackets, hoodies, pants, rain gear & more.

Keystone Disposable Coveralls

New Keystone Microporous Coveralls are 40% thicker and 40% less than Tyvek Coveralls! Saving you money and providing extra performance.

Disposable Black Shoe Covers

Hard to find black protective shoe covers will be available from Harmony! These shoe covers look professional for industry work and contractors and are a breathable, cloth-like material. Protects carpets and floors, and fits over work boots!

Disposable High Visibility Gloves

Great for food processing plants.  The diamond grip surface for sure handling in wet conditions.  Bright orange gloves can be easily seen for compliance and the extra-thick 8 mil glove won’t shred.

All in all, a productive show for Harmony.

New ANSI Standards – 2016 Changes to Hand Safety

 

Who is ANSI?

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has served as administrator and coordinator of the United States private sector voluntary standardization system for over 90 years. Founded in 1918 by five engineering societies and three government agencies, the Institute remains a private, nonprofit membership organization supported by a diverse private and public sector organizations.

This organization is responsible for the standard testings for cut resistant gloves.

 

New Scale & Testing to Determine Cut Scores

The new ANSI standard now features 9 (previously 5) cut levels which significantly reduce the gaps between each level and better define protection levels for the cut resistant gloves and sleeves with the highest gram scores.

New ANSI cut scores will feature an “A” in front of the score.

The new ANSI Standards also outline a new test method for determining the new cut scores. The new test method allows for only one type of machine to be used. Under the previous ANSI standard, the testing could be performed on a couple of different machines. By ensuring uniform testing with one machine, it is easier to compare gram scores for a given material.

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Why A New Standard?

The need was recognized for a more consistent and accurate testing method between ANSI/ISEA and European safety standards. While these changes do not create uniformity between the two standards, they do bridge the gap.

There are three main reasons the standards are changing:

  1. The US and Europeon standards are very different in classification and testing methods, yet both provide a 1-5 ranking scale which causes confusion.
  2. The standards were created prior to advances in PPE technology, and they don’t address current high cut resistant materials.
  3. The 1-5 scale for both EN388 and ANSI/ISEA 105 includes large gaps between some of the levels creating the potential for the use of insufficient PPE.

 

How Is It Tested? – Understanding Test Methods

The sample is cut by a straight-edge blade, under load, that moves along a straight path. The sample is cut five times each at three different loads with a new blade for each cut and the data is used to determine the required load to cut through the sample at a specified reference difference.

This is referred to as the cutting force, which is then equated to a cut level.

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What New Cut Levels Mean For You

Cut Protection Glove performance has improved significantly in recent years. As a result, there are more “cut protection” gloves to choose from.

The chart below will show you whether the cut level you have been using has changed or stayed the same. Reference your current rated glove and load with the new levels to find where you fit in to ensure proper protection.

With these new levels, you may need to move up in level to ensure adequate protection.

Be sure to reference the revised cut specs when ordering gloves in the future.

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Get A Grip On Palm Coated Gloves

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What Are Coated Gloves?

Nothing beats a firm grip on work. Palm Coated Gloves (AKA Dipped Gloves) are designed to protect your hands from cuts and abrasions and offer extra grip.

Most coated gloves are made of engineered knit fibers for the glove part. The glove “shell” is then dipped in various coatings to make that great gripping texture and protection!

Different Coatings, Different Jobs

Coatings provide additional protection while resisting punctures and abrasions and offering improved grip while working.

Natural Rubber Latex Palm Coated Gloves latex-coated-gloves

Natural Rubber Textured Latex Palm Coatings offer good grip. Latex coating provides abrasion resistance and is great for handling building materials. Latex has very high elasticity and grip compared to other glove materials, and withstands extreme temperature and tearing.

Latex coated gloves are great for a number of tasks including general maintenance, shipping, receiving, assembling, and concrete/brick/lumber handling.

  • High elasticity and grip.
  • Great tear resistance.
  • Poor resistance against most hydrocarbon and organic solvents (i.e. gasoline).
  • Can cause allergic reactions.

Nitrile Palm Coated Glovesnitrile-coated-gloves

Nitrile Palm Coating has high puncture and chemical resistance. It offers greater tactile feedback, grip, and abrasion resistance, even when wet. 3x more puncture resistant than rubber latex!

Nitrile coated gloves provide excellent resistance to punctures, cuts, snags, abrasions, oils, and fuels.

  • Synthetic version of latex.
  • 3x more puncture resistant than latex rubber.
  • Stands up well to oil, organic solvents, and fuels.

Nitrile Micro Foam Coated Glovesmicro-foam-nitrile-coated-gloves

Nitrile micro foam coated gloves are a good choice for working in “wet” environments. The microfoam coating acts similar to a sponge and provides extra gripping power.

  • Additional foam coating acts like a sponge, increasing gripping power.
  • Good tactile sensitivity and dexterity.

Polyurethane Palm Coated Glovespolyurethane-coated-gloves

Great for small parts handling. Non-allergenic. Good stretch, strength, and softness. Low particulate shed. Great for protection from cuts from sheet metal, steel & glass. Resistant to oils, solvents and grease. They are not designed to protect from excessive heat or cold or from harsh chemicals.

  • Grips well without being “sticky”.
  • Breathable and dexterous.
  • Resists oil, solvents, gasoline, fats, greases, and oxidation.
  • Poor resistance to hot water.

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