Flame-Resistant Clothing Breakthroughs


FR wear finally has an improvement. Now you can buy lightweight, comfortable, breathable garments made from a new polyester. Flame-resistant clothing has a well-earned reputation for being heavy, hot and uncomfortable. So much so, workers sometimes don’t wear it. In this podcast, we tell about modern polyester flame-resistant technology from Bulwark FR and Millikan. TRANSCRIPT: (:00) intro music and effects (:04) Dan Clark: Bulky, sweaty, scratchy. Flame-resistant clothing has had a long, uncomfortable history. But changes are …

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Cooling Shirts – PPE For The Heat


Cooling shirts are a water cooled PPE for working in heat. They are used by industrial workers, athletes and medical professionals for comfort and to avoid heat illness. The shirts have a system of narrow tubes which circulate cool water through an ice pack. There are mobile and stationary types, offered by many manufacturers. Listen to this podcast to hear the costs, names of manufacturers and what OSHA thinks of these Auxiliary Body Cooling systems. …

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Heat Illness At Work


Heat illness will zap you, no matter what the heat source. Indoors, it could be from a furnace. Outdoors, it will probably be from that bigger furnace, the sun. Workers who have not worked in heat before need to acclimatize. Start slowly and don’t overdo it. Heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat syncope, heat cramps and heat rash are all covered in this podcast. We tell you how to guard against them, and how to treat …

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Safe Welding


A fireproof workplace and personal protective equipment are critical for safe welding. Welding is a hot work process due a gas flame, an electric arc, a laser or other dangerous heat source. Employees must be properly protected from the high heat and arc flash produced in the welding process. 
Follow rules in ANSI Z49, the guide for safe welding. Flame resistant (FR) clothing will prevent burns. 

UV filters in goggles and helmets will shield the …

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Summer Workplace Hazards


Summer brings a new set of workplace hazards. Workers will be affected by heat and humidity, in and out of the sun. Plan ahead in the spring for hot weather supplies and facility adaptation. Ventilation and liquids are important to keep employees cool and hydrated. Beware of insects and animals, which are both very active during this hottest season. OSHA requires that employers take action to have these workplace hazards removed. TRANSCRIPT: (:00) intro music …

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