December 6, 2012 - The Oberon Company has launched an arc flash faceshield to address what it calls the biggest issue with arc-rated PPE (personal protective equipment): the inability to see colours. This clear grey faceshield uses a special IR dye in a proprietary compound that produces a true colour lens. Unlike the traditional green faceshields, says Oberon, grey is a medium-density filter that allows 100% colour acuity. This is the first true grey faceshield (not requiring a laminated lens) to be available in Canada, adds the company. The shield is manufactured with polycarbonate material for high-impact and high-mass performance. An 8.2 cal/cm2 model is available right now, with higher levels of protection currently being tested.
November 20, 2012 - Brady has released its new Electrical Product Solutions brochure, a four-page guide looking at trends impacting the industry, as well as products and services to help individuals execute electrical identification projects. The brochure addresses ways managers can help identify and track wires and cables; inform employees about electrical hazards; meet energy control compliance standards; keep visual information effective and current; and reduce costs with appropriate technology. BRADY
October 1, 2012 - Two arc flash DVDs from ERI Safety Videos have recently been updated for Canada. 2012 CSA Z462 Workplace Electrical Safety is based on the most recent CSA standard, and explains the dual hazards of electric shock and arc flash, highlighted with "dramatic arc flash footage and realistic reenactments", said ERI. The Mark Standifer Story: Lessons Learned from an Arc Flash Tragedy has also recently been updated. Mark Standifer received 2nd and 3rd degree burns on 40% of his body and was nearly killed when he was engulfed in an arc blast when performing an electrical task at a wastewater treatment plant. This DVD is also available in French. ELECTROLAB TRAINING SYSTEMS
September 14, 2012 - Electrolab Training Systems has released Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), the latest in a series of compliance training DVDs adapted for SafeStart. The SafeStart adaptation of the DuPont Sustainable Solutions (formerly Coastal Training Technologies) DVD incorporates human factors into the training by adding the SafeStart concepts and techniques—"providing a more complete learning experience and a refreshing take on PPE training", it describes. PPE Adapted for SafeStart includes video content to convey the traditional compliance requirements. Presentation slides, notes, exercises and SafeStart practice cards are also available for both on- and off-the-job activities. ELECTROLAB TRAINING SYSTEMSSAFESTART
August 24, 2012 - Rotational Lug Technologies has released a family of lugs used in electrical switchgear installations called “Roto-Lugs”, which claim to reduce labour costs, and increase safety and efficiency. The design of the rotational lug allows for wire to be seated/landed directly, in a straight line, or with minimal bending, into the switchgear box or breaker. Additionally, the set screws used to secure the wire no longer require an Allen Wrench, which helps reduce stripping, loosening and allowing for proper torque to be applied. The lugs have been designed for larger wire diameters, with testing completed on 750AL/600MCMCU-3/0 in Canada and the U.S.ROTATIONAL LUG TECHNOLOGIES
August 23, 2012 - ERI Safety Videos has released its new “I Can’t Get No Traction” safety DVD, which spotlights common slip, trip and fall hazards. Inspired by the Rolling Stones tune, "Satisfaction," the custom lyrics warn workers who move about the workplace in an unsafe manner. The program features a variety of slip, trip and fall stunts that result from distracted walking, running, poor housekeeping, improper ladder use, spills, moving equipment and wearing improper footwear. The DVD is available in Canada through Electrolab Training Systems.ELECTROLAB TRAINING SYSTEMS
August 15, 2012 - The Light Brigade, AFL's training division, has announced a menu-based staff development DVD, titled Fiber Optic Safety, as a training tool to help enhance fiber optic safety for those working with optical fibers and lasers, or installing and operating fiber optic communication systems. DVD bonus materials include a student quiz with matching instructor version, written in Microsoft Word format which can be customized for specific safety needs. DVD chapters include laser types and classifications; optical fiber handling and safety; safety in confined spaces; and chemicals and right-to-know documentation.THE LIGHT BRIGADE
May 24, 2012 - Terex Utilities now offers a range of tools and solutions for work on energized power lines to electrical industry, electric cooperative and municipal utility customers in North America. Terex hot line tools are specifically designed for use by linemen, electricians and workers in the construction and maintenance of live power lines up to 800kV. The tools help electrical generation, transmission & distribution customers reduce the risk of working with live power lines and the cost associated with shutting down electrical networks for maintenance services. The equipment includes all the necessary tools—as well as personal and collective protection equipment—for different hot line working methods, including hot stick and bare hand methods. In addition to selling these specialty tools and solutions separately, Terex also offers customers the ability to custom-fit their Terex utility trucks with the hot line equipment electric crews need the most.
February 29, 2012 - Greenlee has launched a new line of rugged safety products to provide protection, comfort and convenience to users, it says. The line of accessories includes three styles of high visibility Class 2 Hi-Vis vests, eight styles of indoor and outdoor ANSI compliant eyewear, and three styles of top quality, high dexterity gloves to prevent injury, protect hands, improve comfort and reduce fatigue, adds Greenlee. GREENLEE
September 8, 2011 - “Are you listening, Jim?” is a new DVD that follows the actions of one worker, Jim, during a typical day where his “inner voices” encourage him to take better care of his hearing – all to tackle the subject of hearing loss in an amusing way, says Electrolab. The DVD is produced by CLMI, a producer of health and safety training, and is available in Canada through Electrolab Training Systems.ELECTROLAB TRAINING SYSTEMS
August 30, 2011 - Capital Safety has introduced the DBI-SALA 85 and 130-foot Sealed-Blok Self-Retracting Lifelines (SRL), which it says are designed to withstand the harshest operating environments and include features that maximize work site versatility and lower the cost of ownership. According to Capital Safety, “industry-first features” new to the products include an optional RSQ dual-mode rescue capability, a Fast-Line field replaceable lifeline, IP68 sealed rating certification and a secondary fall arrest rated anchor point. Additionally, the SRL comes with an i-Safe Intelligent Safety System RFID tag built into the unit to track inspections, control inventory and manage product information, says the company. CAPITAL SAFETY
August 17, 2011 - Carhartt’s new F11 flame-resistant clothing collection for men and women is now available which it claims is suitable for many electrical, petrochemical and general industry workers who are at risk of electric arc flashes and flash fires on the job. Choose from twill, chambray, crewneck and plaid shirts, pants, denim, overalls and jackets such as the: Flame-Resistant Chambray Shirt (FRS004), a 6-ounce FR Chambray; a blend of 88% cotton and 12& high-tenacity nylon shirt layered under a Flame-Resistant Midweight Active Jac / Quilt Lined (FRJ237), a 8.5-ounce FR canvas; a blend of 88% cotton and 12% high-tenacity nylon with a 6.5-ounce lining.CARHARTT
August 8, 2011 - Rubbermaid Commercial Products (RCP) says it has developed a comprehensive skin care solution in the away-from-home washroom category with its new ProRx Industrial Skin Care System. Designed for manufacturing facilities, automotive shops and maintenance or housekeeping areas, it claims the system allows for the highest number of hand washes – up to 3,333 per refill – and the adjustable portion control helps provide a superior hand washing experience, at a lower cost-per-use. According to RCP, the program was designed around three pillars of health – personal, economic and environmental. RUBBERMAID COMMERCIAL PRODUCTS
June 17, 2011 - Capital Safety has released the i-Safe 3.0 Intelligent Safety System, an upgrade to the existing i-Safe 2.0 system, which was launched in 2006. System upgrades include: four software options that allow the user to decide if they want Capital Safety to host their data or if they want to manage the data themselves; a list of standard and customized end-user prompted inspection checklists to ensure more consistent inspections; management reports; and inspection scheduling and trigger alerts. All of this adds up to a more user-friendly system that offers more consistent safety compliance and the benefits of mitigating active and future risks, says Capital Safety. CAPITAL SAFETY
April 15, 2011 Codet's Big Bill brand, a manufacturer of work wear for the oil, gas, petrochemical, electrical utility, power generation, mining and industrial markets, has partnered with Polartec to produce a full layering system of high performance garments using Polartec’s flame resistant (FR) fabric technology. This layering system includes baselayer shirts made using Power Dry FR–which it claims to be the industry's best moisture-managing next-to-skin fabric; midlayer jackets and hoodies use “highly breathable and lightweight” Thermal FR insulation; and outerwear and weather protection garments use Wind Pro FR.
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