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2008 Winter Welding and Metal Fabrication Sales Flyer
2008 Protective Clothing Resource Guide

Airgas has released the 2008 Protective Clothing Resource Guide. Look for the orange and Airgas Teal "Information For Your Safety" informational boxes throughout the guide. This guide provides product solutions for all of your protective clothing needs, from high visibility clothing to disposable clothing; you'll find it with us.

Ansell-Edmont Protective Clothing
Carhartt Protective Clothing
Dupont Protective Clothing
John Tillman & Co Protective Clothing
Radnor Protective Clothing

Topics:
Hypothermia Safety
Welding Safety
High Visibility Clothing(ANSI/ISEA 107-2004 Standard)


Hypothermia Safety
Hypothermia, defined as “a decrease in core body temperature to a level at which normal muscular and cerebral functions are impaired”, is the cause of over 700 annual deaths in the United States. Hypothermia can usually be prevented by preparing appropriately for environmental conditions and by recognizing the early symptoms. People who spend time outdoors in cold weather can reduce heat loss by wearing their clothing loosely and in layers and by keeping their hands, feet, and head well covered (30-50% of body heat is lost through the head). If you plan to be outdoors for extended periods in cold weather:
• Wear insulated or layered moisturewicking clothing, including headgear.
• Avoid overexertion.
• Eat enough food, and drink enough non-alcoholic fluids.
• Stay dry. Wet clothing and footwear should be replaced as quickly as possible.

Welding Safety
• Always wear the proper protective garments when welding. Garments should be made of a durable flame-retardant material that provides abrasion resistance and spark protection.
• Garments should always be free from oil, grease and dirt, which could ignite.
• Where there is potential for electrical shock injury, make sure to disconnect any electric equipment before beginning work.
• Be aware of others near the work area. They, too, should be wearing proper protective gear, or they should leave the area.

High Visibility Clothing - ANSI/ISEA 107-2004 Standard
High-visibility apparel serves as a first line of defense to protect workers against being struck by a vehicle or piece of equipment operated by someone who otherwise would not be able to see them during the day or at night.

The ANSI/ISEA 107-2004 Standard, the industry-recognized yet voluntary consensus on high visibility safety apparel recommendations, no longer only uses work zone vehicle speeds as a gauge for classification. Instead, the three classes are determined based on the performance of the garments themselves. This is defined by the amount of background material and retro reflective material on the vest, in addition to other considerations that make the person more easily seen in low visibility situations.

There are three classes of garments under ANSI/ISEA 107-2004:
Class 1 For Occupational activities which:
• permit full and undivided attention to approaching traffic;
• provide ample separation of the pedestrian worker from conflicting vehicle traffic;
• permit optimum conspicuity in backgrounds that are not complex; and where
• vehicle and moving equipment speeds do not exceed 25 mph.

Class 2 For Occupational activities which:
• greater visibilty is desired during inclement weather conditions;
• complex backgrounds are present;
• employees are performing tasks which divert attention from approaching vehicle traffic;
• vehicle or moving equipment speeds exceed those in Class 1; or
• work activities take place in closer proximity to vehicle traffic.


Class 3 For Occupational activities which:
• workers are exposed to significantly higher vehicle speeds and/or reduced sight-distances;
• the worker and vehicle operator have high task loads, clearly placing the worker in danger; or
• the wearer must be conspicuous through the full range of body motions at a minimum of 390 m (1280 feet), and must be identifiable as a person


Employers shall provide and maintain personal protective equipment, including protective clothing, whenever it is necessary by reason of hazards. There are many garment styles and types of materials used in protective outerwear depending on the level of protection required. Airgas offers over 33,000 products for all your clothing and footwear needs.

With protective clothing varying from Carhartt flame retardant products to Dupont chemical clothing, Airgas is committed to your safety. The flame-resistant fabrics in our Carhartt products are embedded with flame retardant chemicals that extinguish flames and help the fabric char. With brands such as Kimberly-Clark, Tillman, Stanco, Bacou Dalloz and Radnor, Airgas provides the protective clothing you need to protect yourself.


Catalog
Airgas has everything you need for protective clothing, ranging from insulated protective clothing for cold weather to flame retardant protective clothing and high heat protective clothing for increasing temperatures. Our protective clothing line is designed to protect in the most hazardous situations.
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