The government and all their regulations, right? Federal law says that all towers must be properly illuminated and/or painted; if they are difficult to see, they may become a danger to air traffic. Which would be… bad.
Obviously, remove any existing rust, old cracked paint, or general gunk that might have built up on the tower. A good wire brush is helpful here. Next up is primer. TowerPlex Acrylic Bonding Primer is the best solution to prevent corrosion and guarantee that the next step, the paint, has a fighting chance.
The paints have to be specific colors, which are chosen by the government. Tower paint must be the Federal Standard 595 color #17875 for white and #12197 for aviation orange. These colors provide excellent contrast which can be seen from a very long way away. Plus, they make the tower stand out. Nuclear fission white and neon orange aren’t exactly colors that are too common in nature.
If your tower isn’t the right color… lookout. Heavy fines could be coming your way. GME Supply’s handy color chart gives you an easy way to check compliance. It’s simple to use, just compare the chart to the tower with the windowed scale. The colors represent the minimum and maximum color saturation, as well as the limits for lightness, darkness, redness, and yellowness.
Alright… so you’ve used the color chart to determine what you need to paint. After you get the tower paint, how are you planning to apply it? Painter’s mitts are a great solution. They’re lined so your hand doesn’t become a federal standard color. Plus the synthetic fabric is very durable. You could also use a good old paintbrush, but it’s not the most popular way.
How much paint do you need? That’s tough to say. Every tower is different, and depending on the weather conditions, the paint may go on easier. We can confidently say that the suggested coverage is 296 ft2 per gallon at 2 mil dry, assuming you didn’t let ANY paint drip… We’re not that neat of painters.
Check out the product page for more information on coverage and application. You can always hang on to extra paint, but applying the paint too thin to make it go farther isn’t a great idea. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!
According to Prevent Blindness America, there were well over 200,000 people treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms for workplace-related eye injuries in a single year. More than 20,000 of those required time off of work. If your workers aren't on the job, you’re losing money! The majority of these injuries may be preventable with proper eye protection.
OSHA follows the Z87 standards set by ANSI. If you're wearing approved glasses, they'll be stamped with a permanent marking, like the one above. The marking should be stamped somewhere on the glasses; usually on the front of the frame, or somewhere on the inside or outside of the temple or even on the lenses themselves. But what does Z87 actually mean?
For a Z87 rating, the glasses have to go through extensive testing. For the basic impact rating, a drop ball test is performed and the lens must not break, crack, or chip. If the glasses are to meet the Z87+ rating, they LITERALLY FIRE OBJECTS AT THE GLASSES! Awesome. This test is done with the lenses in the frames, and no part of the glasses can fail.
Now… safety glasses come in a variety of shapes and sizes. And really, most of our popular styles don't even look like safety glasses. If you head over to our safety glasses section, you’ll notice that the majority of them actually look like plain sunglasses. You can also get many styles in a variety of lens tints. If you do work in mixed light, indoor/outdoor glasses might be for you. Mirrored lenses can help reduce eye fatigue if you’re working out in the sun all day.
Want to see what the shades look like on a person? Check out our videos of Mark doing a quick-change routine in mirrored, smoked, colored, and clear safety glasses: