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  1. Gas Detection 101

    Gasses aren’t always at the top of mind when a project is being discussed or planned, but that doesn’t make them any less dangerous. When it comes to gas, the best way to be prepared is to know what you’re up against. This week our Gear Experts® are going to break down gas detection and how you can accurately keep your crew safe no matter what gas is flying around the job site.

    Gas


     

    Let’s start with the basics. We are constantly inhaling and exhaling gas – the oxygen we breathe in, the carbon dioxide we breathe out, and all the other gasses that are around us every day. Not all gas is hazardous and not all hazardous gas is toxic unless enough is breathed in. Every job is different and that means the air around the structure and the gasses created by the environment and machines are different, too. Hazardous gas can be created by a long list of different things – from natural occurrences to man-made devices.

    Knowing that a hazardous gas is present is an essential part of job site safety. Some hazardous gasses smell – which means our noses can tell us when we are exposed to them. However, not every hazardous gas can be detected by human senses – at least, not until it is too late. On top of that, mixtures of otherwise harmless gasses can cause a whole slew of dangers like suffocation, explosions, and/or fires.

    Gas Detection


     

    We’ve already mentioned that there are some gasses that we can smell easily and some gasses that we cannot smell at all. So how do we know if we are being exposed to a hazardous gas? Or how do we know if there are two gasses present that can cause other issues (like an explosion)? That can be done with a gas monitor. A gas monitor, also referred to as a gas detector, is a device that detects the presence of gas in an area.

    The actual function of a gas detector is pretty simple. The device has sensors in it that are programmed to detect the presence of specific gasses. If that type of gas is detected, the gas detector will alert the user via an alarm. The most common sensors used in at-height, industry, and construction are Combustible (LEL), Oxygen, and Toxic.

    Combustible (LEL): Combustible (LEL), or combustible lower exposure level sensors, are designed to detect and monitor combustible hydrocarbon gases in the air. The most common combustible gasses are:

    • Methane
    • Butane
    • High Hydrogen Content (HHC)
    • Nonane
    • Propane
    • Hydrogen

    Oxygen: Oxygen sensors are essential for situations where having accurate oxygen measurements could prevent injury or death. Not all areas have safe oxygen levels, especially when in confined spaces.

    Toxic: Toxic sensors are pretty self-explanatory, but they measure the levels of toxic gasses. The most common toxic gasses are:

    • Carbon Monoxide (CO)
    • Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S)
    • Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2)
    • Sulfur Dioxide (SO2)

    How the Sensors Work


     

    The way the sensors work varies depending on the type of sensor the manufacturer used. The most common types of sensors are:

    • Electrochemical Sensors – Most commonly used for toxic gas detection. These sensors use electrodes to send signals when gas is detected.
    • MOS (Metal Oxide Semiconductors) – Most commonly used for toxic gasses – carbon monoxide in particular. Metal oxide semiconductors use a gas sensitive film that triggers when the levels of gas become toxic.
    • Catalytic Sensors – Most modern gas monitors use catalytic sensors. Catalytic sensors have a platinum treated wire coil that heats up when exposed to gasses due to oxidation. When the resistance of the wire is changed, due to the heat generated by oxidation, a circuit detects this change and triggers the warning.
    • IR (Infrared Sensors) – This type of sensor uses a series of transmitters and receivers. The transmitters emit a light. If the receiver cannot “see” the light because of gas being in the way it triggers the warning.

    If you’ve got questions about which gas detection methods are right for your job site or if you’re looking for more information about gas detectors in general, click here to contact one of our Gear Experts®.

    Click here to see our full selection of Gas Monitors

    **The content of this blog is not intended to replace proper, in-depth training. Manufacturer’s instructions must also be followed and reviewed before any PPE is used.

    Gear Up with Gear Experts: The Podcast


     

    We're also proud to announce Gear Up with Gear Experts® - A podcast dedicated to at-height, industry, and construction. Gear Up with Gear Experts® will be coming to your ears in early 2019 and in each episode, the hosts (Alex Giddings & John Medina) bring in a gear expert or industry leader to talk about gear, gear safety, tips, and tricks. To find out more about the show and sign up to get alerted when our first episode drops, head on over to gearexperts.com. There's a trailer there too, so you can get a sneak peek of the show.

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  2. Thermal Gloves 101

    Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean the jobs stop. With low temperatures and frigid wind chills, it's more important than ever to protect yourself. Whether you are climbing towers, framing houses, or shoveling driveways your hands are two of your most important tools. This week our Gear Experts® are going to talk about thermal gloves.

    Thermal Gloves


     

    Protecting your hands in freezing temperatures isn’t always easy, but it is extremely important. Without proper protection, cold stress can start to set in and cause a whole slew of problems. That’s why we carry dozens of different styles of gloves specifically designed to handle anything winter throws at them all while keeping your hands warm and dry. Here are some of our favorite thermal gloves:

    Ergodyne 818 Pro Flex Performance Thermal Waterproof Utility Gloves


     

    The name might be a mouthful, but the Ergodyne 818 Pro Flex Gloves are no joke. They are made of dual zone 3M Thinsulate insulation for warmth and they have a waterproof/windproof breathable membrane to keep your hands dry. The weather-resistant ripstop outer shell is layered with a tena-grip palm and the fingers are touch screen compatible. The extended neoprene cuff with hook and loop closures provide added weather resistance and prevent dirt and debris from getting into the glove. This glove is available in both black and hi-vis orange.

    HexArmor Rig Lizard Arctic 2023 Gloves


     

    The HexArmor Rig Lizard Arctic Gloves feature a combination of H2X and C40 Thinsulate liners which provide excellent waterproofing and cold protection. In fact, the H2X barrier is so strong that it meets ASTM standards for resistance to blood-borne pathogens and fluid-borne viruses which means the chances of them being compromised by water is slim to none. The durability of this glove doesn’t stop there, though. The palm is made of a high strength TPX material that is rated to the highest level of abrasion resistance and oil resistant grip. This glove also features a hi-vis impact resistant exo-skeleton with IRX smash guards that provide greater impact resistance. Last, but not least, these gloves are also cut resistant meeting ANSI Level 3 (A3) cut standards.

    You can find out more about cut resistance in this previous blog post.

    PowerGrab Thermo Acrylic Gloves


     

    If you’re on a tight budget, but still need to keep your hands warm in the dead of winter, then the PowerGrab Thermo Acrylic Gloves are our go-to choice. These gloves have a seamless construction for comfort and a nearly one size fits all fit. The acrylic construction provides excellent cold weather protection and thermal insulation. The palms have a latex micro finish coating providing superior grip in wet or oily conditions. The inside is extra soft for added comfort and the knit cuff provides a barrier to prevent dirt and debris from entering the glove. Finally, this glove comes in three different colors: black, hi-vis orange, and hi-vis yellow.

    Got questions about our selection of gloves or need more information? Click here to contact one of our Gear Experts®.

    Click here to see our full selection of Thermal Gloves

    Click here to check out our blog post on cold stress

    Click here to check out our blog post on cut resistance

    **The content of this blog is not intended to replace proper, in-depth training. Manufacturer’s instructions must also be followed and reviewed before any PPE is used.

    Thermal Gloves 101: The Video


     

    Gear Up with Gear Experts: The Podcast


    We're also proud to announce Gear Up with Gear Experts® - A podcast dedicated to at-height, industry, and construction. Gear Up with Gear Experts® will be coming to your ears in early 2019 and in each episode, the hosts (Alex Giddings & John Medina) bring in a gear expert or industry leader to talk about gear, gear safety, tips, and tricks. To find out more about the show and sign up to get alerted when our first episode drops, head on over to gearexperts.com. There's a trailer there too, so you can get a sneak peek of the show.

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  3. Fall Protection Rescue Kit Buying Guide

    It’s no secret that climbing towers for a living is a dangerous job. While we would all like to believe that accidents don’t happen, we know they do. Being prepared for emergency situations is not only important but also required by law. Finding and sourcing all the equipment needed for your rescue “kit” can take up too much of your time. Here at GME Supply, we know your time is valuable. That’s why we carry a full selection of pre-assembled rescue kits. In this blog post, our Gear Experts® are going to go over what things you need to look for in a rescue kit.

    Rescue Kits


     

    Rescue kits are fantastic because they include everything you need to perform a rescue. One important thing to point out is that not every rescue kit is going to be right for every rescue. Beyond that, there may be special circumstances that require additional equipment or highly specialized kits. We will cover that in more detail later. For now, let’s focus on standard rescue kits.

    What’s Included


     

    Most rescue kits are going to come with a standard set of equipment. However, it is important that you check and make sure the kit has the equipment you need and that it meets your specifications. The standard items that will come in nearly every kit are a rope, a rope bag, a descender, carabiners, a pick-off strap (or haul system), and a sling.

    What to Look For


     

    What you need in your kit will be dependent on the situations you encounter the most. No two rescues are the same and that makes a kit that can cover every situation impossible to build. But, with a little help from our Gear Experts® we can have you in compliance and ready to go with a safety plan.

    When looking for rescue kits there are many things to consider. Let’s break down some of the key points that you need to consider before you purchase.

    Rope: When looking at the rope (lifeline) that the kit comes with some key things to look at are rope diameter, length, and color. For more about how to find the perfect rope, click here to check out our blog post all about rope.

    Rope Bag: Your rope bag helps you transport and protect your rope. Some things to consider about the rope bag are material, weather resistance, size, and color. We've got a blog post that covers rope bags, too. Click here to check it out!

    Descender: A descender is a convenient and intricate part of any rescue system. Some things to look for are features like anti-panic, rope compatibility, weight, and certifications.

    Carabiners: Carabiners are a versatile tool and have a range of functions. Things to look for in your rescue kit carabiners are gate style, size, certifications, and load ratings.

    Pick-Off Strap: Pick-off straps help you transfer a load during rescue situations. The most important things to consider for a pick-off strap is adjustable length and MBS.

    Haul System: A haul system can help prevent difficulties when performing a rescue. And when someone’s life is on the line ease of use can make all the difference. Some things to consider when looking at a haul system include ease of use, mechanical advantage, and details about the equipment utilized in the system.

    Specialty and Custom Rescue Kits


     

    Sometimes the jobs you perform are uncommon and require a specialty kit. We feature a selection of different rescue kits that are specialized for certain situations like self-rescues, wind rescue, and crane tech rescues.  If you have a specific type of kit that you need built – we’ve got you covered there too.

    Our state of the art account management system allows us to create custom kits, built specifically to suit your needs. The benefit of this type of system is that next time you call in; you have the same pricing and the same products every time. You don’t have to go through countless emails and talk to 5 different people to make sure that you are getting the exact same kit you got last time because we do that for you.

    Would you like to build your custom kit, looking to get some advice on which kit is best for your situation, or simply have questions? Click here to contact one of our Gear Experts®.

    **The content of this blog is not intended to replace proper, in-depth training. Manufacturer’s instructions must also be followed and reviewed before any fall protection equipment is used.

    Click here to see our full selection of Fall Protection Rescue Kits

    Fall Protection Rescue Kits: Video


     

    Gear Up with Gear Experts: The Podcast


    We're also proud to announce Gear Up with Gear Experts® - A podcast dedicated
    to at-height, industry, and construction. Gear Up with Gear Experts® will be coming to your ears in early 2019 and in each episode, the hosts (Alex Giddings & John Medina) bring in a gear expert or industry leader to talk about gear, gear safety, tips, and tricks. To find out more about the show, and sign up to get alerted when our first episode drops, head on over to gearexperts.com. There's a trailer there too, so you can get a sneak peek of the show.

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  4. Product Spotlight: TruPulse 200 Laser Rangefinder

    Bob just spent most of his day 200 feet up a tower installing new equipment. He finally got everything hooked up and positioned perfectly. Now it’s time for Bob to pack up his equipment and move to the next job site. Once he got back to the ground Bob found out that some of his measurements were off and the equipment is not where it needs to be. Bob now has to spend the rest of the day fixing that error and pushing his entire schedule back. Mistakes can be costly in the form of lost time, lost wages, and unsatisfied customers. If only Bob had used a laser rangefinder to ensure his measurements were accurate and the job was done right the first time. In an effort to make sure you’re not like Bob, our Gear Experts® are going to break down the TruPulse 200 Laser Rangefinder.

    The TruPulse 200 Laser Rangefinder


     

    This nifty little handheld device provides extremely accurate measurements that you can trust. And, because of the Bluetooth connectivity and serial port features, it pairs perfectly with antenna aligners like the MultiWave SmartAligner. The 200 Laser Rangefinder has been around for quite some time, but this isn’t your grandpa’s rangefinder. Laser Technologies recently revamped the 200 model. It now takes 50% more accurate ratings than before - with a distance accuracy of ± 8 inches and an inclination accuracy of ± 0.25°. It also features improved target acquisition and higher range resolution. All of this is achieved by using TruPulse’s proprietary TruTargeting Technology.

    More than Meets the Eye


     

     

    The TruPulse 200 Laser Rangefinder does far more than just measure distance and angles. It also has the ability to measure slope and distance plus inclination in degrees or percentages with the simple click of a button. The rangefinder then uses those measurements to internally calculate a three-shot height routine and a 2-d line routine. This is used to calculate slope determinations and changes in elevation. The maximum range for reflective targets is 2,000 meters while non-reflective targets have a max range of 1,000 meters (that’s around 6,561 and 3,280 feet, respectively). The high-quality optics jam-packed into this device magnify your field of view by up to 7X!

     

     

    Target Modes


     

    The 200 Laser Rangefinder also has five target modes so you can select or eliminate multiple targets. Those target modes are:

    → STD. (Single Shot)

    → CON. (Continuous)

    → CLO. (Closest)

    → FAR. (Farthest)

    → FLT. (Filter)

    Connected


     

    As mentioned above, this device is Bluetooth compatible with Windows and Android devices. It also includes an RS-232 serial com-port making it a perfect tool to pair with an antenna aligner to measure AGL

    All these features make this rangefinder ideal for the telecom, wind-energy, and construction industries.

    Got questions about the TruPulse 200 Laser Rangefinder? Click here to contact one of our Gear Experts®.

    Click here to see the TruPulse 200 Laser Rangefinder

    Click here to see the MultiWave SmartAligner Antenna Alignment Tool

    TruPulse 200 Laser Rangefinder: The Video


     

    Gear Up with Gear Experts®: The Podcast


    We're also proud to announce Gear Up with Gear Experts® - A podcast dedicated
    to at-height, industry, and construction. Gear Up with Gear Experts® will be coming to your ears in early 2019 and in each episode, the hosts (Alex Giddings & John Medina) bring in a gear expert or industry leader to talk about gear, gear safety, tips, and tricks. To find out more about the show, and sign up to get alerted when our first episode drops, head on over to gearexperts.com. There's a trailer there too, so you can get a sneak peek of the show.

    Get Social


     

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  5. Safety & Jobsite Banners

    Keeping employees, team members, and other people on the job site safe is at the top of mind for many people. One integral part of keeping people safe on the job site is ensuring that they are aware of the hazards they may encounter. OSHA requires signs to be posted on job sites which is a great first step. In this week's blog post our Gear Experts® are going to talk about our job site safety banners and motivational workplace banners.

    Job Site Safety Banners


     

    Our job site safety banners make it easy to quickly get your job site OSHA compliant. All of our banners come with grommets on each corner and in the middle so that you can easily hang them. These banners are available in two sizes – 4 x 2 or 6 x 3 foot. These banners feature all of the common job site signs – dangers, warnings, cautions, and notices, that are all required by OSHA.

    Customizations


     

    We’ve got two main types of job site safety banners – Tower Climbing Job Sites and Construction Job Sites.

    Tower Climbing Job Sites:

    The tower climbing job site banners have notices that are directed towards… you guessed it, tower climbing job sites. The notices are for fall protection, RF monitors, and overhead work.

    Construction Job Sites:

    The construction job site banner is directed towards general construction. It features notices for electrical hazards, speed limits, and PPE.

    Custom Banners:

    We know that not all job sites are created equal. That’s why we can work with you to customize your job site banner. We can customize the signs that are on the banner, provide a banner with clear pockets so that you can switch out signs when needed, and even add your logo to the banner so that people know which company is on the job site. For more information about customization please contact one of our Gear Experts® or click here.

    Tough Enough to Actually Use


     

    The job site is not a place for the faint of heart and the equipment should be just as tough as the men and women who are there to get the job done. At GME Supply we strive to make sure that the products we sell are a reflection of you – our tenacious customer. All of our job site banners are made of extra-heavy-duty ultraflex 15 oz PVC material. What does that mean? It means that you don’t have to worry about fading, cracks, tears, or rips.

    Motivational Workplace Banners


     

    Banners that are required by law are great. But, banners that motivate employees to stay safe and instill a sense of pride are great too. That’s why our Gear Experts® have put together a selection of motivational workplace banners. These banners are 4 x 2 feet and come with a variety of messages. They are made of the exact same ultraflex 15 oz PVC material that the job site banners are made of. These banners can also be completely customized. For more information on custom motivational workplace banners click here or contact one of our Gear Experts®.

    Click here to see our full selection of job site safety signs and banners.
    Click here to see our full selection of motivational workplace banners.

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  6. Finding the Perfect Respirator

    Finding the Perfect Respirator

    When working in hazardous environments or with hazardous materials taking every precaution to protect yourself and your body is probably one of your top priorities. Respirators are an important part of protecting yourself in those environments. This week our Gear Experts® have put together a guide to help you find the perfect respirator.

    Step 1: What are the Hazards


     

    It’s important to know what hazards you are going to face when looking for a respirator. Not all respirators are created equal and each type has certain hazards that it is better suited to handle. The first step is to identify what the hazard form will be – this means particles, gas/vapors, or both. You also need to know what hazards you will encounter. Some common hazards are:

    →Particulates – Silica, Hazardous Dust, Fibers
    →Welfume – Stainless steel & Galvanized
    →Lead
    →Asbestos/Mold
    →Bleach/Ammonia – General cleaning products
    →Pesticides & Insecticides
    →Solvents – Water-based latex
    →Chemicals – Sulfur Dioxide, Chlorine, and Ammonia

    While this isn’t a complete guide for every hazard you might come into contact with, it is a good base to start with. We cannot stress enough how important it is for you to know the hazards of the next job site. If you’re not sure what category your hazard would fall into click here to reach out to one of our Gear Experts®.

    Step 2: Assess the Situation


     

    Once you know what potential hazards you will encounter and what form they will be in (particles, gas/vapor, or both) you then need to determine whether respirators are needed and if so, what kind. The job site should be assessed for employee exposure to harmful substances. These results are most commonly measured in ppm (parts per million) or mg/m3 (milligrams per cubic meter of air) OSHA’s Respiratory Protection Standard 29 CFR 1910.134 outlines the requirements for respiratory protection on a job site. As a rule of thumb, if the measurements are hard to read, or you are right on the cusp of needing respiratory protection, then it’s best to use it.

    Step 3: Level of Protection


     

    You now know that you need a respirator, but what kind do you actually need? There are 3 main styles of respirators available: disposable, half mask, and full face. Disposable respirators are the most basic form and provide short-term protection for certain types of hazards. Keep in mind that disposable respirators may not be suitable for all hazards. Half mask and full face respirators are generally reusable and provide higher levels of protection. They also provide the added convenience of offering the ability to switch out filters based on specific needs.

    Filters


     

    Each respirator will have an area for a filter – this is what actually removes the hazards from the air. Disposable respirators come with filters built in but most half and full face respirators have filters that can be changed. Filters can have one of 3 letter class ratings:

    →Class N – Not oil resistant
    →Class R – Resistant to oil
    →Class P – Oil proof

    Respirators will also have one of 3 number class ratings

    →95 – filters 95% of all particles measuring 0.3 microns or larger in diameter
    →99 – filters 99% of all particles measuring 0.3 microns or larger in diameter
    →100 – filters 99.7% of all particles measuring 0.3 microns or larger in diameter (this filter is typically an HE or HEPA quality filter)

    You will generally see a filter class rating in this form: N95 or P100.

    Standards


     

    OSHA will only allow respirators that have been approved by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to be used in a workplace.

    OSHA recently implemented the 29 CFR 1926.1153 regulation which outlines new standards on silica dust exposure for contractors.

    Please refer to OSHA’s Respiratory Protection Standards for more information on respirator requirements.

    **The content of this blog is not intended to replace proper, in-depth training. Manufacturer’s instructions must also be followed and reviewed before any respiratory protection equipment is used.

    Need help finding the right respirator? Our Gear Experts® are here to help.

    Click here to see our full selection of respirators and filters

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