We’ve all had a sun burn at one point or another. Everyone has read about the dangers of prolonged sun exposure. And hopefully you’re taking proper precautions wearing sunscreen on your exposed skin.
Many people assume that only the skin that isn’t covered by their clothes needs to be protected. When in actuality, the sun’s radiation can penetrate clothing. And those UVA and UVB rays can do damage to skin. Luckily, there are many UV Protective clothing options to help prevent that damage.
Now, all fabrics do disrupt UV radiation to some extent, but only clothing rated with an Ultraviolet Protection Factor, or UPF rating does it best. Items are rated from UPF 15 to UPF 50 or higher.
Clothing with UPF ratings use a couple different methods to reduce the amount of UVA and UVB rays that reach the skin:
First, their construction. They use a dense, right weave or knit to minimize the gaps in the fabric. This can make the clothing warmer than others, which is why they’ll usually also include vents to help with circulation.
Second, dies. Some types of dies absorb the UV, others disrupt and reflect the radiation so it cannot reach your skin.
Third, treatments. Chemicals effective at absorbing UV light can be added to the fabric. These can be added during the construction of the garment, or post production with a laundry additive. This type of treatment can eventually deteriorate with enough washing.
Fourth, fiber type. Different materials interact differently to UV exposure. Polyester is an excellent disruptor of UV light. Nylon also does a decent job at it. Surprisingly, cotton isn’t great without added treatment.
Click here to see all of our UV protective options.
We’ve got an All-American Sale going, folks. Now through July 17th, get 15% off all Elk River gear! Just use promo code “ELKRIVER15OFF” at checkout.
Elk River manufacturers all of their gear right here in the USA. So there’s no better time to start this sale than the week of the 4th of July! From their harnesses and lanyards to their anchors and tool pouches, everything they make is proudly produced in the land of Red, White and Blue.
Their Peregrine RAS Platinum Tower Climbing Harness is super lightweight, and has an awesome blackout look.
Also popular for its value, is the EagleTower LE Tower Climbing Harness. It has 6 steel D-Rings, plus a very comfortable seat and accessory loops for versatility.
Be sure to check out our Elk River category to see all their great products, and don’t forget to enter ELKRIVER15OFF at checkout to get your savings… for America.
Working around heat, sparks, and welding while at-height can be very dangerous. Not only are you potentially hundreds of feet in the air, you’re throwing around sparks, slag, or maybe even flames from a torch. While in this type of environment, you have to take the proper precautions.
Standard polyester webbing doesn’t cut it in these situations. Just a small amount of flame or sparks can do critical damage, which would force you to take the gear out of service. In our latest video, we put an old DBI Sala Y-lanyard in the danger zone… inches from a Milwaukee M18 Grinder. Watch the video to see the destruction:
That’s really all it takes! The hard spot made after a few moments of sparking is enough to ruin a lanyard.
Be sure you’re using the right gear if you’re doing a tower mod or working on a new steel structure! The WestFall Pro Ascend Welding Harness is a favorite. It’s Nomex/Kevlar blend is designed to hang in tough conditions. Don’t want to purchase another harness? Checkout FallTech’s slag shields.
Let’s talk tints...
The safety glasses on your face could be a number of different colors. Every lens design is made for a specific environment or situation. While there are some which are general and can be used in a variety of settings, there are others which should be used for distinct circumstances.
For general indoor applications which require impact protection. These don’t have any tint or color shade, and are pretty simple, standard safety glasses.
These lenses are made to be worn indoors or outdoors, but they have a slight gray tint which helps reduce glare from the sun or overhead lights. Sometimes these are also called “smoke” lenses. Fork lift drivers going in an out of warehouses or plants would wear these.
These are normally worn indoors, in potentially low-light applications. The Amber color helps enhance contrast.
These lenses are designed to block mid-infrared wavelengths and heat, while still allowing visible light to pass through. IR Filter safety glasses are commonly used around welding and cutting. They don’t replace a welding mask, but offer more protection for those in the general vicinity. 5.0 IR Filter shades are more heavily tinted than 3.0 IR Filter lenses.
Blue Mirror lenses are gray lenses with a blue mirror coating which reflects light. This cuts back the amount of light that actually passes through the lens and helps reduce glare and eye strain. Use these for outdoor work.
Much like the blue mirror, these are grey lenses with a silver mirror coating. They’re also to be used outdoors to help cut back light and reduce glare. Color preference between blue and silver is mostly a aesthetics preference.
These are solid blue glasses, without a reflective coating. Use these for indoor applications where there are yellow, or sodium vapor lights. The blue tint offers high contrast and helps cut out yellow light.
Red or Orange safety glasses use a gray lens with a reflective layer of silver and either red or orange coating. This helps reflect some light back, and also increases contrast and helps with color recognition. Use these outdoors where color recognition is important.
Introducing the Tikka Pro headlamp from Petzl. We know that sometimes, the work can’t wait for the sun to come up. Or perhaps you’re working inside a water tower. Or working in a utility tunnel. Or maybe you’ve taken up spelunking. Regardless, the Tikka Pro is ultra-compact and perfect for a wide variety of low-light environments.
This may not be a headlamp that you’ll want to use if you’re occupation is purely nocturnal, but if you occasionally find yourself working in the dark. This 100 lumen lamp is for you.
It has two modes, one for proximity lighting like wiring in an attic, and another for wider coverage. The single button on the top cycles through the modes and off, the headband is simple to adjust to the proper size, and can be fitted onto nearly all safety helmets.
The lamp is powered by 3 AAA batteries, and battery life depends on usage. You can consider this lamp the big brother of the original Tikka.
Except for the Northeastern US and their insane blizzards, much of the country had fairly mild winters. Since Jack Frost was relatively tame, we’re left looking at some remaining stock on many of our hugely popular winter gear. Luckily for you… that means we’ve slashed prices. Check out all the deals here!
Ergodyne’s waterproof gloves are part of the featured sale. Check out the video below to see them put to the test.
Also discounted are then entire lineup of balaclavas. Keep your dome warm next winter with balaclavas ranging from basic to their top-of-the-line N-Ferno Extreme Balaclava with Hot Rox. See them all below.
Get over to the Winter Blowout SALE to get all your deals.
It doesn’t matter if you have a 1 or a 6 d-ring harness. Construction, Tower, Oil and Gas, or even a rock climbing sport harness... If your harness doesn’t fit correctly, you’re gonna have a bad time.
An ill-fitting harness isn’t just unsafe; it’s probably uncomfortable as well. If you’re wearing your harness correctly, you really shouldn’t even notice that it’s there after a while. You get used to it. If you have a harness that’s digging in, pinching, or rubbing in a certain area, there’s a good chance you’re wearing it wrong.
The most common problem with harness fit that we see is the chest strap. A lot of climbers wear it too low. It should fit straight across your chest, nipple to nipple. If it’s too low, you could roll out of the harness when your shoulder strap slips. Too high and it’ll ride up under your chin and either choke you or give you a nasty cut.
Next big issue is the leg straps. You REALLY want these to be tight on your legs. Wearing them loose might seem like it gives you more room to move around, but in the event of a fall.. BAD THINGS HAPPEN! If your leg straps are tight, during a fall they’ll grab onto your legs and catch the majority of the weight. If they’re loose, they’ll slide up your legs, and whatever they hit will absorb the energy. If you know… what we mean. Yeah… not good!
Check out our How to Don and Fit Your Harness video to see a step-by-step of putting on and properly adjusting your harness.
Even if you’ve been working in your harness for a while, it’d be worth a once-over to make sure it’s still fitting like it was designed to. If you have any other questions about harness fit, or aren’t sure what size harness you need, give us a call or chat us online!
Personal Fall Limiters are designed to be lightweight, durable, and comfortable. They reduce fall distance to mere inches, which reduces the forces put on your body during a fall. The Diablo series from Guardian are some of the lightest on the market.
They come in a variety of sizes, styles, and from a hand full of different brands. And you can use them as a single leg, or twin-leg device. There are even some designed specifically for foot level tie-off.
Connect the SRL to your dorsal d-ring using a rated carabiner, and then pull the lanyard from the device to tie-off. Many compact twin-leg SRLs, like the DBI Sala Nano-Lok and the FallTech Duratech lines use a carabiner or connection device that actually slides under the webbing below the dorsal-d ring on your harness. This leaves the d-ring open in case a rescue is necessary. The video below shows how to install the Duratechs.
Need more info? Give us a call, or chat us online and we'd be glad to help you choose the right SRL!
Maxiflex gloves from PIP are already very popular because of their ultra-thin, seamless construction. Working in them is as close as you can get to working with your bare hands. And now, that same ultra-thin feel is available with high cut resistance.
Cut rated gloves are measured using the EN 388 standard. This rating has four parts, represented by numbers below the EN 388 stamp. The meaning of the numbers can be remembered using the phrase, ACT Professionally. A = Abrasion, C = Cut, T = Tear, and P = Puncture. Each is rated from 1-4 except cut, which is rated 1-5.
The Maxiflex Cut has a rating of 4331. It’s one of the thinnest forms of hand protection with that high of abrasion, cut, and tear rating. Obviously, the ultra-thin glove isn’t the greatest for puncture, so if that is a danger in your work, you might want to use a different type of hand protection.
The perfect glove keeps your hand protected, while still maintaining mobility, dexterity, and comfort. The Maxiflex Cut gets this done using a Nitrile coating that has 360 degree breathability. It allows all natural body heat and moisture to escape the glove, but keeps your grip and tactile feel intact.
Head over to our hand protection section to see the wide variety of gloves available. There’s something for everyone. There is anything from economy, disposable gloves, to specialty, task-specific gloves. Maybe you even need some thermal, insulated, waterproof gloves for the upcoming cold season. If you have any questions about which gloves would be best for you, give us a call, or chat us online.
As the temperature creeps towards single digits, gloves become an important part of your daily work wear. Thermal ProFlex Gloves from Ergodyne offer maximum protection from wind and water, without decreasing dexterity or becoming uncomfortable. One of the things that set Ergodyne’s hand protection apart from others is their waterproofing systems.
Their traditional waterproof insert uses a waterproof membrane between the outer glove shell and the inner insulation. While it does keep your hands dry, and warmer than a non-waterproof glove would, it still lets the glove absorb some water in the shell. This can make your glove feel colder than it actually is, and can get uncomfortable pretty quickly. Not ideal. At all. Plus, the insert also holds in moisture, so sweat can collect and leave you with a sticky hand.
This is where OutDry comes to party. The OutDry membrane is bonded directly to the glove’s shell inner side. That means rain, snow, and wind is blocked on the gloves outer surface, for ultimate comfort. Since the elements are stopped at the surface, the glove uses its full thermal potential, providing a constant, stable temperature inside the glove. And because the membrane is breathable, sweat is able to escape, keeping you comfortable. Also, they pair OutDry with a heavy dose of 3M Thinsulate, so your hands stay toasty, no matter what.