A Whole New World
- By Sherleen Mahoney
- Oct 06, 2010
The National Safety Council expo was my first safety show, and it was a great way to introduce me to the industry. I saw gloves, protective equipment, respirators, boots and earplugs galore, and I learned a lot about this market.
One of my first misconceptions was safety and style does not go hand in hand. Then I met Rob Maser, commercial sales director at Wiley X, a high-velocity protective eyewear company. What I saw in their offerings were trendy, sporty and all-around great-looking safety glasses that look like designer frames. I had no idea safety glasses could look like this!
The collection blends safety by exceeding ANSI Z87.1-2003 standards and offering 99.9-percent polarization and 100-percent UV protection, without sacrificing style. In addition, most frames are Rx-ready.
It's always exciting when a first-of-its-kind product is unveiled. At a press meeting, Bullard introduced a high-impact faceshield application that incorporates the strength, chemical resistance and clarity of Eastman Tritan™ copolyester.
The hard-hat-mounted faceshield made with Tritan will be used for industrial operations where debris can come in contact with a faceshield, such as in grinding applications, refineries, and laboratories. This is the first faceshield that combines the impact resistance of polycarbonate with chemical resistance in one product.
I look forward to building upon my knowledge and creating partnerships with key industry people in this always-important industry that exists to save lives.