Peeking Around the Corner at NSC

Here’s a round of the latest and greatest, debuted at NSC 2019.

The best thing about trade shows is that exhibitors are prepared to show their latest and greatest products to attendees. Sometimes these products are the culmination of a few tweaks to an old product, but other times these new products are entirely new to the industry – never before seen and a peek around the corner to the future of the industry.

I got to see some really innovative things while I was at the National Safety Congress & Expo last week in San Diego, but the most exciting offerings were those that were brand new to not only me, but the attendees of the show. Here’s a round of the latest and greatest, debuted at NSC 2019.

Westex by Milliken FR/AR Base Layer Fabric

Westex by Milliken debuted their new DH Base Layer Fabric at the show this year. With a soft fiber blend, and moisture-wicking and breathability properties, the novel Westex DH base layer fabric brings FR/AR protection to workwear undershirts. The first Westex T-shirt-like FR/AR fabric offers end users a comfortable, want-to-wear experience, advancing the use of daily wear FR/AR PPE. The 4.5-ounce fabric has a 4.7 ATPV rating, is NFPA 2112 certified and provides NFPA 70E category 1 protection, making it a functional and durable option for arc flash and flash fire protection. Combined with FR/AR workwear apparel, FR/AR base layers made with Westex DH can help achieve a specific arc rating and provide an additional level of thermal hazard protection. See more on the DH Base Layer fabric at Westex’s website.

Honeywell Impact-Resistant Gloves

Honeywell rolled out at NSC a new line of award-winning, impact-resistant gloves — RigDog Xtreme — designed to protect workers from hand and finger injuries while working with hammers, tools and heavy machinery typical of the oil and gas industry. The gloves are available in a wide variety of sizes, unique colors and configurations. For more information, visit Honeywell online.

VAC-U-MAX Industrial Vacuum Cleaner

VAC-U-MAX is 65 years old this year and to celebrate, the company has expanded its line of industrial vacuum cleaning products to include the new Model 1050, a continuous-duty industrial vacuum cleaning system designed to vacuum high-density materials such as steel shot, grit, cement, foundry sand and other similar materials at local pick-up point areas such as debris under conveyor belts or in bucket elevator pits. Get more info at

Blackline Safety Blackline Vision

Uniquely positioned with Internet of Things and employee-connected technologies, Blackline Safety has launched Blackline Vision, a new data science offering to assist businesses with getting the most from their digital transformation. Blackline Vision bundles data science consulting with custom data design services and integration. Together, this new program helps businesses achieve a deeper understanding of their operations and safety programs, supporting data-driven decision-making. Learn more at

Companies that are debuting new products at the show have an opportunity to enter them into the OH&S New Product of the Year contest. This year we had several winners, including Casella, 3M, Ironclad and TSI. To view the full list of winners, you can visit OH&S NPOY online here.

The OH&S team had a blast in San Diego last week and we look forward to seeing you all in Indianapolis in 2020!

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