New Challenge Launched to Improve Protective Gear

New Challenge Launched to Improve Protective Gear

NIOSH teamed up with HeroX to innovate ideas for better-fitting gear for all.

Protective gear is designed to keep workers safe from hazard and injury. They can range in size, from XS to XXL to one-size-fits all. Unfortunately, for many, these sizes do not fit correctly or work. Ill-fitting gear can leave workers exposed to possible injuries and unable to perform their job safely.

To reduce the problem of poor-fitting gear, NIOSH has teamed up with HeroX, a marketplace for crowdsourcing, to start a challenge to improve protective gear. According to a press release, the challenge, called The NIOSH Protective Clothing Challenge—Leaving No Body Unprotected, is to innovate protective gear to be inclusive of everyone. It specifically focuses on medical gowns, certain firefighting gear and protective coveralls. 

“Access to properly fitting protective clothing is critical,” said Dr. Maryann D’Alessandro, Director of the National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory at NIOSH in the press release. “Poorly fitting protective clothing can compromise safety and performance for people as they work, which can result in injuries to workers and risks to those around them. Every worker deserves access to properly fitting protective clothing. Our vision is that this Challenge sources innovative ideas to help improve safety for all workers.”

According to HeroX’s website, up to five teams or individuals can win, with up to five monetary prizes available. Anyone over the age of 18 is allowed to participate, some restrictions apply. Submissions close June 30, 2022, and winners will be announced September 8, 2022.

About the Author

Alex Saurman is the Content Editor for Occupational Health & Safety.

Download Center

  • Safety Metrics Guide

    Is your company leveraging its safety data and analytics to maintain a safe workplace? With so much data available, where do you start? This downloadable guide will give you insight on helpful key performance indicators (KPIs) you should track for your safety program.

  • Job Hazard Analysis Guide

    This guide includes details on how to conduct a thorough Job Hazard Analysis, and it's based directly on an OSHA publication for conducting JHAs. Learn how to identify potential hazards associated with each task of a job and set controls to mitigate hazard risks.

  • A Guide to Practicing “New Safety”

    Learn from safety professionals from around the world as they share their perspectives on various “new views” of safety, including Safety Differently, Safety-II, No Safety, Human and Organizational Performance (HOP), Resilience Engineering, and more in this helpful guide.

  • Lone Worker Safety Guide

    As organizations digitalize and remote operations become more commonplace, the number of lone workers is on the rise. These employees are at increased risk for unaddressed workplace accidents or emergencies. This guide was created to help employers better understand common lone worker risks and solutions for lone worker risk mitigation and incident prevention.

  • EHS Software Buyer's Guide

    Learn the keys to staying organized, staying sharp, and staying one step ahead on all things safety. This buyer’s guide is designed for you to use in your search for the safety management solution that best suits your company’s needs.

  • Vector Solutions

Featured Whitepaper

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - July August 2022

    July / August 2022

    Featuring:

    • CONFINED SPACES
      Specific PPE is Needed for Entry and Exit
    • HAZARD COMMUNICATION
      Three Quick Steps to Better HazCom Training
    • GAS DETECTION
      Building a Chemical Emergency Toolkit
    • RESPIRATORY PROTECTION
      The Last Line of Defense
    View This Issue