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  • The Need for a Shield Against Steel

    It is important to understand the entire spectrum of risks steelworkers are exposed to and consider multifunctional PPE alternatives to protect against each hazard.

  • Beyond Compliance: Specifying Reliable Flame Resistant Workwear

    Know what you are truly buying: The AR/FR fabric in workwear is the single largest factor in determining the garment's protection level, comfort, and overall value.

  • ASTM F23 Committee Agrees to Remove ASTM F2302

    The ASTM F2302 standard, Standard Performance Specification for Labeling Protective Clothing as Heat and Flame Resistant, has been withdrawn until such a time as the standard could ensure no unsafe products would meet minimum requirements. However, Mary Mikolajewski, staff manager for Committee F23, said the standard was administratively withdrawn.

  • Not All Momentary Thermal Hazards Are Equal

    One of the biggest mistakes made in the workplace is in believing that, because a garment is flame resistant, it must be safe for all hazards. This simply is not the case.

  • FR Know-How: Two Webinars Offer Free Guidance This Week

    DuPont Nomex's Dennis Mater and e-Hazard's Hugh Hoagland are presenting webinars Nov. 2 and Nov. 3 on fibers, fabric blends, and arc-rated and flash fire-rated apparel for cold weather, wet weather, or hot weather.

  • How Cooling Boosts Productivity

    Training and company policies must help employees decide that they can protect themselves from heat stress. Reducing heat stress will improve productivity and reduce accidents in the workplace.



  • Fire is Unpredictable, Nomex is not.

    Let's face it, you can never know with certainty when a fire will spark, how hot it will burn, where it will spread or how long you’ll be in danger. Because fire is such a wild card, DuPont™ Nomex® becomes the best bet. Nomex® fiber is proven, predictable and yes, safe.

  • Predicting Thermal Comfort of Garments by Measuring Fabric Properties

    Worker safety is top priority for employers. Personal protective equipment (PPE) including safety apparel is the "life-saving device" worn everyday for flame resistant (FR) protection.


  • Space to Ground: Cyclops and LONESTAR Meet Station

    NASA's Space to Ground is your weekly update on what's happening aboard the International Space Station; this video was posted in January 2016. Got a question or comment? Use #spacetoground to talk to the agency.

  • Move It! Rig Move Safety for Roughnecks

    This NIOSH February 2012 video targets one of the most dangerous activities in the oil & gas extraction industry: the drilling rig move. Such a move includes all of the activities involved in disconnecting and disassembling an oil and gas drilling rig and its components, loading all of the equipment onto trucks, transporting the equipment to the next well site, and reassembling and reconnecting the rig and its components. During a rig move, there are dozens of workers and vehicles at the well site, resulting in what is referred to as "controlled chaos." This video features workers identifying the major hazards encountered during a rig move and describing ways to avoid them. The use of workers speaking in their own words makes this product compelling to oil and gas extraction workers. NIOSH did not use a script or solicit specific responses from the workers; all of the workers' comments are their own. Three companies provided access to their work sites and workers for the development of the video. NIOSH distributed nearly 1,500 copies of the video within six weeks of its release. The International Association of Drilling Contractors also agreed to market the video to its members, on its website, and at national meetings and conferences.

  • 451° Burn Video

    This Bulwark® Protective Apparel video made its debut June 4, 2012, at ASSE's Safety 2012 conference in Denver. It shows 3D paper sculpture artist Jeff Nishinaka painstakingly building an industrial model -– he worked on it for months -– before the sculpture is burned. The concluding message, "Because people aren't fireproof," is meant to communicate the vulnerability to fire of workers in hazardous environments, such as those in the oil and gas industry, utility workers, and commercial electricians. "Our customers are engaged in serious, sometimes dangerous work," said Stan Jewell, Bulwark's general manager. "We want them to know that we understand the risks inherent in their work and that Bulwark is committed to developing innovative products and services that increase safety and reduce risk." Bulwark worked with its advertising agency, Fitzgerald+CO, and live-action production company SuperFad to create the video.

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