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  1. New Disposable FR Standards

    New Disposable FR Standards

    The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) are two organizations that work together to publish standards related to disposable protective clothing. One general development relevant to disposable protective clothing came many years ago with ANSI/ISEA 101-2014, American National Standard for Limited Use and Disposable Coveralls - Size and Labeling Requirements. 

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  2. Disposing of Disposable Protective Clothing

    Disposing of Disposable Protective Clothing

    Many thousands of workers wear disposable protective clothing each day. These workers change out for a new set of clothing multiple times a day. What happens to all those disposable personal protective equipment (PPE) garments after they have been used? First, all PPE, including disposable protective clothing, must be stored according to the manufacturer’s specifications so it’s in good shape when put into use. This means keeping it in its original packaging and protecting it from chemicals, sunlight, extreme temperatures, excessive humidity, and moisture. Failure to properly store disposable PPE could render it unusable, in which case you would have to dispose of it before it ever had a chance to be used.

    Disposable Means One-Time Use

    It’s important to understand is that when it comes to disposable protective clothing, it must be discarded after being used.  You should not wash it or disinfect it and reuse it because that process

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  3. Compromised PPE? Here’s What to Do

    Compromised PPE? Here’s What to Do

    If you’re among the many workers who rely upon personal protective equipment (PPE) and  disposable protective clothing to keep you safe, then the thought of a compromised PPE garment should give you pause. The good news is that there are things you can do to avoid experiencing a compromised PPE garment as well as procedures to follow if you experience garment failure while using it.

    Identifying a Compromised PPE Garment Before Using it

    Although it takes a little time and effort, you should always build in a careful inspection of your protective garment as part of your routine before you put it on. Even if it is fresh out of the box,, you still want to have the peace of mind knowing that you’ve carefully inspected the garment to make sure it is ready for use and not already compromised. For non-disposable protective clothing, it’s important to keep in mind that normal usage over time will cause wear and tear on the garment, and more so if

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  4. Protective Clothing Guidelines from the EPA & OSHA

    Protective Clothing Guidelines from the EPA & OSHA

    When it comes to keeping people safe, whether it’s on a daily basis in the workplace or essential teams responding to floods, hurricanes, oil spills and contagious infectious disease outbreaks, disposable protective clothing can play a vital role. It’s important to know about some of the government protective clothing guidelines to make sure you’re in compliance with applicable regulations. The rules governing protective clothing fall under the wider umbrella of personal protective equipment (PPE).

    The EPA Initiates Government Protective Clothing Guidelines

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plays a key role in creating regulations to curb pollution and other forms of eco-damage that can affect human health and the health of the environment upon which all life depends. Because a large portion of its work has to do with regulating the use, handling and disposal of hazardous materials and contaminated waste, the EPA decided it nee

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  5. Protecting Workers During a Crime Scene Clean-up

    Protecting Workers During a Crime Scene Clean-up

    Violent crimes, suicides, and the likes take up a lot of time and attention. People talk about the crime for days and days—weeks in some cases—and the police investigate for months. Because of the furor that surrounds the crime and its investigation, the scene of the crime tends to be forgotten. However, these crimes take place in houses, stores, offices, etc. and some people have to go in and clean up the residual blood and human remains.

    This may not be a widely known fact, but crime scenes are a major source of infections and thus choosing the correct personal protective equipment (PPE) is vital. When people pass away, whatever infections they had may be retained in their remains. As a result, crime scenes are often chock-full of biohazards including diseases like HIV, Hepatitis, Cholera, and Tuberculosis. It is important that Biohazard Remediation Technicians—those who take up the job of cleaning the scene, sterilizing it, and making it habitable for th

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  6. 4 Ways to Avoid Heat Stress While Wearing Protective Clothing

    4 Ways to Avoid Heat Stress While Wearing Protective Clothing

    For all workers, especially during the hot season, heat stress is a real threat. The heat combined with work exertion drains fluids quickly from the body, leading to dehydration. Unless rehydrated, the body will no longer be able to cool itself enough to remain below the healthy threshold of 100.4°F/38°C (according to an OSHA Heat Stress Guide). When this happens, heat stress sets in and if left untreated, it may escalate to heat stroke, a fatal and life-threatening condition.

    The instance described above applies mostly to people working in hot conditions without adequate ventilation and fluid intake. Now, consider those that work in hot conditions WHILE wearing protective gear e.g. worke

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  7. International Enviroguard Announces Lighter Weight SMS Product Line

    International Enviroguard Announces Lighter Weight SMS Product Line

    As we reviewed our SMS product line, we realized that our SMS garments were up to 40% heavier weight than competing garments.  As we spoke with end-users, we quickly realized that end-users value total cost of use and comfort when choosing an SMS garment.  As a result, we’ve elected to develop a lighter weight SMS garment designed for more competitive situations and less hazerdous environments. We will keep the same standard features of our existing SMS product line.  These features include:

    • Wider, gusseted crotch gives wearer more room to move in all directions without ripping fabric
    • Elastic back stretches with user for more comfort and better tear resistance
    • Storm flap for extra layer of protection around zipper

    Below is

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  8. EO Sterilization Versus Gamma Sterilization

     EO Sterilization Versus Gamma Sterilization

    Sterilization is the elimination of all life forms and transmissible agents (e.g. bacteria, fungi, viruses, and spore forms) from the surface of a material or from the composition of a fluid/compound. For certain industries with purity processes on a regular basis—the food & beverage industry and the pharmaceutical industry most especially—sterilization is a very important sub-process.

    There are many ways a material can be sterilized, for example, some metal objects can be sterilized by cleaning the surface with acids or caustic solutions. However, in the case of single use products, gamma irradiation and ethylene oxide sterilization are 2 of the most common processes in use at the moment. So how do they compare? Below you will find out more about both processes: how they work, which materials they work best with, and the advantages and disadvantages of each pro

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  9. Is The World Prepared for Another Viral Outbreak?

    Is The World Prepared for Another Viral Outbreak?

    Humanity’s fight against bacterial and viral pandemics started a while ago and while we have significantly improved on how we control, prevent and treat diseases, things could be better—as seen with the Ebola outbreak in 2014.

    The bubonic plague, also known as the black death wreaked havoc in Europe in the mid-1300s, taking the lives of almost 50% of the continent’s population at the time, and the lives of between 75 – 200 million people worldwide. Centuries later, in 1918, the Spanish influenza came and it killed hundreds of millions of people all over the world.

    Since then, the world has battled with one pandemic after the other and experts believe that it is only a matter before another contagion—one that may be deadlier than Ebola—attacks life on earth. If this is so, then we have to be better prepared than we were in 2013. Here are some of the areas that need improvement:

    1.     First Resp

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  10. Four Ways Millennials are Impacting Industrial Distribution

    Four Ways Millennials are Impacting Industrial Distribution

    Millennials have shaped many aspects of modern society. In the last ten years, we have seen the decline of the chain restaurant and the rise of the “man bun,” both arguably caused by this generation. No matter how you feel about millennials’ impact on a personal level, you cannot deny the tidal wave of change caused by their generation. The changes aren’t just cultural; millennials have fundamentally changed the way we do business, impacting everything from the way we communicate with colleagues and clients to the way products are distributed.

    There are many challenges that face the distribution industry, but also a great deal of opportunity. Interestingly, even though many of the challenges are a result of millennials in the workforce, millennials could be the key to resolving these same challenges.

    Here are a few ways millennials are changing distribution:

    Workforce Demographics

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