Does your team have protective rain gear?

April showers are here and rain can undoubtedly be a major nuisance for outdoor workplaces. Is your team prepared? Equipping your team with protective rainwear can dramatically boost employee productivity, especially if you’re in an industry that consistently works outdoors. OSHA does not mandate employers to pay for ordinary clothing such as rain coats, but it is highly recommended for employee safety to ensure that projects will be completed on schedule.

Read on to learn the importance of adequate protection from the rain, as well as what qualities to look for in rainwear to ensure your team is properly protected from the weather.

RAIN-RESISTANT COVERAGE

Employees should be equipped with rain-resistant gear from head-to-toe, including a hood or hat, gloves, and boots. Having an overlap between the pants and coat (or a one-piece body suit) is recommended for labor-intensive jobs where water is more likely to seep through the gaps. Often, rainwear is equipped with snaps, zippers, elastic bands or detachable components to ensure water doesn’t slip through the cracks. Boots and leggings should also have a similar overlap.

HIGH VISIBILITY

Considering how rainstorms can dramatically reduce visibility, it’s important to wear clothing that’s highly visible in order to minimize the chance of an accident. This is especially true for industries that work with heavy machinery, at high altitudes, or with potential health hazards.

WATERPROOF, WINDPROOF, AND BREATHABLE

Water resistance is one thing, but protective rainwear should be “waterproof” to ensure it can stand up to prolonged precipitation. Gear that is “water-resistant” can typically only handle moderate rain for a short period of time, so look out for these terms when shopping.

Rainstorms can also bring about heavy winds, so rainwear should also be windproof and offer protection from reasonably high wind speeds.

Another factor to consider is breathability. No one wants to work long hours in a wearable sauna, so look for qualities such as “breathable” or “ventilated” when searching for rainwear. This type of gear allows sweat vapor to exit the rainwear’s shell, allowing the body to remain at a reasonable temperature.

Waterproof gear can withstand prolonged exposure to precipitation. Windproof gear is best for heavy winds. Get gear with both of these types of protective layers to best serve your team.

REGULATIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), does not set specific guidelines for working in the rain. However, there are many rain-related state laws and guidelines for specific industries (such as construction or logging), and storms accompanied by lightning or heavy wind can halt operations if workers are not adequately protected.

While there may not be federal guidelines requiring employers to provide rainwear, it can be downright dangerous if employees are not properly equipped for inclement weather. When it comes to productivity, it’s unlikely that employees will be working at peak performance if they’re shivering in cold, damp clothes. Furthermore, the adverse health effects of working long hours in the rain can be problematic, both for employees and safety regulators. Especially in the early spring or late fall, prolonged exposure to rain and chilly temperatures can cause cold stress, frostbite, hypothermia, trench foot and other ailments.

CONTACT US STANDARD PRODUCTS FOR ALL RAIN GEAR NEEDS

For affordable rainwear that offers all of the qualities listed above, check out the US Standard Products catalog. We offer more than a dozen different lines of durable, protective rainwear for all sorts of different applications, all available in an array of sizes and colors.

Whether you’re in need of full rain-resistant suits or just individual articles of clothing for modest projects, contact us for high-quality, cost-effective rainwear that is sure to protect your team from whatever Mother Nature has in store.

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Quick Checklist for Property Managers

Even though office buildings aren’t typically equipped with heavy machinery, complicated equipment, and dangerous chemicals, there are still a number of hazards that tenants can face. Not only should you act to keep those on your property safe, you also will want to take precautions against a potential lawsuit. But that doesn’t mean that commercial building and property managers are off the hook on the safety front.

Here, we’ve put together a quick checklist to help those in charge of property maintenance keep their buildings, grounds, and tenants safe and sound. You can also find a wide variety of self-inspection jobsite checklists on OSHA’s website when preparing for a new season or project.

Create a Hazard Reporting System

Property managers aren’t typically on-site at all times. To ensure that all potential dangers are noted and addressed, we recommend implementing a hazard reporting system. Whether you provide a comment box in the main lobby, or set up an online ticketing system, by offering workers the opportunity to share what they see, you’ll be able to maximize your awareness of potential problems and minimize the danger to tenants.

Keep Parking Lots and Sidewalks Clear

To keep your walkways clear of snow and ice in the winter months, don’t forget the importance of using ice melt. Even as the ground begins to thaw, you’ll need to be on the lookout for cracking pavement, potholes, and other structural issues that could pose a trip hazard. Year-round, be sure you’re regularly monitoring the condition of your grounds—patch up any problem areas, pick up trash, and make sure that traffic markers are clearly visible.

Prevent Indoor Falls

Falls are the #1 cause of office injury, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. In fact, employees are 2.5x more likely to be injured from a fall in an office setting than anywhere else. Here are a number of tips to prevent falls indoors:

  • Provide small ladders or step stools for each office in your building—too often, tenants try to use dangerous swivel chairs to reach highly-placed items.
  • Be sure to line any potentially slippery surfaces, such as building entryways, with a skid-resistant treatment or carpet.
  • If your building has many sharp turns, place mirrors in the corners to help workers avoid collisions.
  • On multi-level buildings, stairwells are often neglected by cleaning crews. To ensure safety, make sure they’re consistently swept, and all handrails are in tact.
  • All trip and slip hazards—whether an exposed electrical cord, or a freshly mopped floor, should always be marked in yellow for maximum visibility.

Need new safety supplies and equipment for your commercial property? US Standard Products is an industrial supplies distributor based in New Jersey. We provide a wide range of operational and safety necessities including ice melt, work gloves, and much more.

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How to Survive a Flu Epidemic

An influenza pandemic is a global outbreak of a new influenza A virus that is very different from current and recently circulating human seasonal influenza A viruses. Influenza A viruses are constantly changing, making it possible on very rare occasions for non-human influenza viruses to change in such a way that they can infect people easily and spread efficiently from person to person.

Did you know that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) publishes a weekly influenza surveillance report?

Close monitoring of influenza viruses is required to better assess the potential impact on public health—2018 and 2019 influenza activity increased in the United States. Check out the CDC’s report for the week to educate yourself fully.

Here are tips for avoiding the flu:

  • Get the influenza vaccine every year. CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older as the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease, even into January and beyond.
  • If you’re healthy, an N95 respirator face mask may prevent you from breathing in particles that contain a virus. And if you’re sick, a face mask may help prevent you from spreading the infection to others.
  • Clean your hands often and for at least 20 seconds. Use soap that lathers, as that is how it traps germs. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are a good substitute for hand-washing when soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid preparing food, touching your eye, nose or mouth with unwashed hands. Depending on the environment you’re working in, use the proper gloves. Vinyl gloves are a good option for food service professionals, whereas nitrile gloves are one of the best options for surgeons and medical professionals.

Use the tips and product recommendations listed above to provide your workers with the knowledge they need to stay healthy this flu season and beyond. If you’re still unsure of the best safety products your team will need, our safety experts are here to help. Give us a call at 844-877-1700, or check out our catalog for an in-depth look at the wide variety of masks, gloves, and soaps we offer.

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The Real Cost of Bathroom Paper Products

What is the most important factor when purchasing restroom paper products? According to a survey recently conducted by Sofidel America Corp., 78 percent of cleaning industry professionals consider cost when purchasing restroom paper products.

However, the survey also went on to explain that cost isn’t the only purchasing consideration:

“More than half of survey participants (55 percent) said they also deem softness important, and 32 percent look for quantity such as the number of sheets per roll. More than a quarter (30 percent) say a product’s durability and environmental qualities influence their purchase.”

When asked about paper dispensers:

  • Three in five professionals surveyed evaluate durability
  • 57 percent consider the cost
  • 33 percent look for touchless dispensers
  • 38 percent look for dispensers that eliminate paper waste

Check out this infographic for further information about restroom paper products and paper dispensers:

Ultimately, your business’ goals, initiatives, and bottom line are what will be the deciding factor, but it’s important to ask yourself WHY you are making certain purchases to see if any improvements can be made moving forward.

Have more questions about your options or looking to purchase industrial cleaning paper products? Download our catalog or call us at 844-877-1700.

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Safety equipment to wear when a hurricane hits

Did you know that the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30? The National Weather Service defines a hurricane as a “tropical cyclone with maximum sustained winds of 74 mph or higher.” Whether you find yourself in a hurricane, cyclone, flood or typhoon, all of these storms can cause disastrous damage.

Before any storm hits, all residents (especially coastal residents) should form evacuation plans to identify a safe shelter and a route to get there.

If the storm hits and you find yourself working as a response or cleanup worker after a hurricane, use this information to stay safe.

Make sure you use the following personal protection equipment (PPE): 

  • Eye and face protection: Goggles, full-face shields, or other suitable protection as needed to protect against flying objects and liquid splash hazards.
  • High-visibility apparel: High-visibility safety apparel and headwear compliant with ANSI/ISEA 107-2004, along with other traffic safety measures, in areas where vehicles or heavy equipment are used. This is especially important when working in temporary roadway work zones. (View this OSHA Fact Sheet for additional OSHA-published materials on work zone traffic safety.)
  • Hand protection: Appropriate gloves suitable for the tasks being performed (balancing dexterity with protection). Considerations include biological hazards (bloodborne pathogens), chemical hazards, and physical hazards (abrasions, cuts, punctures, and heat). Vibration-dampening gloves should be used when vibration hazards exist (e.g., during jackhammer use)
  • Work clothing and gear: Lanyards, harnesses, and supports for fall protection, and chemical protective clothing where contact with chemicals may occur.
  • Leg protection: Snake boots or snake gaiters to protect against snakebites in areas where snakes are indigenous. Chaps when using chain saws.
  • Respiratory protection: The mandatory use of respirators requires compliance with the OSHA respiratory protection standard (29 CFR 1910.134), including the development of a written respiratory protection program that describes how respirators will be cleaned, maintained, and stored; a filter or cartridge change out schedule based on the work expected; and how workers will receive medical evaluations, training, and fit testing. Voluntary use of respirators must conform to Appendix D of 29 CFR 1910.134.

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Everyone working in flooded areas will need hard hats, goggles, heavy work gloves, and watertight boots with steel toe and insole (not just steel shank).

Find all the major safety products listed above by downloading our free catalogue or calling 844-877-1700. To stay up-to-date on the latest in workplace safety news and trends, follow US Standard Products on social media: Google+ | LinkedIn | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

Got Graffiti All Up in Your Business?

Since caveman days, humans have been expressing themselves through art and words on the surfaces of their environment. Yet in today’s world there are many artistic mediums available, and expression becomes vandalism when it involves somebody else’s property.

While some graffiti can make a statement, it often causes more harm than good. Graffiti can damage a business, especially if the artwork features offensive lewd imagery or fowl words, by corrupting the appearance and professionalism of the building, as well as giving customers a negative connotation about the surrounding area. As location is a big factor for the success of many businesses, it’s important to ensure that your location is clean and orderly.

Graffiti comes in many forms—spray paint, chalk, marker, stickers, etching—and affects different types of environments including offices, schools, arenas, parks, medical facilities, and manufacturing plants. Indoor vandalism can come in the form of pen, marker, or stickers on desks or bathroom stalls, while outdoor vandalism often comes in the form of spray paint on a multitude of surfaces.

Graffiti can cause permanent damage, so if your building gets tagged, it’s important to act quickly!

WHO SHOULD CLEAN UP THE GRAFFITI?

The responsibility of cleaning up graffiti usually falls on a building’s maintenance department, however, governmental units often have their own graffiti-removal programs. Additionally, some schools and other buildings will call the local police to photograph the graffiti for a report, so make sure you’ve gone through all the appropriate channels before digging into the dirty work.

HOW TO REMOVE GRAFFITI

When removing graffiti, regardless of method, you should work from the outside to the center, rather than across the stain, so it doesn’t spread to clean area. On any surface, using abrasive materials too aggressively can also leave the graffiti’s pattern scratched or shadowed into the surface.

To tackle graffiti on vertical surfaces, you can rely on foam or paste cleaners that will stay in place. For minor pen or pencil graffiti, often you can use a household cleaner or disinfectant, then dab (don’t rub) the area and neutralize with water to remove it. For etching, try filling in scratches with paint softener.

Below are some tips on how to remove graffiti from a variety of surfaces: 

Brick, Concrete, & Masonry

  • Apply baking soda-based products
  • Rub with steel/bronze wool or sandpaper
  • Power-wash with a 3000psi pressure washer
  • Sand-blast

Metal

  • Apply paint thinner
  • Rub with steel/bronze wool or sandpaper
  • Power-wash with a 3000psi pressure washer

Wood

  • Apply mineral spirits (only if wood is painted, stained, or sealed)
  • Apply citrus-based cleaners (for ink)
  • Power-wash with a 3000psi pressure washer
  • Sand the wood and repaint

Glass

  • Apply paint thinners
  • Scape off with a razor blade
  • Rub with ultra-fine bronze wool with water

Plastic

  • DO NOT apply paint thinners
  • Rub with ultra-fine bronze wool

GRAFFITI? GONE!

Before trying any of the above solutions, why not try out U.S. Standard Product’s Graffiti Gone W.B. solution? Part of our Industrial Solvents and Degreasers collection, this solution is specifically designed to remove graffiti from all surfaces.

Graffiti Gone is a high viscosity, water-based graffiti, urethane, paint, and varnish remover formulation containing no harmful methylene chloride. Graffiti Gone can be used on metal, concrete, brick, marble, stone, soft woods, and plaster. This fast-acting formula penetrates and softens multiple coats for easy removal.

This solution is available in 1-gallon volumes, order yours today from U.S. Standard Products.

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5 Tips for Creating Your Own Office Cleaning Procedures

A clean workplace can promote productivity, satisfaction and a stronger culture among employees. However, one unclean hand can undermine all of this in just a few days.

A recent study uncovered the impact of hand hygiene on employee absenteeism— researchers found that a standard office desk harbors 10 million bacteria, 400 times the amount of germs than a toilet seat. After testing 4,800 surfaces in office buildings, researchers found that the dirtiest surfaces include: keyboards, refrigerator doors, microwaves, and sink-faucets.

The Importance of Office Cleanliness

In August 2018, a food service employee at the Newport Syndicate events center was working while ill, and was subsequently diagnosed with hepatitis A. The Northern Kentucky Health Department urges all residents who consumed food or drink at the events center to get a vaccination and wash their hands frequently and thoroughly.

OSHA standard 1910.141 requires places of employment like the Newport Syndicate to be kept clean. In order to prevent this from ever happening again, all companies should keep floors should be dry and clear of hazardous objects, and waste should be disposed of on a regular basis. Vermin and other pests should be prevented from sneaking into cracks in the wall or air vents—check last month’s blog post all about this topic.

Corporate cleaning services can cost you upwards to $50 to $100 an hour, so educating your staff about hand hygiene and office cleanliness procedures is a better way to boost productivity and improve office cleaning etiquette in your office. U.S. Standard Products offers an array of cleaning products for industrial and janitorial applications; this includes a full line of environmentally-friendly cleaning products. Read about these green products here.

In order to successfully achieve a clean office, it’s best to come up with your own office cleaning procedures. Here are the five basic steps to keep in mind when writing your procedures, along with some cleaning products we recommend that you should use:

1. Wash Your Hands

It only takes contagious germs two to four hours to spread onto most surfaces in an office building, so it’s important to keep your distance with sick employees and wash your hands regularly and thoroughly.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and OSHA recommend people wash their hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and clean water. U.S. Standard Products offers hand soaps such as the Delight Foaming Hand Soap to keep your hands clean and moisturized.

2. Throw Away Trash

Break rooms and office kitchens are frequent homes for germs. Foods should be properly packed, and any expired or moldy foods should be disposed of immediately. Make sure they are handled in a way that does not leak or spill on the floor. Custodians should also change trash bins out regularly.

It is important to regularly tidy and organize your desk. Throw away unnecessary and unused papers, notes, wash dishes, silverware and mugs thoroughly. USSP offers dishwashing detergents such as DW 131 Dishwashing Liquid. Even the smallest amount provides maximum cleaning action.

3. Dust Off Your Equipment

Over time, your items and equipment on your desk will collect dust particles and debris containing microbes and germs, which can irritate the eyes and nose, cause dry skin, and trigger allergies.

Use sanitizing wipes to sweep dust off telephones, desktop monitors, printers and other electronic devices. Dust control products from USSP such as D-Dust and Magic Mist are ideal for surfaces and air dusters can also be used to blow our dust from between your keyboard.

4. Wipe Any Surfaces

Most surfaces in the office also collect dust and house germs, thanks largely to cross contamination. Disinfectants such as USSP’s Clean & Shine Neutral can effectively kill germs when used on desks, tabletops, and counters. To prevent physical contact with chemical solutions and avoid constant hand-washing while scrubbing, try wearing rubber gloves.

5. Scrub the Floor

Bacteria is the most abundant in soil and dirt, which can be spread around the office right under your heels. Carpet cleaning products such as Float Away Neutral pH Extraction Cleaner can remove soils, dirt, stains, and spills from carpeting and upholstery. Be sure to sweep or vacuum any food crumbs or litter as soon as possible.

Enforcing office cleaning procedures will help you maintain a clean workplace and provide a positive social environment for you and your employees. However, knowing is only half the battle, unless you get the right products.

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Do-It-Yourself Pest Control Tactics for the Workplace

Earlier this month, seven Kansas Department of Revenue employees were placed on administrative leave after a bed bug infestation was discovered in one of their office buildings. All employees were even required to inspect their homes for bedbugs before returning to work.

Believe it or not, pest infestations in the workplace are more common than you think. In fact, this year in the Central US, 87.1 percent of companies saw an increase in bed bug activity.

Beyond bed bugs, other pests to watch out for in the workplace include: ants, fruit flies, gnats, beetles, and moths. Pests like these are not only a potential health risk for everyone in the workplace, they cause a horrible first impression for guests or clients.

But, fear not, we’ve compiled a list of warning signs to watch out for, along with some of the best pest control solutions you can easily integrate into your own workplace.

Preventative Pest Control Measures

To prevent pest infestations from happening in the first place, consider implementing an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program. An IPM program can be used to manage pests anywhere—in urban, agricultural, wildland, or natural environments. Think of IPM as the strategy your workplace will use to solve any pest problems that might arise, while minimizing risks to staff and the environment.

IPM programs detect pests at the earliest stages and combat them before they can become a major problem. Simple preventative measures and do-it-yourself pest control tactics can be posted in common areas to educate staff. Here are some key points to include:
• Keep food in sealed containers, and clean dirty dishes at the end of each workday.
• Ensure trash cans have plastic liners, and empty them every night.
• Refrain from leaving fruit on your desk overnight. Instead, place it in the refrigerator or bring it home.
• Keep the workplace as clutter-free as possible. Store items in cabinets, racks, or bins.
• Be careful not to overwater plants, which can lead to gnat infestations.
Setting up an IPM program can be as simple as writing up a check list to review monthly and keeping records of any pest-causing problems.

Educate Your Staff on the Specifics

Local pest control services can end up costing your company thousands of dollars, so whether you already have an infestation or not, it’s best to train your workforce to take all preventative pest control measures seriously. Educating your entire staff is the easiest way to prevent an infestation.

Pests will enter buildings in many ways: through cracks and holes in the walls, gaps around pipes, or even on workers’ clothing. Some will target places with poor sanitation, while others move indoors to avoid the cold or locate vital resources.

Pests like bed bugs attach themselves to furniture or personal items—they suck blood at night and leave itchy bite marks on arms and shoulders. Cockroaches can come from dark, unsanitary places and carry bacteria that can contaminate food. Spiders feed on other pests, but also wander around before settling in undisturbed places. And depending on where you live, some invasive pests are venomous, so having a standard medical procedure in place is critical, should an issue ever arise.

If you see a pest crawling around your workplace, take care of it as quickly as possible, and inspect the rest of the office for potential causes.

Here are some basic tips for conducting pest inspections:

• Check potted plants, which attract a variety of major pests.
• Make sure there are no cracks and holes in the walls or vents—seal them if found.
• Properly contain or package food or other items.
• Make sure your custodian empties your trash bins regularly.
• Clean up any workplace spills, especially sticky or sugary substances.

Pest Control Supplies to Clean Your Workplace and Prevent Infestation

US Standard Products offers a full line of environmentally-friendly cleaning products for industrial and janitorial applications—read about these ready-to-use solutions, here.

In addition to a variety of cleaning products, US Standard Products also offers two insecticides that are safe to use inside the workplace:

1. The Haunt-II Residual can drive a wide variety of crawling insects from their hiding places and contaminate whole colonies with long-term residual control, making it an ideal product for industrial and institutional use.
2. The Eradicate Insecticide is a fast-acting, water-based formula with botanical insecticide pyrethrum that works without leaving any stain, residual, or objectionable odors. Able to control or kill crawling and flying insects on contact, the Eradicate is a bed bug’s worst nightmare.

Utilizing these insecticides is easy, just use a power-operated or hand-held spray to lightly cover areas. Make sure the surface is dry before allowing anyone into the treated area.

Start exploring your workplace pest control options by downloading our free catalogue or calling 844-877-1700. To stay up-to-date on the latest in workplace safety news and trends, follow US Standard Products on social media: Google+ | LinkedIn | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

US Standard Products Launches Online Store

Shop US Standard Products on our newly-launched Shopify store.

Since inception, US Standard Products customers have relied on our free catalog to shop the wide variety of products we offer. This June, we made it easier for customers to shop by launching a new Shopify site featuring the most popular products we offer.

The new online store can be found on our website or by heading directly to us-standard-products.myshopify.com. Featured products on the new shopping site include industrial gloves, safety glasses, barricade tape, and more.

“We know this new e-commerce store will be a valuable resource for our customers because they will now have the opportunity to make orders at their leisure, on their own schedule,” Jo Jo Rubach, US Standard Products President said. “It has always been our goal to provide the American industry with the highest quality products available, and now our customers will be able to conveniently shop online for our most popular goods.”

We’ll be regularly adding products to this new Shopify website, but in the meantime, if you’re not seeing what you’re looking for online, please email us at info@usstandardproducts.com.

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PPE for Lab Professionals

In a laboratory, an ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure. Taking steps to prevent exposure to hazards comes in many forms; establishing a culture of safety, administering regular inspections, and wearing protective gear, just to name a few. Personal protective equipment (PPE) comes in many different forms and varieties; knowing what equipment to wear and when to wear it is half the battle to keeping everyone in a workplace safe.

As part of a laboratory’s staff, you know that many of the chemicals and substances worked with in a lab are dangerous to handle. Accidental exposure to chemical solutions, biological agents, or other contaminated substances can cause extreme and permanent damage. Of course, taking precautionary steps such as working under a ventilation hood is a good start, but to increase lab safety, workers will also need to wear quality PPE.

Diving into Lab Safety Head-First

Starting at the top, protecting the eyes and face is a simple way to greatly increase safety in your lab. Not only do those working in the lab need protection from splash hazards, they need to increase their defenses against harmful fumes that can irritate and burn the eyes and other soft tissues. Properly using safety eyewear and face shields can significantly decrease these risks.

 Key Considerations
  • Anti-fog coating, or ventilated frames
  • Goggles that seal around the eyes
  • Compatibility with respirators
  • Compatibility with/prescription lens options
  • Heat-reflective face shield window
  • Removable or lift-front face shield design
 Recommended Gear

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2400 Verdict® Goggle

Getting a Grip on Safety with Gloves

Wearing gloves reduces the risk of contact with substances that you may not even know are there. Whether you’re pouring, mixing, or just cleaning up, gloves are an important piece of armor against accidental chemical contact. There are many qualities to think about when choosing the right gloves for the task at hand.

 Key Considerations
  • Reusability
  • Thickness or puncture resistance
  • Durability
  • Resistance to hazardous chemicals and substances
  • Coating
  • Extended or incidental contact coverage
Recommended Gear

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NitriShield Gloves

Dress for the Job

While wearing a hazmat suit should be more of the exception than the rule, being covered from head to toe in protective garments is still a good idea. Of course, clothing that is loose or provides inadequate coverage is never safe. Most, if not all, scientific labs will require hemlines below the knee, sleeves that come to the wrist, and closed-toe footwear. Some labs also require the use of shoe covers to prevent the spread of chemicals from work area to work area.

Key Considerations
  • Intensity of splash hazards
  • Resistance to chemicals and hazardous substances
  • Flame resistance
  • Tight cuffs around wrists and ankles
  • Ease of removability in case of contamination
Recommended Gear

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12WPC Coveralls

PRO3 = PROfessional PROtection PROviders

US Standard Products has a wide selection of top quality protective equipment that provides safer and smarter protection in the lab. Start exploring your options by downloading our free catalog or calling 1-844-877-1700 today.

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