Category Archives: Workwear

Product Showcase: Ergodyne CORE Multi-band

Here is a product that we’ve carried for a while now that just doesn’t get enough recognition. The Ergodyne Core Multi-band can be worn in a number of ways. It can be used as a Headband, Skull Cap, Balaclava, Wristband, Neckerchief, Hairband, Dew Rag, Scarf and a Mask. Its made from Moisture Wicking material to keep you cool during the summer and warm in the winter. It also comes in a variety of design colors and patterns: Red Western, Navy Western, Hi-Vis Lime, Stars & Stripes, Flames, Skulls, Be Tenacious. Check out the video below that shows several of its many uses and let us know what you think.

New Year, New Deal, New Sportex Safety

Here’s a deal we sent out to everyone via email, and we wanted to share it with everyone that we dont happen to have an email for as well.  There are tons of opportunities like this through our Sportex Rewards program as well, if you’re interested in checking it out, you can get more information or sign up here.  We hope to have a great 2012 and wish you all safe practices.

January 2012 Deal

Key factors in Selecting FR Clothing

Article by Mark Saner, Workrite

Question – When in the initial phases of coming into compliance with NFPA 70E and starting to evaluate different FR garments, why wouldn’t you just go with the least expensive garment that meets the standard?

Answer – While garments can look very similar on the surface, they often contain different characteristics. This is especially true in flame-resistant garments, where key elements like fabric brand used and construction techniques can make a real impact on both performance and wear life over time. Additionally, your company may have specific “business-to-business” needs in order to service your program, from credit, to specific alterations required, to the need for non-stock sizes or ordering online.

When evaluating flame-resistant clothing, it is about finding products that offer the best balance of protection, comfort and value. Continue reading

Carhartt Now Available

We just finished loading a number of our best selling items from Carhartt onto Sportex Safety.  Check them 
out here to get free embroidery on orders of 6 or more, for a limited time only.

Carhartt Now Available
Remember to call us if you dont see something you like, we have a full line of Carhartt available as well as tons of other brand names and products, all with great prices and custom options.

Ergodyne’s N-Ferno® 6900 Warming Vest Breakdown

Ergodyne’s N-Ferno® 6900 Warming Vest with NobleTek® Insulation

The 6900 Warming Vest provides remarkable warmth, comfort, and flexibility — without the added bulk of natural or synthetic fiber.  Recently named “2011 New Product of the Year” by occupational Health & Safety Magazine, the N-Ferno® 6900 vest employs a breakthrough warming system using flexible, airtight, yet breathable chambers filled with Argon gas. The 4.5mm layer of Argon used by the vest has the same thermal conductivity as 14mm of the best synthetic or natural fibers currently on the market. Additionally, NobleTek® insulation is the only insulation on the market that gives users the power to adjust their level of warmth with the turn of a dial.

Nferno 6900 Warming Vest

Click on the image above for more details or call us at 800-486-8677

Is an Argon-filled vest safe?

Absolutely. Argon is a safe, non-toxic, non-flammable, 100% eco-friendly gas. In fact, you breathe about 1% Argon every day because it occurs naturally in the environment.

Now available here at Sportex Safety, the N-Ferno® 6900 Warming Vest with NobleTek™ Insulation is designed for cold-environment workers needing to stay warm and productive on the job.

BNSF In West Franconia Arizona

Franconia is located North of Lake Havasu Arizona and East of Topock Arizona on the California/Arizona border.  The Topock Bridge is used by the Railroads to cross the Colorado River into either Arizona or California.  Thanks for the great pictures guys, and keep up the good work!

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BNSF Safe At Work!

We absolutely love receiving pictures and videos from out partners everywhere.  Its amazing to see the end result of a project, or to see a project in action.  Giving us an opportunity to put faces with names and help us feel like we’re a part of a community, building friendships from partnerships.  Especially when these products, that are creatively collaborated upon, help keep our friends and their families safe.  This knowledge really makes us proud of what we do, every day.  So we would like to thank everyone over at BNSF Railway who helped get us these outstanding pictures.  We wish you all a happy and safe holidays!

BNSF New Hires 2011

A group of BNSF New Hires getting tools orientation in Flagstaff Arizona

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Changes to OSHA Standards Regarding Arc Flash

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Arc Flash SafetyChanges to NFPA 70E and NESC (ANSI C2) will impact the workplace for flame resistant, arc rated clothing and work practices for electrical safety like no year in recent history. There are two reasons for this:

1) both standards have 2012 versions. This has not happened since 1995.

2) both standards have several new items which will bump up PPE levels for common tasks, and both standards have more clearly codified the need for arc flash calculations.

You have likely heard of NFPA 70E but may not have heard of NESC. NESC is the National Electric Safety Code (Canadian equivalent CAN/UL S801). This is an ANSI/IEEE standard for utility wiring. It governs most utility properties and can affect non-utility systems, especially transmission and distribution systems commonly found in large industrial plants. OSHA 1910.269 and NESC cover the same basic equipment, and OSHA used NESC in some of the legislation for 1910.269. Most industrial electrical work is covered by the OSHA 1910.300 series and NFPA 70E in the U.S. (Canadian equivalent CSA Z462). The two committees have very few links other than the ASTM arc flash test standards and specifications, so differences are marked. Below are the key areas of change coming in 2012 to affect the workplace. Continue reading

Don’t take gloves for granted

Story by ISHN Magazine, September 01, 2011, By Gil LeVerne, Jr.

Whenever a worker who is not wearing hand protection suffers a hand injury, the question comes up: whose responsibility is hand protection anyway? The employer? The worker? The safety officer?

Work Gloves

Every year there are more than a million emergency room visits due to hand injuries.

Protecting workers’ hands from accidental injury is not a trivial matter for U.S. employers. Every year there are more than a million emergency room visits due to hand injuries. OSHA standards 1910.138(a), General requirements and 1910.138(b), Selection clearly require employers to provide hand protection.

However, despite employer’s hand protection efforts, workers often take off the provided gloves and work unprotected and vulnerable to the injuries the gloves are designed to protect against. The situation can be worsened when the wrong gloves are provided, workers feel encumbered by the gloves or when hand protection requirements are not enforced. Statistics show that glove wearing reduced risk of injury by 60 percent.

The key to a successful hand protection program is threefold:

  • First: Comprehensive assessment of the hand protection requirements of every task in the work environment
  • Second: Matching up the proper glove for each task
  • Third: Establishing a work environment where the gloves stay on whenever the task calls for hand protection, i.e. a “safety first” culture. Continue reading