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Q: Do safety glasses protect me from UV light?
A: Not all safety glasses inherently protect from UV light, but nearly all of the safety glasses at CoTradeCo do. All of our Jackson Safety product line safety spectacles block 99.9% UV light up to 385 nanometers.
Q: Can I get a safety goggle that will fit over my prescription glasses? *
*A: Sure. Check out Jackson’s RXG-1 Goggle. It fits over prescription eyewear and allows bifocal wearers to see through the lens without having to crane their necks.
Q: What type of safety goggle is best suited for my needs? *
*A: An on-site safety professional should review the application and suggest the appropriate safety protection.Chemical splash goggles are approved for handling liquids where splash is possible, while direct vented goggles are recommended for dusty environments.
Q: Are safety spectacles required to have side shields? *
*A: No. ANSI standards require that safety spectacles provide adequate protection for side impact. They do not dictate the use of side shields.
If protection is accomplished by the design of the spectacle without a conventional side shield, as with the Nomads, the spectacle is acceptable.
Q: If employees wear eyeglasses with prescription lenses, are these considered eye protection?
A. No. Eyeglasses designed for ordinary wear do not provide the level of protection necessary to protect against workplace hazards.
Q: My employees work in shifts. Could I provide one pair of protective eyewear for each position instead of each employee?
A. Yes. If you do this, however, you must disinfect shared protective eyewear after each use. If the goggles or spectacles are not individually designed to incorporate an employee’s corrective lenses and you disinfect the eyewear between uses by different employees, more than one employee may use the same set of protective eyewear.
Q: What is the proper way to store protective eye devices that are used routinely?
A. Goggles should be kept in a case when not in use. Spectacles, in particular, should be given the same care as one’s own glasses, since the frame, nose pads, and temples can be damaged by rough usage. After disinfecting eyewear, the dry parts or items should be placed in a clean, dust-proof container, such as a box, bag or plastic envelope to protect them until reissue.
Q: How dark do lenses on welding helmets and safety goggles need to be?
A. The intensity of lights or radiant energy produced by welding, cutting or brazing operations varies according to a number of factors including the task producing the light, the electrode size, and the arc current. To protect employees who are exposed to intense radiant energy, begin by selecting a shade too dark to see the welding zone. Then try lighter shades until you find one that allows a sufficient view of the welding zone without going below the minimum protective shade.
Q: What is the OSHA Noise Standard? *
*A: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Standard defines the amount of noise a worker in industry can be exposed to in a workday without the use of some form of protection from that noise. Amount of exposure is limited to 90dBA times the weighted average over an 8 hour shift, 5 days per week. Some exceptions do apply. OSHA approves a hearing protector only in accordance to the noise level where it is being used. A protector may be approved in one noisy work area but not in another due to the level or frequency of noise present.
Q: What is NRR?
A: NRR stands for Noise Reduction Rating. The EPA has selected the NRR as the descriptor of hearing protector effectiveness to be used on labels required by US EPA regulation 40 CFR Part 211, Subpart B. Although hearing protectors can be recommended for protection against the harmful effects of impulsive noise, the NRR is based on the attenuation of continuous noise and may not be an accurate indicator of the protection provided against impulsive noise.
Q: Do earmuffs or ear plugs provide more protection? *
*A: The type and size of a hearing protector is not important. The amount of protection needed compared to the NRR displayed on the hearing
protector package determines its degree of protection relative to other products rated in the same way
Q: When do I need to replace my hard hat? *
*A: Replace your hard hat when it shows any signs of wear such as cracking, hazing, gouging, brittleness, or other questionable conditions. The life of a cap will depend on how often and in what environment it is used (for example, UV light exposure will affect the shell’s durability). Be sure to inspect your hard hat each time it is used and replace it immediately after any impact or when signs of wear appear.
Q: Does a 4-point suspension system protect the same as a 6- or 8-point suspension system? *
*A: All safety caps are suspended from just one point – the top of the head. The shock-absorbing construction of the suspension is what reduces high impact forces to lower levels. So the number of points of suspension is not important. The shock-absorbing construction is. Based on impact test results at 0Âº and 21Âº, Jackson’s 4-point suspension absorbs an average over 10% more force than competitive 6- and 8-point suspensions tested.
Q: Is it necessary to wear safety spectacles under a faceshield?
A: Yes. Faceshields are ANSI approved as secondary eye protection only. Primary eye protection (safety spectacles or goggles) is required in accordance with ANSI Z87.1.
Q: Can I mix faceshields from one vendor with a competitive cap adapters and/or headgears? *
*A: CoTradeCo does not recommend using our faceshields with competitive cap adapters or headgear. ANSI testing is conducted using Jackson cap adapters/headgear combined with Jackson faceshields only.
Q: Can I use a wire screen faceshield for protection against impact from flying particles? *
*A: Wire screen visors are not intended for impact protection. When applied over a visor window (acetate, propionate, polycarbonate, or APCP),
the screen dissipates heat, helping to keep the window from warping in high heat applications.
Q: Can face shields protect employees instead of safety goggles or spectacles?
A. Face shields alone do not protect employees from impact hazards. Face shields may be used in combination with safety goggles or spectacles to protect against impact.
Q: What shade lens should I use? *
*A: ANSI (American National Standards Institute) standards provide a selection chart for various types of welding applications. Refer to ANSI Table Z49.1.
Q: I do a lot of overhead welding. What helmet best fits my needs? *
*A: Jackson recommends fiberglass welding helmets for overhead or out-of-position welding because they provide greater protection against high
heat and slag burn-through. Consult your ANSI handbook for proper applications.
- See all Jackson welding protection products
- See all CoTradeCo safety, apparel, and accessories for welding
Q: What is the ANSI Standard?
A: On June 1 1999, a new standard for High-Visibility Safety Apparel was established. On September 15, 2004 the standard was revised and is currently entitled ANSI/ISEA 107-2004. This important standard is the authoritative and oftentimes required guide for specification, design, performance and use of high visibility garments. Companies should always refer and adhere to the standard when planning and specifying their line of safety apparel including vests, jackets, pants, coveralls and harnesses.
Q: Why should I be concerned with being ANSI compliant? *
*A: Since ANSI’s inception, it has quickly become widely accepted as the best way to protect workers against the extreme hazards of low visibility, and to enhance the visibility of workers who are exposed to complex backgrounds. From a safety standpoint not to mention from a legal and liability standpoint, it is in your best interest to ensure your hi-visibility work wear is ANSI compliant.
Q: How is material or a garment tested to ensure that it is ANSI compliant?
A: There are three basic testing requirements for ANSI compliance:
- Background Material: Material is put through a battery of tests that include brightness, colorfastness and durability. Material must be 3rd part tested for ANSI compliance.
- Reflective Material: Also put through a battery of tests for retro reflectivity at various angles as well as durability testing. Reflective material must be 3rd party tested for ANSI compliance.
- Design: The completed vest must meet several design elements. 3rd party certification is not required for garment design. The manufacturer can self certify that all criteria has been met and therefore label the garment as ANSI/ISEA 107-2004 compliant based on the specific class requirements.
Q: What are the Performance Classes for garments?
A: The standard defines several classes of garments
- Classes 1, 2 & 3 typically cover vests, shirts, jackets and coveralls
- Class ‘E’ covers pants and shorts
- The 107-2004 revision includes a new product group called ‘Headwear’
Q: How does new ANSI/ISEA 207-2006 affect ANSI/ISEA 107-2007 standard?
A: It will not change any of the requirements or specifications found in ANSI/ISEA 107-2007. It will only affect four groups of workers found in the public safety sector: Law Enforcement, Emergency Responders, Fire Officials, and DOT Personnel. ANSI/ISEA 207-2006 recognizes the need for these agencies to identify with a specific color during a multi-agency event. ANSI 207 apparel is not intended to replace, or be interchangeable with ANSI 107 apparel.