Working with metal can be dangerous. Just ask any metalworker who has ended up with a floater in their eye or a knuckle chewed up by a coarse grit abrasive belt.
For metalworkers and machinists of metals and other materials, Steiner offers a large selection of personal protective equipment (PPE) from Protective Industrial Products, better known as PIP, that can help protect the head, face and hands from this swarf.
Keep Safe with PPE
Grinding, chiseling, sanding, drilling, sawing, welding and undertaking other machining processes produce metal shards and chips that can fly in unexpected ways and in any unexpected directions.
According to OSHA, an estimated 9 out of 10 occupational related eye injuries could be avoided through the use of proper safety equipment.
For the face and head, a combination of safety glasses and face shields protect the eyes and face from flying particles, hot sparks, liquid chemicals and vapors.
PIP headgear for face shields provides crown protection, especially in grinding applications and can be fitted with PIP Bouton® Optical face shields. These protective visors provide clear, crisp and distortion-free visibility.
Features of the face shields, include:
- Impact resistance and protection from projectiles and splashing liquids.
- They can withstand extreme hot and cold temperatures in heavy-duty applications.
- They can be worn with standard headgear or fitted to a hard hat.
Face shields and PIP Bouton® Optical safety glasses can be used in combination to protect the face from hot sparks in grinding, chiseling, welding and other applications. In some cases, it is recommended that they be used in concert such as to protect the worker from chemical, fine mist or even molten metal splash.
According to OSHA, safety eye wear should be worn as the primary eye protection against impact from flying fragments, objects, large chips, and particles created during grinding, sawing, drilling, fastening, and sanding applications.
PIP’s eyewear products, which meet UL and CSA requirements, are available in almost 50 distinctive shapes of safety eyewear for the right fit and have numerous features geared for the application.
Features of Bouton Optical safety eyewear include: anti-scratch and anti-fog coatings for indoor and outdoor applications; multiple lens color options for specific industrial applications, lighting conditions and work environments; and soft foam padding that forms a comfortable seal to keep out dust and airborne particles.
PIP offers safety glasses that can also alleviate the problem of fogging, which is a dangerous, and irritating, problem familiar to most metalworkers. Lenses fog for many reasons, all of which are related to ambient temperature and moisture in the air. When a rapid temperature change occurs, moisture in the air collects on untreated lenses, causing the lenses to fog and impede vision.
To solve this problem, many Bouton optical glasses from PIP are available with Fogless® 3Sixty™ Technology. These include the Fuselage and Recon models. This will prevent fog when transitioning between warm and cool environments, working in a humid or wet environment, combining eye protection with respiratory equipment, or just sweating from hard work.
Cuts to the skin from metal shavings and other swarf are another common injury endured by mostly anyone that has machined metal.
Some people are also susceptible to allergies caused by the resin-impregnated fiberglass on abrasive disks used in grinding operations.
PIP gloves provide protection from sparks and fragments of disk and waste metal thrown out by the disk. They also protect your hands from general wear and tear, i.e. minor cuts, scuffs, abrasions and potential allergies.
Some metalworkers believe that gloves can affect the “feel” they have for the bevel and reduces their ability to grab hardware and tools or utilize touch screens on controllers.
PIP has those problems covered as well.
PIP offers a large range of sizes from small to double extra-large for a great fit, which is important when working around rotating equipment.
The gloves offer a range of features. They are high-cut, puncture and abrasion resistance; they are resistant to chemicals, water and ultraviolet light; provide superior grip in wet and dry conditions; are touchscreen compatible, and feature knit wrist to prevent dirt and debris from entering the gloves.
Glove brands include the Maxiflex® Ultimate™,which is a seamless knit nylon/Lycra glove that features Nitrile coated Micro-Foam Grip – Ad-Apt™ Technology that keeps hands drier and cleaner. The Nitrile coating provides good grip and abrasion resistance.
PIP’s G-Tek® Polykor® X7™ glove is a seamless knit Polykor® X7™ blended glove with Neofoam® coated palm and fingers and is touchscreen compatible. The PolyKor blended shell with X7 technology offers high-cut resistance and the knit wrist style keeps out dirt and debris from the glove.
The Ambi-Dex® Grippaz™ Skins is an ambidextrous Nitrile glove with textured fish scale grip (6 Mil) that provides extra traction with oily or wet parts, and has a rotated thumb grip for secure precision grip of small parts.
So, choose from a selection of gloves that are designed to protect your hands from harsh metalworking operations, and give you a good grip, no matter the application and don’t forget to protect your head and face with PPE from PIP.