Keep Safe with PIP Personal Protective Equipment

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.

Metalworkers can protect themselves from sparks and swarf with PIP safety equipment.

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.

PIP headgear provides crown protection and can utilize various face shields. Shown here is a clear PETG, universal fit safety visor.

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.
Safety Glasses
PIP’s Recon safety glasses are rimless and feature anti-scratch and FogLess® 3Sixty™ coating.

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.

Models include the Recon rimless safety glasses with a gloss black temple and gray lens, and the Recon rimless safety glasses with clear temple and clear lens.

Also available are the Fuselage full-frame safety glasses with black frame and soft padding, that come in either gray lens or clear lens.

Fuselage full-frame safety glasses feature foam padding to keep out dust and debris

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.

Hand Protection
The MaxiFlex features a Micro-foam grip that provides good grip and resists abrasion.

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.

The seamless knit PolyKor X7 Blended Glove with NeoFoam coated palm and fingers are cut resistant and are touchscreen compatible

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 have a textured fish scale grip for extra traction with wet and oily parts.

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.

Schneider Electric Provides Safety Switches For Infinite Applications

Schneider’s Square D Safety switches are vital components to safety and power control. They are a means to disconnect from the electrical load and provide protection to the branch circuit.

When necessary, they can be used to disconnect manufacturing equipment, heavy machinery and light commercial and residential applications from its power source. Users may need to disconnect equipment from its electrical supply for a variety of reasons from scheduled preventive maintenance to emergency stoppage.

The performance of safety switches is important to the safe operation of many industrial applications. In addition, requirements from a variety of organizations  have increased the use of safety switches in many commercial and industrial facilities.

In addition, safety switches are an NEC requirement in industrial and manufacturing facilities.  For instance, a safety switch must be in sight from all motors or manufacturing equipment and not more than 50 feet from the equipment it controls.

A key performance benefit of the Schneider safety switch is its ability to break load. A locked motor can draw six to eight times motor full-load current. In an emergency situation, it’s important to have a safety switch with enhanced load-break features such as those featured in Schneider’s switches. A key element of Square D safety switches is its blade and jaw construction that has been designed to manage heavy motor loads and arc interruptions.

Multiple types of disconnect switches are available, and the switch that work for you depends on a number of factors in your working environment.  Steiner’s expertise can help make the appropriate choice. Steiner stocks a large inventory of safety switches ready for pickup at one of our convenient locations or on-time delivery to your facility or job site, including: general duty, heavy duty and double throw switches in single and multiple pole, fusible and non-fusible.

Here is a look at some of the most common safety switches.

General Duty Safety Switch
Schneider Electric Square D General Duty Safety Switch
General Duty Safety Switch

One of the most go-to safety switches are those that are considered General Duty (GD) safety switches. These are designed for residential and commercial applications and where durability and economy are prime considerations. Typical loads are lighting, air conditioning, and appliances. They are suitable for use as service equipment when equipped with a factory or field-installed neutral assembly or a field-installed service grounding kit as applicable.

  • Voltage: Maximum voltage of 240 V
  • Current Rating: Max amperage of 800 A
  • Enclosure: Available in Type 1 and Type 3R enclosures
  • Certification: UL Listed, File E2875
  • Standard: Meets or exceeds the NEMA Standard KS1
Heavy Duty Safety Switch
Schneider Electric Square D Heavy Duty Safety Switch
Heavy Duty Safety Switch

Visible blade heavy duty safety switches are designed for applications where maximum performance and continuity of service are required. All heavy duty safety switches feature a quick-make, quick-break operating mechanism, a dual-cover interlock and a color-coded indicator handle.

  • Voltage: Maximum voltage of 600 V (ac/dc)
  • Current Rating: Max amperage of 1200 A
  • Enclosure: Available in Type 1, Type 3R, Type 4, Type 4X, Type 5, Type 7, Type 9, Type 12 and Type 12K enclosures
Double Throw Safety Switch
Schneider Electric Square D Double Throw Safety Switch
Double Throw Safety Switch

Double throw safety switches are designed for manual transfer of one load between two power sources. The units are tough and reliable to provide emergency back-up power connections in accordance with Article 702 of the National Electrical Code, ANSI/NFPA 70.

  • Voltage: Maximum voltage of 600 V (ac/dc)
  • Current Rating: Max amperage of 600 A
  • Enclosure: Available in Type 1, Type 3R, Type 4, Type 4X, Type 5 and Type 12 enclosures
Make Selections EZ

These safety-switch options, and others that are more specific in application, come with multiple options such as various difference in amperage and voltage. In some cases, the question is whether to use fusible or non-fusible switches.  Fusible safety switches combine fuses with the switch in a single enclosure. For both fusible and non-fusible safety switches, when the circuit is open, the safety switch disconnects the load from its source of power, while closing the circuit reconnects the load.

The Schneider Electric Safety Switch EZ Selector can guide you to the most appropriate safety switch for your required application.
The Safety Switch EZ Selector can guide you to the most appropriate safety switch for your required application.

With all the product variables from application to enclosure type, voltage to amperage applications, selecting the appropriate safety switch can be a challenge. Schneider Electric has made the process simpler by developing the EZ Selector system.

The EZ Selector tools ask simple “click-to-answer questions,” and the user is self-guided through a process that ultimately leads to the right product for the application.

Order online or call 1-800-STEINER (783-4637) to speak with a Steiner sales representative for more information on Schneider Square D Safety Switches.