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Stand Up to Falls: Learn the ABCD’s of Fall Protection

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A fall at work can be terrible. But, a fall from heights in the midst of an already dangerous job can be devastating. Do you know how to properly inspect your fall protection gear to ensure it is secure, compliant with OSHA regulations and comfortable? A typical Personal Fall Arrest System (PFAS) incorporates three components often

Some Tips for Selecting a New Heavy-Duty Welding Helmet

Heavy-duty welders working at high amperages have specific needs. They want personal protective equipment (PPE) that offers: Good protection against radiation Clear visibility of the welding spot Effective respiratory protection capabilities Comfortable to wear Protection against welding spatter and grinding sparks Based on these needs, heavy-duty welders should look for an integrated helmet system that has the following features: An

Nine Technologies That Will Help Transform the Fire Service

Smart technologies like artificial intelligence, mixed reality or autonomous vehicles are being deployed by first responders in ways hardly imagined even just a decade ago. As firefighters grow accustomed to current technologies, other innovations such as use of big data, biotelemetry, facial recognition software, 360 video and the leveraging of gaming technology are beginning to emerge. The integration of these

Insights That Spark Innovation

Inventors can sometimes seem obsessed. Bursting with energy and passion for their big ideas, they risk losing focus on the customer at the end of the process. And examples of large-scale, costly misses litter the business literature. ST. PAUL , Minn. -  The challenge for innovative companies is nurturing inventors’ ingenuity and drive, while channeling their resources toward market needs

How Reflective Wear Reflects a Deep Scientific Approach to Development

When clothing manufacturers are looking to utilize reflective material for the protective and visibility value that it offers, they are often also looking for more of a visual impact. Reflective material serves both of these purposes quite well. Obviously, it’s a cool technology that can create a really impactful look, but it also needs to be functional. What you may

Headsets That Work as Hard as You Do

3M ™ PELTOR™ - Built Tough for the Working Professional ST. PAUL, Minn. - The year was 1950 and the Swedish Air Force had a problem: How to protect workers’ hearing in very loud environments while still allowing them to communicate effectively. Prior to 1950, the only way to hear radio communications in high-noise situations was to turn up the radio volume,

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