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Best Safety Products of 2020

Compiled by Maureen Paraventi, Chief Editor

Accuform’s disposable full-length face shield protects the face and neck from hazardous splashes, sprays, bodily fluids and airborne contaminants, which can help limit the spread of viruses like COVID-19 in the workplace. The shield is optically clear for peripheral visibility. Side aluminum rivets allow it to be flipped up or down. Fits heads ranging in circumference from 17″ – 26″.

Ergodyne’s new ProFlex® 7401 Coated Lightweight Winter Work Gloves; 7501 Coated Waterproof Winter Work Gloves and 7551 Coated Waterproof Winter Work Gloves have a thermal fleece liner for warmth that won’t hinder dexterity. The 825WP Thermal Waterproof Winter Work Gloves is a two-piece glove with a separate, touchscreen-capable liner to enable removal of the insulated glove without exposing bare hands to cold and wind.

The Convenience Bag by GKR Industries, Inc. offers protection from vomit splatter that can carry infectious diseases. The outer sleeve with hand protection safeguards the person assisting. Its extra wide, rigid collar makes it easy to use. The contents will not spill even if the bag is dropped due to an inner valve, which also helps contain odor. The Convenience Bag is easily disposed of and unlike other brands, needs no twist ties.

Hilco Vision’s OnGuard® RX Safety Frame meets ANSI Z87.1 and CSA Z94.3 industry standards for impact. The frame’s comfort fit temples are made of a soft-touch material which enhances grip and comfort. It has a replaceable bridge that extends product life and is available with a full-seal option, as well. Made in USA.

The Command™ Impact Cut 5 glove (IEX-MIGR5) combines impact resistance, cut resistance and a Mechanic-style fit into one high dexterity model, thus freeing workers from the need to switch back and forth between different gloves for different tasks. The IEX-MIGR5 brings innovative technology on all three of these fronts; ANSI 138 Level 1 impact protection, and ANSI A5 cut resistance on 360 degrees around the entire hand. In addition, there’s Command Touchscreen technology throughout the entire palm.

PPE Body Cooling Wraps are a cost-effective, hygienic means of helping to prevent or relieve heat stress. The wraps are constructed of an easy-to-clean poly/cotton blend exterior and filled with a nontoxic crystal that repels perspiration and other chemicals. Re-soaking them for 10-20 minutes rejuvenates it for another full day’s use. Can be used hundreds of times.

Pyramex’s new dipped gloves meet ANSI/ISEA 105-2016 cut standards (with ratings depending on model). GL403C and GL404C gloves incorporate a polyurethane palm coating and outstanding dexterity for when handling small parts. Both also include a 13-gauge HPPE liner for cut resistance, ample touch sensitivity and low particulate shed. The new GL503 Latex Dipped Glove features a Latex crinkle palm coating with a 10-gauge polyester liner for better traction, as well as tear and abrasion resistance.

Rock Systems’ GermBlock™ line of cough and sneeze shields can be placed in between employees standing or sitting in close proximity at workstations, to limit the spread of airborne droplets resulting from coughing, sneezing or speaking. The heavy-duty clear 3/16″ polycarbonate shields are impact-resistant, non-flammable and highly resistant to chemicals and high temperatures. Made in USA.

The Sky Hook is a single operator lifting device that allows employees to perform critical lifts solo, instead of as a team, thereby following social distancing requirements. Ergonomic, customizable and lightweight, the Sky Hook can be used in a variety of applications and industries and enhances operational efficiency by helping companies avoid the need to implement costly and time-consuming new overhead crane solutions. Made in USA.

Tingley’s high visibility Icon jacket, overalls and Bomber II jacket conform to ANSI standards for safety and are made to fit the needs of those working in a variety of off-road applications. Tingley offers a guide to selecting high visibility apparel on its website. It defines the differences between Classes 1, 2, 3 and E and Types O, R and P and explains how to interpret labels, which includes information on flame resistance and compliance.

The ZOLL AED 3® defibrillator uses enhanced Real CPR Help technology that includes a full-color display with vivid rescue images, a CPR cycle timer, and a large, color bar gauge that shows CPR compression depth. A calm voice tells rescuers to pause when it completes a heart analysis and alerts them if a shock is needed or if CPR should be resumed. Cloud connectivity enables automatic reporting of device status. WiFi also provides the ability to quickly access and transmit cardiac arrest event data to medical professionals.

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