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 Post subject: PPE Wear to buy
PostPosted: Wed Aug 24, 2011 11:25 am 
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PPE Where to buy?

Looking for a good place to buy FR rated coveralls, hard hats, face shields, hoods. I have a need to purchase some, not comfortable with HRC 2 with a concealed zipper and snap buttons on it. MSC and other Wesco aren't cutting it for what I want. Can any of you point me in the right direction?

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 24, 2011 7:08 pm 
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What PPE do you need?
Daily wear or coveralls?
What climate?
Rent/lease or buy?
Laundering? Who will do it, who will ensure it is done right?
What HRC's are you exposed to? (Voltage has little to do with it)
Any chemical exposure? That determines your material choice.
How dirty will they get, industrial or home laundering?
Any clean room requirements?
Does Made in USA matter?
Does it need to be union made?
Does price matter or do you want the best regardless of price?

All these questions and more need to be considered to get the right PPE, there are about 20 different materials out there, all with advantages and disadvantages.

However, 90% of these guys selling the PPE have no idea about the performance of the materials or the other choices, they just sell what they buy. Anyone can make coveralls or flash suits out of these fabrics (Indura is made in Chicago by Westex for example but the fabric is used by many different manufacturers to make PPE), the features and quality of the PPE you buy varies greatly from one place to the other so you better do your homework.


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What PPE do you need? [color="Blue"]Coveralls, Face Shields, Balacava Hood. Would like it if they had shirts and pants for lower HRC stuff[/color]
Daily wear or coveralls? [color="blue"]Daily wear would be for myself and my technician mostly. Coveralls for others for when their job encounters electrical work. [/color]
What climate? [color="blue"]Arkansas - Hot Humid Summer is the biggest issue[/color]
Rent/lease or buy?[color="blue"]Prefer buy[/color]
Laundering? Who will do it, who will ensure it is done right?[color="blue"]Aramark currently provides uniforms for plant, otherwise self care[/color]
What HRC's are you exposed to? (Voltage has little to do with it)[color="blue"]We have HRC 3 suit for general use, everything else is HRC 2 or lower[/color]
Any chemical exposure? That determines your material choice. [color="blue"]There should be no chemical exposure, although it could happen. Resin, and catalyst could be around in small parts and may get on clothes (incidental)[/color]
How dirty will they get, industrial or home laundering? [color="blue"]Currently sweat is the biggest issue. It is a dirty environment, could come into play, we usually take care to minimize enviroment when doing electrical work.[/color]
Any clean room requirements? [color="blue"]No[/color]
Does Made in USA matter?[color="blue"] Would be nice. Quality and Safety are more dominant.[/color]
Does it need to be union made? [color="blue"]No[/color]
Does price matter or do you want the best regardless of price? [color="blue"]Quality and Safety are paramount[/color]

All these questions and more need to be considered to get the right PPE, there are about 20 different materials out there, all with advantages and disadvantages.

However, 90% of these guys selling the PPE have no idea about the performance of the materials or the other choices, they just sell what they buy. Anyone can make coveralls or flash suits out of these fabrics (Indura is made in Chicago by Westex for example but the fabric is used by many different manufacturers to make PPE), the features and quality of the PPE you buy varies greatly from one place to the other so you better do your homework. [color="blue"]Thus the reason I've posed the question here, so I can find some places to evaluate...not happy with current selections/distributors[/color]


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Those are about the same answers I woudl have for my field guys, we recently have started using Tecgen for daily wear and the guys have given rave reviews. http://www.tecgenselect.com/downloads/TECGEN-SELECT-8.17.10.pdf

Allison White, who is a member here, reps this line. You may want to contact her.


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Thanks Zog!


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Please let me know if I can be of any assistance. Thanks Zog, I appreciate you letting him know about the TecGen!


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Workrite has knowledgable field people that can answer questions and provide various options to be considered. These guys only work with FR clothing and have years of experience and training as well as acess to technical support both from me at Workrite as well as many others throughout the industry. Go to Workrite.com to find out who handles your area.


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Wormfood wrote:
However, 90% of these guys selling the PPE have no idea about the performance of the materials or the other choices, they just sell what they buy.


No kidding. I think I have run into most of them. A few pretty knowledgeable people here though.


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