“Colourful PPE” (part 1 of 3): What is the significance of colours in PPE – how do they help make working life easier?

Blue, green, yellow, red, white and orange. These are just a few of the colours in which personal protection equipment (PPE) is available. But have you ever asked yourself if this is purely a question of design, or whether there is more to it? Colours are not just decoration! They affect our daily lives far more than we might think.

In this, the first of three blogs devoted to the subject of “colours”, we deal primarily with the issue of the roles played by colours in PPE. In our forthcoming blogs we also examine the legal provisions and the psychological and fashion aspects of colour. We’re sure you must be very excited!

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Ergonomics: getting ahead of the game

Megatrends like digitalisation or demographic change affect us all – on both a larger and smaller scale. But how will personal protective equipment (PPE), designed, for example, to protect the head and face, have to be adapted in order to rise to modern challenges? At the present moment, is focusing purely on protective function in keeping with the times or does protective equipment now also have to be sustainable, digital and ergonomic?

 

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On operations with the Bavarian Red Cross

The Bavarian Red Cross (BRK) comprises approximately 130,000 volunteers (Source: BRK as at 2011). Just one of these is Dr Florian Kühnlein, who has also served as Head of Product Development for SBU Eyewear/Head at uvex safety group for three years. Protecting people is not only part of his daily work, but also a pastime and a matter of pride – and interestingly, PPE acts as a bridge between his career and his hobby.

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Homestory #7: Eddie “The Eagle” on safety in sports and at work

Eddie “The Eagle” was the first (and, until 2002, the only) skier to represent Great Britain in an Olympic Ski Jumping event in the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics – and he’s been a fan of uvex ever since. Although Eddie infamously finished last in both the 70m and 90m men’s ski-jump events, he broke the British national ski-jumping record, and still holds the world record for stunt jumping after soaring over 10 cars and 6 buses.

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Homestory #4: The forces of nature

Their lives are filled with adventure, DIY, crafts and building, but also saving the day. They rise to the challenge and are always totally committed. Aside from the inherent risks they face professionally, these everyday heroes open themselves up to other dangers away from their jobs, which should not be underestimated. That they remain relaxed and focused as they achieve excellent results is down to their exceptional equipment. They place their trust in uvex safety products. Our real life stories allow others to share personal experiences with their favourite uvex products.

The storm in the summer of 2014 which hit Essen, Germany stopped at nothing, causing large-scale damage throughout the city. Above all it was the city’s trees which were unable to withstand the power of the storm, falling  in rapid succession  one after another. Markus O., a volunteer at the German Red Cross, explains in detail his work in the aftermath:

“On the evening of Monday, 09 June 2014, a brutal storm passed directly over Essen. This caused thousands of trees to be uprooted. Furthermore, in the wider Essen area, heavy rainfall flooded numerous cellars. The fire brigade sounded the alarm and called for reinforcements from the whole of North Rhine-Westphalia.

As I’m actively involved in the technical department of the German Red Cross, obviously I joined in and helped tackle the problem. We worked in collaboration with the THW (German technical relief work organisation) and the fire brigade, undertaking a whole host of operations over the following five days. We pumped water from cellars, felled several trees, cut up timber  that was strewn all over the roads and pavements, and removed dead wood from the trees.

During all of these tasks, I wore uvex polo shirts, which are particularly durable (our working polo shirts are not designed for such stressful demands), various pairs of uvex safety gloves and the uvex pheos safety helmet, also each team member of our unit wore uvex safety spectacles. I personally wore the uvex i-3 variomatic and ultrasonic fire goggles, which offer UV protection. This meant I was optimally protected from the sun. We were working in temperatures of over 30°C every day. None of the glasses steamed up.

My conclusion is that there is nothing more important than reliable industrial health and safety products. The equipment lasted throughout the clean-up process of one of the worst storms to ever hit Germany and provided me with excellent protection.

In my free time I also wear uvex polo shirts and various uvex jackets from (I particularly like the new Collection 26), because I find the products to be hard-wearing and extremely weather-resistant.”

Many thanks to Mr O. for his description of the situation in Essen after the storm.

You can find a few additional pictures which show Mr O. in action here:

uvex is delighted that its industrial health and safety products are used in the private domain as well as professional working life. However, we are of course not able to ensure that the right products are used privately for the respective activity. uvex therefore does not accept any liability for the correct and appropriate application of products and their condition, nor can it be held liable for non-uvex products.

Homestory #3: Climbing

Their lives are filled with adventure, DIY, crafts and building, but also saving the day. They rise to the challenge and are always totally committed. Aside from the inherent risks they face professionally, these everyday heroes open themselves up to other dangers away from their jobs, which should not be underestimated. That they remain relaxed and focused as they achieve excellent results is down to their exceptional equipment. They place their trust in uvex safety products. Our real life stories allow others to share personal experiences with their favourite uvex products.

Passionate climber Paul G. talks about protecting himself from dangers.

uvex: Could you please briefly describe the hobby/leisure activity in which you use uvex personal protective equipment.

PG: In my spare time, I most like to be outdoors. I use uvex products when I am cycling or in the mountains, where I can enjoy many different activities. In winter I often go on ski tours, while I love to go hiking in the summer. When possible, I also like to go along a fixed-rope or via ferrata climbing trail, and I sometimes tackle an easier climbing wall up a rock face.

 

uvex: Which dangers and challenges do you encounter?

PG: There are many hazards when climbing and hiking. There is always a risk of falling, or of rockslides, while more difficult, overhanging terrain increases the danger of colliding into rock faces. Of course, the weather also plays a major role and it is very important up keep an eye on that. Reliable safety equipment is absolutely essential, as is having a climbing partner on whom you can depend.

 

uvex: How are you protected when engaging in your hobby?

PG: Alongside the standard planning for a tour, such as determining the route and checking the weather forecast, it is important to have the right equipment, including a harness, climbing ropes, different carabiners, hexes and a climbing helmet.

 

uvex: Which uvex products do you wear for protection?

PG: My climbing helmet is uvex pheos alpine.

 

uvex: Has using uvex products changed the way you practice your hobby/leisure activity?

PG: I feel so much safer now that I have replaced my old helmet, which was looking rather worse for wear. The uvex helmet is also extremely comfortable and considerably lighter than my previous helmet. This really helps reduce strain on the neck, especially when climbing where you have to look up quite a lot.

 

uvex: Do you have any photos of yourself in action, which we can put on our Facebook page?

PG: Yes, these pictures show me training in the climbing garden at Bad Heilbrunn with my son.

 

Paul G. and his son are a glowing example of how to climb, not forgetting their safety as they have fun and seek a little adrenaline rush. We thank Paul G. and his son, Benedikt, for talking to us and sharing their wonderful pictures. We hope they enjoy many more safe mountain tours in Germany.

 

Here are some pictures:

 

uvex is delighted that its industrial health and safety products are used in the private domain as well as professional working life. However, we are of course not able to ensure that the right products are used privately for the respective activity. uvex therefore does not accept any liability for the correct and appropriate application of products and their condition, nor can it be held liable for non-uvex products.

Next Level Equipment – redefining performance with uvex i-performance

The uvex i-performance product system supports the natural movement of the human body, reducing pressure and stresses while also maximising comfort. Constant further development of our products is carried out on the basis of the latest physiological research and technology, thereby ensuring optimum performance with quantifiable product benefits.

uvex 9780 antistatic helmet

 

 

The new uvex 9780 antistatic helmet falls under this category and offers an unparalleled level of protection.  The merest spark can cause an explosion in environments which contain combustible gas, mist, vapours or dust clouds. It is therefore essential that employees are reliably protected against electrical discharge in many industrial workplaces. Specific danger areas where hazardous atmospheres mean that explosions are likely are divided into various zones.

 

 

The uvex 9780 antistatic is a helmet perfectly suited to being worn in explosive environments. It offers optimal protection for all danger groups and zones, in accordance with EN 60079 – 0 in connection with ATEX – guideline 94/9/EG.

 

What actually are explosive atmospheres and what do these zones mean?

As defined in the DSEAR, an explosive atmosphere is a mixture of dangerous substances with air, under atmospheric conditions, in the form of gases, vapours, mist or dust in which, after ignition has occurred, combustion spreads to the entire unburned mixture. When an atmosphere like this appears in dangerous quantities, meaning that certain safety measures must be implemented in order to maintain the protection of employees’ health and safety, then one can speak of a dangerous, explosive atmosphere.

These dangerous, explosive atmospheres are divided into fundamental zones (Zone 0, Zone 1, Zone 2, Zone 20, Zone 21, Zone 22 and Zone 23):-    Zone 0:   Danger zone in which an explosive atmosphere of gases, vapours or mist is present continuously or for long periods or frequently

  • Zone 1: Danger zone in which an explosive atmosphere of gases, vapours or mist is likely to occur in normal operation.
  • Zone 2: Danger zone in which an explosive atmosphere of gases, vapours or mist is not likely to occur in normal operation and if it occurs it will exist only for a short time
  • Zone 20: Danger zone in which an explosive atmosphere of dust  is continuously present or present for long periods
  • Zone 21: Danger zone in which an explosive atmosphere of dust  is likely to occur in normal operation
  • Zone 22: Danger zone in which an explosive atmosphere of dust is not likely to occur in normal operation and if it occurs it will exist only for a short time

(Zone 0 is the most hazardous danger zone in which explosive atmospheres are present)


So what causes explosions?

Explosions are caused when the right air to gas ratio occurring at the same time as an ignition source becomes active. In addition, explosives can be caused by fluids and solids if these are finely dispersed, again in an atmosphere in which the air ration and ignition source are conducive.

Explosions with dangerous effects can occur when the following conditions are present at the same time and place:

  • Flammable substance (concentration in air within the explosion arealimits and sufficiently finely dispersed)
  • Oxygen in sufficiently high concentration
  • Effective source of ignition with sufficient energy

 

If just one of these factors is missing, no explosion can occur.

 

action_9780_seitlich_706_300pxHow does the uvex 9780 antistatic helmet ensure electrostatic discharge?

The innovative material used to manufacture the uvex 9780 antistatic reduces ohmic resistance and deflects excess electrical discharge away safely and securely.

This is the first helmet on the market to provide employees with suitable protective headwear for working in closed containers and pipeline systems, as well as while equipping plants where flammable liquids can be found and explosive gases can build up (Zone O). Typical working environments include mining, the petrochemical industry and oil rigs, for example.

 

 

 

 

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions on the uvex i-Performance product system.
Please email expertenblog@uvex.de and we will be happy to help.

Homestory #1: Forestry work

Their lives are filled with adventure, DIY, crafts and building, but also saving the day. They rise to the challenge and are always totally committed. Aside from the inherent risks they face professionally, these everyday heroes open themselves up to other dangers away from their jobs, which should not be underestimated. That they remain relaxed and focused as they achieve excellent results is down to their exceptional equipment. They place their trust in uvex safety products. Our real life stories allow others to share personal experiences with their favourite uvex products.

Sebastian S. from Upper Franconia is a policeman by profession, but in his spare time, he and his father go into the forest to collect firewood. In the interview below he tells us more about using uvex products:

homestory2_wald__300pxuvex: Could you please briefly describe the hobby/leisure activity in which you use uvex personal protective equipment.

SeS: My father and I primarily use uvex products in the forest and in the garden. We above all prepare firewood for the winter and carry out gamekeeping in the hunting area.

uvex: Which dangers and challenges do you encounter?

SeS: First and foremost, there is of course a risk of injuring my hands by scratching them on thorns, bushes and branches. Noise exposure is the big issue when using a chainsaw, as well as the danger of being hit by bits of wood and branches flying around.

uvex: How are you protected when engaging in your hobby?

SeS: In the forest, I always wear the complete safety outfit, including a helmet, goggles and gloves. I would also never be without a pair of light duty safety shoes.

uvex: Which uvex products do you wear for protection?

SeS: My helmet is uvex pheos forest, which already features an integrated mesh visor. In addition, I most like wearing uvex C500 dry safety gloves. They not only afford me the right level of protection when using the chainsaw and circular saw, but also provide an excellent grip. I use other uvex products as and when required.

uvex: Has using uvex products changed the way you practice your hobby/leisure activity?

SeS: From when I first started using uvex equipment, I above all noticed that it is extremely durable, even when put under extreme pressure. Other products from different manufacturers often promised the earth, but they did not deliver. I also noticed that even after a long tough day on my feet, they still felt relaxed when I had been wearing the safety footwear. To sum up, I now enjoy working in the forest even more! And I am not just talking about my own experience here. My father has been using uvex products as long as I have.

Sebastian S. and his father are setting a great example in the forest. The importance of the right protection is often underestimated when in the local forest. Major injuries are often caused as a result of not having any head protection and wearing incorrect clothing. Our thanks to Sebastian G. for talking to us and we wish him and his father a safe and happy time working in the forest.

 

uvex is delighted that its industrial health and safety products are used in the private domain as well as professional working life. However, we are of course not able to ensure that the right products are used privately for the respective activity. uvex therefore does not accept any liability for the correct and appropriate application of products and their condition, nor can it be held liable for non-uvex products.

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