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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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