Archive: Sep 2019

The Paulson Run Down: Fire Goggles 101

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paulson-firefighter-ppeFirefighters rely on a wide range of personal protective equipment to do their job safely and effectively, including proper eyewear. Without appropriate safety goggles, firefighters can be blinded by smoke during crucial moments, or suffer eye damage from debris or heat exposure. To avoid these risks, goggles must meet the stringent manufacturing standards put forth by the NFPA, ANSI, and other government and regulatory bodies before they are deemed suitable for use by firefighters.

Ensuring proper eye protection is vital in protecting the eyes of those who protect us. At Paulson Manufacturing, we are proud to be a long-time manufacturer of quality safety gear for firefighters.

Essential Equipment

While many occupations come with serious safety concerns, firefighters face dozens of workplace dangers each and every day. In addition to the obvious physical risks of fighting fires, eye hazards are commonplace for firefighters as they respond to automobile accidents, provide emergency medical assistance to patients, and more.

Wearing proper safety equipment is crucial in any high-risk occupation, but especially for firefighters who face a potentially life-threatening situation each time the alarm sounds. Aside from the intense heat produced by fires, firefighters encounter a multitude hazards, such as:

  • Smoke and ash
  • Wood chips or debris from chainsaws
  • Bloodborne pathogens
  • Flying glass, plastic and metal during vehicle extrication
  • HAZMAT exposure

Types of Goggles

Proper protective gear reduces the chance for injury on the job. Paulson Manufacturing has a wide variety of fire goggles, face shields, and accessories which comply with NFPA regulations and standards to adequately protect firefighters without inhibiting their performance.

Structural Series

Paulson’s A-TAC® Firefighter Structural goggles include six different models designed for firefighters which meet all NFPA 1971,1977, 1951 performance specifications, as well as ANSI Z87.1 standards. Capable of withstanding 500° F for more than five minutes, these goggles feature a fog-resistant interior and a hard-coated exterior. With an extensive lineup of parts and accessories, including strap attachments for structural fire helmets,  A-TAC® Firefighter Structural Series goggles provide total functionality for all structural fire situations.

Wildland Series

Meeting the strict requirements of NFPA 1977 and ANSI Z87.1 standards, the Wildland goggle series from Paulson is specifically designed to meet the needs of the woodland firefighter. These goggles pass 350° F heat exposure tests and display anti-fog features on the interior, as well as a hard-coated exterior. Again, a variety of parts and accessories, including protective mylar lens covers, replacement lenses and straps, and strap attachments for front-brim and full-brim wildland fire helmets make these a versatile tool for any firefighter tasked with battling wildfires or other open-air fires.

IDC Face Shields and Goggles

Designed for the EMT and first responder, Paulson Manufacturing also provides protective gear to defend firefighters and EMTS from exposure to pathogens and infectious diseases. Inexpensive and disposable, these products help prevent contact from splashing, smoke, and airborne particulate matter.

Trust in Paulson

At Paulson Manufacturing, nothing is more important to us than your trust, reliance, and confidence. As such, we strive to provide the highest quality safety and protective gear to safeguard our emergency services personnel and help saves lives.

Contact Us Today to hear more about how the expert staff at Paulson Manufacturing can help protect your firefighters.

What You Need to Know; Selecting the Right PPE

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paulson-firefighter-ppePersonal protective equipment (PPE) finds application across a wide range of industrial occupations and work environments. As employees in these situations are often exposed to hazardous conditions, it is critical to equip them with the proper PPE to minimize the risk of injury or death.

Selecting the right equipment, however, is more complicated than it sounds. Environmental hazards vary drastically between industries and between industrial job sites. Even in the same work environment, employees with different roles experience different working conditions, and, consequently, different hazards.

To account for these variables, we recommend a multi-faceted safety evaluation before making any PPE selection. This process includes a comprehensive assessment of both potential workplace hazards and applicable safety regulations.

Conducting a Hazard Assessment

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It’s impossible to protect employees against workplace dangers if you haven’t first identified those dangers. The goal of a hazard assessment is to evaluate what risks are present so you can work toward mitigating them

To conduct a hazard assessment, you should assemble a collaborative team drawn from different departments, including a disinterested party whenever possible. This team will need to work together to define the following for each employee position:

  • What tasks do they perform?
  • What risks and hazards do those tasks pose?

Once you’ve identified every potential source of danger, you’ll then need to decide if and what type of PPE is the right solution to protect employees. Consider if it’s possible to remove or minimize the hazard such as by altering procedures, equipment, or employee schedules. If elimination or minimization is not feasible, you can then move on to the PPE selection process.

Assess Local and National Safety Legislation

While a hazard assessment uncovers most of the information required to choose appropriate PPE, it’s also essential to verify what safety regulations apply to your workplace. In many cases, you’ll be required by law to use or provide particular forms of PPE if you work with certain tasks or materials. 

Your geographic region will determine what regulations you need to follow. In the United States, all companies are bound by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Standards. The specific regulations for PPE are outlined in Regulation 1910 Subpart I, which identifies the industry standards for protective equipment such as ANSI/ISEA standards for face and eye protection. 

PPE Offerings from Paulson Manufacturing

paulson-arc-flash-ppeBy the end of the hazard assessment and regulatory standard review processes, you should have identified a specific list of necessary personal protective equipment for your workplace. Once you reach this stage, it’s time to turn to Paulson.

For 70 years, Paulson Manufacturing has served as an industry-leading designer and manufacturer of protective gear, providing protection solutions suitable for use in a wide range of industries. Our product range consists of comfortable, durable face shields and goggles, all of which meet applicable American National Standards Institute (ANSI) requirements.

Contact Us or Request A Quote to learn more about our PPE product offerings.

Paulson Manufacturing is an industry-leading designer and manufacturer of protective gear, including personal protective equipment (PPE), for use in a wide range of industries.