Selling our Products Overseas: An Export Control Overview

Paulson Mfg. has a rich history of making and selling world-class PPE right here in the U.S. However, our reach goes well beyond the U.S. market. In fact, we export to about 70 different countries across the globe through our wholly owned subsidiary Paulson International, Ltd. Based in Frankfurt, Germany, Paulson International serves our ever-growing global markets.

While exporting products overseas should be a fundamental aspect of a manufacturer’s business model, it is critical to know how to navigate this often-complex business landscape. This is especially true for products deemed sensitive in nature by the U.S. government, which controls exports of sensitive equipment, software, and technology to promote our national security interests and foreign policy objectives. For example, exporting one of our welding face shields can be accomplished with relative ease. This is not the case with exporting one of our tactical face shields designed for ballistic combat helmets worn by law enforcement and military personnel. Due to the sensitive nature of this product as it relates to U.S. national security, an exporter must go through the proper channels to ensure it follows the rules laid out by the U.S. government.

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Through their export control system, the U.S. government can effectively:

  • Provide for national security by limiting access to the most sensitive U.S. technology and weapons
  • Promote regional stability
  • Take into account human rights considerations
  • Prevent proliferation of weapons and technologies, including of weapons of mass destruction, to problem end-users and supporters of international terrorism
  • Comply with international commitments, i.e. nonproliferation regimes and UN Security Council sanctions and UNSC resolution 1540

Department of Commerce and Bureau of Industry & Security (BIS)

Under the current export control system, three different government agencies have the authority to issue export licenses—the Departments of State, Commerce, and the Treasury. At Paulson Mfg., our exporting activities are subject to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) set forth by the Bureau of Industry & Security (BIS). This agency of the Department of Commerce is led by the Under Secretary of Commerce for Industry and Security.

The BIS seeks to advance U.S. national security, foreign policy, and economic interests, with activities including the regulation of the export of sensitive goods and dual-use technologies. They enforce export control, anti-boycott, and public safety laws; cooperate with and assist other countries on export control and strategic trade issues; assist U.S. industry to comply with international arms control agreements; monitor the viability of the U.S. defense-industrial base; and promote federal initiatives and public-private partnerships to protect the nation’s critical infrastructures.

Items on the Commerce Control List (CCL), including many sensitive goods and technologies, require an export license from the Department of Commerce before they can be exported. To determine whether an export license is required, an Export Control Classification Number (ECCN) is used. Again, if an electrical contractor in Brazil needs an arc flash face shield, or a steelworker in the U.K. needs a gold coated face shield, we can get these products to them fairly easily (i.e., without the need of an export license). However, if an overseas government agency has a need for our tactical products, such as our riot control PPE, more often than not, an export license would need to be furnished prior to being able to export those types of goods.

Paulson Mfg. manufactures five primary product lines—Arc Flash PPE, Industrial PPE, Law Enforcement & Military PPE, Firefighter PPE, and Medical PPE. Of those lines, only our Law Enforcement & Military PPE products (classified by the Department of Commerce as “Crime Control” products) would be subject to EAR and would therefore most likely require an export license to sell overseas. To see the complete list of countries and export controls for various product types, click here. There are certain countries that are embargoed that we cannot ship any products to. An example of this would be North Korea. This is crucial to know if you are selling products overseas for a business.

Applying for an Export License

Once you have determined that the item you want to export needs a license under jurisdiction of the Department of Commerce, you can go to the BIS website and begin the process of registration. This is done through SNAP-R (Simplified Network Application Process – Redesign), which  allows users to submit export license applications. You must register for SNAP-R by first getting a Company Identification Number (CIN) and activating a user account. Follow the procedures listed on the website to get started. If you have questions or need help, you can call the SNAP-R Help Desk at (202) 482-2227. Once you are registered, you can access SNAP-R and apply for your license. Paulson Mfg. can assist you in this process and also apply for the needed license, as long as it is for our products. This is just another benefit of selling products overseas for a business and working with Paulson Mfg.

World-Class PPE for a Global Marketplace

Since 1947, Paulson Mfg. has been making the highest quality PPE for industrial workers and first responders. Our products are made in the U.S. and distributed to frontline workers and officers across the globe. As we look to the future, we believe our business overseas will continue to grow and grow (95% of our potential customers live outside of the U.S.). While this is great news for the future of our company, it is critical that everything we export is processed through the proper channels based on what type of product it is. We are aligned with the Department Commerce & BIS in their stated mission of enhancing U.S. exports while mitigating any threats to our national security.

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To learn more about selling our products overseas and why it should be a fundamental aspect of a manufacturer’s business model, please contact us today.

Why Use the IDC Snap System vs. Disposable Alternatives?

Every day, medical professionals work in close proximity with individuals who are sick or injured. To protect themselves and others from the transmission of infectious viruses and bacteria, they use a variety of personal protection equipment (PPE) such as our Paulson IDC Snap System. Medical PPE is a form of infectious disease control that protects the wearer’s eyes, mouth, nose, and skin from exposure to potentially harmful pathogens. It includes protective eyewear, face shields, gloves, and masks. In the fight against the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, it is more important than ever to have reliable and easy-to-use PPE available to medical professionals on the front lines.

At Paulson Manufacturing, we are dedicated to providing quality protective gear in a variety of designs and materials for use by medical professionals in a range of applications. Our products are manufactured to meet the highest industry standards for both quality and reliability—our customers know they can depend on our products for protection for both medical professionals and their patients.

What Is the IDC Snap System Face Shield?

With the surge of patients in medical facilities during the COVID-19 crisis, medical professionals need reliable PPE that is safe and easy to use. Paulson’s IDC Snap System face shield is a two-part polyethylene headband with a transparent polycarbonate shield that can easily be snapped into place for quick and efficient assembly, disassembly and cleaning.Paulson snap system


Key Advantages of IDC Snap System Face Shield

In the medical field, it is important for front line workers to be thoroughly protected from any source of infection. PPE should be well fitted, easy to adjust, and composed of materials that can be cleaned and sanitized easily. Paulson’s IDC Snap System face shield offers a number of unique advantages over other more traditional PPE designs.

  • Enhanced Protection: Our IDC face shield protects medical professionals against splashes, particle contaminants, and bloodborne pathogens.
  • Reusable Face Shield: Each polycarbonate protective face shield can be reused an estimated ten times before it must be replaced. Our kits are shipped with one headband and 25 easy-to-replace face shields. Extra shields & headbands are available as standalone items.
  • Easy Sanitization: The polycarbonate material is easy to clean using warm water and mild dish soap and can be sanitized with isopropyl alcohol 91%.
  • Cost Savings: Paulson’s easily sanitized and reusable IDC face shields give medical professionals an estimated 90% cost savings when compared with the cost of traditional disposable face shields.
  • Simplified Shipping: Our IDC protective shields are designed to be shipped flat, for more compact packaging and easier delivery.
  • Quick and Easy Assembly: The unique snap system design makes our IDC face shields easy to assemble within seconds for reliable PPE that is readily available in the event of an emergency.
  • One Size Fits All: Our snap system is specifically designed for easy adjustment, so it will fit heads of every size without a hassle. Not only does this ensure that the shield is comfortable and safe for all users, it eliminates the problem of PPE size shortages.

Common Applications for IDC Snap System Face Shield

Medical PPE is specifically designed to protect medical professionals and patients from the spread of infectious agents such as viruses and bacteria. Since pathogens can spread through multiple pathways, including eyes, paulson snap systemnose, mouth, and skin, it is important that protective equipment guard these vulnerable areas. IDC snap systems ensure that these vulnerable areas are protected, thereby allowing healthcare workers to assist patients safely. Not only does PPE protect the wearer from contracting disease, it helps prevent further person-to-person spread. Medical PPE is commonly used in medical settings, including:

  • Hospitals and Emergency Rooms
  • First Response Teams
  • Critical Care Wards
  • Urgent Care Facilities
  • Nursing Homes
  • Dental


Reliable IDC Snap System Face Shields by Paulson Manufacturing

Paulson Manufacturing works tirelessly to provide safe and dependable medical PPE for our medical professionals on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis. Our IDC Snap System face shields have been designed to help healthcare workers protect themselves and their patients from the spread of even highly contagious pathogens such as coronavirus. The easy-to-use design and reusable system is engineered to provide a safer, more cost effective alternative to traditional PPE face shields. For more information on our new IDC Snap System design, contact our experts today.


The Paulson Rundown: Tactical Face Shields 101

Tactical operators such as law enforcement and military personnel rely on a wide range of personal protective equipment (PPE) to do their jobs safely and effectively. A riot control situation is certainly an application where the tactical operator needs to have several crucial PPE items. When dealing with a riot control situation, commonly used PPE includes riot suits with light body armor, helmets with face shields, riot shields, gloves, knee shields and goggles. Paulson Mfg. has been making tactical face shields that attach to ballistic combat helmets for decades. These face shields are used in riot control situations, as well as other tactical operations like SWAT, forced entry and bomb squad. Our tactical face shield line includes the DK5 series, the DK6 series and DK7 series.

DK6-H.150 Helmet


Helmet Types

When discussing tactical face shields, the conversation should start with the helmet being used with the face shield. After all, the face shield is an extension of the helmet. In fact, that is the very reason that our tactical face shields must meet the performance specifications of NIJ 0104.02. This standard pertains to helmets, which include the face shields as a complete system.


There are 2 main types of ballistic combat helmets:


  1. PASGT (Personal Armored System for Ground Troops): Traditional style combat helmet with front-brim.


  1. ACH (Advanced Combat Helmet) / MICH (Modular Integrated Communications Helmet): Modern combat helmet with no front-brim. Commonly include accessories like rails, communication devices and night vision goggle mounts.



In addition to the different helmet types, there are also different cuts of a helmet, which refers to the level of protection provided around the side/ear section. A full-cut helmet provides full protection around the ears; a mid-cut helmet covers about half of the ear area; a high-cut helmet provides no protection around the ears. While the full-cut helmet certainly provides the most protection of the ear area, the mid-cut and high-cut options are lighter in weight and usually much more comfortable. The specific helmet a tactical operator needs will depend mostly on the application in which it is being used.


Face Shield Attachment System Types

Now that we have covered the two main helmet types and the various cuts of combat helmets, let’s discuss the different types of face shield attachment systems for these helmets.

There are 2 main types of face shield attachment systems for ballistic combat helmets:


  1. Field-Mount: Face shield can be attached and removed by the operator with relative ease while in the field, often with no tools required. Field-mount face shield attachment systems include fabric straps with buckles, hard plastic “halo” band systems with buckles, and rail-mounts that lock the face shield into side rail systems.


  1. Hard-Mount: Face shield is permanently attached to the helmet with screws or bolts. The holes for the screws are typically around the temple area of the helmet.


The most popular tactical face shields offered by Paulson Mfg. are certainly the field-mount options, as the shields are easy to take off and on, and they give the helmet more versatility. However, some agencies prefer the hard-mount face shields because they want the face shield permanently attached. Just like the helmets, the specific agency or application will most likely determine which face shield attachment system makes the most sense.


Face Shield Quality

You cannot discuss features and benefits of tactical face shields without of course talking about the quality of the face shield itself. Often referred to as a window or lens, this is the transparent plastic shield that protects the face of the tactical operator. This is where Paulson’s engineering ingenuity really shines—we pride ourselves on producing world-class transparent face & eye protection.


Features & benefits of our tactical face shields include:


  • Optically correct face shield which minimizes distortion and optimizes visibility
  • Durable polycarbonate material; highly resistant to impact and heat
  • Shield length of either 8” or 6” (the 6” model allows for clearance of an NCB cartridge on a gas mask)
  • Shield thickness of either 0.150” or 0.250” (the 0.250” model has a V-50 rating for fragmentation)
  • Premium shield coatings available (anti-abrasion hard coating on the exterior, permanent anti-fog coating on the interior)


Now that we have covered the basics on helmet types, different attachment systems, and the quality of the face shield itself, let’s dive into the different tactical face shield lines offered by Paulson Mfg.


DK5 Riot Face Shield

This baby started it all! The DK5 series is the legacy riot face shield line from Paulson Mfg. Originally designed for the US Military, the DK5 riot face shield is designed for PASGT helmets only—the helmet must have a front-brim or the face shield will not fit properly. The DK5 is available as a field-mount utilizing a fabric strap with buckle, as well as a hard-mount with the face shield permanently attached to the helmet with screws. The shield also includes an integral rubber seal at the shield/helmet interface that prevents liquid pass-through, which is a very important consideration when dealing with a riot control situation.


DK6 Riot Face Shield

If the DK5 was the original Paulson riot face shield, then the DK6 was the face shield that took it to the next level. To date, the DK6 riot face shield is hands down the most popular tactical face shield offered by Paulson Mfg. Like the DK5, the DK6 was originally designed for the US Military. Utilizing a plastic “halo” band with center buckle, this field-mount face riot face shield has a universal design to fit both PASGT as well as ACH/MICH ballistic combat helmets. Like the DK5, the DK6 also feature a liquid seal at the shield/helmet interface.



DK7 Tactical Face Shield

The DK7 line is certainly the most diverse line of tactical face shields offered by Paulson Mfg. The DK7 tactical face shield is intended for not just riot control situations, but for also for a variety of other applications, including SWAT, forced entry and bomb squad. The DK7 is unique in that it is available with either a plastic band “halo” attachment system (like the DK6) or with rail adapters to slide and lock into place within the side rails of a ballistic helmet. Both options include field-mount attachment systems and require no tools. Another unique feature of the DK7 is that it includes aluminum arms that extend the face shield away from the helmet, creating a gap between the helmet and shield. This allows for excellent ventilation and assists tactical operators in “cheeking” a long gun without the face shield getting in the way.


For those who need protection from liquid pass-through, our DK7 line includes shields with a liquid seal, however these are currently only available for helmets that do no include the NVG mount.


Finally, for those utilizing an exothermic cutting device for breaching operations, the DK7 is available as a breaching face shield. This shield features a 4” shade 5 green welding strip across the top, protecting the operator’s eyes from the extremely bright sparks and slag produced by the cutting/torching device.


Tactical operators like riot police officers put their bodies on the line each time they are deployed in a hostile or dangerous environment. It is imperative that their PPE does its job, so they can focus on doing theirs. At Paulson Mfg., we have been making high performance tactical face shields to protect those who serve for decades. We will continue to produce high-quality, U.S.-made tactical face shields that meet the most rigorous safety standards and perform well in the most severe situations.


To learn more about our full line of tactical face shields, please contact us today!

Protecting the Workers of the Pulp & Paper Industry

Paulson paper mill PPE

The Pulp & Paper industry comprises companies that use wood as raw material and produce pulp, paper, paperboard and other cellulose-based products. Today, there are over 565 pulp & paper manufacturing facilities in the U.S., making this industry one of the world’s largest and oldest. With the advent of digitization, one can be excused for assuming that this industry is on the decline. On the contrary, this industry continues to grow despite the declining demand for graphic paper. Products like packaging, tissue and hygiene products are fueling the growth of this industry.

Through the power of water, pulp and control technology, paper mills can make products for a variety of different functions. While this may sound simple, the papermaking process is very complex, requiring several moving parts. In order to create a safe and effective work environment, employees of this industry must be able to identify the occupational hazards that are present, which include:


  • Combustible Dust – Fiber dust, which is produced during the papermaking process, piles up on the ground and machinery. When airborne, this creates an explosion hazard and can also cause respiratory problems if inhaled by workers.


  • Hazardous Chemicals – The papermaking process incorporates a wide range of hazardous chemicals. To avoid injury, it’s important that all substances are properly labeled, and the appropriate PPE is worn to avoid injuries upon exposure. Shower and eyewash locations should be properly marked and located in each employee workstation.


  • Heat Stress – Hot surfaces and high temperatures are common hazards inside papermills due to the amount of friction and steam produced during the papermaking process. Without the proper ventilation, employees can quickly succumb to the effects of heat stroke if the proper precautions aren’t taken. By encouraging work/rest cycles, along with providing a cool down station, employees can react quickly once they recognize the symptoms of heat exhaustion coming on.


  • Pinch Points – Areas where a person or their body parts can become caught or crushed by a machine are referred to as pinch points. Injuries can happen when a person becomes caught between two moving machinery parts or between a stationary object and a moving part.


  • Sharp Surfaces – When working on or around machinery, employees must be aware of sharp edges and surfaces. Blades and moving fabric on machines can cause scratches, cuts and even amputations. With most cutting occurring on the hands, it’s critical for employees to have proper hand protection.


  • Slips, Trips & Falls – Water mixed with paper scraps left on the ground can lead to slippery walking surfaces. Other factors such as broken railings and the misuse of equipment can contribute to the rate of employee falls in a facility. By utilizing the proper fall protection equipment, slip-resistant footwear and PPE, the impact of the fall is greatly reduced, if not prevented altogether.


As experts in face & eye protection, Paulson offers a variety of industrial face shields designed to protect the workers of the pulp & paper industry. These include our transparent nylon face shields for extreme heat applications, as well as our chemical splash face shields for dealing with the hazardous chemicals present in paper mills.

Many pulp & paper workers must handle smelt in their daily operations. A bi-product of the papermaking process, smelt is a molten, paste-like substance that commonly reaches temperatures of about 500° Fahrenheit. Not only do these workers need adequate protection from the extreme heat, but also from potential splash hazards from the smelt. Our IM23-N6F high heat nylon face shield is designed to stand up to these types of extreme heat applications. Not only does the nylon material stand up to extreme heat better than any other plastic material, but the chin protector adds added protection against molten smelt splash.

Chemicals also present a constant hazard for papermill workers. On average, the papermaking process involves about 200 different chemicals, each presenting various hazard risks. Our IM22-T6F-V2 face shield for chemical hoods is extremely resistant to acids, bases and hydrocarbons, all of which are prevalent in the pulp & paper industry.

With over 72 years of experience in protecting industrial workers, Paulson Mfg. has been on the cutting edge of industrial face & eye protection for the most severe applications. Our high heat nylon face shields and chemical splash face shields can be found in paper mills across the U.S. As mentioned above, chemicals and extreme heat are common hazards that these workers face every day. The innovation we put into these highly specialized face shields is a direct result of the feedback we receive directly from the workers themselves. When it comes to the severe environments found in the pulp & paper industry, you cannot settle for less-than-adequate PPE.

For more info on how Paulson Mfg. is enhancing the safety of the pulp & paper industry, please contact us today! 


How We are Helping in the Fight Against Coronavirus



COVID-19, more commonly known as coronavirus, has been spreading around the world despite efforts to contain it. China, South Korea, Iran, and Italy have all taken various steps to quarantine and shut down regions where the spread has been noticeably fast. While many cases have been mild, and seasonal influenza remains a more immediate threat, there’s no doubt that the unknown nature of the coronavirus’s spread, effects, and life span has people worried, with countries trying to keep people safe

One tactic to reduce the chances of becoming ill is to use protective gear. Face masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE) such as respirators and gloves place a barrier between the wearer and external pathogens. 

Paulson Manufacturing makes IDC (infectious disease control) face shields and goggles that medical personnel and others can use to reduce the spread of the disease. Due to very high demand, we have ramped up production and are producing 1 million IDC products per month to help supply China and other countries with the protection their healthcare workers need.

Paulson Provides China with Additional Protective Equipment

Chinese officials faced a tough situation: They needed masks and other protective gear, but workers were staying home, and cities were under quarantine—meaning people weren’t getting to work, and companies couldn’t produce enough gear on their own. The solution lay in the existing business relationships with Paulson Manufacturing, which has previously manufactured items like face shields for Chinese industrial workers & first responders. Chinese hospital officials asked chief executive Roy Paulson about manufacturing additional protective face gear to combat the spread of coronavirus.

China had good reason to worry about providing health care workers with protection; they made up a huge percentage of the people who became infected with SARS in 2003. The officials did not want a repeat of that with coronavirus.

Paulson Manufacturing stepped up to the plate and increased production to 10 times our normal capacity, producing goggles and face shields that still met  our quality standards. Paulson’s IDC products are now helping medical professionals and staff in China and other countries protect themselves from coronavirus as they help patients.


Paulson Manufacturing Infectious Disease Control PPE

Paulson Manufacturing takes quality and protection seriously. Our IDC face shields & goggles are meant to fit very snugly, yet not form a complete seal. They have an anti-fog coating, allowing the wearer to see clearly without the need to remove them, which could potentially expose the wearer to pathogens in respiratory droplets, splashes, and sprays. The goggles create a highly effective barrier to prevent disease transmission, cutting infections in one study from 34% to 5% of health care workers.

Face shields provide more complete protection as they protect the entire face on the front and sides, rather than just the eyes. If someone wears goggles, they can still end up with pathogen-carrying droplets on their cheeks, for example; however, if they wear a face shield, they protect their entire face from potential exposure. Another advantage to using face shields is that droplets can’t get onto the person’s face by traveling around the edges of the shield. The face shield can also be worn in combination with the goggle underneath.


Protect Yourself with Top-of-the-Line Equipment 

Given the unknowns about coronavirus, health care workers need protection that is more than just adequate. China recently announced that some Wuhan patients who had recovered from the virus were still testing positive and would be quarantined upon release from the hospital, which shows just how difficult the fight to contain and stop the spread of the virus may turn out to be.

Paulson Manufacturing is determined to provide excellent protection for workers against coronavirus and other infectious diseases. Contact us for more information about goggles and face shields to protect your employees and contractors as researchers learn more about coronavirus.

Polycarbonate PPE Products & BPA: What You Need to Know

paulson-prop-65-bpaAs a plastics injection molding company, Paulson Mfg. uses a variety of plastic materials to make products like face shields, goggles, cap brackets and countless other items. Many of our PPE products, including most face shields and goggle lenses, are made from polycarbonate. This plastic material has several benefits, including high impact resistance, high temperature resistance and compatibility with higher quality protective coatings than other plastic materials. Used in arc flash protective face shields for electrical workers, gold coated face shields for steel mill workers, and riot protection shields for law enforcement & military, polycarbonate has proven to be a very reliable material in some of the most extreme environments.

An Introduction to BPA

Polycarbonate contains the now well-known chemical bisphenol A, otherwise known as BPA. This industrial chemical has been used to make certain plastics and resins since the 1960s. BPA is found in polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins. Without BPA, polycarbonate would not be the versatile material it is – an important tool for lightweight mobility, sustainable building and other major challenges facing us this century. Polycarbonate and BPA as its component have been used safely for more than 50 years, and BPA is one of the most thoroughly examined chemicals.

CA Prop. 65 & BPA Safety

California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, commonly referred to as Proposition 65, requires the State of California to publish a list of chemicals known to cause cancer or reproductive harm.  The law also requires businesses to inform Californians about exposures to these chemicals and designates a clear procedure for adding chemicals to the list. Since it was first published in 1987, the Proposition 65 list has grown to include more than 950 chemicals.

At a public meeting in May 2015, the State of California’s Developmental and Reproductive Toxicant Identification Committee (DARTIC) unanimously determined that BPA was clearly shown to cause harm to the female reproductive system. This action added BPA to the Proposition 65 list of chemicals, effective May 11, 2015.

As with other materials, there is some potential for extremely small amounts of BPA to migrate from the material to its surrounding, for example from packaging to food. But if this were to happen, numerous studies show that the quantities are far below any safety-based limits set by relevant government bodies. The low – thus safe – consumer exposure has been reconfirmed just recently by the EFSA.

BPA Risk Exposure from Paulson Mfg. Products


The type of BPA exposure a worker or first responder might have from one of our polycarbonate products would be dermal exposure. In other words, contact with the skin. While there have been numerous government studies on the danger of ingesting BPA, there has not yet been a government study measuring the BPA risk level from dermal exposure. However, most experts agree that the amount of BPA exposure through dermal contact would be far below a level that is considered harmful.

Paulson Mfg. will continue to make world-class “Products to Protect People”™, many of which are made from polycarbonate. As a company dedicated to the safety of those who use our products, we will continue to comply with California Proposition 65 requirements and notify customers of any change in product content.

Contact Us today for more information on polycarbonate or BPA.




SHOT Show® 2020 Right Around the Corner

shot-show-2020-paulson-manufacturingIt’s that time of year again. The holidays are over, everyone is ready to start attacking 2020, and the NSSF® SHOT Show® in Las Vegas is about to kick off! This annual event is the largest trade show in the world for target shooting, hunting, outdoor and law enforcement products. In it’s 42nd year, and 11th year straight at the Sands Expo & Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV, the Shooting, Hunting & Outdoor Tradeshow (SHOT Show®) will be taking place from January 21 – 24, 2020.

Owned and sponsored by the National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®), the SHOT Show® will feature:

  • Over 60,000 attending industry professionals from the firearms and outdoor industries, as well as military & law enforcement professionals
  • More than 1,600 exhibiting companies (over 2,400 when including the Suppliers Showcase and the Pop-Up Preview)
  • Over 692,000 net square feet of exhibit space—equivalent to nearly 16 acres

Attendance to SHOT Show® is restricted to the shooting, hunting and outdoor trade, and commercial buyers and sellers of military, law enforcement and tactical products & services only. The show is not open to the public, and no one under age 16 is admitted.

As always, Paulson Mfg. will attend SHOT Show® this year. Though we will not be exhibiting, we will be interfacing with many of our valuable customers and getting critical feedback on their needs in terms of product innovation and protection. This feedback is vital to our commitment to continuous improvement research & development.

With that said, a hot topic of discussion for us at this year’s SHOT Show® will revolve around our upcoming riot face shield w/ laser protective visor. As we’ve seen in recent years, particularly in the 2019 protests in Hong Kong, protesters and rioters are using laser pointers as weapons against tactical officers. Not only can this seriously damage the officers’ eyes, but it can disorient and incapacitate them while trying to keep the peace. Paulson Mfg. has a solution currently in development that will solve this problem. Using our DK6 Riot Face Shield, which is by far our best-selling line of riot face shields, we are designing a flip-front visor to attach to the outside of the DK6. While in the deployed position, the flip-front visor will block all major types of laser pointers, including red, green, blue and infrared light. The visor will allow the officer to see red, green, blue and infrared laser beams and identify where it’s coming from while protecting their eyes from any of the damaging or disorienting effects. We hope to have this great new product innovation available before summer of 2020, so stay tuned!

Another topic of discussion at SHOT Show® will be our recently launched Level IIIA Ballistic Transparent Handheld Shield. Certified by HP White Laboratory, Inc. and capable of stopping 5 rounds point blank from a .44 Magnum or .9 mm, the shield allows for perfect visibility while offering maximum protection. With dimensions of 12 x 24”, the shield is compact enough to be operated with one hand, allowing the other hand to be free to use a firearm. Ideal for forced entry, SWAT and other special operations, this shield offers the protection that tactical operators need while allowing the visibility to see their surroundings and any perpetrators they might be engaged with. Already in production, this shield is readily available and will be specially discounted for any orders placed during SHOT Show®!

Paulson Mfg. has been making high quality tactical PPE for law enforcement & military for decades. Whether it’s our riot face shields, handheld body shields or tactical goggles, we’ve been on the cutting edge of providing a level of protection to tactical operators that is second to none.

The Paulson Mfg. team will be walking the show from Tuesday 1/22/20Thursday 1/24/20.

Contact Us today to set an appointment to discuss your tactical PPE needs. Hope to see you there!

The Recent Growth of The Arc Flash PPE Market

paulson-arc-flash-ppeAccording to a new research report released by the Global Market Insights, Inc., the electrical safety personal protective equipment (PPE) market is expected to exceed US$20 billion by 2025. This growth trend is the result of several factors, including an increasing focus on safety in the workplace and desire for greater comfort and enhanced product aesthetics. These demands significantly influence the development and adoption of more innovative personal protective equipment, driving the growth of the electrical PPE market, including for arc flash applications.

Why Is the Arc Flash PPE Market Growing?

There are several reasons for the current expansion of the arc flash PPE market, including:

Increases in Employer Commitment to Safety

Until relatively recent, arc flash was thought of as “the other electrical hazard”, even though electricity had been in use since the late 1800s, resulting in research on this electrical event only beginning within the past few decades. Although arc flash injuries are not as common as those related to shock, treating arc flashes as a secondary risk remains a contributing factor to injuries and fatalities, particularly in the construction industry. As employers increasingly focus on protecting their employees from electrical injury, spreading awareness of the risks of arc flash and the proper PPE required serves as a crucial element of any complete electrical safety program.

Revisions in Industry Standards Calling for Enhanced PPE

In 2018, the release of IEEE 1584-2018 revised the processes, calculations, and formulas used for hazard analyses. These new calculations indicate higher incident energy levels for horizontal conductors within a metal box (HCB) and vertical conductors that terminate in an insulating barrier within a metal box (VCBB), which may necessitate significant changes to existing electrical safety programs, including PPE requirements.

Updates to OSHA Requirements Regarding Electrical PPE

OSHA 1910.137 outlines the requirements for electrical protective equipment used in various processes. Along with other stringent safety regulations, this standard serves as a primary driving force for the growth in the electrical PPE market.

The increasing focus on safety across the board also spurred the Department of Labor to hire more compliance officers to perform facility inspections and ensure the PPE employed meets the necessary standards. Combined with the OSHA’s improved targeting capabilities, certified agencies are better able to crack down on employers who are not prioritizing safety in the workplace.

Worker Demands for Better PPE Products


paulson-arc-flash-ppeBoth employers and employees understand the risk of performing electrical operations without proper protection. In asking employees to do their jobs with subpar protective equipment, employers increase the likelihood that their workers will search for employment elsewhere. Although non-compliance with industry and regulatory safety standards may not be the primary reason for this higher rate of attrition, non-compliant employers fail to live up to worker expectations and give off the impression that their workers are not valued. As such, it is in their best interest to comply with all applicable standards and provide employees with the proper PPE.

Paulson Manufacturing: Providing Industry-leading Arc Flash Protection Products

The growth of the electrical safety personal protective equipment market stems from:

  • Increasing employer focus on/employee demand for adequate safety protocols and protections
  • Changing industry standards and procedures

These factors highlight the need for PPE that better suits consumer demand, driving the market to develop and deliver the desired products. At Paulson Manufacturing, we help fulfill PPE market demand with high-quality protective solutions, including for electrical workers.

To learn more about our arc flash PPE product offerings, contact us or request a quote.

The Paulson Rundown: Fire Goggles 101

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

Fire StationWhile 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.