The difference in high-visibility apparel colours & striping

Woman wearing high visibility safety apparel

On a daily basis you will see high-visibility safety apparel being worn by people working across various industries – construction, warehouse and transportation to just name a few. It’s hard to miss them wearing florescent colours with reflective striping, and that’s just the point. But have you ever wondered why some will wear orange and others yellow, for example? Or if you’ve been tasked with ordering safety apparel, you may be overwhelmed with which colours you should order.

We know it can be quite confusing, so we’ve turned to the experts and would like to share this fact sheet prepared by the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety.

The fact sheet will answer all your questions such as:

  • When do I need High-Visibility Safety Apparel?
  • What is the difference between fluorescent and retroreflective materials?
  • What should I look for in High-Visibility Safety Apparel?
  • When would I wear the different classes of High-Visibility Safety Apparel?

Still need help deciding which safety apparel you need? Reach out to us and one of our product experts can help!

How to use reusable earplugs

For workers required to wear earplugs on the job, there are many factors that can affect which type they will prefer, or will be required to wear. Depending on these factors, you or your employee may choose to wear reusable earplugs – some benefits are listed below.

Benefits of Reusable earplugs:

  • Are washable and have flexible, elastic flanges attached to a handle/grip
  • Can be reused many times, resulting in less waste
  • Cost-effective because they are replaced less often
  • Can be inserted when hands are dirty or when gloves are worn
  • Material doesn’t absorb moisture, making them ideal for wet conditions or when workers perspire heavily
  • Have a moderate attenuation which allows workers to hear more sound when a high noise reduction rating (NNR) isn’t needed

Watch the video for steps to ensure proper use!

Earplugs only work well when they are used properly. See the video below for the proper steps to take when using reusable earplugs.

Looking for earplugs for your facility?
Contact us! We carry many varieties and we can help you select the earplug that is perfect for your application.

How Air Purifiers Work

Although Air Purifiers seem like a new innovation, they have actually been around for more than 200 years!  They started out as protective masks for firefighters and have evolved over the years to highly effective and efficient air filtering devices that remove various types of particles from the air. 

So, how do these small machines protect us from potentially dangerous airborne particles? 

Air purifiers have very fine sieves that filter particles out of the circulating air. The finer the sieve, the smaller the particles it will trap. High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are the benchmark for air purifier filters, which are guaranteed to trap 99.97% of airborne particles larger than 0.3 microns in size. Microns are the standard unit that is used to measure the size of particles in the air. Each micron is equivalent to 1/25,400 of an inch. The naked eye cannot see anything that is smaller than 10 microns in size, so pollutants like bacteria and viruses cannot be seen. 

The more that air passes through a HEPA filter, the cleaner the air will become. The room capacity of a HEPA air purifier will determine whether the air cleaner can handle your needs and/or if you require multiple air purifiers for your space.

Ready to breathe cleaner air? 

We can help you navigate which air purifier is best for your space, contact us today!