Wednesday, December 1, 2010

How To Get People To Wear Safety Glasses All The Time

3M's "BX" Eyewear

One of the toughest safety battles is
getting people to wear their safety glasses
all day long

Let’s face it, the average pair of safety glasses can be very annoying, if not painful to wear.

Safety glasses fog up in the summer, they pinch the bridge of your nose and they can rub the sides of your head and ears raw.

But worst of all safety glasses can make you look as geeky as Buddy Holly! Some people would rather lose an eye than look like a geek.

The brainiacs at 3M came up with simplest of all solutions- they designed a pair of safety glasses people feel comfortable wearing and look smart in.

3M's BX eyewear system offers all the protection that ANSI Z87.1-2003 requires with style and comfort. (Bean counters put your hands down; the BX is also very economically priced.)

The BX offers:
• light weight frames
• sport style wrap around design
• soft adjustable temples
• anti-fog
• flexible nose bride
• indoor/outdoor mirror
• absorb 99.9% UV rays

Keep safety simple!

Remember, the more a person likes the way a pair of safety glass feels and looks, the more like they will wear them!

Buy smart and be safe.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

3M™ Half Mask Air Purifying Respirator

The 3M™ Medium Thermoplastic Elastomer 6000 Series Half Mask Air Purifying Respirator With Two 3M™ 2091 P100 Particulate Filters is an important piece of equipment for the welder or someone who works around asbestos or lead and values their lungs.  Here's what it does:


When properly fitted to a worker, it can be used in a variety of applications including welding, brazing, torch cutting, metal pouring, soldering, and exposure to lead, asbestos, cadmium, arsenic, and MDA for concentrations up to 10 times the Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL).   This is important to know because the dangers that these materials can cause to the human body are not reversible.

There is no good concentration of asbestos or arsenic to work around, but when you have to work near the chemicals above or welding, it's a great idea to protect your lungs or those of the people who work for you.

Monday, November 8, 2010

PHOCHECK Tiger Photoionization Detector

The PHOCHECK Tiger is my choice for a PID detector.

It's a sturdy hand held VOC detector that provides a dynamic detection range of 1 parts per billion (ppb) to 20,000 parts per million (ppm), offering the widest measurement range of any other VOC detector on the market.

It also has the Fence Electrode Technology. What is it and why is better?

"The patented Fence Electrode PID manufactured by Ion Science eliminates problems relative to humidity and accurate VOC detection. Fence Electrode PIDs deliver faster and more dependable readings in varying environments. FirstCheck, PhoCheck and TVOC instruments are more repeatable and have a faster clear down compared to other PID electrode technology."

It's great for head space analysis, indoor air quality, STEL and TWA monitoring, atmospheric monitoring, environmental clean-up, First Response HAZMAT/WMD, arson investigation, leak detection, and monitoring petrochemical industry hazards.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Pocket CO Detector Review

Never Go to Work Without It

I've used a lot of gas detectors in my life, including both fixed and portable. And don't get me wrong, there are some fine portable units are there. At Ideal Detectors we represent a few of these, just so you'll know there's not a bias. We handle GFG, MSA, Industrial Scientific, Biosystems and a fine, innovative company called KWJ Engineering.

KWJ is unique among gas detection companies, not only because it was founded by the man many of us consider the founder of the gas detection industry- the legendary Ken Johnson- but because of the innovative marketing direction and leadership of Oliver Seth.

Take a look at the picture on the left to get an idea of what I'm talking about. Hazardous gas detectors you can actually use without feeling like you've been weighted down by a lead balloon! I've been asked many times by many safety directors the question "What's the best portable gas detector out there?" My answer is always, "The one you wear." Think about it before you laugh. It doesn't matter what gas detector you buys if you don't wear it. These detectors are not only first class gas detectors, but you and your employees will actuall wear them.

Can they record data and store them in their little memories? You bet they can. They're the right size, the right quality and they take care of business by recording your data. I actually clip the pocket CO detecot to my collar and forget it's there.

In our laboratory, we've reviewed the response time of these little CO detectors and they are as quick or quicker than anything the industry has out there. And their recovery time is just as quick.

And they hold their calibration a long, long time. If you're interested in the specs, go to

The pocket CO detector is another product I liked so much, I decided to distribute it.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

The Chameleon- A Brilliant New Product

The Chameleon

You know that commercial where the guy says, "I liked the product so much I bought the company?" Well I don't have that kind of money, but when I came across the Chameleon product line, I decided to represent it.
It's one of those ideas that I wished I had come up with myself.
After years of clipping badges to my lapel or whatever else I could get them to hang on to, I finally found a colorimetric badge system that I could just insert into a holder that could be wrapped around my forearm or ankle and then Velcro snugged into place.
I'm not going to turn this blog into a forum for evaluating products that we sell at our company. In the main, I will be evaluating a wide range of safety products for use by the safety professional. But there are three that I will tell you about to get things that I sell out of the way- the Chameleon badge detection system, the 460 GFG gas detector, and the Pocket Detector series which currently covers CO and hydrogen. So let's start with the Chameleon.
Here's how the Morphix Technologies describes this product: "The Chameleon®, a field-configurable chemical detection unit, is the most innovative hazardous chemical detection device on the market today. It provides a low-cost, easy-to-use, hands-free solution for first responders, military and industrial personnel. Each disposable cassette detects a different toxic gas, enabling the user to configure the reusable Chameleon armband for the needs of his or her specific mission on a daily basis."
What I love about this product is that it compliments standard electronic gas detectors for first responders. We can't carry ever electronic gizmo under the sun when we go into the field. Even the most versatile detector- the PID (photoionization)- is not component specific. The Chameleon remedies this product by providing a field configurable battery of chemical cassettes that can be chosen by the user based on their anticipated exposure.
It's worth a serious look. I rate it Four Stars.