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New PPE Helmet Available in US

Friday, October 29, 2021

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Personal protective equipment manufacturer Ergodyne (St. Paul, Minnesota) has recently begun marketing its Multidirectional Impact Protection System-equipped construction helmet in the United States.

A first of its kind to be offered in the nation, according to the company, the helmet is designed to better isolate the brain from the shocks associated with falls and collisions.

Skullerz Helmets

Offered under the company’s Skullerz brand, the helmet is reported to use an isolated inner frame that can move independently of the helmet, thus reducing rotational energy that can cause the brain to abruptly rattle in the skull because of impact.

Also known as brain shear, this particular type of shock is the cause of traumatic brain injuries occurring from angled or side impacts to the head. Aside from the rotation-isolating inner lining, the helmet also features a chin strap.

“I came into this industry from the bicycle industry, so I’ve been aware of MIPS for a long time. It’s well established there, you’d be hard-pressed to find a helmet without rotational-energy management or MIPS in it,” Tim Gallant, Product Director for Ergodyne’s protection division, told Engineering News-Record. “So when we were able to make the connection with MIPS, we got going right away.”

A product of a Swedish-based firm, Ergodyne first started working with Guardio Safety AB several years ago when the company believed the biking and mountaineering helmets could also be utilized in industrial and construction sectors. Following successful trials with local contractor Södertörn, Guardio brought the helmet to the European market.

“With Ergodyne, we appreciate their investment in this technology without there being an existing U.S. standard [requiring MIPS or similar technology],” said Max Strandwitz, CEO of MIPS. “Not much has happened in the last 20 years for [helmet PPE] standards—we’re still just testing against falling objects. We need to be improving standards [to account for] real-life accidents.”

Currently, most hardhats in the U.S. are designed to prevent head injury due to falling objects and focus less on fall accidents. In March, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration revealed its annual top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety standards for fiscal year 2020. The list was presented exclusively with the National Safety Council.

Fall Protection—General Requirements remained the most frequently cited standard for the 10th year in a row.

The Ergodyne MIPS helmet meets ANSI/ISEA Z89.1-2014, and it also meets EN12492, the European standard for helmet side impact compliance.

Earlier this year, Protective Industrial Products also announced its version of a MIPS-equipped helmet. However, the Dynamic Rocky safety helmet has yet to be made available to the U.S. market.

PPE Equipment

In June, manufacturer of smart personal protective equipment, Kenzen, announced via emailed press release that it would be offering a new rental program for its wearable devices. Kenzen’s equipment specifically monitors the heat health of workers in hot and humid conditions. The rental program had been announced as the U.S. National Weather Service and U.K. Met Office predicted the summer of 2021 to be the hottest on record so that companies of all sizes can protect workers and maintain productivity throughout the season.

The solution Kenzen provides is a combined system that includes wearable worker monitors, a worker alert app, a manager app for on-site supervisors to predict and prevent heat stress for individuals on the job and a data analytics dashboard for corporate Environmental Health and Safety leaders to track patterns and make improvements to their heat safety programs.

The monitors work in real-time, reporting on a worker’s physiological markers that trigger heat injury risks. Once in danger of a heat injury, the worker is warned via a smart phone app that vibrates and gives next-step instructions, as well as vibrations on the device they are wearing. Managers have a corresponding app that alerts them when a worker needs an intervention to stop work, rest, and hydrate and when it is safe to return to work.

That same month, JPCL published its annual Equipment Buying Guide. The guide contains a list of equipment and related supplies for protective and marine coating work from different manufacturers, distributors and rental companies.

The 2021 Guide also includes an enhanced, user-friendly, fully searchable mobile version, and products from featured suppliers are listed in this issue.

View the full guide here.


Tagged categories: Equipment manufacturers; Ergodyne; Ergodyne; EU; Europe; Fall protection; Good Technical Practice; Health & Safety; Health and safety; NA; North America; Personal protective equipment; Safety

Comment from Michael Halliwell, (10/29/2021, 11:55 AM)

Nice to see this technology making its way from cycling to PPE.

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