Cut Resistant Clothing for Glaziers or Glass Workers

PPSS Cut Resistant Turtle Neck Jacket

High performance cut resistant clothing for glaziers or glass workers, whose responsibilities include the transporting, handling and cutting of glass, are a very effective and efficient way of reducing the risk of accidental cut injuries.

When working with glass, it is of course of great importance to wear the necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) to shield the worker’s body from injury in case the glass breaks or shatters on impact. Eye gear is required when doing any sort of cutting or grinding, and is of equal importance to wear cut resistant clothing that protects against accidental cuts.

The priority, of course, has to be to provide adequate information on safety precautions and training on the handling of glass to all employees and to develop and implement a safe system of work.  However, it is a matter of fact that injuries will always occur as long as human being exists. Our focus or concentration at work can easily be compromised by a number of variables we cannot control, such as personal circumstances, amount of sleep, health and even how much an individual enjoys their job role.

Understanding this, our second key objective besides the prevention of an accident, must be the prevention of cut injuries in case mechanical or human errors occur.  This is where cut resistant clothing can help.  Just like a seat belt in our car, we can hope as much as we want that we will never need our seat belt, and we can believe as much as we want in our own great driving abilities.  Unfortunately, one day our car might fail to work correctly, or it might be someone else who makes a major driving error, and in such moment our seat belt will drastically increase our chance of survival or reduce the risk of serious injury.

The International Labour Organization has observed that an estimated 50 million work related injuries occur every year or 160,000 every day.  Their study of 263 glass workers at a one particular glass factory in 2003 and 2004 concluded that 59.3% have suffered from cut related injuries at work.

Figures from the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) in the UK clearly show the glass and metal handling industry is among the most dangerous in the UK, accounting for nine per cent of the total workforce and 16 per cent of reportable accidents.

Better protection for example, would have prevented serious injury to Ian Swain, a glass worker whose arm was cut to the bone when a sheet of glass shattered in his hand in 2009, severing the artery, muscle and nerves in his right arm.

The Health & Safety Executives stated clearly that if Ian Swain would have been provided with full arm protection he would have avoided serious injury.

Following similar serious cut related injuries and even the loss of life, and after having very carefully evaluated the financial, legal and moral consequences following such accidents, the world’s leading glass handling firms have issued their workforce with appropriate PPE over the past few years.  Have you? Or are you aware of the latest developments within the world of cut resistant clothing?

UK based PPSS Group are global leader in this market.  Our range of high performance cut resistant clothing has been tested to European (EN 388:2003 Level 5), International (ISO 13997:1999 Level 5) and American (ASTM F-1790-05 Level 4) blade cut resistance standards and all available test results confirm its truly outstanding cut protection levels.

Made out of 100% Cut-Tex® PRO, PPSS cut resistant clothing offers an equal high level of comfort and protection and is now available from highly respected licensed distributors in numerous countries around the world, or direct from us here in the UK.

Our 2012 range of cut resistant sweatshirts, jackets, sleeves (arm guards) and aprons can be viewed here

Please note we are dedicated and also specialized in the design, development and manufacturing of bespoke cut resistant garments based on our customer’s operational risks and design requirements.

Please email info@ppss-group.com visit www.ppss-group.com or call +44 (0) 845 5193 953

For intellectual property/copyright reasons, Cut-Tex PRO labelled products cannot be sold and delivered to Germany!

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PPSS launch 2012 high performance cut resistant clothing range

PPSS Cut Resistant Sweatshirts - Turtleneck Model

PPSS Cut Resistant Sweatshirts – Turtleneck Model

UK based PPSS Group have now launched its 2012 range of cut resistant sweatshirts, jackets, aprons and sleeves, offering extraordinary cut protection.

All cut resistant clothing are made out of 100% Cut-Tex® PRO and have been tested against European, American and International standards.

Using Cut-Tex® PRO has helped us to design, develop and manufacture some of the most durable cut resistant clothing out there.

All cut resistant clothing made by us is offer exceptional protection, whilst maintaining a very high degree of dexterity to the wearer.

However, please also note we can also design and manufacture bespoke cut resistant garments based on our customer’s needs, operational risks and clear design suggestions.

PPSS Group have already supplied some of the world’s leading flat glass and sheet metal companies with their high performance PPE.

The entire range of PPSS cut resistant clothing is being manufactured at an ISO 9001:2008 quality standard controlled textile manufacturing facility in the European Union, to ensure the best possible quality.

PPSS Group will be exhibiting and demonstrating the entire range of cut resistant clothing at this year’s GLASSTEC international trade fair from 23rd till 26th October in Dusseldorf, Germany.

Should you have any questions in reference to PPSS cut resistant clothing please feel free to contact PPSS Group on +44 (0) 845 5193 953 email info@ppss-group.com or visit www.ppss-group.com

For intellectual property/copyright reasons, Cut-Tex PRO labelled products cannot be sold and delivered to Germany!

Cut Resistant Clothing for Homeland Security Professionals

PPSS Cut Resistant Clothing - Turtleneck Jacket

PPSS Cut Resistant Clothing – Turtleneck Jacket

Numerous homeland security professionals, police and prison officers have suffered from severe cut wounds sometime, during physical confrontations, and I believe cut resistant clothing can help protect them.

From the point of the employer, injuries of this type can often lead to legal, moral and financial repercussion. From the point of the injured professional, and depending on the severity of such injury, it can often lead to long lasting emotional scars, ongoing distress or in very serious cases even post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Most common PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) or cut resistant clothing used by the above sectors do not offer sufficient cut protection.

However, many frontline professionals have long asked for better slash and cut protection, and a solution has just been launched.

High performance cut resistant fabrics, such as Cut-Tex® PRO have now been developed, offering ISO 13997:1999 Blade Cut Resistance Level 5 (the highest possible), EN 388:2003 Blade Cut Resistance Level 5 (the highest possible) and ASTM F-1790 Level 4.

Please view our Cut-Tex® PRO Presentation

This type of fabric does exactly what was needed in order to design, develop and manufacture cut resistant clothing, which will help to protect those who serve and reduce the risk of workplace violence related cut injuries. Cut resistant clothing has now been made user friendly, comfortable and 100% concealable.

The Reality

Attacks on frontline professionals are occurring rather frequently. One unprovoked attack on prison officers at Frankland High Security Prison inDurham,UK, left one prison officer severely injured after one of his auxiliary arteries was slashed during the incident. He luckily survived.

A female police officer was brutally slashed during Notting Hill Carnival in London,UK on 28th August 2011.

There are many more reports of domestic frontline professionals being slashed or suffering from major cuts. Reports of this well documented type of assaults are readily available on the internet or security and law enforcement related publications.

Many frontline professionals by instinct will lift their arms and hands during a potential hostile situation, in order to protect the face and head. This is nothing to be ashamed of. In fact it is absolutely normal, and only highly trained Special Forces soldiers would respond differently due to many years of extensive training. However, we must acknowledge that this ‘normal’ and subconscious action would expose an extremely vulnerable area under your arms. A cut, injuring the auxiliary artery under your arms, can lead to rapid blood loss and even death.

Prison, police and security officers often receive cut wounds along the forearm or open hand. These wounds are the most common injuries and classed as ‘defensive wounds’, often seen as evidence the wearer was protecting him or herself, rather attacking the opponent.

We have to accept the fact that all frontline professionals dealing with potentially hostile members of the public or intoxicated individuals are obviously working in a higher risk environment. We believe that a new generation of cut resistant clothing made out of Cut-Tex® PRO will improve their personal safety and reduce the risk of workplace violence related injuries.

Professionals, working within mental health care facilities and other related sectors, such as severe learning disabilities, challenging behaviour, special needs or autism, are also frequently subject to a type of assault (mostly bite related), often resulting in cut or bite related injuries, which could easily be prevented. Cut-Tex® PRO will not prevent the potential risk of severe bruising, but it does drastically reduce the risk of human teeth penetrating, and subsequently reduce the risk of infection and bacterial cross contamination.

The Solution

I strongly believe that personal protective clothing, especially cut resistant clothing, is something that can effectively reduce the risk of workplace violence related injuries, in the context of this article cut related injuries.

PPSS Cut Resistant Clothing - Body Armour Base layer

PPSS Cut Resistant Clothing – Body Armour Base layer

Cut resistant body armour base layer for example make a lot of sense. The area, which is covered by most body armour can be made out of breathable Coolmax® or similar fabric to make the wearing of body armour even more comfortable and bearable in hot and humid conditions. However, the exposed area, such as under the arm, the arms and the side of the upper body can be covered, made out of Cut-Tex® PRO cut proof fabric, offering the wearer exceptional cut protection during a situation where self defence or physical action is required.

A number of very specific areas of our body are at notable risk. Our throat, which harbours the carotid artery is certainly among the most at risk locations of our body. A cut through the carotid artery would most likely result in death. The radial artery can be found in our wrists, which often is subject to cuts during self defence or whilst protecting our face. The femoral artery is a general term comprising a few large arteries in the thigh. Cutting of the femoral artery would lead to a massive loss of blood within e very short period of time. I believe protective clothing, shielding these three main arteries should be available to all professionals dealing regularly with aggressors and potentially hostile situations.

My emphasis would be to design and manufacture cut resistant clothing that is none-aggressive or none-confrontational looking. We certainly want to enable those professionals to let their personality shine, use their diplomatic and interpersonal skills in order to defuse the risk of any potential escalation without giving away that protective clothing is being worn. We do not want them to look like ‘the aggressor’. Personal protective clothing just needs to ‘be there’ in the background, on stand by, ready to protect and perform when things go wrong.

We all know… violence can sometime erupt within seconds, often without any prior warning signs and without any fault of the law enforcement, security or mental heath care professional. Going back to the office and putting on some appropriate gear is not always a realistic option, hence cut resistant clothing should be comfortable enough to be worn at all times.

Cut resistant clothing made out of 100% Cut-Tex® PRO is now available and can be designed around specific operational risks, threats and operational duties.

For protective clothing please view the entire range of PPSS cut resistant garments on the PPSS website

PPSS Group, the company behind Cut-Tex® PRO is also renowned for ultra light and extreme thin covert ballistic vests and the most robust and durable stab vests in the world.

If you wish to speak with us, please dial  +44 (0) 845 5193 953 or email: info@ppss-group.com

For intellectual property/copyright reasons, Cut-Tex PRO labelled products cannot be sold and delivered to Germany!

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