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Buy the right bulletproof vest

Whether a patrol officer, private security guard or simple civilian who needs protection from being shot, it is important to know which kind of bulletproof vest is most suitable for your situation.

First of all there are different kinds of vests.
The main general differentiation is between hard and soft body armor.
Hard body armor is made out of plates of metal or ceramic material, that are meant to stop all kinds of bullets, from rifles to shotgun slugs.
Soft body armor, instead, is made of layers of special fabrics that disperse the force of the bullet's impact. It can stop bullets from most handguns, shotgun pellets and blunt shrapnel.

After this general categorization, there are six under-categories:
Vests Level II-A, Level II, Level III-A, Level III, Level IV and Stab-Resistant vests.

Level II-A are the thinnest vests. They are soft and are designed to be worn under clothes for long periods of time.

Level II vests are the most popular among patrol offices. They can be worn both over clothes or concealed under loose clothes. They, too, are of the soft kind.

Level III-A vests are thicker, heavier and stiffer than the previous two. They are meant to protect from heavier-grain bullets and handle minor combat situations. They can still be concealed under clothes.

Level III and Level IV vests are thicker, incorporate armor plates, and are heavier than all the previous ones. They cannot be worn under clothes and are these that are usually worn by SWAT officers.

Stab-resistant vests are made with armor plates similar to those in Level III and IV and are
usually worn by prison officers to avoid being stabbed by prisoners using smuggled-in or improvised knives. They, too, reduce mobility as they add weight and bulk to the vest, but they can be worn under clothes.

Most vests allow to insert additional plates to add layers of protection, and add-ons to protect additional areas of the body.

According to your preference, you can choose a vest to be concealed under clothes or worn over them. The thinner, softer ones can easily be mistaken for undershirts, while the thicker the vest, the looser and more covering your clothes have to be to conceal it, from loose shirts to sweaters and jackets.

Make sure to pick a vest that fits you, as you want something comfortable, and not an ill-fitting vest that tends to slip, or be too small and expose vital organs to injury.

If you know that you need to protect specific parts of your body like shoulders, neck, sides or groin, there are add-ons that usually fit most vests.

If your budget is restricted, there is the option to buy used police vests that some armor dealers resell to private security and civilians. The protection they provide is the same as new ones, the only difference being their potentially lasting less time as some of the fabrics may wear out faster than in new ones.

If you need to clean bulletproof vest, using mild detergent is best, and it is absolutely recommended not to heat-dry it.

If you plan to wear your vest every day for a long time and under your clothes, you might want to wear a thin undershirt between the vest and the bare body, designed to wick perspiration away from the covered areas.

Do not test-shoot the vest as you may ruin it and prevent it from protecting you when you need it.

on Dec 29, 2013 | Work Safety


How to wear a hard hat properly

With so many different brand of hard hats there are all kinds of rules and for how a hard hat is meant to be worn. Never fear there are a few points that they all agree on and these are the ones that you should always keep in mind when you head off to work.

First you want to make sure that the suspension straps on the inside of the hat fit properly. You can adjust them by moving the pin to different holes much like you do to change a belt. The plastic of the hat isn't supposed to sit on your head like a regular hat. There has to be space between your head and the hat to help 'cusion' the impact of something hitting your head.

The ******** the back of the hat, one that sticks out lower should be tight on the nape of your neck. This strap helps in keeping the hat in place.

If your hard hat has a chin strap make sure that you have it adjusted properly because this will keep your hat on your head when bending over or looking up. The chin stap should sit on your chin suggly and not be looped under your chin in the space between your chin and your neck.

If you are finding it difficult to get the hat to fit properly never use fillers to make it fit better. You might just have a hat thats not the right size for your head. Using a filler can change the effectiveness of the hat and make it dangerous to use. Its better to ask for a new one then find your own solution.

on Nov 21, 2013 | Work Safety

There are many types of fire resistant shoes, try this link:

Work Safety | Answered on Nov 11, 2013

Call the police! You have been scammed

Work Safety | Answered on Sep 29, 2013

Call the police! You have been scammed!

Work Safety | Answered on Sep 28, 2013

Take the issue up with your fair and trading department or attend small court

Work Safety | Answered on Sep 13, 2013


Levels of protection of haz mat suits

<span>Hazardous material suits or hazmat suits can be used for many different kinds of hazardous materials but it is important to make sure that you are using the proper suit for the mess you are cleaning up. The levels of protection range from A to D, with A as the highest level and D as the lowest. </span><br><span><br></span><br>An A level hazmat suit is used to protect you from gases, mists and participles. These suits are completely closed up and have a breathing apparatus that is worn under the suit and a two way radio within the suit. This level of suit is meant for extremely hazardous materials and is the safest to wear.<br><br>B level suits are used to protect against splashes of hazardous material. They too have a breathing apparatus and full suit but the breathing apparatus is worn on the outside making it useless when it comes to particle protection. Level B suits generally come as separate pieces and secure together so you are protected from splashes getting into the suit. To classify as a B level suit it has to have a two-way radio and chemical resistant gloves to be worn.<br><br>Level C suits are similar to those of level B but they have a few small differences. The first is that to classify as a level C suit it does not require the same respiratory protection equipment as the A and B suits making this suit ineffective in an oxygen deficient atmosphere and should only be used if the concentration of the hazardous material is measured and not airborne. <br><br>The lowest level hazmat suit is the D level suit. This suit does not protect against chemical exposure and should only be used if you are not going to be coming into contact with the chemical. This suit is just a coverall garment, steel toe chemical resistant shoes and pants. Imagine a firefighter's gear, they are considered level D hazmat suits.

on Sep 01, 2013 | Work Safety

Many different haz mat suits come in varying sizes from small to 3XL, you can find this information on the product page of all the major haz mat suit carriers.

Work Safety | Answered on Aug 28, 2013

yes the suit featured on this site is a reusable and decontaminable suit.

Work Safety | Answered on Aug 28, 2013

The only type of work boots that can be soled are those with stitch-down construction, where the upper part of the boot is swen to the outside of the boot.

Work Safety | Answered on Jul 29, 2013

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