As we get closer to Independence Day, or the Fourth of July, we’re taking a moment to celebrate this great nation of ours and why it’s important to buy safety products made in the USA. In addition to supporting local and domestic businesses, safety products made in America tend to be more durable and reliable than those made abroad. Learn more about why you should always buy safety products made in America.
Why Buy American-Made Safety Products?
You can’t afford to cut corners when it comes to the safety and wellbeing of your employees. When you purchase safety products that were manufactured in the United States, you can rest assured that the company you’re giving your business to complies with national labor laws and environmental regulations. This may not be true of manufacturers abroad, many of which may pollute the environment, commit human rights abuses, or use poor quality materials.
Here at PK Safety, working with American suppliers gives us the chance to thoroughly review safety products before selling them to our customers. We can receive samples in just a few weeks as opposed to waiting months for samples to arrive. This allows us to speed up our vetting process, so we can offer the latest safety products when you need them most.
Buying American-made safety products also reduces your carbon footprint. These products won’t have to move as far when going from the supplier to the retailer and eventually to your facility here in the U.S. When you order American-made safety products, you can usually have them delivered in just a few business days. This puts your employees to work as soon as possible instead of having to order your safety products months in advance.
Finding the Right American-Made Safety Products for Your Business
You can find all kinds of safety products that were manufactured right here in the U.S., including fall protection equipment, gas detectors, tool sets, ergonomics and fire-resistant clothing. Let’s take a look at each one of these categories and why it’s best to choose American-made safety products.
- Fall Protection Equipment
American-made lanyards and harnesses tend to be made with high-quality steel hooks and polyester instead of nylon for added durability. The DBI-SALA ExoFit NEX Construction-Style Harness is a great choice for employees that work on elevated surfaces. It features reflective material for keeping your workers safe in low-light conditions, memory-fit padding to keep your workers comfortable, and lightweight aluminum alloy, so your workers don’t have to wear heavy clothing all day long.
- Gas Detection
Gas detectors are an instrumental part of your business if your employees work near volatile organic compounds. American-made gas detectors, like the RKI Eagle 2 725-101-P Gas Detector, can detect VOCs across long distances, drawing samples from up to 125 feet away. This helps you cover a lot of ground in less time, so you can keep your employees safe in low-oxygen areas. They also tend to feature a longer battery life, more EMI and RFI resistance, and visual LCD warning systems to help you better monitor your workspace.
- Tool Sets
Your workers won’t be very effective without high-quality tools. American-made tool sets are typically made with durable steel, so you can use these tools again and again without worrying about degradation and oxidation. Kits like the Klein Tools 28-Piece Electrician Tool Set 80028 also come with a thick canvas bag, so you can safely transport your tools from job to job without exposing them to the elements. You can also find tool belts, like the Klein Tools Standard Full-Floating Body Belt 5282N-20D, made with corrosion-resistant double-bar D-rings and rolled-edge leather for more comfort and security in the field.
If your employees need to sit, kneel, or stand for long periods of time, you need to make sure you’re keeping them as comfortable as possible if you want them to be effective. That’s why you should choose American-made ergonomic mats made with soft, durable materials that prevent sore feet, knees, and lower back problems. The Working Concepts ErgoKneel Extreme Standing Mat 5070 36 x 84 in. features beveled edges to reduce trips and falls, non-flammable closed cell nitrate foam for more employee safety and comfort, and extra stability, so your employees aren’t sliding all over the floor.
- FR Clothing
When it comes to keeping your employees safe from fire-related incidents, you need to find Flame Resistant (FR) clothing that’s both comfortable and reliable. The clothing should fit and keep your employees cool without leaving them vulnerable to extreme temperatures and other fire hazards. The NSA Arc 65 Kevlar/Nomex CrossVent Hood with Internal Fans comes with an anti-fog shield for more visibility, internal fans to keep your employees cool, and a lightweight design for more movement in the field.
There are so many reasons to invest in American-made safety products. They are made with high-quality materials, comply with OSHA safety regulations, and they’re designed to keep your employees comfortable, improving their performance in the field. Here at PK Safety, you’ll find all the safety products you need to run your business. Contact us for more information and start shopping today for more peace of mind.