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Antistatic information

Antistatic garments or antistatic clothing is required to prevent damage to electrical components or to prevent fires and explosions when working with flammable liquids and gases.

One of the ways to bond or electrically connect personnel to ground is the use of an ESD garment. ESD garments have conductive threads in them, creating a wearable version of a faraday cage. ESD garments attempt to shield ESD sensitive devices from harmful static charges from clothing such as wool, silk, and synthetic fabrics on people working with them. For these garments to work properly, they must also be connected to ground with a strap. Most ESD garments are not conductive enough to provide personal grounding so antistatic foot straps and antistatic wrist straps are also worn. ESD garments are considered an optional method to control ESD.

An ESD protected area is a defined location with the necessary materials, tools, and equipment capable of controlling static electricity to a level that minimizes damage to ESD susceptible items. In the ESD protected area, all conductors in the environment, including personnel, shall be bonded or electrically connected and attached to a known ground or contrived ground. This attachment creates an equipotential balance between all items and personnel. Electrostatic protection can be maintained at a potential above a "zero" voltage ground potential as long as all items in the system are at the same potential.

Antistatic garments are used in many industries such as electronics, communications, telecommunications and defense applications. As computers and electronics become ever more pervasive in consumer products so an increasing number of manufacturers will need to apply anti-static control measures. One such measure is antistatic apparel because people are the greatest source of static charge in the workplace.

Transportation of electrostatic sensitive devices also requires packaging that provides protection from electrostatic hazards in the transportation or storage system. In the case of an ESD protected area designed with continuous grounding of all conductors and dissipative items (including personnel), packaging may not be necessary.

The amount of static electricity we feel varies according to factors such as our body and foot size. A larger body and bigger feet require more charge to be stored to produce the same voltage. The material our clothes are made from and the soles of our shoes can influence static electricity too. Weather affects it as well. There is more build-up of static charge when the air is dry. Most people feel harmless shocks at around 2,000-4,000 volts. However electrical components can be damaged by as little as a few volts. It is estimated that between eight percent and 33 percent of product losses—-the proportion of products which are rendered faulty—-are due to static electricity. Static electricity is generally harmless to the individual but if not controlled, electrostatic discharge can cause product damage to electrostatic sensitive devices and lead to machinery downtime, lost man-hours, returned products and warranty costs particularly in the semiconductor and electronics industries, which caused 5 billion USD worth of damage to products each year.

Hearing Protection Information

Hearing loss due to industrial noise is one of the most widespread, yet preventable workplace injuries.

Click here to download: The Esko Hearing Protection Guide.pdf.

Traffic Control Devices Manual

This is the Code of Practice for Temporary Traffic Management (CoPTTM)

Click here to download: Section B Equipment-February 2017.pdf.

NFPA70E

ARC Protection Workwear

An arc flash is an electrical discharge or explosion. It can travel through the air between conductors or from a conductor to the ground. Arc flashes can cause serious injury, and flame-retardant clothing may not offer adequate protection. ARC-rated clothing is both arc and flame resistant, so you get comprehensive protection.

Overseas studies have shown that up to 80% of all electrical worker injuries are not due to electric shock—they’re caused by external burn injuries from arc flashes.

Choosing the right ARC workwear is important, as there are different levels of specification depending on the work activity. Our high voltage workwear and switch suits are designed for work environments that demand the highest levels of protection. If you work as an electrical contractor—having the right ARC-rated PPE gear is a no-brainer. But many other work activities can involve close contact with electrical systems, including arborists clearing tree branches near power lines, construction workers, employees at utilities and power generation companies. Other industries where arc flash exposure might be a risk include the automotive industry, mining, petroleum refineries, data centres and manufacturing.

Face and head protection are vitally important when working in areas with a high-risk factor for arc flashes or explosions. For lower voltage scenarios a face shield may be sufficient, but al full hood is recommended for high voltage situations as arc flashes can penetrate under the shield or the back of the head when turning away. Glasses or goggles on their own do not provide enough protection and should be used in conjunction with an ARC-rated balaclava. Jaedon stock the BSD ErgoS Faceshield, which has a slight smoke tint preferred by most users. yellow tinted face shields can distort the colours of the wires. Eg. blue can look green.

The ArcGuard RevoLiteTM range of hoods are inherently flame resistant and come with many features including Lightweight, breathable RevoLite FR fabric and an anti-fog face shield. Some models include extra features such as a battery powered cross vent fan and liftable front shields that allow the wearer to breathe fresh air when out of the hazard risk zone.

We offer a range of workwear options categorised into layers: a base layer, including ARC-rated thermal clothing; mid-layers including polo shirts and sweatshirts and outer layers such as overalls and wet-weather jackets—all ARC-rated.

Owning and wearing the proper PPE is essential to be safe at work—but it's equally important to care for your workwear to ensure it continues to function properly. Items should be cleaned regularly, following the manufacturer’s instructions. Wash ARC Flash clothing gently, with mild detergent and warm water (not hot). This helps reduce wear and tear and prolongs the life of your kit. It would be wise to have more than one set, so you always have gear that’s ready to use. Bear in mind too that ARC-rated workwear does have a lifespan, and you need to routinely check items for wear or damage and replace as necessary.

So check out Jaedon’s excellent range of ARC-rated workwear, including overalls, skivvies and polo shirts, long johns, beanies, balaclavas, wet weather jackets, gloves, face shields, hoods and more.

Firefighter Clothing & Accessories

Jaedon stock a range of firefighter clothing and firefighter accessories, including jackets, bunker coats, overalls and packs. Our fire gear includes kit for firefighters in the field or out on industrial sites.

Wildland Firefighting Gear

Firefighting out in the field demands specialised clothing and equipment.  The Jaedon fire retardant Wool Bunker Coat is designed to give extra protection in wildlands fire fighting environments. These navy-blue wool coats have a fire retardant cotton lining, Fire retardant triple-colour reflective tape and a radio pocket on the left chest. Because wildland firefighters may spend long periods out in the field, they need to be more self-sufficient. Fire packs are specially designed backpacks for carrying supplies such as radios, fire shelters, Search and rescue (SAR) gear, water and other essentials. We stock the True North range of fire packs, they’re approved for use by the Cal Fire Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Working Group and are also NFPA 1977 Certified. The packs include special pockets for carrying fusees and a large pocket for a hydration reservoir.

Emergency Response Gear

Sometimes the fire scenario may include liquid chemical hazards, requiring special PPE such as the Microgard FR, a suit that offers protection from liquid chemicals to EN Type 6 and particulates to EN Type 5. Often a fire emergency can affect people living or working in the area. Proper management of people caught up in these situations is key to a successful outcome. By outfitting staff such as fire wardens and other support staff with highly visible and recognisable safety gear, you improve safety standards and provide reassurance to those involved. We supply PPE clothing to services such as St John and Coastguard NZ. Our range includes warden armbands, Hi-Viz caps and vests for safety officers, Red Cross and fire wardens.

Hoods, Gloves and Footwear

Protective clothing for fire-fighters must include proper flame-retardant headwear, gloves and footwear. The FUSION Fire Retardant Hood has a breathable mesh liner, fire retardant cotton drill fabric and tabs that allow you to connect it securely to your helmet.

The Skellerup Fire Fighter Extreme boots were designed by firefighters and provide the ultimate in protection and comfort. Features include:

  • Type 3 structural rubber
  • 100% leakproof
  • Flame and heat resistant upper and sole
  • Highly chemical resistant upper and sole
  • Nomex/Kevlar linings
  • Reinforced vamp, toe and heel areas
  • Flexible composite anti-penetration midsole
  • Comfort foam toe and vamp area
  • Foam shin guard
  • Reinforced heel grip
  • Wide fitting steel toe cap
  • Multi-fit comfort footbed system
  • Cut-out carry handles

Sizing

When it comes to choosing firefighter clothing, getting the right fit is crucial. A poor fit makes movement more difficult and could endanger the wearer. Firefighting often requires a lot of bending and reaching, so the outer layers need to accommodate this movement and provide enough overlap, so the wearer remains protected at all times. Jaedon carries a full range of sizing from very small to 5XL, so you get clothing that is comfortable and effective. We also manufacture on site, so talk to us about your custom PPE clothing requirements.

Chainsaw Safety Clothing

When choosing chainsaw protective clothing, you need to consider the type and frequency of work you’ll be doing, as this will help determine which chainsaw safety gear will work for you. Chainsaw safety protective gear includes:

  • Chainsaw Trousers or Chaps
  • Ear, Eye and Head Protection
  • Gloves and Mitts
  • Boots

Chainsaw Trousers or Chaps?

Are you working with chainsaws every day or is it just the odd job? Contractors who do a lot of chainsaw work should consider chainsaw trousers rather than chaps, as they’re more comfortable and protect you at all times. Forestry workers generally favour abrasion resistant, stretchable chainsaw trousers that provide comfort and are resistant to tearing on branches and undergrowth. Chainsaw chaps are worn over trousers and are great for occasional work or where the safety gear needs to be shared amongst workers.


Are you working near power or electrical equipment? If so, you need to choose chainsaw clothing that is fire and arc resistant as well. These fire retardant chainsaw chaps are designed to be worn over firefighting clothing. They have wide straps that are extra long, so they’re easy to put on.


Ear, Eye & Head Protection


Chainsaws can produce up to 119dB of noise so proper hearing protection is essential. So loudness is the obvious hazard but equally dangerous are flying splinters and debris that could cause eye damage. Another potential hazard is falling branches when pruning trees.The best solution for all-round protection is a helmet with integrated visor and muffs. The Tuff Nut Ratchet Clear Visor Combo Kit Gives you total protection with full face and brow visor, helmet and integrated ear muffs. The high impact resistant helmet is well ventilated and has a 6 point ratchet adjustable suspension harness. The visor is anti-fog and anti-scratch coated, as well as providing 99% UV protection.


Hand Protection


The Power Maxx Ballistic Gloves are perfect for chainsaw work with a form-fitting cuff to keep wood chips and other debris out. Jaedon also stocks leather chainsaw mitts that protect your hand if it should accidentally slip off the chainsaw bar.


Feet Protection


Protection for your feet is no less important as there are many potential risks when working with chainsaws. The Schöen Forestry Pro range of safety boots are bright orange for visibility and offer the highest level of chainsaw protection. The boots are available with spikes for extra grip.


Complete your chainsaw safety kit ensemble with the True North Chainsaw Pack, a versatile pack that allows you to carry your chainsaw securely, along with fuel, water—even a fire shelter. It’s modular design means you can position pouches where they work best, and the chainsaw can be loaded or unloaded in seconds.

When choosing chainsaw protective equipment, its important to select gear that fits well, doesn’t get in the way and lets you do your work safely and comfortably. If you need specific advice on what PPE clothing will work best for you—contact us here at Jaedon.