Posts Tagged ‘Women’s’

Not all welding gloves are created equal and we understand how difficult it is to purchase gloves online. So our aim here is to provide some additional details about the women’s welding gloves offered at charmandhammer.com.

Keep in mind, charmandhammer.com does allow exchanges (and refunds) for any purchases so long as the items are new and unused with product tags attached (if applicable).  So if you inadvertently purchase the wrong size, know that they can be exchanged for a different size hassle free!

 

These are all "small" gloves marketed for women or small hands.

These are all "small" gloves marketed for women or small hands.

These are all small welding gloves from a variety of manufacturers with one thing in common – they are all  marketed for small hands.    The Weldas Comfoflex gloves have a unique patented lining which makes them difficult to manufacture any smaller – those are the largest of the small gloves.  
The next photo compares the three general purpose (blue) welders side by side so you can get a little closer look at the differences:
Womens General  Purpose Welding Gloves Comparison

Womens General Purpose Welding Gloves Comparison

 

Note that there is not a huge difference in sizing of  these women’s welding gloves – but there is a difference…. the Weldas on the left is slightly larger than the other two, but is the only one that is tapered somewhat. 

The Tillman small gloves are notably smaller, and the XXSmall pictured on the right is actually 11 inches long – unlike the other two that are 12 inches long. 
A number of customers have purchased these assuming they would fit children.    There are several reasons these don’t fit children.    The most obvious is that the fingers on all of these gloves are not short enough for children’s hands.      The other not so obvious reason comes from the safety manager in me -  children are not supposed to be exposed to welding fumes or any industrial hazards for that matter.  Now, I understand that life long welders want to pass on the tradition, but safety first please!!    

Fortunately, there is one harness available for women. Introduced by Miller Fall Protection (Sperian) in 1998, the Ms. Miller is the ONLY full-body harness on the market specifically designed to fit women. It was designed by two female engineers and is quite different than standard men’s fall protection harnesses. The Ms. Miller is modeled after a rock climber’s harness.

Keep in mind two major differences of the female body are the chest and pelvic areas. The Ms. Miller design addresses both of these differences quite adequately and is offered in a variety of sizes from XXSmall to XXLarge based on height, weight and waist measurements. In lieu of a cross chest style harness, this uniquely designed harness keeps shoulder straps at the side and away from the chest.

Though men have inquired about the comfort of this harness for them, the Ms. Miller is not recommended for men, as it is specifically designed for a woman’s body, particularly in the hip and pelvic area. As such, it distributes fall forces much differently than standard (men’s) harnesses. Support straps were added to the front of the harness connecting the leg straps to the waist strap. This reduces the outward forces or spread eagle, wishbone effect. In addition, the waist pad and leg pads relieve stress on the lower back.

The Ms. Miller meets ANSI A10.32, Z359.1 and CZA Z259.10-06 specifications.

FAQ:   Provided by Miller Fall Protection’s Tech Support

Q1: Are all other harnesses dangerous for women?  No. However they may not fit as well and may not have the features to eliminate stress on the lower hip/back area during a fall.

Q2: Is it easy to put on  the Ms. Miller?   Yes! Very Easy! Step through waist, raise shoulder straps, buckle the legs and chest straps. The leg straps utilize offset slotted mating buckles and the shoulder straps use friction buckles.

Q3: Where should the chest straps be worn? What is the recommended location?  The chest strap should be in the mid chest area, the same as recommended for other harnesses.  Use the chest strap to keep shoulder straps on shoulders – do not over tighten (adjust to shorten). Shoulder straps should stay at sides rather than coming up front of the torso.

ConstructionNews.net April 2006, Vol 4, No. 4: Dallas- Ft Worth, San Antonio, Austin, Houston
Submitted by Terri Piasecki, owner Charm and Hammer

With over 25 years experience in the construction industry and over six years focusing exclusively on safety, I noticed that workers did not wear personal protective equipment nearly enough. From hand protection and eye protection to major equipment like fall protection, I constantly saw a battle between employers and employees in regard to safety gear.

I always asked workers, “Why don’t you wear safety glasses, gloves, etc?” They all had a different answer, but all of the answers shared a common thread. Excuse after excuse, the theme was usually proper fit.

Since most safety gear was made to fi t men, I thought, “If men aren’t happy with the way things fit, what about women?” That’s why in 2004 I started an on line company that provides safety gear and construction clothing for women. Most people can relate to the difficulty of working with gloves that are too large or too small. In addition to poor production, ill-fitting gear presents quite a hazard. Gloves that are too large risk fingers or hands getting caught in or pulled into machinery. Fall protection harnesses that are too large may result in a worker actually falling out of the harness. Safety glasses will slide down if not a snug fit. How does one weld with welding gloves that are hanging off the hand? When safety gear fits comfortably, workers wear it. This is the fundamental objective of every safety program. Most employers provide safety gear, especially gear that is specifically required for the job. However, it is more feasible for an employer to buy a case of gloves or glasses and require everyone to wear the same gear. The problem is one size does not fit everyone.

Some of the manufacturers have addressed this by designing gear that is fully customizable. For instance, safety glasses that can be adjusted five ways will fit a broad range of faces; fall protection harnesses that are calibrated for the weight of the worker incorporate an entirely new engineering design.

For women, the newest trend in work gear is style and color. It started years ago with wraparound safety glasses. Now, stylish and colorful work gear is exploding the marketplace – pink, purple, fuchsia and red to name a few of the popular colors with women.

My company’s biggest sellers are pink hard hats, pink tool belts, pink work gloves and pink safety glasses! Years ago, women in the field wanted to blend in. The new generation demands colors and fit!

Women’s coveralls are now available from two different manufacturers in a variety of colors and patterns. One has a hidden drop seat; the other comes complete with kneepads. Both are designed specifically to fit women. Before these became available, women would have to order men’s coveralls large enough to fit across the chest – but then the arms and legs would be too long.

Employers are encouraged to find a knowledgeable safety supplier, understand that a man’s “small” is not equivalent to a women’s “small,” and be willing to provide a variety of safety gear for their diverse work force. The best way to gain support for a safety program is by empowering employees with some of the decision making. Make personal protective equipment the topic of your next safety meeting. Have various samples available for employees to try. Everyone likes to be a product tester. Let them choose what they want to wear. Reward employees with premium safety gear.

A former safety manager, Terri Piasecki owns Charm and Hammer, an online source of women’s safety gear and construction clothing at http://www.charmandhammer.com