Safety & Personnel Terminology

ANSI: American National Standards Institute

Chevron:
Sole design that looks like a tire tread.

Chevron Plus:
Sole design that spits out debris, providing excellent traction & increased wearability.

Cleated:
Sole looks like tractor tire tread. Most open design. Use when floors have a lot of product on them. Good for outdoor use.

Ergonomics:
The science of adapting work and working conditions to the worker.

FDA:
Federal Food & Drug Administration

HACCP:
Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points

Injection-Molded (boots):
Machine made. The material of the upper is permanently fused to the sole material.

Kevlar:
Cut-resistant fiber known for high strength and heat resistance. Not for abrasive situations. Not bleachable.

Latex:
Latex rubber provides good chemical and cut resistance. May cause allergic reactions in some individuals.

Neo-Grip:
Has tight sole pattern like deck shoes. Best slip resistance on wet, clean floors.

Neoprene:
Better chemical resistance than nitrile, but its puncture, snag & abrasion resistance is not as good. Good resistance to animal fats, oils & acids.

Nitrile:
Synthetic rubber polymer. Offers greater chemical, abrasion & puncture resistance than natural latex. Excellent resistance to snags, punctures, abrasions, and cuts.

NRR:
Noise Reduction Rating. A higher number offers more hearing protection.

OSHA:
Occupational Safety & Health Administration

Polyethylene:
Also Poly or PE. Offers the most economical protection in disposable gloves and apparel.

PVC:
Polyvinylchloride

Safety-Loc:
Sole design has a tight pattern of solid circles, like deck shoes. It gives the best slip resistance on wet, clean floors.

Spectra:
A cut-resistant fiber that offers excellent abrasion resistance. Bleachable.

Spunbonded:
Generic polypropylene material that is very economical and breathable.

Tyvek:
Registered trademark of DuPont, is a patented, non-woven material made from heat and pressure bonded polyolefin fibers. Liquid repellent, but not waterproof.

USDA:
United States Department of Agriculture

Vinyl:
Thermoplastic that offers excellent chemical and abrasion resistance.

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