PPE 2.0: Protection meets productivity
EMCOR Group Inc. leads the way for Personal Productivity Equipment.
EMCOR Group Inc. has been at the leading edge of the conceptualization of what is now referred to as Personal Productivity Equipment. The new equipment is not only comfortable for workers but contains a number of innovations that increase the efficiency and productivity of industry personnel.
The term PPE has long stood for Personal Protective Equipment. Designed to protect the worker from on-the-job hazards, its use was uncomfortable and often disregarded by industry personnel. Repeated injuries leading to lowered productivity forced the redesign of the equipment and the eventual redefinition of the term itself.
Some notable examples of such innovations are LED task lighting in gloves and eyewear or hardhat-mounted headlamps, which enhance productivity, and safety in poorly lit environments. Gel knee pads and good footwear reduce fatigue and further contribute to the overall efficiency. Other corporations are following EMCOR’s lead and embracing these new innovations; with their use, productivity and protection can now co-exist.
The U.S. Department of Labor provides more information on the standards that PPE must adhere to.
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Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
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