Clothing/Personal Protective Equipment




Introduction

This chapter provides resources for worker clothing ranging from anti-vibration gloves to shoe inserts. The specific products are described on the following pages. However, some initial comments are provided regarding one product category included in this chapter, and two specific products not included in this section.

Anti-Vibration Gloves

Prolonged exposure to hand-transmitted vibration has been associated with increased incidence of several diseases affecting bones, joints, muscles, and the nervous system. Anti-vibration gloves have been proposed as a control to reduce the magnitude of transmitted vibration, although studies have not strongly supported a relationship between these gloves and vibration attenuation. Gurram, et al. (1994) evaluated nine glove types, including anti-vibration gloves composed of Sorbothane, Poron, and other visco-elastic polyurethane, and concluded that the gloves were not effective in isolating vibrations across the entire frequency range of 10-500 Hz. The research is suggestive that measures other than just the use of anti-vibration gloves are necessary to reduce the risk of hand-arm vibration syndrome.

Back Belts

Back belts have become a widely used, and controversial, ergonomic control. Proponents of back belt use attribute reductions in worker injuries to the use of back belts, and there are numerous workers who feel they benefit from wearing the devices. However, NIOSH (1994) has reviewed at least some of the available literature regarding the use of back belts, and has concluded:

( The effectiveness of using back belts te reduce back injury risk remains unproven.
( Back belts are not recommended to prevent injuries among uninjured workers.
( Back belts are not considered personal protective equipment.

It is not the purpose of this report to take a stand on the back belt issue. However, given the controversy regarding the use of back belts, and therefore an inability to describe the "ergonomic features" of a particular product, a decision was made not to include back belts in the report. The omission of back belts from the report should not be viewed as a condemnation of the product; it is felt that more research is necessary to determine the utility of these devices.

Wrist Braces

Wrist braces are, in a sense, back belts for the wrist, and a similar controversy swirls around the use of wrist braces. It is the position of the editors that wrist braces clearly represent devices to be prescribed by a medical professional. As such, wrist braces have not been included in the report.

References:

Gurram, R., Rakheja, S., and Gouw, G.J. Vibration transmission characteristics of the human hand-arm and gloves. Int. J. of Indust. Ergon. 1994;13(3):217.

Workplace Use of Back Belts. US Dept. of Health and Human Services, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Washington, DC 20201, July, 1994.



Anti-Slip Shoes

Covell Enterprises, Ltd.
Box 1030
Warwick, NY 10990
Contact: Mr. John S. Covell
Phone: 914-986-2515
Fax: 914-692-3649

Covell Enterprises, Ltd. manufactures a line of Ice Walker Cleats which attach to the instep of shoes for improved footholds. Each pair weighs 4 oz. and comes in three fastening designs, hook-on, quick clip, and buckle up.

G. W. Russell & Assoc.
1536 Walnut Street
Allentown, PA 18102
Contact: Ms. Virginia Collins
Phone: 610-433-0875
Fax: 610-433-6673

G.W. Russell & Assoc. manufactures Spiky and Spiky Plus, studded pullovers for shoes and boots to reduce slips/falls.

Jordan David Products
400 Babylon Road
Horsham, PA 19044
Contact: Mr. Jonathan Bell
Phone: 800-667-5477
Fax: 215-441-9595
E-mail: No Slips@Jordan David.com

Jordan David Products manufactures several lines of anti-slip shoes composed of an abrasive grit sole. Over the sock and over the shoe boots are available. Steel toes are available.

SA-SO Company
1341 W. Mockingbird Lane, Suite 1200E
Lock Box 911494
Dallas, TX 75391-1494
Contact: Ms. Denise Thomas
Phone: 800-527-2450
Fax: 800-752-4294

SA-SO supplies safety-related products. Steel-spiked rubber safety treads fit over shoes, boots, or overshoes. Provides improved footing on ice/snow.

Wayest Safety, Inc.
11552 Chariman Drive
Dallas, TX 75243
Contact: Mr. Gene Maris
Phone: 214-340-6623
Fax: 214-340-6624

Wayest Safety, Inc. distributes Never-Slip Safety Treads which are studded pullovers for shoes and boots.

Arm Guards

Allied Safety Products
4711 W. Armitage Avenue
Chicago, IL 60639
Contact: Mr. Ray Sroka
Phone: 800-621-3861
Fax: 414-272-0362

Allied Safety Products is a manufacturer/ distributor of safety products. A complete hand/arm protection line includes gloves and arm guards designed to resist cuts and exposure to hot or cold work environments.

Ansell Golden Needles
P.O. Box 803
1000 Spring Street
Wilkesboro, NC 28697
Contact: Ms. Stephanie Stinson
Phone: 800-533-6808
Fax: 910-838-2753

Ansell Golden Needles manufactures a full line of hand/arm protective clothing, including cut (fiber and stainless steel combination) and heat-resistant gloves and arm guards, and anti-vibration (Viscolas) hand pads.

Bruder Safeguard, Inc.
3150 Engineering Parkway
Alpharetta GA 30004
Contact: Mr. Robert R. Robbie
Phone: 800/654-6558
Fax: 770-514-1218

Safeguard Technologies offers products for the prevention and rehabilitation of CTDs. A forearm protector made of a multi-layer of foam and viscoelastic padding combination is available.

Dupont
1007 Market Street
Wilmington, DE 19898
Contact: Ms. Marie Sheridean
Phone: 800-441-7515
Fax: 302-892-1705
E-mail: info@dupont.com

DuPont manufactures Kevlar, a cut and heat resistant fiber, used in the manufacture of gloves and arm guards. Kevlar arm guards protect arms against contact with sharp objects, hot materials, or open flames.

Grainger
333 Knightsbridge Parkway
Lincolnshire, IL 60069-3639
Contact: Customer Service
Phone: 800-323-0620
Fax: 800-722-3291

Grainger is a distributor of industrial and commercial equipment and supplies. Kevlar cut resistant sleeves provide arm and wrist protection from burns, cuts, slashes, and abrasions.

Hantover
P.O. Box 410646
Kansas City, MO 64141
Contact: Ms. Traci Lindstrom
Phone: 800-821-2227
Fax: 816-472-6761

Hantover distributes a variety of cut-resistant arm guards and gloves. Polar Bear cut-resistant gloves and arm guards are composed of stainless steel strands and man-made fibers. Steel mesh and plastic arm guards are also available.

Hatch
Buildings 12 & 13
1445 Donlon Street
Ventura, CA 93003
Contact: Mr. Shem Brown
Phone: 800-767-1343
Fax: 805-642-0224
E-mail: hatch@fishnet.net

Hatch offers a variety of gloves, including cut-resistant gloves and liners composed of Kevlar, Spectra, or stainless steel. A stainless steel cut-resistant sleeve is also offered.

Industrial Safety Company
1390 Neubrecht Rd.
Lima, OH 45801
Phone: 800-537-9721
Fax: 419-228-5034

Industrial Safety Company is a distributor of safety equipment. Cotton and Kevlar sleeves are available to provide arm protection from heat and abrasions.

Lyons Safety
P.O. Box 1010
Germantown, WI 53022-8210
Contact: Mr. Tom Sheski
Phone: 414-255-7300
Fax: 414-255-7307

Lyons Safety is a distributor of industrial safety products. Cut and heat resistant arm sleeves are available in a variety of styles.

Perfect Fit Glove Co., Inc.,
85 Innsbruck Drive
Buffalo, NY 14227
Contact: Mr. Joe Steiger
Phone: 800-245-6837
Fax: 716-688-3224
E-Mail: jsteiger@perfectglove.com
Web site: www.perfectfitglove.com

Perfect Fit Glove Company manufactures a variety of gloves and arm guards. Cut-resistant gloves made of Kevlar are available with pebbled palms for imp[roved grip, as well as seamless knit gloves. Seamless knit sleeves made of Kevlar are available.

Body Posture

Brentham Enterprises
PO Box 599
Belton, TX 76513
Contact: Mr. Jerry Brentham
Phone: 254-933-7483
Fax: 254-933-2820
E-Mail: brent@vvm.com
Web site: www.body-rite.com

The Body-Rite Posture Pleaser is a 2 or 3 lb counter-balance work in the low back region to promote good posture while decreasing forward head carriage and forward shoulder roll.

Cooling Vests

Steele Incorporated
26112 Iowa Ave., NE
P.O. Box 7304
Kingston, WA 98346
Contact: Ms. Sandra Steele
Phone: 206-297-4555
Fax: 360-297-2816

Steele Incorporated manufactures several versions of the Steele Vest. Frozen gel packets are inserted into pockets in the vest to minimize heat stress. Maximum vest weight is 12 lb. Effective use time varies.

Thermo-Cool Products, Inc.
3811 Lockport Street
Bismarck, ND 58501
Contact: Mr. Todd Wood
Phone: 800-538-8122
Fax: 701-248-7259

Thermo-Cool Products, Inc. manufactures peresonal protective equipment designed to cool a person and protect against heat stress. A wide variety of cooling neck wraps, headbands, vests, bandanas, and hard hat inserts are available. All of the above products are available in flame resistant fabrics. A variety of personal heating products are also available to protect against cold weather.

Elbow Pads

Allegro Industries
7221 Orangewood Avenue
Garden Grove, CA 92841-1410
Contact:
Phone: 800-662-3530
Fax: 800-312-7231
Web Site: www.allegrosafety.com
E-Mail: custsvc@allegrosafety.com

Allegro Industries distributes a wide variety of gloves and elbow supports, knee and ankle supports, back and wrist supports. A variety of knee pads are also available. Two models are available with an abrasion-resistant rubber knee cap, Velcro straps, and light weight padding. Elbow pads are designed with the same features as the knee pads.

Bruder Safeguard, Inc.
3150 Engineering Parkway
Alpharetta GA 30004
Contact: Mr. Robert R. Robbie
Phone: 800/654-6558
Fax: 770-514-1218

Safeguard Technologies offers products for the prevention and rehabilitation of CTDs. Elbow pads made of grain leather covered viscoelastic padding and stretch fabric to fit over the elbow are offered.

Direct Safety Company
2005 West 14th Street, Suite 132
Tempe, AZ 85281
Contact: Ms. Stephanie Steinberger
Phone: 800-528-7405
Fax: 800-760-2975

Direct Safety Company is a distributor of office, industrial, and safety equipment. A neoprene padded elbow support helps protect the elbow area and helps create warmth in cold environments.

Ergodyne Corporation
1410 Energy Park Drive, #1
St. Paul, MN 55108
Contact: Mr. Cathy Roble
Phone: 800-225-8238
Fax: 612-642-1882
E-mail: inquire@ergodyne.com

Ergodyne Corporation manufactures personal protective clothing, seated lumbar pads, and exercise training videos. The ProFlex tennis elbow support has a fully adjustable, lightweight design, a non-binding sleeve, and provides a broad base of forearm support.

LMB Hand Rehab Products
P.O. Box 1181
San Luis Obispo, CA 93406
Contact: Mr. Mike Long
Phone: 800-541-3992
Fax: 805-541-1839

LMB Hand Rehab Products is primarily a manufacturer of pre-fabricated splints for the upper extremity. They distribute ProFlex support products, including anti-vibration gloves and elbow pads.

Lab Safety Supply
P.O. Box 1368
Janesville, WI 53547-1368
Contact: Technical Support Department
Phone: 800-356-2501
Fax: 800-543-9910

Lab Safety Supply is a distributor for light and sound metering devices, personal protective equipment, anti-fatigue mats, material handling and office equipment, and training materials. ErgoFlex neoprene elbow supports and the Tennis Elbow Support compress muscles and cartilage to assist in recovery from elbow injuries. Straps adjust to change levels of support.

North Coast Medical, Inc.
198 Stauffer Blvd
San Jose, CA 95125-1042
Contact: Ms. Wendy Iryegas
Phone: 800-277-6826
Fax: 408-283-1950

North Coast Medical, Inc. is a distributor of a wide range of products, including analysis devices, personal protective equipment, assistive devices, hand tools, and industrial and office workstation equipment. Elbow pads designed to protect the elbows from excess pressure are available in a variety of sizes and styles, such as a cupped-shaped polyurethane pad, a visco-elastic foam cushion, and a Sorbothane cushion for impact protection.

Smith & Nephew Roylan, Inc.
One Quality Drive
P.O. Box 1005
Germantown, WI 53022
Contact: Customer Service Manager
Phone: 800-558-8633
Fax: 800-545-7758

Smith & Nephew Roylan, Inc. is a manufacturer and supplier of rehabilitation and work station products. Roylan elbow pads and protectors are available to provide support and absorb shock.

Gloves - Anti-Vibration

Allegro Industries
7221 Orangewood Avenue
Garden Grove, CA 92841-1410
Contact:
Phone: 800-662-3530
Fax: 800-312-7231
Web Site: www.allegrosafety.com
E-Mail: custsvc@allegrosafety.com

Allegro Industries distributes a wide variety of gloves and elbow supports, knee and ankle supports, back and wrist supports. Anti-vibration and lifting gloves are available with Nitrile Buthyl Rubber (NBR), palm inserts and Velcro closures. The gloves are sized to fit wrists form 6" - 10"

AliMed
297 High Street
Dedham, MA 02026-9135
Contact: Mr. Barry Nyer
Phone: 800-225-2610
Fax: 800-437-2966
Web site: alimed.com

AliMed distributes ergonomic products for office and industrial use. Anti-vibration gloves utilizing Viscolas pads in the palmar area are available in several styles.

Ansell Protective Products
P.O. Box 803
1000 Spring Street
Wilkesboro, NC 28697
Contact: Mr. Robert Geiger
Phone: 800-800-0444
Fax: 800-800-0445
E-mail: rgeiger@ansell.com.au
Web site: www.ansellpro.com

Ansell Protective Products manufactures VibraGuard anti-vibration gloves containing a Gelfoam core which exceeds European material testing standards for EN ISO 18019 anti-vibration testing. Gloves are available in half-finger and full-finger styles in sizes 8,9,10.

Best Manufacturing Company
Edison Street
Menlow Park, GA 30731
Contact: Mr. Logan Boss
Phone: 706-862-2302
Fax: 706-862-6000

Best Manufacturing Company manufactures nitrile-coated anti-vibration gloves. The gloves are available in five sizes of both driver's and open mesh-back styles. The nitrile-laminated coating may be used as an alternative to cotton or leather for cut, puncture, and abrasion resistance. Other glove features are sanitized fabric, extra-long cuff, waffle pattern to channel vibration, tapered edges to eliminate bulk, and hand breaks to conform to hand movement for maximum flexibility.

Biodex Medical Systems, Inc.
20 Ramsey Road
Box 702
Shirley, NY 11967-0702
Contact:
Phone: 516-624-9000
Fax: 516-924-9338
E-mail: www.bildex.com

Bildex Medical Systems manufactures and distributes a wide variety of medical and rehabilitation equipment and products. Their orthopedic support products include anti-vibration gloves which are available with or without wrist supports. Full insole or heel cushion shoe inserts which provide shock absorption are also available up to size 16. Air filled seat and back rest cushions are also available.

Bruder Healthcare Company
1395 S. Marietta Pkwy., Bldg. 600
Marietta, GA 30067
Contact: Customer Service
Phone: 770-422-5994; 800-654-6558
Fax: 770-422-6258

Bruder Healthcare Company manufactures anti-vibration gloves, elbow and knee protectors, cushioned shoe insoles, and anti-fatigue mats.

Bruder Safeguard, Inc.
3150 Engineering Parkway
Alpharetta GA 30004
Contact: Mr. Robert R. Robbie
Phone: 800/654-6558
Fax: 770-514-1218

Safeguard Technologies offers products for the prevention and rehabilitation of CTDs. Anti-vibration gloves are available in a wide variety of designs, from palm protection only, to full hand protection.

Chattanooga Group, Inc.
4717 Adams Road
P.O. Box 489
Hixson, TN 37343
Contact: Ms. Rhonda Peege
Phone: 800-592-7329
Fax: 800-242-8329

Chattanooga Group, Inc. sells Vibra-Gloves. Viscolas inserts in the gloves dampen vibration transmission. Gloves are leather with Spandex lining.

Direct Safety Company
2005 West 14th Street, Suite 132
Tempe, AZ 85281
Contact: Ms. Stephanie Steinberger
Phone: 800-528-7405
Fax: 800-760-2975

Direct Safety Company is a distributor of office, industrial, and safety equipment. A variety of anti-vibration gloves are available, padded with Sorbothane, Viscolas, or Gel. Many styles are available including light- to heavy-weight, fingerless, leather, etc. Abrasion, puncture, chemical, and heat resistant gloves are also available.

Ergodyne Corporation
1410 Energy Park Drive, #1
St. Paul, MN 55108
Contact: Mr. Cathy Roble
Phone: 800-225-8238
Fax: 612-642-1882
E-mail: inquire@ergodyne.com

Ergodyne Corporation manufactures personal protective clothing, seated lumbar pads, and exercise training videos. The ProFlex anti-vibration glove is available with additional padding on the ulnar side of the hand and with an optional built-in wrist support.

Ergotech Protective Devices, Inc.
250 Ferrier St., Unit B
Markham, ON L3R 2Z5
Contact: Mr. Rod Mossman
Phone: 416-491-4658
Fax: 905-475-8767

Ergotech Protective Devices, Inc. manufactures a line of anti-vibration personal protective equipment. The Ergotech gloves and glove liners are made of Sorbothane and are available with designs such as smooth-line fingerless, leather-palm fingerless, extended palm protector, and palm and thumb web protector.

Grainger
333 Knightsbridge Parkway
Lincolnshire, IL 60069-3639
Contact: Customer Service
Phone: 800-323-0620
Fax: 800-722-3291

Grainger is a distributor of industrial and commercial equipment and supplies. A variety of gloves are available which offer protection from cuts, heat, chemicals, voltage, and vibration in many styles including leather, nitrile or PVC coated, Kevlar, terry cloth, or cotton. Anti-slip models are also available.

Hatch
Buildings 12 & 13
1445 Donlon Street
Ventura, CA 93003
Contact: Mr. Shem Brown
Phone: 800-767-1343
Fax: 805-642-0224
E-mail: hatch@fishnet.net

Hatch offers a variety of gloves. Anti-vibration gloves utilize a visco-elastic polymer gel to absorb impacts. The gel extends into forefinger, thumb, and heels of hand. Leather and mesh-back designs are available.

Industrial Safety Company
1390 Neubrecht Rd.
Lima, OH 45801
Phone: 800-537-9721
Fax: 419-228-5034

Industrial Safety is a distributor of safety equipment. Anti-vibration gloves made of Sorbothane are designed for wear under work gloves.

LMB Hand Rehab Products
P.O. Box 1181
San Luis Obispo, CA 93406
Contact: Mr. Mike Long
Phone: 800-541-3992
Fax: 805-541-1839

LMB Hand Rehab Products is primarily a manufacturer of pre-fabricated splints for the upper extremity. They distribute ProFlex support products, including anti-vibration gloves and elbow pads.

Lab Safety Supply
P.O. Box 1368
Janesville, WI 53547-1368
Contact: Technical Support Department
Phone: 800-356-2501
Fax: 800-543-9910

Lab Safety Supply is a distributor for light and sound metering devices, personal protective equipment, anti-fatigue mats, material handling and office equipment, and training materials. Ergotech and Ergodyne Proflex impact and anti-vibration gloves incorporate Sorbothane padding to lessen shock to the hands. Open-finger and palm and thumb web designs are available.

Lyons Safety
P.O. Box 1010
Germantown, WI 53022-8210
Contact: Mr. Tom Sheski
Phone: 414-255-7300
Fax: 414-255-7307

Lyons Safety is a distributor of industrial work-station equipment, office and industrial seating, and personal protective equipment. Several models of Sorbothane padded anti-vibration gloves are available, including fingerless, nylon, leather, and nitrile coated, to provide cut and puncture resistance.

North Coast Medical, Inc.
198 Stauffer Blvd
San Jose, CA 95125-1042
Contact: Ms. Wency Iryegas
Phone: 800-277-6826
Fax: 408-283-1950

North Coast Medical, Inc. is a distributor of a wide range of products, including analysis devices, personal protective equipment, assistive devices, hand tools, and industrial and office workstation equipment. VibRx gloves and glove inserts are designed with a Viscolas protective insert, capable of absorbing up to 500% more shock than foam. Anatomical creases are pre-molded to fit the palm and allow for maximum flexibility, dexterity and grip strength.

SA-SO Company
1341 W. Mockingbird Lane, Suite 1200E
Lock Box 911494
Dallas, TX 75391-1494
Contact: Ms. Denise Thomas
Phone: 800-527-2450
Fax: 800-752-4294

SA-SO supplies safety-related products. Anti-vibration gloves feature Viscothane inserts and open fingers.

Smith & Nephew Roylan, Inc.
One Quality Drive
P.O. Box 1005
Germantown, WI 53022
Contact: Customer Service Manager
Phone: 800-558-8633
Fax: 800-545-7758

Smith & Nephew Roylan, Inc. is a manufacturer and supplier of rehabilitation and work station products. Anti-vibration gloves padded with BioSoft Gel, Sorbothane, or Viscolas are available in a variety of styles including wrist protective, open finger, fingerless, and extended palm protector.

Sorbothane, Inc. 2144 State Route 59
Kent, OH 44240
Contact: Mr. Robert Boyd
Phone: 330-678-9444
Fax: 330-678-1303
Web site: webmaster@www.sorbothane.com

Sorbothane, Inc. manufactures a variety of products made of Sorbothane, a visco-elastic material which has been proven to absorb shock and dissipate impact energy. Such products include anti-vibration gloves, knee pads, shoe inserts, mallets, tool handle wrap, and seat cushions.

Viscolas
1018 Dallas Road
Chattanooga, TN 37405
Contact: Mr. Joe Ashton
Phone: 615-265-4030
Fax: 615-265-7120

Viscolas manufactures a variety of anti-vibration products (Viscolas is a polyurethane polymer that absorbs and dissipates vibration). AV Gloves consist of a Viscolas palmar area and Lycra covering and can be worn inside other gloves. A study reports 49 to 87% reduction in average acceleration levels when using AV gloves across a range of hand tools.

Gloves - Cold Resistant

Allied Safety Products
4711 W. Armitage Avenue
Chicago, IL 60639
Contact: Mr. Ray Sroka
Phone: 800-621-3861
Fax: 414-272-0362

Allied Safety Products is a manufacturer/ distributor of safety products. A complete hand/ arm protection line includes gloves and arm guards designed to resist cuts, and exposure to hot or cold work environments.

Hantover
P.O. Box 410646
Kansas City, MO 64141
Contact: Ms. Traci Lindstrom
Phone: 800-821-2227
Fax: 816-472-6761

Hantover distributes a variety of insulated clothing for use in (e.g.) freezers and coolers. Products include insulated suits, jackets, vests, gloves, hoods, and socks.

Lyons Safety
P.O. Box 1010
Germantown, WI 53022-8210
Contact: Mr. Tom Sheski
Phone: 414-255-7300
Fax: 414-255-7307

Lyons Safety is a distributor of industrial work-station equipment, office and industrial seating, and personal protective equipment. Several models of cold-resistant gloves are available, including insulated freezer gloves, cold mittens, Eskimo mitts, cyro-gloves, and cold weather work gloves.

Gloves - Cut-Resistant

Allied Safety Products
4711 W. Armitage Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614
Contact: Mr. Ray Sroka
Phone: 800-621-3861
Fax: 414-272-0362

Allied Safety Products is a manufacturer/ distributor of safety products. A complete hand/arm protection line includes gloves and arm guards designed to resist cuts and exposure to hot or cold work environments.

Ansell Golden Needles
P.O. Box 803
1000 Spring Street
Wilkesboro, NC 28697
Contact: Ms. Stephanie Stinson
Phone: 800-533-6808
Fax: 910-838-2753

Ansell Golden Needles manufactures a full line of hand/arm protective clothing. This includes cut (fiber and stainless steel combination) and heat-resistant gloves and arm guards, and anti-vibration (Viscolas) hand pads.

Direct Safety Company
2005 West 14th Street, Suite 132
Tempe, AZ 85281
Contact: Ms. Stephanie Steinberger
Phone: 800-528-7405
Fax: 800-760-2975

Direct Safety Company is a distributor of office, industrial, and safety equipment. Abrasion, puncture, chemical, and heat resistant gloves are available.

Dupont
1007 Market Street
Wilmington, DE 19898
Contact: Ms. Marie Sheridean
Phone: 800-441-7515
Fax: 302-892-1705
E-mail: info@dupont.com

DuPont manufactures Kevlar, a cut and heat resistant fiber, used in the manufacture of gloves and arm guards. Light, medium, and heavy weight gloves are available for hand protection against cuts.

Grainger
333 Knightsbridge Parkway
Lincolnshire, IL 60069-3639
Contact: Customer Service
Phone: 800-323-0620
Fax: 800-722-3291

Grainger is a distributor of industrial and commercial equipment and supplies. Kevlar and Whizard cut resistant gloves and arm sleeves provide hand, arm, and wrist protection from burns, cuts, slashes, and abrasions. Anti-slip and heat resistant models are available.

Hantover
P.O. Box 410646
Kansas City, MO 64141
Contact: Ms. Traci Lindstrom
Phone: 800-821-2227
Fax: 816-472-6761

Hantover distributes a variety of cut-resistant arm guards and gloves. Polar Bear cut-resistant gloves and arm guards are composed of stainless steel strands and man-made fibers. Steel mesh and plastic arm guards are also available.

Hatch
Buildings 12 & 13
1445 Donlon Street
Ventura, CA 93003
Contact: Mr. Shem Brown
Phone: 800-767-1343
Fax: 805-642-0224
E-mail: hatch@fishnet.net

Hatch offers a variety of gloves, including cut-resistant gloves and liners composed of Kevlar, Spectra, or stainless steel. Stainless steel cut-resistant sleeve are also offered.

Industrial Safety Company
1390 Neubrecht Rd.
Lima, OH 45801
Phone: 800-537-9721
Fax: 419-228-5034

Industrial Safety Company is a distributor of safety equipment. Kevlar cut and heat resistant gloves are available in a variety of styles to protect to 900 degrees. Tuff-Knit Steel gloves and Spectra Maximum Cut Protection gloves are also offered.

Lab Safety Supply
P.O. Box 1368
Janesville, WI 53547-1368
Contact: Technical Support Department
Phone: 800-356-2501
Fax: 800-543-9910

Lab Safety Supply is a distributor for light and sound metering devices, personal protective equipment, anti-fatigue mats, material handling and office equipment, and training materials. Cut resistant gloves made of Kevlar, leather, and steel mesh are offered.

Lyons Safety
P.O. Box 1010
Germantown, WI 53022-8210
Contact: Mr. Tom Sheski
Phone: 414-255-7300
Fax: 414-255-7307

Lyons Safety is a distributor of industrial work-station equipment, office and industrial seating, and personal protective equipment. Several models of cut-resistant gloves are available, including Kevlar, Spectra fiber, nitrile/kevlar, terrycloth, and steel mesh gloves.

Perfect Fit Glove Co., Inc.,
85 Innsbruck Drive
Buffalo, NY 14227
Contact: Mr. Joe Steiger
Phone: 800-245-6837
Fax: 716-688-3224
E-Mail: jsteiger@perfectglove.com
Web site: www.perfectfitglove.com

Perfect Fit Glove Company manufactures a variety of gloves and arm guards. Cut-resistant gloves made of Kevlar are available with pebbled palms for imp[roved grip, as well as seamless knit gloves. Seamless knit sleeves made of Kevlar are available.

Gloves - Heat-Resistant

Allied Safety Products
4711 W. Armitage Avenue
Chicago, IL 60639
Contact: Mr. Ray Sroka
Phone: 800-621-3861
Fax: 414-272-0362

Allied Safety Products is a manufacturer/ distributor of safety products. A complete hand/arm protection line includes gloves and arm guards designed to resist cuts, and exposure to hot or cold work environments.

Ansell Golden Needles
P.O. Box 803
1000 Spring Street
Wilkesboro, NC 28697
Contact: Ms. Stephanie Stinson
Phone: 800-533-6808
Fax: 910-838-2753

Ansell Golden Needles manufactures a full line of hand/arm protective clothing. This includes cut (fiber and stainless steel combination) and heat-resistant gloves and arm guards, and anti-vibradion (Viscolas) hand pads.

Direct Safety Company
2005 West 14th Street, Suite 132
Tempe, AZ 85281
Contact: Ms. Stephanie Steinberger
Phone: 800-528-7405
Fax: 800-760-2975

Direct Safety Company is a distributor of office, industrial, and safety equipment. Abrasion, puncture, chemical, and heat resistant gloves are available.

Dupont
1007 Market Street
Wilmington, DE 19898
Contact: Ms. Marie Sheridean
Phone: 800-441-7515
Fax: 302-892-1705
E-mail: info@dupont.com

DuPont manufactures Kevlar, a cut and heat resistant fiber, used in the manufacture of gloves and arm guards. Kevlar heavy-weight, woven, and non-loop gloves are designed to handle objects between 650-900 degrees.

Grainger
333 Knightsbridge Parkway
Lincolnshire, IL 60069-3639
Contact: Customer Service
Phone: 800-323-0620
Fax: 800-722-3291

Grainger is a distributor of industrial and commercial equipment and supplies. Heat resistant and welding gloves protect up to 400 degrees and are available in leather, terry cloth, Kevlar, and nitrile coated styles.

Industrial Safety Company
1390 Neubrecht Rd.
Lima, OH 45801
Phone: 800-537-9721
Fax: 419-228-5034

Industrial Safety Company is a distributor of safety equipment. Kevlar cut and heat resistant gloves are available in a variety of styles to protect to 900 degrees. Ansel-Edmont gloves are available to protect to 400 degrees.

Lab Safety Supply
P.O. Box 1368
Janesville, WI 53547-1368
Contact: Technical Support Department
Phone: 800-356-2501
Fax: 800-543-9910

Lab Safety Supply is a distributor for light and sound metering devices, personal protective equipment, anti-fatigue mats, material handling and office equipment, and training materials. Heat resistant gloves and finger cots from Zetex are made of silica, leather, or aluminum and protect against heat, flames, and sparks and are designed to withstand temperatures up to 2000 degrees.

Lyons Safety
P.O. Box 1010
Germantown, WI 53022-8210
Contact: Mr. Tom Sheski
Phone: 414-255-7300
Fax: 414-255-7307

Lyons Safety is a distributor of industrial work-station equipment, office and industrial seating, and personal protective equipment. Several models of heat-resistant gloves are available, including terrycloth/kevlar, nitrile, hot mills, leather, and leather aluminized gloves.

Gloves - Other

Allegro Industries
7221 Orangewood Avenue
Garden Grove, CA 92841-1410
Contact:
Phone: 800-662-3530
Fax: 800-312-7231
Web Site: www.allegrosafety.com
E-Mail: custsvc@allegrosafety.com

Allegro Industries distributes a wide variety of gloves and elbow supports, knee and ankle supports, back and wrist supports. Anti-vibration and lifting gloves are available with Nitrile Buthyl Rubber (NBR), palm inserts and Velcro closures. The gloves are sized to fit wrists form 6" - 10"

Direct Safety Company
2005 West 14th Street, Suite 132
Tempe, AZ 85281
Contact: Ms. Stephanie Steinberger
Phone: 800-528-7405
Fax: 800-760-2975

Direct Safety Company is a distributor of office, industrial, and safety equipment. A variety of anti-vibration gloves are available, padded with Sorbothane, Viscolas, or Gel. Many styles are available including light- to heavy-weight, finger-less, leather, etc. Abrasion, puncture, chemical, and heat resistant gloves are also available.

Dupont
1007 Market Street
Wilmington, DE 19898
Contact: Ms. Marie Sheridean
Phone: 800-441-7515
Fax: 302-892-1705
E-mail: info&dupont.com

DuPont manufactures Kevlar, a cut and heat resistant fiber, used in the manufacture of gloves and arm guards. Dotted Kevlar cut/heat resistant gloves are available to improve the wearer's grip, designed for jobs requiring enhanced gripping power.

Grainger
333 Knightsbridge Parkway
Lincolnshire, IL 60069-3639
Contact: Customer Service
Phone: 800-323-0620
Fax: 800-722-3291

Grainger is a distributor of industrial and commercial equipment and supplies. A variety of gloves are available which offer protection from cuts, heat, chemicals, voltage, and vibration in many styles including leather, nitrile or PVC coated, Kevlar, terry cloth, or cotton. Anti-slip models are also available.

Hantover
P.O. Box 410646
Kansas City, MO 64141
Contact: Ms. Traci Lindstrom
Phone: 800-821-2227
Fax: 816-472-6761

Hantover distributes a variety of gloves. Polar Bear cut-resistant gloves and arm guards are composed of stainless steel strands and man-made fibers. North Clean Grip gloves are coated with PVC dots to improve hand-object grasp.

Hatch
Buildings 12 & 13
1445 Donlon Street
Ventura, CA 93003
Contact: Mr. Shem Brown
Phone: 800-767-1343
Fax: 805-642-0224
E-mail: hatch@fishnet.net

Hatch offers a variety of gloves, including wheelchair gloves designed with padded palms, reinforced webs, and thick rubber (Topy, Neoprene) push pads. Perfect Grip dot gloves are also provided to enhance gripping ability.

Industrial Safety Company
1390 Neubrecht Rd.
Lima, OH 45801
Phone: 800-537-9721
Fax: 419-228-5034

Industrial Safety Company is a distributor of safety equipment. Dot and Blue Vinyl Block gloves are available to offer enhanced grip capabilities.

Perfect Fit Glove Co., Inc.,
85 Innsbruck Drive
Buffalo, NY 14227
Contact: Mr. Joe Steiger
Phone: 800-245-6837
Fax: 716-688-3224
E-Mail: jsteiger@perfectglove.com
Web site: www.perfectfitglove.com

Perfect Fit Glove Company manufactures a variety of gloves and arm guards. Cut-resistant gloves made of Kevlar are available with pebbled palms for imp[roved grip, as well as seamless knit gloves. Seamless knit sleeves made of Kevlar are available.

Heat Stress

AliMed
297 High Street
Dedham, MA 02026-9135
Contact: Mr. Barry Nyer
Phone: 800-225-2610
Fax: 800-437-2966
Web site: alimed.com

AliMed distributes ergonomic products for office and industrial use. They sell MiraCool vests, bandannas, headbands, and hat liners. The devices contain crystals that remain hydrated for several days after soaking, to facilitate evaporative cooling.

Jacs
P.O. Box 484
Lula, GA 30554
Contact: Mr. Michael Crawford
Phone: 800-223-2513
Fax: 404-869-0716
E-mail: Mac5227@AOL.com

Jacs offers the "Kool Tie", a lightweight scarf filled with polymer crystals that, after being soaked in water for 45 minutes, acts as a personal evaporative cooler for several hours to several days.

OccuNomix International, Inc.
585-10 North Bicycle Path
Port Jefferson, NY 11776
Contact: Ms. Laura Tencer
Phone: 516-474-0071
Fax: 516-474-0073
E-mail: Occunomix@vol.com

OccuNomix International, Inc. distributes the MiraCool bandanna and visor. The reusable bandanna contains crystals that are soaked in water and retain moisture/coolness for several hours.

Steele Incorporated
26112 Iowa Ave., NE
P.O. Box 7304
Kingston, WA 98346
Contact: Ms. Sandra Steele
Phone: 206-297-4555
Fax: 360-297-2816

Steele Incorporated manufactures several versions of the Steele Vest. Frozen gel packets are inserted into pockets in the vest to minimize heat stress. Maximum vest weight is 12 lb. Effective use time varies.

Thermo-Cool Products, Inc.
3811 Lockport Street
Bismarck, ND 58501
Contact: Mr. Todd Wood
Phone: 800-538-8122
Fax: 701-248-7259

Thermo-Cool Products, Inc. manufactures peresonal protective equipment designed to cool a person and protect against heat stress. A wide variety of cooling neck wraps, headbands, vests, bandanas, and hard hat inserts are available. All of the above products are available in flame resistant fabrics. A variety of personal heating products are also available to protect against cold weather.

Knee Pads

Allegro Industries
7221 Orangewood Avenue
Garden Grove, CA 92841-1410
Contact:
Phone: 800-662-3530
Fax: 800-312-7231
Web Site: www.allegrosafety.com
E-Mail: custsvc@allegrosafety.com

Allegro Industries distributes a wide variety of gloves and elbow supports, knee and ankle supports, back and wrist supports. A variety of knee pads are also available. Two models are available with an abrasion-resistant rubber knee cap. Velcro straps, and light weight padding. Elbow pads are designed with the same features as the knee pads.

AliMed
297 High Street
Dedham, MA 02026-9135
Contact: Mr. Barry Nyer
Phone: 800-225-2610
Fax: 800-437-2966
Web site: alimed.com

AliMed distributes ergonomic products for office and industrial use. Foam-lined contoured knee pads are available with plastic or rubber surfaces and attach with Velcro straps.

Bruder Safeguard, Inc.
3150 Engineering Parkway
Alpharetta GA 30004
Contact: Mr. Robert R. Robbie
Phone: 800/654-6558
Fax: 770-514-1218

Safeguard Technologies offers products for the prevention and rehabilitation of CTDs. Viscoelastic knee pads, attachable by velcro straps are offered, as are hinged hard cover and molded urethane knee protective devices.

Direct Safety Company
2005 West 14th Street, Suite #132
Tempe, AZ 85281
Contact: Ms. Stephanie Steinberger
Phone: 800-528-7405
Fax: 800-760-2975

Direct Safety Company is a distributor of office, industrial, and safety equipment. Over and under clothing knee pads made of Neoprene or Sorbothane are available as are knee pads with rubber or ABS shells to protect the knees.

Ergotech Protective Devices, Inc.
250 Ferrier St., Unit B
Markham, ON L3R 2Z5
Contact: Mr. Rod Mossman
Phone: 416-491-4658
Fax: 905-475-8767

Ergotech Protective Devices manufactures a line of anti-vibration personal protective equipment. The Ergotech knee cap covers are made of Sorbothane and are available in inside-garment and outside-garment designs.

Lab Safety Supply
P.O. Box 1368
Janesville, WI 53547-1368
Contact: Technical Support Department
Phone: 800-356-2501
Fax: 800-543-9910

Lab Safety Supply is a distributor for light and sound metering devices, personal protective equipment, anti-fatigue mats, material handling and office equipment, and training materials. Knee pads which protect the knees from contact stresses are available.

Lyons Safety
P.O. Box 1010
Germantown, WI 53022-8210
Contact: Mr. Tom Sheski
Phone: 800-558-8900
Fax: 414-255-7219

Lyons Safety is a distributor of industrial work-station equipment, office and industrial seating, and personal protective equipment. 12.5" long neoprene knee sleeves are available in standard, deluxe (added neoprene over knee joint), and deluxe open patella designs. Plastic and aluminum knee guards are also available.

North Coast Medical, Inc.
198 Stauffer Blvd
San Jose, CA 95125-1042
Contact: Ms. Wendy iryegas
Phone: 800-277-6826
Fax: 408-283-1950

North Coast Medical, Inc. is a distributor of a wide range of products, including analysis devices, personal protective equipment, assistive devices, hand tools, and industrial and office workstation equipment. The WorkMod knee pad is designed to cushion heavy pressure on the knees for jobs requiring frequent kneeling. Features include a molded Sorbothane knee-cap cover for positive impact protection, Lycra stretch fabric straps, and adjustable Velcro closures.

SA-SO Company
1341 W. Mockingbird Lane, Suite 1200E
Lock Box 911494
Dallas, TX 75391-1494
Contact: Ms. Denise Thomas
Phone: 800-527-2450
Fax: 800-752-4294

SA-SO supplies safety-related products. Nylon knee pads with a polypropylene shell and foam rubber padding are offered.

Smith & Nephew Roylan, Inc.
One Quality Drive
P.O. Box 1005
Germantown, WI 53022
Contact: Customer Service Manager
Phone: 800-558-8633
Fax: 800-545-7758

Smith & Nephew Roylan, Inc. is a manufacturer and supplier of rehabilitation and work station products. Knee pads are available with Sorbothane knee cap padding to reduce impact and vibration effects.

Sorbothane, Inc.
2144 State Route 59
Kent, OH 44240
Contact: Mr. Robert Boyd
Phone: 330-678-9444
Fax: 330-678-1303
Web site: webmaster@www.sorbothane.com

Sorbothane, Inc. manufactures a variety of products made of Sorbothane, a visco-elastic material which absorbs shock and dissipates impact energy. Such products include anti-vibration gloves, knee pads, shoe inserts, mallets, tool handle wrap, and seat cushions.

Safety Lights

Stewart R. Browne Mfg. Co., Inc.
P.O. Box 500008
Atlanta, GA 31150
Contact: Mr. Alan Browne
Phone: 404-993-9600
Fax: 404-594-7775

Stewart R. Browne Mfg. Co., Inc. offers the HL-X Headlite. This is a light-weight (7.6 oz) head light that straps onto hard hat or head. Provides hands-free operation in (e.g.) confined areas.

Shoe Inserts

Adaptability
P.O. Box 515
Colchester, CT 06415-0515
Contact: Ms. Susan Wytrych
Phone: 800-288-9941
Fax: 203-537-0466

Adaptability distributes assistive devices designed primarily but not solely for elderly and disabled populations. They sell several varieties of shock-absorbing cushioned insoles for shoes.

AliMed
297 High Street
Dedham, MA 02026-9135
Contact: Mr. Barry Nyer
Phone: 800-225-2610
Fax: 800-437-2966
Web site: alimed.com

AliMed distributes ergonomic products for office and industrial use. They sell a variety of cushioned shoe inserts, designed to reduce fatigue associated with extended standing.

BackSaver Product Co.
53 Jeffrey Avenue
Holliston, MA 01746
Contact: Mr. Jeffrey Grossman
Phone: 800-251-2225
Fax: 508-429-8698

BackSaver Product Co. manufactures chairs and office workstation equipment. Body Cushion Insoles are made of Axiflex foam to absorb shock due to walking or standing.

Bauerfeind
Suite 508
2100 Barrett Park Drive
Kennesaw, GA 30144
Contact: Ms. Catherine Baldwin
Phone: 800-423-3405
Fax: 404-429-8477

Bauerfeind manufactures cushioned shoe inserts. The Viscope is a full-foot design which provides padding and shock absorption in the metatarsal and heel regions of the foot. The Viscoheel series provides shock absorption in the heel area.

Benefoot, Inc.
150T Executive Drive
Edgewood, NY 11717
Contact: Mr. Jason Kraus
Phone: 800-554-3668
Fax: 516-254-0079

Benefoot, Inc. manufactures custom-made prescription foot orthotics designed for pronation control, shock and pressure absorption, etc., in a variety of styles, including athletic and dress shoe designs.

Biodex Medical Systems, Inc.
20 Ramsey Road
Box 702
Shirley, NY 11967-0702
Contact:
Phone: 516-624-9000
Fax: 516-924-9338
E-mail: www.bildex.com

Bildex Medical Systems manufactures and distributes a wide variety of medical and rehabilitation equipment and products. Their orthopedic support products include anti-vibration gloves which are available with or without wrist supports. Full insole or heel cushion shoe inserts which provide shock absorption are also available up to size 16. Air filled seat and back rest cushions are also available.

Bruder Safeguard, Inc.
3150 Engineering Parkway
Alpharetta GA 30004
Contact: Mr. Robert R. Robbie
Phone: 800/654-6558
Fax: 770-514-1218

Safeguard Technologies offers products for the prevention and rehabilitation of CTDs. Cush 'N Step Insoles are made of Implus and are engineered to provide maximum resiliency and shock absorption. Styles are available to fit dress and safety shoes, are designed for reat foot stability, and have a non-skid bottom pad.

Chattanooga Group, Inc.
4717 Adams Road
P.O. Box 489
Hixson, TN 37343
Contact: Ms. Rhonda Peege
Phone: 800-322-7343
Fax: 800-242-8329

Chattanooga Group, Inc. sells Viscolas insoles and heel cushions. Inserts dampen skeletal shock generated with each step by up to 40 percent and retain their effectiveness for up to 12 months.

Direct Safety Company
2005 West 14th Street, Suite 132
Tempe, AZ 85281
Contact: Ms. Stephanie Steinberger
Phone: 800-528-7405
Fax: 800-760-2975

Direct Safety Company is a distributor of office, industrial, and safety equipment. Shoe inserts in heel and full sole designs are designed to absorb the shock associated with standing or walking.

Ergotech Protective Devices, Inc.
250 Ferrier St., Unit B
Markham, ON L3R 2Z5
Contact: Mr. Rod Mossman
Phone: 416-491-4658
Fax: 905-475-8767

Ergotech Protective Devices, Inc. manufactures a line of anti-vibration personal protective equipment. Sorbothane shoe inserts are available.

Ever-Flex, Inc.
1656 John A. Papalas Dr.
Lincoln Park, MI 48146
Contact: Mr. Ron Hartzler
Phone: 800-877-2844
Fax: 313-381-4777

Ever-Flex, Inc. manufactures custom prescription orthotics. Pre-fab orthotics are available in three different heel styles.

FirstChoice Orthotics (An LBG Company)
450 Commack Road, Bldg. 2
Deer Park, NY 11729
Contact: Ms. Barbara Pirrone
Phone: 800-634-7781
Fax: 516-667-4530
E-mail: info@langerbiomechanics.com

FirstChoice Orthotics (an LBG Company) manufactures custom orthotics for the feet. Specifications for inserts should come from a medical provider.

Fla Orthopedics, Inc.
Miami Dade Ind. Park
13050 NW 47th Avenue
Opa Locka, FL 33054
Contact: Ms. Susan Isa
Phone: 800-327-4110
Fax: 305-820-1990

Fla Orthopedics sells metatarsal, heel, and full foot inserts.

Foot Management, Inc.
7201 Friendship Road
Pittsville, MD 21850
Contact: Ms. Lucie Mohr
Phone: 410-835-3668
Fax: 410-835-3494

Foot Management, Inc. offers a variety of cushioned insoles for shoes. Poron insoles provide shock absorption.

Foot Tech
11805 Westline Ind. Dr.
St. Louis, MO 63146-3312
Contact: Mr. Thip Matthews
Phone: 800-969-3668
Fax: 314-991-5720

FootTech provides custom molded foot orthotics, a system to be administered by a medical provider. Standard shoe inserts are available in a variety of sizes (full insole, heel) and thicknesses. Applications include both industrial and athletics.

IEM Medical Technologies
P.O. Box 592
Ravenna, OH 44266
Contact: Ms. Marie Stringer
Phone: 800-992-6594
Fax: 216-297-6568

IEM Medical Technologies distributes Sorbothane shoe inserts. Sorbothane is a visco elastic polymer that dissipates shocks (up to 90% shock absorption has been reported in lab tests). Full insole and heel inserts are available.

Lab Safety Supply
P.O. Box 1368
Janesville, WI 53547-1368
Contact: Technical Support Department
Phone: 800-356-2501
Fax: 800-543-9910

Lab Safety Supply is a distributor for light and sound metering devices, personal protective equipment, anti-fatigue mats, material handling and office equipment, and training materials. Footbed insoles by Bata are replaceable insoles which support the arches and add comfort. Sorbothane shock-absorbing insoles push damaging energy away from the feet and provide comfort in prolonged standing/walking tasks.

Moore Medical Corp.
389 John Downey Drive
P.O. Box 2740
New Britain, CT 06050-2740
Contact: Ms. Donna Carney
Phone: 800-234-1464
Fax: 800-944-6667

Moore Medical Corp. distributes a variety of health care products. They offer several types of shoe inserts, including full insoles from Spenco, and heel supports from Sorbothane and others.

Novicom, Inc.
3510 Torrance Boulevard
Torrance, CA 90503
Contact: Customer Service
Phone: 310-793-4141

Novicom, Inc. publishes "Physical Therapy Products", a publication which disseminates product news for the physical therapy profession. Products discussed include goniometer analysis devices, orthotics, assistive devices for disabled populations, and balance and functional assessment tools for exercise or rehab applications.

Orthofeet, Inc.
152A Veterans Drive
Northvale, NJ 07647
Contact: Ms. Lisa Cohen
Phone: 800-524-2845
Fax: 201-767-6748

Orthofeet, Inc. provides the Biothotic, a custom-made orthotic that molds in the shoe for a precise fit. Water is injected into the orthotic, which then expands to mold to the sole of the foot in minutes.

Riecken's Orthotic Lab
401 N. Green River Road
Evansville, IN 47715
Contact: Mr. Carl Riecken
Phone: 800-331-8040
Fax: 812-476-4271

Riecken's Orthotics Lab manufactures both customized and standard shoe inserts. Both full insole and heel supports are available.

SecondWind
P.O. Box 2300
Paso Robles, CA 93447-2300
Contact: Mr. Bob Applegate
Phone: 800-248-0425
Fax: 805-239-2558

SecondWind distributes cushioned and air insoles designed for athletic shoes and boots..

Sorbothane, Inc.
2144 State Route 59
Kent, OH 44240
Contact: Mr. Robert Boyd
Phone: 330-678-9444
Fax: 330-678-1303
Web site: webmaster@www.sorbothane.com

Sorbothane, Inc. manufactures a variety of products made of Sorbothane, a visco-elastic material which absorbs shock and dissipates impact energy. Such products include anti-vibration gloves, knee pads, shoe inserts, mallets, tool handle wrap, and seat cushions.

Spenco Medical Corporation
P.O. Box 2501
Waco, TX 76792-2501
Contact: Ms. Donna Tullous
Phone: 800-877-3626
Fax: 817-772-3093

Spenco Medical Corporation manufactures a variety of shoe inserts for boots, athletic shoes, etc. Products include insoles, heel and arch supports. Gel cushion insoles are recommended for individuals who stand for extended periods.

Ted Thorsen
131 Welles Street
Forty Fort, PA 18704-4965
Contact:
Phone: 800-233-8358
Fax: 717-288-2464
E-Mail: tedthors@epix.net
Web Site: www.tedthorsen.com

Ted Thorsen distributes a complete line of containers, industrial workstations, and manual handling assists. ProStep insoles and heel pads made of viscomer visco-elastic polymer are available to reduce fatigue associated with prolonged standing.

Universal Footcare Products, Inc.
300 Wainwright Drive
Northbrook, IL 60062
Contact: Mr. David Keener
Phone: 800-323-5110
Fax: 800-524-4969

Universal Footcare Products, Inc., distributes a wide range of products for the health care provider. Orthopedic supports for the feet include heel supports, full-size molded insoles, arch and metatarsal supports.

Vangard International
3535 Route 66, Bldg. 4
P.O. Box 308
Neptune, NJ 07754-0308
Contact: Mr. Robert Gearty
Phone: 800-922-0784
Fax: 908-922-0557
E-mail: vangardintl@earthlink.net

Vanguard International offers Viva-Step insoles. The full-size insoles contain a liquid that flows through a series of channels in the insole, which provides proper fluid distribution as the individual moves.

Viscolas
1018 Dallas Road
Chattanooga, TN 37405
Contact: Mr. Joe Ashton
Phone: 615-265-4030
Fax: 615-265-7120

Viscolas manufactures a variety of anti-vibration products (Viscolas is a polyurethane polymer that absorbs and dissipates vibration). Orthex Relievers Insoles are shoe inserts designed to reduce shock transmission during walking and to improve comfort during prolonged standing. Several sizes and models are available (full insert, heel cushion, etc.). Study reports significant user preference for use of inserts versus shoes alone.

Work Surface Pads

Bruder Safeguard, Inc.
3150 Engineering Parkway
Alpharetta GA 30004
Contact: Mr. Robert R. Robbie
Phone: 800/654-6558
Fax: 770-514-1218

Safeguard Technologies offers products for the prevention and rehabilitation of CTDs. A 15" wide, 24" long, 3" thick Ultracel poly foam pad is available for use when kneeling or lying.

Ergodyne Corporation
1410 energy Park Drive, #1
St. Paul, MN 55108
Contact: Mr. Cathy Roble
Phone: 800-225-8238
Fax: 612-642-1882
E-mail: inquire@ergodyne.com

Ergodyne Corporation manufactures personal protective clothing, seated lumbar pads, and exercise training videos. The Proflex body guards for work surfaces are 8" long pads designed to protect the body from repetitive surface contact.

North Coast Medical, Inc.
198 Stauffer Blvd
San Jose, CA 95125-1042
Contact: Ms. Wendy Iryegas
Phone: 800-277-6826
Fax: 408-283-1950

North Coast Medical, Inc. is a distributor of a wide range of products, including analysis devices, personal protective equipment, assistive devices, hand tools, and industrial and office workstation equipment. The Proflex 608 Workstation Pad measures 8.5"x6.5" and is designed to eliminate pressure contact points within a workstation.