Puma Safety Athletic-Inspired Safety Shoes 👟🔥

Looking for a shoe that has athletic flair, style, and protection? We’re not kidding when we say our Puma Safety footwear is on FIRE right now. Okay…well not literally on fire, that’s more of an expression. Just know that athletic safety shoes are selling like crazy!

As a hard working woman you deserve the same quality, durability, and safety that men’s safety shoes provide. We know exactly what our customers are looking for and we’re not going to stop until we provide our girls with the best quality safety footwear available on the market.

Let’s take a look at Puma Safety. Puma is known worldwide, but what you might not know is that they manufacture athletic performance safety shoes. Puma Safety shoes are lightweight and offer important safety features like static dissipation, ASTM rated toes, heat and slip resistant outsoles, and more. These shoes can transition effortlessly between work, home, errands, and outdoor hobbies that require a little extra protection. At Safety Girl, we carry two different lines from Puma Safety: Miss Safety Technics and Miss Safety Motion. So…you’re probably asking what are the key attributes for Puma Safety shoes? Let’s discuss!

The Miss Safety Technics line is characterized by high flexibility + lightweight construction. The basis of this new ladies premium safety shoe line is the naturalFLEXMOTION sole architecture. It introduces the natural running concept into performance safety footwear. The newly developed wafer-profile of the sole offers the best possible grip especially on industrial flooring. The uppers of the shoes are made of robust microfibers or leathers that are resistant to abrasion. The smooth and soft materials offer more protection from penetrating moisture and are super easy to clean! The micro-channel system of this multi-layered lining provides you with a better breathability and moisture management. The Miss Safety Technics shoes features a protective steel toe cap I/C 75F.

The Miss Safety Motion line is exactly what working women want. The rubber outsole is 572-degrees F heat, oil, and slip resistant inspired by the latest running technology. The sole profile ensures a flexible and secure contact with the ground (ASTM F 1677 Mark II). The Torsion Control System at the waist of the sole provides better support and stability. The EVA Midsole is injected with thousands of tiny bubbles in this ultra lightweight midsole for an optimal cushioning and improved flexing action of the foot. The gel IQ.Cell pad is directly embedded into the heel area and works just like a trampoline by absorbing shock energy and returning it as bounce. The Miss Safety Motion shoes features a protective steel toe cap I/C 75F.

Ladies…it’s time to stop the agonizing hunt for cute, comfortable safety footwear. With Puma Safety you know you’re getting top quality and style. Try a pair of the newest models Puma Safety Celerity Steel Toe Safety Knit Shoes available in Pink or Blue for $95.00. The ultraflexible textile fabric perfectly adapts to the foot and fits like a sock for unsurpassed comfort! All Puma Safety shoes meets or exceed the highest ASTM standards for toe impact I/75 and compression C/75.

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Jobsite Safety for Women

Approximately 872,000 women currently work in the construction industry, according to a report by the U.S. Department of Labor. Seventy-five percent of those women are in administrative, sales or management positions. This leaves 25 percent of women in the construction workforce exposed to the same daily safety and health risks as their male counterparts; yet, their specific protection from these hazards has not been fully addressed.

Too frequently, women are forced to use personal protective equipment (PPE) and clothing that is not the correct size or fit. For fear of being ostracized on the jobsite, women are intimidated to make requests for proper gear that will set them apart from their coworkers.

These safety hazards create gender barriers and can deter women from seeking employment in the construction industry. It is important to acknowledge this stigma and educate employers on the detrimental repercussions of ignoring any safety standards. As construction companies push to fill the labor gap, it is imperative for companies to become progressive in their marketing approach and create a culture that will address the specific safety needs of women workers.

OSHA requires employers to provide all employees with a safe workplace, but every 18 seconds a worker is injured on the jobsite. Once a jobsite safety hazard assessment has been completed, a list of PPE should be disseminated to all employees. This list should also notify employees of the potential hazards, provide training on how to avoid injury and educate them on required PPE. It is the employer’s responsibility to supply the required equipment to each employee at no charge. However, the construction industry lacks the provisions, research and development necessary to provide personal protective equipment suitable for women.

ANTHROPOMETRIC EQUIPMENT

Ill-fitting PPE and clothing compromise workers’ safety on the jobsite. Women have a right to test all equipment that is provided to them to ensure a proper fit. OSHA mandates PPE be designed anthropometrically, which is the science of defining human body dimensions and physical characteristics. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) conducts anthropometric research to prevent work-related injuries and deaths by studying how work spaces, equipment and clothing fit a diverse worker population.

Most anthropometric data available to date is from the 1970s. This research was based on the body sizes and shapes of modern military personnel and the general working population from that era. This decades-old data does not represent the sizes and body types of today’s female workers.

RAISING AWARENESS

A recent NIOSH study of 26 women construction workers evaluated the efficacy of a fall protection harness system. Their body size and shape information was measured while they were suspended in a standard size harness and standing with a harness. It was discovered that an integrated redesign of harness components is needed because 40 percent of the women did not pass fit-performance criteria in either the standing or suspended condition.

BE PREPARED

All project managers, superintendents and foremen should understand how to identify job safety hazards specific to demographics of their workers and their jobsites. Jobsite hazard communication plans and emergency preparedness plans should be in place and disseminated to all workers.

It is beneficial to hire a safety consultant that is familiar with the science of teaching and incorporating a corporate safety culture. The construction industry is evolving and companies are charged with staying ahead of these changes to attract and retain the skilled labor needed to complete their jobs. As the industry shifts and more women are encouraged to enter the trades, companies will no longer be able to ignore these gender disparities.

Making a Planter Out of a Crock

20150124_133529 My parents collected antique crocks – the genuine non-reproductions, the really heavy ones you don’t know what to do with, yet fear them breaking. I have one in each finished room as a waste paper receptacle, but when I needed a little something to go beside an occasional chair in the library and found myself with one too many crocks, I decided to steal things from my house to put together a planter. These babies are heavy and breakable, and I was going to be working with plants and soil, so I used my go-to gloves: Tuff Chix work gloves from SafetyGirl.20150124_133558

I  believe in upcycling so I walked around the house to see what I had, that I could use. It’s like a miniature treasure  hunt. I had a few cuttings in plain pots by the kitchen sink. I had a spider plant gone wild in the soil of a floor plant. I had some raffia left over from a sympathy basket. I had a plastic kitchen container whose lid hasn’t been seen since the crocks were new, I’m sure.  I placed the kitchenware upside down in the bottom of the crock to raise the level of the plants, then set the pots inside. Using tumblers filled with water, I took rooted shoots from the spider plant, and set those around the edges. I topped the whole thing off with the raffia, to hide the plastic pots. 20150124_135731

Good Gloves Make a Good Investment

By Kristi Ries

Chances are, you’ve been paying close attention to the weather lately—and it’s not just for your kids’ school closings. January has ushered in a new year, but the New Year has also brought with it an unusual cold snap to the entire U.S. Stretching from coast to coast—and from the Great Plains to as far south as the Florida Keys—this extreme weather gripping the nation has snow shovels and snow blowers flying off of store shelves.

Ironclad Tuff-Chix GlovesMany folks who live in the Deep South or areas that traditionally experience mild winters may not own heavy-duty gloves for working outdoors. Don’t be caught unprepared, ladies! Before you break out the shovel and begin to toss rock salt all over your porch and steps, take stock of what’s protecting your digits.

That’s right—your hands will definitely take a beating as you endeavor to clear out that snowed-in driveway and icy sidewalk. So it’s critical to invest in high quality; choose long-lasting, durable gloves that will protect you while you’re out doing what needs to be done. Ironclad’s Tuff-Chix Gloves provide rugged protection while allowing for top performance. They’re made with women in mind; who else thought to build a glove with reinforced fingernail guards? Order a pair today, and do read the following helpful tips on snow shoveling.

How to prevent injury this winter:

  • Warm up before shoveling snow. Start by warming up your muscles for 10 minutes with light exercise. Do include your leg muscles—heart attacks and similar injuries are sometimes the result of working the smaller muscles of your arms and back while not using the large muscle groups of the legs.
  • Use a shovel that is comfortable for your height and strength. Do not use a shovel that is too heavy or too long for you. Space your hands on the tool grip to increase your leverage.
  • Pace yourself. Take frequent breaks and be sure to drink enough water so as to prevent dehydration. If you experience chest pain, shortness of breath or other signs of a heart attack, seek emergency care immediately.
  • Push the snow instead of lifting it. If you must lift, take small amounts and lift it with your legs: squat with your legs apart, knees bent and back straight. Lift by straightening your legs—avoid bending at the waist.

Women’s Timberland PRO Renova Caregiver Gloss Slip-On Shoe

If you’re in the healthcare industry, you certainly know the importance of wearing a high-quality shoe. Not only do your shoes need to keep you safe from spills or slippery floors, but they also need to have the support to keep your feet, legs, and back comfortable through a long workday. At Safety Girl, we also know the importance of having a good shoe, no matter what your chosen profession is. That’s why we are proud to carry a variety of shoes from the Timberland PRO line. Read on to learn more about the ultra-comfortable Renova caregiver shoe, perfect for anyone working in the healthcare industry.

The Women’s Timberland PRO Renova Caregiver Slip-On Shoe is one of the most comfortable professional work shoes available on the market. These shoes will keep you comfortable all day long, as they’re equipped with exclusive anti-fatigue technology and the best shock absorption available to keep your feet feeling good and your legs and back supported throughout the whole day. These shoes also have an anatomically shaped toe box that allows your toes to spread out comfortable. To ensure traction and reduce friction, the shoes are made with a heel-to-toe rocker design.

These slip-on shoes have many other great features, too. The shoes feature a polyurethane upper with provides great durability, but also allows you to easily clean them when they get dirty. The soles will keep you safe with their slip- and abrasion-resistant polyurethane outsole. To keep your feet fresh, the open-cell polyurethane footbed with Argion antimicrobial treatment allows for maximum breathability as well as odor control. Best of all, the slip-on style of these shoes allows for easy on and off, but they’ll stay on your feet with the secure-fit strap option. These great shoes are available in five color options at Safety Girl’s website for only $47.99!