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Pink: The Color of Strength

Pink is sometimes associated with the words cute, nice, romantic, and tender but here at Safety Girl, we give it a much stronger meaning…Strength. Since we pride ourselves for selling much safety gear in the color pink, we figured it might be a good idea to give you some interesting information about the color and what is has developed into.

Bright pink is thought to increase blood pressure, respiration, heartbeat and pulse. This color also stimulates energy. Wearing pink can also encourage the idea of higher confidence and reduce erratic behavior.

The famous pink ribbon, first seen in the Susan G. Komen Foundation, was given to breast cancer survivors and those who participated in Race for the Cure in 1990. Later, the senior vice president of the famous cosmetic company, Estee Lauder, introduced the pink ribbon to her product line. Margaret Welch, director of Color Association of the U.S., says “The profile on pink is playful, life-affirming. We have studies as to its calming effect, its quieting effect, its lessening of stress.” Therefore, pink is the opposite of cancer so we want to fight back with this color. Estee Lauder continued their fight for this pink ribbon by also handing out breast exam pamphlets to their customers to increase awareness. Since then, many other companies have jumped on the bandwagon by either donating to or advertising breast cancer awareness such as New Balance and Avon.

We can still think of the color pink as feminine but it is a sign of strength, also. At Safety Girl, we are strong in different ways. The women that shop with us are in all lines of work and work HARD. We want to give them products to depend on while still being feminine and stylish.

We sell pink apparel, accessories, boots, shoes and safety equipment!

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Sensational Color

Think Before You Pink

 

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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Women in Construction Present an Opportunity to Solve the Labor Shortage

As the construction iSafety Girlndustry continues to grow, there is a shortage of skilled workers and construction management professionals. The industry is missing the women’s demographic in the search to fill these gaps. Women construction professionals often enter the industry with a keen sense of self-actualization, which fuels elevated performance.

Women’s perseverance to succeed in an industry they once were told they could not gives women constructors a sense of pride and legacy. Their presence in the industry is not only about their success, but also the success of other potential women employees within the industry.

As we all settle down from the highs of the Women’s March around the world, we need to charge our companies to create an inclusive culture. Companies should strive to create an environment in which differences can be used to strengthen employee engagement, in turn increasing client satisfaction and the company’s bottom line.

Society has become intolerant of gender divides. There is a push in OSHA to set legislation in place to encourage the awareness of gender differences and understand the accommodations that need to be made to create an inclusive environment in the construction industry. There is no doubt that businesses that choose not to embrace diversity will inevitably be left behind.

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.

Advice for Military Widows

Tombstones at Arlington National Cemetery, July 2006Memorial Day weekend has become a time for the first barbeques, outdoor pool celebrations, and huge sales at nearly every department store. For those who have lost a loved one in the armed forces, however, Memorial Day can be a difficult time.  And with thousands of young men and women serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, there are, in turn, thousands of young widows and widowers looking for support and resources.

Losing a loved one in combat is probably the most difficult and painful time in your life. When facing this crisis, it’s important to remember to give yourself time to grieve your loss and accept any feelings that may arise, including sadness, guilt, anger, isolation, loneliness, or depression.  All these feelings, and any others, are OK: you’ll have good days and bad days, days when your grief is more triggered than others, days when you laugh, and days when you cry.  But if you give yourself time to grieve, life will eventually stabilize.

If you have children, it’s important to be honest with them about your spouse’s death.  Children know when adults are skewing the truth, so explain to them what it means for someone to be physically dead; don’t use euphemisms such as “lost,” “gone away,” or “sleeping.”  Give your children permission—just like you gave yourself—to feel grief or any other feelings, and don’t hide your own feelings from them.  Explain your family’s and the army’s death rituals to your children, and prepare them for all activities including the funeral itself, any viewings, the burial, and any post-funeral gatherings.  If the children are willing, let them be active participants in the funeral and surrounding activities, such as picking out the casket, writing a note to your spouse, selecting what clothes they will wear.

When you are ready, it’s extremely important to evaluate your finances after the death of a spouse.  As a military widow, you will receive a $100,000 death benefit from the government and professional financial advice to help you manage this money and your other funds.  You’ll need to use your death benefit and your other money wisely, to be sure you can pay your mortgage or rent, have health and life insurance as well as any other insurance, and provide for your children.  Be organized about your finances, know where everything is, and have a plan for surviving the worst possible financial situations.

Finally, many of your family and friends may encourage you to start dating.  Don’t let anyone push you into a relationship or dating; only do so when you are ready and feel confident about yourself.  If you feel ready to date, many military widows have a hard time dating because they feel that men are trying to take advantage of them or compare themselves to your late husband.  So when you’re ready to get back into the dating scene, don’t go searching immediately for your life partner (after all, were you searching for your husband before you were married?), have fun, and be confident about your self worth.

There is a great resource for military widows, The American Widow Project, with links to blogs, books, and podcasts.  Be sure to take a look at this website for fantastic online support!

Watts All This about Stun Gun Voltage?

stun_gun_actionIf I were picking out a stun gun, I would probably look for the most adorbs one. So I thought I should go on our site and see which one I would pick out for myself, and quickly got lost in the volts and amperage. What is important, and is there too much of a good thing? Turns out, electricity is a fascinating thing.

First off, brand is important, but since Safety Girl only carries well-known quality brands like Uzi and Ruger, you can ignore this component if you buy grlpprs1000022605_-00_main_sabre-800000-volt-stun-gun-with-holster_3from us. Some use replaceable batteries, and some use rechargeables. Depending on how much you use your stun gun, you may want a rechargeable one.

The power of a stun gun is specced in amperage and voltage. The voltage carries the amperage, which is what stuns the attacker. It is these two things working together that explain why a shock from your doorknob at 30,000 volts won’t hurt, but plugging a fork into your electrical socket (120/240 volts), will pack a dangerous whallop – it’s the amps! Amperage describes the rate/strength of the charge and voltage describes how far the current will jump. The stun gun should have between 2.5 and 4 milliamps, to be effective , yet not kill the attacker or melt the circuitry.

Don’t forget to look for some type of safety, be it a switch or a trigger.

Taking a Break from the House

This weekend was my graduation. I am officially an MBA. Nutty thoughts of a PhD are now swirling in my head. I also 20140915_080355got my passport – another story for many more days. I didn’t work on the house. My friend Gale came with her husband Tony, and as he poked and prodded at the Revolutionary War gun my dad restored, and the carved desk that’s been in my family, he said, “you should open a bed and breakfast.” The seed has been planted.

You will hear about my landscaping with my friend Brittany, but that’s probably it on the house for the month. I wanted to check in, though, so you didn’t feel abandoned! I have started running. I have a personal alarm from SafetyGirl because there are animals and other seedy characters along my 2 1/2 mile route. I feel much safer jogging alone, when I am not quite so alone.

This alarm even has a pedometer!

Have a great summer, and I will check in from time to time.

Stairway Reveal

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Before photo, hallway carpet

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After photo, hallway carpet

So I took a bit of a weekend break from Andy to finish this project so I can move outside for the summer. I touched up the edges where the walls meet the ceilings, with white ceiling paint. I scrubbed and scraped the beautiful wood steps. I couldn’t bring myself to re-glue the stair post that had been loose since I was a toddler. I think it may have been a product of my sister or I getting our head wedged in there (I’d bet it was me).

I ordered some nice laminate plank flooring from BigBox because it was a superb price and debated laying it in the hallway, but the pine of the bedrooms would have been juxtapositioned against the Brazilian cherry all wrong. So I took the remnant from carpeting the new room and got to work. I removed the old carpeting, and was again glad I did, because my parents’ Yorkiepoo Tebow did indeed mark it in at least four places. As I rolled it and bundled it for the garbage men, I rolled my eyes at my mom’s insistence that her dog did not have accidents.  I remember telling her a year+ ago, as I cleaned up after him, “of course they’re not accidents. They are ‘on purposes.’ He doesn’t know he’s not supposed to use the house as his personal bathroom.” The last of all possible rugs and carpeting  have been removed. Good riddance!

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Tracing the new carpet using the old carpet

For this I definitely used my Ironclad TuffChix gloves from SafetyGirl. They kept my hands clean, as well as kept them from getting chewed up by the rough carpet backing.

Before I tossed the old carpet, I used it as a template for my new piece. Since this pattern has sculptured squares, it was very important to keep it straight. I think I did a good job. I replaced the brass threshold trim pieces and tacked the end piece over the curve of the first step. Here are the before and after shots. I did keep to budget very well on this, using leftover paint, carpet, and padding from the other rooms. The only things new I used were some rollers and a brush.

For the rest of the summer I will be headed outside. I have a dilapidated chicken coop stuffed with junk, a shooting range, storage barns, a greenhouse, a mancave, old dog houses, gardening sheds, etc. to go through. Lucky for me I have men friends who are eager to look through these in exchange for taking off my hands the things I can’t use. I will be salvaging what I can at a local scrap dealer. I will also be listing a girlfriend to help with yardwork in exchange for helping her with her own.

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Before photo, stairwell (looking up)

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After photo, stairwell (looking down)

And I’ve been largely silent on Andy lately. He’s been super-busy with Lucy’s end-of-season hockey, and now both Lucy and Grace are involved in many spring events – softball, honors bands and concerts, track, you name it. Lucy is a viable driver now so buckle up! We were lucky to wrap the weekend up with a wonderful turkey dinner, with two sets of mashed potatoes – skins on for Grace, and skins off for Lucy. And because Andy broke the serving bowl full of veggies, no broccoli and carrots.

Hard Hat Hair

msavgft_-06_brown_v-gard-fas-trac-slotted-protective-capWe recently got a question from a reader on how to avoid hardhat hair. There are a few options, and none of them is difficult or expensive, but none of them is going to have  you looking like you just stepped out of a salon. Sorry! Consider it the cost of the job.

You can…

Wrap a bandana around the suspension unit to lessen the marks left behind by them.

Wear a natural-fiber hat under the hat in the winter – synthetic fibers will create static and fly-aways.

Never start with even damp hair. Wet hair will exacerbate the condition!

Style your hair while you wear the hat! If it’s long, wrap your hair into a loose bun or twisty pony shoved under the hat, and let the hat set the curl. If it’s short, carry a volumizing product with you and when you remove the hat, rub just a bit of the product between your hands and fluff your locks.

Don’t wear metal barettes, which can conduct electricity.

If you wear a ponytail down, make it low!

And here’s my personal favorite: if you part your hair on the side, start on the opposite side, and part low. When you take off the hat, flip the part to its typical position and the worst of the dented hair will be under smoother hair.

Stairway Risers

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Before stairs

This weekend I had a decent chunk of time but it was too nice to spend most of it indoors. I had a nice lunch with a college friend Brit, and as we were eating Lebanese food at a new eatery, it wasn’t long before we each took out our phones to show each other our remodels. She mentioned that she has a pink tool belt – probably ours! I told her she can get a pair of workboots to match. Later I took advantage of the warm and sunny Saturday to get my mower out and make sure it was ready for the year. I also scrubbed out my kitties’ litter box. Both of these tasks were well-suited for my Safety Girl pink work boots. I was able to wash my sheets and hang them outside to dry. I love clothes dried on the line!

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In progress stairs, carpet coming up and first coats of paint down.

Sunday my friend JD came and helped me go through the garage. We cleaned, cleaned out, and organized, and I sent him home with whatever he wanted that I didn’t need, for his help. In about an hour and a half, it was still cluttered, but it was cleaner and more organized clutter. This will be an ongoing summer project, and will definitely require Safety Girl’s Tough Chix gloves. And a tetanus shot.

After the sun went down both Saturday and Sunday I forced myself to paint the stairway. I am still working on the trim. I removed the runner because I love the look of the bare steps. Prying out the staples in the carpet again required the gloves. I will still need to put another coat on all the trim and clean the steps well. I am debating whether to shampoo the landing carpet, which is still in decent shape but isn’t the most contemporary, or replace it with a leftover piece of the sculptured gray carpeting from the music room. I’ll let you know.

One more weekend here (two if I do the carpeting) and I should be ready to reveal it.

Brit is going to come help me with the flooring someday this summer and I will buy her those pink work boots for her effort!