In This Issue
Safety Industry & Member News
  • MSA CEO to Retire in May
  • Chicago Fire Department Deploys New Breathing Apparatus Technology from MSA
  • Skullerz New Cap Insert Turns Any Hat Into a Protective Device (Ergodyne)
  • Grainger Appoints New Board Member
  • Grainger Celebrates 90th Anniversary With Volunteerism
  • Frost & Sullivan Recognizes RealWear, Inc. for Its Industrial Wearable Technology
Washington Update 
Emerging PPE & Global News
  • Healthcare Startup With a Belt-Encased Airbag to Prevent Fall Injuries for Seniors Closes Series A 
Hundreds of workplace deaths every year are caused by falling objects. A proposed new industry standard would change the rules for workplace safety and save lives.

Sheila Eads, President and Chief Executive Officer of ERB Industries was elected Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA), at the association's Annual Meeting in Arlington, VA. Craig Wallentine, Global Business Development Manager from DowDuPont, was elected Vice Chairman. In addition, the membership elected industry leaders Brian Myers from 3M Personal Safety Division and 
Kelly Kolb from Kimberly-Clark Professional, to seats on the Board of Trustees.


MSA Safety announced Thursday that CEO William M. Lambert will retire in May and 
its president and COO,  Nishan J. Vartanian, has been named to the board of directors 
as part of the Cranberry Township company's succession plan.

4,500 Firefighters Now Using Company's Breakthrough G1 SCBA

"While hard hats are not necessary for many applications, that doesn't mean head injury 
risks don't exist. Workers who may find themselves in tight quarters such as mechanics, 
airline workers and in-home service employees of all types are often in baseball caps with 
no protection from bumps, scrapes, and bruises," said Andy Olson, Product Director. 

US-based MRO supplier Grainger has appointed a former Google executive to its board of directors.

During the year, Grainger team members focused on the company's core philanthropic 
pillars -- disaster preparedness and response, and education and workforce development -dedicating time and resources to serve its local communities.

RealWear's HMT-1 has created a best-in-class industrial wearable computer that is fully 
rugged, voice-controlled, hands-free and designed for connected workers in light and 
heavy industry.


The  General Accountability Office's report said the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration faces a challenge when it comes to addressing safety concerns in meat 
and poultry plants because workers may not report problems out of fear of retaliation.

The Mine Safety and Health Administration recently released its annual safety alert 
spotlighting hazards unique to the mining industry during winter.


ActiveProtective is a healthcare startup that  developed a belt designed to not only detect 
a fall but also deploy a micro airbag to protect seniors from injuries.


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For policy related questions, please contact Dan Glucksman  at 703-525-1695.

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