In This Issue
  • Join us at the ISEA 2017 Executive Summit, April 2-4 in Tucson, AZ
Safety Industry & Member News
Washington Update 
Emerging PPE & Global News
  • End-User Preference for Ergonomic, Lightweight Protective Equipment Will Transform Market (UK, report available for purchase)

An exclusive event with opportunities for executive-level networking and leadership development, as well as updates on economic trends and business strategies. 
Our line-up of dynamic speakers:
  • Alan Adams, CEO, Navazon Consulting, and a former Amazon executive, on how to win with Amazon and what to consider before you take action, and why you can't afford not to have an Amazon strategy.
  • Futurist Eric Garland counsels 3M, Dow, DuPont and other companies. Mr. Garland will speak about the technological, demographic and cultural changes in the next 5-15 years, and help guide executives and leaders in integrating that knowledge into better future decisions.
  • John Felmy was Chief Economist at the American Petroleum Institute (API), and will speak about the upstream and downstream energy economy, and what it means to the safety equipment industry.
  • Brian Beaulieu, ISEA's favorite economist returns for another accurate and entertaining forecast of the domestic and international economy, and the new normal following recent world events such as Brexit and the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election.

3M to Acquire Scott Safety from Johnson Controls
"Personal safety is a core growth business within the 3M portfolio," said Inge G. Thulin, 
3M chairman, president and chief executive officer. "This acquisition leverages our 
fundamental strengths in technology, manufacturing, global capabilities and brand, and 
builds upon recent portfolio actions within our Safety and Graphics business to position 
it for long-term success."

"To meet demand and further Mechanix Wear's presence throughout Asia Pacific markets, 
we're excited to open our first office in the region in Perth, Australia," said Michael Hale, 
CEO of Mechanix Wear. "Our expansion into Asia Pacific markets is a key piece of our 
business strategy to expand our global market share in the automotive, tactical, and 
industrial industries."

Working at ground level, your hard hat protects you from an object falling from above. 
However, when someone is working aloft, a falling hard hat becomes a missile that 
endangers  the entire worksite. 

FallTech, a leader in personal safety fall protection products has launched a new family of DuraTech self-retracting devices with a side cable payout, a new generation of SRD. 

The ASTM  F2302 standardStandard Performance Specification for Labeling Protective 
Clothing as Heat and Flame Resistant, was designed to be a minimum standard for labeling 
flame resistant garments. Originally intended for single-use garments or miscellaneous flame resistance needs with low-level exposures, the misuse of the standard has forced the 
committee to withdraw it until such a time as the standard could ensure no unsafe products 
would meet minimum requirements, reports Hugh Hoagland, managing partner of e-Hazard Management LLC and president of  ArcWear Inc. of Louisville, Ky.

Grainger customers and employees by the thousands came to the 2017 #GraingerShow 
at the Orange County Convention Center on March 13, walking through its expo floor 
exhibits and attending National Safety Council Director of Consulting Services Dr. Wes 
Scott's "OSHA State of the Union" talk and other educational sessions - many of them 
safety focused - and shorter presentations at stages on the expo floor.

"Slips, trips and falls are some of the leading causes of workplace injuries, and we 
want our customers to rely on Grainger for a comprehensive safety footwear program, 
no matter what their work environment," said Grainger Senior Director of Services, Parris 

Portwest specializes in the design and production of flame-resistant and high-visibility 
work-wear, rainwear, protective footwear, hand protection and personal protective equipment.

Construction workers continue to face some of the highest risks when it comes to injuries 
in the workplace. One of the most concerning involves traumatic brain injuries (TBI), often 
caused by falls and being struck by moving vehicles.

After decades of managing costs for employers, it's time for workers' compensation 
professionals and public policymakers to turn their attention to the needs of injured workers 
and think of themselves more as players in a broader safety net, workers' compensation 
experts were told last week.


End-user preferences for ergonomic, lightweight, carcinogen-blocking personal protective equipment (PPE) advances drive new growth opportunities for manufacturers in the Western Europe's Firefighter PPE market.

Thank you MID Readers!  ISEA Earns 2016 Constant Contact All Star Award
The annual award recognizes the most successful 10 percent of Constant Contact's customer base, based on their significant achievements using email marketing to engage their customer base and  drive results for their organization during the prior year. 

Send company events and important announcements to include in the MID to  Lydia Baugh.  
For policy related questions, please contact Dan Glucksman  at 703-525-1695.

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The Information provided in the Market Intelligence Digest (MID) also includes information derived from various third parties which may not be endorsed or supported by the ISEA, and does not necessarily reflect any policies, procedures, standards or guidelines of the ISEA, it mainly serves as a means to inform readers. Whilst the Information and the third party Information contained in the MID have been presented with all due care, the ISEA does not warrant or represent that the Information or the third party Information are free from errors or omissions.

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