Sisi unveils Fall Arrest System for women

Sisi unveils Fall Arrest System for women

Extending its commitment and support to women in industry, Sisi unveils a new product range – fall arrest systems for women working at heights. Sisi Safety Wear has taken yet another step in its effort to support women working in industry by unveiling a range of fall arrest systems (harnesses with permanently attached lanyards), specifically designed for women who work at heights. “This is a very exciting move for Sisi, which once again underscores our commitment to women who work in traditionally-male dominated industry sectors. We believe that women should have access to Personal Protective Equipment that has been designed to fit the female anatomy and not that of their male counterparts,” says Vanessa Ronald, Senior Brand Manager at Sisi. The leading local manufacturer of women’s PPE has unveiled five different harnesses in its Core and Core+ Ranges, adding to the already trusted line of Sisi-branded protective clothing and footwear designed for women. The Core Range offers three standard harnesses with permanently attached, single- or double-leg shock absorbing lanyards, with snap or scaffolding hooks, while the Core+ Range includes two belted harnesses with permanently attached, double-leg, shock absorbing lanyards with snap or scaffolding hooks and adjustable shoulder straps. Sisi Fall Arrest Specialist, Ruaan Breedt, explains that what is especially unique about the Sisi Fall Arrest range, is its consideration of the female form through the development of its adjustable and elasticated chest strap. For women, the risk of injury does not stop when the fall does. If placed below the bust area, polyester webbing (typically found in men’s harnesses) can rise aggressively up and over the bust at the...
Sisi teams up with the Stellenbosch Municipality and the Department of Education

Sisi teams up with the Stellenbosch Municipality and the Department of Education

Sisi Safety Wear and the Stellenbosch Municipality provided much-needed sanitary products to underprivileged girls, who often miss school during their periods. In commemoration of Youth Month, Sisi, a safety wear brand for women within the BBF Safety Group, has partnered with the Stellenbosch Municipality and the Department of Education to donate reusable sanitary pads to 427 girls, across seven schools, in the greater Stellenbosch area. The brand, which has brought much needed awareness around the differences between the anatomy of men and women and the need for gender specific personal protective equipment in the workforce, to improve productivity and comfort to working women, wanted to address the issues surrounding absenteeism of young girls from school due to the unaffordability of sanitary hygiene products when menstruating. According to a study by the Stellenbosch University’s Law Clinic,  about 30% of girls in South Africa miss  school when they are menstruating, because they cannot afford sanitary products.  As such, a girl could lose about 90 days of schooling a year, due to issues relating to menstruation. Many can’t catch up on vital schoolwork, ruining their end-year results, and their chances to earn grades that would qualify them for tertiary education.  “This is such an exciting project. It’s not just about donating sanitary pads to these girls; it’s about giving them a future. As a rising number of working women enter into areas once deemed the preserve of men, it is important that girls receive a solid education that sets them up to receive a tertiary education in the fields of commerce and sciences,” says Vanessa Ronald, Senior Brand Manager at Sisi. Along...
Bova Unveils DCR Safety Footwear Range

Bova Unveils DCR Safety Footwear Range

Leading safety footwear manufacturer, Bova, show-cased their latest safety footwear offering, featuring innovative dual compound rubber (DCR) soling technology that will better address the specific safety needs of the extreme and demanding environments in which the products are intended for use. Peter Gerbrands, Group Marketing Manager at BBF Safety Group, which manufactures and distributes the Bova brand says, “Bova has earned a reputation for manufacturing safety footwear that is engineered for purpose rather than applying a one-size-fits all approach.” He explains that different personnel within the same industry often require very different levels of protection and, therefore, different specifications. Up until now, those working in extreme and hazardous conditions, relied on footwear comprising either a single density Vulcanised Rubber sole, Nitrile Rubber sole or a dual density Polyurethane/Rubber (Pu/Rubber) sole. While single density Rubber soles provide the wearer with the necessary protection in these harsh conditions, they cause discomfort due to their heavy nature and lack of a midsole. PU/Rubber soles have answered the demand for a lighter boot with improved comfort, through the inclusion of Polyurethane in the mid-sole, but this has simultaneously compromised the durability of the products in the face of extreme environments. Gerbrands adds, “The challenge for us, was to find a way to bring together the benefits offered by both these soling technologies, whilst eliminating their short-comings.” This resulted in the development of a new range of safety footwear that demonstrates our leadership in continous improvement and technological advancements. DCR is an innovative soling technology that utilises two different layers of rubber where the soles are directly injected onto the uppers for a superior...
Holistic Approach Needed To Close Mining Gender Gap

Holistic Approach Needed To Close Mining Gender Gap

The number of women working in the mining sector has increased significantly over the past 17 years, with the numbers growing from 11 400 in 2002 to over 53 100 today. This represents about 12% of the entire mining workforce of 464 667. However, an area that has lagged significantly in the facilitation of women’s entry into mining has been the provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), designed specifically for women miners. This can largely be attributed to a general lack of awareness within the industry, with many still considering PPE for women as being more about adding a “feminine touch” rather than addressing the practicalities of workwear that is tailored to the female anatomy. A commonly observed trend is that many companies still procure male and/or unisex safety wear due to a lack of understanding that the anatomy of a women differs greatly to that of a man and, as a result, the PPE procured should reflect that. Comfort can have a profound effect on productivity, which means that ill-fitting PPE could seriously impact a wearer’s quality of work. A critical consideration is thus that ill-fitting safety footwear and workwear leads to several issues, which include discomfort and pain, lowered productivity, absenteeism due to health-related problems such as urinary infections and even a psychological barrier to the work environment. Industrial psychologist Uma Naidoo says if one is not comfortable in their attire, in which they spend about eight hours of the day, it could lead to frustration, poor concentration, increased breaks and many other debilitating effects on productivity. She says workers who are uncomfortable in their clothing, are not functioning at their best....
The practical problems of working women in working men’s clothing

The practical problems of working women in working men’s clothing

South Africa is seeing an increase in female workers in industrial environments as the traditional barriers of gender specific roles are being broken down.  However, from a Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) perspective, women are still pigeon-holed with the expectation that they should wear either male or unisex PPE.  There is a fundamental difference in the size and shape between a woman and man’s body, often creating discomfort and even potential risk for women. Furthermore, what many businesses don’t realise is that ill-fitting PPE is impacting the productivity of the female workforce in the workplace.   The Hazards The basic concept of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is to protect the worker from the potential hazards in their working environment. When it comes to safety footwear, the hazards may include slipping, falling objects, corrosive chemicals and solvents, sharp protruding metals and shavings and anti-static charges just to name a few. PPE is supposed to protect a person from these dangers in the workplace. One Size Does Not Fit All If we look at a typical woman’s foot, the contours differ to that of a man’s in that the female foot is generally narrower. As such, a women’s size five shoe would need to be shaped differently to that of a man’s size five shoe, ensuring a comfortable and secure fit. A man’s shoe may fit a woman’s foot from the toe to the heel, however, it would typically be too wide in breadth. And as a result, her foot may oscillate within the shoe. Overtime, the oscillation puts strain on her ankle, which leads to strain on the knee and subsequently...