Episode 005


Solar has taken the world by storm. It’s an industry that has seen explosive growth. In fact, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association solar has seen an average annual growth rate of 54%. More than 250,000 Americans work in the solar industry – more than double the number of 2012, totaling more than 9,000 solar companies in every U.S. state. With the industry growing so quickly we wanted to take some time to focus on how the men and women in the solar industry can be proactive about safety.

About This Episide

In episode 5 of Gear Up with Gear Experts, our guest is Gear Expert Michael Obuchowski. Michael is the Sales Account Manager for the Southwest Region and has been with GME Supply and Columbia Safety for 2 1/2 years.

We talk with Michael about:

  1. How we are uniquely suited to serve the solar industry;
  2. Best practices when looking for solar equipment;
  3. Proper equipment use; and
  4. What to expect as the industry continues to grow.

This week we discuss Eye Protection. Topics include:

  1. ANSI Z87.1;
  2. ANSI Z87.1 Testing Standards;
  3. ANSI Z87+; and
  4. MIL-PRF 32432.

You can find our full blog post about eye protection by clicking here.


We also make an announcement that we are pretty excited about!

  1. We are going to be sending some Gear Experts to the Wireless West Conference in Scottsdale, AZ from April 15th-17th. If you find yourself in the area, be sure to stop by our booth, chat with us, and check out some of the cool gear we are going to bring.


We’d also like to take this time to remind everyone that while this show is meant to be fun, entertaining, and informative it is not intended to replace proper, in-depth training. Manufacturer’s instructions must also be followed and reviewed before any fall protection equipment is used. And proper training should be received before operating any equipment or before climbing.

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