Insect Shield® Launches Repellent Work Wear Program To Enhances Corporate Occupational Safety & Health Measures

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The Insect Shield Program for Workplace Safety & Health developed specifically for companies involved in oil, and gas, mining, farming and forestry operations, helps protect their workers from insect-borne disease.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), approximately half the worlds’ population is at risk for Malaria. Many corporations within the oil and gas industries, in particular, operate out of regions where insect-borne disease is one of the largest risks to employee health. Insect Shield repellent work wear offers vital protection against a variety of insects that can cause dangerous diseases such as malaria, dengue fever or Lyme disease.

The Insect Shield program is being offered to oil and gas, mining, farming and forestry companies and their subcontractors in locations where insect-borne disease is endemic. Every day, thousands of these company’s employees are exposed to insects that can carry malaria, dengue fever, trypanosomiasis, filariasis, leishmaniasis, and other dangerous diseases. Insect Shield’s long-lasting clothing treatment—proven to last through 70 washings—is an excellent solution for employees living in harm’s way.

The Insect Shield Workplace Safety & Health online store makes protective clothing and gear items available to workers in at-risk locations across the globe. The Insect Shield assortment consists of work wear, professional apparel and accessories—including clothing that also offers sun protection, flame resistance and high visibility—as well as additional protective items such as mosquito nets for use at home. A Youth section was recently added to go a step further and help protect the families of employees who have been relocated to disease-risk parts of the world.

Haynes Griffin, Insect Shield CEO said, “We are excited about the potential for growth that this new market segment offers us, and we applaud the oil and gas, farming and forestry industries for their adoption of the technology and continued dedication to employee health protection. We believe that other companies will quickly recognize the benefits of our effective, convenient and durable insect-protection technology, and will integrate it into their own health and safety programs, alongside requirements such as steel-toed boots, hard hats, and fire-resistant and high-visibility clothing.”

The US Army has adopted permethrin treatment as part of its’ personal insect protection strategy. All deploying soldiers receive permethrin-treated uniforms currently, and by 2012 all soldier uniforms will be treated prior to being issued. Insect is an approved vendor of the US Army and US Marine Corps.
Patent-pending Insect Shield technology provides long-lasting, effective, invisible, and odorless protection against insects. Insect Shield apparel products repel ticks, ants, flies, chiggers, and midges (no-see-ums) through 70 launderings.

About Insect Shield Technology:
In July 2003, Insect Shield introduced the first EPA-registered insect-repellent apparel. Insect Shield® Repellent Apparel technology provides effective, invisible and odorless protection against mosquitoes, ticks, ants, flies, chiggers, and midges (no-see-ums) through 70 launderings. Insect Shield® Repellent Gear technology is proven to repel mosquitoes, ticks, flies, and fleas through six months of constant exposure to weathering (sun/rain). In partnership with a number of agencies and international relief organizations, Insect Shield technology is being used for apparel and other items that people use daily to aid in protection against insects. For more information:        


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Janine Robertson
Insect Shield
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