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  • How to Dispose of X-Ray Lead Aprons

    A topic that we address on an almost daily basis is "How do I dispose of my old Lead Aprons when they are replaced?"  We realize this is a process that anyone who utilizes Radiation Protection apparel is destined to need to know at some point so we wanted to share the best information we have available.

    Most radiation protection aprons are lead based which does a great job of attenuation radiation but can be harmful to the environment if not disposed of correctly.  Some states have specific regulations or requirements so be sure to confirm what those requirements might be but the following methods are the most common ways of disposal.

    3 Ways to Dispose of your X-Ray Lead Apron

    1. Contact a recycling company:  Some local scrap metal recycling companies have the ability to safely process and/or recycle your lead products so they can be disposed of safely or re-used.
    2. Contact a hazardous waste carrier:  Based on your local regulations a hazardous waste company might be the proper source to dispose of you lead apron.
    3. Landfill:  Consult your local landfill to see if they have the ability to accept your lead aprons.

    When purchasing your next radiation protection apron you might want to consider some of our great non-lead products.  The benefits of these products are lighter weights and easier methods of disposal in the future.  Check out our complete selection of Radiation Protection products.

  • How to Clean a X-Ray Lead Apron

    One of the most popular questions we get is what the proper procedure is to clean a X-Ray Lead Apron.  While this exact procedure may vary slightly between different lead apron manufacturers we would like to provide a couple do's and don't for cleaning your aprons.  As with any high use product the better you take care of your apron the longer it may last and the nicer it will look.

    The Do's:

    • Whenever your apron might come into contact with fluids during normal use or if it is time for is regular cleaning, you will want to clean it with a cold damp cloth.  Do not immerse it in water or under a faucet.
    • A mild detergent may be used such as Scrubbles Lead Apron Cleaner or our Clorox Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaners.  Harsh cleaning agents should be avoided as they can damage the fabric of your lead apron possibly voiding the warranty.
    • A soft brush such as a toothbrush can be used to clean soiled areas.
    • Our Clorox Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaners can be used for disinfecting purposes.

    The Don'ts:

    • Do not us an autoclave to clean a X-Ray Lead Apron.
    • Do not launder a X-Ray Lead Apron.
    • Do not soak or submerge your apron in water.  Only use a damp cloth or soft brush.
    • Bleach and other harsh chemicals can damage the fabric of your apron and shorten the life.  These should be avoided.
    • Always hang your apron on an appropriate Lead Apron Rack for storage an avoid folding the apron to avoid cracks in the lead surfaces.

    As always we are here to help you with any of your x-ray accessory needs including a wide variety of styles colors and designs of x-ray lead aprons including select styles in-stock for immediate shipping.  Check out our selection of protective x-ray apparel.

  • Anti-Reflective Coating for Barrier Technologies X-Ray Lead Glasses

    What it is:
    Anti-reflective coating (called AR coating for short, or anti-glare coating)
    A clear layer applied to one or both sides of a lens during the manufacturing process.

    What it does:
    Improves both your vision and the appearance of your lenses.
    *When viewed from an angle, AR lenses will appear to have a green or gold tint.
    *Lenses with AR coating applied are easier to clean and harder to smudge.
    *Our “premium” AR coating contains a “hydrophobic” layer on top of the AR. This will make water or other liquids bead up and run off the surface and makes the lenses even more smudge resistant.

    Improves vision clarity by allowing more light into the eye.
    As light passes through a lens, both the front and back sides of the lens will reflect a percentage of that light as it comes in. Also, this reflected light can be problematic as it causes glare when it bounces off.

    Our Corning Med-X glass lenses will reflect more light than those typical eyewear materials as it has a higher index of refraction. Our lenses will reflect about 15% or more light coming in before it even gets to the wearers eye. This is almost double that of typical eyewear.

    AR coating for Barrier Technologies Lead Glasses allows almost all of that would-be reflected light to come into the eye. What that translates to the wearer is much clearer, sharper vision and more vibrant color.

    Reduces or eliminates reflections
    In general, the higher the index of refraction of the lens, the more light will be reflected from the surface. *The index of refraction on our corning Med-X lenses is 1.76, which is significantly higher than commonly used eyeglass materials such as CR-39 with a 1.498 index, or Polycarbonate at an index of 1.586. Therefore it is strongly recommended that all Barrier Technologies leaded eyewear have AR coating applied to them.
    In particular for those whose intended use is in a healthcare setting such as a hospital or surgery center.

  • How to Clean and Care for your Techno-Aide Lead Aprons

    Cleaning

    We all know that in a medical environment, it is easy for protective apparel nylon fabrics to become dirty and soiled from blood, bodily fluids, betadine, barium, and other fluids.

    Do:

    • Techno-Aide recommends cleaning with cold water and a mild detergent to remove all immediate contacts with fluids.
    • 409 Spray can be used to clean the surgace fabric and remove dust and dirt from your garment.
    • To disinfect your garment, Techno-Aide recommends the use of disinfectant wipes such as PDI Sani-Cloth Germicidal Wipes Cat# GWP-P55.  Allow a drying time of at least 4 minutes.

     

    Dont:

    • Do not use Bleach or any harsh chemicals on your garment.
    • Do not autoclave
    • Do not soak/submerse garment in water.
    • Do not launder.

    Care

    Radiation protective apparel is sometimes inadvertently damaged when not properly handled or stored.  Instructing users on how to properly take care of these garments can help ensure that your garments provide optimal protection and reduce the number of defective garments that has to be discarded.  The following guidelines may be used to help achieve this goal.

    Do:

    • Before use, inspect garments for defects, tears, perforations, creases.
    • When not in use, store your apron properly on a rack or peg that is made specifically for radiation protective apparel storage.

     

    Don't:

    • Don't expose your garment to extreme temperatures of hot or cold or to direct sunlight.
    • Do not wad, crease or fold your Lead Apron.
    • Do not drop on the floor.
    • Do not lean against sharp edges or objects with sharp points.
    • Do not store sharp objects in the pockets.
    • Do not sit on your apron or stack/store items on top of your apron.
    • Do not store an apron over the edge of a chair or equipment.
    • Secure hook and loop closures to prevent snagging and tearing of apparel fabric.

    Failure to adhere to the above recommendations will shorten the life of your Lead Apron, promote cracking, and will possibly void your warranty.  Techno-Aide provides a two year warranty on workmanship and materials for their protective apparel garments.

     

    Disposal

    Under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Lead is included in the Toxic substance list.  It should not be disposed of as conventional garbage bus as hazardous wast.  Coordinate with the radiation control officer in your organization who is responsible for disposal of such wastes.  Techno-Aide recycles only Techno-Aide Manufactured aprons.

    If you have any questions regarding your Techno-Aide Radiation Protection Apparel Purchase, please contact Z&Z Medical at 1-800-410-9575 or info@zzmedical.com.

  • Simplify Your Radiation Attenuating Gloves Purchase

    With the recent buzz about the hazardous effect of scatter radiation, healthcare professionals are scrambling to protect everything from their hands to their eyes to their heads. It can be overwhelming to select radiation attenuating gloves when you have to consider questions like: Lead free, powder free, latex free, attenuation @ 60 KVP and .18 mm vs. .23 mm? How can you make a quick easy side by side comparison of the many different offerings available when it comes to radiation attenuating gloves?

    Z&Z Medical Inc. has developed an easy to use glove comparison chart to help you choose the best product for your particular application.  The chart allows you at a glance to see the ten different styles offered and compares ten different attributes of each style. The chart also consists of ten links, one for each style, so when you choose a style the link will take you directly to that product at www.zzmedical.com.

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