The human hand is one of the most important tools in a work environment, regardless of the task being performed.  It is also most vulnerable to occupational injury, ranking high among all injury types. Join PPE Experts from ISEA, in a discussion on the innovations in hand protection, to better protect workers from cuts and impact injuries. Moderated by Cristine Fargo, ISEA’s Director of Member and Technical Services.

When: Tuesday, October 23, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm.

Where: National Safety Council (NSC) Congress and Expo, Houston TX

The ANSI/ISEA 105-2016American National Standard for Hand Protection Classification, included key updates for cut-resistance testing and corresponding classification levels, to assist end users and specifiers in properly selecting appropriate hand protection based on testing and classification. Paul Harris, Vice President of Product Strategy and Innovations with MCR Safety, will address the various cut performance classification and what it means, and provide an update on how the changes to the standard have impacted worker safety.

ISEA has launched a project to develop back-of-the-hand impact protection testing and performance criteria, as a new standard initiative. Dorsal side injuries are particularly common in automotive, cargo handling, towing and transportation, oil and gas drilling, mining, heavy equipment and construction industries. Rodney Taylor, Global Sales and Marketing Manager for Industrial PPE with D3O, will discuss the new standard, aiming to provide 100 percent hand protection coverage, and address multiple scenarios to provide low and high impact protection.

Our Speakers:

Paul Harris is the Vice President of Product Strategy and Innovations for MCR Safety. In his 21 year career, he has served in leadership positions in sales, product development/design, purchasing, and strategic branding. His product designs have gained MCR Safety numerous product development awards along with design and utility patents. He currently serves on the advisory board for the National Graphene Association (NGA) and is an active member of the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA). Paul has also authored articles appearing in Safety + Health Magazine, Occupational Health and Safety, ISHN, EHS, and Impact Magazine.  Visit to learn more about MCR Safety.


Rodney Taylor, MS, MBA has over 15 years of experience in the safety industry. After working as a researcher at the NASA Langley Research Center, he joined the DuPont corporation holding roles in process engineering, operations management, marketing and sales. Rodney currently serves as Global Sales and Marketing Manager for Industrial PPE at D3O, LLC – a company that provides innovative impact protection solutions for sport, motorcycle safety, military/law enforcement, electronics protection, and industrial safety. Visit to learn more about D3O.


Our Moderator: Cristine Fargo is Director, Member and Technical Services of International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA). In this role, she manages the voluntary standards-setting activities of ISEA’s product groups representing manufacturers, suppliers and testing service providers of safety and health equipment. She represents ISEA on numerous industry standards committees, working with federal regulatory agencies and outside standards bodies to influence activities that affect the manufacture, regulation, use and distribution of safety equipment. She is currently serving a three-year term as a member ANSI’s Board of Standards Review, which provides oversight for all recognized American National Standards. She holds a degree in Political Science from West Virginia University and is a designated Qualified Safety Sales Professional (QSSP).