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Protective Clothing - What Should And Employer Be Providing

Aug 20, 2008
Protective safety equipment is essential for any working environment where equipment, machinery or the risk of injury exists. It is a commonly overlooked part of site maintenance and care. Providing personal protective equipment, usually referred to as PPE is necessary for any workplace. The range of PPE available is extensive and it's important to consider which areas of the body your staff or workforce need protecting before purchasing your clothing.

Starting at the top of the body, helmets are an obvious requirement on any construction site. The risk of falling objects is apparent and this means that it is clearly necessary for helmets to be provided. Helmets are of standard issue, but can be modified or have accessories added depending on requirements.

Insulated hats should also be made available where your workforce is exposed to the cold. Masks are another important piece of protective equipment for the head. These can contain different levels of filter but should always be used on sites where dust or filaments are prevalent. Air-purifiers can also be used and these are an excellent way to ensure no breathing difficulties are encountered. Eye Protection is also essential as an offering. Goggles or full face masks are two options, but UV glasses can also be used when work is taking place in bright sunlight or other rays are magnified whether harmful or not.

Hearing protection is an essential part of any work that involves heavy machinery or a working environment where loud noises or machinery exist. Ear damage is a common problem in workforces, and providing the appropriate equipment is essential if you are going to avoid personnel suffering. To do this, it is recommended that you provide Ear muffs, Earplugs, Ear defenders or Ear pads - whichever is the most appropriate for the situation or perhaps a combination of several.

Where lifting occurs on site, be sure to provide all the required support for your team. This includes arm and shoulder protection. The variety available is extensive and includes shoulder pads, hand guards, forearm guards, fist guards, knuckle guards, wrist guards, elbow guards, elbow padding, and hand and wrist straps. From this selection, it is important to choose the most suitable protective clothing for the job. For example, lifting and moving mid-sized rocks would require hand and forearm protection.

The most common type of protective footwear are the steel toe boots. Protective footwear also includes clogs and hobnailed boots. All are important where there is a risk of falling objects, or the work environment involves uneven surfaces.

Other types of protective equipment includes clothing. In its simplest form, this can mean something like high visibility clothing, or protective overalls. Where there is a health and safety risk, consideration must be given to the type of clothing or equipment that is required.
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David Whelan writes for SafetyShop, an online store where you can purchase an extensive range of protective clothing and safety signs, as well as other safety equipment.
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