All employees who work in the industry must be protected from the hazards they might come into contact with daily. This means they have to have a full understanding of the jobs they have to do and wear appropriate clothing as well as use the proper equipment when working.
Health and safety legislation leaves little room for maneuver in terms of what an employer must do to protect their employees, and rightly so. Appropriate equipment must be provided for employees to use, and many electrical tools they use need to be tested for safety regularly so that they are safe to use.
Some of the standard mandatory safety equipment in the industry includes:
Safety glasses should be worn by anyone who may cause damage to their eyes due to the job they are being asked to perform. Glasses can stop solid fragments or liquid splashes entering the eyes, thus preventing them from damage. Applications, when safety glasses should be worn, include drilling, when handling hazardous liquids, and when working in conditions when a lot of dust or debris may be generated.
Safety footwear is an essential part of safety wear and is worn by thousands of people across the UK in their day-to-day jobs. Safety footwear can protect the wearer’s feet from sharp implements, which may penetrate the soles of formal shoes, can stop crushing injuries due to steel inserts, and can stop the incidence of slips and trips due to the non-slip oil resistant soles most of these types of shoes or boots possess.
Safety clothing should be worn depending on the specific job you are doing. If you are working in areas of low lighting, hi-vis jackets and clothing should be worn to increase your visibility, while if you are working in dirty environments, appropriate overalls should be worn to minimize contaminant contact with the skin. Overalls can also be made from materials that withstand cuts or scuffs and can be professionally cleaned so that all contamination can be removed.
If you work at height, you’ll know how important it is to have the right equipment. Ladders, harnesses, and others working at height equipment should be checked regularly by users so that its safety can be studied. Regular audits of equipment and using the right equipment can keep employees safe and employers within their legal requirements.