It’s imperative that all employees who work in industry are protected from the hazards they might come into contact with on a daily basis. This mean they have to have a full understanding of the jobs they have to do and wear appropriate clothing as well as use appropriate equipment when working.
Health and safety legislation leaves little room for manoeuvre 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 on a regular basis so that they are safe to use.
Some of the common mandatory safety equipment in 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 standard 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 poor lighting hi-vis jackets and clothing should be worn to increase your visibility, whilst if you are working in dirty environments appropriate overalls should be worn to minimise contaminant contact with the skin. Overalls can also be made from materials which 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 other working at height equipment should be checked on a regular basis by users so that its safety can be checked. Regular audits of equipment and using the right equipment can keep employees safe and employers within their legal requirements.
Dawn Greer is a firm advocate of wearing appropriate safety clothing. She uses powertoolsdirect.com for all her safety equipment.