Using Industrial Equipment & Apparel to Create a Safe Work EnvironmentPresentation Transcript
Using Industrial Equipment & Apparel to Create a Safe Work Environment
First, learn safe work practices and hazards at the workplace.
Proper personal protective equipment (PPE) is vital for worker safety. This includes industrial apparel and industrial equipment to make the work environment safe.
All types of PPE are readily available from industrial equipment suppliers; there's no excuse not to be protected.
Every employee and employer should take all precautions to make a jobsite safe.
Injuries to the head, face, or eyes can be potentially debilitating or fatal.
There are 100,000 head injuries at the workplace reported annually.
Industrial equipment to protect the head and face should always be worn at work.
A standard hardhat made of rigid plastics is the best way to keep the head safe from impact hazards.
Head, Face, and Eye Protection
There are 35,000 eye injuries at the workplace reported annually.
Proper eyewear is outlined in the government's ANSI standard 287.1. All eyewear made to that standard has a stamp certifying the equipment.
Non-certified eyewear like eyeglasses and sunglasses can be a liability due to shattering glass and lack of side shields.
Goggles and glasses that meet the standard provide the best protection.
Head, Face, and Eye Protection
Hands are constantly exposed to hazards from machinery and industrial equipment , including sharp edges and heavy tools.
Leather gloves are best to protect against cuts and abrasions.
Thicker welder's gloves have a layer of insulation to protect the hands from radiant heat.
Kevlar gloves offer high tensile strength and won't melt from intense heat or flash fires.
Nitrate or latex gloves are worn to prevent dangerous liquids from soaking through to the skin.
Sometimes, a combination of gloves is required to match a potential workplace hazard.
Industrial Equipment to Keep Hands Safe
Industrial apparel covers most of the body and can be vital for personal safety.
The proper outfit can offer impact and abrasion resistance, chemical splash protection, flame resistance, and an increased visibility in low light environments.
Industrial apparel must fit properly. If it's too loose, it presents a hazard around moving parts and machinery. Too tight, and it constricts range of motion and affects balance.
Work wear needs to be made with heavy-duty threads with reinforced seams to be durable and provide a barrier against worksite hazards.
Splash protection: Face shields, elbow-length gloves, and waterproof clothing create a barrier to chemicals and solvents if they are splashed on a person.
Petroleum products, from gasoline to heavy naphtha, can be protected against with waterproof industrial apparel.
Flame resistant clothing: With fire and heat hazards, this can be the difference between life and death. Flame resistant materials include self-extinguishing materials, threads that don't melt under high heat, and insulation against heat sources.
Industrial Apparel: Splash Protection and Flame Resistant Clothing
Workers in construction, utility work, police forces, emergency medical services, fire fighters, and airport runway workers all rely on high-visibility industrial apparel.
To increase visibility, retro reflective materials are affixed onto industrial apparel.
Retro reflecting materials concentrate the light to reflect back in the direction it came from. E.g., light from a vehicle's headlights shine directly back to the driver, alerting him to the worker's presence.
Sharply contrasting colors are used to differentiate the worker from the background.
Industrial Apparel: Visibility
Industrial footwear, notably, steel toe boots, provide protection for the feet and ankles.
Steel plates protect the toes and feet from impacts.
High tops protect the ankles from strains and sprains.
Non-slip soles help prevent slips, trips, and falls.
Waterproof sealants can be applied to keep feet dry and protect against chemical spills and puddles.
Protecting the Feet at the Workplace
Find One Supplier for a Company's Safety Equipment
A comprehensive protective system doesn't have to be complicated especially if you work with one supplier.
A good supplier offers nearly all of the needed industrial equipment and apparel to implement a PPE program for any size company.
Working with a representative from one safety supply company makes the process easier.
That company can provide a checklist to ensure an adequate supply of the right equipment.
Federal Agencies That Protect Workers
These government agencies are great resources for safety guidelines and requirements in various work environments. At their websites, you can research specific topics to ensure compliance with applicable federal laws at your particular workplace.
OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration). Website: http://osha.gov/
ANSI (American National Standards Institute). Website: http://www.ansi.org/
NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health). Website: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/
The right PPE, industrial apparel, and industrial equipment make any job site safer.
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