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High Visibility Clothing
Many occupations require PPE garments that are extra visible at day and/or night. It is important that the garments are certified according to EN ISO 20471 to ensure the safety features offered by the garment, but also that they offer comfort, functionality and performance throughout the year. In addition it is important to offer garments for both men and women.
Garments made of FR fabric
may not alone prevent burn injury.
Although flame-resistant fabrics inhibit the spread of fire, the wearer may still experience burns in the immediate area of the ignition point. The advantage of FR garments is that the fire will not spread readily away from the point of ignition and the fabric self-extinguishes soon after the wearer moves away from the ignition trigger.
Self-extinguishing fabrics help to limit the extent and area of burn injury. The worker may want to wear T-shirts or undergarments made of FR fabric under their outer garments for added protection. A work coverall with safety features can ensure your well-being no matter what the job.
While coveralls by their very nature protect the body and clothes, some situations require additional protection. Look for the following features in coveralls for increased safety:
If you work with tools that could cut, coveralls made from heavy-duty fabric provide an extra layer of protection in case of an unfortunate mishap.
These openings can create a seal to more thoroughly protect the body from harmful substances.
f you work with heat and flame, it’s essential that your work clothes be protected. There are different levels of flame resistance, depending on the severity of the potential danger.
While this may not immediately seem like a safety feature, extremely cold weather can be just as harmful as toxins and electricity. In addition to directly protecting your skin, proper insulation will improve your performance and safety by keeping you free from the distractions of being uncomfortably cold.
n many cases, waterproofing is more an issue of comfort, but when dealing with harmful liquids, a water-resistant fabric can prevent spills from seeping through to your skin.
Bright colors and reflective details can ensure your fellow workers and passersby see you at all times.
Common design details can become safety features if they make a task easier and safer. Perhaps a convenient loop or pocket means you don’t have to bend down to reach for tools in a precarious location.
Did you know?
- Steel-toed boots originated in Germany, and were invented at the end of World War II.
- Some steel-toed boots are actually made with composite material reinforcement, a plastic such as thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) or even aluminum.
- Employers can force you to wear steel-toed boots before working according to law (depending on your job, of course.)
- Some steel-toed boots are not boots at all. Styles have changed over the years, and some manufacturers even make steel-toed sneakers and clogs.
- Steel-toed boots are meant to last for several years. They are built tough – meaning they won’t fall apart in a couple of years like most sneakers do.
- Some steel-toed boots can even protect you against a chain saw. How crazy is that? These boots are specially marked and are sometimes called “chainsaw boots.”
- All steel-toed footwear must go through vigorous OSHA compliance and licensing before hitting the shoe stores.
The facts about
disposable clothing products:
Disposable clothing and outerwear can be classed into two primary groups of function: personal protection and environmental safety.
For Personal Protection an individual will use disposable clothing wear to protect himself or herself against a hazardous environment. Personal protective equipment (PPE) refers to Dust Masks, Coveralls, Sleeve Protectors, Latex or Nitrile Gloves, Overshoes, or other garments designed to protect the wearer’s body from injury or infection.
Some of the hazards that PPEs protect against may include physical, electrical, heat, chemicals, bio-hazards, and airborne particulate matter.
Environmental Safety however refers to the disposable wear an individual uses to protect the environment and the products they are handling from risk of biological contamination.
How to assess ratings of
safety eyeglasses and goggles:
Plus mark. To determine if a lens has passed the high velocity test described above, look for the “+” mark that indicates its approval at high impact.
This mark may be applied to any prescription lens of the same or greater thickness (at the thinnest point of the lens), made of the same material by the same manufacturer and with the same coating(s) applied.
“V” and “S” marks. Other lens markings that appear on safety lenses are “V” (indicating the lens is photochromic) and “S” (indicating the lens has a special tint). In some cases, a number may also be marked on a shaded safety lens to indicate how much light transmittance is reduced by the tint.