Hazards such as falling debris, excessive noise, electrical wiring, and chemical exposure can be prevalent on industrial sites. For those laboring among these potential safety threats, at least a minimal level of personal protective equipment (PPE) is necessary. Though all PPE should be selected based on the hazards involved, here is a list of five to wear:
- Hard hats safeguard against falling objects and other flying debris and may be necessary for industrial and construction environments. Face shields and other head gear offer an additional barrier of protection. Full-face respirators are available for those exposed to harmful levels of chemicals or dust in the air.
- Eyewear: Safety glasses help protect eyes from flying objects, radiation from hot objects, and other vision-threatening dangers.
- Safety gloves for hand protection when working with sharp objects, chemicals, rugged or sensitive materials, and extreme temperatures. Gloves should fit well, be chemically compatible with the materials to be handled, and be suitable for the task involved. For example, heat-insulated Neoprene gloves offer good chemical resistance.
- Hearing protection: Earplugs and noise reduction tools are helpful in industrial facilities, construction, and transportation. Earmuffs can provide equal pressure distribution and maximum high-frequency attenuation. Some are crafted for use in high volume areas such as heavy industry facilities, jet engine environments, and near riveting activities.
- Safety footwear so your feet and toes do not get crushed or damaged.
When donning personal protective equipment, make sure you have been trained in the proper use and fit of these items. Poorly fitting devices will provide little defense against the many hazards in industrial settings.
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