Choosing the Right Protective Workwear for Your Manufacturing Facility -- Occupational Health & Safety

What factors do you need to consider when selecting workwear?

Safety is a top priority in any manufacturing facility. In fact, safety acts as the foundation to help you achieve the desired profits and productivity. Summer Coverall

Choosing the Right Protective Workwear for Your Manufacturing Facility -- Occupational Health & Safety

Due to the different settings in the manufacturing environment, employees can come into contact with harsh objects and substances that can harm them in different ways. Therefore, the right protective workwear comes in handy for keeping workers safe from potential contamination and hazards in their everyday operations. Below are more details on the different types of protective clothing and the factors to consider when selecting them.

Employees need different protective clothing depending on the hazards in their environment. Here are the essentials that workers in manufacturing plants should have.

Eyewear. Statistics show that over 2,000 individuals suffer eye injuries daily in the workplace, and up to 90 percent of these injuries are preventable with eye protection. In many manufacturing environments, there is a high risk of airborne particles, chemical gasses, molten metal, vapors and other flying debris getting into your eyes.

Workers should wear eyewear that fits comfortably and is close to the eye to prevent injuries that can cause temporary or permanent loss of vision. Some protective eyewear can include welding shields, spectacles and safety goggles.

Breathing masks. Many manufacturing facilities deal with toxic substances in different processes, and the air may contain contaminants such as dust, sprays and fumes. Workers should wear breathing masks to prevent possible respiratory problems. Workers may need simple paper masks or more complex respirators, depending on a specific facility or process.

Gloves. Workers' hands and fingers are often at a higher risk of coming into contact with corrosive substances and toxic chemicals used in manufacturing. Depending on the environment, gloves offer protection against bacteriological risks, splashes from chemicals, thermal burns, vibrations and cuts by sharp objects.

Hard hats. Although hard hats are common in construction, they are essential in manufacturing plants. They protect workers from getting hit by something heavy falling on their head, causing injury, concussion, or even brain damage. Nowadays, you can find different designs and even select several options, such as a comfortable sweatband and an adjustable interior harness.

Engineered for impact resistance, watch Superior Glove’s hand protection in action against tough knocks and impacts

PIG® Spill Kit in 95-Gallon High-Visibility Container. The high-visibility spill kit container from New Pig is easily seen—even in low light or from a distance—to help make spill response even faster. It contains enough absorbents to contain up to 60 gallons of oils, coolants, solvents and water. Learn more at ASSP Safety booth #527. 3

Heat stress and heat stroke are no joke. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, dozens of workers die each year from heat exposure. Want to get ahead of the problem? Our safety professionals will help you develop a proper program before it gets too hot. Check out Fastenal’s “Beat the Heat” resource here: We go over proper hydration, sun protection and heat stress signs. Please, contact us with your questions at [email protected] or 1-833-FNL-SAFE. 3

The Bullard AboveView has a see-through visor available in clear, grey-tint and yellow-tint options. The AboveView offers comfort with ¾” seamless suspension, large absorbent cotton and easy-to-clean vinyl brow pads with fully adjustable suspensions. The AboveView is made in this USA and designed and manufactured in Cynthiana, Kentucky. 3

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