Safety gear, for obvious reasons, should always be worn when you’re in the construction site. When performing one’s duties in the construction industry, proper and complete safety equipment is a must-have to ensure protection and safety.
Following are four (4) of the most important components of your safety gear:
1. Hard Hats
A hard hat protects a person from risks that my lead to head injuries. Hard hats work as a shield for the scalp, face, neck and shoulders. It protects from spills, drips or splashes of chemicals or liquid mixtures used in the construction site. Its rigid shell protects the head from hard blows and falling objects. It has a suspension object underneath it that serves as a shock absorber. Additionally, the right hard hat acts as an insulator against electrical shock. There are also some hard hats designed to be fitted with goggles, face shields and hoods.
According to a survey by the Bureau of Labour Statistics, most people suffering from head injuries in the construction site were those who did not wear head protection. It’s essential for employers to provide the necessary equipment to ensure the safety of the employees.
2. Safety Glasses
Safety glasses protect the eyes from splatters, dust, shrapnel and small debris. Depending on the nature of your work, safety glasses vary in style, usage and physical design. It’s important to make sure that your glasses are comfortable to wear and fit just right so it won’t obscure your work.
A survey shows there are 800,000 work-related eye injuries each year, and up to 20% of these injuries result to temporary or permanent damage. By wearing safety glasses, the risk of eye injury is reduced to up to 90%.
In tasks involving chemicals, harmful substances or risks of hand injuries, protective PPE should be worn. However, there are certain activities wherein the usage of gloves may cause injuries. Exceptions apply to tasks wherein there are high chances of gloves getting caught in machinery or in a tool. For circumstances like this, instructions should be discussed with a professional safety consultant before proceeding with the task. You may refer to OSHA Safety Training Maunal 29 CFR part 1910.138 for further details on glove usage.
4. Safety Boots
Many people in the construction sector argue whether safety boots should be worn. Some think boots can be uneasy to walk in. Steel toe boots are often considered to be uncomfortable since these don’t allow good air circulation. However, safety should always come before comfort. Most construction sites require wearing steel toe boots before granting entry or permission to work. Steel toe boots prevent injuries and protect your feet. They shield your foot from injury when you accidentally step on sharp materials and resist shock when heavy objects fall on your feet. Safety boots also protects your ankles when you walk on uneven surfaces.
These are just four of the most important items to wear when you’re in the construction site. Prevention is better than cure. Always uphold safety and protection as your social and legal obligation.