09 May The Right Safety Gear: How Important is it for Your Industry?
Every workplace has its potential hazards. But if your job involves handling chemicals or other hazardous substances, you need the right safety gear and personal protective equipment (PPE) to keep your staffers safe. Finding the right, high-quality tools of the trade matters as much as having well-trained employees for the smooth functioning of your operation. Your industry or facility guidelines, as well as OSHA regulations, will determine the minimum requirements you have for safe chemical handling procedures in the workplace, but here are a few ideas on where to start:
Wear correct gloves for proper protection
There are many different types of protective gloves on the market with different permeability and levels of dexterity. So, it’s important to carefully choose the right gloves for the situation to provide the best protection. Check with the manufacturer to ensure that you are getting the best gloves for your use and that they will not limit movement when worn. If you are spraying or measuring chemicals, you’ll want gloves that offer an excellent combination of resistance and strength and are designed to work well with spray nozzles, measuring tools or other slippery implements. Working in mining, refining, auto or construction? Look for sturdy, black PVC gloves to protect against most acids, oils, and petroleum hydrocarbons.
Find appropriate protective eyewear
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 25,000 workplace eye injuries happen each year. OSHA reports that workplace eye injuries cost an estimated $300 million a year in medical treatment, worker compensation, and productivity in the workplace. Safety goggles or glasses can help minimize the risk of eye injury. In fact, the American Academy of Ophthalmology says that protective eyewear can prevent more than 90% of serious eye injuries. Goggles can help protect against dust, vapors, splash hazards and impact. Look for goggles that provide splash protection with fog-free, impact-resistant lenses so they can be used in different conditions. If your lab, plant or farm needs something more lightweight, look for flexible vinyl goggles to provide the top eye protection. Both styles should fit over prescription glasses and have adjustable elastic headbands.
The Right Equipment for Farm Safety
Farmworkers can be exposed to environmental, biological and chemical hazards, so having the right agricultural safety equipment means looking for ones made for the industry. From pesticides to fertilizers to other compounds, workers need to protect themselves whether they are in agricultural businesses, farms, fields, forests, nurseries, or greenhouses. PPE in agriculture is often used with measuring tools, so look for top-of-the-line quality in both.
The Best Safety Equipment for Medical Research
Medical researchers also require safety gear made with their specific needs in mind—ones where there’s little room for error. Synthetic gloves, such a green nitrile gloves, should be used when handling toxic substances, caustic chemicals, or solvents to prevent skin contact or absorption. Black nitrile gloves can be used for hard-working environments where are less corrosive materials are handled regularly. A thinner glove like this offer first-rate hand protection and sensitivity when using pitchers, scoops, beakers or other measuring implements.
Don’t take chances on poor safety gear. It’s a last line of defense between you and the hazards of your industry. Axiom Products produces, Accu-Tech, a range of high-quality chemical gear and safety equipment that is carefully manufactured to ensure protection and precision. Contact us today to find out more.