From flame-resistant beanies and shirts to high-visibility vests and overalls, protective clothing is a wide-ranging category. Here, industry insiders describe innovations in the protective clothing industry, explain where employees make mistakes and how to correct them, and offer tips on staying safe.
Clear messaging at the point of need – that’s what safety signs and labels must always provide, according to Jackie Hahn, market content specialist for Milwaukee-based Brady Corp. “If the identification isn’t easily visible within the area of the potential hazard, employees may not see it, which makes the sign or label useless,” Hahn said.
Snow-covered or icy roads, and slick driving surfaces resulting from heavy rain – these are just some of the weather-related conditions that workers may encounter. All this severe weather potential raises the question: Should workplaces have severe weather policies?
Plant safety can mean a lot of different things: keeping a facility’s stairways slip-resistant and free of debris, or having audible warning systems for collision prevention. It can range from industrial vacuum cleaners to remove dust – reducing the potential for a dust explosion – to safety gates, safety signs and spill kits.
Work-related hand injuries are common: In 2014, 36,540 wrist injuries and 119,810 hand injuries requiring days away from work were recorded, according to the 2017 edition of “Injury Facts,” a National Safety Council chartbook.