Noisy power tools. Heavy equipment in motion. Falling objects. Dust particles. Roadway traffic. Construction jobsites are filled with hazards that can cause injuries or illnesses. That's why using the proper personal protective equipment is critical. Rely on us for hard hats to protect against fixed or falling items, earplugs to reduce noise levels, safety glasses and goggles to prevent foreign objects from getting in workers' eyes, gloves to guard against cuts and chemicals, or reflective apparel to boost visibility.
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In high-hazard industries like construction, personal protective equipment is essential and often required. We offer a wide selection of PPE to help you reduce the chance of incidents and injuries.
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It’s no secret that construction workers face great danger when out on a jobsite. In fact, over 1,061 workers died in 2019 due to construction-related activities. Check out the three popular types of construction personal protective equipment below.
The facts: It’s always important to protect your employees’ noggins no matter where they work, but on a construction site, their heads are exposed to danger at almost every turn! Head protection is required on most construction sites, with very few exceptions. So, follow the rules and assign head protection to your employees when:
Objects might fall from above and strike them on the head (ouch)
They might bump their heads against fixed objects, such as exposed pipes or beams (ouch)
There is a possibility of accidental head contact with electrical hazards (no shocker here).
Stay in compliance with the feds and ensure your employees’ hard hats are OSHA-approved. Protective noggin gear has to must meet the requirements of any of these standards:
American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Z89.1-2009, American National Standard for Industrial Head Protection:
American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Z89.1-2003, American National Standard for Industrial Head Protection; or
American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Z89.1-1997, American National Standard for Personnel Protection—Protective Headwear for Industrial Workers—Requirements.
The facts: Hi-vis apparel takes the cake as the most popular piece of PPE that employees wear on a construction site. We dare you to find a construction site where no employees are wearing hi-vis apparel. The point is: hi-vis apparel is important!
Hi-vis apparel allows equipment and machine operators to spot employees from distances up to 1,000 feet and more. Not to mention, there are plenty of colors to choose from. No matter the color you choose, provide your employees with hi-vis vests, pants, and shirts when:
There’s a chance employees could be struck by motorists or equipment.
Employees work underground or in low-light areas throughout the day.
Your company is involved in tunnel, bridge, utility line, road, or street work.
There’s more you can add to that list, but you get the point.
OSHA doesn’t make it easy to follow hi-vis apparel requirements. However, that doesn’t mean you can avoid assigning it to employees when they’re in danger. But when you do provide employees protection, make sure it complies with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) under ANSI/ISEA 107 2015.
The facts: Employees’ hands can take a beating on a construction site. Have them sport the right gear on the job so they can grab, hold, lift, and move objects for the long run. If you don’t already know, employees’ hands can be exposed to a few basic hazards:
Mechanical hazards — These are present wherever machinery like drills, sanders, saws, or other machinery is used. Injuries resulting from machinery use might include cuts, punctures, abrasions, or crushing.
Environmental hazard — Factors like extreme heat or cold (common from some types of work or during certain times of the year), electricity, and materials handling have the potential to injure your hands.
Irritating substances — Skin conditions such as dermatitis can be caused by contact with chemicals and biological agents (bacteria, fungi, and viruses). Chemicals and toxic substances can also enter the bloodstream through abrasions or cuts.
There isn’t a specific OSHA construction rule that requires hand protection. But OSHA does require at 1926.95(a) that, “protective equipment, including personal protective equipment for eyes, face, head, and extremities, protective clothing, respiratory devices, and protective shields and barriers, shall be provided, used, and maintained in a sanitary and reliable condition wherever it is necessary...”
Follow that guidance!
Providing your workers with head protection, hi-vis apparel and hand protection can go a long way toward preventing injuries and keeping your jobsites safe.
Construction workers face hazards on the job while they perform manual labor, use tools, operate equipment, or work outdoors. Use PPE to minimize exposure to hazards on the jobsite.
Many different gloves are available and can protect construction workers’ hands from cuts, abrasions, impacts, vibrations, and penetrations. Welding helmets, face shields, goggles, and eyeglasses prevent exposure to workers’ eyes from flying particulates produced from a variety of hot work and construction-related work activities. Protective clothing and footwear place a barrier between workers’ bodies and feet, respectively.
High-visibility apparel ensures workers are visible to operators and motorists. Seasonal PPE such as cooling towels and bandanas, neck gaiters, hats, jackets, and traction cleats help workers stay safe while working outdoors. Hard hats protect workers’ heads from overhead falling objects and accidental bumps. Minimizing workers’ exposure to hazards and the risk of injury can help ensure the project continues efficiently and without setbacks from a jobsite incident.
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