Now more than ever, safety on the construction site and the workplace is paramount. It’s something that building owners and construction firms must concern themselves with at all stages of construction. While everyone is familiar with hard hats and steel-toed safety shoes when doing construction work, ear protection and other forms of safety gear are also vital.
Here’s a quick rundown of some of the more come common personnel protection equipment (PPE) which must be worn at all times:
- Hard Hat
- Protective gloves
- Ear protection
- Full face shields
- Safety goggles
- High visibility safety vests with reflective stripes
- Steel-toe shoes
- Face masks
- Fall protection equipment when working above 6 feet
- Protective or fire-retardant clothing when working with electric cables
The list above is considered the minimum in most construction sites. There are instances when the employee will be required to use more specialised protective gear such as Hazmat suits if, for example, they are dealing with chemicals and dangerous substances in the area. The point is to protect workers or employees from any kind of harm in the hours or minutes that they are fulfilling their duties.
Making the Workplace Safe
Occupational safety regulations stipulate that any work site must be safe and conducive to the well-being of its workers. For example, chemicals and oils must be stored in sealed tanks or drums to prevent spills which could injure employees or cause them to slip or fall. Steel trusses and bars should also be stacked properly to prevent mishaps.
Additionally, danger signs and warnings should be posted all over the work sites. These are just some examples of measures that are being carried out and monitored by authorities.
Constructions accidents and mishaps have been many, in past, and governments all over the world are concerned about protecting workers who expose themselves to these high-risk scenarios every day.