Posted by OBBCO Safety Supply on 10/24/2016
You may be buying the right gear, but you might be
using the wrong equipment for the job at hand. Other times, it may not be what
you wear, but how you wear it. When
jobs require PPE or other safety gear, using the wrong item can be unnecessarily
Here are just a few of the common examples we see with our
customers that highlight the importance of always using the right safety equipment:
Protection – Your ear drums are protected because you’re wearing ear plugs,
right? Not if the decibels reach a certain level, in which case you may be
exposing your ears to serious damage. Ear muffs may be the better solution when
ear plugs are not sufficient noise protection.
Type of Glove – Gloves are designed with different uses in mind. They are
rated for different elements and temperatures, as well as offering certain functions:
chemical resistant, cut resistant, disposable, or for specific tasks, like
· Respirators and Masks – Not all masks and respirators protect against the same things. There are varying levels of protection against different environmental exposures, everything from lead-based paint to hazardous or toxic odors. Not all masks stop the same size particles, either. Knowing when to use a dust mask vs. a respirator (and using the right respirator cartridge) is key for worker safety.
By wearing the wrong
safety gear or equipment for the task at hand, you may be protecting yourself
from one danger, while exposing yourself to other risks. Each has their own
use and performance objectives, and not all products will get the job done
Other factors, such as improper fit or using an old or expiring
product, are other common mistakes that may increase chance of injury.
We know there are tons of options out there on the market
for any particular category of apparel or safety gear. If you ever feel
overwhelmed or confused with your choices, OBBCO can help. We are experts at
helping you find solutions for the work you and your team are doing.
OBBCO Safety & Supply is dedicated to keeping your
employees safe. Come stop in our Chesapeake location or give us a call to
discuss your specific safety needs.