Body protection is an essential part of any job that has you working in hazardous environments. Whether you are a construction worker, a firefighter, or a coal miner, your body needs to be protected against the chemicals and gases that could cause serious injury if they come into contact with your skin.
This blog post will explore what types of body protection PPE are available for different industries and some ways to choose which one is right for you!
Construction workers wear protective clothing such as goggles or hard hats when working near windows on high buildings not to risk being blinded by sunlight or suffer head trauma from falling objects. They also might need to wear gloves because their hands get dirty while handling materials like paint and plaster.
Firefighters use protective clothing and equipment to guard against the heat, flames, smoke, gases, and chemicals that can harm them while fighting fires. They might wear a fire-resistant coat with an attached hood or helmet for protection on their head and face from falling embers; gloves to protect their hands from burning materials when they are inside a building; boots or shoes that don’t allow hot surfaces to burn through them so firefighters can walk across metal grating without fear of getting burned feet; heavy duty work pants that resist tearing away at the seams if exposed to flame or chemical spills; goggles/face shield as well as ear guards because some chemicals produce toxic fumes which may damage lungs over time.
Coal miners wear protective PPE designed to protect them from the dangers of coal mining, which includes heat (carbon monoxide), loose rocks, and gases.
The uses of body protection PPE can be as varied as what it is protecting against: a person’s skin from chemical burns; their face or lungs from toxic fumes; someone in construction work when they are using heavy machinery that has moving parts like drills that could cause injury if not used with caution.
Body protection PPE also protects people working around dangerous animals such as venomous snakes, lions at the zoo, bear on a camping trip, etc. Some types of snake bites may take days before any symptoms appear. Still, by then, it might too late for treatment.
1. Protects against infectious diseases
Many types of infectious diseases can be prevented with body protection PPE. These include HIV, hepatitis B and C, Mycobacterium tuberculosis (TB), smallpox, and measles.
Body protection PPE protects the skin from insect bites when a person is working outdoors which could cause infection if bitten by mosquitoes or other insects carrying disease like malaria or dengue fever etc., as well as protect against tetanus in case there was an accident involving wood splinters or rusty metal edges, etc.
Infectious diseases may also arise due to close contact with animals such as rabies, so people need to use gloves at home around dogs they know have been vaccinated but not entirely immune-
2. Protects against chemical hazards
Many chemicals in the environment can cause harm, such as acids, alkalis, solvents, and petrol.
Some work environments contain chemicals like these, and if there is unprotected contact, it could lead to several health problems for any person in this situation.
These hazards are also present at home, so gloves should be used when cleaning or using substances that may have a chemical hazard-
Body protection PPE protects workers from physical injury due to sharp edges on machinery and protects against electric shocks from power lines of high voltage electrical equipment.-
The type of body protection PPE worn will depend on what risks exist with each job task: e.g., wearing goggles would not make sense when working outdoors without an immediate risk of raindrops falling into one’s
3. Protects against physical hazards
Body protection PPE protects you against physical hazards. For example, if your gloves are not durable enough to stand up against a sharp edge on machinery, the job task will be unsafe, and you might need extra body protection PPE such as arm guards or a hard hat.
So many people out there who don’t know how dangerous their work can be without body protection PPE! What tasks at home could lead to health problems?
4. Provides respiratory protection from airborne contaminants and particulates
A respirator mask, or any other face-protecting mask, will protect you from airborne contaminants and particulates that can make your respiratory system run amok.
Respiratory protection is essential in jobs with a risk of exposure to toxic particles such as lead, asbestos fibers, paint dust, and silica sand particles.
5. Provides eye protection from airborne particles, chemicals, and radiation
Wearing protective eyewear like goggles, safety glasses, or a full-face shield will help to protect your eyes from airborne particles and chemicals that can cause harm.
Blue light radiation emitted by electronic devices such as smartphones and tablets is harmful to the retina.
Radiation protection eyewear like leaded glass or UV protective lenses are recommended for people who work in environments where they may be exposed to hazardous levels of blue light or ultraviolet rays.
It’s important to use PPE when doing any task because it protects you from many different things! What type of tasks could you do without body protection? It’s hard not knowing what hazards are out there, so make sure next time have some on hand – what if today is the day something terrible happens?
6. Prevents heat stress by providing insulation when working in hot environments or wearing heavy protective clothing
PPE with auxiliary cooling systems, such as vests or undergarments that ice packs in hot environments can cool
PPE with auxiliary heating systems or personal cooling systems such as water cooled garments, cooling vests can protect you from a very hot environment.
7. How do you know which type of PPE to use for your situation?
– Determine the hazard(s) to which you may be exposed and use PPE that protects against those hazards.
– Your employer determines what type of PPE is needed by analyzing physical, biological, or chemical hazards in your work environment.
Consider whether an airborne contaminant will react with water, such as ammonia gas reacting with water vapor to form a harmful substance like ammonium hydroxide; this would not require respiratory protection, but it might warrant eyewear or hand protection (depending on how quickly contaminants dry).
Your employer also considers other factors when assigning PPE: working conditions, age, sex, weight, occupation, and tasks being performed. They want any necessary personal protective equipment to fit comfortably so workers can do their job without interference.
– According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, you should use PPE in these five situations:
– When working with or near hazardous chemicals;
– To prevent injury from workplace violence;
– To protect against falls on uneven surfaces;
– In wet work environments such as mining coal, roofing, or trenching where there is a high risk of falling into the water, mud, or other liquid hazards which could cause drowning (even up to 20 feet);
– To reduce exposure to blood borne pathogens when handling sharp instruments that are not used often.