Preparing appropriate types and enough quantity of construction safety equipment is one of the important steps you have to do to ensure safety during construction work inside your work area or chemical plant.
You may rely on your daily safety equipment to fulfill the requirement of construction safety equipment. But, it is not enough. Take a moment to think about it.
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Construction work is much different from your daily plant operation. You will need different types of safety equipment.
Failure to fulfill the appropriate safety equipment for construction work will endanger the safety of your construction workers, employees, and plant facilities.
Hazard Identification is the Critical Step
In order to ensure that you have prepared the appropriate type and enough quantity of the equipment, at first you have to identify all hazards that are associated with the construction works.
Describe the construction works in detail to make the hazard identification work easy. And make sure that nothing is left in your hazard identification.
The hazard identification result which is followed by risk assessment should give you a clear situation during the construction work. Thus, you can prepare the equipment with confident.
Available Types of Construction Safety Equipment
What type of construction safety equipment you will require depends on the nature of the construction works that will be done. As a reminder, below here are some common types that you should prepare.
Head Protection: construction hard hats, construction safety helmets, industrial hard hats, industrial safety helmets, safety helmets, face shield visor, welding helmets, and welding mask.
Eye protection: safety goggles, chemical splash goggles, clear safety glasses, protective spectacles, protective glasses, protective eyewear, welding goggles, and protective goggles.
Hearing protection: earplugs, hearing ear muffs, electronic earmuffs, electronic earmuffs with radio, disposable earplugs, shooting ear muffs, reusable earplugs, and foam earplugs.
Respiratory protection: dust masks, dust respirators, respirator masks, particulate masks, n95 masks, half face masks, disposable respirators, face masks, filter cartridges, respirator cartridges, etc.
Hand Protection: welding gloves, working gloves, PVC Dot gloves, leather gloves and driver’s gloves.
Foot Protection: safety shoes and boots.
Fall Protection: safety belts, safety harness, industrial safety harness, half waist safety belt, full-body industrial safety harness, etc.
Gas detector: combustible gas (Lower Explosive Limit) detector, oxygen detector, etc.
Others: safety sign, protective barrier, safety tape, ventilation equipment, knee pads, fire extinguishers, etc.
Even though construction safety equipment is very important, however always bear in mind that you can not solely rely on them. The first you should do is how to eliminate or reduce hazards from your construction area.