Industrial Protection Products

Written by Sarah Provost
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The demand for industrial protection products such as respirators, chemical-resistant clothing, cut-resistant gloves and similar products has taken a sharp upturn in recent years. Increased employee awareness of worksite dangers and a concomitant fear of lawsuits are two of the factors driving this trend. Another, perhaps, is simply a more cautious national environment after the attacks of 9/11.

For whatever reason, both employers and employees have become more safety conscious. Agencies such as OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration), NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) and ANSI (The American National Standards Institute) have always concerned themselves with worker safety and guidelines for industrial protection products. If you work at a potentially hazardous job or purchase products for those who do, you should familiarize yourself with their guidelines by visiting their websites.

A Wide Range of Industrial Protection Products

There is a wide range of industrial protection products available within each subcategory. Protective clothing, for instance, ranges from simple disposable masks and head coverings to the maximum protection of hazmat suits. You might simply need disposable plastic gloves for occasional handling of materials, or thickly padded insulated gloves for rescue work.

Use the Internet to stay abreast of new developments in the field and to be certain that your protection products meet current standards. You can also conveniently research availability and order products online, often at lower prices than through brick and mortar suppliers. When the safety of your fellow employees is in your hands, the Web can be a powerful ally.

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