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Construction Safety Equipment

Written by Nicholas Kamuda
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There are so many different kinds of gear on the market these days that it can be difficult to know what kind of construction safety equipment to purchase. Though there are many different manufacturers, many different materials, and many different styles to choose from, there are a few main points to look for while shopping around. There are also hundreds of convenient online resources for researching construction safety equipment, and manufacturer's websites usually have a lot of information as well.

A Few Points Concerning Construction Safety Equipment

In order to know exactly what kind of safety products you are going to need, it helps to fully assess your work environment. Personal Protective Equipment, often called PPE, is usually necessary for most applications. Durable gloves, fall harnesses, earplugs and safety goggles form a basic suite of PPE for construction applications, but there are many other kinds of PPE as well. Depending on the situation, respirators, a supplied air system, or possibly even confined space equipment may also be suitable.

Treatment/containment gear such as first aid kits or spill control products is also usually necessary. If there is a lot of danger from sharp edges, it may be appropriate to stock an excess of bandages, gauze, and nitrile gloves. Eyewash stations or portable showers may also be appropriate.

The majority of all commercially available construction safety equipment has been reviewed and tested by OSHA, ANSI, or NIOSH. A seal of approval on the gear means that it meets strict government safety standards, and that, as long as the equipment is used properly, it should perform well even under demanding conditions. If OSHA has not approved the gear, then it either has not been fully tested yet, or the equipment may not meet OSHA regulations.


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