Because construction workers often work with or around hazardous materials and equipment, it is recommended that they wear personal protective equipment appropriate for the job they are performing. These three types of PPE are recommended by OSHA for construction workers.
1. Respiratory Protection
Jobs that involve hazardous chemicals, or small foreign particles, such as dust or metal shavings, may require the use of PPE designed to protect the wearer from inhaling particles that may irritate or damage the respiratory system. Respiratory protection Denver CO is available in a variety of forms, each of which is appropriate for different types of hazards. Common PPE in this category includes air-purifying respirators, such as N95 masks, which filter particles from the air and supplied air respirators, which protect the wearer by supplying clean air from an attached tank.
2. Eye and Face Protection
Eye and face protection should be worn any time a job may cause debris to fly through the air. Safety glasses or face shields can protect the wearer from damage to the eyes or face from flying objects. Eye and face protection should also be worn during hazardous electrical work and welding activities. The appropriate type of eye or face protection depends upon the particular hazards of the job.
3. Head Protection
Hard hats should be worn any time there is the potential for objects dropped from above to impact the head. They are also appropriate for jobs with a risk of the head coming into contact with fixed objects or electrical hazards. Hard hats are recommended for most construction activities. Hard hats should be routinely inspected and replaced any time a heavy blow or electrical shock occurs.
Construction sites pose many hazards from falling objects to flying debris to the risk of electrical shock. Equipping the appropriate PPE for each job is vital to maintaining the safety of all workers.