Choosing the Right Safety Gear
Posted by: Erika Green on April 19, 2018
Creating a safe environment at a construction site begins with the right safety gear. Fortunately, you can pick up workwear apparel and safety equipment at The Home Depot® to last throughout your job.
Protecting your face
OSHA requires anyone working in conditions where there may be flying particles to wear face protection. When using saws, stump grinders and other cutting equipment, a quality pair of safety glasses will do the trick. The Home Depot carries a variety of multi-purpose safety glasses that protect your eyes against particles and debris.
And while you’re at it, grab a pack of respirator face masks for jobs involving sanding, grinding and sawing. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
Protecting your head
Any time you’re on a jobsite there’s the potential for objects to fall from above. To protect against this, invest in a hard hat or helmet. And if your current hard hat has dents or damage, you should invest in an upgrade. The Home Depot carries popular name brand head gear like 3M and TR Industrial that provide comfort, protection and stability to keep your team safe on the job.
Protecting your hearing
Earplugs and earmuffs are essential. Heavy equipment and power tools create high-noise work areas, so making sure your crew has earplugs readily accessible is a must. Consider the 3M Orange Disposable Earplugs which protects against noises at or exceeding 85 decibels. Remember, you should have extras on hand so you can replace them regularly.
Leg and foot protection
Don’t get stuck on the job without proper protection for your knees. Soft cap, hard cap and gel foam knee pads are all available at your local store, and all can be adjusted to provide maximum comfort on any surface.
For additional clothing gear and safety precautions when handling heavy equipment or tools, read through the owner’s and safety manuals that come with your rented equipment. For a full list of manuals, click here.