Factory work is demanding. The life of a worker is full of tireless labor and long working hours with little rest. But apart from that, it is equally hazardous. The workers are often exposed to high temperatures, blowing dust, heavy machinery, harmful chemicals, etc. The daily lives of factory workers are in a dangerous, and often life-threatening environment. While this is the regime of a manufacturing unit, it is the foremost duty of an organization to provide adequate safety measures to avoid and avert accidents that are so likely at a plant.
Apart from the accidents, consistent exposure to certain environments may also lead to severe long term injuries or health concerns. For example, heavy industrial noise at a heavy plant may over the time take its toll on the workers’ ears, or even though there are strict acceptable levels decided by the government, perennial exposure to various chemicals can have its own side-effects on the workers like respiratory issues, skin problems, and even eye ailments. Companies often rely on industrial grade “Safety Workwear” to minimize these risks.
The safety workwear is one of the most important steps an organization should take to provide the laborers’ safety while performing their job at the factory. There are industry specified clothes, shoes and gloves; and gears like helmets, respirators, and goggles. Different types of work require different types of clothing and gears. But together they prepare the workers for the work.
Clothing such as High Visibility Polo Shirts, especially with reflective tapes makes a worker easily visible not only from a distance but also in low light. Remember seeing the life jackets at a beach? They are colored that way for the same reason. Miners work in a hostile low light environment. Thus highly visible clothes will make it easy to spot a worker. Supervisors can keep a better track of the workers.
Industrial grade shoes or simply called, safety boots are normally to prevent a worker from slipping. They have a better grip and the soles adjust to various kinds of floor.
Similarly, respirators help filter the air and thereby protects a worker from breathing contaminated air.
We all are aware of the use of a helmet. The most important part of the human body is arguably the head. And the airborne accidents that result in a head injury seldom gives time to escape. For example, at a construction site, if someone is aware that the floor is slippery, he can walk cautiously and escape a fall. But a worker on the ground floor can almost never be aware that a stone from the twentieth floor is headed right towards him. That’s where helmets come in handy.
Lastly, two common and perhaps the most ignored damages could be the damages to the eyes and ears (ignored in that order) Damages to the eyes can be due to dust, exposure to chemical or the worst, accidental injury. Safety Glasses are the best gears to avoid injuries and protect the eyes. The glasses are both clear and tinted for indoor and outdoor use respectively. Also, mostly they have a rubberized temple grip and nose pad so that they do not slip off easily even if there is sweat. Protective work wear for ears consists of earmuffs and earplugs
Organizations should adhere to the safety gears and clothing to ensure worker safety. Regular risk assessments in a workplace are important to determine the nature of any available hazard and the risk involved. Required safety standards should be set and the gears should be in compliance with these requirements.