Work Clothes and Safety Gear When Doing Home Projects

International Organization for Standardization (ISO), British Standards (BS), and Conformite Europeene (CE) are only some of the major organizations that set codes and standards relating to safety footwear, protective clothing, and other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). When looking for work clothes to wear during home reconstruction or remodeling, you must make sure that they follow the set standards.

Some of the PPE that every active homeowner should have include safety goggle s, face mask, hearing plugs, gloves, and Dunlop Wellies .

Goggles and Eye Protection

To protect your eyes from dust and dirt, you can put on glass-style goggles. There are two types of goggles: one that fit over your ears and one with a flip-down shield.

The first type of goggles can fit your face the same way normal glasses would. This encases your eyes by providing an all-around protection. To secure it, you usually need to wear a headband. On the other hand, the second type of goggles features a transparent shield that you can flip down if you want. This can cover not only your eyes but also your face and neck.

Face Masks and Respiratory Protection

Fiberglass, mold, asbestos, and other toxic airborne particles can negatively affect your health. To avoid inhaling them, you need to use a respirator mask.

The cheapest face masks are disposable ones. You can buy them from any store. However, they can only protect you against pollen, dust, and non-toxic particles. If you are working with sanding paint, timber, and loft insulation, you should buy an FFP1 grade mask. If your work involves 2-5 microns of particles, sanding wood, brick dust, MDF, and plaster dust, buy an FFP2 mask. However, if you need to protect yourself from paint fumes, masonry dust, mineral fibers, and toxic waste, an FFP3 is recommended.

Ear defenders and plugs

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has set some rules in order to ensure that homeowners and workers are protected from the damaging effect of high levels of noise. Depending on what you’re working on, you need to get standard, reusable, moldable, or custom-made ear defenders.  Ear defenders provide a high level of ear protection.

If you like, you can also choose to buy ear plugs. Ear plugs are smaller and can fit in each ear rather than over them. However, they do not provide the same level of protection as ear defenders.

Gloves and Hand Protection

The best kind of gloves is one that can provide protection without compromising your tactile sensation. After all, you still need to use your hands freely. For general home improvement and repair projects, you need lightweight protective gloves.

Most gloves are made from leather, canvas, vinyl, latex, or PVC. No matter what material the gloves are made of, you must make sure that they fit snugly into your hands.

 Safety Shoes

Like gloves, your safety shoes should fit perfectly. Otherwise, they will only hinder your work. The best shoes are those that give you a no-slip and sturdy support. You can choose to wear work boots, work shoes, trainers, or wellies. Just make sure that they have an ankle support, reinforced toe caps and mid sole, and slip-resistant soles.

Other safety shoes have additional features like water-resistance, cut-resistance, and insulation with thermal properties.

Conclusion

Whether you are repairing your roof or making a new tool shed, you need to have your Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Otherwise, you are putting yourself at risk of injury. After all, it’s better to work while feeling secure.

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