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Body Protection Against Physical Hazards at Work
 
 
Safety Helmet

There are number of jobs in which employees face possible bodily injury. If your job also poses some sort of injury threat, it is very important that you wear appropriate safety protection tools while performing your job.

In addition to cuts and radiations, there are various types of workplace working hazards that can possibly result in a major injury. The following mentioned workplace hazards could cause bodily injury, if appropriate care is not taken:

  • Temperature extremes;
  • Hot splashes from molten metals and other dangerously hot liquids;
  • Harmful impacts of tools, machinery and materials;
  • Hazardous chemicals

To minimize the risk of victimizing yourself, it is advised that you benefit from the varieties of safety protection clothing available for particular hazards. However, it is your employer's foremost responsibility to make sure that the employees wear personal safety protection clothing and equipment for the parts of the body at risk of a possible injury. Also, employers need to give their employees appropriate training in order to enable them to use this protective clothing properly.

Examples of such safety protection tools include laboratory coats, coveralls, vests, jackets, aprons, surgical gowns and full body suits. While conducting a hazard assessment, if it carefully indicates a need for full body protection against toxic substances or harmful physical agents, the clothing should be cautiously examined before each use. Moreover, it must fit each worker properly and it must work well and should fulfill the purpose for which it is desired.

Protective equipments or clothing are available in a multitude of materials, each specific for a particular hazard. It is advised that you first assess the potential of the hazard you are exposed to. Then you must identify any sources that threat you of a possible bodily injury. Once you get to that point, you then need to get some practical engineering controls, and manage such work practice controls as to minimize the hazards. Sill, if the possibility of bodily injury remains, provide your workforce with protective clothing made of particular material that will guard them against the specific hazards in your organization.

Safety protection clothing comes in different kinds of materials, each effective against particular hazard, such as:

Paper-like fiber is used for disposable suits and provides safety protection against dust and splashes.