You need the right tool for the job at hand. But without the right safety gear the job at hand could still go wrong. Having the right safety equipment for the job at hand can be critical to the job’s success. At the end of the day, you shouldn’t have to suffer for your handiwork you should enjoy it. Protect yourself from head to toe. It’s better to be overly cautious and not need it than to be cavalier and regret it.
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If there’s a danger of falling debris as in demolition, the classic hardhat will give your head the protection you need. There are new variations of the hardhat for lighter work including hardened caps that can prevent a head injury.
Most corrective lenses are made of safety glass and offer basic protection. But for the best protection, wrap around lenses will shield your eyes in every direction and have greater impact resistance. If you’re working with caustic chemicals or small particulates, goggles will form a tight seal around your eyes and keep them safer. A full face shield is the best protection when working with high speed power tools like grinders, lathes, table saws or band saws.
Earplugs are enough for most jobs. Be sure that fit well and offer the level of sound reduction you need. There’s a wide variety on the market designed for different applications. When they’re not enough, a full headset will fit the bill and prevent long-term hearing loss.
A dust mask may be all you need for a project, but having a multi-filter mask or respirator on hand could save you from inhaling fumes, mold spores or other airborne contaminants.
From latex or vinyl gloves for painting to heavy neoprene for handling corrosive chemicals, the right glove will give you a firm grip on the job at hand. Spandex and other form-fitting fabrics will give you more dexterity and control while heavy fabrics and leather will protect you from injury. From latex to Kevlar there is a range of gloves to keep your digits from damage.
There’s a reason you don’t see many swimsuits at construction sites but you do on the beach. Defense against scuffs and scrapes, bumps and bruises is easy if you wear the clothing you need to shield you from harm.
Feet: Like swimsuits, sandals are great at the beach but won’t keep you safe when you take on a home improvement project. Work boots keep your feet safe when there’s debris lying around or falling.
A little common sense and planning will keep you safe no matter what you take on around the house. The right equipment, a phone for emergencies, and a first aid kit are all helpful if things do go wrong. You never know what might happen. When I start a project, I don’t plan on stepping on a nail, but I wear boots anyway.