Safety gear is generally considered to be the most important article of your work wear or work uniform by far. Personnel who are working in dangerous and hazardous work areas such as machine tool operations, welding, construction, maintenance, manufacturing, cement mixing, heat treatment industries, hazardous and toxic chemicals, gas emissions, the medical field, logging, farming, shipping and storage, assembly, and loud and noisy environments, all should wear the proper, certified items of safety gear.
The main categories of safety gear are: head protection, face protection, eye protection, body protection, flame retardant shields, and breathing and respiration safety. There are numerous items that fall into the category of safety gear such as helmets, hard hats, bump hats, safety gloves, protective gloves, safety goggles, face shields, knee supports, knee pads, knee braces, wrist supports, wrist braces, safety glasses, steel toe shoes, steel toe boots, ear muffs, ear plugs, bulletproof vests, gas masks, dust masks, chemical suits, chemical gloves, fire retardant gloves, and back supports. People working in the construction and building industry also need to wear safety harnesses to protect them from accidental falls.
Because safety gear is so important in the work place it is essential that you use the right type of safety gear for your specific job to make sure that you are adequately protected. You also need to make sure that the safety gear is in working condition and that it fits you properly. Many items of safety gear need to be certified by various government agencies, so make sure the gear you are using has passed these strict tests. Work related injuries could cost a company thousands to millions of dollars a year, not to mention the harm they can do to an individual.
Typically, people working in the road building industry wear jackets with fluorescent or reflective colors or stripes that make them stand out in the dark or stand out when a headlight is flashed at them. People involved in welding and flying abrasive operations such as grinding and fettling need to wear special face masks, darkened eye goggles, etc.