Any working sector requires a series of preventive measures that guarantee the safety of workers. Its function is reducing or avoiding the possible risks that can be derived from each activity, and it is here where the different types of working clothes play a decisive role.
The objective is to try to avoid any accident, injury, illness or pathology that may derive from the tasks that each worker performs in their workplace. Today we want to focus on the types of working clothes, how does clothing influence accident avoidance?
- 1 10 Types of working clothes
- 1.1 Low visibility protective clothing
- 1.2 Protective clothing against electric arc
- 1.3 Protective equipment for heat and flame and low visibility
- 1.4 Equipment for forest firefighters
- 1.5 Workwear for heat, flame and big splash
- 1.6 Protective clothing for welders
- 1.7 Protective clothing against fire
- 1.8 Chemical protection clothing
- 1.9 Technical rescue teams
- 1.10 Protection against electrostatic risks
- 2 7 Types of hazards in the workplace
10 Types of working clothes
Low visibility protective clothing
Being seen in time can save lives, and for this, reflective clothing is used that can include shirts, vests, pants or high visibility polar fleeces. In this way, we reduce the risk of being hit by workers who work night shifts.
Protective clothing against electric arc
These types of PPE’s are designed to protect professionals in the electrical sector. They need individual protection equipment that guarantees their safety against electrical contact or the risks that an electric arc can generate.
Protective equipment for heat and flame and low visibility
Adequate visibility and protection against fire may be necessary for workers who need to be seen, and are exposed to hazards such as burns or splashes. This way, both visibility and fire protection needs would be filled.
Equipment for forest firefighters
Wild fires are an arduous activity and the professionals who deal with them must be protected, always guaranteeing maximum comfort, safety and comfortability. This is how Oroel’s forest safety garments have been designed to face extreme risk situations.
Workwear for heat, flame and big splash
All professionals who face the risk of large splashes of metals in the metallurgical industry, must protect themselves with fireproof clothing and work equipment that offer them total protection.
Protective clothing for welders
In Oroel we design and manufacture the best garments that protect from small splashes of metals and heat, thanks to fireproof garmetns that are fire resistant and also thermal insulation.
Protective clothing against fire
Fireproof clothing is regulated by EN ISO 14116, being divided in three categories depending on test that fabrics are tested. Besides the accessories, used to cover face, hands, and feet. We also find full protective clothing such as overalls and dungarees.
Chemical protection clothing
For those jobs in which chemical products are handled, protective equipment, we need to prevent the penetration of chemical liquids and protect us from the risks derived small splashes.
Technical rescue teams
The clothing used by firefighters during rescue operations should minimize the risks they face in terms of extreme temperatures and structural downfalls.
Protection against electrostatic risks
In some workplaces airborne dust forms or it is necessary to mount electrical equipment so we avoid the generation of flash over, we must protect ourselves with types of work clothes that offer sufficient electrostatic dissipation to avoid incendiary discharges.
7 Types of hazards in the workplace
Noise: it is one of the main occupational hazards that we find in many workplaces. It generates an unpleasant hearing sensation and if we do not protect ourselves properly, we can partially lose our hearing.
Vibrations: depending on the type of machines we used, vibrations may appear that attack our spine and can cause abdominal, digestive pain and headache.
Lighting: if the lighting in the space where we work is not adequate, it can dazzle us or cause shadows, reflections and fatigue. That is why, it is essential to review the type of light we are using, as well as the light levels.
Temperature and humidity: both factors can pose a risk to workers, if they are very high or, on the other side, very low. The ideal temperature to work is 21 ºC and approximately 50% humidity.
Ionizing radiation: these are electromagnetic waves that affect the physical state and cause long-term damage. For this reason, we must carefully monitor our physical exposure to them, taking the corresponding medical control.
These are those risks that derive from different chemical processe. To avoid them, employers should provide workers with the most appropriate chemical protective clothing.
This type of risk is beyond our reach. Depending on the origin, we distinguish natural risks and anthropogenic risks.
It is a type of hazard that occurs due to possible exposure to microorganisms, viruses, bacteria, parasites or fungi, since these can cause different diseases.
Health centers are the main sector of activity that faces this type of risk to a greater extent. For this reason, it is necessary to carefully monitor the types of working clothes with which they perform their activity.
Inappropriate postures in our workplace, excessive weight lifting or repetitive movements can cause physical harm to the worker. That is why, body posture plays a very important role.
There are other types of risks, which cannot be seen, but which can also seriously affect the worker. These are risks such as stress, work fatigue among others.
Mechanical risks derive in those accidents that can be caused by objects, burns, cuts, bruises or crushing. This is where the protective clothing used by workers will play a very important role.
We have to have protective equipment against entrapment, clothing for protection against heat and flame and welding or large splash, or other equipment of work clothes that guarantee our visibility both day and night.
If you want to know more about the types of working clothes and the great offer in protective clothing that we offer in Oroel, you have to check out our catalog.