Head protection, such as helmets, hardhats, bump caps, and guards, are designed to help protect you from falling materials and swinging objects. This type of safety equipment can also help protect you from banging your head on stationary objects.
Since hands, arms, and fingers are some of the most likely parts of the body to be injured on a worksite, it is extremely important for all employees to wear hand protection equipment when required to. Certain types of gloves and gauntlets are designed to protect against heat, cold, cuts, vibrations, as well as bacterial and chemical contamination.
Eye and Face Protection
One of the easiest injuries to avoid on a worksite is an eye injury because they can be prevented by simply wearing eye and face protection equipment. Some of the different types of eye and face protection include:
- Eyewear accessories
- Eye and face shields
- Over specs
- Safety glasses and goggles
Respiratory protection—breathing apparatus, full face or half mask respirators, detectors, monitors, disposable face masks, protective hoods, powered respirators, etc.—are vital for protecting workers who are going to be in contact with large amounts of dust, vapours, powders, or gases.
If your worksite involves a lot of noisy machines, hearing protection can help protect you from losing your hearing over time; however, it is important to keep in mind that not all kinds of hearing protection is suitable for every environment. Some of the different types of hearing protection include:
- Acoustic foam
- Communication sets
- Earplugs and defenders
- Noise meters
Fall protection is specialized equipment that usually requires specific training before you are allowed to use it. All fall protection equipment must be regularly inspected by a professional to ensure that it is still in optimal working condition. Some of the different types of fall protection equipment include:
- Body harnesses
- Energy absorbers
- Fall-arrest systems
- Lowering harnesses
- Rescue lifting equipment
If you would like to learn more about the different types of safety equipment, or if you are interested in purchasing one of our safety equipment products, please contact EFAS at 604-294-EFAS or toll free at 1-833-294-EFAS or by filling out a contact form on our website.