Correctly Outfitting Your Workers

Sep 04 2019


Are you positive that you’re buying the correct gear? Determining your team’s safety needs means taking into account the situations they encounter, or are likely to. The more dangerous the job, the more protective their gear needs to be. Most PPE and protective equipment are graded or classified to help identify what workers need, but it still isn’t an easy task. Here are examples that highlight how common it is to improperly outfit workers: 

  • Hearing Protection – According to NIOSH, 30 million U.S. workers are exposed to noise levels high enough to cause irreversible hearing loss, every year. That’s partly because they’re inadequately protected. The most common form of ear protection are earplugs, but if your work site reaches a certain decibel level, they won’t be enough. Earmuffs are the safest option if your team consistently encounters high levels of noise. When in doubt, we suggest opting for more protection.

  • Visibility Apparel – Have you ever wondered why there are different colors for visibility apparel? Not because it’s fashionable. The different colors of apparel and reflective stripes mean different classes of protection. What you need depends on where and when your team works. For example, traffic zone workers need highly reflective apparel. Find what you need, here.

  • Respirators and Masks – You wouldn’t send your welders to work with a particle respirator, would you? If you’re not sure, it’s time to educate yourself and your team on the correct use of another type of important equipment. asks and respirators don’t all protect against the same hazards. We explain how to purchase the correct respirator in a previous blog post (link to post).

Wearing the wrong safety gear or equipment for a job, means exposure to even more danger. With a wide variety of options on the market, we understand the daunting task of ensuring your team is prepared. The experts at OBBCO are able to help you find solutions for the jobs your team encounters. Stop by our Chesapeake location or give us a call and ask about your safety needs.

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