Personal Protective Equipment for Carpentry
11 Jul 2020 - Flaaim
One should essentially put on a PPE-Personnel Protection Equipment when handling carpentry work at renovation or construction. A set of safety glasses and a hard hat is a must as a protection gear essential by the worker.
Other than these safety vests of high visibility with striping to recognize and reflect is needed. Long sleeves, shirts, and full pants give security and is a must. Boots or durable heeled shoes provide that added security to your feet too. Other protection gear can be suggested by a supervisor depending on the job involved.
This may comprise of:
- Shielding hand gloves
- Face shields for eye and face protection from grinding and cutting
- Hearing shield
- Protection for respiration
- Fall shield for work over 6 ft
- Welding leather or FR clothes for handling live wires
Let’s take a look at what Personnel Protection Equipment is available:
Most of the protective gear must adhere to Z87.1 /Z89.1 ANSI standards.
Safety glasses with plastic or metal built and with impact resistance with side protection are required. Chemical splash glasses protect from dust, impact, and splashes. Dust goggles with a tight fit to avoid entry of large or small particles into the eyes. Face shield from eyebrows to lower chin is to prevent harmful sprays, splashes, and liquids. It should be UV resistant. Laser protective wear for eyes to avoid radiation may be needed. Welding protection eyewear made of fiberglass or vulcanized rubbed shields eye burn due to IR or radiant light or sparks.
Leg and Foot injuries due to crushing, falling, corrosive substances, rolling objects, penetrating materials, static electricity, slipping, or electric hazards can be shielded with appropriate foot protection.
Foot protection wear includes
- Boots or safety toed footwear that shields against crushing, rolling, penetrating materials must comply with impact-performance and minimal compression standards. Some offer protection from static and conductive electricity.
- Metatarsal shields to shield the instep region from compression and impact are made of fiber, aluminum, plastic, or steel. Toe guards made from the same materials to shield toes from impact.
- Rubber overshoes and slip-resistant shoes shield from concrete areas and the related work without slipping.
- Anti-slip shoes have soles that can shield you on wet floors and muddy areas of work without slipping.
- For snow-covered areas, overshoes and studded treads give grip.
- Leggings shield the lower feet and legs from heat hazards.
Hand and arm protection
This gear includes finger guards, gloves, and arm cover to shield from thermal/chemical burns, cuts, bruises, punctures, etc. In this gear, shielding gloves are essential. They are made of leather, Metal mesh, Canvas that shield from burns, cuts, and punctures. Fabric gloves are cotton made that shield from chipping. Rubber insulated gloves shield against electrical wires. Liquid/chemical resistant gloves shield against chemicals and toxic liquids.
Hard hats are primary head protection as PPE for penetration and impact hazards. These should comply with Z89.1-2009 or later ANSI standards.
Other PPE include
- Clothing to shield body and skin protection. They are vests, coats, full-body cover, jackets and so on.
- Hearing shields like pre-moulded plugs for ears, Foam Earplugs, Earmuffs, Canal, or hearing bands.
- Respiratory shields like masks.
PPE is essential to wear for carpentry that complies with ANSI standards. They offer a shield to the body against any potential hazards. It is vital to keep ourselves and others safe while working.