How To Choose The Best Work Safety Products: Expect A Lot From Your Work Safety Products Supplier

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How To Choose The Best Work Safety Products: Expect A Lot From Your Work Safety Products Supplier

How To Choose The Best Work Safety Products: Expect A Lot From Your Work Safety Products Supplier

How To Choose The Best Work Safety Products: Expect A Lot From Your Work Safety Products Supplier

All Safety Workwear Equipment Is Not Created Equal

An on-the-job injury happens every 7 seconds [1]. Following overexertion and back strain, hand/wrist injuries, sprains, cuts/lacerations, and punctures (and harmful-contact trauma, like crushing) are the next-most-common injuries forcing workers to take time off [1, 2]. This is because more than one-third of employees in high-risk work environments (like construction, maintenance, and manufacturing) wear no or inadequate work safety products [3]. Employers and work safety professionals, alike, should be concerned by these numbers — on average, these kinds of injuries cause workers to take six days off work (though older workers may need as much as two weeks) and cost $6,000-$7,500 in workers comp [4].

Improving work safety conditions and keeping workers safer on-the-job costs comparatively little. Investing in high-quality work safety products, like specialized work safety gloves, is the fastest way to control on-the-job risks, as it reduces the incidence of these kinds of injuries by as much as 70%) [2]. Keep reading to find out how to pick the best work safety products for your (and your employees’) needs.


Employers: Know Your OSHA and State-Level Requirements For Work Safety Products

First and foremost, employers are responsible for knowing the state-level work safety product requirements impacting their business, as well as adhering to broader OSHA regulations. OSHA’s guide to work safety products (“personal protective equipment”) is easily accessible online. This document includes all necessary information about required protection from skin contact with/absorption of harmful substances; cuts, lacerations, abrasions, and punctures; and both chemical and thermal burns/exposure to harmful temperature extremes. Any and all work safety products purchased by or on behalf of workers should at least comply with these regulations, though other considerations can further decrease workplace injury risks.


Characteristics Of The Best Work Safety Products

The Importance Of Comfort & Fit

One of the most common reasons workers in high-risk environments give for not wearing appropriate work safety products, like gloves, is that they inhibit the ability to do the job effectively and/or safely [5]. That is, poorly fitted, uncomfortable equipment gets in the way and slows down productivity. What’s more, poor fit can actually increase the risk of some injuries. For example, work safety products that fit too loosely can increase the chances of developing tendonitis due to having to compensate for slipping gear, as well as getting caught in or under moving equipment [6]. Additionally, workers may experience pain or infection when equipment fits too tightly [6]. Consequently, comfort and fit should be key considerations in making purchasing decisions about work safety products.

Specialization Matters When Buying Work Safety Products

Another all-too-common reason workers choose not to wear potentially injury-preventing and life-saving work safety products (or are injured while already wearing it) has to do with a lack of appropriate specialization. If the equipment doesn’t feel suitable for the application, workers simply won’t wear it, even if it is comfortable and fits well [5]. Purchasers should develop a clear, comprehensive understanding of the risks posed to workers can (and should) be controlled through specialization [7]. For example, workers in low-light environments or nighttime crews should wear work safety products that feature high-visibility reflective materials, while workers in environments with potential chemical exposure should wear the right chemical-resistant materials. Other specialized features include abrasion- and puncture-resistant fabric and coatings, insulation, padding, gripping surfaces, and washability [8].


What To Expect From A Work Safety Products Supplier

People looking to purchase work safety products should hold work safety product suppliers to high standards when it comes to specialization, customization, and transparency. Suppliers should provide honest, straightforward information about the materials, quality, and appropriate uses of their products. What’s more, they should also empower customers to choose the best work safety products for their needs via customization options and helpful, knowledgeable customer support. Given the incredible costs of choosing inappropriate work safety products, transparency and assistance in selecting products that will actually do the job well should be the least customers can expect from a work safety product supplier.





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  • shantanuvarun Reply

    Thank you for your website.

    February 16, 2020 at 8:13 pm

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