Safety supplies and protective equipment keep work sites secure and help companies ensure full compliance with safety regulations. Protective clothing, helmets, goggles, and other safety gear help guard employees from injury or infection. Safety signs warn employees and others of potential hazards, alert workers to the location of safety equipment and exit routes, and offer safety-related instructions in a concise and attention-getting format. Fall-protection safety products help prevent people working at heights from falling or decrease the risk of injury if they do fall. Traffic safety equipment can be used to keep traffic moving in the right direction and block off potential hazards.
Gas-detection monitors and tools check for gases in an area to find leaks and help prevent exposure to hazardous gases. Single-gas and multi-gas detectors are portable devices commonly used for inspecting tanks and pipelines. Single-gas detection tubes contain granules that change color when exposed to a specific compound, making them ideal for spot testing. Fixed gas detectors provide continuously monitoring of a specific area. Automated gas detector test systems maintain calibration and track data for a compatible gas detector. Calibration gas is used for testing the sensitivity of gas detectors. Gas-detection control panels manage multiple gas sensors, communicate the status of a detection system, and set limits for activating alarms and warnings.
Hand and arm protection products protect workers from cuts, lacerations, burns, and other injuries. Safety gloves are worn on the hands and forearm to protect against injury and keep hands clean. Arm protection is worn from the wrist to upper arm to protect workers from cuts and burns. Gloves and sleeves are often ANSI/ISEA-rated for cut and needlestick resistance. Finger cots and finger protection help improve grip when working with small parts, reduce the risk of electrical discharge, and protect workers from cuts and burns.
Eye protection glasses and goggles shield your eyes from dust, debris, and splashes to help avoid injuries. Protective eyewear maintains visibility while providing eye protection in applications such as lab work, health care, facility maintenance, machining and grinding, and woodworking. Safety glasses keep out most airborne debris while allowing air to circulate around your eyes to minimize fogging. Safety goggles strap around your head to stay in place and fit snugly against your face for increased protection against splashes.
Respiratory equipment provides clean air for breathing and protects against harmful fumes or airborne contaminants. Airline filtration and CO monitors remove contaminants and check gas concentration in air supplies. Disposable respirators and dust masks block out airborne particles in emergency situations and dusty work areas. Emergency escape breathing apparatus and escape hoods provide short-term protection from contaminated air so people can evacuate an unsafe area. Fit-testing equipment determines whether a respirator properly fits the user. Respirators and gas masks work with filtration cartridges to supply clean air when working in potentially hazardous environments. SCBA (self-contained breathing apparatus) draws high-quality breathable air from a compressed-air cylinder and delivers it to the attached face mask. PAPR (powered air purifying respirator) pulls surrounding air through a filter and blows the purified air into the attached face mask. Disposable respirators and dust masks cover the mouth and nose to provide short-term, light-duty breathing protection. Particulate respirators protect against airborne particles and germs and are commonly worn in healthcare settings. They’re available in different filtration ratings to get the desired level of protection. Nuisance dust masks filter out dust and mild irritants and are commonly worn at construction and agricultural jobsites.
Fall protection safety products help prevent people working at heights from falling or decrease the risk of injury if they do fall. They include on-body products and off-body products. On-body products, such as safety harnesses and connecting devices, are worn on or attached to the body to arrest falls or lessen the effects of a fall. Off-body products, such as guardrails and skylight guards, are installed on a physical structure to prevent someone from falling. Fall protection products are frequently used in industries where the risk of falling is high, including construction, mining, manufacturing, transportation, utilities, welding, and telecommunications. Safety harnesses are used with self-retracting lifelines or shock-absorbing lanyards to connect a worker’s body to an anchor point. These fall-protection harnesses are secured around a worker’s shoulders, torso, and thighs. In the event of a fall, the harness spreads the force of the fall across the body and keeps the worker upright. Safety harnesses are often paired with accessories that add extra safety features to the harnesses or provide comfort or convenience to people wearing the harnesses. Body belts are worn around the waist. They connect to positioning and restraint lanyards to keep workers positioned properly and prevent them from falling over an edge. Body belts do not provide fall-arrest protection on their own.