Correct Clothing Contributes Towards Health and Safety
Many accidents and incidents in a workplace are caused by a person wearing incorrect clothing or accessories such as jewellery.
Loose clothing can become entangled in the moving parts of a machine or be caught and drawn in by equipment such as a paper shredder. This can cause severe injuries to a person if they are unable to free themselves from the clothing, get it out of the machinery or hit the emergency stop button before it is too late. To prevent this situation, loose clothing should not be worn in the workplace where machinery of this type is used, or well-fitting overalls can be worn over the top which will keep loose clothing away from the machines. Long hair should also be kept up by use of a hair net or other appropriate headgear, and jewellery which could pose a risk such as necklaces should be removed prior to beginning a shift.
Clothing can also play a vital part in health and safety by providing protection for the wearer. One example of this include boots which can help to prevent conditions such as sharps injuries, and are particularly important in industries such as the construction industry, where steel toe capped work boots can also help prevent injuries such as broken toes from items falling on the foot. Clothing such as fireproof overalls can assist in preventing a serious injury from burns caused by clothing catching fire, and there are also special overalls which resist heat and are used in industries such as metal foundries and glass making.
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