Safety clothing: safely equipped to work
Many do-it-yourselfers have the most diverse tools and machines to complete their jobs successfully. Unfortunately, the arsenal of safety accessories is much less extensive for many of them. However, it is of great importance to be able to work safely and properly protected for every job, to minimize the issue of injuries and irritations.
Dust masks come in 1001 sizes and designs, it then comes down to choosing the right one depending on what it should be used for. Wearing a dust mask is recommended for woodworking (sanding, sawing and milling), insulation work and metalworking, spraying jobs and for household applications with substances that are harmful and hazardous by inhalation. When you work with substances that produce dangerous gases, such as insecticides and pesticides, you will need a more sophisticated dust mask that will purify the air with activated carbon.
A safety helmet is useful for large (er) construction works and when you have to work overhead with heavy materials. Once the helmet is damaged, it must be replaced immediately for your own safety. Of course, it makes sense that when a concrete beam falls from a floor, this helmet provides little protection, but for smaller debris it can make a difference between serious or light injuries.
Workwear is not only stronger and safer for DIY, but also more practical than any casual wear. Hammer loops, extra pockets for screws, pleat gauge, pencil, mobile phone, ?? make sure you have everything you need within reach
Save your ears when working with noisy machines. Especially when you work continuously for a long time, earplugs or earmuffs are an absolute necessity. When the sound has a sound pressure of 85 dB or higher, hearing protectors are even mandatory;
Safety glasses are a must for any job where loose particles can hit your face. Just think of drilling, grinding, cutting and sawing with a hammer drill, angle grinder or hammer and chisel. Even when you work with irritating products, safety glasses can prevent splashes from hitting your eyes. Instead of just protecting your eyes, it is often better to suddenly protect your entire face with a visor or protective net. Face protection is certainly necessary when welding, turning wood or working with a chainsaw or brushcutter.
There is a specific pair of safety gloves for just about every job. Always buy the right one, because only then are your hands properly protected. Also pay attention to the size, because both gloves that are too large and too small are detrimental to your own safety.
Especially with heavier jobs and when you work with heavy equipment, it is very important to properly protect your feet. A pair of sturdy safety shoes are equipped with a steel toe cap, a closed heel and an energy-absorbing heel. The heavy professional safety shoes can also contain a steel plate in the sole.
Waterproof shoes with a highly profiled sole for extra grip are a bonus.