Safety Equipment is a critical component of any workplace! No matter what you do, there is almost certainly going to be some kind of dangers inherent in the job. From housekeeping to construction, every job brings with it new dangers. The kind of safety equipment you will need for your workplace will vary based on the job description. Below is a list of various safety equipment and gear that you may need, depending upon your occupation. Go through this list and ask yourself if each piece of safety equipment is one that you may need.
- What kind of Safety Equipment will you need?
- Hard Hats
- Safety Glasses, Safety Goggles
- Work Gloves: Mechanics Gloves, Leather Gloves, Disposable Gloves, Chemical Resistant
- Gas Detectors
- Eyewash Stations
- Ear Protection: Ear Plugs, Ear Muffs
- Dust Masks and Respirators
- OSHA Safety Signs
- Safety Signs: Restricted Area
- Safety Footwear, Safety Boots and Shoes
- First Aid Kits
- Welding Equipment
Safety Equipment Supplies
OSHA requires that employers define and delimit a list of necessary safety equipment for the workplace, so you should have a list available to you of what safety equipment you may need. Furthermore, in most cases, OSHA also requires that employers supply said safety equipment making it available and easily accessible. This safety equipment should also be furnished at no cost to the employee, and the employers is also often required to enforce policies requiring employees to use said safety equipment.
But, the sad fact is that not all workplaces have respected the wishes and/or requirements set forth by OSHA. So, even though your employer probably SHOULD take care of all of your safety equipment needs, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they have. Nor will they take care of your safety equipment needs without prompting. This is about your safety. Having appropriate safety equipment is ultimately your responsibility. It may not be your legal responsibility, but it is your personal responsibility. Ultimately, the only person you can rely on to protect you is you!
Safety Equipment Tips
Take some initiative at your workplace when it comes to safety equipment. Take initiative for yourself and others, you may save somebody’s life some day! The next time you are at work, ask yourself what hazards you think you face on a regular basis. Could these hazards be mitigated by safety equipment, or by certain practices? Perhaps safety equipment is not the answer. Either way you should look to identify hazards and propose solutions to your employer. You will be doing them a favor if you go about it responsibly. Make a case for necessary safety equipment in the workplace and propose it to your employer. Remember, the point is to enforce and uphold the right to work in a safe workplace, not to be a thorn in your employer’s side. Remember that when you are making proposals. If you have a legitimate suggestion for safety equipment or practices, and your employer doesn’t acknowledge the validity of your suggestion, then it is time to take your proposal to the next level with an organization like OSHA.