We take so much pride in the social aspect of our dress – what about the really important angle? What about the manner in which we dress for work with safety in mind?
Are we meticulous in the protection of our skull, the important guardian of our brain centre, through the wearing of a hard hat?
What about our sight, our most important sense? Do we have our eyes examined periodically if necessary, do we use our glasses when reading and above all, do we cover them with safety goggles when the occasion demands?
If we operate, or are engaged around moving machinery and equipment, do we wear short sleeve shirts, or have straight cuffs? The same goes for jackets. Never wear a loose fitting jacket, keep it buttoned or zipped up at least to chest high.
Our hands are a very vulnerable part of our body. If our work calls for it, do we wear gloves? Also remember, worn or tattered gloves are more dangerous than no gloves at all.
Wearing overalls or trousers with cuffed or rolled up legs is poor practice. If the legs are too long have them cut off and hemmed. Straight legs reduce the self-tripping hazard.
How about shoes? They don’t have to shine, but they must be practical. A safe working shoe has a thick sole, thin sole shoes can result in serious foot punctures. To protect against toe injuries, steel capped shoes are most practical. Many construction sites do not like Rigger Boots due to the case that hot metal shards can enter the boots. Some sites are specific in that safety shoes must have soul plates to stop metal piercing them. Shoe laces should not be too long.
Watch out for jewellery. It can catch on things, too. Don’t wear loose watch chains, straps, keys on belt, etc., or any item that might hook onto something and place you in a hazardous position. Rings, bracelets and other jewellery belong at home and not on the job.
Remember to dress properly for the job you’re doing