Types of Clothing Required in Construction
The construction industry requires many different materials and equipment to get jobs done safely. However, some elements of the industry are more dangerous than others, posing threats to workers’ health and safety.
While on-site, employees must always be ready in case of an accident or emergency. Being prepared means having the correct personal protective equipment (PPE). Here are the most common types of clothing required in construction.
Most construction sites have fire risks due to chemicals, materials, and other combustible items. Because of this, workers frequently must wear fire-resistant (FR) clothing to shield their skin from extreme heat and flames. In fact, the law requires properly rated FR clothing in many industries due to its life-saving potential.
FR clothing is insulated and designed to limit burning, protecting the wearer from melted fabrics that could cause more severe injuries. Wearing FR clothing on the job will protect you from fires, chemical spills, and molten materials, allowing you to get to safety when the unexpected happens.
Some worksites are poorly lit due to location, time of day, or weather, making it harder for people and equipment to get around. In such cases, using high-visibility (high-vis) workwear is a must. High-vis clothing has reflectors and bright colors, so workers can spot one another more easily while doing tasks and operating machinery.
Bright safety vests are the most common forms of high-vis clothing worn on worksites. This type of apparel helps workers stand out in locations with too much or too little light. However, this type of PPE becomes less effective if you don’t maintain it. Learning how to properly maintain high-visibility workwear is essential for staying safe on the job.
For workers who experience exposure to loose electric wires, power lines, and high-voltage equipment, arc-rated clothing is a must. This type of PPE can protect the wearer from electrical shock and second-degree burns.
Line workers, electricians, and construction workers must wear arc-rated clothing while working in high-risk environments. Types of arc-rated gear include gloves, eyewear, hard hats, and thermally insulated apparel.
Know What’s Required Before Going On-Site
Protecting yourself while working in dangerous industries is essential. Without the right training and equipment, you could get into an accident or sustain an injury. Learning the correct procedures and always wearing PPE can go a long way in preventing harm.
Employers should never expect you to show up and perform tasks if you don’t have the proper equipment and gear. Knowing the types of clothing required in construction and what to look for when buying them will make staying safe on the job easier.
About Dan Coconate
Dan Coconate is a local Chicagoland freelance writer who has been in the industry since graduating from college in 2019. He currently lives in the Chicagoland area where he is pursuing his multiple interests in journalism.
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