You need to protect yourself from a number of risks that may affect your future health

It is good practice to wear protective clothing while you work, rather than your day-to-day clothes, as any chemical split on them could harm you, if left in contact with the skin for a long time. However, you do need to keep protective clothing clean so it is free from chemicals, grease, etc.  Do not use clothing that is ripped as this could snag or get caught in machinery.

Hands are easily damaged by sharp and rough edges, chemicals or by cold or hot objects, so it is important that you use protective gloves to overcome these hazards. You may need to change the type of glove for different activities i.e. rubber gloves will not protect you from hot objects, but will guard against chemicals. Look after your hands by using your gloves, otherwise you may suffer from dermatitis and loose the flexibility of your fingers.

Your eyesight is irreplaceable, so make sure that you always wear appropriate eye protection if there is a risk to your eyesight. This may be in the form of safety glasses, goggles, or a full-face mask, depending on the risk. Likewise, your hearing is valuable to you, but if you are subject to very loud noises or loud noise over a period, your hearing may be damaged, so use hearing protection when it is needed.

Where there is a foreseeable risk of head injury, either due to materials falling, or by striking your head against another object, you must wear head protection. Normally, it is mandatory to do so on a construction site or in any area that is designated as a ‘hard hat area’.

You are responsible for looking after and taking reasonable care of items of your personal protective equipment, by keeping them in a clean and serviceable condition. You must report any loss or obvious defects as soon as possible.

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