Choosing the Right Work-Wear for the Job

Health and Safety is a top priority on any Construction site. For this reason, choosing the most appropriate work attire for your job is essential.

General Clothing

Toe-capped boots will prevent injury to your feet if they come into contact with heavy objects or a collision.

Tough and hard-wearing trousers are a must for construction workers, as exposed skin could lead to injury. It would also be wise to consider knee pads to protect joints.

Depending on the working condition, workers may need hi-vis attire. This sort of clothing will be needed if the workers are going to be on roads or working in low light situations.

Every worker needs a good pair of gloves for most jobs on the construction site. Gloves protect employees from chemicals as well as potential injuries from sharp or hot objects etc. Not only this, but gloves provide extra grip, which will come in handy when handling metal or other equipment.

A hard hat must always be worn by every worker on the construction site, according to UK law. Wearing hard hats not only protects employees, but the colour of the hat easily identifies your role on the site.

Weather Conditions

Additionally, waterproof trousers and jackets will prove useful when the weather turns. This will improve the comfort and productivity of workers during rainy days. Ensure that the chosen water proof jacket is breathable, otherwise it can be challenging to work in.

Moreover, during colder months, thermal clothing should be worn. Base, mid and top layers will insulate the body. Thermal socks can protect your feet from becoming excessively cold during the frosty winter months.

Mud boots may come in useful after a rainy week, which is more than likely here in the UK. However mud boots can over heat when sunny. For this reason, we recommend you only use mud boots when necessary.

Task-Specific Work-Wear

  • Safety goggles and breathing apparatus may be needed for some jobs on site.
  • Aprons may be appropriate for jobs that require using marking and measuring tools.
  • A safety harness will be required for those working at height.
  • Limb protectors and shin guards may be key to protecting workers when using power tools.
  • Touch screen gloves will be useful for workers that need to use their phones during work, whilst at the same time protecting their hands.
  • For inside jobs that may frequently require workers to go outside into a muddy environment, shoe covers will be useful. By using slip on covers, your workers won’t need to change shoes every time they go outside.
  • For jobs that are noisy, earplugs will be a great addition to the work attire of employees.

Whatever your job is on the construction site, remember to wear the most appropriate clothing for the job. Failure to consider your attire may result in serious accident and injury.

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