Safety Equipment – A Buyer’s Guide

When your company is looking for safety equipment, there are many factors to consider before placing an order. Safety equipment includes head, respiratory, and full-body equipment. It also includes emergency equipment. The big question is: How will you know what you need to purchase? The answer is simple. Before you purchase safety equipment, you need to put together a list of what each employee will need to be safe on the job. Below are a few examples of safety equipment products and ways to decide what manufacturer is right for you.

Earplugs are one of the big sellers when it comes to safety equipment. Earplugs can be purchased as disposable plugs or as reusable plugs. Disposable earplugs are manufactured out of smooth, non-allergenic material that conforms quickly and comfortably to the shape of the ear canal. On the other hand, reusable earplugs are washable, but are flexible when adjusting to the ear canal. Both disposable and reusable earplugs are comfortable for most employees and are extremely lightweight.

Earmuffs are another type of safety equipment on the market today. Safety product manufacturers provide a wide variety and range of earmuffs. Some earmuffs allow a person to hear well enough to communicate, while other earmuffs provide complete sound protection. Some earmuffs have steel headbands, while others have plastic headbands. Some earmuffs are able to connect to a safety helmet. You can even purchase earmuffs that wrap around your neck. Common features that all earmuffs have are soft foamed cushions, superior protection in the most demanding circumstances, and comfort.

Safety glasses are another form of safety equipment. Choosing a pair of safety glasses is more difficult than choosing a pair of earplugs or earmuffs. But if you take your time and critique the several different features involved, you will find the right pair. First, you must decide what type of safety glasses are needed for your particular job environment. You need to decide whether safety glasses need vented channels, and what type of lens material they should be crafted from. You must choose between panoramic, polycarbonate, or prescription safety glasses. The size of the safety glasses also makes a big difference. This is because if they are large enough, they can be worn over regular prescription glasses. Most safety glasses have the standard features of anti-fog and scratch resistant lenses.

Safety equipment can be purchased in many stores including Lowe’s, Home Depot, Wal-Mart, and K-Mart. It can also be found on many sites on the Internet.