It’s not that anyone needs to be convinced, but it’s important to understand that safety clothing is not a topic to be taken lightly and should be ignored at the peril of workers and company owners. Some factory floors you walk onto at any given moment will have more than a handful of workers not complying to their employer’s policies and whether this is the fault of apathy or lack of supervision is not a question any one of us can answer because it will detract from the finer point; safety clothing and gear is incredibly important. We’ll endeavour to state what may be the obvious but for emphasis needs to be said; without further ado here is why safety clothing for men and women should be mandatory on any factory floor in the world.
Safety is Obvious
The first reason is a little secret that hides in the name, safety; safety clothing and equipment should be designed to protect and safeguard your wellbeing. That is not to say you should have to wear a full suit of armour because if you’re not comfortable, you’ll perform under your optimal and that can cause mistakes. Safety clothing is, by and large, supposed to be practical first and comfortable second; if that mask protecting your eyes from woodchips is a bit uncomfortable, you shouldn’t take it off to perform better but grit your teeth and bear it for your own sake.
Productivity is the second clear reason safety clothing in UK factories are important; any factory in the world for that matter. Let’s take an example of an 8 hour work day with two scenarios. You’re clocking in your time perfectly at the moment, but today you’ve left your protective gloves at home. The work day is going well so far but through an accident, yours or otherwise, you’ve injured your hand. You’re sent home and spend days recovering. Let’s backtrack and say you did wear those gloves and perhaps the same accident happened. The injury might be enough to send you home for the day but there is no way it would be as bad and you will spend half the time recovering that in the first scenario. That is the very essence of why productivity is necessary and how safety clothing for electricians and builders are so important.
Finally safety clothing for welding, construction or any related field is necessary because of identification. If it’s clear you are working in a dangerous situation, you’re less likely to have outside interference be it a pedestrian curiously checking you out or a co-worker distracting you for an invite to lunch. Safety clothing identifies that you’re working in a situation that requires safety and no one will bother you because of it.
Eugene Calvini is a writer with a passion for labour topics; from safety clothing to the important policies needed for a safe workplace, he enjoys sharing thoughts appropriate for a trade.