Toolbox Talk – Safety Needs: Are You Dressed Properly at Work?

When you begin a manufacturing job, your supervisor will most likely give you everything you need as far as Personal Protective Equipment (PPC) such as eye or hearing protection, hard hats, or gloves. It’s important that you use this PPE as instructed. This equipment is provided for a reason, either through the experience within the company or in compliance with regulations from OSHA or other regulatory agencies.

At some point, someone was hurt, or a risk was identified. It’s in your best interest to wear it as instructed, even if it is hot or uncomfortable at times. If PPE doesn’t fit properly or is beginning to wear, speak to your supervisor.

Now that PPC is squared away, let’s talk about what you wear to work each day. Focus on clothing that keeps you safe, comfortable and productive.

Check the Weather

Be sure you will be dressed appropriately for the weather at the worksite. You may be working outdoors or in a facility that is not easy to keep warm or cool.

Mind Your Footwear

Be sure your shoes fit the property and are work-appropriate. Find out if they need to be skid-proof or have steel toes. Wear socks that will keep your feet warm or cool and will wick away sweat and help to prevent blisters.

Choose Clothing Wisely

Keep it simple. Avoid cords, strings, fringes or ties that can pose a hazard around machinery. Wear clothes that are durable and will stand up to multiple washings. Be sure that clothing fits properly so that you have freedom of movement and is not uncomfortable. Ill-fitting clothing can be distracting on the job.  Shirts like t-shirts or polo shirts are usually the best. Smart choices for pants may include khakis or jeans. Some worksites even allow shorts. Check your employer’s dress code to be sure.

Don’t Forget Outerwear

If you work in an area that gets cold or need to protect yourself against the elements, be sure that your outerwear will not interfere with any PPE. For example, don’t put a raincoat over a reflective vest that enables you to be seen or replace cut-proof gloves with your own gloves for warmth.

Additional Clothing Considerations

If you wear must wear a head covering or other religious apparel, be sure that no parts of it can become entangled in machinery, catch fire or otherwise pose a hazard to you or your coworkers. It should not interfere with the effectiveness of your PPE.

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At Eclipse Professional Services, our recruiters help job seekers find manufacturing and warehouse position and stay safe on the job in Texas. To learn more, contact us today.


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