Safety Needs: Are You Dressed Properly at Work?

Manufacturing is an engaging career field, but it can also be a dangerous one. Wearing appropriate clothing can reduce your risk of injury in a manufacturing setting.

Factors to consider when choosing your manufacturing work wardrobe include:

  1. Is Your Clothing Sturdy?

Thicker, sturdier fabrics like denim, cotton twill, canvas, and leather provide more protection against dirt, debris, and sparks than thinner fabrics like rayon, cotton jersey or spandex. When choosing between two items for your work wardrobe, prioritize the item that appears to be made of sturdier fabric.

  1. Does the Item Fit Well?

Pants that are too long, shirttails that stick out, and other elements of loose, baggy clothing pose a risk in a manufacturing setting. Loose ends of clothing or elements like ties, straps or flaps may become snagged or caught on equipment, resulting in serious injury.

When choosing work clothes, look for relatively simple items and that fit your body well. For instance, if you’re trying to choose between a pair of fitted khaki pants with slash pockets and a pair of baggy cargo pants with extra straps and flaps, choose the first pair.

  1. What Kind of Material is the Item Made From?

Many synthetic fabrics, including nylon and polyester, melt when exposed to high temperatures. A stray spark can melt holes into these items, while a larger flame may cause them to melt and stick to the skin, resulting in severe burns or other injuries.

Look for work clothing that is primarily or completely made of natural fibers, like cotton and wool. Some clothing for manufacturing workers is also treated with flame-retardant chemicals, which may help provide further protection if you work in an area where sparks or open flames occur. Always use proper safety equipment when working near sparks and open flames in addition to choosing natural fiber clothing.

  1. Does it Meet the Company’s Dress Code Standards?

Finally, always check your company’s dress code or employee handbook for guidance. Many manufacturing companies offer dress codes or checklists for their staff to help aid in clothing choices. Avoid wearing clothes that are forbidden by the dress code or that appear to fall in a grey area.

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