There are several factors that relate to personal safety, protective gear and first aid and while there is a basic foundation for personal protective gear and first aid this will be expanded upon depending upon the job in which you are employed and the activity in which you are doing at the time. The first rule of any avoidance of accidents isn’t the wearing of protective gear or first aid but is one of observance. Simply being aware drastically reduces the chance for accidents no matter how big or small they are.
Basic protective gear is for comfort and protection and for normal everyday working whether it be at work or at home is always a pair of safety glasses and generally ear plugs and sometimes gloves. These minor protective measures can stop dirt from flying into your eyes or bits of grease from dropping into them when under a vehicle. The earplugs help fight against hearing impairment when around any loud machinery or other noises. When working at home many things are done, for instance if you are using a chainsaw, one of the more important pieces of protective gear are leather chaps.
These help deflect the moving chain and helps prevent that same chain from going into your leg thus causing much less damage. Using earplugs and eyewear at this time is also highly recommended. Drilling holes into metal or cutting metal promotes the use for gloves as the metal becomes hot and burns. Special eye and headwear is needed when using any form of torches for welding or cutting steel. When on a job site everything is a lot different. The level awareness needs to be heightened generally because there is so much more going on at the time. From heavy equipment in the form of backhoes to potential cranes at the same time.
Sometimes it’s simply a hole that can cause you harm. Whenever you go onto an active jobsite the first things to wear is protective eyewear and a hard hat. One of the first things to know is where the first aid kit is at and generally there are more than one of them. Anytime there is an accident, especially if there is any form of blood involved it becomes imperative that latex gloves are worn and in a good first aid kit you will find these. Blood born pathogens can be deadly in the end. These pathogens carry microorganisms which in turn can carry diseases. The main two are the Hepatitis and HIV viruses.
Other items to have in or near your first aid kit are cpr masks, waterless soaps, bandages and compresses. Bee sting kits should be essential as well as that can definitely make or break the chance of having to be admitted to a hospital over a sting. Face and dust masks should always be available as well. These to can help prevent pathogens from entering a system. Face masks also help in way of chemical spills or simply working around chemicals. These will prevent chemical inhalation or dust inhalation which can and will help to prevent future lung problems.