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Safety Equipment

Having the proper safety equipment can help you prevent injury or properly respond to one.

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  • Keep a first-aid kit in an easy-to-reach place. Kits range from smaller, basic units to well-stocked medicine chests. Make sure your kit includes these necessities: bandages, needles, tweezers, antiseptic ointment, cotton swabs, cotton balls, eyedrops, a first-aid handbook, a chemical cold pack, an elastic bandage, first-aid tape and sterile gauze.

  • Protective eyewear is important for both the worker and the bystander. Many kinds of goggles, offering various levels of protection, are available.

  • Face masks and respirators protect your lungs from hazardous fumes and vapors. These range from a simple cloth mask to a dual-cartridge respirator. Correct use of a respirator can prevent lung irritation and disease.

  • Gloves offer different levels of protection. Leather and cotton gloves are good for protecting from splinters and blisters. Rubber gloves can protect hands from dangerous substances such as acid.

  • Knee pads protect the tops and bottoms of your knees when you're working on a project that's close to the ground.

  • Back braces support your back when you lift heavy objects.