From industrial facilities such as laboratories and manufacturing plants, to medical establishments, offices, schools and even vehicles, the possibility of exposure to risks is present. On top of being prepared for emergencies, its also necessary to reduce exposure to a number of hazards.
There are several factors that must be considered when choosing the appropriate personal safety equipment and clothing. One of the most important factors would be the type of facility and the type of industry it belongs in. The mining industry and mining facilities, for example, have specific regulations that only apply to that said industry.
Another factor is the hazards present in the immediate surroundings. Some hazards are only found in specific areas or workplaces. In cases of facility accidents or spills, the presence of unique substances brings specific health risks. Weathered oil, for instance, can cause dermatitis. Workers involved in cleaning oil spills would need protective clothing to prevent their skin from coming into contact with weathered oil.
In cleaning up leaks and spills, having the proper personal safety equipment at hand has been proven to be very necessary. Cleaning up spills ought to be made as easy as possible to prevent the spread of the spill, and lessen the gravity of the effects. The tools which are employed in order to deal with these spills can determine how effective the endeavor may prove to be. Some points to be considered include the following:
Employees who do not expect to come in direct contact with weathered oil may not need to wear protective clothing. However, any employee working in a clean-up without protective clothing should avoid coming in contact with the oil.
For workers who are engaged spill removal operations wherein tar balls or tar patties need to be removed using shovels, buckets, rakes, etc., the use of gloves, boots and long pants is recommended, though wearing coveralls may not be necessary. In these cases, when the use of coveralls is not required, opting for disposable coveralls is not advisable due to the possible effects of heat stress.
In general clean-up operations, however (which may include the removal of oiled debris, mopping up liquid oil mousse and cutting oiled vegetation), using chemical protective coveralls is necessary. These activities involve a greater risk of skin contact with weathered oil, and thus a greater level of protective clothing is warranted.
The pursuit of maintaining safety, productivity and cleanliness in the workplace should remain a top priority for establishments. In this regard, DAWG has been providing innovative products and personalized service to industrial establishments, commercial enterprises and other businesses over the course of more than twenty years. From its beginnings as a small spill control company, DAWG has become a large multi-brand supplier of products which are specially made for industrial safety, personal protection and building maintenance.