Hazards that affect the entire body can include temperature extremes, chemical exposure, radioactive materials, arc flash, infectious materials, sparks or flames, falls and sharp objects. A variety of protective clothing, including laboratory coats, long pants, rubber aprons, coveralls, and disposable body suits are available for specific work conditions, including the following:
- Rubber, neoprene, and plastic clothing protect employees from most acids and chemical splashes.
- Laboratory coats, coveralls, and disposable body suits protect employees and everyday clothing from contamination by chemicals, biological materials, dirt and grime, etc.
- Welding aprons provide protection from sparks.
- High Visibility clothing enhances a person's visibility, reducing the chance of being hit or run over.
- Leg protection is available for lawn care and while using chainsaws.
- Cut-resistant clothing can be worn when around sharp objects such as kitchen knives or blades.
- Full body suits, cooling vests, and rain gear are a few examples of weather and extreme temperature protection
Guidance for Proper Use
- Ensure clothing fits each user properly
- Launder reusable protective clothing separate from other clothing
- Store PPE in well-ventilated, clean, dry and out of direct sunlight
- Decontaminate PPE as necessary
- Inspect PPE before use