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PPE for Construction

As with the buildings that your company constructs, your Health and Safety programme should be maintained on a regular basis to make sure that it retains its value.

Training for new employees as well as refresher training for your existing workers is essential.

In the construction industry there will always be time pressures and potential difficulties with temporary workforces, but try to make sure that Health and Safety concerns remain your priority.

PPE is likely to play an important part in your programme and 3M have many years’ experience developing effective products to protect your workforce from hazards encountered in construction and make them more productive.

View our latest construction brochure here

View our construction hazards quick guide here

Hearing Protection

Regular exposure to high noise levels can lead to deafness and tinnitus, although it may take many years for the symptoms to become apparent.

If it has not been possible to reduce noise levels sufficiently by introducing engineering controls or designing out the issue then hearing protection should be provided.

Identifying noise hazards, selecting protection and monitoring exposure are all easily done with 3M Solutions.

To find out more, please visit our hearing protection in construction page.

Head, Eye & Face Protection

Simply wearing safety eyewear may not be enough to prevent injuries. Every face shape is different so eyewear should be selected to fit each individual’s face.

Current standards suggest careful consideration should be given to the fit of safety eyewear, but there is no specific guide to follow.

If you’re looking for help, the 3M Eyewear Fit System is a simple 6-step method designed to help you select the best fitting eyewear.

To find out more, please visit our eye protection page.

Respiratory Protection

Asbestos was used regularly in construction before the turn of the century and it can be difficult to detect. Asbestos-related diseases kill more people than any other single work-related cause. In addition to asbestos there are also other types of dust which it is important to manage and protect against.

Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) should only be used after you have tried to eliminate or control the hazard. Make sure respirators are right for the job, in good condition and have the correct filters.

To find out more, please visit our respiratory protection page.

You can also visit the Construction Dust Partnership website for help and guidance.

Coveralls & Protective Clothing

Dermatitis is an inflammatory skin condition caused by exposure to hazardous substances such as cements and solvents.

You should only consider PPE as a last resort after attempting to remove or substitute offending items. If this is not feasible, you can rely on 3M’s range of protective clothing including coveralls that offer breathable comfort and different protection levels depending on the substances in use.

To find out more, please visit our coveralls page.

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