Whether you’re cutting, wiring, or directing traffic, safety gear can be the most dangerous items to slack off or not take seriously. Safety gear is vital and likely, the most important item at your job site. Today we’re going to cover all the protective gear and categories. Follow us as we go through each item and category to help you find the best gear for your career.

Don’t Lose Your Head

Eye Protection

As the song goes, we are going to start with the head. The first piece of gear we will discuss is your eye protection. Often used in the forms of goggles or glasses, these obviously protect your eyes. The ANSI standards associated with eye protection are ANSI Z87 1-2015. The criteria outlined in this section are for the prevention and minimization of eye hazards through proper usage, testing, maintenance, marking, and coloring of eye protection. At Abolox Safety, we carry a large variety of eye protection fit for any job site.

Radians OBL1-13 Obliterator

Black/Red w/ Clear IQuity with Anti-fog foam lined safety eyewear.

Ergodyne BALDR Skullerz®

Large full frame safety glasses with coinjection rubber
temples.

Hearing Protection 

Hearing is the second most important sense on the job site, meaning that your hearing protection is a very important part of your safety gear kit. There are two primary types of hearing protection: disposable and reusable. You’ll want to decide which kind  you’d rather utilize before heading to the job site. The ANSI standards for hearing protection are ANSI S12.42 and ANSI S3.19. It’s important to also decide whether you want ear plugs or ear muffs, (in the ear or over the ear). Each option has its own pros and cons.

Radians Terminator

Premium earmuff provides excellent protection with superior comfort.

DEWALT Corded Disposable

Extreme comfort and outstanding noise reduction to protect your hearing.

Respiratory Protection

Respiratory Protection is very important (especially nowadays with everything going on out there.). Protecting your lungs from dust, debris, and other harmful agents is something that can be the sole stopping factor from your team getting sick. When determining the right protection, ensure that you follow the criteria set forth in ANSI Z88.2 for the standards on respiratory protection.

Head Protection

When we say head protection, we’re referring to hard hats and bump caps. Again, referring to ANSI, the stands for head protection are Z89.1-2014. You’ll want to ensure that you’re using the proper classification of head protection depending on the job site you’re on. You may need either a general hard hat (protection up to 2200 volts), an electrical grade hard hat (to prevent shocks up to 20,000 volts), or a conductive hard hat (no electrical protection).  You may get away with a bump cap in the case that there will definitely be no chances of falling debris at your job site. You can read more about this in our blog post: “How to Choose the Right Safety Helmet and Hard Hat”.

Hopefully this breakdown helps you find the right gear for your head on your jobsite. When deciding your gear inventory for your jobsite, you can use our blog: “Four Steps to A Safe Workplace”. If you’re ready to start building your safety gear inventory, check out our shop.