With regards to workwear there are three main SANS standards that are important to understand, these are SANS 434, SANS 1387 and SANS 1423.
Both metal and non-metal toe caps can pass the required European standards to protect your feet in the workplace but are either better than the other. Which alternatives are more appropriate for various applications or work environments?
Examination gloves help prevent cross-contamination between patients and their caregivers, as well as provide protection against dangerous chemicals and bacteria. For maximum protection, it is important to both choose the right gloves and use them properly.
There are various standards and resultant ratings hand protection or gloves need to conform to depending on the intended use of the glove. Know your standards and ratings to select the appropriate glove for your specific work tasks.
Hearing protection is provided in order to prevent noise induced hearing loss which can result from the prolonged exposure to high levels of noise. Any area where the exposure to noise is at or above the noise-limit rating, which is the value of the 8 hour rating level – 85 decibels (dB) or over is considered a noise zone.
The choice to make use of workwear manufactured from polycotton or 100% cotton depends on several factors. These being strength, durability, cost, UV resistance and comfort.
Reflective or high visibility clothing is required to comply with the International Standards Organisation (ISO), the definition of the standard is ISO 20471:2013. The standard specifies requirements for high visibility clothing. which is capable of visually signalling the user’s presence.
Reusable respirators make use of replaceable filtration cartridges to filter hazardous substances and protect the wearer. There are various respirator filters available, each designed to filter different substances. It is important to know what is the appropriate cartridge to adequately protect employees from sustaining temporary or permanent respiratory conditions. This article shall provide information to assist in this regard.
Fire extinguishers are mandatory safety equipment in all workplaces. The quantity and type of fire extinguisher depends on the size of the building and nature of work being performed on site or materials being used. There is no one fire extinguisher to put out all fires. Using the incorrect fire extinguisher may cause more harm than good.