Safety Equipment, as implied by its name, includes the gadgets that are used (worn, used, suspended etc.) for the protection of life and to avoid injuries or casualties.
Generally, safety equipment is the protection that is used by workers to avoid injuries, casualties, life threatening situations etc.. Different types of safety equipment are used by workers depending upon the nature of risk involved in the work. For example, in a welding operation the dark welding helmets are used as a piece of safety equipment. In construction operations, hard hats, foot gear and coveralls are considered safety equipment. All these types of safety equipment fall under the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) category.
- Respiratory protection – for example, disposable, cartridge, air line, half or full face.
- Eye protection – for example, spectacles/goggles, shields, visors.
- Hearing protection – for example, ear muffs and plugs.
- Hand protection – for example, gloves and barrier creams.