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Workwear & Protective Clothing

Workwear & Protective Clothing

It is important that when using tools, safety precautions should always be observed and that care should be taken to wear the right clothes; for example, baggy shirts and loose ties should never be worn near moving parts.

It is also important that users should fully acquaint themselves with the range of protective clothing available and wear whatever is appropriate. It is no longer just a case of wearing overalls to keep clothes clean.

The substantial increase in the range of specialist power tools, the increased efficiency in the performance of hand tools and with the increase in the scope of work which is now completed by the home enthusiast means that more power is now in
the hands of many more people.

As those trends have developed, so to has developed an awareness of the needs of safety, protection and better working conditions. A simple example of this is the recommended use of dust extraction units with certain power tools and an understanding of the advantage of using masks, goggles and respirators to protect against dust and particles in the air.

The range of protective equipment comes in a number of models and standards and it is important to ensure that the right standard is used for the appropriate job, in accordance with the manufacturers' instructions: for example welding goggles should be worn for welding and impact goggles for angle grinding.

Chain Saw Safety Wear

Although not shown in this catalogue, users of chain saws (particularly petrol driven chain saws) should be made aware of the availability of specialised chain saw protective gear ranging from helmets, visors, gloves and steel capped boots, to protective trousers, leggings and jackets. These are lined with a ballistic nylon which snags in the chain, and thus stalls the engine.

Once damaged, these items must be replaced.

Ear Defenders

To protect against damage which can be caused to the ears from everyday noises and which, in the tool field, may particularly occur when using certain power tools.

Ear defenders are readily available in various types from the simple plug to the full and comfortable covers and pads for the whole ear.

Eye Protection

The comprehensive range of eye protection products extends from simple goggles to full face masks, for a number of varying applications from protection against dust particles to flying chips, sparks and liquid splashes. Within this range, particular care should be taken to select the right type of protection (ie. Welding goggles, Grade 1 or 2 impact goggles as required).

A variety of eye protectors are available for those who wear spectacles.


The expression working gloves covers a very wide range from simple cotton gloves to keep hands clean to P.V.C gloves when dealing with fluids and oils. Care should be taken in following manufacturers' recommendations with regard to the gloves which are worn, particularly when handling chemicals. The glove range also includes gauntlets to protect the wrists, for welding and other applications.

Head Protection

Helmets should be worn whenever working overhead and whenever working on a building site or anywhere where there is a danger of falling materials.

They should also be used with power tools which may throw up chips or material and where there may be a risk of the tool or material kicking upwards, for example when pruning.

In addition to standard helmets, helmets are also provided with visors.

Overalls & Waterproof Suits

It is important to differentiate between protective clothing such as lightweight overalls for decorating and for protecting clothes in the home and the more substantial protective clothing which is designed quite specifically for a special purpose such as resistance to chemicals or from damage by certain tools.

Respiratory Protection

A shaft of sunlight will reveal particles of dust in most atmospheres and in the past too little attention may have been given to protecting against dust in workshops and even when cutting dry grass.

Protection varies from simple masks to respirators.
Different types of filters are available for respirators.

There are filters for protection against:

Toxic dusts and fumes to the efficiency required by EN143. Examples are agricultural grain, smoke, metallic fumes, powders, cement and coal dust.

Organic Gas & Vapours to the efficiency required by EN141. Examples are acetone, alcohols, benzene, petrol, creosote and acid gases.