By Martin Hart on Fri 06 March 2020
A lot of people, particularly if they are working with various materials such as wood, metal, and plastics, tend to skip on face protection, but it is one of the most important aspects of any safety routine.
Every year, there are nearly 30,000 eye injuries reported – a lot of these by people carrying out their own DIY work. Because of this, it is important to understand why face protection is essential.
It Prevents Particulates from Getting on Your Face
This is one of the most important aspects of face protection. When you are working with wood, whether sanding, chiselling, or cutting, wooden particulates will start to circulate the room. These particulates include splinters or sawdust, which can be incredibly painful if they interact with the eyes.
Also, if you are working with treated woods, then the particulates would have even worse consequences if they enter the body, as they can be potentially toxic. Therefore, eye and face protection is essential when it comes to dealing with certain materials.
It Can Protect You from Intense Light
This is particularly important for tradesmen whose job includes a lot of welding such as professional welders or plumbers. Welding can be particularly intense as it uses electricity to produce incredibly powerful, bright, and hot arcs to weld pieces of metal together.
Because of this, it is vital that you protect your entire face. Because the arc reaches incredibly high temperatures, it actually emits ultraviolet (UV) light, which can potentially cause skin and eye damage. For this reason alone, when it comes to welding, face protection is essential.
It Can Save Your Life
This may seem a bit extreme, but it is 100% true. You may not know it but approximately 12,000 people die each year in the UK due to occupational respiratory disease, which is a terrifying and worrying statistic.
So for tradesmen, it’s extremely important to make sure that you are wearing face protection at all times. The most important thing that you should be thinking about is being as safe as possible.
Once you understand the importance of face protection and the benefits that they provide for any job role, then it is vital to include it in your everyday work life. At Hart Wholesale, we are able to provide face protection masks and goggles to ensure that you are as safe as possible for any project that you may be involved with. If you would like to know more information, then please don’t hesitate to contact us. Just give us a call on 01702 460266 and we will be more than happy to help with any questions you may have.