In maintenance shops, where floors may be oily or wet, footwear with anti-slip properties can improve technician safety by helping to prevent falls.

Apparel basics

Oct. 7, 2016
The appropriate apparel helps keep technicians safe and comfortable.

When investing in work apparel, remind technicians that what they are purchasing should enhance their safety and keep them comfortable while they are in the shop and on the job. Therefore, quality and purpose – because protective work apparel is becoming more socialized – should be top of mind.

High-quality shop apparel is designed to hold up in a work environment where technicians regularly come in contact with tools, equipment, chemicals and other items that could cause them harm. In addition to embracing best practices and following appropriate safety protocols, technicians need to concern themselves with what they are wearing while conducting vehicle maintenance and repairs.

Furthermore, advises Alex Barnes, marketing manager, Adenna, it is important that technicians remain aware of the various risks from their work environment. For example, their use of various solvents and chemicals can have an effect on their health down the road if the correct protective apparel is not worn.

Adenna is a provider of hand protection products for a variety of industries (www.adenna.com).

INJURY COSTS

Understanding the importance of safety in the workplace is critical, says Cory Houston, marketing, Mechanix Wear, a provider of work gloves for a variety of applications (www.mechanix.com). He says that, according to the data compiled by the National Safety Council, the average cost of a hand injury is $20,000 or $21,000 in medical costs and missed time from work.

“That’s a hefty cost and, when it comes down to it, a pair of gloves is a pretty low-cost safety measure,” he adds.

FOOTWEAR

As with other protective apparel, proper footwear also provides significant benefits for technicians. Charlie Arroyo, general manager, Redback Boots USA, a provider of work boots and safety footwear (www.redbackboots.com), says the average technician spends anywhere from 10 to 14 hours a day on his or her feet. If footwear doesn’t fit properly, it adversely affects comfort and productivity.

“Good footwear does not make you tired,” he notes. “A tired technician can make mistakes and that can cause workplace injuries. A good choice of footwear will provide comfort, safety and durability.”

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