Protective Clothing

To Protect Against…

protective clothing

  • Toxic substances: Wear the impermeable chemical-resistant clothing recommended by the MSDS (often rubberized or neoprene).
  • Corrosives: Wear impermeable chemical-resistant clothing (rubberized or neoprene) that fully covers the body.
  • Highly toxic or corrosive substances (Level A): Wear a fully encapsulated chemical-resistant suit.
  • Fire (flames, sparks, molten metal, etc.): Wear protective clothing made of fire-resistant fabric.
  • Radiant heat: Wear protective clothing made of heat-resistant fabrics or aluminized protective clothing.
  • Extreme cold: Wear insulated protective clothing designed for working in very low temperatures.
  • Abrasion, splinters, or cuts: Wear cotton or heavy cotton duck clothing.

If you’re unsure what type of protective clothing you need, ask your supervisor.
worker in protective clothing

AND REMEMBER … Protective clothing doesn’t eliminate the hazard.

manBut it does protect you from the hazard if you:

  • Select the right protective clothing for the hazard.
  • Make sure your protective clothing fits properly.
  • Wear appropriate protective clothing whenever you might be exposed to the hazard.
  • Maintain your protective clothing in good condition so that it can do its job.

Reprinted with permission of Safety National