Personal protective equipment features highly in most industries, but due to the highly specialised requirements of the electrical world, some of the priorities are slightly different. Clothing is a prime example of this and although most workers require clothing to offer protection from the elements, along with resistance to impact, dirt and contamination, the electrical engineer often has to consider the likelihood of electrostatic discharge. Most protective clothing, therefore, is designed to be ESD suitable. Most common items of clothing are provided, including T-shirts and fleeces. Footwear also puts ESD as a primary consideration and a wide range of shoe styles is available, including safety shoes, ESD socks and insoles. Protective headgear includes safety helmets and caps, and eye protection is provided by goggles and safety glasses. Many types of gloves protect the hands and of course most are ESD suitable. Face masks and visors protect the face and respiratory tracts, and earmuffs and earplugs provide hearing protection. Overalls not only protect the wearer from dust and splashes but are also essential to prevent contamination of the workplace, and needless to say, are designed to be suitable for ESD-sensitive environments. High-visibility clothing is also available for those involved in fieldwork.
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