Whether you’re trimming the hedges or using an electric chainsaw, never overlook the importance of safety measures. Handling gardening tools requires the correct precautions so always consider investing in PPE for your next garden project at home or at work.
Here are some of the PPE that you may need.
When working outside it’s highly likely that you’re going to experience debris including leaves, mud, twigs and even stones. Keeping your eyes covered, with PPE just as goggles, will prevent unnecessary injuries caused by debris flying into your eyes or face as you work. Your eyes are extremely delicate so don’t take the chance!
You need to have a good grip when using tools so wearing gloves is always a good idea. Additionally, gloves will protect you from cuts and grazes so you aren’t left with injuries as open wounds can easily become infected. Gloves are also needed when tidying up and moving your green waste from A to B.
As well as protecting your face and hands you also need to think about your feet! Wearing appropriate footwear is a practical way of minimising foot-related injuries such as dropping tools onto your feet. Open-toed shoes should never be worn when operating tools including lawnmowers or handheld power tools but boots are a great alternative.
Always protect your head with a helmet designed for the intended use. Falling debris could result in a nasty accident if you don’t protect your head, so equip yourself with a durable helmet that will minimise injury if you do come into contact with anything.
A hi-vis jacket will ensure that you stay seen by those around you – this means that people are more aware of their surroundings and the tools that they are using.
At A Mcilrath & Son, we offer a range of gardening tools as well as PPE so you can stay safe while you work. From eyewear to reflective jackets, you can find everything you need from us. Contact us today to learn more about our personal protective equipment or visit our Coleraine showroom