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Construction Safety: When and Why to Wear a Respirator

when and why to wear a respirator

A respirator is a vital piece of personal safety equipment that protects your lungs, throat, and airways.

When it comes to construction, it can often be a dangerous job that presents quite a number of potential dangers. Wearing the correct safety equipment and following construction safety procedures for any given job is a must, but how do you know when and why to wear a respirator? In this post, the importance and applications of the respirator will be discussed.

What Is A Respirator?

A respirator is a protective device that covers the nose and mouth, and possibly even the entire head. It keeps the wearer safe from inhaling or being otherwise harmed by risky atmospheres. They can be tight fitting or loose fitting and come in air-purifying and atmosphere supplying classes. The first removes harmful contaminants from the air and the and the second proves safe and clean air that is breathable from an uncontaminated source. Both keep workers safe in potentially hazardous conditions.

Why Is It Necessary To Wear Respirators?

If employees have to work in conditions with less than sufficient oxygen, or where they will be exposed to toxic fogs, smokes, dusts, mists, fumes, vapors, gases, or sprays, they need to wear a respirator. These situations pose health hazards which can lead to lung impairment, cancer, disease, and even death if workers are not appropriately protected. In order to ensure worker health and safety, the use of respirators and proper construction safety protocol respect is absolutely essential.  

When Do Employees Wear Respirators?

Whenever employees are working in a high risk environment where engineering and practice control measures cannot protect them from contamination at the worksite. Respirators are the best and only true way to completely protect workers from harm in risky environments. During certain maintenance and repair operations, emergencies, and the installation of engineering controls, it may be impossible to eliminate airborne contaminants, making the use of respirators an absolute necessity.

Construction Safety from G&M Services

G&M Services has a great amount of expertise, experience, and training when it comes to demolishing concrete, so trust us with the job. We understand how dangerous our important work with concrete can be, and we take safety precautions every minute of every day to prevent anything bad from happening. We offer many different services to our valued clients, including concrete drilling, concrete scanning, and FireStop. For more information on our services, contact us online or give us a call at (410) 787-8828. For more safety tips and interesting articles, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and LinkedIn.