Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that was extensively used during the 20th century. It’s still being found in older buildings, which means that workers who are exposed to it every day often develop asbestos-related diseases such as asbestosis, mesothelioma, and lung cancer. If you’re concerned about your health and safety when you work outside, you should wear proper PPE (Personal Protective Equipment).
Asbestos coveralls are important for both industrial and commercial workers. Workers involved in the manufacturing, mining, construction, building maintenance and demolition industries need to wear these special coveralls, as they are more susceptible to exposure to asbestos fibres and dust particles than those who work in offices. The three main types of protection provided by these garments include respiratory protection, eye/face protection, and skin protection. Coveralls come in all shapes and sizes to fit the job site. There are many different types of coverall’s available including cotton, polyester, nylon, PVC, fleece, denim, and more. The material used in coveralls affects its durability. Some types of coveralls include chemical resistant coveralls, flame retardant coveralls, fireproof coveralls and anti-static coveralls.
Types of Disposable Coveralls
Based on the degree of protection they provide, disposable coveralls are divided into six categories.
- Type 1 – Coverall designed to protect against gases and liquids (with an airline).
- Type 2 – Coverall that retains positive pressure but is not gastight (protection against liquids, vapours, and dust).
- Type 3 – Coveralls that are liquid-tight (seams are sealed, not stitched)
- Type 4 – Coverall resistant to chemical sprays (like Type 3, but not as heavy duty)
- Type 5 – Coveralls that prevent the entry of dust and airborne particles, including asbestos (if disposable coveralls are worn)
- Type 6 – Coverall that provides protection against light sprays and chemical splashes (less chemical protection than types 3 and 4)
Most disposable coveralls (Types 4, 5, and 6) are made of non-woven polypropylene or breathable microporous cloth, depending on the brand and model. A triple-layered SMS (spunbond, meltblown, spunbond) material is commonly used in high-quality Type 5 asbestos coveralls.
How to Choose the Right Asbestos Coveralls
Asbestos coverall is an important part of protecting yourself against asbestos dust. However, choosing the right ones is essential because you would want proper protection while wearing these.
- Choose the Right Material: The quality of your clothing makes a difference. When choosing protective clothing for an asbestos-related activity, the potential heat stress, fire risk, and electrical risks must all be taken into account. Clothing made of wool or other materials that attract fibrous dust should not be worn.
- Decide on the Level of Protection Required: The level of protection offered by the coveralls depends on the nature of the job being performed. If the job entails working around heavy machinery, an industrial suit is needed. On the other hand, if the task involves handling low-risk materials, a simple disposable coverall is sufficient to protect the wearer.
- Size be sure to fits the wearer and should be comfortable
- Including the hood, it should be a single piece
- Elasticated cuffs, wrists, and hoods are recommended
- Decontamination should be easy
- Fibres should not penetrate them
Other Safety & personal protective equipments
Disposable or non-disposable personal protective equipment (PPE) is available. Gloves, masks for respiratory protection, safety boots, and PVC clothing are all examples of popular PPE solutions.
- Safety Gloves
- Respirator masks
- Hair caps and beard covers
- Safety boots and steel-capped gumboots
- Disposable Boot and shoe covers
- High-visibility safety vests and rain suits
- Earmuffs, hard hats, safety glasses, eye goggles, face shields
In addition, all workers should wear proper safety equipment, including masks, gloves, boots and goggles, depending on the materials they handle and the potential hazards they face. Workplace safety standards vary based on industry, location and worker responsibilities. Coveralls are essential workwear for most construction workers. They are meant to protect workers from the elements, chemicals and hazards associated with the job. Whether they are custom made or generic, coveralls are a vital part of the workplace wardrobe.
If you plan to work in those fields, make sure to shop around for the right coveralls. At Western Sydney Building Supplies, we are committed to worker safety – that is why we offer a wide range of disposable coveralls and personal protective equipment (PPE). Contact Western Sydney Building Supplies for assistance or questions regarding purchasing the right safety products for your job.