The Importance of Masks in the Workplace

If you own an auto repair shop, it is safe to say that there are many toxic chemicals and particles floating in the atmosphere. With that being said, it is important that you are aware of the risks that these particles pose on your workers in the shop. Without the proper gear or protection, your employees may be filing for workers comp before you know it.

According to OSHA, there are “an estimated 5 million workers that are required to wear respirators in 1.3 million workplaces throughout the U.S.” Respirators are designed to protect workers in these conditions from insufficient oxygen environments, harmful dusts, fogs, mists, gases, vapors, smokes and sprays. Without a respirator or mask, these hazards could cause health issues such as lung impairment, disease or even cancer.
Masks come in a variety of styles and brands, designed for specific work environments. Business owners must be aware that not all masks will provide adequate protection for workplace conditions. To find the right masks and protection for your auto body shop, it is best to turn to the OSHA website for more information. Once you do find the right mask for your shop, it may be a good idea to hold a seminar with your employees to show them how to properly wear the mask and make sure each employee’s mask fits comfortably and properly to prevent leaks and exposures.

Providing the right mask and protection to your employees will make all the difference. The fewer injuries, health issues and claims, the lower your premium will remain!

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