Safety gear is essential to keeping workers safe from on the job hazards that can cause injuries and illnesses. PPE is not new to industry and protective gear such as hard hats, gloves, glasses, and vests have been utilized in dangerous environments for hundreds of years. Initially PPE was used to protect a person from falling objects, splatters, or spills. But technology has given us materials that can withstand high temperatures, is impervious to penetrations, and is resistant to corrosive substances. But what can the next generation of Smart PPE do for industry? Some of the leaders in safety gear have introduced new products that will take safety in the workplace into the next generation.
Technology is changing how industry produces goods and services, but people are still needed for many tough and hazardous jobs. Whenever workers are put into potentially dangerous conditions, providing them with the best PPE is paramount. While protective gear has been around for centuries, the safety industry has made huge leaps to improve upon it. With new materials and processes, safety equipment is both protective from hazards and comfortable, breathable, and light weight. And as technology continues to improve, newer PPE equipment will not only protect workers but also interface and communicate with safety software to alert workers of potential hazards, provide them with hands free information about the job site, and report back analytics to a main platform. As the safety industry finds more and more ways to improve PPE through technology, workers can begin to worry less about on the job safety and focus more and getting the job done.