The most vital, and easily damageable, parts of your body are often the smallest. Flinching is a natural, involuntary response your body is programmed to enact when it feels something vital is in danger. Protect your head, and the like.
Fortunately, we’ve advanced enough that all types of safety clothing and specialized safety workwear are being developed and improved to protect us from errant dangers. What are we protecting the most? As vital safety becomes habitual, it can fade into complacency. They may be small, but these parts of your body you’re protecting are as big as it gets.
Sure, those reflective pants for work keep you seen, but it’s tough to do anything without being able to see. One of the most sensitive parts of your body, eye safety is incredibly important, yet susceptible to shortcuts. Every time it’s sunny outside, we go to our sunglasses, yet, on the worksite, sometimes it’s easy to think oh, I can do this one thing real quick. You know what we’re talking about. Those are the avoidable moments that make for tragic reflections. Wear those safety glasses and keep your peepers peeping.
This is a subtle one, definitely among the most neglected parts of physical safety. It’s not that loud is a relative opinion that your physical biology knows to be false. Permanent hearing loss can be caused by sounds louder than 85 decibels. We’ve worked with enough people — namely men — whose machismo in the face of noise is unhealthy. Protect your ears, so we don’t have to repeat this.
Thought we were forgetting something. Everything mentioned before is attached to the one piece that makes it all function. If you’ve ever seen some of the horrifying close-call videos on YouTube, or have experienced close calls yourself, that a hard hat has saved, then you know the importance. Keep your dome secure and protected 100% of the time, because, without that, your eyes and ears won’t really matter.
Wearing reflective pants for work might keep you visible, but protecting the head-located essentials will keep you seeing, hearing, and alive. Don’t fall into a lazy rut born from habit. Use your head and help yourself keep your head.