Safety wear refers to protective clothing that many people have to wear to keep from being injured on the job or while they are engaging in recreational activities. It usually consists of helmets, goggles, noise reducing headphones, safety gloves and coveralls. Construction workers, for example, wear hard hats so that they won’t be injured if something falls on them from above.
The type of safety wear you are expected to wear depends on the activity you engage in or your occupation. Some jobs do not require any safety equipment at all. If you play contact sports then you will have to wear a protective helmet and face mask, padded protection for various parts of the body, such as shoulder pads, elbow pads, knee pads and groin protection. Protective clothing is also essential if you work with chemicals or pesticides or if you work in a laboratory where there is a possible risk of pollution or infection.
Respiratory protective clothing consists of wearing a filter mask that covers the nose and mouth. Such safety wear will protect you from airborne substances that may be harmful if you breathe them in. Gas masks are necessary if you are in a situation where you may be exposed to harmful toxic substances. Firefighters have to wear air-purifying respirators to enable them to breathe in areas where there is a lot of smoke. For those engaged in diving, either for recreation or a part of the job, a self-contained breathing apparatus is necessary for breathing underwater.
Some of the safety wear in the line of footwear include clogs, which are made of wood, rubber soled shoes or running shoes that will decrease the possibility of slipping on a smooth floor and steel toe boots, which are quite common in the construction industry or for anyone working with heavy materials. Full suits are also available for use in dealing with chemicals, whether it is in a lab or dealing with a chemical spill. These are sometimes called biohazard suits. Full suits for divers are called wetsuits and they keep the body warm and dry when in the cold temperatures of deep water.
Those involved in law enforcement have to wear protective clothing, such as bulletproof vests, which will prevent the bullets from entering vital body parts and resulting in death. These vests are for the torso area covering the back and chest.
When swimming or engaging in leisure activities on the water, a life vest is one type of safety wear that every person should wear. Fishermen who spend a lot of time at sea have special suits that will help them float if they happen to fall overboard or if something happens that requires them to be in a lifeboat. These suits are also designed to protect the wearer in cold temperatures.