Torso Protection

Many hazards can threaten the torso:
  • Heat,
  • Splashes from hot metals and liquids,
  • Impacts and cuts,
  • Acids, and
  • Radiation.
A variety of protective clothing is available, including vests, jackets, aprons, coveralls, and full body suits.


Wool and specially treated cotton are two natural fibers which are fire-resistant and comfortable since they adapt well to changing workplace temperatures.
Duck, a closely-woven cotton fabric, is good for light duty protective clothing. It can protect against cuts and bruises on jobs where employees handle heavy, sharp, or rough material.
Heat-reflecting clothing such as leather is often used to guard against dry heat and flame. Rubber and rubberized fabrics, neoprene, and plastics give protection against some acids and chemicals.
Disposable suits of paper-like material are particularly important for protection from dusty materials or materials that can splash. If the substance is extremely toxic, a completely enclosed suit may be necessary. The clothing should be inspected to assure proper fit and function for continued protection.

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