Are food workers required to wear hair coverings?

According to the FDA food code, all food handlers must wear hair coverings that reasonably and effectively cover exposed body hair. Examples of acceptable hair containment accessories include nets, beard restraints, and bouffant caps. To meet requirements, they should be designed to keep hair from contacting any exposed food and the equipment used to work with it.

Besides keeping hair out of food and equipment, hair containment accessories also keep workers from putting their hands in their hair.

What other workers need to wear hair restraints?

In addition to those working in food-related businesses, other workers are also expected to wear a hair restraint when on the job, including:

Laboratory Staff

Hair and beard nets may be considered protective equipment depending on the substances involved in laboratory experiments or the chemicals used.

It’s often required in labs as an essential means of keeping human hair from contaminating samples and keep long hair caught in rotating equipment.

Manufacturing Workers in Electronic Facilities

PPE is often called upon to protect both the worker and the product. This is the case for those who work with electronics where hair containment apparel like hair nets and beard covers may be required. The common-sense rule is to have employees cover up if a stray hair could harm the product.

Why wear protective accessories like sleeves, or spray socks?

When painting, gardening, or working with liquid chemicals of any sort, it’s essential to guard against your skin coming in contact with potentially harmful substances.

Wearing the appropriate PPE accessory like spray socks or sleeves provides valuable protection against overspray, splatter, or other particulates when on the job.

Look for wearable safety accessories that are made of materials that are breathable and cool to wear. There is usually a choice of colors with a one size fits all design.

What type of protection does an apron offer?

Aprons are often used by individuals who work with hazardous and non-hazardous substances. Because it covers the front of the worker from the chest to the knee or below, it’s an accessory that provides some protection from non-hazardous dry particulates or liquid splash and spray.

Often, they tie at the waist and cover the front of the worker to the knee or lower. Aprons don’t have sleeves and are open in the back, which means they are cooler than other options covering the entire body.

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