Hazards addressed by protective jackets and coats include physical, heat, electrical, chemicals
, biohazards and airborne particulate matter. There are different types of jackets and coats
designed to suit various workplaces.
Types of jackets and coats
High visibility jackets are also called "hi-viz", and feature highly reflective properties of a color that is easily discernible from any background. Hunters, for example, use reflective jackets to prevent accidental shooting.
Chainsaw jackets are important to individuals who operate chainsaws and working outdoors. They offer protection from potential injuries that which can happen when using chainsaws.
There are many types of technical jackets but they can be broadly categorized into soft-shell and hard-shell jackets. Soft-shell jackets are water-resistant and highly breathable but aren’t waterproof. Generally, soft-shell jackets are stretchy and warmer. Hard shell jackets are waterproof jackets with a hood. They are made to provide a durable, lightweight and waterproof solution for outdoor protection during rain or snow. The fabric is not very stretchy and is very durable.
Also known as a white coat, a lab coat is a knee-length smock or overcoat worn by professionals who work in the medical field or laboratories. It is a simple uniform and protects the users’ street clothes. Typically, these coats are made of a light-coloured linen, cotton or cotton-polyester blend that allows them to be washed at high temperatures.
There are many types of protective jackets and coats. Talk to an MRO Supply expert for assistance if you have any trouble finding suitable personal protective gear.