From enhancing site safety and productivity, to helping protect workers and the environment, 3M engineer’s innovative Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) solutions for the demands of your business. Injuries that occur in the mining sector can be easily prevented. Mines are among the most dangerous places to work, with miners often being subjected to harsh working environments and hazardous materials. Proper implementation and use of personal protective equipment (PPE) is vital in ensuring less down-time and maintaining workplace productivity.
A key in all of this, is the use of high quality, durable PPE. 3M provides solutions in workplace PPE for those who work in the mining and processing sectors – offering a wide range of products specifically catering to the needs of miners who work both on ground and underground. A key component in mining safety practises is the use of hard hats. Hard hats are an essential investment for workers in this industry. 3M provides the below head, eye, face, and body protection solutions:
Key Benefits & Features – 3M™ TA570 Safety Helmet ABS Vented with Metal Lamp Bracket
3M™ TA570 Safety Helmets are Type 1 helmets that adhere to Australian standards for general mining conditions. This helmet not only protects from potential hazards but has unique cooling vents for comfort in hot and humid conditions.
Furthermore, 3M safety helmets are fully compatible with lamp brackets. 3M lamp brackets allow secure lamp attachment to the helmet. Lamp brackets are available in metal or polycarbonate material.
Metal lamp brackets are suitable where strength and robustness is required. Applications include certain mining applications where a helmet-mounted lamp is required.
Polycarbonate lamp brackets provide a non-metallic solution. Polycarbonate lamp brackets are rust and corrosive-resistant and are suitable for underground mining where the use of a helmet-mounted lamp is required.
Key Benefits & Features – 3M™ Peltor Mesh Visor V4B
The V4B Visor system is extremely lightweight and non-conductive, which is a necessary feature in some environments such as working with electric power cables. Made of black polyamide with a matt finish, the system includes a visor, helmet frame and linkage kit, which will attach to either a P3E 30mm or a P3G 24mm slotted adaptor. It is designed to be used with or without Peltor earmuffs.
A perfect combination of protection, visibility, and safety, the Multi Visor face shield system is a unique linkage system for working and standby positions.
3M provides reliable head and face protection products that meet regulated performance and safety requirements. The V4B Mesh visor is recommended for medium impact protection and meets the impact requirements of AS/NZS 1337.2. Protective eyewear should be always worn under face shields.
Key Benefits & Features – 3M™ SecureFit™ Protective Eyewear
Miners can be exposed to flying particles, small objects, and sparks whilst on the job. These can be mechanical, thermal, or electrical in this industry.
Exposure to flying objects without sufficient eye protection can lead to serious eye injury and potential blinding. Eye injuries are extremely common in the workplace. 3M™ SecureFit™ Protective Eyewear Safety Spectacles are designed to protect workers from hazardous object contact and dangerous radiation in a stylish and comfortable way. Choosing the right spectacles for a worker’s mining job relies upon ergonomics, view, security, and coverage.
3M™ SecureFit™ Protective Eyewear Series comes with a variety of features because having options in protective eyewear can be critical. Workers can choose from several lenses coating options, including 3M™ Anti-Fog and Anti- Scratch, and features like a removable foam gasket that combines with Pressure Diffusion Temple (PDT) Technology to create a secure and comfortable fit.
The 3M™ SecureFit™ Protective Eyewear is available for purchase in the below range:
· 3M™ SecureFit™ Protective Eyewear 100 Series- Clear, Grey, Amber, and Indoor-Outdoor Grey lens in Anti-Fog and Anti-Scratch coating.
· 3M™ SecureFit™ Protective Eyewear 200 Series- Clear and Grey lens in Anti-Fog and Anti-Scratch coating
· 3M™ SecureFit™ Protective Eyewear 400 Series- Clear, Grey, Indoor Outdoor Mirror lens in Anti-Fog and Anti-Scratch coating
· 3M™ SecureFit™ Protective Eyewear 500 Series- Clear Anti-Fog/Anti-Scratch and Clear, Grey, Amber, Indoor Outdoor lens with Scotchgard™ Anti Fog/Anti-Scratch coating.
Key Benefits & Features – 3M™ Protective Coverall
There are different risks of exposure to hazardous dust during mining and ore extraction as well as to different acids and alkalis used as reagents for many reactions and purification processes. Also, skin irritation can occur through exposure to solvents, oil, and grease.
Potential exposure to dust and chemicals may occur during the mining operations, which are during loading, transporting, unloading, and storage of raw materials as well as during mixing and handling chemicals or when dealing with spilled chemicals.
Type 3, 4, 5 and 6 coveralls can be selected to protect miners in these situations.
The key selection factors include:
· Understanding the protection level required (Type)
· Compatibility with other PPE
· Considering potential heat stress situations
There are different options such as:
· Type 5/6 coveralls: 3M 4510, 4515, 4535, 4540+
· Type 5/6/4 coveralls: 3M 4565
· Type 5/6/4/3 coveralls: 3M 4570
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