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What’s in my Personal Protective Equipment bag?

Heavy Duty Marine Mechanic’s PPE

Today on Repairs101 I’m going to show you what’s inside my Personal Protective Equipment bag.

OK you can see I did a much better job of keeping this one clean than I did with my tool-bag. It’s because I don’t carry it everywhere I just keep it under whatever bench I’m working on.

First things first

So the first thing on anybody’s PPE list should be protective eyewear. What I like about this stuff is that it fits right over top of my glasses. And of course next would be “green patch” safety boots.

And you definitely need your hardhat where ever you go. This guy showed up for work without one so I gave him this one.

You got to have hearing protection. I like to wear cones and sometimes I team them up with earplugs for super noisy environments.

OK now as for gloves you’re going to need several kinds ranging from nitrile to cotton, suede palm, leather, neoprene and welding gloves.

I always carry my respirator in my PPE bag along with some spare filters and some organic vapour cartridges.


Almost every work yard requires high visibility clothing or a Viz vest or a viz belt.

And you know I always have a strobe with me for when I’m working in the dark on the side of the road or maybe somewhere similarly dangerous.

Make sure your cover-alls are a hundred percent cotton to arrest sparks and flames that you might pick up grinding or welding.

I always wear a welding beanie at work to keep my hair clean.

And I use kneepads on jobs that require a lot of kneeling.

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Canadian weather

I even carry a balaclava for when it’s unreasonably cold out.

Make sure you get yourself a good quality rain suit.

And you’ll never be sorry you invested in a suede welding jacket.

If you’re working by or on the water you have to have your lifejacket with retro-reflective markers and a whistle.

Aw geez. I’m not sure how that got in there. You probably don’t need one of those.

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