Types of Aprons

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Types of Aprons
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Aprons protect our clothing and bodies from stains, splashes and damages from the job we are doing. In shops, restaurants and supermarkets, aprons are necessary equipment for chefs, bakers, bussers, dishwashers and meat cutters. While we are familiar with these standard aprons, a number of industrial careers use aprons for protection and safety. These industrial work aprons have slings and pockets for tools and reinforced stitching for durability . Aprons are a required protection from chemicals, fire sparks, paint and dust.

Carpenter's Apron

The Carpenter's apron provides protection from stains and also works as a wearable storage unit. Carpenters climb ladders, kneel and are active in their labour. Having tools and supplies attached to their body is a time and energy efficient. Made from heavy canvas material or denim material, the apron has pockets designed to hold nails and levels, a loop for the hammer and slot pockets for pencils.

Welder's Apron

Welders often wear a leather apron. The leather is heat and flame resistant to withstands damage from welding sparks. Heavy double stitching reinforced with metal fasteners secure the pockets and apron ties. These aprons have several pockets to hold pencils, pliers, wrenches and bails.

Chemical Apron

Chemical aprons are necessary safety equipment for anyone handling chemicals and pesticides such as laboratory chemists, photographic developer and agrochemical worker. These aprons protect the skin as well as clothing against any mishandling while pouring or mixing as the chemical may cause skin irritation and burns. Aprons coated with acrylic emulsions, liquid polymer or rubber protect against chemicals, acids, alkali and provide a barrier against them.

Lead Apron

X-Ray technicians and patients at medical, dental and veterinary facilities wear lead aprons to protect themselves from radiation. Proper fit and placement of the lead apron is important to protect against these airborne rays. Care is necessary to prevent cracks developing in the lead of the apron. Folding or placing the aprons over an object for storage may cause damage or cracks. The best storage is on a flat area or hung on special hangers for lead aprons.

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