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Safety Solutions for the Construction Industry

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Construction Industry Overview

Construction is a complex industry covering a wide range of activities from large-scale civil engineering projects to small house extensions, including a wide variety of applications. At 3M we focus our everyday efforts on how better we can solve the serious personal safety & health challenges brought about by this diverse structure. Below is some information on some key construction applications:

  • concrete work
    Concrete & Spraying work

    Concrete and spraying can be a dusty and noisy work environment. Respiratory functions may be compromised by exposure to dust, silica, asbestos, wood dust, metal dust, powder paint, chemicals and more. Noise, whether it's from hazardous sounds, or critical warning signals, is a crucial sense to protect and remain alert to. We can help you to identify risks and find suitable solutions with a wide range of respiratory protection equipment and compatible hearing and communication solutions.

    Solutions for Concrete & Spraying Work

  • work at height
    Working at Height

    Regardless of distance, all work at height has the potential to cause serious or fatal injuries to workers should a fall occur. 3M Fall Protection offers the equipment, training, knowledge and expertise to help give construction workers confidence to perform their work safely and efficiently.

    Solutions for Working at Height

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  • Demolition and Groundworks
    Demolition and Groundworks

    Demolition and groundworks includes a multitude of hazards from exposure to hazardous materials like asbestos, which in the UK, kills around 4500 people every year, whilst in Sweden more people die from cancer of the lungs as a results of exposure to asbestos than from occupational accident fatalities. Other hazards and challenges include loud noises caused by crushing, drilling, and jackhammers, or risk of injury from moving vehicles and machinery, all the while requiring the need to communicate effectively.

    Solutions for Demolition and Groundworks

  • welding and others
    Welding & Others

    Effective all-round protection is needed against all kinds of risks. 3M provides integrated PPE which combines comprehensive eye, face and respiratory protection in a single system. The innovative welding helmets 3M™ Speedglas™ enable welding results combined with great wearer comfort and safety.

    Solutions for Other Applications

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Safety Hazards in Construction

Construction workers create great things — sometimes while working around great hazards. Head and eye injuries, hearing and respiratory hazards, falls from height and many more. We, at 3M, offer integrated safety and health solutions designed to help you keep your employees protected and comfortable.

  • working at height
    Working at Height Hazards

    Working at height can be inside or outside a building, whether it's working on roofs, scaffolds, ladders, or equipment such as cradles or cherry pickers. Regardless of distance, all work at height has the potential to cause serious or fatal injuries to workers should a fall occur. 3M Fall Protection offers the equipment, training, knowledge and expertise to help give construction workers confidence to perform their work safely and efficiently

    Solutions for Working at Height

  • airborne
    Airborne Hazards

    Respiratory functions may be compromised by exposure to dust, silica, asbestos, manganese, paint, chemicals and more. Workers in construction fields are exposed to airborne hazards everyday. We can help you to identify risks and find suitable solutions with a wide range of respiratory protection equipment.

    Solutions for Concrete & Spraying Work

    Solutions for Demolition & Groundwork

  • noise
    Noise Hazards

    Noise is a complex hazard. Harmful noises that can endanger your workers hearing, or hinder their ability to communicate safely. You need to enable workers to communicate safely at a distance, whilst also maintaining working, and alerting them to critical warning signals, but protecting them from hazardous noises.

    Noise levels can range from 85dB to 130 dB with high risk of irreversible damage, such as Noise-induced hearing loss (NHL). Communication distances can range from a few metres face-to-face, to a few kilometres. That is why you need a smart hearing solution.

    Hearing conservation

    Smart Hearing Solutions to communicate from a distance

  • eye injuries
    Eye Injuries

    Debris, dust and flying particles can result in severe injuries that could cause permanent damage to the eyes. It is a critical to define the exact cause and select the right solution.

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  • falling objects
    Falling Objects

    Falling objects and other impacts to the head are common occurence in construction, and can often have catastrophic results, no matter how small the object. Whether that's to fellow workers or members of the public. Ensure your workers tools remain tethered with 3M's range of tool tethering solutions.

    Fall Protection for Tools
    3M Head Protection

  • other construction hazards
    Other Construction Hazards

    Slips, trips are falls are some of the most common workplace accidents in the construction industry that can lead to potentially serious or even fatal injuries. Obstacles, uneven or wet and slippery surfaces are common causes of slips and trips. 3M Scotchlite Reflective Material helps to increase wearer safety by enhancing visibility in all kinds of weather, work conditions and situations.

    Anti-slip tape

Ask 3M’s experts about construction Health & Safety

Ask 3M’s experts about construction Health & Safety

3M’s PPE experts are ready to advise you on any questions relating to safety and protection in construction and the uses of 3M’s PP products.


  • Do you work in a confined space? At 3M we understand no two are exactly alike. Let us guide you through this complex working environment with our series of helpful guides and videos.

  • Why not have a look at some of our quick, helpful training videos.

  • Whether it's helpful guides or updates on standards for key areas such as Asbestos, we've got you covered.

Concrete & Spraying Work Products

  • This third generation of our best-selling 3M Aura respirator offers comfortable and reliable FFP3 breathing protection combined with the original 3-panel, flat-fold design. It uses 3M Advanced Electret Media (AEM), a high-performance material that’s engineered for easy breathing, and a new 3M™ Cool Flow™ Comfort Valve to reduce heat build-up.

  • This easy-to-use, versatile respirator series, is designed for maximum user comfort and durability. Powered cool air flow reduces breathing resistance, and temperature, increasing comfort and work times, without the need for respirator removal. It's slim, lightweight design and optional flow rates, enhance comfort and dual filter options protect against must, mist and fumes, plus gases and vapours. Compatible with the 3M™ Versaflo™ Headtops, M-Series, for head and face protection and the 3M™ PELTOR™ LiteCom Headsets, enabling communication and hearing protection.

  • 3M™ Versaflo™ M-300 Series helmet is an all in one solution offering not only head, eye and face protection, but also compatible with our 3M™ Versaflo™ Powered Air Turbo, TR-300+ Series for respiratory protection and 3M™ PELTOR™ LiteCom Headsets for hearing protection and communication capabilities. It’s lightweight makes it comfortable for the user to wear for a long duration and it’s full face coverage is ideal for workers with beards or stubble.

  • This robust level-dependent headset helps workers focus on the job at hand by enabling communication with colleagues, from a safe distance in noisy environments, without the need to remove the hearing protection.

    It's user friendly functions and smart technology allow you to hear the direction of alarms and warning signals, whilst also blocking out harmful sounds. Includes as 3.5mm stereo jack to connect to external devices for two-way radio or calls. Compatible with 3M head protection and available in an in-ear version as the 3M™ PELTOR™ Electronic Earplug, EEP-100 EU below.

Working at Height Products

  • A sleek and modern safety harness with water and stain resistant webbing keeping it clean, dry and comfortable to wear. Protected labels stay readable for easy inspection and auto-resetting lanyard keepers provide easy parking and release of hooks. Available in a wide range of styles configurations.

  • Protecting workers on construction sites when working at height takes more than just keeping them from falling. Their equipment also needs to be kept safe at height, protecting fellow workers, the general public, and reducing tools down time. Find out more about our range of ISO 17025 tested tool tethering solutions.

  • When you work at height or on the ground, it’s just another day on the job. We’ve got a safety helmet to meet the demands of it. The new 3M™ SecureFit™ Safety Helmet is a climbing-style helmet that delivers all-day comfort without sacrificing security.

  • 3M™ PELTOR™ WS™ LiteCom Plus Headset helps workers stay protected, aware and able to communicate face-to-face while never removing their hearing protection through level dependant functionality. The 3M™ PELTOR™ WS™ LiteCom Plus Headset features built-in analog and digital programmable two-way communication radio and Bluetooth® Multipoint connectivity.

    Programmable licenced channel version available.

Demolition & Groundworks Products

  • Designed specifically to meet the requirements of workers in the asbestos industry. Phantom Vision is a particulate only powered air system which protects against respiratory, face and eye hazards whilst working in environments containing asbestos such as asbestos stripping, abatement and demolition.

  • Designed with smart and intuitive features, the 3M Secure Click Half Mask Reusable Respirator HF-800 Series helps protect workers from particulates and a wide variety of gases and vapours when used with approved 3M™ Secure Click™ filters and cartridges. Ideal for work in demolition and groundworks with a speech diaphragm for easy communication, simple click filter installation and one-touch seal check.

  • The 3M™ E-A-R™ Flexible Fit HA Earplug's patented design and innovative thermoplastic materials make this earplug one of 3M's most versatile and durable push-to-fit style earplugs. It is fully washable and reusable and it allows easy insertion into the ear using one or two hands. The Flexible Fit Earplugs are well suited for activities that require gloves or cause dirty hands or situations when only one hand is free.

  • Take the next step in comfort with 3M™ SecureFit™ 400X Safety Glasses, featuring 3M™ Pressure Diffusion Temple Technology, a soft one-piece nose bridge, a brow guard which provides additional coverage from particles and a range of options in lens colours and premium coatings.

Welding & Other Construction Products

  • An all in one solution that provides eye, face and respiratory protection (particulate and gas) and is also compatible with communications solutions. The front panel houses external controls for fast, easy access to grinding and memory modes and the welding filter offers variable shade protection for most types of arc welding.

  • For eye, face and head protection with a welding visor that can be detached for non-weld jobs while your safety helmet stays in place, get 3M™ Speedglas™ Welding Helmet 9100-QR. The welding filter 9100V has seven variable dark shades (5, 8 and 9-13) for most types of arc welding, a viewing area of 45 mm x 93 mm and is made for the professional welder. The included 3M™ Safety Helmet H-701 is comfortable, tough and lightweight, with a low profile for balance and stability.

  • 3M™ Maintenance Free Half Mask 4000+ Series is a range of simple and ready-to-use respirators. A newly enhanced valve assembly helps to reduce exhalation breathing resistance for improved breathing comfort and the integrated cartridge and filters are maintenance free; simply use until your change-out schedule indicates a replacement is needed or when the filters are full, and then discard.

  • 3M™ PELTOR™ Electronic Earplug, EEP-100 can protect workers hearing in harmful, noisy environments, but also help improve their situational awareness and face-to face communication, enabling improved site and increased productivity.

    The small and lightweight design helps improve the overall comfort and user experience, and makes it compatible with most head-borne 3M Personal Safety Equipment (PPE), such as helmets and face shields. It's intuitive one-button power and volume button means it is user-friendly and ideal for construction workers who are working with gloves on.

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