Safety equipment institute (sei)

Read the following text and fill in the gaps with the following words:

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The Safety Equipment Institute (SEI) is a private, non-profit (1) __________ established to manage non-governmental programs to (2) __________ and certify a broad range of safety and (3) __________ products. It works with assorted standards organizations to verify that various products meet the safety (4) __________ which are set for them. SEI certification programs are voluntary and available to any (5) __________ of safety and protective (6) __________ who wants to have products certified by SEI.

(7) __________ and consumers are assured that products having the SEI label have been manufactured to meet the (8) __________ of quality and performance of the most current comprehensive (9) ____________ that exist for the product.

SEI has an alliance with INSPEC International, Ltd., a notified body located in the UK. Together, they offer a variety of testing (10) ____________ , CE Marking, and ISO Registration.



Read the following text and fill in the gaps. Use the words given in a box:

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“Personal (1) __________ equipment” (PPE) means practically the same as the term “safety equipment” (SE). It refers to protective clothing, helmets, goggles, or other garment* designed to (2) __________ the person's body from (3) __________ by electrical hazards, heat, chemicals, infection, etc … .

PPE can also be used to protect the working (4) ___________ from pesticide application, pollution or infection from the worker (for example in a microchip factory). The protection may be also (5) __________ in other spheres, such as medicine, for example. *garment=piece of clothing


Read the text and match the headings to its parts (A, B, … E):

Goggles A helmet Safety Boots Ear defenders A boiler suit

Read the same text and fill in the gaps. Use the words given in boxes:

Part A _______________________

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It is a form of protective gear that people wear on the head to protect it from (1) __________ . It’s a variation of a hat. The oldest known use of helmets was by Assyrian soldiers in 900BC, who wore thick leather or bronze helmets to (2) __________ the head from sword blows and arrows. In the 2000s, soldiers still wear helmets, now often made from Kevlar rather than (3) __________ , to protect the head from bullets.

In civilian life, helmets are (4) __________ for recreational activities and sports (e.g., jockeys in horse racing, American football, ice hockey, cricket, and rock climbing); dangerous work activities (e.g., construction, mining); and transportation (e.g., Motorcycle helmets and bicycle helmets).

Helmets were originally (5) ____________ of metal, then fiberglass. Since the 1990s, most helmets are made of resin or (6) __________ .

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Hard hats may also be fitted with a visor (as in a welding helmet). It is made of (7) __________ material and let a person look through it without problems and protect his or her (8) __________ at one and the same time.

A (9) __________ is a type of helmet usually used in workplace environments, such as building (10) __________ , to protect the head from injury by falling (11) __________ , bad weather and electric shock. A hard hat issued by a firm may have that firm's name or some word or logo on its front.

The colour of a hard hat can signify different roles on building sites. For instance, white might signify supervisors or (12) __________ , blue - technical advisors, red - safety inspectors, and (13) __________ - labourers.

In 1997 the American National Standards Institute revised its standards for hard hats.

Part B ________________________

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This is a type of garment which is usually used as protective (14) __________ when working. Some people call it a "pair of overalls" by analogy with "pair of trousers" (or an “overall” in American English).

The term “overall” has been known since 1792. The term “boiler suit” appeared first on the 28th of October 1928 in the Sunday Express (15) ___________ . In the beginning of the 20th century, overalls came in as (16) __________ garments for mechanics in the USA. Women wore overalls in factories in England during the First World War in 1916. Suitable overalls were required for all workers employed in the factory. During the Spanish Civil War, the Communist soldiers used (17) __________ as their uniform. Early aeronauts also wore specially designed one-piece suits. In the 1930s, overalls were used as comfortable children's clothes. After W.W.II, many athletes also admitted the advantages of overalls. Overalls have sometimes been items of fashion, in the 1960s and 1970s – especially made of (18) __________ .

A boiler suit (or an overall) is usually made of denim or any other strong material and often has large pockets for different (19) __________ . It is a one-piece garment. It may be fastened with buttons or a zipper. Today overalls has become clearly work clothes.

Part C _______________________

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This item is a form of protective eyewear that usually protects the eye area in order to prevent particulates, infectious fluids, or chemicals from striking the eyes. They are used in chemistry (20) __________ and in woodworking. They are often (21) __________ in snow sports as well, and in swimming. For example, when swimming, goggles protect the eyes against (22) __________ . Goggles are often worn when using power (23) __________ such as drills or chainsaws to prevent flying particles from damaging the eyes.

There are different (24) __________ of goggles. The requirements for goggles depend on their type and the way they are used. For example:

- goggles for cold weather must have two layers of lens to prevent the interior (25) __________ becoming "foggy";

- goggles for swimming must be watertight to prevent water (such as salt water when swimming in the ocean, or chlorinated water when swimming in a pool) from irritating the (26)__________ . They must allow swimmers to see clearly underwater;

- goggles for tools must be made of an unbreakable (27) __________ that prevents chunks of metal, wood, plastic from hitting the eye;

- goggles for welding must be made of an unbreakable material to protect the eyes from glare and flying sparks and hot metal splashes while using;

- goggles for motorcycle riding and other open-air activities must prevent insects, dust, and so on from hitting the eyes;

- goggles for laboratory and research must combine impact resistance with side shields to prevent chemical splashes reach the eyes. May also include laser protection;

- goggles for winter sports must (28) __________ the eyes from glare and from icy particles flying up from the (29) __________ .

- goggles for astronomy and meteorology must be dark to be used before going outside at night, in order to help the eyes (30) __________ to the dark.

Part D _______________________

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This is a kind of shoes that have a protective reinforcement to protect the (31) __________ from falling objects or any other kind of (32) __________ .

The reinforcement is usually made of a composite material, or a (33) __________ such as thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU). Safety boots are important in the (34) __________ industry and in many industrial settings. Professional safety boots usually need (35) __________ . Sometimes the certification is displayed directly on the boots. In Canada, for example, certified boots have a Canadian Standards Association green triangle on them. In the United States most safety shoes have (36) __________ on the outside, to indicate the kind of protection the shoe offers. For example:

- Green Triangle indicates that it is a class 1 toe cap with puncture resistant sole;

- Yellow Triangle indicates that it is a class 2 toe cap with puncture resistant sole;

- White Square (with ohm symbol) indicates electrical protection;

- Yellow Square (with SD) indicates anti-static protection;

- Red Square (with C) (37) __________ electrically conductive protection;

- Fir Tree indicates protection against chain-saws.

Part E _______________________

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This item is an (38) __________ designed to cover person's ears for (39) __________ . They were (40) __________ in the 19th century. They consist of a thermoplastic or metal head-band, that fits over the top of the head, and a pad at each end, to cover the external ears. Each ear-cap contains special material to reduce (41)__________ . Ear defenders may be carried on a head-band or clipped onto the sides of a hard hat, for use on (42) ___________ sites. Nowadays some (43) __________ combine headphones with ear defenders, allowing the worker to listen to a music and also enjoy protection from external noise.

Now answer the following questions about the text above:

Part A

1) What are the spheres of usage of helmets?

2) What are helmets made of?

3) What is a visor?

4) What does a hard hat protect you from?

Part B

5) What are the two terms for a piece of clothing that protects our body?
6) Do only men wear boiler suits?

7) What are boiler suits usually made of? Why?

Part C

8) What are the spheres of usage of goggles?
9) What are the requirements for industrial goggles?

Part D

10) What are safety boots used for?
11) What is the purpose of certification of safety boots in the USA?
12) How many colours are used in US certification of safety boots? What are they?

Part E

13) When were ear-defenders invented?
14) What is special about modern types of ear defenders?

Part III

(… адрес интернет-странички с видеороликами…)

1. ________________________________


Watch the video and answer the following questions:

1. What is the main idea of the track?

2. Think of the title to the track


(Video 1, Video 2, Video 3)


1. What pieces of safety equipment do you remember?

2. What do we need each of these pieces of safety equipment for?

3. Who usually needs to use safety equipment?


Watch the 3 videos and complete the table:

  Video 1 Video 2 Video 3
  Sphere of usage  
  Order of safety equipment presented in the videos  



Watch the first video and answer the following questions:

4. What is the speaker’s job?

5. What does a “welding hat” mean?

6. What is the purpose of a welding hat?



Watch the second video and answer the following questions:

7. What is the speaker’s job?

8. What is his name?

9. What is another expression for “safety equipment” used in the track?

10. What is the purpose of gloves in dealing with fireworks?

11. What is the speaker’s wish to the people who use fireworks?



Watch the third video and answer the following questions:

12. What is the speaker’s job?

13. What is his name?

14. What are different kinds of masks?

15. What is the purpose of gloves in carpentry?

16. What is the basic rule to work with a special table (with power, or electric blade)?

17. Why do carpenters need “a push-block” and “a push-dig”?


18. Compare safety equipment of these three professions. Which pieces of safety equipment are used by each of these workers and which are special? Is there any piece of equipment that wasn’t mentioned, but you think it is important for the particular job? Why?

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