Saint Paul, Minn.-based 3M has teamed up with the Home Safety Council to help build awareness amongst DIYers of the importance of using safety equipment when doing home projects.
The two were in downtown New York City last week to talk about their partnership, share some of their research and introduce the newest line of 3M safety products called 3M Tekk Protection.
Reacting to a tough economic environment, more and more people are choosing to work on their home repair and home improvement projects themselves, according to Meredith Appy, president of the Home Safety Council based in Washington, D.C.
“Our goal is not to discourage that, but rather to help them understand what might be putting them at risk while doing these projects, what solutions are available to them and help motivate them to make smarter choices so they can come back and do it for themselves another day,” she said.
“We know that 3M is very sincere in helping us get our message of safety out the door,” she said.
Appy said that according to their research 20% of DIYers have been injured doing home projects, and of those only 50% reported they would use safety equipment in the future. She noted that while the professional and industrial sectors have rules and laws dictating and enforcing the use of safety equipment on the job, DIYers represent a trickier demographic.
“In the sanctity of our homes, there isn’t going to be the safety police coming in and saying you must do this,” she said. Instead, she said they must rely on other methods to get weekend warriors to work safe.
“Education and engineering, that’s what 3M and the Home Safety Council are bringing together,” she said. “Our goal is that there are going to be more people who choose to do DIY projects, they’re going to be better informed about it, better tooled up to do it, and as a result they’re going to be much safer.”
3M has the world’s leading business in professional and industrial safety equipment and has recently expanded that through the acquisition of Aero Technologies, a manufacturer of hearing, head and eye protection. The company brought the two brands together under new brand 3M Tekk Protection, which launched this month.
On top of the company’s expanded line of N95 respiratory masks and reflective clothing, the company is putting