Dyeing Machine Operators often work in large, noisy industrial environments where they are required to stand for hours at a time. Working with dyes, detergents and other potent chemicals may present a respiratory hazard, so many workers are made to wear masks, filters or ventilator equipment while on the job. Dye machines are extremely expensive and generally not used in small or home-grown textile companies. Individuals with dyeing machine experience, however, may find work with tiny companies that dye fabric by hand. A dye machine operator who has thorough knowledge of the pertinent chemicals is a valuable asset to any firm or startup venture that deals with colorants. All dyeing machine operators must wear safety goggles, heavy gloves and clothing without loose, dangling parts; long hair must be pulled back, and necklaces, bracelets and large hoop earrings are forbidden because they can easily become entangled with quickly moving machine parts, resulting in gruesome injuries or death.
Dyeing machine operators often have to work strange hours, such as a shift from 10pm to 5am; this is most likely in retail companies with limited space. During the day, the bulk of the open spaces are dedicated to sales and service; furthermore, many dyeing machines are quite loud and would interfere with customers' conversations. Despite the long shifts and exposure to harsh chemicals, many are attracted to this line of work because overtime is extremely rare, and machine operators are not expected to be "on call" at all times.