Often times, workers don’t wear their safety equipment because it’s bulky and uncomfortable. It can be tempting not to put PPE (personal protective equipment) on at all unless the safety supervisor is looking, but ultimately, it is up to you to be a professional and recognize that PPE saves lives.
No matter what your job is, engineering controls are the first line of defense however, these methods do not always offer the maximum protection for workers, so PPE is crucial. Employees must do their part and take responsibility to become familiar with the types of PPE they may be required to use and why it is essential to their health and safety.
Foot protection, also known as steel-toe boots or safety shoes, is a must for all workers exposed to falling objects and puncture wounds from below. Most shoes will have symbols on the outside to illustrate the type of protection the footwear offers. Select shoes with the proper type of sole to prevent slips, trips and falls.
Hand and arm protection protects against amputation hazards and harmful materials. Depending on the work you do, you may need leather, canvas, metal mesh, fabric, coated fabric, chemical-resistant or liquid-resistant gloves.
Head protection is required in areas with the danger of impact, falling or flying objects and electrical shock or burn. Be sure to select the proper size, and take good care of the equipment so it doesn’t fail in the event of an accident.
Though it is often overlooked, hearing protection is crucial in preventing permanent damage.
When there is a chance of physical or chemical or radiation damage to the eyes or face, you must wear appropriate PPE. Everyday glasses do not qualify and are no excuse for lack of proper protection.
Respiratory protection is essential because without it, toxins may enter straight into the body. It is important for you to understand how to use this PPE properly and what its limitations are.
For more information on what PPE is important in your operation, contact Tiffany Passmore at 800-462-6435 or email her at [email protected].