PPE and How It Can Save Your Life – Part 2

Yesterday we talked about the benefits of using head protection, eye and face protection and respiratory protection. Now it’s time we go into the importance of hand protection, safe footwear and hearing protection. These three other PPE’s are just as important as the first three. It pays to know the right ways to use them as well as considerations in choosing their kind.

Here are these three other PPE types:

4. HAND PROTECTION

Did you know that every year, in the world of manufacturing, construction and service industry, about 150,000 injuries to the hands and fingers are reported? No wonder this is the case with virtually all jobs in these industries requiring the use of hands. But this fact does not justify such a large number of hand and finger injuries.

With the use of gloves, hazards are more manageable in tasks that involve working with chemicals, glass, sheet metal, electricity, hot materials and slippery objects. Of course gloves are specially designed according to the type of work you need to perform. Some may be made of leather or rubber, while others may be electrically insulated or nitrile coated.

Keep in mind that the risk of accidents are higher if you wear gloves while operating power tools or machinery that present the risk of entanglement. This has been the case of many incidents before that led to the loss of hands or fingers.

5. SAFE FOOTWEAR

Any kind of construction or manufacturing work calls for the need for proper footwear. Without it, slips, trips and falls are likely to occur. Worse, employees are more prone to ankle, impact and puncture injuries. Most specially designed boots, shoes, foot guards and leggings serve as your protection against chemicals, hot substances and slippery floors.

Whatever footwear you use, remember that it should fit properly and comfortably. Make sure also to keep your laces securely tied.

6. HEARING PROTECTION

Hearing protection is perhaps the PPE type most taken for granted.

Here is an excerpt from our collection of safety meetings:

Noise-induced hearing loss is the term for hearing damaged by excessive noise. People differ in their sensitivity to noise, however, and there’s no way to determine who is most at risk. Factors such as sound pressure (decibel level), frequency (hertz), and exposure time all play a role in determining whether noise is harmful or just annoying. However, you should consider your hearing at risk if noise affects you in one of the following ways:

  • Have to shout above noise to make yourself heard
  • Have ringing in the ears for several hours after exposure to noise
  • Have difficulty hearing normal sounds for several hours after exposure to noise

The best way to control noise in the workplace is making use of engineering controls. If this is not feasible, though, employers must provide their workers with proper hearing protectors. These come in the form of earplugs or earmuffs.

It’s important to note that earmuffs are more effective in reducing high-frequency noise, while earplugs are for reducing low-frequency noise. Both of these hearing protectors are used to control noise and not to eliminate it. That’s why they’re only effective if you wear them the whole time you’re exposed to hazardous noise.

This ends our two-part series on PPE. Remember to be always safe in your workplace by wearing the proper kind of PPE. Make sure also to maintain it well by referring to the safety program or training manual that comes with your PPE.

It won’t hurt to speak your mind so feel free to share with us your own tips about PPE or whatever thoughts you have related to safety.

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7 thoughts on “PPE and How It Can Save Your Life – Part 2

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  2. robin says:

    we have employees that wear open shoes and high heel shoes i am the safety coordinator
    how do i go about keeping office personnel from going into the mill with high heels

  3. debbiedebbie says:

    hi robin. i suggest you issue them with a written warning or whatever fits their violation (for whatever number of times they failed to comply with your requirement). you could also email the management with a written report with their names and let management deal with the matter. providing them a copy of a safety meeting is also a good solution. this way, not only do they get reminded about the importance of wearing the right kind of shoes, they also need to affix their signature on the safety meeting,thus formally sealing their agreement with you that they understand the requirements and they SHALL comply with them for their own safety.

  4. Leon says:

    Who knows if a PPE really meets the requirements like EN standards and CE marking?

    1. eric says:

      Hi, Leon, you might need to request/hire a competent person to do that for you.

  5. Akwasi says:

    Are PVC gloves effective in handling CN solutions?

    1. Marco says:

      Hi Akwasi. What exactly is CN solution?

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