Safety Services Company
August 21st 2008
One too many accidents happen every year and most of the time it’s because of the absence or lack of PPE. Personal protective equipment is designed to guard you against any risk present in the workplace. This can be anything from molten metal to falling debris to electric shock.
OSHA strictly regulates employers to provide their employees with proper PPE. In some cases, though, accidents happen not because of absence or lack of PPE but because some employees choose not to wear it.
Here are a few of the PPE commonly used in the workplace. Take note of how each provides protection and what you must remember to maximize its benefits.
Employees must never alter their head protection in any way. Remember, too, that a hard hat or helmet that is either too large or too small is not appropriate for use.
Sometimes what you don’t see can hurt you.In some workplaces, this could never be more true than with the presence of toxic airborne substances.This is where respirators come into the picture.
They are designed to protect you from dust, fumes, paint spray, pesticides and other substances that could bring about long-term or permanent impairment or even death. As with other types of PPE, safety programs provided to employees must specify the proper ways to clean, maintain and repair respirators.
Tomorrow, we will discuss in detail the benefits of using hand protection, safe footwear and hearing protection. If you want to automatically receive this article and other future updates via e-mail, you can subscribe to our email list by clicking here. Here are also five other reasons to subscribe.
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