Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to guarantee your Safety

As a Industrialist/Employer, you are custodian of a safe and healthy working environment for your all staff. You are well aware with the safety risks within your site, as well as the measures you can take to counteract these risks.

WHAT IS PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE)?

PPE means personal protective equipment or equipment you use to guarantee your (own) safety.

Use PPE always and anywhere where necessary. Observe the instructions for use, maintain them well and check regularly if they still offer sufficient protection. But when do you use what type of protection?

These tips will help you on your way.

1. SAFETY FOR THE HEAD

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Wearing a helmet offers protection and can prevent head injuries. Select a sturdy helmet that is adapted to the working conditions. These days you can find many elegant designs and you can choose extra options such as an adjustable interior harness and comfortable sweatbands.

2. PROTECT YOUR EYES

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The eyes are the most complex and fragile parts of our body. Each day, more than 600 people worldwide sustain eye injuries during their work. Thanks to a good pair of safety glasses, these injuries could be prevented. Do you come into contact with bright light or infrared radiation? Then welding goggles or a shield offer the ideal protection!

3. HEARING PROTECTION

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Do you work in an environment with high sound levels? In that case it is very important to consider hearing protection. Earplugs are very comfortable, but earmuffs are convenient on the work floor as you can quickly put these on or take them off.

4. MAINTAIN A GOOD RESPIRATION

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Wearing a mask at work is no luxury, definitely not when coming into contact with hazardous materials. 15% of the employees within the EU inhale vapours, smoke, powder or dusk while performing their job. Dust masks offer protection against fine dust and other dangerous particles. If the materials are truly toxic, use a full-face mask. This adheres tightly to the face, to protect the nose and mouth against harmful pollution.

5. PROTECT YOUR HANDS WITH THE RIGHT GLOVES

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Hands and fingers are often injured, so it is vital to protect them properly. Depending on the sector you work in, you can choose from gloves for different applications:

  • protection against vibrations
  • protection against cuts by sharp materials
  • protection against cold or heat
  • protection against bacteriological risks
  • protection against splashes from diluted chemicals.

6. PROTECTION FOR THE FEET

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Even your feet need solid protection. Safety shoes (type Sb, S1, S2 or S3) and boots (type S4 or S5) are the ideal solution to protect the feet against heavy weights. An antiskid sole is useful when working in a damp environment, definitely if you know that 16,2% of all industrial accidents are caused by tripping or sliding. On slippery surfaces, such as snow and ice, shoe claws are recommended. Special socks can provide extra comfort.

7. WEAR THE CORRECT WORK CLOTHING

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Preventing accidents is crucial in a crowded workshop. That is why a good visibility at work is a must: a high-visibility jacket and pants made of a strong fabric can help prevent accidents. Just like the hand protection, there are versions for different applications.

WORST-CASE SCENARIO

Prevention is better than cure. A smart thing is to be prepared for the worst. A classic first-aid kit is no luxury but a first-aid kit for the eyes can also be an essential first aid. If the employee comes into contact with chemicals, a safety shower is mandatory, so that he can rinse the substances off his body at any moment.

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PREVENTING ACCIDENTS: PICTOGRAMS

Not only is preparing your workshop for accidents a smart thing to do, it is even smarter to organise your workshop in such a way that no serious accidents can take place. A simple way to make your workshop safer is to use pictograms: indicating flammable materials, the necessary use of hearing protection, indicating emergency exits …

You can find all pictograms in the ‘Labels & decals’ catalogue under ‘Safety’.

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Benefits of Safety Goggles

Safety Goggles are of high importance because they provide a strong protective barrier against dust, debris, sparks, heat, as well as manufacturing residue. These glasses also have an edge over regular safety glasses, because the double lens of regular glasses present beneath the safety glass create a glare which makes a person highly uncomfortable.

Major advantages of wearing prescription Safety Goggles.

Eye Protection for Industrial Workers

Safety Goggles are specially designed to provide protection to the eyes while working in the construction, metalwork or any other industry which poses regular threat to the eyes.

These glasses protect the eyes of workers from tiny particulates which can fly into the eyes, including powdered chemicals, and hazardous liquids and gases present in the manufacturing department of different industries. These glasses also provide protection against continuous chlorine sting for those workers who clean and maintain chlorinated swimming pools. They can also be worn by regular swimmers who want to avoid the irritable chlorine sting while swimming.

Affordable and Impactful Safety Gear

Prescription safety glasses are highly affordable and they are custom-created, taking into consideration every person’s individualized prescription needs.

These glasses are made of impact resistant plastic and industrial strength glass. Polycarbonate is the most impact-resistant and safe lens material used in the formation of these glasses. It is also used for space shuttle window shields and astronaut helmet shields. This material is scratchproof, shatterproof, with immense comfort and clarity of vision for the user.

Indoor and Outdoor Usage

Those workers who work both outdoors and indoors can benefit from a single pair of high-quality prescription safety glasses. There are many types of cheap prescription safety glasses available online which are feasible for both outdoor and indoor use. These glasses have a protective shield which offers specialized protection against both short wavelength and long wavelength ultraviolet radiations emitted by the sun.

Immense Protection from Sports Injuries

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There are many sports which have a high probability of causing damage to the eyes of the players such as tennis, basketball, baseball and a lot more. Sport injuries can also be caused by elbow jabs and fingernails poking into the eyes. Moreover those sports which involve ‘flying objects’ pose serious threat to the eyes and need specialized eye-protection equipment. Prescription safety glasses are best for those players who require safety gear as well prescription glasses for accurate vision.

Protection against Household Injuries

These glasses also provide protection against household injuries which can cause serious damage to the eyes. For instance, during cooking, your eyes can be irritated by different chemicals or cooking ingredients. Also, there’s high susceptibility of dust and debris entering the eyes while you are mowing the lawn, cutting wood, or engaging in creative activities such as; building a model and a lot more.

Protection against Harmful Radiations

Prescription safety glasses are provided with a filter which changes through different intensities and spectra of light in order to prevent harmful radiations from entering the eyes while using the computer or watching TV. These glasses absorb specific wavelengths of light which can be harmful for the overall health of our eyes, while letting the safe wavelengths pass through, without causing any discomfort or hindrance in the vision of the users.

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Safety Spectacles

Safety Spectacles

If an industry employee is suffering from an eye injury/trauma, it’s most likely due to inappropriate or lack of any eye protection at all. Many people do not understand the importance of eye protection in the workstation. Possible hazards can be avoided by covering your eyes.

Here are the top five reasons why you need to wear best brand safety glasses.

Foreign Particles

Safety spectacles can stop external objects that are floating around and can damaging any employee vision. Some jobs that are at a high risk include construction, maintenance, welding, plumbing, and mining. Dirt, dust, pollen, and wood can irritate your eyes and potentially cause long lasting damage.

Avoid major accidents.

Shield your eyes from splashes of chemicals, grease or oil, fumes, burns, and flying wood chips. Wiping substances into your eyes, sometimes without noticing, can easily scratch them. You can have recurring, long-term problems, including blindness, from only a minor injury.

UV light defense line.

Working long hours outside with UV light exposure can affect the fragile tissues in the eye. Many exposed workers don’t realize the importance of a regular visit to the eye doctor; an eye exam could relay diseases like multiple sclerosis or even cancer.

Computer Vision Pattern

Wearing safety glasses can also stop Computer Vision Syndrome. CVS is the result of viewing a computer screen for long periods of time. Workers can develop eyestrain, blurred vision, and dry eyes. You may not realize that the poor lighting or glare on the computer screen is causing these symptoms. Wearing safety spectacles with coated lenses will help to keep away the discomfort and blurred vision.

Stylish Glasses

We may not feel contented wearing diverse glasses but there are plenty of stylish safety glasses to choose from market. The safety spectacles are designed to fit your specific needs for your work environment. You can have colored frames, tinted lenses, wrap around glasses, removable frame and some more extent. Some of them even allow you to insert your prescription lenses.

Don’t rely on your own sunglasses or prescription glasses to protect your eyes from harm. Wearing properly designed safety glasses will help prevent all potential hazards.

 

 

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