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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Personal Protective Equipment (Guest Blog)

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is protective devices contain Safety Shoes, Safety Helmet, Safety Googles to protect the worker’s body from injury or infection. The hazards avoid by wearing protective equipment include physical, electrical, heat, chemicals, biohazards, and airborne particulate matter. Protective equipment are warned for job-related occupational safety and health purposes.

The purpose of personal protective equipment is to reduce employee exposure to hazards when engineering controls and administrative controls are not feasible or effective to reduce these risks to acceptable levels. PPE is needed when there are hazards present. PPE has the serious limitation that it does not eliminate the hazard at the source and may result in employees being exposed to the hazard if the equipment fails.

PPE imposes a barrier between the worker and the working surrounding environment. This can create additional strains on the wearer; impair their ability to carry out their work and create significant levels of discomfort. Any of these can discourage workers from using PPE correctly, therefore placing them at risk of injury, ill-health or, under extreme circumstances, death. Good ergonomic design can help to minimize these barriers and can therefore help to ensure safe and healthy working conditions through the correct use of PPE

List of Personal Protective Equipment used in industry by worker is below but not limited.

  1. Safety Helmets
  2. Bump caps
  3. Hoods
  4. Protective visor
  5. Welding helmets
  6. Safety Spectacles
  7. Safety Goggles
  8. Ear protections
  9. Headsets
  10. Breathing apparatuses
  11. Gas Masks
  12. Respirator filters
  13. Hand Gloves
  14. Clothing
  15. Safety shoes
  16. Overshoes
  17. Safety rubber boots
  18. Fall arrest lanyards
  19. Fall arrest anchors
  20. Rope clamps
  21. Fall-arrest ropes
  22. Self Retracting Lifeline TWIN LEG
  23. Fall arrest lanyards
  24. Harnesses
  25. Fall arrest belts
  26. Fall arrest safety nets
  27. Fall-arrest barriers
  28. Carabiners
  29. Quick links
  30. Other fall prevention equipment
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