As it applies to workplace safety, personal protective equipment (PPE) is any device or piece of equipment that workers wear to protect against potential safety hazards in the work area.
Below is a brief summary of PPE and what you should consider when purchasing protective equipment for your workers.
Examples of Personal Protective Equipment
● ID tags for hard hats
● Air horns
● Radio headsets with
● Eye & Ear protection
Working Conditions That Require the Use of PPE
Personal protective equipment is not the first line of defense against potential hazards. Rather, it is a reinforcement or a supplement for primary safety practices. Some examples may include:
● Removing a hazardous chemical instead of wearing protective gear to guard against it.
● Providing proper scaffolding for employees instead of resorting to harnesses
● Clearing a dangerous entryway instead of wearing gear or using tools that help employees squeeze through it.
Once you have taken these measures, you should determine what safety gear will provide added protection for your employees.
What Should You Consider Before Investing in PPE
Before you purchase personal protective equipment you need to determine why you need it, what you will be using it for, and under what conditions your employees will be utilizing it.
● Make an assessment of the hazard to properly identify the correct PPE that will mitigate the risk. The level of risk should determine the level of protective equipment.
● Make sure that each piece of equipment fits properly on each worker. Try to avoid a one size fits all approach.
● Make sure your employees undergo proper training before using the equipment. Make sure they follow the understand application of tools or devices in a particular scenario.
● Assess the health and physical condition of your employees before allowing them to use the equipment. For example, certain types of respiratory equipment may not be suitable for workers who suffer from respiratory conditions such as asthma or bronchitis. In some cases, workers may need to undergo a physical evaluation from a physician.
● All equipment should be OSHA-approved and meet all industry, state, and federal safety regulations.
PPE Proper Care and Storage
You or a competent staff member should regularly inspect all equipment to ensure that it is in good condition and working properly. Although some equipment only requires an occasional inspection, you will need to inspect other equipment before each use. When in doubt, read the manufacturers manual or look up any applicable OSHA regulations. Ideally, you should set up an inspection schedule for all equipment and adhere to it strictly.
Store all equipment according to manufacturer specifications. Be especially careful of environmental conditions and storage temperatures. Avoid leaving any equipment lying around for any reason.
Personal Protective Equipment for Your Company
MC Tool & Safety offers a wide range of personal protective equipment that will keep your employees safe in all types of workplace conditions. Contact us today to purchase your OSHA-approved industrial and safety products.
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