There’s tons of safety equipment on the market right now. Before purchasing any PPE, conduct proper research on what your employees will need to stay safe at their assigned duties. Identifying the kinds of danger that your employees face on the job is essential to know the appropriate PPE to invest in.
Here’s an essential guide to help you find the best and most essential PPE products.
Have a walk-through around the facility to identify the potential safety threats your employees may face. List all the noted hazards and classify them as follows:
Perform frequent inspections in case of significant changes in the workplace.
After doing a hazard assessment, it is easier to know which PPE to buy. Ensure that the PPE fit the user and that they are comfortable. If an employee needs to put on two or more types of PPE make sure that they are compatible.
Also, consider the design and construction of the PPE. Avoid PPE that does not fit the user well because it could expose the employee to danger.
Read on below to find out the various types of PPE available for minimizing workplace injuries:
Having a helmet is a sure way of protecting an employee from head injuries that cannot only impair them but can also be fatal.
Employers should make sure helmets can absorb the shock caused by a blow, they must be water resistant, cannot be easily penetrated by sharp items, do not easily burn and they must have clear instructions on how to wear and adjust the headgear.
Circumstances where head protection comes in handy include:
There are different types of hard hats but the 3 main protection categories cover:
Employees exposed to potential risks like chemical gases and liquids, acids, flying particles, and light radiation should wear the right eye and face protection. Cement dust, for example, can cause irritation of the eyes, which may lead to redness, chemical burns or even impaired vision.
Some common face and eyes protection gear include; goggles, laser safety goggles, face shields, safety spectacles, and welding shields.
Before buying the face and eye protection items make sure they fit properly and they do not hinder vision. They should also be comfortable to wear together with other PPE products.
Durability and easy maintenance of the equipment are also key factors to consider.
Check out our blog post on how to make the most of your eye protection equipment.
Exposure to certain hazardous substances in the workplace environment can cause respiratory problems for workers. Providing your workers with personal respiratory protection is essential to preventing these health problems.
There are many different types of respiratory protection equipment that you can get your workers. The best equipment for them depends on the situation and environment.
For example, air-purifying respirators (APRs) filter out particles in the air making it healthier to breathe while supplied-air respirators (SARs) come with an air tank that supplies the wearer with clean air.
Before getting respirators, consider where they are used and the duration of use.
For more info, check out our respiratory protection page.
If there are heavy items that may roll or fall on an employee’s foot, exposure to hot objects, wet and slippery surfaces, sharp objects and/or electrical dangers an employee should have the appropriate PPE to avoid accidents.
Some options for leg and foot protection include:
There are different types of protective gloves depending on the resistance against surfaces, grip, the area that needs to be protected, duration of exposure, and nature of contact to objects and type of chemical.
There are four main types of protective gloves:
Single-use earplugs pre-formed or molded earplugs and earmuffs can be used by employees exposed to loud noises.
In addition, if the employee is exposed to the noise for a long time, if there are different sources of the noise or if the employee interchanges frequently between different noise levels, they should wear hearing protection.
Knowing how to choose the right PPE and where to buy the equipment is vital for ensuring the safety of your workers. However, even the best PPE will not work if your workers don’t know how to use and maintain the equipment. With that said, make sure you train your employees on the proper use and care of PPE.
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