PPE (personal protective equipment) is a final move towards safety in construction, keeping workers safe from injury. Employers must pay for and provide workers with PPE and ensuring they are used when necessary. This blog post will tell you a few tips and tricks for implementing proper use of personal protective equipment!
Hearing Protection: this must be provided when noise levels or duration cannot be reduced. This PPE includes earmuffs and earplugs; the latter of which should be individually fitted by a competent person.
Eye/Fact Protection: this is necessary when workers could be exposed to flying particles, acids, liquid chemicals, vapors, light radiation, and chemical gases. Prescriptions for corrective lenses should be taken into consideration for eye protection. Depending on the hazard, face protection should fit comfortably.
Head Protection: hard hats are designed to protect workers from falling and flying objects in order to avoid head injury. It is a good idea to require everyone on site to wear a hard hat at all times, in order to ensure safety for everyone. Hard hats should be inspected before use, looking for cracks and dents – damaged hats should be replaced.
Hand Protection: hands are the most commonly injured body part on site, so gloves should fit properly and be designed for the job. There are different gloves which are ideal for different tasks, such as welding, concrete, chemicals or electrics – so invest in whichever gloves are necessary.
A PPE Program: this should outline potential hazards on site and how PPE should be warn to protect against these hazards. This program should also cover inspection and maintenance of personal protective equipment. Through this program workers should be trained in the correct use and benefits of PPE, and in which areas of the site they should be using it.
I hope this blog post has given you an idea of how vital personal protective equipment is on site, as it is vital in keeping workers safe from injury. For more great tips and tricks around construction, check out the rest of our blog!