Anything that protects a person from physical chemical or environmental hazards is what we call personal protective equipment. PPE can protect you from contaminated air, skin infections, cuts and punctures, impacts, chemical burns, electric shocks, extreme temperatures and entanglement in machinery. If you are looking for more information then this guide will bring you up to speed with PPE.
Types of PPE
The primary classification of personal protective equipment includes the following:
- Head protection
- Face protection
- Eyes protection
- Hand protection
- Foot protection
- Skin Protection
- Respiratory Protection
Responsibilities For PPE
It is the responsibility of the employers to provide personal protective equipment to the employees free of cost and they should also train the employees on how to use PPE.
The employees are responsible for maintaining their PPE and should report immediately if the equipment is faulty or missing.
Selection Criteria for PPE
When selecting PPE it should be kept in mind that the equipment should be suitable for worker i.e. it should be well-fitted and must be appropriate for a particular threat to which the workers are exposed. The compatibility of multiple PPE should also be checked. Also, whenever the equipment is used it should be checked for any signs of damage before and after use.
Depending on where you work you can always ask your supplier for advice for suitable PPE.
Maintenance of PPE
In order to keep well maintained PPE always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for maintenance schedule and check the shelf life of all equipment. Keep the equipment clean and stored in cupboards or storage boxes.
Health and safety are the two most important things. All possible health and safety precautions should be taken to make the working environment free from hazards or at least eliminate and it should be noted that personal protective equipment should be kept as a last option.