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Various levels of PPE are an important and necessary part of our daily routine at Tradebe. Does your team understand what types of PPE are required for their daily tasks?
Without the use of proper Personal Protective Equipment our jobs could not be performed in a safe and healthy manner. That is why it is important to wear the correct PPE for every job task to reduce the risk of injuries and illnesses in the work place.
Need help with your Environmental Health and Safety Plan? Contact us now and let us put our expertise to work for you! Personal Protective Equipment, “PPE”, is an essential part of our daily working operations.
Various levels of PPE are an important and necessary part of our daily routine at Tradebe.
Need help with your Environmental Health and Safety Plan?
Contact us now and let us put our expertise to work for you!
What is Personal Protective Equipment?
Personal Protective Equipment, commonly referred to as "PPE", is equipment worn to minimize exposure to hazards that cause serious workplace injuries and illnesses.
These injuries and illnesses may result from contact with chemical, radiological, physical, electrical, mechanical, or other workplace hazards.
OSHA has published a helpful “OSHA PPE Fact Sheet” –
I encourage you to download yours as a handy reference on this topic.
Types of personal protective equipment:
Respiratory protection - for example, Air purifying respirator, SCBA, dust mask
Eye protection – for example, safety glasses, splash shields, visors
Hearing protection – for example, ear plugs & muffs
Hand protection – for example, leather gloves, nitrile gloves
Foot protection – for example, steel toe boots, slip resistant soled shoes
Head protection – for example, hard hats, bump caps
Working from heights - for example, harness and fall arrest devices
Skin protection – for example, fire resistant clothes, Tyvek suits
What can be done to ensure proper use of personal protective equipment?
All personal protective equipment should be safely designed and constructed and should be readily available to all employees. It should fit comfortably, encouraging worker use. If the personal protective equipment does not fit properly, it can make the difference between being safely covered or dangerously exposed.
To ensure that PPE is being properly used, PPE training needs to be implemented so each worker knows about the proper use of personal protective equipment.
PPE Training should include:
- When it is necessary
- What kind is necessary
- How to properly put it on, adjust, wear and take it off
- Limitations of the equipment
- Proper care, maintenance, useful life, and disposal of the equipment
PPE use should be outlined in your local Health and Safety Plan and/or policy.
Health and Safety Plans and/or Policies should address:
- Hazards present,
- Types and selection of PPE,
- Maintenance of PPE,
- Proper use of PPE.
PPE Training routinely completed for employees and monitoring of the program will ongoing effectiveness.
Various levels of PPE are an important and necessary part of our daily routine at Tradebe. Need help with your Environmental Health and Safety Plan? Contact us now and let us put our expertise to work for you!
“Be Safe - Work Safe. Safety is No Accident!”
Environmental, Health & Safety Specialist, Tradebe USA
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- Tradebe blog article “Avoiding Static Electric Shock Hazards”
- Tradebe blog article “Understanding Confined Space Entry Requirements”
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