Tips for Using- Personal protective equipment

RCB Toolbox Talk Week 4 : Tips For Using Personal Protective Equipment At Work

 

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Some people’s workplaces generally require that their employees make use of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) because the job entails a number of hazards that you don’t want employees to be exposed to.

The bodily protection of the face, eyes, ears, head and extremities is a very important aspect of using personal protective equipment. There may also be some protective shields and barriers, protective clothing and respiratory devices, which need to be carefully maintained and inspected to ensure that they are in good working condition.

There is PPE for the eyes and face:

  • You need to wear goggles and face protection when you are exposed to flying particles, chemicals, liquids, bright lights and more.
  • You need to ensure that the eye protection can fit the individual or is adjustable.
  • You need to make sure that the eye and face protection is in good working condition and if it isn’t, it should be replaced.

There is PPE for the head:

  • You need to ensure that you wear a hard hat in hazardous areas.
  • You need to ensure that the suspension of the hard hat is in good condition, consisting of the headband and strapping so that it can effectively absorb impact.
  • You need to wear earplugs or noise-reducing ear muffs when you’re working in high-noise environments.

There is PPE for the feet and hands:

  • You need to wear tight fitting foot and hand protection so that you can prevent hazardous items or substances from damaging your hands and feet.
  • You need to wear metal-free, non conductive shoes, boots or gloves in environments with wires or connections.
  • You need to wear steel-toed shoes in areas where there is no risk of electrical contact.
  • You need to wear rubber or synthetic footwear or gloves to work around chemicals and liquids.

A safe work place is crucial and ensuring that you have the right safety procedures and policies for things such as working at heights, first aid CPR, confined space entry, as well as things like WHMIS-GHS can create a great work environment that is safe and productive.