What Are the Five PPEs Your Employees Should Use for Protection?

Mike A. Dwyer | Apr 6, 2022 | minute read
What Are the Five PPEs Your Employees Should Use for Protection?Personal protective equipment (PPE) protects employees from physical harm or hazards that exist in the workplace environment. This is crucial precautionary measure for businesses of all kinds.

Reasons To Use PPE

Throughout the day, workers utilize their hands for many of their jobs. Gloves protect hands from sharp edges, heated surfaces, and potentially hazardous substances.

Using and wearing the proper PPE demonstrates that you care about your health and safety, as well as the health and safety of your coworkers.

According to OSHA’s 29 CFR 1910.132, employers must conduct a systematic assessment of the workplace to identify hazards, and then select PPE to effectively protect workers from those hazards. This comprehensive assessment examines labor procedures, tasks, and equipment to detect safety and health risks within a facility.

Although your business may not be able to totally control all aspects of your workplace (for example if guards are in place, whether individuals working around you are behaving appropriately, etc.), you can manage your personal surroundings by wearing your PPE.

The use of high-visibility clothing will assist others on-site in locating you. This is particularly crucial when it comes to moving equipment such as on-site cars and forklift trucks.

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Advantages Of Wearing PPE

  • PPE helps to prevent unnecessary injury in the workplace.
  • PPE protects employees from excessive chemical exposure.
  • PPE aids in reducing the spread of COVID-19, as well as other bacteria and infectious disorders.
  • PPE assists your businesses in meeting regulatory standards.
  • PPE boosts employee efficiency and productivity.


What Are the PPEs That Most Employees Should Use?

Protection For the Eyes and Face

Protection for the employee’s eyes and face is just as critical as head protection. Eye and face protection can include safety goggles, spectacles, and full-face shields. This form of protection is required for metalwork, woodwork, hot work, and air tool activities. Employees might also benefit from safety goggles if there is dust or other particles in the air. 

Safety Shoes

Workplace risks such as falling, rolling, or sharp objects, damp, slippery, and hot surfaces, and electrical hazards can all be avoided by wearing safety shoes. Employers or employees can purchase a variety of special-purpose footwear, such as electrically conductive shoes that prevent static electricity build-up.

Ear Protection

Employees should wear earplugs and earmuffs to protect them from excessive noise, which can cause permanent hearing impairment and stress.

Workers should be fitted for specially molded earplugs in a workplace where they are consistently exposed to excessive levels of noise. The shorter time an employee should be expected to perform without sufficient hearing protection, the louder and more consistent the noise.

Body Protection

Workers may be required to wear full body shielding in highly hazardous situations. Jackets, aprons, lab coats, overalls, and full bodysuits are all options of body protection for employees. They are composed of a variety of materials, including a fire-resistant wool, rubber, leather, cotton, or plastic.

Skin and Hand Protection

All construction jobs necessitate the use of hands. Around 173,000 hand injuries are recorded each year. Contact dermatitis, skin malignancies, and other skin injuries and infections are the second most common type of occupational diseases, and they can be costly.

Gloves are a must-have item for skin protection because so much work is done with the hands. Rubber gloves, cut-resistant gloves, chainsaw gloves, and heat-resistant gloves are some examples of gloves widely used as PPE. Working with chemicals, glass, sheet metal, electricity, heated materials, or slippery objects often necessitates the use of gloves.

PPE Safety is the practice of using Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to ensure a safe working environment for employees and visitors. All firms, regardless of industry, should place a premium on safety. Protecting employees from dangers and hazards requires the use of PPE.

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About The Author

Mike Dwyer is a Commercial Insurance & Risk Advisor, who specializes in Group Captive Insurance, and specialty insurance and risk management solutions for businesses in the construction industry.

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