Personal protective equipment, or PPE comes up in a wide variety of industries. It’s comprised of gear, equipment, clothing and devices to prevent injuries and ailments that can occur in a workplace or job site. Undoubtedly, you’ve used PPE either at work or out and about. We’re going to dive into the effective use of this first line of defense. The importance of personal protective equipment training can not be understated.
Incorporating a personal protective equipment program into your workplace is mandatory for complying with health and safety regulations. It will also have a direct impact on the confidence and well being of your workers and staff. Animosity and disregard for safety procedures can foster a harmful work environment. It can lower productivity at large in any organization.
We provide a comprehensive and useful safety series on the Effective Use of PPE. It’s available entirely online and covers every type of protection for employees. Details about the 45 minute online safety course on the Effective Use of PPE is available here.
Proper use of personal protective equipment at work is a multifaceted issue. These are three key aspects to consider:
All jurisdictions in Canada have the requirement for workers to use personal protective equipment (PPE). PPE must be in good repair when being used and there are often requirements instructing workplaces on how to store or clean the equipment, especially respirators.– OSH Answers Fact Sheets, Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety
Personal protective equipment is the first line of defense against preventable health and safety related injuries and incidents in the workplace. Cross-reference material safety data sheets (SDS), and industry related tasks to develop a list of personal protective equipment for your organization.
The most commonly injured part of your body in the workplace is your hands. They’re prone to extreme heat or cold, corrosive chemicals, sharp objects and environmental hazards. Gloves are the most common form of PPE for hand protection. They type of gloves depends on the hazard the user is interacting with.
Knees are vulnerable to a variety of hazard. Protective clothing, as well as knee pads can prevent most injuries that can occur. Concussive injuries, as well as long term health hazards can cause harm to workers in many industries.
Extremely debilitating, back injuries are one of the worst a person can sustain. PPE devices like back braces can prevent long term injuries. They also improve the well being of employees who are frequently lifting and moving things. Instruction for this type of PPE is highly important.
A person’s vision can sustain severe long-term damage, as well as harrowing injuries. Eye protection is common in most trades and workplaces. It can mean the difference between an effective employee. And an incapacitated one. Specific tasks require different types of eye-wear PPE.
Workplaces, and job sites can be a loud place. The threat of long-term hearing damage is often mistakenly overlooked in the workplace. It’s critical to protecting workers in the long term. As a result, hearing protection is a key piece of personal protective equipment.
Head protection is taken very seriously by safety inspectors. For good reason, too. Injuries related to the head are one of the most deadly type of incidents that can occur on the job. Personal protective equipment like helmets are suitable protection, but using the right kind is essential.
Dust, fumes, vapors and gasses are sometimes not immediately evident hazards. When working with substances, chemicals or tasks that can produce respiratory hazards breathing protection is required. Respirators, masks and face shields all play a role in this category of PPE.
Developing a program for the effective use of PPE should be done with the help of a health and safety professional. While some workplaces have designated safety personnel and committees, others may refer to a third-party health and safety consultant.
The latter saves on administrative time and budget, providing the employer with an easy to use training program. A good personal protective equipment program involves education, instruction, and practical information. Assessment and certification helps reinforce the information.
Stallion Safety Consulting provides an all-in-one training series, assessment and certification of completion for the Effective Use of PPE. Completely online, this series can be provided to employees right in their own home.
PPE is mandated in almost every industry in some capacity. Learning about the provincial and federal guidelines for their use is the responsibility of the employer. Ensuring the proper application of PPE at work is critical.
When considering health and safety in the workplace, PPE should be in the forefront of your mind. When used in conjunction with a comprehensive safety program, you can reduce the risk of safety related incidents drastically.
Personal protective equipment is absolutely essential. When starting a task, employees should be provided with PPE information. As such, procedural documents can include SDS information as to which PPE should be used. Because of the importance of PPE use, proper instruction can make a world of difference. Put systems in place for re supplying PPE. And lastly, revisit your PPE procedures regularly.
The employer is responsible for making an assessment of what hazards are present. And what PPE is suitable. They are also responsible for providing PPE, and determining when it should be used. Lastly, they must provide training and instruction in the proper use of PPE.
The employee is directly responsible for using the provided personal protective equipment as outlined in their training. They must also ensure that their PPE is in working condition, clean and free of contaminants.
We have a personal protective equipment training series available. It offers a video series, an assessment and certification. It’s completely available online, and covers every aspect of PPE training. Find Effective Use of PPE Here.