PPE is equipment that will protect the user against health or safety risks at work.
PPE is equipment that will protect the user against health or safety risks at work. It can include items such as safety helmets, gloves, eye protection, high-visibility clothing, safety footwear and safety harnesses.
It also includes respiratory protective equipment RPE. Case study A commercial gardener was using a petrol-driven strimmer to trim undergrowth. He hit a piece of unseen debris, which was thrown into the air and caught him in the eye.
He lost the sight in that eye because he was not wearing protective goggles, which was advised in the manufacturer's written instructions for using the strimmer.
How similar accidents can be prevented Ensure those operating strimmers are trained to recognise the hazards posed by unseen debris and wear appropriate PPE, including protective goggles.
Why is PPE important? Making the workplace safe includes providing instructions, procedures, training and supervision to encourage people to work safely and responsibly.
Even where engineering controls and safe systems of work have been applied, some hazards might remain. These include injuries to: What do I have to do? Who is exposed and to what? How long are they exposed for? How much are they exposed to? When selecting and using PPE: Choose products which are CE marked in accordance with the Personal Protective Equipment Regulations — suppliers can advise you Choose equipment that suits the user — consider the size, fit and weight of the PPE.
If the users help choose it, they will be more likely to use it If more than one item of PPE is worn at the same time, make sure they can be used together, eg wearing safety glasses may disturb the seal of a respirator, causing air leaks Instruct and train people how to use it, eg train people to remove gloves without contaminating their skin.
If it is reusable it must be cleaned and kept in good condition. Monitor and review Check regularly that PPE is used. Using separate cotton inner gloves can help prevent this Feet and legs Hazards Wet, hot and cold conditions, electrostatic build-up, slipping, cuts and punctures, falling objects, heavy loads, metal and chemical splash, vehicles Options Safety boots and shoes with protective toecaps and penetration-resistant, mid-sole wellington boots and specific footwear, eg foundry boots and chainsaw boots Note Footwear can have a variety of sole patterns and materials to help prevent slips in different conditions, including oil - or chemical-resistant soles.
It can also be anti-static, electrically conductive or thermally insulating Appropriate footwear should be selected for the risks identified Lungs Oxygen-deficient atmospheres, dusts, gases and vapours Options — respiratory protective equipment RPE Some respirators rely on filtering contaminants from workplace air.
These include simple filtering facepieces and respirators and power-assisted respirators Make sure it fits properly, eg for tight-fitting respirators filtering facepieces, half and full masks There are also types of breathing apparatus which give an independent supply of breathable air, eg fresh-air hose, compressed airline and self-contained breathing apparatus Note The right type of respirator filter must be used as each is effective for only a limited range of substances Filters have only a limited life.
A practical guide Whole body Hazards Heat, chemical or metal splash, spray from pressure leaks or spray guns, contaminated dust, impact or penetration, excessive wear or entanglement of own clothing Options Conventional or disposable overalls, boiler suits, aprons, chemical suits Note The choice of materials includes flame-retardant, anti-static, chain mail, chemically impermeable, and high-visibility Don't forget other protection, like safety harnesses or life jackets Emergency equipment Careful selection, maintenance and regular and realistic operator training is needed for equipment for use in emergencies, like compressed-air escape breathing apparatus, respirators and safety ropes or harnesses.
Other special regulations cover hazardous substances including lead and asbestosand also noise and radiation.Full-Text Paper (PDF): Utilization of personal protective equipment and associated factors among textile factory workers at Hawassa Town, Southern Ethiopia.
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Utilization Pattern of Personal Protective Equipments among Industrial Workers of Nawalparasi, Nepal. Shiva Raj Acharya ABSTRACT. INTRODUCTION.
Personal protective equipments is one of the important measures to safeguard workers from exposure to occupational hazards. Extensive guidance on PPE use is available and should be communicated on a regular basis in healthcare settings.
One resource, the CDCs Guidance for the Selection and Use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in Healthcare Settings can be found on the CDC website. Personal protective equipment, commonly referred to as “PPE”, is equipment worn to minimize exposure to a variety of hazards.
Examples of PPE include such items as gloves, foot and eye protection, protective hearing devices (earplugs, muffs) hard hats, respirators and full body suits.