Safety precautions are essential to protect workers from preventable injuries. Equipment, tools and machinery all have the potential to be life threateningly hazardous to users. Each piece of equipment, from the point of operation, to the parts of the machine that move around all must be safeguarded.
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. Personal protective equipment may include items such as gloves, safety glasses and shoes, earplugs, hard hats, respirators, coveralls, vests and full body suits.
All personal protective equipment should be safely designed and constructed, and should be kept clean and in good shape. It should fit comfortably, but not loose-fitting. If the personal protective equipment does not fit properly, it can make the difference between being safely covered and being dangerously exposed. Employers are also required to train each worker that uses personal protective equipment in order to know when PPE is necessary, what type of PPE is necessary, and how to wear it properly fitted. PPE does wear out and has a limitation on the level of protection against hazards – workers involved should know these limitations.
The most effective protection is good operational and safety training. A worker who knows how to recognize hazards can then use their training to control the situation and avoid exposure to unsafe conditions. In order to safely operate equipment, workers must first be trained to understand the operating principles, equipment controls and possible hazards to themselves and others.
Maintenance workers need to be provided information on up-to-date machines that have been serviced, and they should maintain a record log of this information.
Maintenance workers should also be using safe equipment when doing repair work and they should insure the equipment itself is properly guarded.
Naturally, work becomes much more productive when working safely and obeying safety rules. Frontier Industrial Corp. performs mandatory safety checks on our equipment and makes sure that every employee is trained on how to properly care for and use their safety equipment.
Article adapted from: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/personalprotectiveequipment/