Personal Protective Equipment – Door to safety
It is well-known that “It is better to lose one minute in life than to lose life in a minute.”
Personal protective equipment (PPE), is worn to curtail exposure to serious workplace illnesses and injuries. Safety glasses, gloves, shoes, respirators or coveralls, earplugs or muffs, hard hats, vests and full body suits are some of the examples of PPE’s used. Injuries and illnesses may result from contact with radiological, physical, chemical, mechanical, electrical, or other workplace hazards if PPE’s are not wore. PPE is just like a “shield” for the warriors.
- Never exempt from wearing PPE, for dangerous jobs
- Depending upon your job, make sure to select appropriate PPE
- In case of any doubt, always seek further advice from an expert
Many fatal accidents occurs due to improper or not using PPE’s during the work. Although PPE cannot eliminate the hazards; it can help to reduce its severity.
- Depending on the type of hazard and required protection, selection of PPE should be done,
- Proper training should be provided to users before using PPE,
- PPE should be maintained and stored with due care,
- PPE should be discarded and replaced, if it is found to be defective.
Selection of PPE, according to the Hazards
|Body Part||Hazard||Necessary PPE|
|Eye||Dust, flying particles, gas, welding radiation, chemical splash||Spectacles, goggles, welding, grinding, dust etc.|
|Ear||High level noise||Earmuffs, plugs,|
|Nose||Dust, toxic gases||Dust mask, breathing apparatus, airline respirators, mechanical or chemical filters.|
|Face||Flying objects, hot substance, chemical splash||Face shield, welding helmet or screen, face guard|
|Head||Falling objects, shock||Safety helmet, safety caps, Headgear|
|Hand||Hot substance, chemical, material handling, cut, sharp edge.||Hand gloves of rubber, PVC, leather, fiber glass, electrical rubber gloves etc.|
|Body||Material handling, fire, hot substance, chemical splashes||Aprons, coats and pants, PVC suits.|
|Foot / Leg||Striking against objects, chemical falling bodies.||Steel toe shoe, gumboots, leg sleeves.|
|Overall||Falling from height, hurt by falling bodies||Full body safety harness, boatswain’s chair, rope ladders, safety net.|
Personal protective equipment is the last line of defense for the different parts of the body, when all other measures to control the hazards have failed and body is face to face with the harm associated with that hazard. If it is not there or it fails in its objective, injury is sure to occur. This aspect highlights the importance of PPE which in turn requires that it should be comfortable to use at the same time efficient and effective in providing protection.
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