A Look at PPE and Why It Is Essential

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Personal protective equipment, or PPE, is designed to protect employees from serious workplace injuries or illnesses resulting from contact with chemical, radiological, physical, electrical, mechanical or other workplace hazards. Besides face shields, safety eyewear, hard hats and safety shoes, PPE includes a variety of devices and garments, such as coveralls, gloves, vests, earplugs and respirators.

In order to know what kinds of PPE workers need, it is important to know what kinds of hazards they may encounter on the job. A thorough hazard assessment of the workplace will help to determine what hazards are present that require the use of PPE. Once hazards are identified, supervisors must select protective equipment that fits properly and then communicate PPE expectations and procedures to all workers.

Employees required to wear PPE must be trained on the following:

❑ How to use, maintain, and dispose of PPE properly

❑ When PPE is necessary

❑ What kind of PPE is necessary

❑ The limitations of PPE

❑ How to put on, adjust, wear and take off PPE

PPE can protect workers from head to toe, and protect YOU from compliance-related fines and shut downs. All PPE should be of safe design and construction, and be maintained in a clean and reliable fashion. Most protective devices are available in multiple sizes and care should be taken to select the proper size for each employee. Taking fit and comfort into consideration will encourage employee use. If several different types of PPE are worn together, make sure they are compatible. If PPE does not fit properly, it can mean the difference between being safely covered or dangerously exposed.

Hard Hat Labels: Underdogs in this Hard Hat World

Hard Hat LabelsA hard hat is one of the most important and recognizable items of personal protective equipment in the industrial workplace. Hard hats play a big role in protecting your head from serious injuries that may be brought about by impact from falling objects, blunt, sharp and abrasive surfaces, or a fall.

Safety hard hat labels help to identify and motivate workers by displaying safety messages and company safety records. A hard hat decal usually contains information on the wearers’ milestones and awards, the type of safety training they’ve received, team affiliations, and even their job position. Lastly, it serves as an easy way to identify the wearer in an emergency.

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If you have a specific label in mind and can’t find it, then check out our custom hard hat labels. With our easy-to-use Design Your Own tool, you can create your own safety label with the exact font, colours, size, material and wording that you want! 

Don’t underestimate the value that hard hat labels bring to the table. They may seem like standard items for decorating hard hats and caps, but they are serious PPE tools that could mean the difference between life and death.

PPE: Preventing Injuries and Saving Lives

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Personal protective equipment (PPE) is considered by some unimportant, or even annoying, depending on it only when other factors have failed to eliminate risks.  They consider PPE a last line of defense against potentially harmful substances or occasions.  They couldn’t be more wrong.

Drawing Safety Lines. For individuals employed in high-risk work areas, PPE is not their last resort it is their first line of prevention as well as defense.

Whether gloves, hard hats, hazmat suits or respirators, the PPE they wear act as a barrier against debris, chemicals and other substances. They serve as a protective layer that safeguards the safety and well-being of employees. In certain instances, they are the very means that allow workers to effectively perform their tasks.

In fact, there are situations where there are no alternatives to PPE. For most employees, it provides an alternative to more costly engineering solutions. And since accidents happen in all facilities, PPE is an integral component of an establishment’s occupational health and safety plan.

To effectively keep workers safe from the hazards of their jobs, safety equipment is required to be designed, manufactured and tested to meet safety standards. PPE equipment is designed and manufactured to withstand severe chemical reactions and the force of falling objects.

On construction sites, for instance, falling objects are a common work hazard.  As such, employees are required to wear hard hats (as well as other PPE) to keep them safe from potentially fatal accidents. Made with rigid outer shells to resist and deflect blows against the head, hard hats are also built with suspension systems that absorb the shock of impact.

Making a Choice for Safety. Employers are required by law to ensure the health and safety of their employees, by making the job and work environment as safe as possible. Workers without the proper safety equipment are exposed to serious and potentially fatal injury. Even simple items such as gloves can prevent serious injuries, by preventing chemicals from getting onto the wearer’s skin, or sharp edges from wounding the worker’s hands.

Maintaining safety equipment and developing risk-reducing business protocols are part of an establishment’s responsibility to keep its workers safe. To maximize the use of PPE, knowledge of the workplace and potential occupational health and safety hazards should go into the process of selecting the particular equipment to be used. Employees should also be trained in wearing and general maintenance.

Facilities that fail to comply with PPE regulations could be fined, legally sanctioned, or even completely shut down.  Personal protective equipment is an integral part of worker protection. Neither employers nor employees can afford to treat them as an afterthought. PPE is not just the last line of defense for employees, it’s also their first.

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