How PPE Protects Your Business
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is designed to minimize the risk of injury and accidents. The types of PPE you provide to workers will depend on the risks they are exposed to in their line of work. It can include gear such as masks, gloves, helmets, and eyewear.
Why Should You Require PPE?
Many regulations require employers to provide adequate levels of PPE to workers. The Occupations Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) produces standards that help you recognize appropriate PPE for your situation. They also outline what standards you are required to meet.
You may wonder, beyond regulations, why is PPE important? It provides a safer work environment and increases employee morale. Fewer accidents can also lead to lower expenses. Your insurance rates are affected by workplace accidents and injuries and any claims that result from them.
How Does PPE Protect Workers?
Gloves and other protective clothing may protect workers against chemical exposure, contact with infectious agents or dangerous temperatures.Helmets and hard hats offer a solid barrier that can reduce the force of an impact from above. This is especially important in construction areas and heavy manufacturing facilities.Safety glasses keep debris and chemicals from entering eyes and possibly damaging eyesight. Hearing protection reduces hearing loss due to loud noises associated with machinery.Masks and respirators provide contaminated air from entering the respiratory system. They may be designed to filter dust and particulates, chemical fumes, or infectious agents.
Take steps to reduce your risk and increase workplace safety by requiring employees to use appropriate PPE for their duties.