Personal protective equipment (PPE) protects the user or wearer against any health or safety risks at work.
Concerning the name, they are personal to a particular worker and are not meant for exchange with anyone else.
Most of all, PPE are items such as safety goggles, safety footwear, safety hand gloves, respiratory protective equipment, etc.
Personal protective equipment is used in construction, food, agriculture, oil, and gas industries due to the hazards and risks of life in them.
IMPORTANCE OF PPE.
PPE is necessary because it reduces the risk of injury or harm to users caused by hazards visible in the workplace.
However, they are the last line of defense or last in the hierarchy of controls. Though they are not meant to prevent accidents or incidents, they minimize the impact of an injury on persons.
TYPES OF PPE
This can protect you from chemical, dust, gas, vapour, and, even, radiation. You should ensure you select the correct eye protection for your requirements. The eye protection we have include goggles, face screens, face shields, Safety spectacles, and visors.
Head and Neck Protection
PPE can guard the user against the impact of falling or flying objects. It protects a person from bumping the head or your hair getting caught in moving parts of machinery. This can also protect the wearer from chemical sprinkles, and climate.
The head and neck protection include hairnets and firefighters’ helmets, as well as scarves to protect the neck. Also, some safety helmets incorporate a specially designed eye or hearing protection. The moment your helmet is bad, go for a replacement.
Ear protection involves earplugs, semi-insert/canal caps earmuffs, They protect against noise hazards in the workplace.
Hands and Arm Protection
The Hands and arms can be at risk of cuts, bruises, heat or cold extremes, chemicals, electric shock, radiation. Others are vibration, biological agents, impact. That’s why we make use of hand gloves.
Feet and legs
Safety boots/ shoes with a protective toe cap are an effective PPE for your feet and legs. Penetration-resistant, Wellington boots as well as other varieties of safety footwear. It is important to use appropriate footwear for the risks in each workplace.
Onyeka Emma is a QHSE Professional, a business person, and an entrepreneur. He is very passionate about health and safety, Business and Entrepreneurship.