- Broderick Wyatt
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Employers should hold accountable for the health and safety of their employees. There are so many protocols to ensure the safety of employees while working at the workplace. No matter how the employers use different techniques to minimize the injuries, when the employee isn’t attentive accidents can occur.
Personal protective equipment (PPC) is designed to protect the wearer’s body; it can be helmet, goggles or other clothing or equipment from injury or infection. Hazards include physical, electrical, thermal, chemical, biological hazards, and air particles. Use safety equipment for work-related safety and health, as well as sports and leisure activities. Protective clothing is used on traditional clothing, and protective equipment is applied to items such as pads, shields, or masks. A PPE suit can look like a clean room suit. There can be custom workwear, which can be customized according to the working conditions.
The purpose of personal protective equipment is to reduce risks for employees when engineering or management techniques are not feasible or effective in reducing those risks to an acceptable level. Personal protective equipment is required when there are risks. Work protocols have severe limitations; it does not eliminate source risks, and can endanger workers if equipment fails.
This can cause additional stress for the wearer, impair his ability to work, and cause significant inconvenience. Any of these can encourage carriers to use protective wear properly, which in extreme cases can lead to injury, illness, or even death. Good ergonomic design helps to reduce these obstacles and consequently ensures safe and healthy working conditions through proper use of personal protective equipment.
Occupational safety or health policies can use risk management measures in the workplace that threaten workers. Safety and quality of life of employees is essential. The hierarchy of risk control measures provides a policy framework that arranges risk control measures according to absolute risk mitigation. At the top of the hierarchy is cancellation and replacement, which eliminates the risk or replaces the risk with a safer option. If cancellation or replacement procedures cannot be applied, engineering control is management control, which is aimed at designing safety mechanisms and safe human behavior.
Personal protective equipment is at the end of the hierarchy, where employees are regularly exposed to safety barriers. When it’s insufficient, the control hierarchy will realize that it is not an appropriate control mechanism regarding employee safety.
Depending on the prevailing conditions, and potential risks, additional safety may be required. This is determined by your supervisor based on a basic occupational risk analysis. Additional personal protective equipment may include the following:
Safety gloves, hearing protection, full face masks, chemical glasses, respiratory protection, fall protection equipment when working at heights of more than 6 feet (1.83 m), special protective clothing when working with skin welding or electric welding.
Only when these rules are followed the accidents can me minimized. It’s always essential to stay attentive about work and also about what’s happening in the environment. Only when the employees are safe and sound the work can be performed accurately.