How to prevent work hazards with PPE
As an employer, your workers deserve a safe and healthy working environment with PPE.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is the armor industrial workers wear that guarantees safety. Workers must prepare themselves with the right PPE before handling a task.
It’s not just important to wear PPE, maintenance and instructions must be religiously followed as an added guarantee.
Refer: Malaysian OSH Regulations
You’ve been in the industry for a long time so you must know all the risks it poses. If you know the risks, you also know how to prevent such hazards.
But how well do these protective gear actually keep workers safe?
PPE prevents work hazards by
- protecting the head area from falling objects and falls.
- preventing debris and particles from entering the eye.
- filtering vapors, smoke, particles for clean breathing.
- protecting hands and fingers from heat and sharp edges.
- guarding worker’s feet from falling objects, heat, sharp materials and electric discharge.
- making workers visible in low visibility environments.
1. Head Protection
A helmet or hard hat are PPE that protects the head from major injuries caused by falling objects or falls. With so many types of helmets, there’s no way you can say there’s none fit for the job.
Nowadays you can select from so many options including features like an adjustable interior harness and comfortable sweatbands.
Browse through our hard hats here.
2. Eye Protection
Eyes are the most fragile and sensitive body part. Even the slightest dust can damage the eye.
Industrial workers are often in the presence of heavy debris and fragments which could compromise the eyes. Wearing a good pair of safety glasses can help prevent that entirely.
There are also safety goggles that can sustain bright light and heat such as the Adjustable Welding Goggles.
3. Hearing Protection
Do you work in an environment with high sound levels? In that case it is very important to consider hearing protection as your PPE.
4. Respiratory Protection
Employees regularly inhale vapors, smoke, powder or dust while performing their job.
Wearing the right dust masks offer protection against fine dust and other dangerous particles that could harm the worker’s respiratory system.
A full-face mask is used if the materials are truly toxic as they adhere tightly to the face.
If there are hazardous vapors or infectious agents, invest in respirators that can clean the particles as you inhale.
5. Hand Protection
Working in an industrial setting requires practical and hands-on work. Hands and fingers are on the front lines so it is vital to protect them properly with PPE.
6. Feet Protection
In any worksite, one staple workwear are safety boots.
Fatalities, disabilities and lost wages can be a pain to ‘cure’. Feet injury is easily prevented by following the set safety shoes standards of protective work boots.
Make sure each of your workers have protective footwear that fits their job description.
7. Reflective Clothing
Preventing accidents with PPE is crucial in a hazardous environment such as construction and welding sites. That is why good visibility at work is a MUST.
A highly reflective vest improves self-visibility in low visibility environments for personal safety.
Being well-seen is important when on the job no matter how careful a worker can be.
So Take Care of Yourself!
Danger is at every corner. We know that better than anyone.
We as the leading safety gear and safety footwear in Malaysia provides a selection of product compliant PPE that helps ensure a safe working environment.
If you have trouble selecting, refer to How to Choose the Right PPE to know your perfect match. We can protect you from your head to your toes!