Personal Protective Equipment minimizes work-related injuries. Safety is a paramount issue in the workplace, more so for skilled workers and labourers. Accidents could have been prevented or mitigated by proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Furthermore, employers should be in the forefront in implementing PPE guidelines and protocols.
Accidents are on the rise each year especially on construction sites more or less due to the absence of PPE. The purpose of PPE is to reduce health risks and hazards that may happen during the course of completing tasks. PPE is an essential equipment that includes but not limited to safety hats, boots, high-visibility clothing, safety harness, etc.
Let’s discuss further on some of the PPE that is commonly used on construction sites and why it makes perfect sense for labourers to use them.
Examples of Personal Protective Equipment
1. Hard Hats
This is probably the most commonly-used PPE on construction sites. Hard hats protect workers from falling debris or flying objects that may impact or penetrate their heads. Some hard hats come with ear muffs or face shields.
2. Hand Gloves
Gloves are PPE’s use for protecting the hands. There are many types of hand gloves depending on the nature of work. Labourers are protected by heavy duty gloves when carrying heavy loads. Some hand gloves are also insulated to protect workers when exposed to electrical hazards.
3. Safety Shoes or Boots
Labourers are often at risk of foot injuries. Safety shoes and boots are PPE’s which help to prevent foot injuries and reduce the severity of the injuries that may happen in the workplace. Safety shoes used in construction sites are usually slip-resistant and with puncture-resistant soles.
4. Earplugs / Earmuffs
Industrial noise is easy to discount because it’s invisible to the naked eye. According to Safe Work Australia (SWA), 28%-32% of the Australian workforce will likely work in an environment where they are exposed to noise pollution.
Earplugs are common PPE’s for hearing protection that helps in the prevention of hearing loss and other hearing-related injuries.
Using PPE is vital in the workplace to prevent injuries. Choosing not to wear them pose a greater risk especially if it can mitigate injuries or loss of life. Safety is important and having knowledge and understanding of these protection devices will be beneficial for you in the long run. As a worker, always ask your employer what are the right PPE to use during the course of your work. Remember safety first and always say NO! to unsafe work practices.