PPE – Mandatory Safety Wear at Work
In order to prevent/reduce the likelihood of an accident, it is mandatory for all employers to provide PPE, which is also known as personal protective equipment at the workplace.
This protective safety wear includes footwear, hats, visibility jackets or waistcoats, respirators, goggles, and gloves. According to the Work Regulation Act, PPE refers to, ‘All equipment which is intended to be worn or held by a person at work which protects them against one or more risks to their health and safety’.
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Employers are responsible to provide, implement, replace, and pay for all expenses incurred for installing any PPE equipment at the workplace. These types of personal protective equipment are generally waterproof, weatherproof, or insulated to protect the user from adverse temperature or climatic conditions that pose a threat to their health and safety.
Accidents in the form of skin injuries often happen due to skin contact with chemicals agents, physical agents, biological agents, and mechanical faults.
Therefore, skin protectors such as gloves face shields, safety footwear and jackets act as a form of barrier between the skin and these different agents that are harmful to the body. Examples of such agents are contaminated surfaces, solar radiation, extreme temperatures, friction, parasites, deposition of aerosols, chemical splashes, etc.
Eye injury is a common accident at work and occurs due to various means such as wood chips, sand, cement, and metal slivers. Similarly, small and large particles are constantly present in the working environment that is smoky and dusty.
Extreme forces or pressure coming into contact with the eyes, chemical burns, welding equipment, UV light, etc. can cause eye injuries. PPE in this instance is either goggles or safety glasses.
Safety eye wears features side covers for extra protection and the shading in the glasses differs according to the type of work at hand. There are government regulations as to what the thickness and shading of the glasses should be depending on the environment and nature of work.