The greatest risk of injury at work is in a warehouse or manufacturing setting. It’s critical to supply the right personal protective equipment to reduce injuries due to accidents on the job.
How To Determine Which PPE Is Necessary
To help you create a robust PPE program, OSHA mandates that employers identify and assess all potential hazards of each job and task. Any potentially unsafe conditions present in the work environment must also be addressed. Each hazard is then evaluated to determine the proper PPE necessary to protect workers from injury. Examples of hazards include:
- Sharp objects that can cut hands or feet
- Electrical concerns
- Loud or consistent noise
- Machinery movement
- Objects that can fall from above
- Chemical exposure
- Dust or other particles in the air
The importance of PPE must be stressed with all employees. Mandating the use of ear plugs and eye protection in a manufacturing plant will cover a number of potential risks. Hard hats, steel toe shoes and gloves may also be necessary. In addition, provide comprehensive training on the proper use of each type of PPE. A good way to ensure safe practices is to conduct frequent safety audits and emergency drills.
PPE doesn’t eliminate hazards, but it can protect your employees from serious injury on the job.