PPE creates a physical barrier that travels with you.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is special
gear you wear to protect you from contact with chemical, physical, thermal,
biological, and radiological hazards. It
includes a variety of devices and garments such as hardhats, goggles, safety
glasses, face shields, earplugs, respirators, vests, coveralls, safety shoes,
and gloves that protect your head, eyes, face, ears, body, arms, legs, feet and
PPE prevents hundreds of deaths and thousands of injuries every
Do you want to be a fatality or injury statistic or would you rather
continue with your life in the same state of health and wellness that you
PPE effectiveness depends upon you using it.
Gloves cannot do much good for your hands if they are hanging out of a back
pocket. Safety glasses cannot ward off
eye injuries if they are dangling from your neck. And earplugs will not protect your hearing if
they stay in your pocket.
PPE must be worn properly to allow it to make a difference for
It may not “look cool” or it may not be as comfortable as without it…but it
can make a difference.
PPE that is not properly maintained or inspected routinely for wear
and tear offers little or no protection.
A cracked hardhat with sagging suspension, for example, is not the best
buffer when a hammer comes flying out of nowhere. Advise your supervisor immediately of
deteriorating or defective PPE.
You have to wear PPE the right way for as long as you’re exposed to
a hazard - not only for yourself, but also for those who care about you.
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