Why your company should not joke with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

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Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is safety gear that workers may be advised or required to wear, depending upon the nature of their work or workplace.

Regulations governing the use of PPE are generally implemented to address a specific hazard or risk. Typically, what PPE is required in a particular workplace depends upon a risk assessment, undertaken by the manager of the site.

PPE refers to ‘anything used or worn to minimise risk to workers’ health and safety’. This includes, but not limited to; safety boots, earplugs, face masks, safety gloves, goggles, hard hats, high-visibility clothing, respirators, safety harnesses, safety shoes and much more.

Understanding the benefits of PPE as well as liability insurance for your Nigeria business can be tremendously impactful in reducing the risk of injury and claims in the construction sector.

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The Head

Hard hats (safety helmets) are commonly utilized on construction sites. They are designed to protect against flying or falling objects that would otherwise significantly harmed the worker. Some hard hats come with face shields and earmuffs for further protection.

One of the most important things to remember is that hard hats must fit well in order to work appropriately. Make sure that your team all has well-fitting hard hats, or their head protection will not be adequate.

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Eyes and Face

Proper eye and face protection is extremely important. Safety goggles and full face shields are available to protect the eyes and face. This equipment is especially vital in specific fields such as metal work, wood-work, hot-work and air-tool operations.

Respiratory

Respiratory protection should never be underestimated.  It is truly essential on sites where toxic substances are present. This protection was created to protect you from dust, fumes, paint spray, pesticides and other harmful substances that could cause permanent damage. Respirators will likely be needed when sufficient ventilation is not attainable.

Hands and Skin

Construction work normally requires a lot of hand use. About 150,000 hand injuries are reported every year. Occupational skin diseases are as regular as dermatitis, skin cancers, and other skin injuries. Infections are the second most common type of occupational disease.

Because of this, glove usage is critical to protect the skin. Common PPE glove types are rubber, cut-resistant, chainsaw and heat-resistant gloves.  Take advantage of gloves to avoid hazards involved with chemical, glass, sheet metal, electricity work.

Hearing

Approximately 82% of occupational hearing loss cases are those working in the manufacturing sector, so ear protection is a must.

Earplugs and earmuffs are common hearing protection tools. Note that earmuffs are effective in reducing high-frequency noise, while earplugs should be used for reducing low-frequency noise.

While the provision of PPE can fall under either the duty of the employer, or the workers themselves, wearing PPE when instructed, in light of a risk management scheme, is required by law. Keeping aware of workplace requirements in this regard is the responsibility of everyone on site.

PPE exists to safeguard the well-being of workers, and is vital in terms of best practice and risk mitigation.

For more information about PPE in the Nigerian workplace, Call/WhatsApp us on 0809 0645389 or send us an email to info@mannsupport.com

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