Wearing PPE (personal protective equipment) is the least effective hazard control method.
But, it does not mean that PPE cannot protect you from harmful hazards. It is still your last defense against harmful hazards.
So, make yourself the discipline to wear PPE while doing any kind of job at the manufacturing or construction site.
Because wearing PPE is very crucial to your safety, I think it will be worthwhile to share with you the following practical PPE safety tips with you guys.
So, keep reading until finish.
Practical PPE Safety Tips
Tips #1 Set up the PPE policy
The management shall set up PPE policy that is as the basic guide on PPE usage in the whole company.
Make sure that the policy comply with applicable regulations in your industry.
Communicate the policy clearly to make it easy for all workers to understand.
Tips #2 Determine the detailed specification for each PPE type
You must determine the specification for each PPE type (safety helmet, eye goggle, etc) that you will use.
If possible include approved brands, which have proven quality.
Make a standard operating procedure (SOP) to mention the whole PPE specifications.
Tips #3 Determine the PPE expiry date
You cannot wear PPE for years since it has a unique expiry date. Suppose in general, a safety helmet has an expiry date of 5 years.
Determine the expiry date for each PPE type by considering applicable standards and regulations.
Tips #4 Make a procedure
Having a standard operating procedure (SOP) for the PPE is a must. So, please make an SOP to standardize everything related to the PPE.
Do not forget to include punishment or penalty for workers who do not follow the procedure.
Tips #5 Carry out regular inspection
Even though you have determined the expiry date for each PPE type, but you shall inspect that all PPE that are being used in good condition.
You must withdraw any damaged or expired PPE and dispose of them immediately when you find them.
Tips #6 Prepare an PPE map
A PPE map will make workers understand easily what PPE for each work area is required.
Install the PPE map in the whole plant site and office, including the construction or fabrication site.
Tips #7 Provide adequate quantity of PPE
Provide enough PPE in the warehouse as back up when you find damaged PPE or expired PPE, which requires immediate replacement
When you use the PPE stock, do not forget to procure new PPE to increase the PPE stock to its safety or minimum stock level.
Tips #8 Make active communication
Communicate intimately all things related to PPE with the workers by using various kinds of media.
You can use safety slogans, safety toolbox talk, safety briefing, safety induction, poster, banner, and so on.
Tips #9 Education is the key
You may find that some of the workers do not wear their PPE correctly due to certain reason.
There is no way to improve this situation except through effective education or training programs.
Plan a good education plan to make the workers understand clearly the importance of wearing PPE for safety and lives.