The Importance PPE (PERSONAL PROTECTOR EQUIPMENT)
Accidents are a part and parcel of life. They can occur everywhere and at any time. The chances of an accident happening are considerably higher in a workplace than at home.
However, accidents can be avoided if necessary precautions are undertaken by the workers. For instance, wearing personal protective equipment when doing work can help the workers in ensuring their safety and reducing the risk of accidents. Personal protective equipment (PPE) is clothing or equipment designed to be worn by someone to protect them from the risk of injury or illness. PPE
Hi Vis workwear is a type of personal protective equipment that helps in increasing the visibility of worker. Hi-vis clothing makes workers more visible, which can significantly reduce the chance of a life-threatening accident from happening
The use of this workwear is done to keep the workers safe from being hit by trucks and forklifts that are moving about in the workplace.
Because of the kind of work, we do here at Moonrocks with moving equipment and having a lot of traffic on the ground and on forklifts / tractors and trucks
Moonrocks has designed a Moonrocks HIVIS CAP and Bucket hat as our chosen HIVIS and is a part of our uniform. Where all members of staff are required to wear it.
Other types of PPE
- hearing protective devices, such as ear muffs and ear plug
- respiratory protective equipment
- eye and face protection, such as safety glasses and face shields
- safety helmets
- fall arrest harnesses for working at heights
- skin protection, such as gloves, gauntlets and sunscreen
- clothing, such as high visibility vests, life jackets and coverall
- footwear, such as safety boots and rubber boots.
Proper care and maintenance is essential to ensure PPE continues to provide the necessary level of protection.
- Look for broken or damaged components before using PPE and repair or replace it as needed.
- Replace PPE that has expired or reached its usable lifespan.
- Clean reusable PPE after use and store in a clean area such as a cupboard, drawer or resealable container.
- Report broken, damaged or contaminated PPE.
Where does the use of PPE fit in the risk management process?
The use of personal protective equipment is lowest on the list of control priorities. These controls should not be relied on as the primary means,
Each worker has the duty to:
- Follow all safe work practices, procedures, instructions and rules
- Work in a manner which ensures the health and safety of him or herself and other
- Encourage other workers to work in a healthy and safe manner
- Participate in training
- Report or rectify and unsafe conditions that come to their attention
- Keep passageways and exits clear
Should you have any concerns or questions with your current PPE please come and see us and we will happily assist you.