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Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Safety

Promote safety in high-risk work environments through proper PPE handling, distribution, and usage. Provide compliance training, anticipate hazards, and support the overall health and well-being of teams. 

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Establish standard practices for PPE safety

Provide digital instructions to keep PPE assessments uniform and have an effective strategy against potential incidents. Standardize safety-related activities and emphasize the importance of properly using protective equipment to mitigate common workplace hazards and foster a better culture of safety.

Monitor training progress and assessment for PPE safety

Implement company-wide training programs to improve workers’ knowledge and awareness of PPE safety. Use digital tools to efficiently track their training progress and identify areas where they need further support.

Ensure compliance with PPE regulations across different industries

Stay updated with a diverse range of PPE safety regulations and requirements depending on the nature of the work being completed. Save detailed digital records of inspection checks and incident reports to provide evidence of compliance.

Keep track of safety trends for continuous improvement

Take advantage of powerful data analytic tools to monitor how PPE is used within your organization and identify safety trends that could pose a hazard. Observe whether there is improper use of PPE and if workers are conducting assessments properly when on-site.

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Streamline safety and health processes

Standardize, simplify, and automate health and safety activities in one platform for a safer and more productive work environment. Quickly capture field insights using digital checklists, safety audits, and risk assessments, and use these data to respond to incidents as they happen.

Keep protective equipment in good condition

Efficiently monitor the inventory of PPE and encourage team members to update the quality and condition of their safety equipment to mitigate hazards. Easily set up a QR code to redirect employees to the relevant asset profile and receive completed reports immediately.

Develop resilience and a culture of safety

Provide teams with the confidence to properly use PPE for their work and give them the knowledge to maintain the condition of their safety garments. Roll out bite-sized training courses on the same platform they use for their day-to-day jobs, making the information they need readily available on their devices.

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“It provides insight into an organization’s safety culture and commitment to comply. It’s not just failure rates or audit observations that prove useful to management; one can often get an indication of culture and attitudes around safety and compliance by way of on-time completion rates and the suitability and sufficiency of data being captured.”

Joshua Little
Chief Risk Officer, Aveo Group
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Frequently Asked Questions

There are numerous types of workplace safety equipment that contribute to PPE safety, which vary based on the type of hazards workers can be exposed to. However, PPE can be categorized into four basic types, including the following:

  • Face and Eye Protection
  • Respiratory Protection 
  • Skin and Body Protection 
  • Hearing Protection 

Generally, those who work in high-risk environments and have a high likelihood of exposure to hazardous substances are required to wear PPE. Some examples of who needs to wear PPE are provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, including emergency responders, electricians, and construction workers. 

In line with this, the type of PPE to be worn varies by the hazards present in the work environment. For example, working in a scientific field and handling chemical substances requires face, eye, skin, and body protection to avoid potential exposure and promote protection against spills. It is important to understand the threats to safety in the work environment to identify the appropriate PPE to be used. 

While PPE enhances safety, it does not eliminate the health and physical hazards present within a working environment. This is because it was designed to only protect the wearer against hazards and there should still be initiatives to address existing risks in a workplace. Additionally, a PPE limitation is the possibility of it becoming ineffective when it is ill-fitting and defective, leading to a higher likelihood of accidents. 

PPE must be given tactile and visual inspection prior to use. The kind of defects to be observed will vary depending on the material used, but it is good practice to watch out for cuts, cracks, tears, abrasion and scorch marks, or burns. Using a checklist can make it easier to regularly run checks and have records for improved monitoring. 

Additionally, employers should source their PPE from reliable vendors to ensure these garments comply with safety regulations and have indicators that they passed safety checks. For example, PPE in the UK is required to display the logo of the Registered Safety Supplier (RSS) scheme to ensure it is up to standard. 

Business leaders are primarily responsible for providing their employees with the appropriate PPE to use in their line of work. This includes: 

  • sourcing safety garments from reliable suppliers; 
  • ensuring that the inventory of PPE is enough for the organization;
  • replacing damaged or substandard garments as often as needed; and
  • minimizing hazards and risks in the workplace to promote a culture of safety.

In line with this, employees need to comply with the guidelines set by business leaders. Typically, this involves attending training to be more knowledgeable about PPE and hazards, communicating unsafe practices, and conducting risk assessments when necessary.