Are You Using the Correct Protection Equipment?
Thousands of workplace accidents occur each year due to lack of workplace safety. These accidents equate to lost productivity and lost revenue for companies. In 2017 alone the total cost of work injuries was an astronomical $161.5 billion. Many of these injuries can be prevented with a simple safety plan and the use of proper personal protection equipment.
While every industry has its own risks, some are inherently more dangerous than others and employers must provide protective equipment for their workers. Below is a list of some of the most important protection equipment and how it can help prevent specific injuries to yourself and those around you.
Disposable gloves can be extremely important for protecting against toxic chemicals in automotive or manufacturing, avoiding cross-contamination in places where food is prepared and handled, or preventing infection in hospitals and other care facilities. Not all disposable gloves are created equal. When choosing the right glove, you must consider specifications such as thickness, size, chemical resistance, puncture resistance, comfort, and material. Triple S offers a wide range of protective work gloves to fit just about any job.
Your eyes are one of the most critical areas of your body to protect. When fitted and worn correctly, goggles protect your eyes from hazardous substances. According to OSHA, a large percentage of workplace injuries are caused by direct contact with chemicals to the face and eyes. Serious and irreversible damage can occur when chemical substances contact the eyes in the form of splash, mists, vapors, or fumes. Highly dangerous environments may call for a full hood to shield the eyes.
Reducing injuries, staying in compliance, and training benefits are a few of the many reasons why understanding safety decals and warning labels on products is so important.
- Reducing Injuries: New employees and other individuals who are not familiar with specific products have an increased risk of injuring themselves or those around them simply because they're not fully aware of the hazards of the workplace. Taking the time to understand warning signs and labels and knowing what to do in a time of emergency is critical to employee’s health as well as your business.
- Compliance: OSHA regulates and requires businesses to have warning labels and safety decals on certain products to stay in compliance with state and national standards. For example, if your business manufactures or ships hazardous chemicals, you're required to label them all properly by industry standards.
- Training Benefits: Employees who have an advanced understanding on warning labels are better equipped in times of emergency. A faster response time due to a trained employee can be the difference between life and death in an extreme situation.
Although most forms of protective equipment are for personal use, some forms can be often overlooked. Products such as wet floor and hazard signs are extremely important for eliminating potential hazards and protecting visitors. A fire extinguisher can also be grouped into this category for an emergency situation.
Safety is always a number one priority for businesses. If protective equipment is to be used, a program should be implemented to address the potential hazards present, the type of equipment needed and the training of employees.
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