Proper PPE for 2020: Making Sure Your Team Is in the Right Gear for Work Safety

safety vests & ppr for job site workersAs we head into a new year, take a moment to reflect on the past year on your workplace safety and set some safety goals for the coming year.

While doing this, also take a moment to review the equipment for your workers. If you truly want to start the new year off right, you don’t want to start with sub-par equipment that could jeopardize the safety of your team.

Proper PPR Requires Planning

array of personal protective equipmentIt’s important make sure you are providing the correct personal protective equipment (PPE) to all employees for the specific jobs they are required to do.

PPE ensures that workers can carry out all their tasks in a safe and productive manner. It’s a vital component as part of your organization’s culture of safety.

A yearly review also lets you consider if there are better tools are the market for your team to use. There are often new developments in PPE, such as updated guidelines, upgraded protectove equipment types and much more.

Yearly PPE Review

Let’s review what you need to be on the lookout for when it comes to personal protective equipment for your workers.

  • illustration of personal protective equipmentRespiratory protection gear – If your team uses disposable respiratory gear, do you always have enough around so they can dispose of them when they should? For reusable equipment, are you having the air lines cleaned and serviced?
  • Eye Protection – Do you have enough goggles and shields for every employee that needs them? Do any have cracks that need fixing or replacing?
  • Hearing Protection – Do you have enough earplugs or earmuffs to protect everyone who needs it? Are all of these items clean and in working condition?
  • Hand Protection – Do you have enough gloves to meet the needs of your staff? Are the gloves free of holes? If your team needs barrier creams, do you have that in stock?
  • Foot Protection – Is your team in the required footwear for the job? Is that footwear still in good condition?
  • Head Protection – Do you have enough hard hats, hoods, and helmets for your team? If an employee were hit in the head, is the helmet strong enough to absorb the blow? Have any headpieces that can’t function at their top-level been replaced?
  • Skin Protection – Do you have enough sunscreen on hand in the proper SPF for your team? What about long-sleeve shirts to protect them from any elements? Are those shirts free from holes?

In addition to these categories, if you have other protective items, start the year off right and check them as well.

Other types of PPE would include things like aprons to protect a worker from x-rays, anything to protect their skin from chemicals, sleeve protectors, clothing to keep them cool if they work with metals, and spats to protect them from sparks while welding.

The Importance of PPE for a Safety Leader

working at heights wearing personal protective equipmentKeeping your employees safe is crucial for running a top-notch business.

No one wants to work for a company where they are thought so little of, their employer doesn’t provide proper gear for them.

A periodic review of equipment for safety is the least you can do for your team.

Not only is it the right thing to do, it is also the smart thing to do.

Gear Up for 2020 with the Right PPE

Inferior safety equipment opens you and your company up to lawsuits should an employee get injured. If there is something better they should be using, the start of the year is the best time to purchase it.

Out with the old, and in with the new – to start the new year off right!

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