Personal Protective Equipment: Don’t get caught out.April 26, 2016
‘Health and safety gone mad’ is a term we’re all familiar with as Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is perceived more as a chore than a lifesaver. However, working in one of the most dangerous industrial sectors it makes sense to be protected when it comes to completing everyday tasks as a Plumbing and Heating Engineer.
PPE affects every working person.
It states in the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992, that PPE covers ‘all equipment (including clothing affording protection against the weather) which is intended to be worn, or held by a person at work which protects them against one or more risks to their health and safety’.
In light of this, PPE involves everyone and it’s important to be aware of the risks you face on a daily basis and how you can limit them.
Work-related injury in the construction industry is significantly higher than any other industrial sector. Although things are looking up – injuries at work have significantly decreased in the past 20 years and this is due to a number of things including; stricter regulations, increased awareness and growing technologies.
How can we make life easier?
Don’t get caught out unprotected, and make sure you always have a stock of the PPE you need in the back of your van.
Invest in bulk, on the equipment you use every day. Gloves, masks, googles and ear plugs are all available at your local Plumbase branch.
A few words of warning though when searching for the best deal on your PPE, if something seems too good to be true – it probably is. Ensure the PPE you buy is ‘CE’ marked and complies with the Personal Protective Equipment Regulations 2002 or you could find yourself in a sticky situation. The CE marking signifies that the PPE you buy satisfies certain basic requirements and in some cases will have been tested and certified by an independent body.
World Day for Safety and Health at Work
This Thursday is World Day for Safety and Health at work – raising awareness of safe working environments for everyone. Why don’t you spend you five minutes on the 28th April ensuring you have all the kit you need to get the job done?