THE IMPORTANCE OF PPE

THE IMPORTANCE OF PPE

Hello there, this is Goke Akingbade( your Safety Guide) bringing to you another juicy topic on health and safety. Today, we will be discussing about PPE. PPE is the acronym for Personal Protective Equipment.

Personal Protective Equipment refers to variety of barriers, used alone or in combination, to protect the eyes, nose, mouth, skin, legs and clothing from coming into contact with hazards.

The use of PPE is so important for you and your employees. You as the employer are legally responsible for the safety of your employees while they are within the confines of your workplace, your employees need to know how much responsibility they have on their shoulders in terms of working safely; both for themselves and their colleagues.

Please note that the use and recommendation of PPE is a last resort in health and safety strategy.If the hazards cannot be removed or eliminated, if a more hazardous substance or situation cannot be substituted with a less hazardous substance or condition, and if engineering control measures cannot remove the hazard and its effects, you need to resort to employing administrative controls and use of Personal Protective Equipment.

You can never neglect the human factor; it will always be put into consideration.                                 Workers need to be provided with safe work tools, they need to be provided with psychosocial resources. Workers need to be educated on why they need to engage in safe work practices, the health and safety management system should promote a safe work environment, workers need to undergo safety training which involves demonstration of how to work safely.

Irrespective of all these imperative conditions, one needs to consider the attitude, belief and behaviour of the individual worker towards workplace safety.  One thing that can absolutely be done as a minimum to try to control risks is using personal protective equipment (PPE) properly.

Your organization needs a Health and Safety Representative, be it a direct staff of your organization or a Health and Safety consultant.It is the job of this Health and Safety personnel to train people in what PPE they need to be using, how it needs to be used, the period it needs to be used, and also to supervise the use of the PPE.

Your organization must adopt and implement a policy that requires every employee to use PPE provided in specified circumstances. The policy should make it clear that employee who do not use PPE as directed (including caring and maintaining it) will be disciplined. Please note that Personal Protective Equipment does not remove or eliminate the hazard or those things liable to cause human injury or illness, it only places a barrier between the hazard and the worker.It is also important that your organization designates who will oversee the distribution of PPE to employees when they request to use them, preferably a store personnel.

This is where I have to stop for now, so till I come your way again, this Goke Akingbade (your Safety Guide) signing off. Wishing you all the best ion the Christmas.

Goke Akingbade

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DOES YOUR ORGANIZATION HAVE A POSITIVE SAFETY CULTURE?

DOES YOUR ORGANIZATION HAVE A POSITIVE SAFETY CULTURE ?
Hello there, this is Goke Akingbade ( your Safety Guide) bringing you another topic on health and safety to discuss on. Today we will be considering what is so paramount in occupational safety and health , which is a Safety culture.
Culture is defined to be the way of life of a set of people within a geographical location.The Occupational Safety and Health Administration ( OSHA) defines a safety culture as a combination of an organization’s safety attitudes, behaviours, beliefs, values, ways of doing things and other shared characteristics of a particular group of people.
You need to ensure that a positive safety culture is developed in your organization.
Workers know and sense it when top level management care about their safety. Workers ought to be provided with safe work tools, physical resources that will help them perform their job task in a safe manner. Psychosocial resources should be made available too. The workload should not overburden an individual worker, if this is done, it will lead to stress. Job rotation can bs incorporated whereby the task can be performed by more than one worker or job scheduling at a conducive time. As long as workers know and can perceive that management care about their health, safety and welfare, they will buy in into the relevance of a safe and healthful workplace.
Workers should be allowed to provide suggestions on how the job task can be done safely and also gice their complaints on the state of the work environment. The Health and Safety representative ought to ensure that whatever the employees discloses is communicated to management, and appropriate feedback is communicated bact to workers. THE BENEFITS OF A POSITIVE SAFETY CULTURE TO WORKERS.
1.Higher morale and job satisfaction.
2. There will be improvement in physical and mental well-being.
3. Increased confidence in the company they work for.
4. Reduced sickness, sick leave and disability.
5. Free flow of communication about safety concerns from workers to management.

THE BENEFITS OF A POSITIVE SAFETY CULTURE TO ORGANIZATIONS.
1. Increased worker productivity.
2. Reduced absence attributed to sickness.
3. Better staff retention and enhanced recruitment.
4. Reduction in accident and incident rates.
5. Improvement in employee morale and worker satisfaction.
6. Improved public relations and corporate.
7. Reduction in insurance and ill health retirement payment.
8. Compliance with legislation.
These are some of the benefits derived from imbibing a positive safety culture. Till I come your way again, this is Goke Akingbade ( your Safety guide) signing out.