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.