What does PPE stand for? In the context of health and safety at work, PPE stands for personal protective equipment. It’s equipment that’s designed to protect employees from workplace hazards, such as chemicals, radiation, physical injuries or loud noises. It’s vitally important for employers to supply workers with suitable PPE to keep them safe and avoid lawsuits. Here are some useful guidelines for general contractor administrators regarding the use of PPE.
What does PPE Stand for?
Many common workplace items fall under the definition of personal protective equipment. These include gloves, safety glasses, earplugs, hard hats, respirators and full body suits. Anything that an employer provides to protect an employee from contact with a potential hazard can be considered PPE.
How to Encourage Workers to Use PPE
Even if you provide PPE, there is no guarantee that workers will use it. You can encourage your contractors to use PPE by providing training to educate employees on the reasons for doing so. Explain the risks carefully and show workers exactly how to put on, take off and maintain their equipment.
Sometimes, workers don’t use their personal protective equipment because it doesn’t fit properly. Check that every employee is issued with PPE that fits comfortably and is in good condition. Encourage employees to come to you with concerns about their PPE, so you can arrange for broken equipment to be repaired or replaced.
Limitations of PPE
Personal protective equipment can reduce the risks of working in a hazardous environment, but no equipment can completely eliminate all risks. Your training must include a discussion of the limitations of PPE and explain how employees should act in the workplace to keep themselves safe.
Providing PPE is vital to keep employees safe at work. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) legislation grants all employees the right to a safe working environment. Therefore, it’s your legal responsibility to make sure everyone working for you has suitable protective equipment. As well as providing PPE, you also need to train your employees so they understand how to use the equipment correctly and why it matters.