At every construction site, it is the employer’s responsibility to maintain a safe working environment for all the workers, who also play a role in observing safety guidelines. Under the appropriate circumstances, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) must be provided to the employees.
This safety equipment often includes safety glasses or goggles, gloves, vests, and respirators. Personal Protective Equipment is carefully selected to guarantee its compatibility with the chemicals and the method used, particularly in a laboratory.
So, what’s the main purpose of PPE?
Personal Protective Equipment is built to protect employees against exposure to biological hazards and risk of injury at work. The designs and levels of PPE vary depending on the role and work of individuals within the facility. For instance, in the case of a construction site, workers must wear PPE if they are working with tools, substances, or equipment that are hazardous to operate or use.
Most individuals are asked to wear a PPE to block and protect portals of entry from potential biological risks. It is also essential for employers to train their workers on the proper use and fit of PPE.
Below are the types of PPE that are commonly required for individuals to wear to ensure their health protection and safety inside the workplace.
When working at a construction or industrial site, safety glasses must be worn most of the time to protect against infra-red rays or radiation from hot objects, intense light, UV rays, and flying objects, including dust particles and metal pieces, and wood chips. In case safety glasses are not enough when working with chemicals, wearing acid goggles is recommended to protect the eyes from splashes.
In some cases, workers may be instructed to wear face shields in order to protect their face and neck from flying particles and splashes. On the other hand, wearing polycarbonate face shields is recommended to prevent intense UV wavelength exposure when working over UV light sources. Keep in mind that face shields should be worn over safety glasses or goggles.
Choosing the kind of gloves to use is more than just picking the right size. Gloves should be selected on the basis of the material being handled. For example, they should be resistant to the chemicals being used on the construction site. Although no glove material provides 100% protection from all chemicals, the use of nitrile exam gloves can be a great alternative. They are made of synthetic rubber that resembles latex which is significantly more durable and chemical resistant.
Before handling any kinds of materials, whether biologicals, chemicals, or unsealed radiological sources, workers should wear specialized garments to protect their skin against potential danger. Aprons, lab coats, coveralls, or other protective suits should be regularly used and properly stored in the worksite.
When correctly selected and appropriately used, a respirator can protect the wearer from inhalation of harmful substances such as gases, fumes, fine particles, mists, and vapors. While the use of respirators in laboratories is not recommended, they are allowed for emergency response in situations like when engineering controls are not feasible. Improper use of respirators can lead to chemical exposures, which is known as the false sense of security.
At ProContractor Supply, we believe that experience doesn’t happen on its own. That is why we work closely with all the major manufacturers to improve our concrete training system. Through this partnership, we were able to come up with a constructive and peculiar Training Program for Contractors.
We know that managing multiple projects simultaneously can take too much of your time, and this often leaves no room for training and upskilling your team members. The good thing is, you can leave the training to us so you can focus on your current projects while trying to land new clients at the same time. Our Jobsite Training can fully equip your team to enhance their performance on operating various machines and knowledge on wearing the right personal protective equipment while following the best practices and industry standards.
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