Your employees must use these three types of PPE to protect them from infections
1. Face masks
Face masks filter the air your employees breathe. This removes all the dirt and germs from the air.
As a result, they're less likely to pick up airborne infections, such as lung or throat infection. There are two types of face masks you can give your employees:
1. Disposable face masks work well for preventing the spread of sicknesses. These are similar to the kinds of masks doctors wear. Just remember, your employees can use these once and must throw them away after that.
2. Dust masks are strong enough that your employees can use them over and over again. Even though these masks primarily help filter dust from the air, they help with the spread of infections too.
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Gloves, even fabric ones, can help stop the spread of infections by creating a barrier between your employees' skin and germs.
The best kind of gloves to prevent infections is rubber latex gloves. Because these are tight fitting and you only use them once, germs can't make contact with your employees.
But if your employees have to wear normal fabric gloves, make sure you wash them regularly. Otherwise, they'll carry more germs than they prevent.
Any kind of protective clothing your employees wear over their normal clothes can protect them against infections.
For example, if your employee has a cut on his arm, his overalls can stop it getting full of dirt and getting infected.
But your employees' overalls must be clean. Otherwise they can cause an infection of their own because of all the germs and bacteria on them.
The key to making sure your employees' PPE keeps them safe from infections is to make sure it's hygienic
This means you must:
- Wash it regularly;
- Stop employees from sharing PPE; and
- Throw out old or expired safety gear.
This way, your employees' safety wear won't become an infection risk.