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Six hazards to look out for to correctly allocate PPE

by , 14 July 2014
Before you allocate PPE to your employees, you need to do a risk assessment. This way you'll be able to identify the hazards your employees face, so you can protect them with the right equipment.

Instead of wasting company time and money, rather find out exactly what PPE your employees need looking out for these six hazards in your risk assessment...

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Which risk assessments have to be checked by an approved inspector every two years?
Is it absolutely necessary for your company to appoint and train someone as a risk assessor?
When was the last time you did a risk assessment? (Is that too long?)
Have you checked and double checked the less obvious health hazards?
If you can't answer even one of these questions you're not only putting your employee's lives at risk; you're also putting yourself in danger of massive fine from the DoL.
 
Don't wait until it's too late.
 
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Observe your employees at work to know what PPE they need

 
Health and safety isn't something that you can improve by throwing general PPE at it. You need to ensure you're handing out the right pieces of protective clothing to protect your employees.
 
The best way to know what they need is to observe them during your risk assessment. This is your chance to see how they work, what they work with and where they work.
 
This information will help you identify exactly what your employees need instead of hoping general safety gear will do the job. 
 
When doing your risk assessment to identify what PPE your employees need, here's what you must look for...
 

Here are six things you must look for during your risk assessment

 
1. Is there a risk of something falling on your employees? Could they walk into something or bump their heads? (If yes, they need hard hats);
 
2. Do your employees work with hand tools and large machines? (If yes, they need safety gloves to protect their hands);
 
3. Does the machinery your employees work with move and is the floor around them slippery? (If yes, they need safety shoes to protect their feet and stop them from slipping);
 
4. Do your employees work with fire, pressurised cookers or machinery that creates a lot of heat? (if yes, they need heat proof and fire proof jackets);
 
5. Do your employees work at heights? (If yes, they need fall protection harnesses);
 
6. Do your employees work with machinery that can spark or anything that creates particles in the air, such as wood cuttings? (If yes, they need safety goggles).
 
 
Keep your eyes open for any of these hazards during your risk assessment and you'll be able to provide your employees with risk specific PPE.
 
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