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When in doubt hand PPE out

by , 07 July 2014
You can't always deal with a workplace hazard by giving your employees more OHS training. You need to deal with some hazards directly.

Sure, you can do this by putting up safety signs, installing new safety equipment and updating your safety procedures so employees know how to handle a dangerous situation.

But at the end of the day, you must give your employees a way to protect themselves. If you're ever in doubt about how you can do this, hand PPE out...

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Did you know: There's a piece of PPE that can protect your employees from most accidents

 
PPE won't do anything to remove the hazard from your workplace, says ilpi.com. But it does give your employees protection from a hazard. 
 
For example, if your employees work with moveable equipment, the PPE won't stop it from moving and possibly rolling over their feet. What PPE, such as safety boots, will do is protect your employees' feet. If the safety boots are strong enough, even if the machinery rolls onto their feet, it's won't cause serious injuries.
 
Here are some of the pieces of safety gear you can hand out to protect your employees from common workplace hazards...
 
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If you employ 5 people or more you must have at least one first aid kit in your workplace. And it must contain these 18 items.
 
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Here's a list of the pieces of PPE you can give your employees

 
To protect your employees from workplace accidents, you can give them:
 
1. A hard hat;
2. Safety gloves;
3. Safety boots;
4. Safety goggles;
5. Face masks;
6. Ear plugs;
7. Safety harnesses; and
8. Kidney belts.
 
Just ensure you give them the right piece of protective clothing to fit each hazard. The best way to ensure you do that is to do a risk assessment.


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