Importance of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) at Work

Importance of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) at Work

 

Work Place hazards are something which you can’t avoid, especially in occupations such as construction, mining or chemical laboratories. Yet from an organizational perspective, you can try your best to minimize them- through the use of Personal Protective equipment. According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website on 25th June 2015, PPE are those equipment that are designed to protect the user or wearer against any health or safety risks at work. PPE includes items like safety helmets, gloves, eye protection, high-visibility clothing, safety footwear and safety harnesses, as well as respiratory protective equipment (RPE). Each piece of PPE has a specific use and may be made of specialized materials appropriate for one use, but not appropriate for another.

Yet, both organizations and workers haven’t fully grasped the importance of having a PPE-centric environment. Organizations try to slash down on funds allotted for PPE as cost cutting measures- exposing their employees to a great deal of risk. Yet, blaming organizations solely is a great perjury. Often, even workers do not adhere to personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements as a common perception is made that it slows them down during tasks. But PPE is used only when some type of hazard has been identified and cannot be eliminated or controlled. The importance of PPE cannot be stressed enough, with on-site fatalities on a greater rise- leading to a rise in compensation and additional expenditure.

Here are a few reasons for the importance of safety and PPE equipments:

  • Reducing injuries reduces costs

A loss of worker equates to loss in productivity- a factor that every organization needs to keep in mind. How? Here’s the following equation- when a worker is injured on the job, it costs the company in lost work hours, increased insurance rates, worker’s compensation premiums and possible litigation. This equates to a loss of one manpower, which is critical. Further productivity is lost when other workers have to stop work to deal with the injury. You cannot afford such distractions and therefore, PPE are a mandatory part of the working ecosystem.

  • Loyal workers are often the safe ones

Any business worth its salts understands that employee attrition and absenteeism can be major obstacles. As you build an organization based on trust and integrity, it is important to create a healthy and safe workplace, in order to reduce these issues. Involving employees in safety measures such as ensuring the use of PPE, is a sure-shot sign that their opinion matters to you. By following through on their input and improving safety, you prove tangibly that you care about their well-being- inculcating a sense of pride and ownership within them.

  • Safety improves quality

The fact that safety is equivalent to quality is as old as time itself. While in certain cases, it can be a result of safe workplace tends being a more efficient one, free of debris and tangles of cords, yet often it’s a matter of focus. By providing a clean, efficient environment, one can ensure workers are able to reduce distractions and truly focus on the quality of what they do. Hence, integration of PPE leads to rise in production and augmentation of customer loyalty.

Conclusion

Organizations need to promote the use of PPE amongst the very DNA of their work culture. A word of advice: one should first assess all the work areas to find the hazards that are present, and then make protective equipment decisions based on those assessments.  Organizations dealing with safety equipments such as Karam Industries have been continuing with this crusade of safety awareness amongst the Indian and global work culture. Their comprehensive range of  includes Personal Protective products like Safety Helmets, Protective Safety Eyewear, Hearing protective equipment, Welding Protective Face Shields, respiratory protective equipment, Safety Shoes, and a vast range of Fall Protection Equipment. Besides these, Engineered Safety Solutions like Anchorage systems, specialized Rope Access, Evacuation and Rescue Products, and Confined Space Entry/ Egress systems also form a part of KARAM’s Product Portfolio.

 

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