The Importance of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Safety is a major concern for any laborer. Accidents are extremely prominent in the construction industry due to the absence or inadequate use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). PPE is equipment that protects workers against health or safety risks on the job and reduces employee exposure to hazards. The dangers can be anything from slippery wet floors to loose falling debris. PPE includes items such as protective helmets, eye protection, high-visibility clothing, safety footwear, safety harnesses and, sometimes, respiratory protective equipment.

It is no question that this line of work presents many risks. Understanding the benefits of PPE as well as liability insurance for your New Mexico business can be tremendously impactful in reducing the risk of injury and claims in the construction sector.

The Head

Hard hats are commonly utilized on construction sites. They are designed to protect against flying or falling objects that would otherwise significantly harmed the worker. Some hard hats come with face shields and earmuffs for further protection.

One of the most important things to remember is that hard hats must fit well in order to work appropriately. Make sure that your team all has well-fitting hard hats, or their head protection will not be adequate.

Eyes and Face

Proper eye and face protection is extremely important. Safety goggles and full face shields are available to protect the eyes and face. This equipment is especially vital in specific fields such as metal work, wood-work, hot-work and air-tool operations.

Respiratory

Respiratory protection should never be underestimated.  It is truly essential on sites where toxic substances are present. This protection was created to protect you from dust, fumes, paint spray, pesticides and other harmful substances that could cause permanent damage. Respirators will likely be needed when sufficient ventilation is not attainable.

Hands and Skin

Construction work normally requires a lot of hand use. About 150,000 hand injuries are reported every year. Occupational skin diseases are as regular as dermatitis, skin cancers, and other skin injuries. Infections are the second most common type of occupational disease.

Because of this, glove usage is critical to protect the skin. Common PPE glove types are rubber, cut-resistant, chainsaw and heat-resistant gloves.  Take advantage of gloves to avoid hazards involved with chemical, glass, sheet metal, electricity work.

Hearing

Approximately 82% of occupational hearing loss cases are those working in the manufacturing sector, so ear protection is a must.

Earplugs and earmuffs are common hearing protection tools. Note that earmuffs are effective in reducing high-frequency noise, while earplugs should be used for reducing low-frequency noise.

 

About Daniels Insurance, Inc.

At Daniels Insurance, Inc., we have a unique understanding of the risks that businesses like yours face on a regular basis. With the backing of our comprehensive coverages and our dedication to customer service and quick claims resolution, your business will be fully protected. For more information, contact us today at (855) 565-7616.

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