According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) site, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is classed as equipment that protects the user against any possible health and safety risks in the workplace. This equipment includes items like safety helmets, gloves, eye protection, high-visibility clothing, safety footwear and a safety harness, as well as respiratory protective equipment (RPE).
Unsurprisingly, PPE is used in a wide range of industries including agriculture, construction and even catering! However, the type of PPE will change depending on the user’s working conditions and workplace regulations.
Along with our incredibly innovative, insulated hand tools, Boddingtons Electrical provide a range of electrical safety equipment. Whether it’s fully insulated rubber gloves to protect against mechanical hazards or electrical shocks to high quality face shields to be worn with safety helmets, all of our products are made with electricians in mind!
But why exactly is PPE so important?
While it may seem a little over-the-top to be wearing goggles, a helmet and hi-vis jacket to carry out electric works, there are lots of injuries that can occur in the workplace when PPE is not used. In fact, the lack of PPE can lead to an increased risk of illness or injury, as seen when asbestos was ruled as being dangerous. .
Types of PPE
There are many types of personal protection equipment that help to minimise the risk of injury in the workplace, such as:
● Eye Protection - When working with chemical substances, dust, gas or even metals, it is vital to wear the right protection for your eyes such as goggles or a face shield. To protect against the loss of sight, make sure your choice of eye protection is suitable for the task and it fits correctly.
● Head and Neck Protection - If you work in a busy and volatile environment, there may be instances where things fall from the ceilings or where you hit your head. By wearing protection on your head and neck, you can prevent from head and neck injuries.
● Ear Protection - Earplugs, earmuffs and semi-insert/canal caps can provide workers protection against hearing loss in noisy areas.
● Hands and Arm Protection - In your working environment, your hands and arms are at risk of abrasion, temperature extremes, cuts and punctures, impact, chemicals and electric shocks. To protect against the many dangers in these environments, gloves and gloves with a cuff should cover all, or part of, your arm.
If you would like to find out more about our personal protective equipment, get in touch with us on 01376 567490.