PPE, otherwise known as Personal Protective Equipment, is quite simply a must have in the modern working world. What might spring to mind when you say these words is a builder wearing a hard hat and safety goggles while on a building site, but PPE covers so much more than that.
Everything including helmets, earplugs and defenders, hazmat suits, high visibility clothing, safety footwear, safety harnesses and RPE (Respiratory Protective Equipment) all reside under the PPE umbrella and prove valuable in more ways than you can imagine.
Essentially all these everyday items exist to protect the user from health and safety risks in the workplace. While all safety measures and precautions are taken to reduce the level of risk to its staff, hazards may still occur: this is where PPE comes into play. This can protect all areas of the body including:
- The head and neck – hard hats to protect from impact
- The eyes – goggles to protect from chemicals, dust and debris
- The feet – slip-resistant, safety shoes to protect from falling materials
- The skin – gloves and coverings to prevent contact with corrosive material
- The lungs – masks to prevent breathing in contaminated air
- The bodysuits to protect from extreme temperatures
- The ears – earplugs or muffs to protect from hearing loss
In the last fifty years, Health and Safety in the workplace has certainly come a long way. The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 was created to ensure employers have a duty of care towards their employees and protect the health, safety and welfare of all those in the workplace. The Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 was created under this Health and Safety at Work Act to ensure that suitable PPE is provided to employees who may be exposed to health and safety risk while at work.
Much like providing a uniform for their workers, employers have a duty to safeguard their staff and provide sufficient PPE in the workplace free of charge if required in their line of work. This doesn’t replace adequate training and on-site procedure however; PPE should run alongside safe working practices.
Let’s be honest, in a clumsy world of slips, trips and falls around every corner, you can’t be too careful. Popping on a pair of gloves, a helmet or some goggles are all second nature, but when it comes to the health and protection of others, we understand at Thomas Stoner Supplies that nothing can be more important. We can offer such protection with our wide range of PPE products, which can be tailored to fit your design needs and even include your company logo. Whatever your style, we guarantee that we can make it a reality.