Boosting Workplace Compliance with Personal Protective Equipment Communication
What is PPE?
Personal protective equipment (PPE) protects employees from potential workplace hazards. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), PPE can reduce the risk of injuries by 90 percent. Proper fitting PPE can reduce exposure to hazardous substances and objects. Workplaces must provide employees with the appropriate clothing and equipment to protect them from the risk of injury.
Examples of Personal Protective Equipment
Commonly used PPE includes gloves, eye and face protection, hearing protection, and respiratory protection. Each type of PPE is designed to protect workers from specific hazards. For example, gloves protect hands from contact with sharp objects or chemicals, while face shields protect the face from flying debris or liquids.
Why is it important?
Noncompliance with PPE guidelines can result in a series of negative consequences. Avoid fatal injuries and exposure to hazardous materials by simply wearing proper protection and using safety equipment. Noncompliance with PPE guidelines can result in costly citations and fines for employers.
It is also essential that employees are adequately trained on how to use specific equipment. If not used properly, it can create new hazards. For example, suppose an employee is not sufficiently prepared to use a respirator. In that case, they may wear it incorrectly and end up inhaling more airborne contaminants than if they were wearing it properly. Improper PPE use can also lead to other injuries, such as slips, trips, and falls. Employees who do not comply with PPE requirements are putting themselves and their co-workers at risk.
Improving Company Culture with Proper Training
Employers play a vital role in protecting their employees by providing them with the proper training to use PPE safely.
- A culture that values safety will go a long way in promoting effective compliance.
- Employees who feel valued for safety are more likely to comply with a productive attitude.
- Appropriately trained employees on how to use PPE are less likely to experience injuries.
Encourage employees to ask questions by creating a safe and comfortable work environment. Being able to value their feedback will ensure that all employees are productive and happy within the workplace. In addition, holding frequent training sessions will allow consistent communication between the employer and employees. Reduce the number of workplace fatalities by creating an open and safe culture.
At EMR Safety and Health, we are dedicated to equipping employers with the knowledge they need to teach PPE compliance within the workplace effectively. If you are interested in learning more, call us at 972-235-8330. Also to learn more about EMR Safety and Health, visit our website at www.emrsafetyandhealth.com.