PPE

Taking Proper Care of Hard Hats

Hard hats are a common sight on many worksites. Depending on their industrial class, hard hats can protect against impact and penetration caused by falling objects, and against high-voltage shock and burn. But the continued strength and lifespan of a hard hat depend on proper maintenance. This is why it’s important to train employees in the correct way to care for PPE.

Winter PPE Essentials

When working outdoors, especially in extreme temperatures, personal protective equipment must defend employees against the weather in addition to the risks associated with the job. For most PPE this means added insulation, cold resistance and other enhanced features.

Protecting Workers from Bloodborne Pathogens

Bloodborne pathogens are infectious microorganisms in human blood that include, but are not limited to, hepatitis B, hepatitis C and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). They can infect a healthy body through contact with blood and other body fluids, secretions and excretions (except sweat) that contain infectious agents.

The Plan, Provide and Train Approach to Fall Prevention

In many occupations, working at heights is a significant and unavoidable part of the job. Although there are rules and safety regulations to prevent falls, every year many workers die or are injured after falling from ladders, scaffolds or other elevated areas.

Safety Guidelines for Working With Aerial Lifts

Aerial lifts are used by various industries from construction to entertainment and can be divided into four categories: manually-propelled, self-propelled (e.g., scissor lift), boom-supported (e.g., with a telescopic or joined boom), and vehicle-mounted. Often, aerial lifts are operated by workers who are not trained properly, use old or faulty equipment, or don’t wear fall arrest systems.

Strategies for Workplace Noise Protection

Modern life is far from peaceful and quiet. Continuous exposure to sound levels above 85 decibels (dB) are harmful and not many people realize how many everyday sounds are louder than the recommended exposure limit—including lawnmowers, power tools, garbage disposals, blenders and food processors.

4 Issues That Impede Foot Safety

A heavy object falling from a height, rolling, or penetrating the worker’s shoe, a slip while carrying a piece of equipment, or a chemical hazard present in the workplace—these can all result in a foot injury that can hurt an employee’s career and determine the long-term direction of their lives.