Safety supplies help prevent accidents by protecting workers from jobsite hazards.
Safety suppliesÂ play an integral part in providing protection for workers on the jobsite. They make people more visible to onsite equipment operators, they protect their bodies from falling or flying objects and they can even prevent burns.
However, without proper employee training or a health, safety and environmental (HSE) policy, the various types of personal protection equipment (PPE) might not always be used correctly or in the right conditions.
1. Choose the Right Safety Equipment
When selecting safety equipment, youâ€™ll need to determine what the jobsite requirements are and then find suitable PPE that provides the right level of protection. You should also consider how much training and maintenance is required to keep the equipment in good working condition.
When appropriate, PPE should also meet the regulatory guidelines of safety organizations such as:
- CSA (Canadian Standards Association)
- ASTM International (American Society for Testing and Materials)
- UL (Underwriterâ€™s Laboratories)
In some instances, itâ€™s preferable to allow employees to select their own equipment (so long as itâ€™s safety compliant), to ensure it fits them properly. Companies like JET Uniform & Supply can outfit new hires with appropriate uniforms and equipment from a pre-selected list.
If multiple pieces of PPE are required, they should be fitted together to ensure they provide a combination of comfort and overall protection.
2. Training for Safety Success
The most common forms ofÂ safety suppliesÂ in industrial workplaces include:
- Hard hats and other headwear
- Goggles and safety glasses
- Hard-toed boots and safety footwear
- Hearing protection
- High-visibility vests and clothing
- Industrial coveralls and protective clothing
It would be easy to assume that every worker who sets foot on a worksite already knows how to use PPE. However, just because someone knows how to put on a hard hat doesnâ€™t necessarily mean they know when and where theyâ€™re required to wear it.
Training is essential to ensure that equipment is used properly to provide as much protection as possible. This includes going over the basics, such as:
- How to use equipment properly
- How to fit and remove it
- Why the equipment is necessary
- When and where they should use it
- What are the equipmentâ€™s limits
If a worker gains just one more insight from this type of training, it could prevent an accident.
3. No Job Too Small
On smaller or more routine jobs, it can be easy for workers to forget or become complacent towards PPE. Itâ€™s essential to stress that whenever PPE is required, it must be worn at all times.
Itâ€™s the employerâ€™s legal responsibility to provide adequate safety protection and training for all employees. They should also monitor the workplace to ensure this equipment is being used properly, and take necessary action to reinforce the message if itâ€™s not.
For an example of how PPE can make a difference, read:Â Personal Protective Equipmentâ€“Hard Hats Saves Lives.
Looking for PPE thatâ€™ll provide your work crews with the best protection? With an array of headwear, boots, uniforms and eye and ear protection, JET Uniform & Supply is your one-stop shop forÂ safety supplies. Call us to learn how we can tailor a PPE program to suit your companyâ€™s needs.