Why do we use PPE?

Q: I’m a construction worker and I need to buy some PPE items for my work I’d like to know why do we use PPE

–  Rajesh k

A: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is used in various work environments to protect workers from hazards that could cause injury or illness. Here are some reasons why we use PPE:

  1. Protection from Hazards: PPE is designed to provide a barrier between the worker and the hazards in the workplace. Depending on the specific type of PPE, it can protect against physical, chemical, biological, radiological, or environmental hazards.
  2. Prevention of Illness and Injury: By protecting workers from hazards, PPE helps to prevent a range of potential health outcomes, including acute injuries (like cuts or burns), chronic conditions (like hearing loss or lung disease), or infectious diseases.
  3. Regulatory Compliance: Many jurisdictions have legal requirements for the use of PPE in certain situations. Employers have a responsibility to provide suitable PPE and ensure that workers are trained on how to use it properly.
  4. Last Line of Defense: While it’s preferable to eliminate hazards or control them at their source, this is not always possible or sufficient. In such cases, PPE serves as the last line of defense to protect workers.
  5. Public Health Protection: In healthcare settings and during public health emergencies, PPE can also protect patients and the public by preventing the spread of infectious diseases.

While PPE is a crucial component of workplace safety, it’s important to remember that it should be part of a comprehensive approach to hazard control that also includes efforts to eliminate hazards, engineering controls (like ventilation or machine guards), and administrative controls (like job rotation or safety procedures).

Have a question about personal safety equipment, work clothes, PPE industry? Anbu Safety writer Arlen Wang will find answers to the queries. to submit a question send an email to: info@anbusafety.com

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