Much goes into choosing personal safety equipment that properly meets your company’s safety requirements. While there are many variable factors to consider in the buying process, there are also a handful of key common denominators that reach across the spectrum. These specific areas will help to streamline selecting these items, especially if you’re buying them for the first time. Try asking yourself the following questions:
What kinds of potential hazards are present?
Even the best quality equipment is ineffective if it’s not used for the correct function. Identify what the potential hazards are for your workers in their daily tasks that could pose a risk for illness or injury, and learn why they are a safety hazard. Loud noises, mechanical parts, physical dangers, or chemical exposure are some examples. Once they’re identified, searching for the right equipment becomes much easier. Identifying potential hazards from prolonged mechanical tool use, for example, may require protective equipment for the ears and eyes such as earmuffs and safety goggles.
Does the equipment fit?
Making sure the personal protective equipment properly fits your workers can make the difference between going home safety and dealing with great loss. Before doing anything with the equipment, check to ensure a comfortable fit to increase the likelihood of the worker putting it on. Also, OSHA requires companies to implement training for workers that will teach them how to wear, adjust, and use the equipment to help keep them safe while they’re on the job.
What can the personal safety equipment do?
It’s advisable for the training program to inform workers what the equipment does to protect them from the hazard it’s designed for to maximize its potential and to know the limitations. This information is essential for the worker to perform their job safely when potential hazards are present.
How long will they last?
Indeed, the limitations of the equipment are affected by the quality of care that takes place in its maintenance. Therefore, it is prudent for the employer to teach each worker how to properly care for the equipment, the life of its use, and the protocol for disposing it at the right time and circumstance. This will in turn relay to the equipment buying process again and continue the cycle. The training program should also be monitored periodically to see if training is being regularly implemented by company workers in their daily activities and monitor the effectiveness of the equipment.
While there are many fine details when purchasing personal safety equipment, these questions help touch on the key basics. Clean Coast Supply is committed to providing quality products you can rely on. Contact us today for more information!