Personal Protective Equipment(PPE)
Why use PPE?
Taking into account the type of hazards that may be come across; PPE is there to make working conditions safe.It is there to protect employees from hazards and the risks; it basically creates a barrier against workplace hazards and risks.
Personal protective equipment must be:
- provided free of charge by the employer;
- used where prescribed;
Determining the type of PPE that should be used:
Every employer and every user of machinery shall make an evaluation of the risk attached to any condition or situation which may arise from the activities of such employer or user, as the case may be, and to which persons at a workplace or in the course of their employment or in connection with the use of machinery are exposed, and he shall take such steps as may under the circumstances be necessary to make such condition or situation safe.
The employer must provide the equipment and clothing to:
- prevent bodily injury;
- protect a person against harm;
- protect a person against falling;
- protect against slipping, unsafe entry, or unsafe condition;
- protect the respiratory system and persons against absorption of any kind;
- provide suitable insulation, (or any other equipment that may be required) to render a situation safe.
Typical protective equipment includes:
- Eye/face protection
- Protective clothing
- Head protection
- Falling arrestment equipment, etc.
Other prescriptions relating to protective equipment:
- Employees may not remove it from the premises
- Appropriate signs must be affixed in areas where it is required or prescribed
- The wearing of it must be enforced form the employer’s side
- AISJ has the responsibility of ensuring that all service providers and contractors comply.
- There may be specific requirements for PPE to be worn in some areas at AISJ, e.g. eye protection in science labs.