Personal protective equipment, commonly referred to as "PPE", is equipment worn to minimize exposure to hazards that cause serious workplace illnesses and injuries. When engineering, work practice, and administrative controls are not feasible or do not provide sufficient protection, personal protective equipment must be provided to employees. These injuries and illnesses may result from contact with physical, electrical, chemical, radiological, mechanical, or other workplace hazards. Personal protective equipment may include items such as gloves, safety glasses, shoes/boots, earplugs or muffs, hard hats, respirators, vests, coveralls, and full body suits.
One person a day is electrocuted at work, and though this is a surprising fact to many people, it is also very true. Every employer has a duty to protect their employees in the work environment, and they want to know what can be done to make that happen. This is no easy feat, but if a company follows the seven electrical safety habits below they can greatly reduce the potential for electrocutions (fatalities) at work.
Falls from heights are a serious concern in all industries, but especially in the construction industry. In construction, fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction employees, accounting for 370 of the 991 preventable construction fatalities recorded in 2016. The National Safety Stand-Down raises fall hazard awareness across the country in an effort to stop fall fatalities and injuries among all workers.
"Safety starts with you." "Safety is priority number one." "Be cool and be safe." These slogans and many more have filled safety boards and posters ever since health and safety became something to abide by. Safety truly is something that doesn't happen overnight. At times employers look for a new way of doings things, a change in their safety culture, or to weed out the complacent and habitual "safety anarchist".