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.
The danger of hand and power tools is evident in the 400,000 emergency room visits they account for each year, but many of those emergency room visits are caused by misusing tools and not working safely. When used correctly and with the proper safety measures, you can significantly reduce the chances of an accident.
Some of the most dangerous situations arise out of common mistakes that can be easily avoided. Today we will focus on some of the more common (and commonly overlooked) safety issues that should be prevented to help improve safety performance.
Not everyone knows what Bloodborne Pathogens are, or that they can change our lives tremendously if we don't take the preventative measures to protect ourselves from them. So what exactly are Bloodborne Pathogens? BBPs are infectious microorganisms in human blood that can cause disease in humans. Some examples of some BBPs are HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, West Nile Virus, Malaria, and Ebola.