Personal protection equipment, or PPE, is a must at any job. It seems like it should go without saying that a construction zone requires a helmet and that medical professionals need gloves, but a surprising number of people don’t think about it until it’s too late. Don’t underestimate the importance of PPE. You aren’t only protecting yourself, you are protecting everyone around you.
When Do I Need to Use PPE?
Anytime that you are in a potentially hazardous situation, personal protection equipment is required. This includes, but is certainly not limited to:
-Gloves and aprons: These are for people who work in the hospitality, restaurant and medical professions. Proper hand-washing and disposable gloves protect you and others from germs and other potential nastiness.
-Helmets: Construction workers, physical laborers and professional athletes need to have a protective head covering in their work zones. This avoids brain damage and even death.
-Footwear: This is not specific to any one profession; everybody who works needs to have appropriate footwear. Boots might be needed for heavy-duty jobs, but comfortable walking shoes might work in a more relaxed environment. Whatever the case, be sure that the toes and heels are covered to prevent accidents and injuries.
If you’re unsure if a situation calls for PPE, ask your supervisor. It’s better to be on the safe side and be over-ready than the alternative. Keep yourself smart and safe at your place of business, no matter where that is.