Going to the store and just buying a bunch of protective gear for your workers is not an ideal situation and you should always know what to look for. First assess your business and the dangers that are looming about, before you decide to invest in them.
It is hard to pin the exact hazards in your area or work and it is therefore important that you know exactly what could go wrong and if possible you should try and know all the grey areas and those that dangerous to work in unprotected.
The risks that are found in the working area are at times not so open to detect if you do not know what you are looking for and it is thus important for you to find someone who knows what they are looking for or just do it yourself if you know what to look for –this is cheaper since you will not have to pay anyone. The process of assessing your place of work for PPE can be done by following the steps provided below:
- Observation and Inspection of the Facility
The very first thing you need to do is to move around the workplace to observe and inspect the equipment used and decide what should be done. The risks that could befall your employees could range from compression from forklifts, penetration from some pointed objects, exposure to excess heat, chemical spilling and inhalation of dust. Once you have noted the dangers that could happen in the case there is no PPE and what would cause them, you should make a comprehensive report and place it on the notice board or just email all the employees under your care. You should always carry out these inspections in a given time intervals to ensure that your report is always up to date. This is important especially in an age like this where technology is changing at a very rapid rate.
- Risks Evaluations
Once you have made your report on the possible risks to occur in case of negligence and lack of wearing the necessary PPE, it is time to evaluate the risks and what could be causing them. There are numerous types of risks that can occur in a factory and they could be caused by either things such as dust, work that exposes one to excessive light or friction, pointed objects, objects that may fall, electrical installations, Sources with excess heat and finally chemicals in stores that might be hazardous when inhaled or touched. Now focus on one at a time and try to estimate when, if the risk is to occur and what might trigger it.
- PPE Buying and Implementation
After you have detected the problems and their sources, you now have ideas on what to do in order to try and prevent them from occurring. If the risks and dangers are things that can be corrected and prevented from happening, then you should make sure that they are permanently fixed to make the workplace safe even without any PPE. Then after that, focus on the other problems and the personal protective equipment such as gas masks for dusty places and gloves and hazardous suits when handling chemicals. Now you can purchase the exact protective equipment that is needed for the job and be certain that they will help.
When shopping for PPE, you should always put the value and quality of the equipment over the cost, never let yourself be swayed to purchase something just because it is cheaper. When it comes to safety, quality equipment is cheaper in the long run.