Personal Protective Equipment for Safety of Employees...

Personal Protective Equipment for Safety of Employees Personal protective equipment (PPE) is the equipment or a device which is intended to be worn or otherwise used by an employee at work and which protects the employee against one or more risks arising from the operation to the employee’s safety or health. It includes any addition or accessory to the equipment designed to meet a similar objective. It protects the employee from hazards and any harmful conditions (existing and potential) which may result in injury, illness, or possibly fatal injury. PPE can be an item worn on the body, such as gloves, or a device, such as a protective shield or barrier. Besides face shields, safety glasses, helmets, and safety shoes, personal protective equipment also includes a variety of devices and garments such as goggles, coveralls, gloves, vests, earplugs, and respirators. Examples of some of the personal protective equipments are given in Fig 1. Fig 1 Examples of personal protective equipments PPE is an important means of preventing work injuries. Ideally, the best approach is to maintain a safe work environment and eliminate any potential hazards. PPE is only to be relied upon as a last line of defense in places where it is not practicable to control the hazards at source. PPE is designed to protect the employee from serious workplace injuries or illnesses resulting from contact with chemical, radiological, physical, electrical, mechanical, or other workplace hazards. It is one of the ways to protect employees. However, it does not eliminate or reduce the hazard. It only places a barrier between the employee and the hazard. If the PPE fails or is not used, then the employee is not protected from the hazard. The use of PPE generally implies working in a potentially hazardous...