Choosing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

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Information about Choosing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
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Published on September 28, 2013

Author: detaildevils



This presentation informs you about the basics of personal protective equipment: why it's important, the different types of PPE, definitions you might need to know, and more.

1 Using Personal Protective Equipment The basics of PPE and why it’s used. © Copyright 2013 The Detail Devils ®

© Copyright 2013 The Detail Devils ®  Personal protective equipment (PPE) refers to protective attire, helmets, goggles, or other equipment intended to protect the wearer's body from harm. The hazards addressed by PPE include heat, physical, chemical, electrical, and airborne particles.  The purpose of PPE is to minimise worker exposure to hazards when working and executive controls are not practicable or effective enough to reduce these risks to appropriate levels.

© Copyright 2013 The Detail Devils ®  Hearing protection - This type of protection must be worn by workers who are likely to be exposed to potential noise hazard areas.  Head protection - a safety helmet must be worn where a person may be struck on the head by a falling object, strike his/her head against a fixed object or inadvertently come into contact with electrical hazards.  Eye protection: - Typical hazards might include flying particles, dust, splashing substances, harmful gases, vapours, aerosols, and high intensity radiation from welding operations, lasers, trans-illuminators and strong heat sources.

© Copyright 2013 The Detail Devils ®  Foot protection - Footwear should provide adequate protection from injury and comfortable support for the feet.  Hand and arm protection – Hand and arm protection may be required while handling abrasive, sharp or pointed objects or while working with vibrating equipment, such as pneumatic drills.  Body protection - Body protection may include, overalls, aprons, coveralls, life jackets, harnesses and back supports.

© Copyright 2013 The Detail Devils ®  Skin protection- Workers who are required to work outdoors in areas where there are insects should be provided with an adequate supply of insect repellent.  Workers who are required to work outdoors and are subjected to the sun's rays should also wear skin protection to reduce exposure to UVR.  Respiratory protection –This type of PPE is worn when harmful dust, fumes or vapours are present in the workplace.

© Copyright 2013 The Detail Devils ®  Hearing protection – mainly relating to earplugs (which are inserted into the ear canal), ear muffs/defenders and semi-inserts which cover the entrance to the ear canal.  Head protection - includes industrial scalp protectors, which are designed to protect from knocking against stationary objects, caps/hair nets and industrial safety helmets, which are primarily designed to protect against materials falling from a height.

© Copyright 2013 The Detail Devils ®  Eye protection – predominately eye shields, safety spectacles, safety goggles and face shields.  Foot protection – including anti-static and conductive footwear, safety boots or shoes and Wellington boots, all of which can be supplied with steel toe-caps.  Hand and arm protection - includes wrist cuffs and armlets, gloves, gauntlets and barrier cream.

© Copyright 2013 The Detail Devils ®  Body protection - includes, overalls, aprons, coveralls, life jackets, harnesses, body armour and back supports.  Skin protection –including hats, sunburn cream, long sleeved clothes.  Respiratory protection - There are primarily 2 types of Respiratory PPE. They are respirators that supply clean air (such as airline respirators and self-contained breathing apparatus) and respirators that filter contaminated air (such as dust masks, gas filters and particle filters).

© Copyright 2013 The Detail Devils ®  When choosing the appropriate PPE for the job the selection process must include consulation with users and consider these: • compatibility of PPE items where more multiple types of PPE are needed (for example a hard had with ear muffs) • preference for PPE that complies with the relevant Australian Standard or equal standard. • conference with the supplier to ensure PPE is appropriate for the work and workplace conditions • a detailed evaluation of the risk and performance requirements for the PPE

Questions? Call The Detail Devils 1300 768 019 © Copyright 2013 The Detail Devils ®

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