Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is the last line of defense against workplace hazards but there is no question that the correct and consistent use of PPE in the workplace or at home, will reduce injuries and prevent unnecessary fatalities.
Although hazard controls such as Elimination, Engineering and Administrative options must be considered first, if PPE is deemed the acceptable option to prevent injury it must become habit for all employees and should be reasonably enforced by the employer.
Taking a moment to consider what PPE is necessary before starting any job or task could be the difference between life and death.
Furthermore, wearing PPE correctly the way it was designed to be worn could be the difference between Near Miss and severe injury. Never let simple comfort or style get in the way of donning PPE appropriately or wearing PPE when necessary.
Leaders – Take a moment and ensure your employees are wearing the required PPE the next time you conduct a routine workplace observation. If they are wearing PPE, are they wearing it correctly?
CalOSHA Training Requirement – “Personal Protective Equipment”