Companies can have safety policies and procedures to wear personal protective equipment. The important part is that you are responsible to take the initiative to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and to wear it correctly. PPE is designed to help reduce the chance of injury or a hazard.
In the welding industry, we try to eliminate hazards or injuries before the day starts by taking each project and dissecting it step-by-step to prepare for any obstacles that we might face. When the work starts, it is everybody’s responsibility to have a safe approach to each task they work on. This still does not eliminate all chances of injury, but that is why we wear PPE to help with any unforeseen hazard that occurs while the work is being performed. There are different types of PPE that are required or recommended depending on the type of work being done..
One required PPE might be eye protection. When working around anything that could cause injury to the eyes, you should always wear protection that is made for the environment you are working in. Different types of eye protection are engineered to protect your eyes from flying debris, chemicals, ultraviolet light, and heat. Having flying debris get into the eye and causing a cut or damage to the eye is very painful and can lead to permanent vision loss. Always take the extra step and wear proper safety equipment to protect your vision. Safety glasses, safety goggles, welding helmets, and face shields are all commonly used forms of eye protection.
There are a large variety of tools and equipment that can damage your hearing if the proper ear protection is not being used. Whenever you are around any tools or equipment that produce noise at 85 decibels or higher, you should wear the correct PPE to help lower the decibels to a safe level. Earmuffs, disposable earplugs, and reusable earplugs are commonly used forms of ear protection; however, the best ear protection would be custom-fitted hearing protection that is molded to fit your ear canal perfectly. Getting custom-fitted hearing protection is worth the time and money.
There are times when the environment that you are working in has vapors, gases, fumes, or smoke that can cause damage to your lungs. In most circumstances when you are in this type of environment, there will be a notification that you are required to have respirators that are engineered for that type of work environment. Being around welding fumes, it is highly recommended to have good ventilation. If you are the one welding it is better to have clean ventilation or a respirator that is designed for you to wear while you are welding.
It is good to build a good habit of wearing the right skin protection. Some examples of skin protection are gloves, a hard hat, boots, work shirt, and work pants.
Wearing the right clothing for the job site will help prevent injuries . Wearing gloves will help prevent deep cuts that you can get from grabbing sharp metal or slivers from handling wood.. Another very important thing to wear is a hard hat when there can be a chance of something falling and causing a blow to the head.
People that have experienced an injury that could have been prevented by wearing the correct PPE regretted that they didn’t take just a little bit more time to put on the right protection. Your life is something worth taking the extra step for. Build strong habits that involve you wearing PPE. If you don’t have the protection you need, it is good to spend the money and get the products you need to be safe. At Epic Blue Fabrication we strongly believe in wearing the right PPE when working on our job sites.
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