When on site it seems as though almost everything that can be worn has a PPE equivalent. In a way that makes sense, about the only garment that does not seem to have an EN rating is boxer shorts.
There are a multitude of reasons why so much of what can be worn is listed as Workwear, but the fact is that when you are at work it makes sense to dress appropriately.
It is even possible to have waterproof socks in case the water level happens to be a fraction too high for your boots.
But is it all really worth it?
Yes, of course it is.
The idea of safety clothing is to keep you protected in the workplace and it helps if what you are wearing is as comfortable as possible. It is true that high-vis clothing may never be seen on the catwalks of Pairs or in London fashion week, although it is not unlikely that at some point some designer will choose to include something one day.
However, until that day arrives it is safe to assume that there will always be a truly practical purpose for the rules and regulations that govern what should be worn in any potentially hazardous environment.
It also saves the wearer from the arduous task of trying to decide what to put on every morning and you can keep your ‘normal’ clothes for when you are at home. In a backwards sort of way it is financially more sensible to have to wear site specific clothing as it tends to be harder wearing than any other clothes.
Some companies even have their logo printed, or embroidered, onto the apparel in order to promote their business and make the wearer feel a part of the ‘family.’
All in all life is just a little bit easier when the effort of getting dressed in the morning is reduced to wondering whether or not to wear a waterproof.
That said we are in the UK . . .PPE
So you get to the site and put on your high-vis jacket as per regulations, pull your toe-‘tectors on and you are ready for another day on site.
But are you really defending yourself against all possibilities?
Despite all of the HSE regulations about PPE the only real way to be absolutely safe on site is to never leave the office. There is a problem with that idea though; the boss is unlikely to pay you to sit around while there is work to be done.
In some situations hard hats are not deemed to be a necessity but there are jobs that will require hearing protection. Sure, you can purchase a helmet with ear defenders pre-installed but as noted above you do not always need to be wearing a helmet and as such a good pair of ear defenders are worth the money.
The great thing about ear defenders is that they are so much more affordable than a pair of headphones to listen to music. The problem that could potentially arise is when do you know you have gone a bit too far to protect your hearing?
A pair of ear defenders will obviously provide a great deal more protection throughout the working day from noisy machinery, as will a pair of disposable earplugs, but if using either is adequate then why not combine their abilities to further protect your hearing?
The answer to that is one of common sense.
Yes, you will shut out virtually all noise but in doing so you may very well be putting yourself at risk of being unable to hear verbal warnings, or even the approach of a vehicle.
Protecting your hearing is important but not at the cost of creating the increased chance of an accident because you are unable to hear it coming.PPE
Personal protective equipment is a very important thing to have on any job. If you do not have this kind of equipment, you could find that there is a huge difference between life and death in the instance of one small accident. It is the kind of gear that is mostly seen on construction sites or places where workers are near the road, but it is also important to have in other industries as well.
Workers may not see the importance of having this gear, but it is something that is needed on the job site to run a good company.
While you may think it is easier to do your job without all of the bulky gear on, that gear can and will often save your life. For instance, if you work construction near a road side, you will want to have the best personal protective equipment to keep you visible to the drivers that are using the road, in order to keep you from getting hit.PPE