PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE)
Personal protective equipment (PPE) refers to protective clothing, helmets, goggles, or other garment or equipment designed to protect the wearer’s body from injury by blunt impacts, electrical hazards, heat, chemicals, and infection, for job-related occupational safety and health purposes, and in sports, martial arts, combat, etc. It is a last resort protection system, to be used when substitution or engineering controls are not feasible. It should be understood that PPE does not reduce or eliminate the hazard. It only protects the wearer and does nothing for anybody else in the area or for any equipment exposed to the chemical.
PPE includes gloves, respiratory protection, eye protection, and protective clothing. The need for PPE is dependent upon the type of operations and the nature and quantity of the materials in use, and must be assessed on a case by case basis. Workers who rely on PPE must understand the function, proper use, and limitations of the PPE used.
Some of the PPE and safety gadgets as well as their uses can be seen below;
SAFETY BOOT; this is a protective gadgets for the feet. It is worn to prevent any harmful injuries that may affect the feet as well as the underneath of the feet
SAFETY EYE GLASSES; This is a protective eye devices that is used to prevent tiny particles from causing any harm to the eyes.
LIFE JACKET; this is a protective clothing device used for the prevention of harmful chemical substances from coming in contact with the skin or body.
FIRE EXTINQUISHER; this is a personal protective device used against the outbreak of disaster associated with fire.
SAFETY GLOOVES; this is protective glove for the covering of the hand against all hazardous or harmful substances on the hand.
SAFETY HAT; this is protective covering for the head against injuries and hard equipment from damaging the head skull.
AIR PURIFYING RESPIRATOR; this is a respirator that purifies the air incase it has been contaminated. Respirators such as “gas mask” and particulate
respirator filter chemicals and gases or airborne particles