Why Is PPE Important?
Why is PPE important?
PPE reduces the risk of injury or harm to users caused by hazards present in the workplace. The HSE website states, on 25th June 2015, that measures to make the workplace safe include the provision of instructions, procedures, training and supervision to encourage people to work safely and responsibly. However, even when these measures have been applied, hazards still remain in the workplace and PPE is ultimately used to minimize the risk of injury. According to the HSE website, risk in the workplace can include injuries to the lungs (from breathing in contaminated air), the head and feet, (from falling materials), the eyes (from flying particles or splashes of corrosive liquids), the skin (from contact with corrosive materials and the body (from extremes of heat or cold). The above examples are outlined on the HSE website but there are many other examples of hazards in the workplace, for example, slipping on a wet floor and cutting your hands on sharp edges.