No matter how careful and safety minded your warehouse is, an accident is eventually going to happen. Wearing the proper personal protective equipment, or PPE, can greatly reduce the risk of injury when an accident does occur. PPE can provide protection for a variety of threats, including fire protection. Neglecting to wear personal protective equipment while working in a warehouse can lead to injuries that could have potentially been avoided.
In this week’s warehouse safety video, we discuss some of the most common types of personal protective equipment in the workplace and how to use maximize their effectiveness. Check it out, and you just might learn something neat about warehouse safety!
Congrats on becoming more educated on personal protective equipment. Now that you’re informed on the subject of personal protective equipment, you can share the knowledge with your all employees at your warehouse. Before you go, take your warehouse safety awareness to the next level by checking out the other safety products Premier Handling Solutions offers including guard rails, Anti-fatigue floor mats, LOOK OUT Products, and more!
Warehouse Personal Protective Equipment Video Transcript
Ow. Ow. Ow.
What’s the matter with you?
I just got back from a terrible day at work. A brick fell onto my head, I got sprayed in the eyes by paint thinner, and then I almost passed out from inhaling dangerous fumes!
Sounds like a rough day. But don’t you know about personal protective equipment? You know, hard hats, eye protection, gloves.
…You lost me.
Ok, time for a personal protective equipment crash course. You’d better listen up as I go through each piece of equipment. They could save your life someday. First, is head protection. Hard hats are one of the most common forms of PPE, and are also one of the most effective. Hard hats protect against impact trauma as well as impalements. To ensure that you are protected, make sure your hard hat fits correctly and do not try to modify it in any way.
Next up is eye protection. Hard hats can only protect so much of your head, and eyes are extremely sensitive to injury so it is important to protect them. Depending on the operation, anything from regular glasses to goggles or full face shields may be required. Activities like welding, wood-working, high pressure spraying, handling chemicals, and any activity where particles have the potential to be propelled indeterminately require the most severe eye protection.
In the presence of toxic airborne substances, the use of respiratory protection is necessary. Respiratory threats are especially dangerous because you often cannot see, hear or smell the threat before the damage is done. Dust, machine exhaust, paint fumes and pesticides are among the most common things that respiratory protection like gas masks are designed to guard against.
The most common injuries in a warehouse occur to appendages, which is why hand and foot protective equipment is absolutely vital. Always use gloves when handling hazards like electrified wire, hot materials, or dangerous chemicals. Always use proper footwear anywhere that slips or trips could occur. Be sure to wear both hand protection and safe footwear when working in an environment that presents risk of impact or puncture injury.
Wow. Thanks! I never knew how important personal protective equipment was. I just wish you could have told me all this before today! I’ll be recovering from the pain for weeks.
You are welcome. I have full confidence that you won’t be the victim of any more accidents in the workplace now that you will be using personal protective equipment. Good luck out there!