22 Jun Why Is It Important To Wear PPE In The Workplace
If you are on a construction site or similar, it is always important to wear PPE (personal protective equipment) and this can range from a lot of things, wearing workwear supplies like a hard hat to even shoes with steel caps. Unlike a typical office space, a construction site, or similar, like a warehouse, will have a lot more hazards and you need to protect yourself to ensure you don’t get injured.
If you work on a site that requires PPE, you probably already know why you need to wear the appropriate gear, and how to wear it properly. But it is important that if you need a refresher or if you are heading to a site just for one day, that you know all the reasons why it is important to wear PPE in the workplace.
So, have a read on below at all the reasons why it is important to wear PPE in the workplace:
Helps Prevent Long Term Health Issues
While you may be aware that PPE protects against those immediate dangers, but it can also help prevent long-term health issues, like respiratory issues or even something more serious. Sometimes you could be exposed to chemicals or asbestos, or other dangerous things while working.
You can’t see the immediate damage to your body if you aren’t wearing PPE, but there could definitely be issues that present themselves in the long run. Something as simple as wearing a mask (and wearing it correctly) as well as gloves and protective eyewear will help prevent long-term health issues, from dangers that you can and can’t see.
Better Quality Work Day
Having PPE may actually result in you having a better quality workday. Your work can be quite demanding on your body, so having PPE can support your body better and help make the quality of your day, as well as your work better. For example, having quality work boots are essential, especially if you are staying on your feet all day.
When working in a physically demanding job, it is even more important that you look after your body, because if you become injured you may need to take time off work, and if you are casual or paid by the job/hour, not working could mean you lose your income. This is why it is important to be educated on the best PPE, and always wear the items correctly.
Not Liable For Your Injuries
Every workplace should have insurance for workplace accidents that results in injury. As was touched on above, if you injure yourself at work and you can’t work for an extended period of time, you may lose your only income stream, which will cause a lot of financial stress to you and your family.
If you need that income stream, you may have to engage a lawyer to help you get workplace compensation. But if you weren’t wearing any PPE or not wearing it properly, then it makes it a lot more difficult for you to get the compensation you need while you recover from your injuries.
Protect The Only Body You Have
You only have one body, and it is important to protect it from the obvious injuries that could happen in the workplace. If you are using an electric saw, make sure you first know how to operate it properly, but you should also be wearing PPE like protective eyewear and more.
Your eyes are one of the most important parts of your body to protect, and at any given time there could be many pieces of material and whatnot flying around. It is so easy to protect your eyes by wearing glasses; you should be at all times.