Construction jobs involve vigorous activities. These activities can lead to either injuries or accidents. The safety of everyone working on a construction site is paramount. This is not only to ensure the continuity of the project but also for the personal welfare and safety of every individual. This is why safety training are vital to the sustainability of a construction project.
Ultimately, the safety of everyone, including the non-construction workers on a site, is the primary priority. The use of personal protective equipment is meant to cushion construction workers from any injuries or fatalities. You should make sure, as a site manager or employer, that everyone has their PPE at all times, irrespective of whether they are working at that moment or not – so long as they are on the site.
To get you started, here are some PPEs that workers are required to have.
1. Head protection
This includes helmets and hard hats. In a construction site, the chance of falling debris is a huge possibility. In any case, these debris land on the head of a worker can lead to immense head injuries and can even cause fatalities. This is why construction workers should have their headgear on. In the case where they fall, slip or trip, it will not damage their heads.
You should enforce the use of this PPE at all times by ensuring that all site workers that enter maintain their full headgear, including helmets and hard hats at all times.
The feet are also essential body parts to protect. All of the personnel on the construction site should wear footgear at all times. Sometimes the nature of work may put you in danger when you fail to use proper footgear. For instance, you can easily get electrocuted when you step on a live wire without the right foot protection. This is why it makes a lot of sense to wear sturdy boots that can guard your feet.
3. Reflective vests
Having moving objects are part of any construction site. These include forklifts and other site machinery. Some of these locomotive’s injuries caused can lead to severe damage and even fatality, in rare cases. Most of the injuries and fatalities that occur as a result of moving objects are a result of poor sight from the people operating the machines. Wearing reflective vests can help to solve this problem by ensuring that workers are always visible, even from a distance.
4. Eye and face gear
This includes safety goggles, which help to protect the eyes from any possible splashes and injury. Some projectiles and debris may affect the eyes without the right gear to guard them. The eye gear that you purchase should meet these safety standards.
5. Hand protection
Gloves are imperative to ensure that workers don’t get bruises on their hands. There are a lot of coarse and sharp materials on a construction site, and their improper handling could lead to injuries. Taking note that sometimes toxic substance could appear in the course of work, making hand protection an essential part as well.
6. Hearing gear
These are important to protect the ear from noise pollution, which may cause distraction or even deafness. Such include earplugs and muffs. They should also meet the ISO international standards that have been set.