A personal protective equipment checklist helps to ensure safety in the workplace. Gain the necessary knowledge to use PPE correctly and avoid accidents, injuries, and lawsuits. Performing a PPE test with Lumiform’s digital formulator makes the worksite a safer place for everyone involved.
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Personal protective equipment (PPE) describes any equipment designed to protect workers from physical hazards in the workplace. The PPE serves as an additional occupational safety device for risk prevention. First and foremost, workplace hazards should always be avoided and proactively minimized.
Here is a brief overview of PPE requirements:
By means of a risk assessment and work safety analysis, safety officers can mitigate the risk of injuries and accidents in the workplace. If defects are found, employees can initiate corrective action immediately. A regular PPE inspection will also reveal frequently occurring defects and identify risks that help when selecting suitable personal protective equipment for each hazardous task.
PSA safety at work helps employees to carry out work processes when risks are absolutely unavoidable. It’s important to choose the right protective equipment and clarify its exact purposes in order to avoid serious accidents, legal disputes, and fines as much as possible. In the following, you will learn which types of PPE there are and which of them are indispensable for your industry:
Head protection is always necessary when massive objects or forces fall on the head or can affect it. For the following work, head protection is of utmost importance:
The body protection is to be divided into hand, foot, and body protection. Hand protection is used if skin burns, cuts, or even serious injuries such as amputations or similar injuries are a possibility on a worksite, for example, during assembly work. Foot protection, such as protective boots or knee pads, is always necessary if heavy objects can fall or roll on the floor or if the floor is not non-slip. Finally, general body protection is necessary when dealing with chemicals, radiation, flames, high temperatures, etc.
Face protection is mainly used to prevent damage to the eyes such as loss of sight when handling chemicals. Protective goggles should always be in perfect condition and cover the entirety of the face.
Hearing protection is also of great importance when handling equipment, for example, during welding work, in order to prevent long-term damage to the eardrum.
Protection of the Respiratory Tract
Respiratory protection, such as a mask, is necessary when handling toxic substances and liquids.
Fall protection is one of the most important types of protective equipment and requires strict control, as falling accidents are among the most frequent workplace accidents. Safety belts and buckles should always be in ideal condition.
Workplace safety should start with a strong assessment of workplace risks. Once the hazards and risks have been accurately identified, a plan to prioritize and reduce the risk of injury can be developed and then presented. Useful tools for conducting an assessment include risk assessment and job safety analysis.
If safety officers discover health risks that could affect employees, then protective measures must be prioritized according to the S-T-O-P principle:
In accordance with the Ordinance on Industrial Safety and Health, PPE may only be used after all alternatives have been examined. Only when the use of other higher-ranking protective measures can be ruled out, should the following PPE categories be reviewed for their necessity within the company.
Despite its obvious importance for occupational safety, devastating accidents at work occur time and again due to unused, incorrect, insufficient, or damaged PPE stock and improper handling. The correct training of employees, as well as the organization of the equipment, is half the battle. So here are the top 3 reasons for the use and obligation to wear safety clothing.
As an employer, you have the responsibility for the well-being of your employees. This includes a number of responsibilities that should never be neglected and always fully documented. You have the following four duties to your employees:
Step 1: Create a free Lumiform account to get started.
Step 2: Download and adapt a template for the PPE checklist.
Step 3: Install the Lumiform app on your smartphone or tablet and perform an inspection.
Step 4: Take photos, perform actions and create reports automatically via the mobile device.
Step 5: Invite teammates, save time, make work places safer and save lives.
Loss of working hours due to sick or injured employees is very expensive. However, with Lumiform's mobile app, every safety officer can easily perform the PPE inspection using a digital form. The desktop software is used to create checklists and evaluate the collected data. This significantly reduces the risk of PPE defects, documentation errors and damage to reputation.
Easy communication with all team members and stakeholders allows significantly more efficient internal processes and faster resolution of incidents. With Lumiform's digital solution, companies can protect their employees and avoid productivity and revenue losses by maintaining full visibility in real-time.
The se of a digital checklist for PPE enables: