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Safety Equipment

Written by Nicholas Kamuda
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Having the proper safety equipment in the workplace is the first step to insuring a healthy, productive work environment. It is also important, however, to make sure that everyone is aware of the potential dangers of the workplace, and that they are fully trained in proper safety equipment use. Of the hundreds of thousands of job related injuries every year, many result from improper use of safety equipment.

The main two types of safety equipment are preventative equipment and treatment/ containment equipment. Preventative equipment, also generally referred to as PPE, for Personal Protection Equipment, includes safety equipment such as goggles, earplugs, and gloves. Employers are usually required by law to provide employees with applicable PPE in any hazardous workplace environment.

Treatment equipment such as first aid kits, and spill kits are just as important. In the event of an emergency, having eyewash stations, emergency showers, and first aid immediately adjacent to the site of the accident can save time, prevent serious damage, and save money by limiting the effects of an accident on productivity. OSHA has published standards recommending guidelines for the best places to install permanent and semi-permanent safety equipment.

Properly Using Safety Equipment

With all of the different variations of equipment currently on the market, knowing the proper use safety applications of a particular type of PPE can be difficult. Many retail vendors of safety equipment, especially online suppliers, often offer live chat and telephone support to answer questions and concerns. Material Safety Data Sheets, ANSI standards, and product comparison charts are also available online to help you decide what products are right for you.


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