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Types of PPE

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Types of PPE

  2. 2. Personal protective equipment (PPE), such as safety helmets, gloves, safety glasses, goggles, high-visibility clothing, safety footwear and safety harnesses, is designed as a prevention for work injuries. As an important means of protection against health and safety risks at work, it is crucial to choose equipment that are effective and reliable and thereafter ensuring that they are being properly used and maintained. Below are the different categories of PPE, each with specific protective attributes, worn to ensure the greatest possible protection for employees in the workplace. Image by CEphoto, Uwe Aranas via Wikimedia Commons
  3. 3. SKIN PROTECTION The second most common type of occupational disease, skin diseases are caused by skin hazards, which include chemical, biological and physical agents, as well as mechanical trauma. Skin protection is used as a barrier between the skin and harmful substances, for instance, gloves, coveralls, laboratory coats, surgical gowns, full body suits and face shields. Image by ‫آرمین‬via Wikimedia Commons
  4. 4. RESPIRATORS Serve to preserve the health of one’s respiratory tract and to protect against adverse health effects caused by breathing contaminated air, respirators are divided into two main types: Air- Purifying Respirators (APRs) and Supplied-Air Respirators (SARs). APRs remove contaminants in the air by filtering out particulates whereas the SARs supply clean respirable air from a compressed air tank or through an airline. Image by John Dimos and Paul SattiAlkivar via Wikimedia Commons
  5. 5. EYE PROTECTION Safety spectacles, laser safety goggles, goggles and welding shields are some common examples of eye protection. All of these PPE should have the ability to protect against eye and face hazards, such as flying particles and harmful light radiation and they should fit properly as well as provide unrestricted vision and movement. Image by Marjory Collins via Wikimedia Commons
  6. 6. HEARING PROTECTION Often overlooked as an occupational hazard, excessive, potentially damaging high industrial noise levels can result in irreversible hearing loss or impairment. Single-use earplugs, pre-formed or molded earplugs and earmuffs are hearing protectors worn so as to reduce one’s noise exposure to within the acceptable limits. Image by Emrys2 via Wikimedia Commons
  7. 7. HEAD PROTECTION Protective helmets or hard hats are worn in order to prevent potential head injuries. They are designed in such a way that they are able to absorb the shock of a blow and resist penetration by objects. These protective headgears are also water- resistant and slow burning. Image by Photographer's Mate Third Class Jayme Pastoric, United States Navy via Wikimedia Commons