Health and Safety Series: Personal Protective Equipment for FENSA Fitters

25 Apr

You may be surprised to hear that the subject of this blog, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), is considered by some to be rather controversial. However here at FENSA we believe anything that strives to improve the safety and wellbeing of our FENSA Fitters must be a good thing.

There is no doubt that PPE protects workers from injury. It is very important for those in the Fenestration industry as often individuals are working on their own and there may be a delay in help arriving in the event of an accident or mishap.

Let’s see what the Health and Safety Executive says about PPE:

‘all equipment (including clothing affording protection against the weather) which is intended to be worn or held by a person at work and which protects him or her against one or more risks to his or her health or safety’, e.g., safety helmets, gloves, eye protection, high-visibility clothing, safety footwear and safety harnesses.’

Obviously some, if not all, of these safety features can apply to Fitters in the process of installing windows.

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Safety Boots – These are essential and should include safety features such as steel toe caps, heat resistance, and be water repellent. Just dropping a heavy tool on your foot can cause a major injury and prevent you carrying on working.

Safety Hemet – Although an unpopular piece of safety equipment, the safety helmet could be considered the most important to protect you if something heavy falls and and strikes you on the head.

Gloves – Protecting your hands is important, although gloves can also be unpopular because they can make working in some situations clumsy and difficult.

High Vis – Being highly visible on a building site can help prevent you being crushed by heavy moving vehicles and High Vis jackets also provide welcome weather proofing and warmth.

Eye Protection – This may seem at first to be rather excessive until you consider the damage that could be done by a shard of glass piercing your eye, while you are knocking out old windows.

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No matter how careful you are, the unexpected sometimes happens or somebody else could make a mistake. PPE is designed to be a barrier between you and the hazards you come across every day in the course of your working day.

Without PPE that defence is not there and you are more likely to be injured.

Choose comfortable PPE that is suitable for the job at hand so you are more likely to wear it, and stay safe.

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6 Responses to “Health and Safety Series: Personal Protective Equipment for FENSA Fitters”

  1. Conor June 15, 2013 at 9:17 pm #

    I agree with your blog, health and safety is getting stricter when it comes to personal protective equipment and safety equipment. Its hard for some self employed builders, joiners, painters and other trade professions to know exactly what PPE they need for the job! CDK Workwear offer a wide range of personal protective equipment and a help & advice center to help you understand exactly what you need. Once again great blog

  2. Safety Shoes Philippines July 31, 2013 at 3:34 am #

    Thanks for this blogs. We really need to wear personal protective equipment for our safety, but sometimes some workers use PPE to say that they are obeying the policies of the company even thought that wearing is not fit in their job. We must consider the right PPE to use to avoid accident. I personally recommended Safety Shoes Philippines for choosing the right PPE for your jobs.
    Again, thanks for sharing this informational blog.

  3. Health & Safety May 4, 2014 at 6:40 pm #

    PPE controversial? Yes you’re right, that is surprising. Once you start using PPE habitually it soon becomes a uniform that may just save you from serious injury. Just as most cyclists now wear helmets (some as a fashion statement) whereas before they were seen as uncool and unnecessary.

  4. Johnny August 27, 2014 at 1:52 pm #

    It does get very confusing what PPE people need for their work! But in the end, if anything is going to stop someone from getting injured, then it can only be a good thing no matter how strict it might get.

  5. Orestes August 28, 2014 at 11:18 am #

    I think it can only be a good thing that PPE is getting stricter. Anything to improve health and safety is surely beneficial. Sometimes it does get confusing to know what you are meant to wear as there are so many regulations, but in the long run, it is there to help you.

  6. researchig PPE September 8, 2014 at 7:32 pm #

    Completely agree – thank you for helping spread the word about the importance of personal protective equipment. Great blog too.

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