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.
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.
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.