By Winnie Maina | Thursday Aug 2, 2018
The ILO defines personal protective equipment (PPE) as 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 against one or more risks to his health or safety, and any addition or accessory designed to meet that objective
If a worker forgets to wear their PPE while working on a construction site and experiences no negative consequences, they are likely to underestimate their risk of injury - and begin to neglect the protection.
PPE exists to safeguard the wellbeing of workers, and is vital in terms of best practice and risk mitigation. Even where engineering controls and safe systems of work have been applied, some hazards might remain. Hence at no particular time should workers work without PPE.
When employees wear PPE it removes Liability from them when injuries occur. This can be an area of contention when injuries occur and you were not wearing PPE which the employer had provided. Even when the job will only take a few minutes it is important to always wear protective equipment.
Some conditions are long term and may occur after a period of time for example exposure to chemical and excessive light hence it is important for their own protection to wear protective gear to avoid having health problems in the future.
It is important to understand that some of our body parts if affected they may not have a replacement for example our eyes hence for utmost protection and to avoid such scenario employees should make sure that they are always wearing PPE.
Construction work and other outdoor work may not be the safest of work places but with proper PPE this makes the workers feel safe and increases their output and quality of work because they know that PPE increases their protection while working.