What's most Important about Personal Protective Equipment?

Written on Tuesday, February 10, 2009

What’s most Important about Personal Protective Equipment?

Today I discussed with Colin what may possibly be the most important thing to know about Personal Protective Equipment – IT HAS TO BE COMFORTABLE.

And I’ll tell you why.

Let’s say you already know your workers have to wear safety glasses at the job site. You decide to buy the most inexpensive model you can to save a little cash. But then you realize the workers aren’t wearing them, which highly increases the risk of work-related injury.

This illustrates the fact that least expensive is not always best, especially when it comes to safety equipment. If you aren’t used to wearing glasses all day to see, then why would you want to wear a cheap, uncomfortable pair of safety glasses to work in? This is why choosing comfortable gear is so important. The more comfortable the protective equipment is, the more likely workers are to wear it – resulting in less injury at the work place.

Colin used this analogy: If you take a size 10 shoe, you wouldn’t want to wear a size 12 – it would be uncomfortable and also hazardous.

Eliminate the comfort issue, eliminate the problem!

Written by: Carissa Kelley