Let’s start with the basics. Personal Protective Equipment – in other words, workplace safety gear - includes everything from protective visors to reinforced boots.
PPE is important because some workplace environments contain serious hazards, especially industrial sites and factories. Even with properly trained staff and sensible working practices in place, sudden accidents, equipment failure or even just a moment’s inattention can all lead to serious injuries.
Common dangers include heavy objects falling onto hands and feet, corrosive liquids being splashed or objects being ejected after falls and striking employees. Other dangers may be less dramatic but potentially just as serious in the long term – for example, air contaminants.
Modern, carefully designed PPE significantly reduces the risk of injury and can make all the difference between a situation in which a worker walks away from an accident, and one in which he or she does not.