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Choosing respiratory protective equipment, dangerous substances, personal protective equipment and safety in manufacturing

Respiratory protective equipment (RPE) used at work must be CE marked to confirm it has been designed to meet at least the minimum requirements laid out in law. However, employers are responsible for selecting the right RPE for their task, dangerous substances, work environment and the wearer. This online tool will help you find the right respiratory protective equipment for your workers by answering a few questions about your work area, the hazardous substance and the task for which RPE is needed. [Scottish Centre for Healthy Working Lives @NHS_HWL]

Exposure to dangerous substances is much more common in Europe’s workplaces than most people imagine. In fact, 15% of EU workers have to handle dangerous substances as part of their job, and another 15% report breathing in smoke, fumes, powder or dust at work. Dangerous substances at work can cause a wide range of health problems and diseases, as well as posing safety risks. EU-OSHA’s 2018-19 Healthy Workplaces campaign aims to raise awareness of the risks posed by dangerous substances in the workplace and to promote a culture of risk prevention. [European Agency for Safety and Health at Work @EU_OSHA]

There is a lot of responsibility on manufacturing workers to move a range of materials from raw, in-process and those ready to market. If workers handle materials inappropriately, they open themselves up to risks that include overexertion. This could lead to exhaustion as well as the risk of equipment failure as a result of complacency when procedures are not followed correctly. Lifting objects the right way to prevent the risk of strains and sprains is an essential part of employee training and care should be taken when using heavy equipment. Suggestions on the areas that you should be aware of to keep everyone as safe as possible in a manufacturing workplace. [Seton UK @seton_uk]

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is an essential piece of equipment in any workplace and protects the user against health and safety risks at work. PPE includes items such as safety helmets, gloves, eye protection, high-visibility clothing and safety footwear etc. Although personal protective equipment contributes to a safer workplace, 98% of employees have said they have seen others in their workplace not wearing the correct PPE due to the poor fit of products, lack of accessibility, discomfort, and workers’ perception that personal protective equipment is unnecessary. Reducing workplace injury with PPE. [Nexon Group @NexonHygiene]

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