PPE on UK Construction Sites

Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) is an essential tool for workers at construction sites in the United Kingdom. The safety of the worker is mandatory for the safety of the overall project. Worker protection keeps costs down by preventing serious injuries. All construction projects need to have in place posted PPE rules and should discuss these rules with employees on the job site. If you need a hand, here are 5 tips to involve your workers in health and safety activities.  It is important for developments to remain on budget with safety as a priority. Foreman and managers should always mandate and enforce PPE rules to keep the workers accident free.

Essential Personal Protection Equipment on Construction Sites as outlined by Health and Safety Executive:

Head Protection

Even after all other safety guidelines are in place, falling objects is a risk at all construction site. Head Gear is a mandatory PPE on the job site. Hard Hats should be provided by management to all workers on the job  and extras should be available for visitors entering the Job Site. In all Hard Hat mandatory sites, no one should enter the zone without being provided a hard hat.

Hard Hats can prevent the most serious of work related injuries, the head injury. A head injury can not only shut the construction site down while the injured worker is attended to, it can also cause a work ending disability for the employee. The costs of providing approved Hard Hats to workers is insignificant to the cost of dealing with an injured worker on the job site.

Protective Clothing

Long trousers may not seem like they qualify as Personal Protection Equipment, but it fact they are very protective for the construction worker on a job site. Long trousers protect against splinters, cuts, and scrapes which could lead to infection and worker down time. On sunny days long trousers protect against excessive sun exposure, which can lead to temporary sun burns, and future skin cancer. With the rise in skin cancer, long trousers are most certainly an item of PPE. In the colder weather and especially at heights, long trousers insulate the worker from the elements.

Protective Footwear

Protective footwear is an important part of Personal Protection Equipment on the construction site. Although Rigger Boots have become popular and supervisors have been looking the other way, wearing them has become a dangerous habit on construction sites.

The safest footwear for all construction workers is the high-top steel toe boots. The rigger boot cannot protect the delicate bones in the foot in the same way that high top steel tipped boots can. High topped steel toe boots protect the construction worker in many ways.

The high-top boot protects against ankle sprains and foot sprains. The steel tip is a toe saver on construction sites where objects are constantly being dropped. The steel tipped boot protects toes from sustaining damage when the foot is stubbed on a board, a piece of steel or any objects on the ground of a construction site.

Gloves

Not every worker on a construction site can wear gloves when their job entails manual dexterity, but all those who can wear gloves, should wear gloves. Again, this PPE is to protect hands from scrapes, abrasions and infections that can result from wounds.

If you are managing construction workers, keep them safe and ensure they wear the correct PPE.

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