PPE the Last Line of Defence

September 14, 2018 2 min read

PPE the Last Line of Defence

We believe in our products at PWS from head to toe. But we also recognise that Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) really is the last line of Defence against Accidents. If you are relying on PPE and Strong Work Clothing to be there when something goes wrong... you can be sure that you are more at risk of injury. Preparation, education and action are the forms of defence which should be foremost in your mind. From employer to employee we all have a role to play when it comes to staying safe at work.


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What can you do to reduce the chances of accidents happening?

  • Raise Awareness
  • Communication
  • Equipment Checks

When it comes to raising awareness in the workplace, the UK is at the leading edge. For many years the Health and Safety Executive "HSE" have been regulating and enforcing health and safety in the workplace. Most will have encountered risk assessments in the workplace and understand the importance of these processes. A safe place to work is made even safer by Employers providing ongoing training and information for employees. Training, meetings and safety checks are key in raising awareness and preventing accidents from occurring in the first place.

Communication is also at the heart of health and safety. It’s not just about saying the right things but also about listening to others. We can all help in preventing accidents by talking with colleagues, bosses and other workers in the work environment. Pointing out potential hazards and reporting them is key to a safe work place.

Checking work equipment regularly is also vital to maintaining a safe workplace environment. For example, in the UK it is a requirement that electrical equipment that has the potential to cause injury is maintained in a safe condition. When it comes to personal protective equipment here is what the HSE states: "Employers have duties concerning the provision and use of personal protective equipment (PPE) at work." In terms of checking PPE: employees must be trained to use it properly and know how to detect and report any faults.

So Why is PPE Important as the Last line of Defence?

Even where engineering controls and safe systems of work have been applied, some hazards might remain. These include injuries to:

  • the lungs, e.g. from breathing in contaminated air
  • the head and feet, e.g. from falling materials
  • the eyes, e.g. from flying particles or splashes of corrosive liquids
  • the skin, e.g. from contact with corrosive materials
  • the body, e.g. from extremes of heat or cold

Personal Protective Equipment is needed in these cases to reduce the risk. So, having the last line of Defence is important but taking steps further back is what can really reduce the chances of serious accidents occurring.


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