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Types of personal protective equipment

Types of personal protective equipment


Personal protective equipment, commonly referred to as "PPE", is the equipment used to minimize exposure to serious injuries and illnesses in the workplace. These injuries and illnesses can result from contact with radiological, physical, chemical, electrical, mechanical or other hazards.

Personal protective equipment is classified into the following types:

1) non-respiratory
2) respiratory

Most of our professional activities involve personal non-respiratory protective equipment, such as gloves, safety glasses and nose protection masks, shoes, ear plugs or sleeves, safety helmets, vests and full suits.



Types of personal protective equipment



Criteria for selection of Personal Protective Equipment


* It should meet the specifications of Indian standards (IS codes)


* PPE chosen must be easy to maintain

* Should be comfortable, compatible and effective for the use of multiple PPE.


Classification on Non Respiratory PPE :


Head protection: The protection of the non-respiratory PPE head is of the utmost importance and is divided into two types;

* Industrial safety helmet

* Protective helmet (used while driving)


Ear protection :

There are two types of hearing protection.

* Ear plug: Reduces noise up to 10-15 decibels

* Noise Canceling Headphones: Reduce noise up to 30 - 45 decibels





Hand protection :


Hand protection is divided into the following types;

* Rubber gloves: to be used for concreting and water.

* Leather gloves: to be used during welding and gas cutting

* Cotton gloves: used for handling

* Asbestos gloves: Generally used for fire and heat, can withstand up to 350 degrees centigrade.

* Electrician gloves: used when working near live parts. They are available at tested capacities of 650, 1100, 3300 and 4000 volts.





Leg protection :


Leg protection is divided into the following types;

* Industrial safety shoes: used to protect the legs from hot metals, sharp objects, etc.

* Rubber boots: to be used for concreting, rubber and water boots without steel tips can be used for working on power lines if their electrical resistance is tested.

* Asbestos shoes: used when working with furnaces and boilers




Safety Harness :

A double lanyard safety harness must be provided to all workers required to work more than 2 meters above the ground and a device (lifeline) to anchor the harness. When working at heights, a free fall distance of at least 6.3 meters must be maintained from the anchorage point.



Leg protection :


* When personal protective equipment is provided, storage facilities should be provided for personal protective equipment unless the employee can take it away from the workplace (for example, shoes or clothing).

* The electrician's gloves must be kept unfolded, in a dry, dark and cool place, where the temperature is preferably about 27 + 20 ° C.

* Closed storage facilities must be provided to protect the PPE from contamination, loss, damage, moisture or sunlight.

* If PPE can remain confined during use, they must be stored separately.

* PPE must be stored separately from other materials in the store

* PPE must not be stored near a flammable substance.

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