If you work on a construction site of any variety, you and your employees should be kitted out with Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) that meets Safety Standards (as a minimum). Whatever the project involves, it is the site supervisor’s responsibility to ensure you have the correct equipment, and it is being correctly used.
Firstly, Determine the Site Requirements
Are your workers required to work at heights or in prolonged periods of noise exposure? Factors like these will decide the type of equipment you need to implement on site. Will you be using scaffolding or temporary work platforms? Assess your safety needs and check for hazards of all types. The PPE you currently have may not be adequate for the requirements of your new project site. Unintentional non-compliance is still non-compliance.
Seek the Help of a Safety Equipment Specialist
Even if you are certain of the right equipment needs for your site, it’s worth taking the time to check out the range with a construction safety expert like www.safeatheightsqld.com.au. This will allow you to view different brands and safety product types. You can do the research online before you even set foot in a store, which is ideal when you are short on time and want to be prepared before hitting the shops. Selecting PPE for your workers is an important task, so dealing with a specialist guarantees you are getting the correct information and accurate product recommendations.
Is the Equipment Up-to-date?
Personal protection equipment has developed a lot in the last few years. The materials that were used for straps and ropes have evolved to take heavier weights, so they can stand up to the demands you and your staff place on them. Your employees may be using older equipment because it is comfortable and they are familiar with it, however it might not meet current standards. Ensure staff are adequately protected by updating all equipment regularly.
Make Sure the Equipment is Suited to Worker’s Needs
The equipment your employees use should be correctly fitted for them. Not just the needs of the site, or safety standards. Safety gloves that are too big can hinder the worker while abseiling. A climbing helmet that is incorrectly fitted may slip and impair their vision. Correctly fitted and tailored PPE offers performance when a worker’s safety is compromised.
Make Sure the Equipment Meets Industry Standards
There are many brands and styles of PPE, so sometimes finding the right fit for your staff may require experimentation. Safety hard hats are available in a number of varieties, including vented or unvented, with or without light brackets, as well as in a range of colours. Your industry or site may have very specific requirements when it comes to general safety equipment, so make sure these are clearly communicated to your employees.
Safety equipment requirements will vary from contractor to contractor and some employees may not be aware what the correct personal protection equipment is for your project. Providing training or site inductions, which can incorporate an equipment check, is an ideal way to keep your staff informed. It also gives you the chance to make certain that the PPE being used onsite meets safety and site needs.
Have you checked your site for the correct use of PPE? Have you had to stop someone from using equipment that was incorrect for the purpose?