9 Smart Tips for Construction Site Personal Protective Equipment

As we celebrate our 100th year in business in 2015, we embark on another century of commitment to our policyholders. Our mission is to protect the livelihoods of our policyholders, and, as the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. In keeping with that theme, we’ll celebrate our 100th year in business with 100 important tips to help identify, evaluate and prevent dangers that could result in financial loss or injury in a year-long “Safe with Society” blog series.

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is your last defense against injury. Exposure to elevated noise, potentially harmful gases and liquids, and objects ejected from work processes can be an everyday occurrence. Protecting your health and safety depends on your attitude and ensuring that you maintain your PPE properly. Follow these smart tips…

Eye and Face Protection:

  • Wear safety glasses or face shields whenever work operations could cause foreign objects to enter the eye.
  • Safety glasses should be worn under face shields.

Foot Protection:

  • Wear work shoes/boots that have slip-resistant and puncture-resistant soles.
  • Wear safety-toed footwear to prevent crushed toes when working with heavy objects.

Hand Protection:

  • Gloves should fit tightly.
  • Wear the right glove for the job.

Head Protection:

  • Wear hard hats when there is a potential for objects falling from above.
  • Routinely inspect hard hats for dents, cracks, or deterioration, and replace them after a heavy blow or electrical shock.

Hearing Protection:

  • Use earplugs or earmuffs in high-noise areas.

Click here for a helpful handout on personal protective equipment to share with your employees.

Our risk control team is available to help facilitate your safety and health efforts. Learn more about this collaborative and consultative partnership, as well as the exclusive safety resources developed to keep your workplace safe and profitable.

Series Navigation<< 8 Meat Slicer Safety Tips8 Tips for Grilling with Propane and Charcoal >>
Print Friendly, PDF & Email

8 thoughts on “9 Smart Tips for Construction Site Personal Protective Equipment

  1. Wendy Cartright

    This is great information about protective equipment. Of course, every job is different and may require variations in protective equipment, but you have listed all of the essentials. Safety measures like these should not be ignored. Thank you for sharing.

    Reply
  2. Veronica Marks

    I think foot protection is one of the biggest things I forget about. Even when I’m not on a job site, I need to keep my feet protected, including at home or out and about. I know a lot of women love the high heels and fancy shoes, but I prefer to be safe and know my feet are going to survive the weekend so I can be back on the job on Monday morning.

    Reply
  3. Sam

    Prolonged exposure to strong vibrations could also cause permanent damage to the arm region, taking a few breaks and wearing the right gloves will really be helpful.

    Reply
  4. Proficiencyltd

    Veronica, I have multiple times forgot the boot protection and therefore I have not been admitted in construction site, Though sometimes I sneak in, however not always works out.

    Reply
  5. Baxter Abel

    I appreciate your tip that safety glasses should be worn under face shields. Many people on work sites think their eyes are protected enough just by the face shield. My brothers are electricians and they’ve been spared many injuries to their faces through having the proper protective equipment.

    Reply
  6. Michael Robinson

    Ever since I was a boy, my mother taught me that safety is always first. Just like you mentioned here as well, personal protective equipment is your last defense against injury when working on a construction site or as a contractor. Thanks again for reminding me that protecting your health and safety depends on your attitude and ensuring that you maintain your PPE properly.

    Reply
  7. Karla Roach

    I have worked as a site engineer and I assure that having protective gear is a must. You will never know what will happen on a daily basis. Having protection of your workers and staff is the first type of defense in a construction business.

    Reply
  8. APT Renovation

    It is standard practice within APT Renovation that all construction workers wear all the gear whilst having idea! Hats, Gloves, Boots & High Vis.

    If any member is seen on site without one of these imperatives, it is likely another member will inform them of this at its everyones responsibility to inform others of the team.

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.