Nearly every job with a physical component involves workers using clothing and equipment to protect themselves from many different potential hazards. Shoes, work gloves, respirators, goggles and hearing protection all play roles in keeping employees safe.
When employees are properly shielded from the many dangers they may encounter on the job, they can go about their duties without worrying about harmful exposures and interactions. Your facility benefits from committing to employee safety, avoiding downtime and fulfilling requirements enforced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and other regulators.
Addressing potential workplace hazards
Every business is different, and each factory, warehouse and facility can include a unique range of issues for employees. Addressing the needs of employees based on the possibility of exposure to sources of injury and contamination – be it loud sounds, corrosive substances, heavy objects or something else entirely – is critical to safe and effective operations. While each company has a different work environment, some hazards are common across many different industries.
Take eye protection, for example. According to research by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, about 2,000 workers across the U.S. deal with eye injuries each day that require medical treatment.
- Roughly 600 of those injuries necessitate treatment in a hospital emergency room.
- About 100 of those injuries lead to an employee missing a day or more of work.
Using the right PPE, along with training employees to safely and effectively utilize safety equipment, greatly reduces the chances of injuries and illnesses caused by exposure to hazards.
Another common place of injury is the hands of employees, with myriad causes behind those injuries. According to numbers from OSHA, the vast majority of employees suffering hand injuries weren’t using the proper PPE.
- Slightly less than 70 percent of employees who suffered hand injuries on the job weren’t using gloves or other PPE.
- The other 30 percent had PPE that was damaged or inadequate for the job at hand.
Seton’s PPE offers employees protection from nearly every type of recognized workplace hazard they may encounter, from the relatively mild to the extremely dangerous. Access to a full range of PPE in one place means you can address all of your employees’ personal protection needs in a more centralized and organized process.
Want to know more about potential hazards and providing the right types of PPE for all employees? Give our team of professionals a call at (877) 859-2155 today!