SAFETY CHECKLIST: BEYOND THE BASICS OF WEARING GLOVES

by Vickie Holland | Nov 07, 2017


Ask any employee and they will know that wearing gloves is the first line of protection in worker safety. But does everyone know that employee safety involves more than just wearing gloves?  Wearing the proper equipment minimizes exposure to hazards that cause serious workplace injuries and illnesses. Employers are also required to train each worker who is required to use personal protective equipment (commonly referred to as “PPE”) to know:

  • When it is necessary
  • What kind is necessary
  • How to properly put it on, adjust it, wear it and take it off
  • The limitations of the equipment
  • Proper care, maintenance, useful life, and disposal of the equipment

All PPE should be comfortable to wear to encourage employee use. It should be safely designed, clean and well maintained. Impact-Products, manufacturers of a variety of work safety products, provide the following Building & Maintenance Safety Checklist, to further enhance safety within the professional cleaning industry.

FACE PROTECTION

            Goggles should always be worn and workers should also consider face shields. This is true if working near stored chemicals, large mechanical equipment, mixing cleaning chemicals or similar hazards. Click for more information on Protective Eyewear.

                                                                    

HEARING PROTECTION         

            Hearing loss is becoming one of the most common occupational health hazards in a variety of industries, including professional cleaning. OSHA requires ear plugs/coverings to be worn if workers are exposed to “average” decibel exposure (about 85 decibels) for eight hours or longer.

                                           

PROPER HAND PROTECTION

            Each year more than a million workers visit emergency rooms due to hand injuries. Of these workers, 70 percent weren’t wearing gloves or were not wearing the right glove. We can help cleaning workers select the proper hand protection for a variety of cleaning tasks.

                                    

BACK SUPPORT

            An estimated 20 percent of all workplace injuries are injuries to the back. Different types of back belts are available to address this problem. Studies indicate that installing posters advising workers on how to work without harming their backs can be very effective.

FOOT PROTECTION

            Many cleaning workers go to work without giving a second thought to the shoes they wear. This often leads to an accident. Work shoes and protective overshoes are available to protect workers from slipping, falling objects, even electrocution. Don’t forget to wear the right shoes.

               

    

If PPE is to be used, a PPE program should be implemented. This program should address the hazards present; the selection, maintenance, and use of PPE; the training of employees; and monitoring of the program to ensure its ongoing effectiveness. Please contact us to help you set up a program for your employees.

 

For more information on Workplace Safety, check out our previous blog  “Protect against the second leading cause of unintentional workplace fatalities: Slips, Trips and Falls