As you know, when it comes to doing renovation projects such as installing a new plumbing system, making a cupboard by watching a DIY tutorial or laying down epoxy in your living room, you need to wear protective gear at all times. There are plenty of dangerous things involved during a renovation project and even something as small as a nail or hazardous like chemical fumes can put your life at risk.
This is why OSHA recommends that you use personal protective equipment (PPE) to avoid serious illnesses and injuries. From gloves to full body suits, PPE includes every type of equipment to protect your body. When it comes to workplace, employees should be given training and encouraged to use PPE whenever and wherever necessary. Companies use these to keep the employees safe. This allows the employer to prevent liability and enforce good work practices.
Every employee should know the following:
- Why PPE is necessary
- What equipment should be used for which job
- Proper use of PPE
- Limitations of PPE
- Maintenance, usage life, proper care and disposal
Importance of PPE
Safety is off utmost importance when it comes to doing a renovation project. Along with PPE, you should also follow procedures and instructions, and get training (for professional jobs). Even with safety protocols in place, it’s possible that you might get injured. These injuries include
- The Lungs: Difficulty in breathing due to contaminated air
- The Feet and Head: Falling materials
- Eyes: Flying particles
- Skin: Corrosive materials
- Body: Extreme cold or heat
Types of PPE
Following are the categories where you should use these protective items when restoring your home:
Metal or chemical splash, projectiles, dust, radiation, vapor and gas
Safety goggles, visors, face shields, face screens
Note: When choosing equipment, make sure that it will protect you from the project you are doing. For example, when laying down an epoxy floor, you need to have safety goggles that splash and impact.
Neck and Head
Flying objects, hair getting tangled, head bumping, chemical splash or drips, temperature or climate
Bump caps, industrial safety helmets, firefighter and hairnet helmets
Note: Helmets can be incorporated with special safety goggles to provided added safety. When welding, don’t forget to wear a scarf.
Noise (sound higher than the decibel an average human being is used to)
Earmuffs, earplugs, canal caps
Note: When it comes to earplugs, the equipment used should block high sounds but to an extent where you can still hear voices and communicate easily.
Arms and Hands
Temperature extremes, abrasion, cuts and punctures, chemicals, impact, electric shock, biological agents, vibration, prolonged exposure to water and radiation
Gloves with cuffs, simple gloves, sleeves that cover arms, gauntlets
Note: When drilling, avoid gloves to prevent them from getting caught in the machines. Some chemicals can get through gloves so make sure you are using the right ones. Do not wear gloves for too long or you might experience some skin problems.
Legs and Feet
Wet, cold and hot conditions, slipping, electrostatic build-up, cuts and punctures, heavy loads, chemical splash, falling objects, vehicles
Shoes and safety boots with protective toe caps, penetration-resistant shoe material, special footwear (chainsaw boots and foundry boots)
It’s important to remember that no matter how simple the job, these must be used in the workplace. When it comes to home renovation projects, you can pick the one appropriate for the job.
If you are looking for a professional for your home renovation projects, then contact STOP Restoration. From cleaning to restoring, repairing and restoring they offer all kinds of services. They are available in Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Henderson and many other cities. To get in touch with them, call at 702-430-6102.