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Keeping Your Site & Staff, Clean & Safe – PPE

Posted 9th October 2019

Protecting our workers is a practice we are passionate about here at Tank Services. Tank Installations, Servicing and Decomissions work involves many potential hazards. Therefore, we are never ceasing work on discovering new Personal Protection Equipment and practices to protect staff working on site.

Worker Health and Safety – Personal Protective Equipment

Personal Protective Equipment or PPE is the first step to keeping labourers healthy and safe. Eye, Head & Hand Protection are all paramount types of PPE to labourer health and safety. 

Eye Protection includes safety goggles when working with cutting equipment. Head Protection can vary widely from job to job. From a soft beanie to keep our chums warm to hard hats to protect from debris and bumps on the head.

Hand protection can be tricky too! It’s not just as simple as getting a pair of gloves for your workers. Because allergies can be so prominent when wearing latex gloves or even certain fabrics. 

Nitrile gloves tend to be the most common form of glove protection. Plus, they’re good for working with oil as the oil doesn’t eat away at the nitrile.

Safety Boots and Foot Complications

Construction work really calls for robust safety footwear. Rockfall Boots provides a very diverse range of safety boots and wellies. The hardest requirement to match has to be effective frost protection whilst also maintaining breathability and waterproofing. 

Sadly, boots often come with one of the two because it can be difficult to create airflow in the shoe whilst keeping out water. A boot can be waterproof but that doesn’t mean it will protect a wearer from the cold.

A sealed shoe will create sweat around the foot which can lead to damp problems on the feet themselves. Or the moisture will start to get cold and freeze around the foot increasing the likelihood of frostbite.

The Titanium Boot from Rockfall does tick all the boxes and for a more affordable price than some of the larger boots they offer.

Keeping Site Clean – Work Areas

We all know how hard it can be to keep a site free of dirt and grime. Especially when there’s plenty of other more important work to be done. But unseen bacteria and microbial growth can go wild if boots are treading in the dirt through buildings. Especially relevant with on-site cabins or support offices attached to businesses with labourers.

A great solution for this particular issue is a Boot Cleaner. Construction workers can pop their feet through the boot washer on their way into the building. Therefore, keeping their shoes clean and looking smart. There’s the added bonus of having much more professional office spaces too!

Dust on Site & Respiratory Protective Equipment – RPE

Dust for construction workers can be a significant health risk. Especially during dry spells in the summer. However, it is possible to keep dust to a minimum by utilising a Dust Suppression Bowser

These great machines spread water over dusty sites like a water sprinkler. Therefore, keeping the dirt moist enough that it stays stuck down to the ground preventing dust.

Site Health and Safety on a construction site will likely require a face mask to prevent building dust from entering the workers’ lungs. Enough construction dust entering the lungs can cause them to cake up. Effectively making cement in the lungs which will inevitably lead to breathing problems in the future that the employer would be responsible for.

Staff Training & Site Safety Awareness Courses

Educating your staff on health and safety awareness will cover the employer from staff not following correct procedure. However, they will also be taught how to protect themselves from the dangers of their industry. As the focus of any risk assessment is to provide support and protect the employees.

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