Do you Know the 4 Things You Should Do Before You Buy PPE?

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Do you Know the 4 Things You Should Do Before You Buy PPE?

Keeping your people safe is a complicated job and supplying the right PPE is a big part of that. But every safety professional knows that safety gear is your last line of defense. Do you know the 4 things you should do before you buy PPE? Take our safety assessment challenge and find out!
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By M.B. Sutherland, Sr. Copywriter, Magid

Keeping your people safe is a complicated job and supplying the right PPE is a big part of that. But every safety professional knows that safety gear is your last line of defense. Do you know the 4 things you should do before you buy PPE? Take our safety assessment challenge and find out!

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Find Out Where Your Facility is at Risk

Q: What steps can you take today to find out where your facility is at risk?

A Schedule a professional safety assessment
B Analyze your injury and accident history
C Ask your workers
D All of the above

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Consider a Professional Safety Assessment

Q: What should you expect from a professional safety assessment? Should your assessor:

A Review your safety records remotely and email you a report
B Walk your facility, reviewing every operation and talking to your workers
C Walk your facility and talk to upper management
D None of the above. Safety reviews should only be conducted by OSHA

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Review Your Safety Training Program

Q: How often should you conduct training to reduce injuries?

A Daily
B Weekly
C Monthly
D Yearly

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Determine the Best Choices Before Buying PPE

Q: How can you choose PPE that will boost safety compliance?

A Allow workers to wear-test PPE options in their daily job
B Poll everyone in the company
C Ask workers for their opinions about what to choose
D Both A and C

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We’re betting you knew it all, but it’s always good to have a reminder! Before you hit that order button, be sure you’ve made your workers as safe as possible.

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Answer Key:

Q: What steps can you take today to find out where your facility is at risk?

D. All of the above

The first step is always a check of your facility or worksite. You can do that yourself by inspecting your work areas and analyzing your injury and accident history to look for patterns and problems. You can also talk to your workers. Ask them what problems they see on the job and what suggestions they have for improvement. A safety assessment from an outside source can add to that and even cover both of those bases for you.

Q: What should you expect from a professional safety assessment? Should your assessor:

B. Walk your facility, reviewing every operation and talking to your workers

A proper safety assessment will include a thorough review of every operation by an assessor who walks your facility or job site and talks to workers about what they’re experiencing on the job. A good assessment will end by presenting you with an OSHA-ready, detailed report on every work area, unbiased recommendations for changes you might make, and an offer to help you trial and choose any PPE you may need to change or add.

Q: How often should you conduct training to reduce injuries?

A. Daily

Training shouldn’t just be a formal event in a classroom setting. Take advantage of opportunities to remind your people to be safe with these every day strategies:

Q: How can you choose PPE that will boost safety compliance?

D. Both A and C

Workers are more likely to wear their PPE if you offer them comfortable gear that they like. Getting them bought into the process by choosing PPE that feels good, looks good, and doesn’t get in the way of doing the job is the fastest way to eliminate compliance headaches.