FIRE PROTECTIVE GEAR

Each year, you spend time, effort and money on training, and you gain experience. Over time, you enhance your skills and evolve as a firefighter.

At PT.Weldbro International, we think your firefighter gear should evolve as well. That’s why we offer models and styles of turnouts, boots, helmets and firefighter accessories and we deliver more innovation in our PPE product lines. We are actively raising the bar on firefighting technologies, from the enhanced comfort and mobility of ergonomically-designed turnout coat and pants patterns to our innovative moisture management technologies for improved safety. We also offer footwear designed to deliver exceptional comfort, safety and durability, as well as PPE cleaning and repair services that ensure your gear is safe while reducing replacement costs.

The hazards you face are constantly changing. That’s why PT. Weldbro International continue to uphold tradition of providing the finest quality fire safety gear available on the market today. We are committed to the ongoing delivery of PPE innovations that improve your health, safety and performance in the line of duty. Try our gear on for size and feel the difference for yourself.

The Standard PPE List

If you are new to a business, or are just starting out, you might not know what you should be offering as part of this responsibility. The standard personal protective equipment list that ensures you are meeting the needs of your staff, and the legal requirements expected of you as an employer. Read on to find out more.

What is PPE?

Personal protective equipment is the first level of protection against injury or illness in the workplace.

What are the laws on personal protective equipment?

The expectation set for employers about PPE is dictated by Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, a law responsible for ensuring the workplace health and safety for employees.

Appropriate training in the use of the equipment should be given, and employees should have free and easy access to the products they need. 

List of personal protective equipment

Personal protective equipment refers to products that will protect the user (or wearer) from the health and safety risks posed in the workplace.

Based on this, the PPE you need to introduce into your workplace depends on the hazards posed there. Here we have listed some the most common types of PPE, and the hazards that they can be used to combat.

                                                                                                                                                                   

Head protection

Products include: Safety helmets, hard hats and bump Cap

Types of health and safety risk they combat:

  • Falling objects
  • Head injury when working in close confines
  • Electric shock during electrical work

                                                                                                                                                                   

Eye protection

Products include: Safety gogglesoverglasses, and safety glasses.

Types of health and safety risk they combat:

  • Airborne dust and debris
  • Chemical splashes
  • Impact hazards

                                                                                                                                                                   

Face protection

Products include: Browguards and face shield

Types of health and safety risk they combat:

  • Chemical splashes
  • Splashes from molten metal
  • Impact hazards

                                                                                                                                                                   

Hearing protection

Products include: Reusable ear plugsdisposable ear plugs, ear defender, and clarity ear muff 

Types of health and safety risk they combat:

  • Damage to hearing from noise exposure of all types, including:
  • Machinery
  • Equipment

                                                                                                                                                                   

Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE)

Products include: Disposable respiratorshalf masks and full face masks and reuseable respirators

Types of health and safety risk they combat:

  • Airborne dust and debris
  • Airborne solvents
  • Exposure to areas of low oxygen levels

                                                                                                                                                                   

Hand protection

Products include: Gloves to suit different hazards, including gloves and heat-resistant gloves

Types of health and safety risk they combat:

  • Contact with chemical hazards
  • Heat and burns
  • Injury through manual handling
  • Injury from machinery vibrations

                                                                                                                                                                   

Safety footwear

Products include: Work boots and  safety shoes

Types of health and safety risk they combat:

  • Corrosive or irritating substances
  • Electric shock during electrical work

                                                                                                                                                                   

Questions to ask when creating your PPE list

Before making your final decisions on the best PPE for your workplace, make sure to ask the following questions:

  • Is it fully-adjustable to fit the wearer correctly?
  • Does the PPE create any other health and safe issues that need to be accounted for?
  • Is it compatible with the other types of PPE that should be worn?
  • Does the PPE allow the wearer or user to do their job safely and effectively?
  • Is the PPE also suitable for the working environment, whilst also dealing with the health and safety issues?

We hope you have found our PPE list useful, and that it guides you towards making the best decision for your workplace. If you have any further queries about choosing the correct PPE for your employees, please don’t hesitate to contact our team who will be happy to advise.

Safety Gloves & Chemicals: The Overlooked Safety Hazard

You are running through your mental checklist of personal protective equipment (PPE) that you are going to need to have on-site. Keeping your workers safe is always a major concern and you know there is always the potential to overlook something important. So while you make sure you have hard hats, safety glasses and hearing protection, don’t forget about chemical hand protection!

That’s right; those two important body parts that help every worker get the job done from the little pinky to that game changing opposable thumb. Hands are a pretty big deal.

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4-steps-to-maintain-workplace-safety

Workplace safety is crucial for protecting your employees and your bottom line. Accidents are costly for an organization’s image and finances, and unfortunately, they are rather commonplace. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, American workers suffered almost 3 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses and nearly 5,000 fatal workplace injuries in 2014, the most recent year for which figures are available. Additionally, according to insurance brokerage firm Cavignac & Associates, an average worker’s compensation claim for a simple fracture can cost about $50,000, not to mention the indirect costs related to lost productivity and administrative time spent handling the claim and hiring a replacement worker.

With those figures in mind, it should be a no-brainer for HR leadership to spend the necessary time and energy to ensure that safety protocols are in place and workers are informed about them.

 

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Preventing the Top 5 Workplace Injuries

Thousands of workers are injured on the job every year. Some of these injuries are serious and life-threatening, while others are not as grave and require little attention. From developing carpal tunnel because of too much time typing to injuring a hand while working on the line of a plant floor, injuries occur in a plethora of working environments and can affect any worker. Reducing the occurrence of injuries is the main objective of safety and health professionals all over the country.

The most recent data from the 2012 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index listed the top five leading causes of injuries for 2010. These injuries accounted for 73.1 percent of the total 2010 cost burden:

  1. Injuries from excessive lifting, pushing, pulling, holding, carrying or throwing accounted for 26.8 percent of the cost burden and accounted for $13.61 billion in direct costs.
  2. Fall on same level.These injuries accounted for 16.9 percent of the cost burden and $8.61 billion.
  3. Bodily reaction.Injuries from bending, climbing, reaching, standing, sitting, slipping or tripping without falling accounted for 11.4 percent and $5.78 billion.
  4. Fall to lower level.These falls accounted for 10.0 percent of the cost burden and $5.12 billion.
  5. Struck by object.Workers struck by objects such as a tool falling from above accounted for 8.0 percent and $4.10 billion.

Thousands of workers are injured on the job every year. Some of these injuries are serious and life-threatening, while others are not as grave and require little attention. From developing carpal tunnel because of too much time typing to injuring a hand while working on the line of a plant floor, injuries occur in a plethora of working environments and can affect any worker. Reducing the occurrence of injuries is the main objective of safety and health professionals all over the country.

What can we do to reduce these injury causes?

For overexertion, I’ve worked with nurses and other workers at different facilities and it has all come to a pretty common answer: Get help if available or use devices to assist with the task if possible. The problem is that’s not always possible. For those that do not have the luxury of help or assistance proper technique and training is recommended.

Proper housekeeping is one way to reduce injuries from falls. Keeping your work area clean and clutter-free is very important in preventing these kinds of injuries. Also, using anti-slip coatings on floors or wearing anti-slip footwear might help reduce falls.
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Some important ways to reduce bodily reaction injuries include eliminating environmental factors that can cause these injuries. Be aware of hazards that can cause injuries, such as improper placement of tools or clutter around your workstation. Also, maintain a healthy lifestyle with proper physical conditioning and prevent situations that carry prolonged awkward posture.

In preventing falls to lower levels, always make sure ladders are in proper working order and scaffolding has been built and repaired correctly. It’s important to make sure that these tools are inspected and maintained regularly. Also, remember to where proper fall protection where applicable. 
A few of the simpler ways to reduce injuries caused by “struck-by objects” include: wear hardhats to avoid falling objects; stack materials properly to prevent sliding, falling or collapse; and always wear proper PPE. This includes safety glasses, goggles and face shields to name a few. Don’t work under cranes, hoists or heavy machinery while it’s being operated. To avoid struck-by incidents with vehicles, workers should wear seat belts, check vehicles thoroughly and wear highly visible clothing.

These are just a few examples of what can be done to reduce these top five injuries in your workplace. With proper training and awareness, these numbers will hopefullly decline and fewer people will be injured on the job.

 

Safety Shoes – 8 Ways They Protect You

When you think about shoes for the workplace, heavy-duty footwear such as steel toe boots may come to mind. These boots, which have reinforced toes to protect the feet from hazards such as heavy objects, are important personal protective equipment (PPE) at many industrial and construction worksites.

Many kinds of shoes exist that can make jobs safer, though, not just steel toe boots. Other types of boots and shoes can provide traction, arch support and other safety benefits. To find the right foot protection for the jobs in your workplace, you’ll need to do a hazard assessment and determine what kinds of risks—such as slipping and falling or sharp objects—pose a threat to your employees’ feet. Then select shoes or boots that offer the right protection.

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Hand Protection

In the electric, gas and telecommunication construction trades, hands rank at the top of the list of body parts most frequently injured. The following Tailgate provides an overview of work gloves and other considerations to ensure your hands remain injury-free from routine daily tasks.

Glove Use in General
Work gloves should be used for any work that requires extra hand protection such as:
• Climbing ladders or poles
• Handling tools, equipment or materials likely to have splintered, jagged or sharp edges
• Work that could result in heat or chemical burns such as handling molten solder or compounds
• Performing any operation that could cause cuts, abrasions or burns to the hand

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Safety at hand: Use the right glove for proper protection

The workplace can create many hazards for your hands, whether from chemicals, cuts or burns. No single glove can provide appropriate protection for every work situation, so it is important to assess the risk for each task and select a glove that provides specialized protection.

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