Personal protective equipment (PPE) is diverse and differs depending on the industry. Generally, PPE is used for self-protection and is used for work that is potentially hazardous to health. As an employer, you are required by law to provide your employees with personal protective equipment if their job requires protection against potential hazards to their personal safety or health.
Personal Protective Equipment in the Field of Nursing
Nurses are regularly exposed to potential health hazards in their daily work. Therefore, they need both professional clothing and appropriate personal protective equipment for their job. This includes of course Face Masks, Gloves, Safety glasses, Overalls as well as face shields. There are also recommendations by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), particularly for the sensitive area of nursing.
Many industries require personal protective equipment
There are numerous industries that make personal protective equipment necessary when, for example, technical measures do not provide sufficient protection. In particular in the area of Chemistry, Mining industry, Automobile, Waste Management, Energy supply and many others, personal protective equipment is essential for your employees. Again, your employees need Safety glasses, Gloves, Overalls, hearing protection,, Face Masks and face shields.
Each workplace or activity should be subjected to a risk assessment, using a step-by-step approach. First, existing hazards should be reduced, if possible (with the help of technical solutions, other organization or replacement). For the remaining hazardous situations, the employees’ personal protective equipment (PPE) is then used.
Basis for personal protective equipment
The personal protective equipment (PPE) required is regulated in EU Directive 89/656/EEC. However, only minimum requirements are listed here.
In order to protect your employees comprehensively, measures may be necessary that go beyond this. We will be happy to advise you for the benefit of your employees!