PPE – Personal Protective Equipment
In this article, Elizabeth Long takes a look at PPE and explains why it’s useful for farming.
Farming can be incredibly rewarding, but it’s important to remember that it can also be extremely physical and, at times, dangerous.
Working with machinery and livestock can be unpredictable, and farming is considered one of the most dangerous occupations in Ireland, with around 2,800 accidents a year.
Of course, there are safety measures you can follow to try to reduce the risk of injury to yourself and others.
In addition to implementing secondary controls and avoiding working alone where possible, farmers should also use the range of PPE available.
But what is PPE and what should you consider for your farm? We take a look.
What is PPE?
PPE, or Personal Protective Equipment, is a type of garment or accessory that helps protect the wearer from potential hazards while working.
Common examples of PPE include gloves, safety glasses, and hearing protection.
This equipment can be extremely useful on a farm, where workers may be exposed to hazards such as sharp objects, dangerous animals, harmful chemicals, etc. PPE can help keep farmers safe and protected.
How can PPE help?
PPE can be useful in protecting workers from a variety of injuries, including cuts, burns, and ergonomic injuries.
To be effective, you must use PPE correctly. For example, loose gloves can actually increase the risk of hand injuries. Meanwhile, properly fitted gloves can help protect against cuts and abrasions.
Similarly, ill-fitting respirators can actually do more harm than good. This can allow harmful particles to enter through gaps in the gasket.
By taking the time to choose the right PPE for the job and wearing it correctly, workers can help reduce their risk of injury on the job.
Different types of PPE for farmers
PPE is essential for any farmer. Not only does this protect them from the elements, but it also helps prevent injury.
There are a variety of different types of PPE available, and choosing the right equipment depends on the type of farming.
For example, dairy farm workers must wear PPE that protects them from contact with milk and other dairy products.
This may include gloves, aprons and face masks. In contrast, farmers who work with livestock need PPE that protects them from biting and kicking.
This can include sturdy boots and gloves, as well as overalls or coveralls. No matter what type of farm you work on, it’s important to choose the right PPE for the job.
Disposal of PPE
When it comes to PPE, it is important to dispose of it correctly. PPE is designed to protect you from exposure to hazardous materials. Therefore, if you do not dispose of them properly, these same materials can end up harming human life and the environment.
There are several ways to dispose of PPE. The best option will depend on the type of material and the level of contamination.
For example, single-use items like gloves and face masks should be recycled through special programs when possible, or disposed of responsibly in the trash.
However, place other items such as reusable gowns and respirators in a designated container for decontamination.
By taking the time to properly dispose of PPE, you can protect yourself and others.