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The Need for PPE

Posted by Administrator on 5/29/2015 to 3M


Not every office needs to use Personal Protection Equipment like noise-reduction earmuffs, eye protection, or respirators; however there are many industries where this kind of equipment can save company medical costs as well as lives on the job. 

Data shows that most workers who suffered eye and head injuries weren't wearing PPE. These injuries could have been lessened or avoided altogether with proper PPE and yet only 1% of workers from a 2014 study admitted to wearing personal protective equipment at the time of an eye- or face-related injury. The application of goggles or a face shield may have prevented injury in the first place. 

This problem is largely systemic. In the same study, workers reported that “eye and face protection was not normally used or practiced in their work areas or it was not required for the type of work performed at the time of the accident.” This absence of PPE in the workplace (not just for eye wear) resulted in 4,585 fatal injuries in 2013 alone, according to the bureau of labor statistics. These fatalities translate to innumerable profit losses and drain in morale around the workplace. 

Manufacturers like 3M and suppliers like OBBCO help mitigate these losses by supplying hazardous workplaces with necessary personal protective equipment that may make the difference between life and death. 


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