PROTECTIVE CLOTHING: EXPLORING THE WEARABILITY ISSUE

Every industry, every standard has its important guidelines set for having the right safety measures for personal protective equipment (PPE).

Guidelines differ from company to company, business to business. But the main motto of being equipped with the correct protective wear is the same everywhere, worldwide. Keeping the right guidelines, with correct measures makes the company follow a hassle-free process of regulating the process of protective gear being worn during the working times.

An employer wants good environment on such measures, then the right protection wear must be provided with the safety measures in place and the right quality required for the work to be done.

We list below the characteristics for wearability of personal protective equipment (PPE) 

  • FITTING PPE
  • The PPE provided must be a correct fit to the wearer, there is no one size in such cases that fits allCorrect fitting garments must be provided to each and every person. Sizing charts are helpful in issuing clothing, but it is important for employees to try on the garments they will wear to ensure a good fit and full range of motion.

    In addition, not all garment manufacturers use the same sizing standards. Correct size charts and correct fitting garments is a must, because if wrongly provided, it should not cause hindrance in working.

  • RIGHT MAINTENANCE, CARE AND REPAIR INFORMATION
  • Simple care like proper storage is enough for one time use or limited-use clothing materials. They are to be used once or only a limited number of times. But, protective apparel that is designed to be reused must be cleaned and inspected after each use. Damaged items must be repaired or retired from use. Repairing reusable garments often requires that the items be thoroughly decontaminated and returned to the manufacturer.

    The garment maintenance rules and regulations information must be rightfully passed on to the wearer because the costs of garment maintenance repair and storage can be significant.

  • QUALITY OF THE PPE
  • Employees must feel safe and secure in the apparel provided for their use. The quality measures and right information must be provided in-hand.

    Employers also must determine if the barrier tests are relevant to the workplace hazard involved. Correct test(s) must be conducted before bringing the PPE into effect.

  • RUGGEDNESS OF CONSTRUCTION
  • Major questions like the garments stitching quality, correct amount of material at key points in the protective equipment, material quality are key points to be made note of.

  • IS IT EASILY WEARABLE?
  • Is the PPE easily wearable? Is it not going to harm against any problems on the body or body parts like the skin and hair. Proper removing methods after usage should focus on removing protective apparel without contaminating the wearer.

  • KEEPING THE PPE CLEAN
  • Any extra effort required of the employee to maintain the protective wear. Limited-use garments require little, if any, maintenance and score high in this regard. Reusable garments that become contaminated with hazardous materials should be laundered by the employer, not sent home with the employee. Workers must not take contaminated protective clothing away from the workplace to be laundered. Transferring hazardous materials to the home environment and surroundings must be prevented in all forms at all costs.

  • CORRECT DISPOSAL OF PPE
  • Can the wearer dispose of used garments without extra work? Can there be an issue if they are taken home? Can contaminated garments be discarded in an environmentally safe manner?

    Information on the disposal must be provided. A PPE must not just be treated like any other clothing apparel. The employer and the employee may fall in serious trouble if caught disposing hazardous protective equipment normally in public. There are rules and regulations governing these disposals and must be taken care of.

    CONCLUDING NOTE

    When it comes to selecting apparel for at-risk workers, remember that protection is the key in the wearing. By offering employees apparel that provides protection and good wearability characteristics, employers will encourage their workers to make optimum use of their safety wardrobe and achieve a higher level of personal protection.

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