PPE From Head to Toe - March 2021

By Matt Savin, Loss Control Consultant, FRSA-SIF
Wed, Mar 17, 2021

This article does not touch on all types of PPE but does provide information on the most common types you should find on a typical roofing job site. 

Hard Hats – Hard hats are not always required, but you should always have them handy. If there is even the slightest potential for objects to fall from the roof, anyone on the ground or a lower level must be wearing a hard hat. If there is a low ceiling, for instance an attic while checking for a leak, a hard hat would be required to prevent the employee from hitting his or her head. If a crane is delivering materials to the roof, every employee on the roof and on the ground must have a hard hat to help protect them if the load becomes unstable and falls. 

Hearing Protection – This might be one of the least used or understood forms of protection used on a job site. Anytime the noise levels are expected to be greater than 85dB in the work area, employees must be provided and wear proper hearing protection. The easiest way to tell if it is loud enough to require protection is to try to have a conversation. If the area is loud enough that you have to raise your voice, it is loud enough to require your employees to protect themselves.

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