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 Miscellaneous PPE


 
Safety signs:
Safety signs are an essential part and a very common feature of the modern workplace. There are a number of different types of safety signs available, depending on the application:
 
1 - Mandatory Safety Signs: Blue background colour with a White symbol and text.
2 - Warning Safety Signs: Yellow background colour with a Black triangular band and Black symbol or text.
3 - Safe Condition Safety Signs: Green background colour with a White text or symbol.
4 - Fire Equipment Safety Signs: Red background colour with a White text or symbol.
5 - Prohibition Safety Signs: White background colour with a Red Circular band and crossbar and a Black Symbol.
6 - Hazard Warning Diamonds: Internationally recognised symbols required to be used when carrying or handling hazardous substances.
7 - Road Traffic Signs: To be used where information must be relayed to the road user for a long period of time
 
Spill Control:
Emergency response kits are used when there is a potential risk of a spill. The response to a spill incident involves 7 steps: 
 
1 - ASSESS Determine the liquid spilt and assess the risk to people, the environment and to property.
2 - SELECT Select the most appropriate Spill Kit and Personal
Protection Equipment ensuring that all areas of the body are protected.
3 - CONFINE Confine the spill to as small an area as possible.
4 - STOP Stop the source of the spill if possible by uprighting containers, turning off taps or valves or plugging any holes or broken pipes.
5 - CLEAN UP Absorb and recover all liquid contaminated and ensure correct disposal.
6 - DECONTAMINATE Clean up the site (discard any Personal Protection Equipment) which has become contaminated.
7 - REPORT & RE-ORDER Report the incident to all authorised persons and authorities.
 
Fall Arrest:
Health and Safety Legislation states that fall protection measures must be put in place by the employer of any person working at a height of 2m or more or where a fall hazard exists. If it is not
feasible to eliminate the hazard using a collective system, then a personal protective equipment system must be used, be it for restraint, work positioning or fall arrest purposes. This system consists of a full body harness, an intermediate attachment and an anchorage connector. The system can only be used if a suitable anchorage point is located close to the work area. The  following European Standards apply to fall arrest products:
 
EN353-1  Guided Type Fall Arresters - Rigid Anchorage Line and Rails
EN360      Retractable Type Fall Arresters
EN353-2  Guided Type Fall Arresters – Flexible Anchorage Line
EN361      Full Body Harness
EN354      Lanyards
EN362      Connectors
EN355      Shock Absorbers
EN795(b) Anchorage Devices – Class B
EN358      Work Positioning Systems
EN363      Fall Arrest Systems
 
The Maximum Fall Distance Using a 2M Shock Absorbing Lanyard
There are three fall factors in fall arrest that relate to the position of the anchorage point. They are used to determine the potential fall distance of a worker and so ensure that there is no risk of contact with the lower level in the event of a fall. When possible, the worker should always use an anchorage point at shoulder level or above (Factor 1 or 0). A higher anchorage point will reduce the fall distance and therefore significantly reduce the risk of injury on the body due to the impact forces of a fall.
 

 

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