How much do you know about PPE? Chances are you have picked up a few mistaken ideas about personal protection equipment. CHARNAUD® is here to debunk the most common misunderstandings about personal protection equipment.

4 PPE Myths You Need to Stop Believing

If one considers some of the misconceived perceptions about PPE/C these misperceptions could result in serious risks to the end-user.  Since PPE can make the difference, between finishing up a workday with no injuries or being rushed to a hospital, it is important to know the truth about it. We have gathered the four most widespread misconceptions and provide below reasons to refute these misconceptions.

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1. Wearing PPE Is Voluntary

Some workers think that since they have been at their jobs for long enough and know perfectly well what they are doing, they can manage just fine without PPE. This is far from the truth. In many hazardous jobs, PPE is mandatory. According to occupational health and safety regulations, it is incumbent on the employer to supply PPE and ensure that all staff members wear it. PPE must be supplied without cost to the employee. Failure to enforce these health and safety regulations could lead to serious injuries and illnesses, as well as legal implications for employers.

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2. PPE Only Protects Against Injuries

There are all kinds of PPE, and not all of them are intended to protect against physical injuries. Some are designed to prevent the spread of illness, for example. In the medical industry, workers have to wear surgical masks and gloves to prevent contamination. In such cases, injuries are not a concern.

3. There Are No Standards For PPE

PPE is actually heavily regulated, with strict standards in place that manufacturers are required to adhere to. The applicable standards depend on the environment in which the PPE is used. CHARNAUD®’s PPE is designed to comply with the requirements of the South African National Standards (SANS), as well as the European Union (EN).

4. PPE Lasts Forever

PPE wears out just like any other clothing or accessory. Of course, some PPE lasts longer than others, but every item has a specific lifespan after which it loses its effectiveness. If you continue to use old PPE after it ceases to be effective, it can lead to serious injury or illness.

Come To CHARNAUD® To Get Your Crew Fitted with The Best PPE

CHARNAUD® is a supplier of quality PPE for a wide variety of industries. We can help workers of all occupations to protect themselves against the hazards of their daily tasks. Within CHARNAUD® we have 7 specific ranges for varying industries, with FIRE-SAFE® being one of our specialised PPE ranges. Contact us for advice and quotations on PPE for your business.

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