PPE 101: Your Guide To Personal Protective Equipment

Based in Birmingham UK, RK Styles is a leading supplier of workwear for a variety of industries, including hospitality and corporate, as well as PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) for the construction and healthcare industries.

The infographic below walks employers through the various types of personal protective equipment they may need to provide for their staff.

Here are just a few examples.

Construction site workers require hard hats and bump caps to ensure they are protected from falling objects. When working with brick dust, workers need ventilation equipment, dust masks, and nose clips. In a kitchen, aprons and chef whites protect both employees and the food they prepare. Hair nets are required for cooks too. And, of course, it is necessary for divers to wear breathing apparatus.

Some other types of PPE include:

  • high visibility waistcoats and jackets and steel toe cap boots for construction workers, highway workers, factory workers, and onsite council employees;
  • hazmat suits for people working with hazardous materials or viral outbreaks;
  • scrubs, disposable hats, and face masks for healthcare workers;
  • elbow and knee pads for gardeners, plumbers, carpenters, electricians, etc;
  • shin pads for sportsmen and women;
  • thick, multilayer jackets and trousers for electricians and telephone line technicians;
  • heat-resistant gloves to protect the hands from extreme temperatures and latex gloves to protect against germs in a wide range of working environments;
  • leather gloves for rangers;
  • earplugs and muffs for people working in very loud environments;
  • eye goggles and face shields for people who work with hazardous substances, bodily fluids, or flying debris.

The list goes on and on …

Every employee has a right to safety at work, which is why PPE is used in a wide range of industries. Employers are legally obligated to provide this PPE or risk a lawsuit down the road. Simply put, employers cannot afford to skimp on personal protective equipment.

PPE 101 Infographic

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