The Risks of Over Protection
The Risks and Dangers of
One of the most common misconceptions about PPE is that the higher the safety standards a product has, the better the product will perform.
Though you may be forgiven for following this logical thinking, our research suggests that over-protection can be just as risky as under-protection.
For instance, if you were looking for a pair of protective gloves, why would you opt for anything less than the most protective glove on the market? Surely, that would be the safest option, no matter what the job in hand was.
Well, not necessarily. Read on to see how using the correct PPE is safer than using the highest standard of PPE.
Wearing a glove with metallic fibres whilst drilling is dangerous because the material could get caught on the drill bit, wrap around it and injure your hand in a matter of seconds.
Similarly, highly protective cutting gloves are not as dexterous as garden gloves for instance, therefore they are not as efficient with smaller jobs.
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Whilst doing general handy work, where dust particles may be present, you do not need a full face mask in order to remain safe.
Often something as simple as a disposable mask will be adequate enough for the job which saves you time putting the equipment on and off, increases your comfort as they are less hot and it also saves you money.
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Eye protection is more a case of suitability than over-protection. It is just unnecessary to have a full head guard for smaller jobs that only require protective glasses.
Faceguards can also be a nuisance if the job role requires moving from different working environments regularly for instance a factory floor to an office.
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The weight of shoes can have a considerable affect on a person's stamina if they are expected to walk long distances when protection against sharp objects and outdoor terrain is vital.
However, heavy shoes, with steel toes and thick soles drain your energy quicker. So finding the right pair is important.
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