Personal Protective Equipment.

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Personal Protective Equipment is of major significance in workplaces all over the world. As the use of personal protective equipment is important, it's only an extra form of protection, necessary where all hazards haven't been controlled through other means. Personal protective equipment consists of a range of clothing and equipment, which is to shield worker's bodies from workplace hazards. It is widely used to decrease the exposure of employees to hazards, and to avoid employees from illness or injuries while at work. Employees are accountable for wearing the personal protective equipment properly and using the necessary protection for their tasks. Although there are several types of personal protective equipment used in a workplace, three of which are very essential and should be used correctly in order for the employee to have the ideal protection. They are protection to your eyes, head and ears (noise).

Loud, extreme noise can damage an employee's hearing ability if he or she is not using the right type of protection to prevent the noise.

It is extremely important to have the right kind of personal protective equipment for your ears to protect them from the loud noises. There are three main types of ear protection used in a workplace. Earplugs are the most frequently used to help keep the noise level down. Some of which are disposable that are made to fit into the ear canal just right, and reusable earplugs, which tend to be more dependable than the disposable ear plugs. Types of pre-formed earplugs, called canal caps, are also used vastly. They are usually attached to a headpiece because they might get lost if they were not properly attached. Earmuffs for hardhats are also a good form of ear protection. When employees are in extremely loud and noisy places, they have a tendency...