Proper PPE - The Last Line of Defense in Glass Manufacturing
By Jay Crawford, Director of Sales Tilsatec - NA
Being in the business of protecting employees, our most valuable asset, requires HSE professionals in the glass industry to put in place best practices for their safety program. This can involve a number of things; hazard assessments, employee training, and engineering out any possible risks. However, at the end of the day proper PPE is the last line of defense.
My question to you is, when was the last time you reviewed your PPE? Specifically your hand, arm, and body protective equipment.. Although there are many options in today’s market regarding cut protection, not all cut resistance is created equal.
- Are you using products that have tested & proven results?
- Are you using outdated technology?
- Can your PPE manufacturer offer customized solutions?
- What is the prescribed ANSI cut level for your facility?
- Are you confident that it meets / exceeds your standards?
- Is your current PPE lightweight, cool, comfortable? If not, are you having compliance issues with your employees?
- Are employees removing gloves, sleeves, garments that are to hot or bulky?
- Are employees rolling up or down arm guards solely for comfort reasons?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2018 the glass industry as a whole averaged a record-able injury rate (non-fatal) of 4.5 employees per 100 FTE (full time employees) . This number is higher than metal manufacturing (4.1), and paper manufacturing (2.7). Potential hazards include but aren’t limited to; cuts, lacerations, punctures, and burns to critical areas of the body.
The glass industry needs a variety of hand, arm, and body protection. These products need to provide a high level of cut / puncture resistance, comfort, dexterity and grip, to prevent product damage while giving workers a sense of security . Our products meet all these needs. Let Tilsatec help secure your last line of defense with an on-site assessment & cost of wear analysis. Contact us for more information or to schedule your site assessment.