What to do if your PPE is comprimised

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Since our founding in 1984, MPE has been dedicated to worker safety, and we offer a full array of PPE to protect those exposed to hazardous conditions and materials in the workplace, including a large selection of disposable jumpsuits.

If you don’t already know, PPE stands for personal protective equipment, and according to guidelines provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) it includes the following:

  • Protective clothing
  • Respiratory equipment
  • Cooling system
  • Communication devices
  • Head protection
  • Eye protection
  • Ear protection
  • Inner garment
  • Outer protection (overgloves, overboots, flashcover)

Over time, through normal usage, wear and tear, and exposure to contaminants, your PPE can become compromised. And that raises the question: when do you know when to replace your PPE? You should consider the following factors when deciding whether to replace a piece of PPE:

  • Manufacturer’s information – Generally, a manufacturers provide information about how to identify the “end of life” of a piece of PPE, generally based on a specific date or maximum service time.
  • Damage – When a piece of PPE is heavily damaged, such as a cracked protective helmet, it should be replaced.
  • Inspection – If a piece of PPE does not pass inspection, you must replace it.

The last point raises another question, What guidelines should be used to inspect a piece of PPE? We suggest you use the following criteria in inspecting some of the more commonly used pieces of PPE:

  • Gloves – Look for wear and tear, as this can affect a glove’s gripping and protection abilities, and test the grip. Try using tools, ensuring they are easy to grip and operate.
  • Footwear – Look for separation of footwear components, such as the toe cover detaching from the rest of the shoe or boot. Exposure of once-covered areas indicates an immediate need for repair or replacement.
  • Eyewear – Put on the eyewear and look for scratches or other damage that might impair vision.
  • Headgear – Look for cracks and other signs of damage.
  • Body and leg protection – Put on the pieces of PPE and see if they have shrunk to the point that mobility is inhibited. If so, you must replace it.

Whether you’re buying PPE for the first time or replacing compromised pieces of PPE, remember our aim is always to make sure you have the best possible purchasing experience. Call us today at 1-800-842-4230 and let one of our Customer Service Representatives help you.


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