When we think of people whose inventions have made significant impacts to our world we tend to think of Thomas Edison and the lightbulb or Karl Benz and the automobile. But in the construction industry we should thank Edward Bullard, because 100 years ago in 1919 he invented the hard had, which today is the most recognizable and common PPE item and is responsible for protecting countless people while they work.
As we all know PPE is our last line of defense from hazards. If we can’t eliminate a hazard by other means we are left with having to implement a form of personal protective equipment.
Throughout the years more and more PPE items have become common or even mandatory for example, most project sites require:
OSHA has a general safety standard requiring employers to ensure that appropriate PPE is worn in all operations where there is an exposure to hazardous conditions. So, whether it’s a hard hat, safety glasses, gloves, face shield, Kevlar sleeves, respirators, the list goes on it’s important for the employer to provide what the employee needs. It’s always important for employees to understand the proper use, selection and maintenance of PPE.