Utah Safety Week starts today and this week we will be focusing on things all employers can do to create safer working environments for their employees, regardless of industry. Encouraging safe behaviors at home and on the job will allow employee to return to work each day healthy and ready to perform their job duties.

All employers can encourage employees to utilize Personal Protective Equipment at home and on the job.  Here is some information you can share:

Personal Protective Equipment For On and Off the Job

Stressing safety at work is a familiar focus for business owners and employees alike, especially when it comes to wearing PPE.  But we sometimes overlook taking the same precautions at home.  Personal protective equipment commonly used at work has an equally important place when doing yard work, home repairs or even participating in many recreational activities.  Consider these “Off-the-Job” suggestions to protect you and your family:

Use Safety Glasses – When:                      lawnmower-384589_1280

  • Mowing and trimming the lawn
  • Using any powered tools/equipment – i.e. drills, sanders, pneumatic tools, etc.
  • Playing sports
  • Shooting firearms
  • Working on vehicles or equipment with batteries

Use Gloves – When:

  • Using any powered tools/equipment
  • Doing yard work and trimming trees
  • When working with paints and chemicals

Wear Protective Footwear – When:

  • Mowing and trimming the lawn
  • Moving heavy things
  • Hiking, riding ATVs, etc.
  • Doing construction type work

Use Hearing Protection – When:

  • Mowing and trimming the lawn
  • Shooting firearms
  • Using any powered tools/equipment – i.e. drills, sanders, pneumatic tools, etc.

Use Respiratory Protection – When:

  • When using paints and chemicals

More than half (52%) of U.S. injuries requiring medical treatment occur at home, followed by the community (26%), work (12%) and on the road (10%) (Source: National Safety Council Injury Facts 2016). Help keep your employees healthy by encouraging them to be mindful of safety on the job and at home.