Cintas Identifies Seven Strategies for Improving Personal Protection
Tactics help organizations increase employee compliance with safety gear
CINCINNATI -- January 15, 2014
According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), many workers who
sustain on-the-job injuries admit to not wearing personal protective equipment
(PPE). Often, workers believe PPE is uncomfortable, unnecessary or
unavailable, and these attitudes can result in more serious injuries. For the
national launch of its Cintas Safety Center, a PPE cabinet coupled with a
managed program, Cintas Corporation (NASDAQ: CTAS), a leading provider of
on-site first aid and safety products and training solutions, today identified
seven strategies for improving PPE performance.
“PPE protects workers from a wide variety of job hazards and keeps
organizations in compliance with safety regulations,” said Jay Bruscato, Vice
President of First Aid and Safety, Cintas. “However, being over protected is
just as hazardous as being under protected. Organizations should partner with
a safety provider that can provide samples, help with PPE selection and ensure
PPE best practices are followed.”
Seven recommendations for improving PPE performance include:
1. Keep PPE in a central location – Organizations should invest in a PPE
cabinet that keeps an adequate supply of high-quality head-to-toe solutions
well organized and centrally located within the workplace. The cabinet should
be part of a managed program with a safety provider so that organizations can
easily adjust the type and amount of PPE delivered as employee count, job
responsibilities and hazards change. A PPE program also ensures that
protective equipment is always available and well-maintained to encourage
2. Ensure ear plugs fit correctly and comfortably – Employees are less likely
to wear hearing protection if it is uncomfortable. Organizations should have
ear plugs available in various sizes and allow workers to get fitted to ensure
that they fit properly and comfortably.
3. Offer anti-fog eye protection – In high-humidity environments or when
dealing with sudden environmental changes, eye protection can fog up, reducing
visibility at crucial moments. Organizations should make sure anti-fog eye
protection is part of their PPE inventory to reduce employees’ frustration and
increase their use of protection in hazardous situations.
4. Match gloves to hazards and seasons – Organizations need to have hand
protection that is well matched with the tasks employees will be performing,
the conditions of the work and the duration of use. Employees also need to use
different gloves in the winter than in the summer. Safety managers will want
to consider gloves made from leather, canvas and coated fabric, as well as
options that are rubber-insulated and chemical and liquid-resistant.
5. Check protective apparel for imperfections – Protective apparel keeps
workers safe from electrical arc flashes that result in serious burns.
Organizations should work with a safety provider that will regularly check the
condition of protective apparel as it is restocked so that torn fabric on
vests, tops and pants can be spotted before they are worn.
6. Provide hard hats in a variety of types and classes – Different hard hats
offer varying levels of protection. Organizations need to select from types
that provide protection from blows to the top of the head (Type I) or the top
and sides (Type II). Class G helmets can withstand 2,200 volts, Class E can
withstand 20,000 volts and are ideal for electrical work, and Class C does not
provide electrical insulation. Workers should know when to use each type and
7. Offer safety training to supplement PPE use – Protective apparel and ear,
eye, head and hand protection are only effective when the wearer is
knowledgeable and responsible about the equipment. Employees should complete
training courses that highlight job hazards, the importance of PPE and how to
best wear it. Wearing too much PPE can cause heat stress, while not enough can
lead to cold stress in certain conditions or exposure to hazards such as arc
flash and hearing loss.
Cintas offers a variety of proactive and reactive safety solutions, from
proactive PPE in the Cintas Safety Center to reactive AED and first-aid
programs. For more information, visit www.cintas.com/safe.
About Cintas Corporation:
Headquartered in Cincinnati, Cintas Corporation provides highly specialized
services to businesses of all types primarily throughout North America. Cintas
designs, manufactures and implements corporate identity uniform programs, and
provides entrance mats, restroom cleaning and supplies, tile and carpet
cleaning, promotional products, first aid, safety, fire protection products
and services and document management services for more than 1 million
businesses. Cintas is a publicly held company traded over the Nasdaq Global
Select Market under the symbol CTAS and is a component of the Standard &
Poor’s 500 Index.
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