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Draw up an action plan for introducing or improving emergency exits, evacuation routes
and evacuation sites, and the signs to indicate them, in your company. You might like to
follow the 6-Point Structure. A Roadmap to Quality 7 Unit 7 - Safety 05-87581_unit 7.qxd 01/08/2006 10:58 Page 8 7.2 Provide protective clothing and tools
1. There will always be a risk of accidents occurring, but there is a great range of
protective clothing and tools to lessen the risk, and to protect employees from injury and
death when accidents do happen. Every company should:
a. Provide protective clothing and tools wherever there is any risk to employees.
b. Check that these are worn and used properly.
c. Install devices that automatically halt operations or sound alarms when something
goes wrong. Provide protective clothing and tools
2. Employees who work in dangerous environments must use protective clothing and tools.
These must conform to standards set by the government. They will include:
a. Eyeglasses for operations that involve cutting, grinding and chipping.
b. Masks for operations in which organic solvents are used, and for operations that
c. Gloves for handling hot, sharp or pointed items.
d. Helmets for operations at high altitudes, and for working with forklifts.
e. Earplugs for operations classified in noise management categories II and III.
f. Protective uniforms for handling specific chemical substances etc.
g. Heat-resistant uniforms for working in high temperatures.
h. Uniforms that prevent sleeves and cuffs from being caught in machines. Check that protective clothing and tools are being used properly
3. Check periodically that protective gear, both clothing and tools, are being used properly,
and keep a record of the results. Follow these procedures:
a. Designate the operations and the employees that require protective gear at each
b. Keep a record of where this protective gear is distributed for joint use, and where for
c. Check that the protective gear conforms to the standards set by the government or
d. Keep records of periodic checks on the number of items of protective gear that are in
e. Record the periodic cleaning and maintenance of protective gear.
4. Patrol teams appointed by the safety committee should conduct periodic safety patrols
and report when protective gear is not being worn. The safety committee should act on
these patrol reports, so that everyone will realise the importance of wearing protective
(See Text 7.5 for detailed guidelines on safety patrols.) Unit 7 - Safety 8 A Roadmap to Quality 05-87581_unit 7.qxd 01/08/2006 10:58 Page 9 Install devices that automatically halt operations or activate
5. A very good way to prevent accidents is to use protective devices that either halt
mechanical operations or send out electrical, visual or mechanical alarms when an
employee enters dangerous areas around specific machines or around cables that
connect with other machines and facilities. Examples of these are:
a. Frontal sections of the blades of shearing machines.
b. Safety fences around robots.
c. The operational spheres of pieces of equipment that are connected to each other.
d. Systems that prevent excessive winding by machines such as cranes. Discussion
The following questions ask you to think about how the ideas in the text could be applied in
your company. Some of the ideas may not be relevant to you. Concentrate on those that are
relevant. Keep notes of your conclusions – you will need them to prepare your action plan
afterwards. Where appropriate ask yourself the RADAR questions.
Note: Always include in your discussion any figures referred to in the text, if you feel these
are relevant to your company.
a. Which employees in your company use protective clothing or tools? How necessary
are these? Should more of them do so? Do the clothes and tools conform to
b. Parag. 2: The text gives eight examples of protective clothing and tools. Which of
these does your company already use? Which do you think they should use? Which
others might they use?
c. Parag. 3: Apply the RADAR questions to these suggested actions to check that
protective clothing and tools are being used properly.
d. Parag. 5: The text gives examples of this type of protective device. Do you already
use any of these? If so, how useful are they? If not, how useful do you think they
would be? Are there any others that you use, or that you think would be useful?
e. Consider how you would improve any of your existing protective devices, or install
any new ones. What difficulties might you meet and how would you overcome them? Action plan
Draw up an action plan for using protective clothing, tools and devices in your company,
using the 6-Point Structure. Alternatively you may choose to prepare one action plan when
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