Why is Workplace Safety Important, and How Can PPE Help?

If you own or manage a business, it’s your responsibility to keep your employees safe while they are in your building or on the worksite. Does your business have the right personal protective equipment (PPE) necessary to keep everyone safe?

If not, A.G. Maas has you covered. A.G. Maas has more than a century’s worth of experience in providing companies in Indianapolis and across Central Indiana with the proper personal protective equipment.

What exactly is PPE? PPE includes personal protective clothing, helmets, hand protection, masks, eye protection, footwear, vests, and head and face protection that are worn to protect people from injury or infection while they’re performing their jobs.

Whether you operate a hospital, school or manufacturing company, contact A.G. Maas today so we can develop an individual solution to ensure your company has the right type and amount of personal protective equipment on hand at all times.

Workplace Injury Statistics from the U.S. Department of Labor

We believe it’s important to note how common work-related injuries and deaths are in an effort to promote the importance of workplace personal protective equipment.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 5,333 fatal work injuries were recorded in the U.S. in 2019, a 2% increase from the year before. Also in 2019, private industry employers reported 2.8 million nonfatal workplace injuries, with the manufacturing industry accounting for 15% of these industries.

Why is Workplace Safety Important?

Simply put, PPE saves lives. It’s imperative to keep a safe workplace for your employees, especially if they’re working at a manufacturing or construction site where heavy machinery is being used, at a hospital treating sick people, or cleaning schools and other commercial businesses which are filled with germs.

Employers can be sued and fined if they fail to provide the proper safety equipment. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) can shut down businesses if they are determined to be unsafe. Some of the most frequently filed complaints from OSHA are about fall protection and hazard communication.

According to OSHA, implementing a health and safety program can help businesses:

  • Prevent workplace injuries and illnesses
  • Reduce workers’ compensation premiums
  • Improve compliance with laws and regulations
  • Avoid expensive damage to equipment or machinery
  • Avoid the cost of hiring and training new employees
  • Limit the decline in work morale which can lead to higher turnover rates
  • Reduce lost work time

Common Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Employers Should Carry

From eye protection to fall protection to first-aid kits, A.G. Maas carries a full line of head-to-toe PPE from the most reputable vendors in the United States.

We’ll recommend the right types of PPE depending on your industry and the type of work your employees perform. For example, hard hats, safety boots and eye protection, just to name a few, are essential safety items to protect industrial workers from head injuries from falling objects, while eye protection is imperative for workers who are performing their job duties where hot liquids or chemical gases are present.

In the pharmaceutical industry, meanwhile, gloves can protect against potentially dangerous chemicals, while gloves and masks are needed to assist frontline workers, especially in the healthcare industry.

Our complete list of PPE includes:

  • Eye protection
  • Head and face protection
  • Hearing protection
  • Respiratory
  • Hand protection
  • Welding
  • Footwear
  • Ergonomics
  • Fall protection
  • Water safety
  • Protective clothing
  • Cold weather gear
  • Hi-Viz apparel
  • Lighting
  • Instrumentation
  • Confined space
  • Heat stress
  • First aid
  • Shower and eyewash
  • LOTO (lockout/tagout)
  • Wipes and cleaners
  • Sorbents
  • Hazardous storage
  • Industrial markers
  • Tapes and adhesives
  • Barricade tapes
  • Emergency response

Trust A.G. Maas for Top-of-the-line Safety Equipment

A.G. Maas takes the safety of our customers extremely seriously. That’s why we only work with the most trusted suppliers of safety equipment to keep your employees and customers safe in any scenario.

When you work with A.G. Maas, we’ll provide a facility audit to ensure your company has the right type and amount of safety equipment for your business’ specific needs and that your supply rooms are completely stocked at all times. Whether it’s first-aid equipment or safety clothing and hard hats, we have you covered.

Contact A.G. Maas for All of Your Company’s Safety Equipment

Don’t leave the safety of your employees and customers to just any company; trust the professionals at A.G. Maas, which has provided safety supplies and equipment to Central Indiana business for more than a century. For more information or to request a meeting with A.G. Maas, contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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