Report outlines global PPE trends

3M Safety & Graphics
Tuesday, 14 August, 2012

Health and safety professionals are feeling increased pressure to manage company costs without compromising worker safety. A new report from 3M outlines best practices to achieve these goals and offers insight into the latest global occupational health and safety trends.

Noting that every dollar spent on safety sends $4-6 to the bottom line, the report recommends that companies invest in risk evaluations to identify on-site hazards and put the best processes and controls in place, including appropriate personal protection equipment (PPE). The report also advises that health and safety managers holistically assess the required PPE components and select an integrated solution.

According to 3M’s Safety Outlook and Trends Report, the majority of current PPE performance standards around the world regulate the performance of each type of PPE separately. Employers can increase worker comfort and compliance by providing respirators, hard hats and other equipment that work well together and fit each unique face and head shape.

The report reveals cutting-edge advancements in PPE manufacturing and fit-test systems for hearing and respiratory protection that allow health and safety managers to confirm that the PPE is suitable for each individual. A forward-thinking focus on sustainability, the use of end-of-service indicators and on-site vending machine PPE distribution comprise other progressive industry safety and cost-saving trends highlighted in the report.

“The safety and health professional must demonstrate to his or her employer that safety is not just compliance or regulation driven,” said Terrie S Norris, President of the American Society of Safety Engineers, who is quoted in 3M’s report. “He or she must demonstrate the financial benefits.”

The Safety Outlook and Trends Report was compiled based on a 3M global survey of safety and health professionals, 3M scientific research and data from industry associations - including the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, World Health Organization, Occupational Safety & Health Administration, Home Improvement Research Institute, Home Safety Council and Health & Safety Middle East.

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