FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is PPE?
"Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) refers to the protective clothing and accessories which are designed to protect the wearer's body from any form of minor or major injury. It helps protect the wearer's body from injuries by blunt force impacts, electrical, thermal and chemical threats and infection for improved safety at work and promoting healthy work environments.
The terms ""protective gear"" and ""protective clothing"" are in most cases interchangeable. ""Protective clothing"" is applied to various categories of clothing whereas ""protective gear"" is a more general term and often means protective equipment such as pads, guards, shields, masks, etc.
Personal protective equipment is used to minimize the exposure employee(s) have to any form of hazard where engineering and administrative controls are not efficient enough to decrease these risks to acceptable levels. "
Who should use PPE?
"Individuals employed in the construction industry, industrial maintenance workers and other such industries where there is a high risk of injury involved must utilize PPE to stay safe.
Other workers like masons, woodworkers, plumbers, HVAC personnel, metalworkers, electricians, painters, thermal technicians, cable installers, coppersmiths etc should use proper PPE while at their respective workplaces in compliance with the PPE usage guidelines issued by the respective competent authority."
What are the different protection segments in PPE?
Mallcom Group currently provides a wide array of products certified by the EN/IS standards covering the following segments:
1. Head Protection
2. Hands Protection
3. Body Protection
4. Feet Protection
5. Fall Protection"
What kind of certification should a Fall Arrest Kit come with?
Being a category-3 product, one needs to check that all the components of the system adhere to the respective EN norms and are CE certified. Using non-certified products can be very risky in terms of safety at the workplace.
How should a helmet be worn?
"A helmet is designed in such a way that the energy released during impact is absorbed by the partial damage of the cap and the harness.
Users must pay careful attention to how to use it properly and not remove or modify any of the original parts of the helmet, other than those recommended by the manufacturer.
The helmet should be worn slightly tilted to the front and should be adapted or adjusted to the size of the wearer's head. "
What are the proper maintenance guidelines for a helmet?
Helmets must be maintained and checked for damage regularly. One should realize that any helmet which has been hit, cracked or left exposed too long in the back of the car can lose a significant degree of its effectiveness. You should replace any helmet which has been damaged immediately.
What is a helmet’s life expectancy?
Life expectancy of a helmet is affected by several factors including the temperature you use it in is extremely cold or hot, the chemicals around it, the sun's direct exposure to them, and how careful you are while using them.
What are the maintenance guidelines for eyewear?
One should take proper care and maintenance while using safety eye-wear by doing the following: Change the glass in the event of scratches, breaking or pitting surfaces, wash the glass with soap and water, take care not to scratch the glass and store the goggles in a rigid case (if possible).
Why should anyone use a noise blocker?
It has been proven that noise these days has serious harmful physiological effects. Noise can be dangerous to your health.
If our sense of hearing is neglected, we could be exposed to effects which may be harmful and irreversible.
What are different types of face masks available?
Three different types of filtering half-masks are available and widely used across the industries namely P1, P2 & P3. These disposable masks are generally found either in a flat foldable type shape or in a conical shape.
What kind of variety is available in hand gloves?
"Various types of hand gloves are produced to take care of different kinds of industrial hazards. We have a wide range of hand gloves designed and crafted for use in various industries.
Ranging from leather to knit, or from nitrile to latex, coated using PVC, PU or other similar materials. We even have speciality gloves for handling cryogenics. We have a solution for all kinds of working environments. "
How to manage a high degree of heat?
One of the best ways to tackle radiant heat up to 400 Degrees Celsius is by using Kevlar® gloves. These gloves come in different layouts, either knitted or with a leather cover with Kevlar® sewn inside.
400 Degrees Celsius! But for how long will they be able to withhold that level of heat?
The standard time duration that they can survive those high temperatures continuously is approximately 12-15 seconds. The lesser the heat, the longer it will be able to withstand those harsh conditions.
We are using asbestos gloves currently, is it safe? If not then what are the suitable replacements against this?
"No, it isn't. Asbestos is banned globally because breathing in asbestos fibres exposes people to pulmonary illnesses and can even cause cancer, which appears long after being exposed. It is easy to reach the level of asbestos fibre concentration in the air required to cause such an illness during grinding, vibration and friction to help the asbestos fibres to fall apart and form a cloud of harmful fumes containing asbestos dust. One of the most conveniently available materials which can easily replace asbestos is Kevlar® which is fundamentally good at resisting radiant heat.
What are the different kinds of garments made by us?
We manufacture varieties of protective clothing ranging from overalls to industrial jackets and trousers, medical jackets and aprons, culinary uniforms to Fire Retardant (FR) dresses etc. These are available in different colour shades and are composed of varied fabrics like 100% cotton or 60/40 Polyester-Cotton.
Is there any scope of customization available?
There are a host of additional features that can be placed onto a garment like a corporate logo, department name etc. in the form of embroidered lettering, direct embroidery, screen printing, heat transfers etc.
What are the differences between safety shoes, protective footwear and work shoes?
Safety shoes are those equipped with safety toe caps designed to withstand a maximum impact of 200 joules and crushing strength of up to 15 kN. These shoes comply with the EN345-1 standard.
Protective shoes are those equipped with safety toe caps designed to withstand a maximum impact of 100 joules and crushing strength of up to 10 kN. These shoes comply with the EN346-1 standard.
Shoes which are different from safety or protective footwear and have no protective toe cap for impact and crushing are called Occupational shoes. These shoes meet the EN347-1 standard.
What are the standards an industrial shoe should comply with?
Ideally, a safety shoe should meet the parameters mentioned in the EN-345 norm. In India, in addition to EN-345, IS-15298 is also checked to evaluate the safety of the shoes.
What is a Fall Arrest System?
"It is a device designed to attach a person to a point of anchorage to prevent them from dropping from a height. It is also helpful in breaking the fall midway and helping the person get back safely on the ground.
Personal protective equipment designed to prevent falls from a height must necessarily incorporate the following three elements:
The body-holding device (Full Body Harness), Fall Arresters (Guided type/Anchorage lines/Energy Absorbent/Retractable type) and Connectors (Anchorage Devices)."
Which harness is preferable to be used - Full Body or Half Body?
Ideally, one should use a full-body harness while working at a height, since it is safer in terms of preventing any form of accident from happening in the first place.
What are the products covered under head protection?
In general terms, head protection gear refers to products like helmets, eyewear (glasses & goggles), face masks, ear plugs & ear muffs etc.