How to protect yourself against injuries
Your Personal Protective Equipment
Protective clothing is available so that you do not get injured or sick at work. We call it Personal Protective Equipment – or in short: PPE. You can see where you have to wear it by the blue mandatory signs.
Your boss must give you Personal Protective Equipment to wear at work if it is necessary, without you having to specifically pay for it. You have to wear it.
In addition, your boss must explain to you before you start the work when you have to wear which PPE (safety instruction).
Protect your Hands
This sign is called: Wear work gloves. They protect your skin against injuries.
Apply cream to your hands before putting on the glove. Water can also damage your skin. The skin becomes wrinkly when your hands are constantly in water. This is a sign that your skin is not healthy.
When performing such work, wear gloves that do not let water through. People often sweat very quickly in such gloves. This is not good for your skin either. Wear cotton gloves under the protective gloves, for example. They soak up the sweat.
Use Protective Cream
There is protective cream in the hand-washing area. This is good for the skin. Apply the cream before you start work and during your break. At the end of the work, use the protective cream. Never wash your hands with petrol or thinners. This is dangerous and ruins your skin.
Protect your Eyes
This sign is called: Wear safety goggles or a protective visor. They protect you from injuries to your eyes, for example if dust, chips, splinters or similar items can get into your eyes. Liquids can also injure the eye, for example cleaning agents. Safety goggles are also available for spectacle wearers.
Example: when cutting vines, when cleaning machines.
Protect your Hearing
This sign is called: wear hearing protection. The reasons for this: noise is bad for the ears and can damage them for ever. For example, you can become hard of hearing. The hearing protection makes the noise quieter.
Example: when working with noisy machines. When working with a high-pressure cleaner.
Protect your Head
This sign is called: wear a helmet. You can injure your head during some types of work. Then you have to put on a protective helmet. The foreman or the boss will tell you for which jobs you have to wear a helmet
Example: on the construction site, during tree work.
Protect yourself from the weather
This sign means: Wear clothes that protect you from rain, cold or too much sun.
When it is cold, wear sufficiently warm clothes. It is best to wear several layers so that you can take something off or put something on when the temperature changes. If it rains, wear a rain jacket with a hood or hat and waterproof shoes, for example rubber boots. If you don’t have a rain jacket or rubber boots, ask the foreman or boss for some.
Keep this in mind for various activities
Before repairs: switch off the machine
Broken machines or equipment have to be repaired so that no one gets injured by them. If you check yourself why the machine is broken, then the following applies:
- First switch off the machine or device.
- No electricity may flow and no motor/engine may be running.
- In the case of vehicles, remove the ignition key.
- Report broken machines to the foreman or boss. The boss must know this and organise the repair.
Plant protection agents can make you ill. This means that only employees who have been trained to use them are allowed to work in the company. If you have not undergone such training, you are not allowed to spread any plant protection products.
The manufacturer of the plant protection agent specifies in the instructions for use which protective clothing you must wear. The foreman or boss has to give these to you.Protective equipment for plant protection includes:
- Protective gloves for plant protection
- Plant protection suit
- Apron with sleeves
- Breathing protection
- Eye protection or face protection
- Rubber boots
No alcohol or drugs at work
Drinking alcohol or taking drugs at work is prohibited. The reasons for this: alcohol and drugs increase the danger of accidents. If you nevertheless drink alcohol or take drugs, the boss can give you a warning or dismiss you.