Personal Protective Equipment (P.P.E.)

Personal Protective Equipment (P.P.E.)

A.J. Kilpatrick

PPE Personal Protective Equipment

Safety never takes a holiday

Chainsaws are dangerous.  Everyone knows it; that’s part of their machismo appeal; that’s why they’re the king of the hand-held power equipment.  It’s why we love them, and why zombies should fear them.  Despite the fact that everyone knows how dangerous they are, it is amazing to me how many people (I’m looking at you, men) laugh, scoff, or otherwise ridicule the use of Personal Protective Equipment (or P.P.E.) to enhance chainsaw safety practices. Why men feel the need to endanger themselves needlessly over misconstrued ideas of manliness is beyond the scope of this piece, but what is important for you, dear reader, is to understand that if you plan on holding a running chainsaw in your hands, you need to invest in P.P.E.. Personal Protective Equipment is not cheap.  Depending on the chainsaw you are purchasing, you might wind up spending as much (or possibly more) on P.P.E as on the chainsaw.  This is a significant expense that will impact your purchasing decision.  If you are thinking upping the machismo factor and skipping this expense, don’t forget to factor in what various bits and body parts (and possibly your life) are worth to you in your risk analysis.  When you consider that the average chainsaw injury requires 110 stitches and costs about $12 000.00, I believe that most people will quickly see P.P.E as a worthwhile investment.(

Safety Glasses

The first piece of P.P.E that you need to invest in is a good pair of safety glasses.  These babies are cheap, and, depending on how much you want to spend, come in styles that look just like a pair of shades.  If I have to convince you that safety glasses are a necessity when using a machine that’s sole mission in life is to turn trees into small pieces of wood and hurl said pieces around through the air then you probably can skip the next paragraph as it involves protecting an organ you probably don’t use much. Continue reading