On dangerous or risky job sites, and within certain environments, personal protective equipment (PPE) must be worn at all times. It makes perfect sense, because the gear is designed specifically to mitigate severe or fatal accidents. Helmets, for example, protect the head from falling objects, overhead fixtures, and much more.
Here’s what inspectors should be looking for:
- Discoloration or material degradation
- Rips, tears, holes, cracks, indentions, or visible damage
- The age of the gear compared to the manufacturer’s expiration date
- How many owners the gear has had
- Missing components such as fuel, filters, or other resources
- Failing straps, locks, adapters, or security devices
Don’t forget that items that have been in storage for a long time may have deteriorated, even if they were not used often. This is common with certain types of gear, including fall protection equipment.