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Personal protective gear

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Although farmers are at risk of animal and machinery-related injury, it's a fact that many such injuries could be prevented with the use of proper personal protective equipment. Hard hats are highly resistant to impacts, they offer protection from falling objects and do a good job of preventing concussions.

Protective eye wear such as safety glasses and goggles should be worn when handling chemicals, during haying, when using chainsaws or repairing machinery and in any situation where there is a danger of flying objects.

The feet are very vulnerable and should be protected with slip resistant, steel-toed work boots with a metal sole plate; the boots offer protection from dropped objects and puncture wounds and they also provide support for climbing ladders.

Gloves offer good protection for the hands but the should be chosen for the specific task.

Ear plugs or ear muffs providing proper noise reduction should be worn when noise levels are above 90 decibels.

Another important factor is learning how the equipment should be used and how to maintain it properly. As well, make sure to use the PPE that is appropriate for the job and always check the equipment before using it.

But above all, bear in mind this year's theme: "Personal protective equipment only works if you use it."

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