PPE 2.0: Protection meets productivity
EMCOR Group Inc. leads the way for Personal Productivity Equipment.
EMCOR Group Inc. has been at the leading edge of the conceptualization of what is now referred to as Personal Productivity Equipment. The new equipment is not only comfortable for workers but contains a number of innovations that increase the efficiency and productivity of industry personnel.
The term PPE has long stood for Personal Protective Equipment. Designed to protect the worker from on-the-job hazards, its use was uncomfortable and often disregarded by industry personnel. Repeated injuries leading to lowered productivity forced the redesign of the equipment and the eventual redefinition of the term itself.
Some notable examples of such innovations are LED task lighting in gloves and eyewear or hardhat-mounted headlamps, which enhance productivity, and safety in poorly lit environments. Gel knee pads and good footwear reduce fatigue and further contribute to the overall efficiency. Other corporations are following EMCOR’s lead and embracing these new innovations; with their use, productivity and protection can now co-exist.
The U.S. Department of Labor provides more information on the standards that PPE must adhere to.
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