What is PPE and why do you have to wear it?

PPE stands for “Personal Protective Equipment”.  As all workers in the meat industry know safety at all times is a must.  PPE is equipment worn by workers to reduce their exposure to hazards.

PPE items include:

  • Eye protection
  • Hearing protection
  • Respiratory protection
  • Foot protection
  • Head protection
  • Body protection

It is important that everyone (employers and employees) in the meat industry take the necessary precautions to protect themselves and try and prevent injury wherever possible.

Please see below fact sheets from Workplace Health and Safety Queensland showing the most common injuries workers together with tips on how to reduce the risk of injury.

Most Common Injuries – Meat Processing Industry

Most Common Injuries – Poultry Processing Industry

ALL MEMBERS SHOULD BE AWARE:  it is the obligation of the employer to provide all PPE relevant to a task.