When working with any kind of hazardous waste or operating any type of incinerator, you will need to wear personal protective equipment. This will safeguard your health and prevent any accidental injuries.
PPE kits are designed to protector workers when machines are in operation, anyone working in close proximity to an operating machine must be fully protected and use the correct PPE equipment. This equipment may change depending on the exact waste you are handling but as a minimum: gloves, aprons and visors must be worn when operating any of our machines.
In most countries there is now a minimum requirement of what PPE kit you should wear. Check with your local authority or government to find out what you need. If you are unsure then purchase one of our PPE kits. This will mean you are meeting EU guidelines for operating a waste incinerator.
There are some essential pieces of ppe that every waste handler and incinerator operator should wear – at all times
Handling waste – especially incinerating hazardous materials – can be a dangerous task. Workers need to be protected from disease and germs, which can be easily inhaled. It’s essential that any exposed skin on the arms and legs are fully covered as failure to do so could lead to irritation or burns.
You should also cover the mouth to minimise any risk of infection. For workers handling medical or health care waste, there is the additional risk of bodily fluids and splashed chemicals.
Full body aprons provide an extra layer of protection in these situations. Additionally, sharp objects are also commonplace in health care waste, heavy-duty gloves are vital in helping to prevent accidental cuts, scratches or punctures and any cross-contamination.
Incinerators burn waste material at extremely high temperatures, therefore when operators are loading waste they are being exposed to these high temperatures each time. Each machine has a range of built-in safety features but it is crucial that all staff around the machine are wearing full and correct PPE equipment to protect themselves from the heat given off.
The best PPE kits provide heat-resistant materials to protect operators from the high temperatures they may deal with. A full safety visor is required to withstand the raised temperatures. This visor also protects the face from both the heat and potential sparks.
Flame retardant clothing – including gloves, arm guards, jackets and overalls are all essential pieces of PPE. This helps protect the operators when the machine is in use.