10 PPE Checks To Perform Before Leaving Port

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Personal Protective Equipment

As one of the preferred providers of chandling services in Cape Town, Saldanha, Port Elizabeth, Coega, Durban and Richards Bay, the Link Ship Chandlers team is well-versed in sourcing supplies for a wide variety of vessels. We’ve worked hand in hand with professional seafarers for many years, so we know how important it is to ensure the safety of your crew before you leave shore.

One of the most important aspects of managing personal safety aboard any type of vessel is ensuring that everyone has access to the personal protective equipment (PPE) they need to perform their various jobs effectively. To this end, here are 10 PPE checks you should perform before you leave port:

Is Everyone’s Protective Clothing Intact?

Also known as boiler suits, these all-over protective outfits are imperative when it comes to safeguarding crew members from hot oil, water, etc.

Are There Enough Helmets to Go Around?

Always ensure that the ship has at least one helmet for every crew member.

Have Crew Members Been Issued With Safety Shoes?

Safety shoes are a vital component of a crew member’s gear – it not only ensures that they can get around on the vessel without slipping, it also provides extra protection against falling and tripping hazards that could severely injure their feet.

Do We Have a Full Complement of Safety Gloves?

A ship requires a variety of safety gloves. This includes heat-resistant gloves, welding gloves, chemical gloves etc. Be sure that you’ve restocked before you leave port.

Does the Crew Have Access To Sufficient Goggles?

Goggles are a vital safety tool in a variety of processes that need to be performed aboard a ship. Always be sure to have sufficient goggles in stock.

Do We Have Ear Muffs in Stock?

The noise levels aboard a ship can cause everything from headaches to hearing loss. Be sure to carry enough ear muffs or ear plugs to give your crew members the option of dampening the noise if they so choose.

Has The On-Board Safety Harness Been Checked?

Be sure that your crew members are safe when they work at height or perform routine maintenance on elevated surfaces by checking your harness before departure.

Did We Restock Face Masks?

Hazardous particles can be present when your crew members work with paint, insulation or carbon cleaning materials. Be sure to have plenty of face masks on hand to avoid inhalation.

Do We Have Chemical Suits On Board?

Chemical suits are specialised suits that are worn to protect the wearer against the potentially harmful effects of chemicals that are often used on ships.

Are The Welding Shields Useable?

Never allow crew members to weld without a proper welding shield to safeguard them from the ultraviolet rays of the welding iron’s spark.

Performing these ten checks before you leave port will ensure that you have the most important PPE elements aboard. The Link Ship Chandlers team keep an eye out for fresh news and information on maritime development in South Africa. Keep an eye on the blog in coming weeks and months for more shipping-related news and expert insight on stocking your ship efficiently while you make your way from one port to the next.


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