When a person puts on PPE they place a barrier between themselves and the environment, which can have unwanted side-effects.
The PPE can interfere with their ability to do their work, for example, gloves that are thick and clumsy, or impose additional risks to their health or safety, such as heat stress.
Sometimes the ‘solution’ is to choose not to wear the PPE correctly or not at all.
Applying ergonomics principles to the design of PPE, or to the work done whilst wearing it, can help to reduce these problems, helping to make the PPE more wearable.
Richard Graveling, IEHF President