Lesson 4 Risk factors and parts of body exposed to risks

  • As you have learned from the Module 1, there are different types of risk factors that you may encounter in your work.
  • They can affect different areas of your body, thus there are specific protective equipment designed to protect certain body parts.
  • Below you can see the table from the Directive 89/656/EEC listing risks and body parts to be used for selection of personal protective equipment.
  • As you can see, one risk factor my affect different body parts, and specific body part may be affected by different risk factors.
  • That is why trained professionals design various personal protective equipment to assure safety of workers.

Fig. 1. Specimen risk survey table for the use of personal protective equipment.
Source: Council Directive 89/656/EEC of 30 November 1989 on the minimum health and safety requirements for the use by workers of personal protective equipment at the workplace (third individual directive within the meaning of Article 16 (1) of Directive 89/391/EEC). 

Fig. 2. Examples of areas that can be protected with PPE