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Six tips to get your staff to wear their PPE

by , 27 November 2013
It's your duty to ensure all your employees wear their personal protective equipment (PPE). Here are six tips to get your staff to wear their PPE and the possible consequences you face if you don't.

Dear Health and Safety Reps

Your role as Health and Safety Rep is to ensure all your employees wear their personal protective equipment (PPE). If your co-workers don't wear their PPE and you ignore it, you're being negligent in your duties and there are consequences.

Read on for six tips to get your staff to wear their PPE and the possible consequences you face if you don't.

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Stop wasting time not knowing what to train your employees on

You know you have to train your employees on health and safety, but you don't know which ones you really have to do. And you don't have the time to waste training employees every week.

What if I told you I have the solution to your problem. And it only takes 15 minutes of your time?

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Six tips to get your staff to wear their PPE
  1. If you see a co-worker not wearing their full PPE, stop them. Make sure you tell them to put it on.
  2. If you don't want to get a fine or spend time in jail – look after your co-workers by checking they're wearing their PPE.
  3. Before starting work, make sure everybody is wearing their PPE.
  4. Check they're wearing it properly.
  5. Make sure their PPE fits comfortably. If it's not, report it so they can get PPE fits better and is comfortable.
  6. Do your PPE inspections every month to ensure your co-workers are using safe PPE.

Read on for the consequences you could face if you don't enforce PPE.

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Consequences if you're negligent in your duties

Although you can't be sued in a civil court for damages, a simple DoL enquiry can label you as a criminal and can fine you up to R50 000. You could face jail time, or both. The state can even take you to court and then you risk getting a heavier sentence for failing in your duty.

So, the next time you see your colleagues breaking your Health and Safety rules… DO something about it! Take action, because it's your neck on the line and not just theirs. It's your duty to enforce health and safety in your company. A very easy place to start is by having weekly toolbox talks with your colleagues. We have a Toolbox Talks Kit with 97 Toolbox Talks to save you time and help create that culture of safety. Click here to order yours.


Stay Safe,


Louise Harty
Senior Product Manager: Health and Safety

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