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  • When it comes to your employee's PPE, don't let them do the following
  • Just because your employees have to wear their personal protective equipment (PPE) anytime they're on site doesn't mean they always wear or use it in the right way. In fact, often observations will show countless creative alternative ways employees use their PPE. These alternatives can spell disaster for the condition of your PPE. When employees misuse their PPE, they'll damage it and you'l... ››› more
  • [19 August 2014]
  • Three misuses that could shorten the lifespan of your company's PPE
  • Think of what your company's personal protective equipment (PPE) goes through every day. Your employees probably don't just wear it. They may even sit on it, kick it, drop it, use it as a rag or carry basket. Any number of these can damage the PPE and shorten its lifespan. That means one thing. You'll need to replace it again and that costs money. So look out for these three dangers that ma... ››› more
  • [19 August 2014]
  • Four things your employees need to know about their PPE
  • Your employees need to have the right information when it comes to their personal protective equipment (PPE). If they don't, they may misuse it, lose it or abuse it. All this just adds up as extra expenses for you when you have to replace this PPE. To avoid this you need to train your employees on the 'hows' and 'whys' of PPE and that means training must include these four PPE points... ... ››› more
  • [19 August 2014]
  • If your company's PPE is costing you a fortune, this could be the reason why...
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is expensive. For good quality safety wear, you can easily spend R5 000 on one employee. But if your company's PPE is costing more than that, it could be because there's a problem in the way you manage it. If you feel like your health and safety budget almost all goes to PPE, here's why that may be the case...   If PPE is costing your company too m... ››› more
  • [15 August 2014]
  • Why NOT managing your company's PPE could break your company's health and safety budget?
  • What type of management controls do you have in place to look after your company's personal protective equipment (PPE)? If you don't have any, it could be the thing that breaks your health and safety budget. You'll need to replace or fix it a hundred times over and, every time you do, the costs add up. Here's exactly how poor PPE management will cause this problem in your workplace... ... ››› more
  • [15 August 2014]
  • Eye strain in the workplace: Here's the cause and how to prevent it
  • Your employees aren't just in danger of injuries like broken bones and cut hands. They also face dangers like back injuries and eye strain. These are common every day injuries that your employees could suffer from whether they work at a desk or a welding machine. Eye strain in particular, can have devastating effects if you don't deal with it. If your employees keep straining their eyes thei... ››› more
  • [01 August 2014]
  • Scaffolding and fall arrest equipment: Here's what you need to know
  • Scaffolding is a common sight on construction sites. You probably know how wobbly scaffolding can be because you've seen the way it sways when people climb on it. This means, if your employees use scaffolding, it's really easy for them to slip off. You have to protect them from this hazard by giving them proper safety equipment. Read on to find out what you need to give them and how it w... ››› more
  • [01 August 2014]
  • Here's how to stop new employees from disappearing with company PPE
  • Have you ever hired a new employee only for him to go AWAL after a few days? It's not uncommon for this to happen to employers. The problem comes in when you spent money on these employees. You need to give them training and personal protective equipment (PPE), so you do. Now the training is a loss no matter what you do. But the PPE is only a loss if your new employee disappears with it. ... ››› more
  • [01 August 2014]
  • If you have trainees on your site, don't forget to give them the protection they need
  • Training is an important part of health and safety. This is especially true when it comes to training young professionals and trainees. They need to be well versed in health and safety to ensure they can do their jobs correctly. Now you know you need to protect your employees while they're on site. But do you know you have to protect those trainees that came from other companies? Well you do... ››› more
  • [01 August 2014]
  • Do you know your PPE obligations when you hire contractors?
  • You know you have to give personal protective equipment (PPE) to your employees. But do you know what you have to do when you hire outside contractors? The labour broker hired them so surely they count as the broker's employees and not yours. Wishful thinking unfortunately. You still have the same OHS obligations to contractors that you have to employees you hired directly and this includes... ››› more
  • [01 August 2014]
  • 'Sharing is caring' isn't a safe or hygienic philosophy when it comes to PPE
  • We all know that saying, 'sharing is caring'. We probably all heard it when we were little and our mothers wanted us to play with other children. But in the real world there are plenty of things you really shouldn't share. When it comes to health and safety, personal protective equipment (PPE) is one of those things. You must give each employee his own PPE and never let them share. Her... ››› more
  • [01 August 2014]
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