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  • The hard hat: Lowly PPE or the king of safety?
  • Safety isn't about just applying big blanket safety precautions and catchy safety slogans. It's about small, but consistent efforts every day regardless of whether it's a matter of looking before you do something or taking the right safety precautions before you start work. When it comes to your employees' safety, these small efforts could be the simple act of remembering to wear personal prote... ››› more
  • [17 July 2014]
  • Four things your employees' hard hats must do to protect them
  • When it comes to PPE, the hard hat is the most recognisable. This is probably what you picture when you think of a construction site, industrial factory or mine. But these icons of personal protect equipment don't always live up to their reputation. Their strong and sturdy build can weaken over time. This means they can't do their job properly. In fact, to do the job of protecting your empl... ››› more
  • [16 July 2014]
  • Three reasons why your employees should never forget their safety gloves at home
  • Our hands are the most important part of our body when it comes to being able to do things. If something happens to our hands it can result in days, even weeks, without the ability to eat, brush our teeth, not to mention work. If this were to happen to any of your employees, they wouldn't be able to do any work until the injury healed. This is why safety gloves are the number one piece of... ››› more
  • [16 July 2014]
  • Safety shoes: One piece of PPE with five safety benefits
  • If you've ever had a broken foot, you'll know you can't really do anything unless you can do it sitting down. This isn't such a problem for you in your office, but what about your employees who work on site? They don't get to work sitting down. This is why safety shoes are a must! If your employees on site can't walk or stand, then they can't work. Luckily, safety shoes can prevent this from ha... ››› more
  • [16 July 2014]
  • If you want your employees to wear their PPE, here are the six things YOU need to do
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE) is useless if your employees won't wear it. This means those thousands of rands you spent on it are going to waste. So how do you get your employees to wear this all important safety gear? You can use your disciplinary code to punish your employees for not wearing their PPE, but this should only ever be a last resort. To help you avoid using that last r... ››› more
  • [15 July 2014]
  • When it comes to OHS PPE training, cover these six points
  • For your employees to use their personal protective equipment (PPE) properly, you need to train them to use it. But it's not enough to just use a test dummy and show them how to put it on. They need to understand the 'hows' and 'whys' of their protective clothing. If they do, they're more likely to comply with the rules. So when you train your employees on their PPE, remember this... **... ››› more
  • [15 July 2014]
  • Restocking your company's PPE cupboard? Here's how to get started
  • When it comes to personal protective equipment (PPE), ensuring your supplies are always in good condition is vital. This means you have to chuck out the old and bring in new stock from time to time. But how do you start this process? After all, you can't just bin everything and then go shopping. What would your employees wear while you're off doing your PPE shopping? Rather follow these tip... ››› more
  • [15 July 2014]
  • The best way to determine if your PPE is effective
  • You gave your employees their PPE. Job done, right? Wrong! You won't know if your employees' PPE is doing its job if you simply sit back in your office. If you never actually observe the way your employees use their PPE, you won't know if it's effective. And that means the PPE could be causing more accidents than it's preventing. You can prevent this though. All you need to do is actually wa... ››› more
  • [14 July 2014]
  • Six hazards to look out for to correctly allocate PPE
  • Before you allocate PPE to your employees, you need to do a risk assessment. This way you'll be able to identify the hazards your employees face, so you can protect them with the right equipment. Instead of wasting company time and money, rather find out exactly what PPE your employees need looking out for these six hazards in your risk assessment... *********** Best seller  ************* ... ››› more
  • [14 July 2014]
  • Here's what you need to know about having a fall protection plan on your construction site
  • There are several common kinds of accidents that plague construction sites. One the most dangerous of these are falls. These happen when employees work at heights and there's nothing preventing them from falling. All it takes is one of your employees to lose concentration or their balance and down they go. This is why the OHS Act has very stringent requirements when it comes to your fall pro... ››› more
  • [09 July 2014]
  • Who pays for PPE?
  • Health and safety can be expensive. After all, your company has to pay for training, make COID payments and fork out for PPE. But this doesn't mean you can make your employees carry some of the cost. As an employer, health and safety is your responsibility and its cost falls on your shoulders. This applies to all of your health and safety measures, even the ones your employees take home with... ››› more
  • [09 July 2014]
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