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Consider these six factor when you buy your employee's PPE to make sure it protects them from deadly injuries

by , 13 January 2015
If your employees face danger every day at work, it's your responsibility to protect them from it. This means you need to install safety measures and train your employees to work safely.

But sometimes, that isn't enough and you need to give your employees extra protection.

That's why the OHS Act says you must give your employees personal protective equipment (PPE) to keep them safe.

But you can't just use any old PPE. You need to get good quality PPE that will work effectively at protecting your employees from injuries.

To make sure you get exactly what you need, consider these six factors when you buy your employees' PPE...

 Buying your employees' PPE? Consider these six factors first

1.Is the plastic for hard hats and goggles thick and sturdy?
Examine the condition of the plastic the manufactures use for hard hats and safety goggles. There mustn't be any cracks or chips in this plastic. Ask the manufacture how much pressure the plastic can take before it cracks.
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2.Is the stitching of the fabric of safety gloves and harnesses secure?
Check all the gloves and harnesses are secure. There mustn't be any loose threads or fraying edges. Look for any areas where the fabric is thin and worn down.
The stitching must be thick and heavy duty especially for your safety harnesses. After all, these need to be able to hold the weight of your employees without breaking.
3.Are the straps on goggles, hard hats and harnesses sturdy?
Make sure all the straps are sturdy and that the manufactures attached them properly. If they're plastic or rubber, make sure they're not torn or cracked. Also check these aren't coming loose.
If harness straps are fabric ones, make sure the stitching for them is secure and heavy duty. There mustn't be any tears in the straps.
4.Are the soles of safety boots or shoes thick and sturdy?
Look for safety shoes or boots that have thick soles. These must be a sturdy rubber that won't crack or wear down too quickly.
Make sure the sole of the shoes won't come away from the rest of the shoe too easily. There mustn't be any gaps around the edge of the shoe.
Make sure the sole has enough grip to help your employees walk on any surface.
5.Does PPE fit your employees properly?
Check the sizes for all the different types of PPE. Safety wear that's too big or too small is a hazard. Get all your employees sizes to make sure the PPE fits properly.

6.Is there a guarantee on any of the PPE?
Ask the manufacture if there's a guarantee on the PPE. This way, if it breaks too quickly, you can take it back and exchange it, or get a refund so you can buy something better.
Considering these six factors will help you make the right decision when it comes to choosing your employees' PPE.
For more information on how to manage your employees' PPE once you buy it, check out the Health and Safety Advisor.

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