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Five ways to make your employees use the PPE

by , 30 September 2013
The DoL can fine you, or even stop your business if your employees don't use their PPE. Read on for our tips to make your employees use their PPE and avoid this fine.

Dear Reader

We often get questions on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). This week I want to remind you why it's vital for you as Health and Safety officers to pay more attention to PPE. The DoL can fine you, or even stop your business if your employees don't use their PPE! Read on for our tips to make your employees use their PPE and avoid this fine.

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Five ways to make your employees use their PPE
  1. Check that you have given your employees the right PPE. Remember, this means you need to identify your hazards first.
  2. Act as a role model, make sure your manager's use their PPE and set the right example.
  3. Train your employees on how to use, store and maintain their PPE. This prevents them from using the old excuse of 'I don't use my PPE because I don't know how to…'
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Five ways to make your employees use their PPE continued
  1. Teach your employees of the risks associated with not wearing their PPE.
  2. Make sure you include your PPE regulations in your employee policies. Take the right steps to enforce your policies. Turn to P01/003 in our Health & Safety Advisor for more ways on how to make your employees use their PPE.
Getting your employees to use their PPE is just one of the challenges we face. Look out for our next bulletin where we'll cover a few steps on how to manage your PPE correctly.

Until next time,

Louise Harty
Senior Product Manager: Health and Safety

PS – Do you have any questions on PPE? Join our Health and Safety Club (It's free) and have your peers answer your PPE questions.

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