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Four easy steps to effectively manage your PPE

by , 02 October 2013
When last did you check how much you've spent on replacing or repairing PPE? Save your business this cost by managing your PPE effectively.

Dear Reader

As I promised yesterday, I'm going to share a few simple steps to manage your PPE properly. When last did you check how much you've spent on replacing or repairing PPE? Save your business this cost by managing your PPE effectively. There are seven steps in the Health and Safety Advisor on properly managing your PPE in your workplace. Here are my top four steps…

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Four steps to effectively manage your PPE

Step 1: When issuing PPE to your staff, keep a record
Include these items on your PPE issuing record. Your employees name, the type of PPE you have issued and the date that you gave it to them.

Step 2: Give training on the correct use of PPE
You must train every employee who receives PPE on how to use it correctly. If they don't use it properly, the PPE might not protect them as it should and they could get hurt.

Keep reading for my last two steps…

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I know you're obliged to organise periodical training of employees, BUT

Aren't you tired of having to arrange and prepare the sessions, especially since you don't always have a ready-to-use format?
Are you always aware of what you're legally required to include when it comes to training?

Now, you can have tailor-made professional training for all your employees without the exorbitant costs!

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Four steps to effectively manage your PPE continued…

Step 3: Care for all PPE in a hygienic way
Don't let your staff share their PPE as it can spread infections. For example, ear infection with hearing protection and fungal infections from gloves or safety boots. See page P01/011 in your Health and Safety Advisor for a table on how to care for your PPE. By caring for your PPE in a hygienic way, you can extend the life of your PPE and prevent diseases from spreading.

Step 4: Dispose of used or expired PPE
Did you know that hard hats have a shelf life of a year? It's vital that you throw away any expired PPE. Some PPE are single use only and you must dispose of them in the correct manner, depending on their hazard contamination.

These are only four of the seven steps that you can take to manage your PPE and save costs on this item in your Health and Safety budget.

Until next time,


Louise Harty
Senior Product Manager: Health and Safety

PS – Remember, in our Health and Safety Advisor we have an entire chapter on how to manage your PPE; How to care for your PPE; and How to get your employees to use the PPE. Why not order yours today?


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