Every year in the US, around 35,000 people lose a finger (or part of a finger) as a result of a workplace accident. And, in most cases, this could have been avoided if employees had worn the right safety equipment.Here are eight four easy things you can do in the workplace to ensure your employee's wear their PPE.
As an employer, you have a legal duty to provide your employee with personal protective equipment (PPE) if it's required in a specific role and to enforce its use. And even though most workplace accidents can be completely be avoided by wearing PPE, it isn't always easy to ensure your employees are wearing the PPE you provide.
Here's what you can do to ensure employees are PPE compliant…
Tip #1: Include a health and safety clause in all contracts of employment
Include a PPE clause in your employees' contracts of employment stating that 'failure to adhere to health and safety regulations may lead to disciplinary action and/or possible dismissal'. This rule must be applied consistently and continuously to build a culture of safety awareness and ensure employees can't claim they're being singled out for punishment.
Tip #2: Use the 'show, don't tell' method
PPE compliance isn't a case of 'do as I say, don't do as I do'. That's why one of the best things you can do is ensure all managers wear their PPE and act as role models at all times.
Tip #3: You've iIssued employees with the right PPE
When issuing PPE, you need to ensure that it's the correct size and type to protect the person from the hazard to which they're exposed. It's no use issuing safety boots that are two sizes too small as your employee won't wear them – no matter what their employment contract says.
Tip #4: Adopt a 'zero tolerance' policy
Don't make any exceptions. If employees are required to wear PPE in a designated work area, then adhere to the policy or the procedure. Failure to do so must lead to serious consequences.
'Until now, you might have thought that TELLING your workers to wear PPE was the best or only way,' says safetyxchange.org. 'While the art of verbal persuasion can be a valuable tool, SHOWING your workers by setting an example […] you can go a long way in achieving success with that perplexing [PPE] programme that has been keeping you scratching your head.'
So what are you waiting for? Use these easy-to-implement tips today to ensure your employee's use their PPE to protect their health and safety in the workplace.
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