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Four things your employees need to know about their PPE

by , 19 August 2014
Your employees need to have the right information when it comes to their personal protective equipment (PPE). If they don't, they may misuse it, lose it or abuse it.

All this just adds up as extra expenses for you when you have to replace this PPE.

To avoid this you need to train your employees on the 'hows' and 'whys' of PPE and that means training must include these four PPE points...


Ensure your employees know these four things about their PPE

Ensure your employees know:
1. How and when to use their PPE. If they don't wear it at the right times, they're in danger of suffering serious injuries. If they wear it the wrong way, it'll be ineffectual and they may damage it.
2. How and where to store their PPE. You must give your employees somewhere to store their PPE at work so it won't go missing and you can control how it's stored. Show your employees where to put each piece to ensure they store it correctly.
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Do you have more than 20 employees?
Don't ignore this health and safety obligation or else!
The DoL will slap you with a R50 000 fine or 1 year in jail if you don't have a health and safety representative.
3. The punishment for losing or breaking their PPE. You can't make employees pay for any protective clothing that they lose or break. You can, however, discipline them for failure to comply with health and safety rules and destruction of company property. 
If they understand this, they'll be more inclined to look after their PPE.
4. Why they have to wear this safety gear. If your employees understand the need for their PPE and its job, they'll be happier to wear it than if you just tell them to. 
Your employees need the right information to use all of their equipment correctly. This rule applies to PPE just like everything else.

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