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If you don't manage your PPE correctly, it can become a safety hazard

by , 23 July 2014
Have you ever had that one piece of clothing that you love wearing day in and day out? If you have, you know how easy it is to wear holes in it.

Now, your employees have to wear their personal protective equipment (PPE) every day. Imagine how quickly that develops holes or breaks!

This is why you have to manage your employees' PPE correctly, or it could become a safety hazard...

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Do you want to be fined, jailed or have a criminal record for life?

If an accident occurs in your workplace, and the person dies, you could be charged with culpable homicide, charged penalties of R100 000 or 2 years in jail! The CEO or Owner of a company is personally accountable for health and safety at work. 

Old PPE can increase your employees' risk of accidents and injuries

PPE is one of the best ways to protect your employees from injuries. It can prevent impact injuries to their heads or cuts to their hands. There are many more ways your employees' protective clothing keeps them safe, but there are also a lot of ways it can become a safety hazard.
For example, your employees' safety shoes normally have thick rubber soles that grip the ground. But once they've worn smooth, they can increase your employees' risk of slipping. 
This is why old safety gear can actually be just as dangerous as no safety gear.
So here's how to manage it correctly...

Manage your employees' PPE correctly to ensure it keeps them safe

To prevent your employees' PPE from causing more accidents than it prevents, manage it by:
2. Replacing any PPE that's old and broken;
It's important to ensure your employees' PPE is in good condition and that your workers look after it properly. This will help you ensure your employees are actually safe at work and that their safety wear is really doing its job.

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Which risk assessments have to be checked by an approved inspector every two years?
Is it absolutely necessary for your company to appoint and train someone as a risk assessor?
When was the last time you did a risk assessment? (Is that too long?)
Have you checked and double checked the less obvious health hazards?
If you can't answer even one of these questions you're not only putting your employee's lives at risk; you're also putting yourself in danger of massive fine from the DoL.
Don't wait until it's too late.

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