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If you want your employees to wear their PPE, here are the six things YOU need to do

by , 15 July 2014
Personal protective equipment (PPE) is useless if your employees won't wear it. This means those thousands of rands you spent on it are going to waste.

So how do you get your employees to wear this all important safety gear?

You can use your disciplinary code to punish your employees for not wearing their PPE, but this should only ever be a last resort.

To help you avoid using that last resort, ensure you do these six things...

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Three tips to get your employees to comply with health and safety laws

Employees think that safety is something 'management' must do. They're wrong. Employees also have duties to comply with the OHS Act.

It's your responsibility to make sure your employees comply. Don't know how to do it?

Your employees may hate wearing their PPE for these four reasons

For example, it could be:
Too small for them and, therefore, too tight;
Too thick, which makes them overheat in warm weather;
Made from an irritating and itchy fabric; and
I'm sure if someone forced you to wear clothing that was too small, dirty and made you itchy you'd also refuse to wear it.
So to ensure your employees do actually wear their PPE do these six things...

Six steps to get your employees to wear their PPE

  1. Before you buy the PPE, get your employees' measurements so that you know it'll fit them;
  2. Have protective clothing for winter and summer so they won't be too hot or too cold;
  3. Try on the PPE yourself before you buy it, you can feel if it's an itchy fabric very quickly;
  4. Wash the safety wear often, even the hard hats and safety boots need a good clean;
  5. Give your employees somewhere to store their PPE so they can always find it; and
  6. Inspect the condition of the PPE every six months to ensure none of it is broken.
If you do these six things, your employees will have no reason to resist the protection of their PPE.
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