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PPE gives your employees' protection - without it, they're vulnerable to fatal injuries

by , 20 August 2014
Why do you need to give your employees personal protective equipment (PPE)?

The answer is simple.

Not only is it a legal requirement that you give your employees PPE specific to the risks they face at work, PPE protects your employees from injuries.

So while it can't stop accidents, it does offer protection when they happen. This is the importance behind your employees' PPE.

Without it your employees are vulnerable to fatal injuries, here's why...

 

Here's why your employees are vulnerable to fatal injuries without their PPE

 
Let's say something falls on your employee's head. His hard hat protects him from brain damage. Without his hard hat, this common and possible unavoidable accident can result in serious brain trauma and complete brain damage.
 
This is an example of a fatal injury that your employees' PPE will protect them from. 
 
As you can see, if your employee doesn't have the right safety wear on, he's in danger. That's why you must ensure he has all the right pieces of PPE. These must be risk specific and could include.
 
*********** Hot off the press  ************
 
Your 1 527 health and safety duties as an employer
 
When was the last time you checked what disinfecting agents and cleaning materials your company uses? 
Do you comply with the Hazardous Chemical Regulations? 
 
There are over 1 500 items you must evaluate in your workplace according to the OHS Act and hundreds more from SABS 0400: National Building regulations. 
 
 
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Ensure your employees have these pieces of PPE

 
To protect your employees from fatal injuries, they must have:
 
- Hard hats;
- Fall protection harnesses;
- Safety goggles;
- Heat-proof clothing;
- Fire-resistant clothing;
- Safety gloves; and
- Safety boots.
 
Each of these pieces of PPE can protect your employees from different injuries, each of which could be fatal.
 
You must give each employee his own PPE that's specific to the risks they face. Create a list of which employees have what PPE and ensure they sign for it when you give it to them.
 
Then enforce your PPE rules to ensure your employees wear their PPE at the right time because without it, they're in danger.
 


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