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PPE: So much more than just protective clothing...

by , 23 April 2014
Construction regulations require proper personal protective equipment or PPE. PPE isn't just about the clothing that your employees wear, but also about the safety tools available. If you're not supplying your employees with these you're not comply with regulations and breaking the law. Follow this guide to make sure you have the three main kinds of PPE on your construction site.

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Do your employees know about the different fire equipment?
 
If a fire breaks out in your building, would your employees know what to do or how to use the fire extinguisher?
 
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Revealed: The three main kinds of PPE you need to have on site
 
When it comes to giving your employees proper PPE, think of these three words: Warning, wearing and managing. These three words will help you check if you've supplied the three main kinds of PPE. 
 
Here's what you need to know about them:
 
Warning: Safety signs and warning notices are an important part of PPE. You have to inform your employees of the possible dangers, even if you've told them about them before. This way, you can protect yourself if something happens because it proves you warned your employees to be careful. 
 
Wearing: Protective clothing such as safety shoes, hard hats and protective gloves are very important. The Health and Safety Advisor says that to know exactly what type of protective gear to give your employees you should do a risk assessment. This is because not all jobs require the same kind of safety clothing. 
 
Managing: Giving your employees the ability to manage an accident if it happens is important. This kind of PPE includes items such as fire extinguishers and first aid kits. These things need to be on site and easily accessible.
 
That's what you need, but do you know the risk of not having the proper PPE?
 
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Revealed: The one vital element MISSING FROM 88% of all first aid training!
 
Do your first aiders know what it is?
 
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The cost of not having proper PPE
 
According to Engineering News, work-related accidents cost South Africa R121 billion every year.
 
If that's what it's costing the country, imagine what it'll cost you and your business. You'll have to pay fines; damage claims and the DoL could shut you down, so work will have to stop. 
 
Rather make sure that you have these three main kinds of PPE. It's an easy way to avoid these massive costs. 
 

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