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Three misuses that could shorten the lifespan of your company's PPE

by , 19 August 2014
Think of what your company's personal protective equipment (PPE) goes through every day. Your employees probably don't just wear it. They may even sit on it, kick it, drop it, use it as a rag or carry basket.

Any number of these can damage the PPE and shorten its lifespan. That means one thing. You'll need to replace it again and that costs money.

So look out for these three dangers that may shorten the lifespan of your company's PPE...


Look out for these dangers that'll shorten your PPE lifespan

If your employees misuse their safety gear they'll damage it. That's why you must look out for these misuses and prevent them:
Misuse #1: PPE left lying on the floor
If your employees carelessly leave their PPE lying on the floor others can step on it, kick it or even trip over it. 
This is an easy way to damage PPE, so ensure either your employees have their PPE on or it's in the store area. 
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Misuse #2: Employees using their PPE for anything other than its intended purpose. 
This could be an employee sitting on his hard hat or using his safety glove as a cleaning rag. Their PPE isn't meant for these jobs so it'll easily break.
Misuse #3: Employees swapping PPE
If your employees swap and share PPE it can pick all kinds of bacteria from each person. This becomes a health hazard and can affect the lifespan of the PPE. 
For example, if an employee with size eight feet tries to borrow someone else's size seven safety shoes, he'll be uncomfortable and he'll damage the shoes.
If you want your company's PPE to last for a long time, you need to protect it from these misuses.

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