Personal Protective Equipment & Your Employees

Reap the benefit of providing personal protective equipment for employees.

Nov 14, 2017

Yes, personal protective equipment (PPE) is a requirement for industrial/construction workers, but it is much more than that – it’s a benefit for your company and beings a high return on your investment. How?

Wearing/using PPE keeps your employees safe – not only preventing a series of minor injuries but also preventing serious injuries with long-lasting repercussions or even fatal accidents. When safety is up, morale is up. When incidents are down, cost is down. In the end, money spent not only becomes time and money saved, plus a happier healthier workplace.

The Who, What, When, Where, and How of PPE

Who is responsible for providing PPE?

When engineering, work practice, and administrative controls are not feasible or do not provide sufficient protection, employers must provide personal protective equipment to their workers and ensure its proper use.

What is required?

The PPE requirements for your worksite will vary - depending upon the type of business, but typical safety gear for industrial/construction includes:

  • Hard hats
  • Face shields
  • Safety glasses
  • Goggles
  • Coveralls
  • Gloves
  • Safety shoes
  • Safety vests
  • Earplugs
  • Face masks

When is PPE to be used?

All the time – in every situation that requires it. Employers are not only responsible for providing PPE, but they must also enforce the use of it. This includes proper training for new employees and “retraining” as needed. Each worker required to use personal protective equipment must be taught:

  • When PPE is necessary
  • What kind is necessary
  • How to properly put it on, adjust, wear and take it off
  • The limitations of the equipment
  • Proper care, maintenance, useful life, and disposal of the equipment

Where is the best place to obtain PPE? There are multiple companies selling PPE, so do your research. Read the reviews and remember the “golden rule” when it comes to purchasing quality – “you get what you pay for.” It is imperative to purchase personal protective equipment, that is safely designed and constructed and OSHA-compliant. Each workers gear should fit comfortably to maintain safety and to encourage worker use. Of course, it must be regularly cleaned and maintained.   

How should my company ensure proper PPE compliance from workers?

  • Thoroughly train new employees on proper fit, use, cleaning, and storage of PPE.
  • Conduct regular refresher courses.   
  • Provide equipment that is easy to use, comfortable, and easy to maintain  
  • Ensure that your employees understand that PPE is for their benefit; that it’s designed to keep them safe from injury.
  • Compliance starts at the top. Don’t allow management to circumvent the rules.
  • Immediately respond when employees fail to wear/use equipment properly.  
  • Replace damaged or worn out equipment promptly.
  • Have a positive attitude about PPE – your employees will follow suit

Be proactive. Don’t let it take a serious injury/accident to convince your employees that PPE is necessary.

Hiring the right employees with the right mindset concerning PPE will help your company stay OSHA compliant. That’s where Lofton Staffing comes into the picture. Since 1979, we have been building our reputation on providing staffing solutions that help your business become more efficient, cost-effective, and profitable. Contact us today and let us help you build success – in your PPE program and every area of business.







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