Personal Protective Equipment or PPE can be expensive so if budgets are tight, do you really need to provide it? Yes. Not only is PPE an essential legal requirement, but it also makes great business sense.
Above all else, employers have a legal duty to provide PPE. The Health and Safety regulations now states that the employer is ‘to provide’ PPE which clarifies that while it is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the clothing or equipment is worn, the employee has a responsibility to wear it.
Of course, fulfilling legal health and safety obligations is important, as is avoiding injuries, accidents, investigations. However, with these, come other business benefits to investing in PPE.
PPE reduces the effects of injury and can prevent accidents from happening. By reducing Injuries and accidents, sick leave is lowered and healthy workers are also more likely to be happy ones.
In saying this, employee’s have great responsibility to look after his/her’s own Personal Protective equipment (PPE) and wearing it at all times to protect themselves.