Personal Protective Equipment, or PPE, refers to any clothing and work related accessories that protect employees from harmful situations while at work. This equipment can be high visibility clothing, eye protection, and other items that ensure the employees don’t suffer any injuries while dealing with damaging substances.
Why Personal Protective Equipment is Important
In addition to providing employees with the adequate training in health and safety, you are required to safeguard your employees from any existing hazards. Injuries can happen to head, feet, lungs, eyes, and the skin, and personal protective equipment decreases the risk of serious injury.
While personal protective equipment should only be used as a last resort, it needs to be implemented alongside other measures to control injuries.
Compliance with HSE
The Health and Safety Executive, or HSE, states that employers have the legal duty to provide personal protective equipment to employees at work. Compliance to these legal obligations guarantee that you avoid any persecutions from the HSE and any fines or compensation pay-outs that you may incur from the lack of availability of personal protection equipment in the workplace.
Reduced Risk of Injury
Disposable gloves and disposable clothing are vital to avoid cross contamination of substances, while offering protection for skin and hands. Jobs typically require the use of hands, and any contact with a dangerous substance or item can bring long term repercussions. Skin diseases such as infections can be very costly for you and for your employees, as your employees might have to be off sick more often if they are not protected adequately.
Face protection equipment prevents injury to the eyes, which are very sensitive, and to the respiratory system. Some gases are invisible and extremely harmful for the health, and can cause permanent injuries or – in some extreme cases – death.
In addition to HSE compliance, providing personal protection equipment ensures your company has good reputation among clients and partners. This provides you with a wider array of prospective clients and investors, that increase the level of business your company receives.
Reputation is extremely important for any company, particularly with social media in modern times, where stories go “viral” and can propel you positively or negatively very quickly.
At CS4UK we take health and safety very seriously, which is why we supply a wide range of high quality personal protection equipment for your needs, guaranteeing your employees are safe as they work. Contact us on 0800 107 7729 to speak to our skilled team; we’re always happy to answer any query you might have.