Whether an employer, self-employed or employed, anyone can suffer financial loss as a result of long term sick leave due to injury at work. Why take the risk? There are measures you can take to reduce risk by using the correct Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Not to mention, it's the law.
PPE should be used when safe systems of work have been applied and hazards still remain. PPE reduces risk of injury to the body, specifically...
Everyone in the workplace has an element of responsibility for ensuring adequate PPE is in use.
Regulation 4 of the Personal Protective Equipment at work states;
Every employer shall ensure that suitable personal protective equipment is provided to their employees, except where such risk has been reasonably controlled by other means which are equally or more effective
It is also the employer's responsibility to provide training and instructions for use, and carry out regular maintenance.
The self-employed also have a duty to obtain and use the appropriate PPE.
Employees must use the PPE provided to them as instructed by their employer. Equipment must be examined before use and any damage should be reported immediately.
No maintenance should be carried out by an employee unless trained and authorised.
For more information on health and safety at work and your responsibilities as an employer, employee or someone who is self-employed, you can visit the HSE website. For advice on selecting the right health and safety equipment for you and your business speak with our knowledgeable Business Services team on 03332 406406 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Carry out regular maintenance checks ensuring protection is in good clean condition, with no damage or unofficial modifications.
There are too many variants to list, however respirators are a good example. When choosing a respirator you must ensure you select the correct filter for the application and contaminant. Make an informed choice, view our buying guides.
As a workforce we've become more aware of health and safety in the workplace, PPE and selecting the right kit for the job - it is the law after all. We often neglect strain injuries caused by repetitive work. Educate your employees or familiarise yourself with manual handling techniques. Consider matting for preventing slip hazards and relieving stress on the legs and back from standing on a hard floor for long periods.