Axminster Evolution Series Respirator

Protect your business

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.

When should you use PPE?

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...

Who is responsible?

Everyone in the workplace has an element of responsibility for ensuring adequate PPE is in use.

Employers

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.

Self-employed

The self-employed also have a duty to obtain and use the appropriate PPE.

Employees

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.

Top tips

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 abst@axminster.co.uk

1. Maximum comfort

Sometimes PPE must be worn all day, so opt for maximum comfort.

2. How they fit together

If there is a requirement for more than one item of PPE, consider how they fit together. You can purchase combinations such as respirators with eye protection.

3. Select the right fit

If you're an employer provide a good range so your employees can choose for themselves. If purchasing for yourself, considering trying it on - find your nearest store.

4. Don't go over the top

There is such a thing as too protective. Selecting ear defenders which cut out too much noise can cause isolation. Wearing unnecessary, bulky protective clothing could restrict movement. If it makes the job more difficult, you or your employees may become less willing to wear them.

5. Maintenance checks

Carry out regular maintenance checks ensuring protection is in good clean condition, with no damage or unofficial modifications.

6. Select the right grade

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.

7. Prevention is better than cure

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.

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