Workwear & PPE

Ensuring employees follow the correct health and safety procedures and wear the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) and workwear when carrying out specific tasks is crucial if they are to reduce the risk of certain injuries. As an employer, it is your duty to provide them with the correct products and training to enable them to remain safe in the workplace.

The workwear and PPE market covers an extensive range of products that can cater for all your requirements and ensure your employees are protected, find out what your responsibilities are as an employer are and what products Seton can offer.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Buying Guide



The use of PPE


PPE comes in all kinds of shapes, styles and sizes, and what is right for one person and one business might not be ideal for the next, so it’s vital to have a personalised approach to PPE management.

Some employees will need protecting from fairly low-level risks, such as the use of disposable gloves in healthcare settings, whereas others will have to stay safe whilst working at exceptionally high temperatures - for example, the need for welding and heat resistant gloves or heat and flame resistant clothing.

In any business, whether it’s an office or manufacturing environment, health and safety is of critical importance, and there are always risks that need to be mitigated and protected against. The first way of minimising risk is to implement appropriate safety procedures, which can help reduce the likelihood of an accident occurring.

However, this can never eliminate the possibility of an incident, and further protection can come in the form of PPE. This can be worn by employees when participating in particularly risky activities or tasks, keeping them safe from the risk of injury.

What are the benefits of PPE?


When injuries occur, it can result in employees having to take time off work, which limits the level of productivity and could incur further costs if you need to take on temporary staff. By reducing the element of risk in the business, you can limit the number of accidents that occur and keep your employees happy, healthy and productive.

As an employer, you have a legal requirement to provide the correct health and safety clothing, and failing to comply with this could result in extensive investigations or claims for compensation. Investigations by the Health and Safety Executive can be lengthy, taking up your valuable time and resulting in negative publicity for the business.

When your workers are safe and content in their employment, they are more likely to be happy in their role, keep productivity rates high and stay at the company for longer, reducing levels of staff turnover.

Types of PPE


When you’re selecting the type of PPE to introduce to your workplace, you first need to assess where the specific risk factors are. For instance, if employees are to be working at height, you will require fall protection systems, as well as other types of protective clothing and head protection.

Environments that have certain amounts of fumes or vapours will benefit from the use of respiratory protection or eye protection such as safety glasses or safety goggles.

PPE training


Once the appropriate PPE has been procured, it’s essential wearers are trained in how to use the products correctly and what benefits they can bring to them. If employees don’t understand what features the PPE systems have and how they can keep them safe, they won’t be as useful at minimising accidents and injuries.

FAQs



Why should I train workers on the use of PPE?

The correct usage of PPE and worker compliance can dramatically reduce the number of accidents and injuries that take place in a working environment, and training is paramount to achieving this. It will also make employees aware of the potential risk factors that exist, and how they can help themselves and the company stay safe.

What type of PPE do my employees need?

The specific type of PPE required by your workers will vary depending on the industry you operate in and the specific tasks with which they’re involved. It is likely that different employees in the same business will require different types of protective clothing. It’s essential to conduct a full risk assessment for the business so that you can identify where the hazards are.

What PPE regulations and legislation do I need to be aware of?

You can find all sorts of resources regarding employer and employee legal responsibilities in the PPE section of our Legislation Watch pages.

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