Selecting protective gear for your staff or team members is like walking the proverbial tight-rope! Their safety and security gets put in your hands, and you essentially become the assurance provider for their ability to earn an income. There is much to be considered, over and above price!
Each occupation and industry presents its own unique set of challenges and hazards. The garment needs to be selected to ensure protection against these whilst still taking into consideration the activities required to perform the work, allowing ease of access and comfort to the wearer.
Assessing suitability can fall into 3 compartments – assessment, selection and training.
Protective clothing must meet the national standards set out by the Occupational Health and Safety Act and other legislated compliance requirements.
When choosing proper PPE, the fundamental decisions come down to the fabric, seams and design. Decisions can be based on the following questions:
Once the equipment or protective wear has been chosen, it then becomes the responsibility of the employer to educate their staff and / or team members about the how and why. This education would need to ensure that each person understands how to don the garment and how to make any necessary adjustments. These trials should be done by dressing in the item and actually proceeding to complete the work that will be done in the item to ensure that the activity can be carried out with ease and comfort as well as safety. This will also guard against employees wearing the incorrect size!
Limitations and life expectancy of the garment needs to be known, how to care, clean and maintain the item should be demonstrated and disposing of the item / garment needs to be carefully explained.
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