Personal protective equipment, also known as PPE, is a critical way for employees to say safe on job sites and in the workplace. While many business owners go above and beyond to provide PPE that is more than what OSHA requires, employees must wear it in order for it to be effective. Here are some of the best ways to increase PPE usage at your job sites to protect you and your employees.
Training and Education
It might sound silly, but one of the biggest reasons why some employees do not wear all of the personal protective equipment that they should is that they don’t understand why they need to wear it in the first place. To increase PPE usage at your job sites, make sure the employees understand why they should be wearing different parts of their uniforms. Why is a hard hat so critical even if someone is not directly next to machinery? Why is high-visibility clothing important? Explaining the reasoning behind these decisions can encourage employees to follow your lead.
Set a Good Example
When it comes to trying to increase PPE usage at your job sites, you must set the tone yourself. If you expect your employees to wear specific pants, a hard hat, or other personal protective equipment, make sure that you are always doing the same, even if you don’t necessarily need to. When employees see that you are taking it seriously, they are more likely to take it seriously themselves.
Use Quality PPE
Finally, ensure that you are using good quality PPE. One obstacle to increasing PPE usage at your job sites might be that the current PPE you are offering is uncomfortable or of poor quality. If you notice persistent issues with certain types of PPE, don’t be afraid to ask your workers what the issue is and if there are any specific reasons why they are not wearing it. You might be surprised by what they have to say!
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