PPE: Personal Protective equipment

PPE: Personal Protective equipment

Posted on Jul 08, 2016

PPE: Personal Protective Equipment



As an employer, you have a duty to ensure that your employees are safe at all times.

Even if you have safe systems in place, hazards can remain. For example, injuries to:

  • Eyes – from splashing liquids
  • Lungs – from breathing in polluted air 
  • The head – from objects falling

…the list goes on.

There are a number of injuries that can happen from human or mechanical error, which is why it is important that your staff are wearing the correct PPE, know how to wear it and how to store it.


Can PPE affect my business?

Yes. Not only could the lack of correct PPE harm your staff, but it could also harm your businesses reputation and finances.

Did you know, for example, that PPE failure results in costs for employers of around £49 million a year? Not good!


So what do you need to do to ensure your staff’s safety?

  • First things first – they must have up-to-date PPE training which is renewed each year
  • Ensure your staff know how to store their PPE to keep it in good condition
  • Ensure they know what action to take should their PPE need fixing or replacing


Sounds simple, but the above points can be easily forgotten. Not to worry though, we’ve whipped up a free downloadable staff poster to help as a little reminder for your staff to keep on top of their PPE.

It will also serve as a reminder for them to contact you should they need any replacements.

Follow the link below to check out the different health and safety posters available for you!


free health and safety top tips posters


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