By Grainger Editorial Staff 7/1/19
Maybe your employees are refusing to wear their work uniforms, leaving their safety glasses in their lockers, or getting too many warning letters for not wearing their safety footwear. Unaware of the hazards of not wearing their personal protective equipment (PPE), these employees are putting themselves and others at risk by not protecting themselves properly on the worksite.
The question is, why aren’t these workers wearing their PPE? And, what dangers are they exposing themselves to as a result of these actions? By gaining an understanding of exactly why this is happening managers can more effectively address the root causes and create a safer workplace for everyone.
As the last line of defense in preventing workplace injuries or health-related issues, PPE has long served a core purpose on jobsites where hazards can be lurking around any corner. Falling objects, arc flash, contaminated air, chemicals, electric shocks, and excessive noise are just a handful of the perils that PPE can help protect against.
But when that PPE doesn’t fit right, looks awkward, or feels like overkill, it may be cast aside. Here are three main excuses employees give for leaving their PPE on the sidelines:
With the wide variety of PPE available on the market today, safety managers can easily find products that not only provide the right level of protection from hazards, but that also cater to the worker’s need to be comfortable, stay cool, be agile and look good while doing it.
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