Employer and Employee Responsibilities to PPE & WorkwearIf you work in an occupation that requires you to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) it can sometimes be confusing as to who holds what responsibilities to ensure that you are kept safe at all times.
Many different industries require employees to wear specific clothing or personal protective equipment (PPE). There are different types, that you can find right here at Wray Bros, each with a different intended use. Ensuring that you are wearing the right protective clothing and industrial workwear can make a huge difference to your safety on a day to day basis.
What is down to the employer and what is the responsibility of the employee?Learn more about the responsibilities we each have when it comes to PPE and staff workwear.
Employer ResponsibilityLegally, the employers must ensure that there is suitable work-wear and protective equipment provided should the tasks involved in the job expose the employee to health and safety risks. As well as provided PPE, employers also have a duty to ensure that all staff are fully trained, prepared and supervised. In the event of a hazard risk, or dangerous substances, employees should have all the knowledge, skills and equipment with which to deal with them, provided by their employers.
Any protective equipment or clothing must include clear instructions on how to use them, close at hand and in a simple manner.
All equipment and clothing provided by an employer must also take into consideration the comfort of the wearer. An employee can refuse to wear PPE if they consider themselves to be in danger due to an item of clothing not fitting correctly, for instance.
Employee ResponsibilityIt's not just the employer who has the responsibility to provide you with personal protective equipment and safety clothing. You can refuse to work if you believe you have been supplied substandard equipment that leaves you in danger, but you also have responsibilities as an employee too.
- Remember to look out for yourself first and foremost. If you keep a high standard of awareness and care in terms of your personal space and clothing, others around you will follow suit.
- Never wear loose fitting clothing, or leave jewellery or hair exposed if you use the machinery of any kind in the workplace.
- Treat your provided PPE with care - do not interfere with it in any way, potentially compromising its safety and yours.
- Fully engage with any training provided that instructs you how to properly wear and use personal protective equipment that your employer provides you.
Here to helpIf you would like to speak to a member of Wray Bros we would be more than happy to help your team look good, feel comfortable and look the part in their protective PPE and workwear. Call our Wray Bros team today on 0151 709 2271 for further advice and guidance.