Every industry has its own health and safety rules to abide by, from offices where areas with high foot traffic must be kept clear of trip hazards, to factories where competence around dangerous machinery is of the greatest importance. However, for those requiring health and safety clothing, it’s good to know exactly why this is such a necessary requirement and the repercussions if it is not worn.
Protecting yourself and other employees
According to the Health and Safety Executive, employers have a duty to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) in the workplace. This is to ensure those using it are protected from injury while completing tasks, and includes everything from safety goggles to harnesses for those working from heights.
In 2015/16, an estimated 621,000 workers sustained a non-fatal injury while at work, however there has been an overall decline in fatal and non-fatal injuries in UK workplaces, as better PPE and practices come into play. Workers are increasingly aware of the hazards certain roles present, and advances in the development of lighter, wearer friendly PPE – from the likes of Safeaid – has encouraged greater use, affording greater protection.
Companies with low injury rates and reduced employee absences are more likely to enjoy a higher rate of reputability locally, nationally and internationally. Employees missing days of work will impact on tasks being completed on time and create delays in project completion, which in turn affects the bottom line and company reputability.
Health and safety clothing worn in the right circumstance also ensures a brand looks reliable, that it takes the task at hand seriously and that the right safety culture is in place. This in turn boosts confidence in those paying for work, as they see employees adopting safe practices and have faith in their competence to deliver the task to a high standard.
Abiding by industry regulations
Regulations differ between industries, but when it comes to PPE it’s important employers understand what is required and enforce safety wear across the workforce. PPE must meet certain specifications to be considered compliant. For example, those working on the railway must be wearing hi-visibility clothing that meets ENISO 20471. This means the clothing meets standards for visibility, and ensures workers are as noticeable as possible.