Attention employers: Stick to your six legal PPE duties or prepare to lose your business

Simangele Mzizi, Fsp Business, 23 Apr. 2014

Tags: ppe, personal protective equipment, employer duties regarding ppe, dol and ppe, providing ppe to employees

When it comes to health and safety, you must give your employees Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that’s in a good and clean condition. This is just one of the legal responsibilities you have to comply with when it comes to PPE. Read on to find out your other six legal duties so you can comply and ensure the Department of Labour (DoL) doesn’t shut your business down.

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If you don’t want to lose your business, make sure you comply with these six legal PPE duties

The Health & Safety Advisor says you must adhere to these duties when it comes to PPE:

#1: You must issue clean PPE to your employees and where necessary, sterilise it when it has been in contact with a hazardous substance.

#2: You must provide storage facilities so your employees can store their PPE correctly when not using it. The storage facilities could be cabinets, PPE boxes or lockers.

#3: You must have all PPE contaminated with hazardous chemical substances, cleaned and handled according to the procedures and material safety data sheets (MSDS)

#4: For clothing, make sure you provide two separate lockers, labeled ‘protective clothing’ and ‘personal clothing’.

#5: If PPE is contaminated with hazardous chemicals, make sure companies that are specialists in decontaminating clothing clean it.

#6: You must tell supervisors to do regular inspections when it comes to PPE. They must document and record the results of these inspections on an Inspection Analysis form and use the results of the inspections as topics in departmental safety meetings, or in your health and safety committee meetings.

And you better do this, or else…

Do your employees know about the different fire equipment?

If a fire breaks out in your building, would your employees know what to do or how to use the fire extinguisher?


Warning! If you fail to adhere to these legal duties regarding PPE, you could lose your business

Experts at the Health & Safety Club say the (DoL) can shut your business down if they find that one of your employees died or was severely injured while failing to wear their PPE or if they find you didn’t provide PPE at all.

Don’t take that risk. Stick to your duties and be sure to check out the Health & Safety Advisor for more info on PPE so you can protect your employees and ensure the DoL doesn’t shut you down.

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