Use these seven steps to correctly manage your company’s PPE

Ashley Churchyard, Fsp Business, 05 Jun. 2014

Tags: ppe, personal protective equipment, protective clothing, safety equipment, health and safety requirements, hazards and risks, managing ppe

Personal Protective Equipment is one of the most important health and safety requirements you need to fulfill. But managing all the different things your employees need to use can become chaotic.

Gloves can go missing, safety ropes can get damaged, and you’ll have to replace them.

You can avoid this problem though. There are seven easy steps you can use to take control of your PPE and ensure it stays safe and in good condition.

Read on to find out what these seven steps are.

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Seven easy steps to manage your PPE correctly

The Health and Safety Advisor says the process to manage your PPE correctly starts with:
Step #1: Choose the most appropriate PPE for each hazard
You must choose safety equipment that:
- Reduces risks to a level where they won’t cause serious health or safety issues;
- Is comfortable for your employees to wear;
- Can be combined with other PPE to protect your employees from serious hazards and risks;
- Reduces any leftover risks to below the occupational exposure level; and
- Fits your employees properly so it gives them proper protection.
Step #2: Issue each employee with the right PPE and keep a record
Step #3: Give your employees proper training on how to use their PPE
Now that your employees have and know how to use the PPE, you must use the next four steps to ensure they use and take care of it in the right way.
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The next four steps will ensure PPE is used and taken care of in the right way

Step #4: You and your employees must care for the PPE in a hygienic way
Your employees shouldn’t share communal protective clothing as it can spread germs and infections between them.
Step #5: Monitor the use of the PPE
Step #6: Dispose of used or expired PPE
Your employees can only use some types of PPE, such as rubber gloves or ear plugs, once. Other types just get old and weak. You must dispose of both of these properly and replace these items.
Step #7: Cover the cost of PPE
The company must cover the cost of all your PPE – you can’t charge your employees for it! 
With these seven steps, you’ll be able to manage your PPE from the moment your employees get it, to the moment you dispose of it. 

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