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A Guide to Personal Protective Equipment and Clothing

Photo shows a worker wearing Personal Protective EquipmentPersonal Protective Equipment, often referred to as PPE, describes the equipment that is used in order to protect workers against any risks to their health and safety. PPE covers a wide range of equipment throughout many different industries, with some of the most common items of equipment being helmets, safety gloves, protective glasses, safety boots and shoes, safety harnesses and high-vis clothing.

Equipment and clothing not covered under PPE includes food hygiene clothing, standard work clothing and uniform, travel protection equipment, equipment for competitive sports, devices designed to detect risks and weapons used for self-defence.

Legal Requirements relating to PPE

Employers have a responsibility and a duty of care to ensure the safety of employees, under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, with such a provision in place meaning that no charges should be made for anything that relates to the compliance of PPE. As well as this, the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 stipulates that employers or self-employed workers must conduct a risk assessment for their work.

By conducting the risk assessment, employers and self-employed workers are…

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Health > safety: how to improve workplace wellbeing

Photo shows a healthy lunch optionModern day employees can receive training for site safety, fire safety, construction safety, food safety, and a million subjects besides. In short, safety is a pretty tightly controlled and well understood discipline. Yet many of the industries where health & safety training and protocols are most prominent - manufacturing and construction, for instance - also have the most severe issues with mental health. It seems the H in H&S is not being given the same level of attention.

The majority of employees in these industries are men - and it’s men who are overwhelmingly affected by suicide, which is the leading cause of death in men under 35. In addition, a shocking 454 construction workers took their lives in 2015; this is four times the industry average, and more than ten times the number of deaths by other causes. Long hours, as well as a widespread ‘macho culture’ may be to blame, but so is the failure to address these issues on the part of businesses and industries.

Lunch breaks

Lunch breaks aren’t just an opportunity to refuel - they’re a break from the bustle of the working day, and an opportunity to put your obligations to one side, at least for a short time. A l…

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Top Five Common Warehouse Safety Hazards & Ways to Prevent Them

Photo shows a forklift being used in a warehouseWorkplace safety standards continue to improve each year; however, today’s workforce, especially within a warehouse, still can be dangerous environments with many potential hazards and associated risks.

Warehouse safety goes hand in hand with productivity. Lost workforce hours, damaged stock and machine repairs all eat away at your bottom line, so taking a serious approach to safety means much more than just making sure you're compliant.

Common Warehouse Hazards

  1. Forklifts

Forklift accidents are some of the most serious types of accidents in warehouses, due to the sheer size of the vehicle and the fact that it operates in such close proximity to workers on foot. One simple mistake can be very dangerous. Drivers often become very confident using forklifts; this is generally great but complacency can lead to carelessness.

Forklift accidents generally either involve driving into something, or mishandling materials. In the first instance, you're looking at a damaged forklift or damaged racking. At worst, a person may have been struck, which will, of course, cause serious problems. Mishandling materials is typically the result of over-stacking a forklift. This may …

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