If you hear grumblings from your staff about needing to use personal protective equipment (PPE), remind them that you’re not making them use it because you’re trying to torture them. If someone asks “Why is PPE important?” have a list of reasons why you ensure it’s used regularly on the job.
Insurance Rates Are Kept Down
The more accidents that are reported to your insurance company, the higher your rates become over time. By failing to use PPE and getting injured on the job, your staff will eventually be paying much higher rates than they would have if they played it safe to begin with. If they’re still whining, direct them to www.danielsinsuranceinc.com for more comprehensive detail on the matter.
The Risk of Injury is Lessened
Seriously, do they want to get hurt at work? Using PPE to cover your extremities saves you from getting hurt or worse. Unless your staff wants to swap stories about scars or other injuries that were acquired at work, they need to be using PPE. Period.
It Covers You
Failing to enforce the use of PPE during a dangerous task makes you liable for the injuries that occur. Rather than agree that yeah, PPE is stupid, firmly enforce that no, it is not, and it needs to be done if not for their sakes, then for yours.
Encourage safety at work and train your staff on the importance of PPE. There might be a little huffing and puffing, but to create a safe environment it’s worth the grumbles.