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As an employer, it is your legal obligation to provide PPE for your workers and yourself, and this includes safety footwear. Before buying any footwear though, you need to bear in mind that you will need to provide the correct safety footwear. If you haven’t already, you should carry out a risk assessment of your workplace. This will ensure you determine hazards to the workers, and you can provide the correct footwear based on that.
Regulations passed in 1992 state that Safety Helmets (or Hard Hats) must be worn on all construction sites, unless there is no risk of head injuries. Now on a construction site, while measures can be put in place to reduce the risk, you cannot eliminate the risk completely. So essentially, you must wear a hard hat while on site.
Being struck by a vehicle is the second most common cause of death in the workplace, so it can’t be underestimated just how important high visibility safety wear is. In fact, it is classed as Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and employers must provide high visibility clothing to workers if necessary. The clothing is made from bright colours like saturn yellow and hi-viz orange to make you stand out from the background and to make you stand out during the day, while reflective material offers increased visibility in low light conditions.
Exposed and sensitive, it doesn’t take a lot for our eyes to become irritated or worse, seriously injured. There are certain jobs which obviously require eye protection such as welding, chemistry and forestry. But there are going to be tasks in most jobs which could require you to wear safety glasses, so you should always remember to think of the risks and decide if you need to wear eye protection. For example, gardening seem pretty inconspicuous however weed killer chemicals, soil particles or bacteria from a pond could all get into the eye and cause injury.
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