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Many many thanks all the good work and help you have given me. My order arrived today. So pleased as they are for my dad. You're a real star. Read more

Marie Ion

Look Forward To Ordering Again

Morning Gail I just wanted to say thank you for sending the replacement jacket, very much appreciated. I have recommended you to my railway colleagues and look forward to ordering again very soon. Read more

Paul

Lovely Fit

Thank you Gail.My order was received this morning and fits lovely.I am a self employed Professional Photographer and Rail Safety Professional based in Newcastle upon Tyne, I look forward to returning in the near future. Read more

Paul Young

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Thank you for such a top service! Read more

Kathy

Very Fast Service

Hi Gail, Just to let you know, the boots arrived yesterday. Thank you very much for your help and very fast service. Read more

Gemma Collins

Thanks for all your help

Hi Gail Just to say thank you, I received my bodywarmer and it's a perfect fit... Thanks for all your help in doing soon Read more

Jim Rodgers

Superb Service

Just a quick message to thank you for your superb service. I ordered a Pulsar 7 in 1 rail jacket from you yesterday lunch time, and it arrived at 8:30 this morning. I shall definitely be using your company again, and shall be recommending you to my work colleagues. Thanks again. Read more

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Information on personal protective equipment

In accordance with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, a set of regulations were passed in that make it mandatory to use personal protective equipment (PPE) in industries where workers are prone to exposure of various health and safety risks. PPE is equipment worn by a worker to provide themselves with protection from health or safety risks. Examples of PPE include protective helmets, eye protectors, weather protection clothing, protective footwear, high-visibility gears and safety belts.

While the regulations on workplace PPE usage do not include protective equipment for hearing and breathing, there are still regulatory measures which mean they are mandatory. The hearing and breathing equipment should be compatible with other PPE and should be able to be simultaneously worn with them. For instance, protective hearing equipment should be able to fit inside protective helmets in a way that a worker’s comfort is not compromised. 

The law requires that an establishment should thoroughly examine the PPE that will be supplied at work so that the equipment will be compatible with the uses that it will be subjected to in the field. Establishments are also required to properly store and maintain PPE in accordance with established procedures and the employer should provide workers with information on the safe utilisation of the equipment. 

Observance of PPE regulations is essential. For one, proving the right equipment to your employees will reduce the risk of incurring injuries at work which will eliminate the threat of your company being involved in costly workplace accident compensation litigation. It is also important to note that giving your workers the necessary PPE they need will increase their efficiency as they will feel safer. Workers motivation will be increased as they will feel that the company is treating them personably.

Choosing the right PPE for your establishment is crucial to ensure that you do not endanger the safety of your workers as well as incur the risk of being fined by the authorities. One main consideration in selecting the right PPE is to note the various dangers that your establishment presents. Determining workplace hazards may take time but once you have the factors figured out you will be able to form a blueprint for the correct PPE to be used.

Other factors that should be considered when selecting PPE include the following:

  • Suitability with the task (e.g., eye protectors for agricultural use should not be utilised in an engineering field)
  • Comfort (e.g., the employee must be able to exercise their task without going through physical difficulties)
  • Worker’s health status
  • Compatibility of one PPE to another safety equipment (e.g., breathing equipment should not compromise eye protectors)

While cost may play a big factor in buying PPE for your establishment, do not make it the prime consideration. You may have cut costs if you buy cheap but if this doesn’t do the job that it’s intended for then you may end up with claim costs on your hands.