PPE: WHY WORKERS WON’T WEAR IT
COLUMBIA SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY
PPE: Why Workers Won’t Wear It
Best Responses to 5 Biggest PPE Excuses. Retrieved from http://www.safetynewsalert.com/fighting-the-ppe-battle-why-wont-workers-use-it/
The author surveyed two hundred and ninety safety professionals to determine the top reasons workers give when asked why they are not wearing their personal protective equipment. The article outlines the five biggest personal protective equipment excuses on why workers do not want to wear their required personal protective equipment. The author explains things an employer can do to get workers to wear their personal protective equipment. One of the five biggest excuses for workers not wearing personal protective equipment is fit/comfort. Another excuse used by workers is that they did not know it was required. The worker often uses the excuse that they did not have time put personal protective equipment on. Some workers believe they are invincible and will not get in an accident. Finally, another excuse is they claim to have memory lapse.
Why Workers Don’t Wear Personal Protective Equipment? (2018). Retrieved from https://healthandsafetyblog.com/workers-dont-wear-personal-protective-equipment-ppe/
The article provides statistics in fatal and non-fatal injuries in the workplace in 2015 and 2016. The statistics of deaths and non-fatal injuries are very shocking and data shows many workers were not wearing personal protective equipment that could have prevented and injury. The article explains the main reasons workers take risks. Steps are provided to the employer on what must be done to ensure workers wear their personal protective equipment. Reasons that workers give as to why they are not wearing their personal protective equipment are given by the author. The article talks about what an employer should do if a worker tries to use a religious belief as a reason for not their wearing personal protective equipment.
Workers Are Risking Injury By Not Wearing Safety Equipment (2010).
Retrieved from https://www.ehstoday.com/ppe/hand-protection/workers-risking-injury-safety-equipment-6332
The article explains that ninety eight percent of safety professionals surveyed answered yes when asked if workers in their organizations fail to wear personal protective equipment while on the job. The author describes risks that an employee encounters on a day-to-day basis and that personal protective equipment can be a very effective last line of defense and keep an employee from being injured while on the job. High levels of personal protective equipment noncompliance is a trend that is causing a major threat to worker safety and health. The article informs safety professionals of ways to ensure personal protective equipment compliance in their organizations. The article also explains ways the personal protective equipment suppliers can help with personal protective equipment compliance. Suppliers are encouraged to offer comfortable personal protective equipment, provide instruction on the proper use of personal protective equipment, provide a bigger size selection, and more stylish selections of personal protective equipment.
What’s Your Excuse For Not Wearing Your PPE? (2011). Retrieved from http://www.blog4safety.com/2011/01/whats-your-excuse-for-not-wearing-your-ppe/
The article provides statistics on personal protective equipment non-compliance in the workplace during 2006, 2007, and 2008. The article explains that eye protection is the most underutilized piece of personal protective equipment. Eye protection is a very important piece of equipment for a worker and the eyes are a very easily injured part of the body, yet nearly three out of every five workers were not wearing eye protection at the time of their accident. Hearing protection is the next highest piece of personal protective equipment that is not being worn properly or even worn at all by workers. Noise-induced hearing loss is completely preventable, yet we still have hearing loss among workers. A company must have a great safety culture in order to get employees to wear personal protective equipment when needed. A supervisor must address safety to his employees and reward employees who show interest in maintaining a good safety culture.
Now OSHA Can Issue Fines For Each Worker Without PPE (2008).
Retrieved from http://www.safetynewsalert.com/now-osha-can-issue-fines-for-each-worker-without-ppe/
The author explains that as of January 2009 OSHA has the ability to issue citations for each employee violating personal protective equipment requirements. In the past a personal protective equipment violation by numerous workers would only result in one fine for the employer, but now the fines can be multiplied by each employee in violation. The employer is ultimately liable for their employees that are not complying with personal protective equipment requirements and the new fine multiplication will give the employer all the more reason to ensure their workers are provided with personal protective equipment needed for the job, training on proper used, and a reason to enforce the employee to wear their personal protective equipment other than the very important reason of not becoming injured.
Why Common Sense Won’t Help With PPE (2017).
Retrieved from https://www.lion.com/lion-news/june-2017/why-common-sense-won’t-help-with-ppe
The article explains that personal protective equipment is the last line of defense to protect employees from the hazards they encounter while on the job. The author talks about common sense and it being not so common when it comes to safety and wearing personal protective equipment. Safety managers have a goal to send workers home the same way they came to work, but workers sometimes are their own worst enemy. Gloves are an important piece of personal protective equipment that most workers need, but many times fail to wear them when needed. The correct type of glove for the job is also not used when needed. OSHA requires employers to provide personal protective equipment to employees and to also provide training to employees on how to properly wear the required personal protective equipment.
The Perils Of Safety Management: Why Don’t Employee Wear Required PPE?
Retrieved from https://enesproppe.com/blogs/electrical-safety-stories/the-perils-of-safety-management-why-don-t-employees-wear-required-ppe
The article talks about the employee who refuses to wear appropriate electrical personal protective equipment and what a safety professional should do to ensure the employee wears the personal protective equipment. The author explains that safety exists for a reason. The top reasons employees fail to don personal protective equipment are listed in the article. The top five excuses in 2007 are still heard by safety professionals today. Cures to fix the personal protective equipment non-compliance issue are listed in the article. An employee who forgets to wear their personal protective equipment has probably forgotten their training and may be a way to blame their supervisor. Improving fit and comfort can help increase personal protective equipment compliance. The article offers safety professionals some personal protective equipment products to purchase from Enespro Mission Critical PPE.