How to Get Your Staff to Wear Protective Clothing

Employees & Protective Clothing

Let’s face it. As much as managers and safety professionals know the importance of protective clothing in dangerous work environments, not all employees quite agree. They may think it’s too uncomfortable, not stylish, or not necessary for the task at hand. Not only is this frustrating as a boss, it can pose serious safety and financial risk. If an employee gets injured in some way on the job, the company will be held liable. Making sure that employees wear the proper protective clothing is just as much for their safety as it is for management’s. Below are some of the best ways to ensure your employees wear the proper protective clothing and equipment on dangerous work sites.

Make it Mandatory

Setting a precedent of mandatory PPE is the single best way to ensure your employees wear what they need to on the job. Don’t give them the option whether to wear it or not. They should not be allowed on site until they are fully and properly geared-up. Put the rules in writing and make sure everyone is explicitly aware of what gear and equipment is necessary in which locations and for which tasks.

Stand by Your Policies

Discipline those who do not wear the proper gear or protective clothing. This isn’t fun for anyone, but unfortunately, it might be necessary. Making a policy and sticking to it is going to be one of the most effective ways of maintaining properly dressed and equipped workers on your job site. The consequences for not wearing the proper gear is up to you, but understand that it should be severe enough to coerce them to wear the equipment. Stay credible as a boss by adhering to your policies and following through with disciplinary action. Don’t let anyone off the hook—no exceptions.

Continuing Training

Safety training is a must for all employees on dangerous worksites. However, shouldn’t end with a single session. Make safety a part of the culture of your work site. Have frequent safety refreshers and meetings. Educate and remind employees of the necessity of the proper equipment for certain jobs as often as you can. Demonstrate how to wear and use equipment and protective clothing properly. Show people why wearing protective clothing properly is a good choice and also clearly demonstrate the dangers and consequences of inadequate safety practices.


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