Do I Need to Provide PPE Like Safety Boots, Safety Glasses & Gloves Free of Charge, Even If I Think an Employee Won’t Stay?
As an employer, you are obliged to take the health and safety of your employees into account as they carry out their duties. This means that, for employees working in hazardous areas, you must provide them with personal protective equipment (PPE), regardless of how long you think an employee may stay within your organisation. However, any equipment you supply to an employee will remain the property of the company, and therefore must be returned upon termination of employment. In order to avoid any ambiguity, this should be written into your company policy, so employees are aware from the outset of their employment.
For most trades, PPE includes: Safety boots, eye protection, hard hats, high visibility clothing, gloves, knee pads, ear protection and waterproofs.
Workwear such as branded clothing, uniforms and office wear are not counted as PPE and therefore are not required to be supplied by employers.
From a HR perspective, the best approach to avoid over-spending on PPE would be to ensure that your interview process selects the right staff from the beginning of the process, and also to ensure that PPE protocol is written into your company policy.
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