Keep Personal-Protection Equipment Close to Work CentersNovember 1, 2014
Every year, Kimberly Clark Professional surveys manufacturers on their employees’ use of personal protective equipment (PPE), regarded one of the most challenging issues when it comes to workplace safety. Cited as the most common excuses for noncompliance:
• Too hot
• Blamed for decreased productivity or an inability to perform tasks
• Unavailable near the work task
Respondents cite eye protection and gloves as the two most challenging PPE to wear. In addition, keeping PPE near the work task will avoid the need for workers to have to stop what they are doing to go to a centralized tool crib or cabinet to find the PPE item they need to get back on the job.
A write-up on Grainger.com presents three scenarios that can play out when manufacturers fail to locate PPE (safety glasses, in this case) close to the job site.