Employer and Employee Responsibilities to PPE & Workwear

If you work in an occupation that requires you to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) it can sometimes be confusing as to who holds what responsibilities to ensure that you are kept safe at all times.

Many different industries require employees to wear specific clothing or personal protective equipment (PPE). There are different types, that you can find right here at Wray Bros, each with a different intended use. Ensuring that you are wearing the right protective clothing and industrial workwear can make a huge difference to your safety on a day to day basis.

What is down to the employer and what is the responsibility of the employee?

PPE & Workwear for Employer & Employee responsibilities

Learn more about the responsibilities we each have when it comes to PPE and staff workwear

Employer Responsibility

Legally, the employers must ensure that there is suitable work-wear and protective equipment provided should the tasks involved in the job expose the employee to health and safety risks. As well as provided PPE, employers also have a duty to ensure that all staff are fully trained, prepared and supervised. In the event of a hazard risk, or dangerous substances, employees should have all the knowledge, skills and equipment with which to deal with them, provided by their employers.

Any protective equipment or clothing must include clear instructions on how to use them, close at hand and in a simple manner.

All equipment and clothing provided by an employer must also take into consideration comfort of wear. An employee can refuse to wear PPE if they consider themselves to be in danger due to an item of clothing not fitting correctly, for instance.

Employee Responsibility

It’s not just the employer who has the responsibility to provide you with personal protective equipment and safe clothing. You can refuse to work if you believe you have been supplied substandard equipment that leaves you in danger, but you also have responsibilities as an employee too.

  • Remember to look out for yourself first and foremost. If you keep a high standard of awareness and care in terms of your personal space and clothing, others around you will follow suit.
  • Never wear loose fitting clothing, or leave jewellery or hair exposed if you use machinery of any kind in the workplace.
  • Treat your provided PPE with care – do not interfere with it in anyway, potentially compromising its safety and yours.
  • Fully engage with any training provided that instructs you how to properly wear and use personal protective equipment that your employer provides you.

There is always responsibility on both sides when it comes to clothing in the workplace. Safety has to be the most important issue to consider when purchasing PPE. Wray Bros provides a wide selection of workwear, from staff tunics, industrial boiler suits to high visibility clothing including hi vis vests. Our concern is always with safety first. Our personalised print service can add a quality final touch that adds to your brand by adding your logo, but it should never be your main priority.

Take your time to choose your PPE industrial supplies & work clothing that is right for your company, and we can add the final touches once you have decided.

Further reading

Beyond sawdust: 21st century cleaning for Educational Establishments

Educational establishments from council run schools to privately owned nursery centres need to be kept clean. All areas of a school, university of any educational establishment needs to be free of germs, dirt and any waste at all to guarantee safety for students and staff alike.

Things have come a long way since the days of throwing sawdust down to clean floors and professional contracted cleaners are now used by most educational establishments to ensure the highest levels of hygiene are maintained and all facilities are both spotless and germ-free on a daily basis.

cleaning supplies for educational premises need to cope with tough, challenging work

School Cleaning Guidelines

All educational premises need to be kept clean and well ventilated. All educational facilities should have a documented cleaning policy and dedicated rota to ensure all cleaning is completed. Bathroom and toilet areas need to be cleaned as often as is physically possible and this is especially important when bodily fluid contamination has occurred and there is physical waste to deal with. Regular disinfection is essential for keeping the rest of the school’s population safe and there are a wide range of wholesale cleaning chemicals which are designed with the sole purpose of handling bathroom and washroom waste.

It’s been policy for many years that schools should keep their carpeted areas to a minimum because of the germs which could be living in them. Flat and smooth floor and wall surfaces have a low risk of contamination, germ transfer and are much easier to keep clean from a practical perspective.

Where there are carpets then cleaning staff will need to vacuum at least twice a day and professional carpet cleaning machinery should also be utilised as regularly as is needed.

Chemicals and Equipment

From a safety perspective all chemicals need to be stored and handled in 100% accordance with their manufacturer’s guidelines and their related COSHH information. All chemical and product manufacturers should be able to provide these. Similarly, the staff who work with chemicals need to be fully trained in their correct usage. Even if you contract your cleaning services out you need to be aware of COSHH Regulations and ensure everything is kept as per these guidelines to comply with law.

When it comes to equipment all cleaning products should be treated with care. Experts recommend disposable cleaning cloths which are colour-coded for the environment in which they’ll be used making a distinction between toilet, general and kitchen use for example. In instances where non-disposable cloths are chosen then they must be decontaminated after ever use and washing in a 60? or above machine wash. Mop heads too should ideally be removable and washed at the same temperature.

Cleaning staff should be provided with the necessary PPE to work effectively which could mean gloves, masks and protective footwear dependent upon the chemicals in use.

The cleaning of educational establishments is treated with seriousness due to the danger of children and students becoming ill in unclean learning environments and also the risk of slip or trip falls when floors aren’t kept spotless. We’ve come a long way from the days of cleaning floors with sawdust and the range of chemicals and equipment available today guarantees a cleaner, safer educational establishment for all.

Further reading

Read our article: Supply of cleaning & janitorial supplies to Schools, Colleges and Universities that covers why educational premises are different from other managed premises, how safer products help with a safer environment and the importance of identifying true value-for-money.