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

Behind Branded, Good Value and Cheap Workwear

We all wear clothes at home and at work, well hopefully most of the time we do! Whilst we are not all experts in industrial workwear and personal protective equipment (PPE), we do all have a fair idea of what looks good on us and what feels comfortable for us to wear.

Balancing these factors is a careful consideration to make, so how do you know what you are getting for your money when purchasing workwear? You get what you pay for in most instances and if you buy from a reputable workwear manufacturer, such as Beeswift for safety footwear, Portwest for outdoor workwear and Premier for hospitality uniforms, you can be assured that you are buying quality, robust fabrics that offer real value-for-money.

We have noticed customers move from purchasing the cheapest workwear items to look for product quality and something that will last them longer

We have noticed customers move from purchasing the cheapest workwear items to look for product quality and something that will last them longer

Sometimes it isn’t that simple however. There are different price points within a work clothing range and the scope of pricing might not be that easy to deduce whether the product itself uses raw materials which are ‘good, better and best’. The prices might instead reflect the different features for each product within the range, so for instance some work trousers may include zipped side pockets or pockets in the kneepads, whilst others do not.

So how should you choose your workwear?

You do get what you pay for in the end – and if it fits your specific requirements and lasts, the job is done.

Wray Bros provides a wide range of safety workwear for your requirements as an individual or an organisation. Our team understands that what you wear must meet specific safety requirements for your specific tasks at hand. We also appreciate that you must also be comfortable to be able to perform your duties correctly, and with a smile on your face.

For more information on how to find value in your staff uniforms and work clothes please feel free to contact our customer service team who will be more than happy to offer advice and guidance, either over the phone or face-to-face at our workwear trade counter in Liverpool.

Further Reading

How to Stay Safe and Look Good with Work Tunics
Choosing Chef Wear: Surviving the Heat of the Kitchen with a Nod to Brand Integrity
The Benefits of Personalised Workwear