The importance of Personal Protective Equipment

With more than 15 years of experience in Occupational Health, WKI Occupational Health has seen first hand the importance of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Risk Management in the workplace.

The purpose of PPE is to reduces the risk of injury or harm to employees who may be exposed to hazards in the workplace. HSE’s website states that “measures to make the workplace safe include the provision of instructions, procedures, training and supervision to encourage people to work safely and responsibly.”

However, these measures alone; when applied, do not always guarantee employees’ safety from injury or harm as hazards may still remain in the workplace; PPE is therefore used as a last resort to ensure the health and safety of the employee.

As per the Occupational Health and Safety Act, 1993 (Act No. 85 of 1993) the onus is on the Employer to supply PPE to their employees: “The employer shall take steps to reduce the risk as much as is practicable, and shall provide free of charge and maintain in a good and clean condition such safety equipment and facilities as may be necessary to ensure that any person exposed to any such condition or situation at a workplace or in the course of his employment or on premises where machinery is used is rendered safe.”

We at WKI Occupational Health are dedicated to assisting companies during the implementation process. We are happy to announce that we have opened a new division dedicated to supplying PPE to our clients so as to ensure the continued health and safety of their employees.

With a variety of different options in safety gloves, conti-suits, hard hats, safety shoes, harnesses, eye protection and so much more, we are determined to offer the best products at competitive rates.

Contact us for more information on the products we offer.