If you're like most employers, you want to do everything you can to keep your workers safe and compliant with safety regulations. But sometimes, accidents happen and PPE violations occur. When this happens, it's important to understand who may be held liable. In some cases, it may be the worker, in other cases the employer, and in still other cases, liability may be shared between the worker and the employer.
Let's take a closer look at when PPE violations may occur:
Using improper PPE greatly increases the risk of injury. Improper PPE leads to poor PPE compliance. A few of the main causes of poor PPE compliance are as follows:
Low quality and defective PPE compromises the efficiency of protection when an incident occurs
Low stocking of PPE causes non-availability when in need
Wearing odd size PPE causes physical discomfort or interferes with the ability to perform the job
You, as an employer, may be held liable if one of these causes of PPE violations leads to an accident or injury.
That's why it's so important to take steps to prevent PPE violations from happening in the first place. Make sure you have the proper PPE in stock and that it fits your workers properly. Inspect PPE regularly to ensure it is in good condition and replace any defective items immediately.