The business provides protective clothing to all employees as is appropriate to the operations of the business

What does this mean?

  • It is the responsibility of the business to first establish the correct personal protective equipment (PPE) needed by each employee according to his/her function and then ensure that this is provided to them.
  • To do this the business first needs to determine the possible hazards for each task and then find out what legislation says about the necessary PPE.
  • The business needs to make PPE available accordingly to each employee and may not charge them for it.
  • Once PPE is given out, it is both the employer’s and the employees’ duty to ensure that it is worn correctly and well maintained.
  • PPE is not to be taken home and should be cleaned and neatly stored at the workplace.

What do I do?

If you are not sure what PPE is required per function, it is best to consult with one of the many H&S companies as listed above.

Here are some companies that provide PPE:

Specific regulations about PPE for the hospitality industry have been included in the Resource Centre.