PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT IS THERE TO SAVE LIVES

Failure to adhere to best practices in occupational health and safety can have adverse financial implications for companies, says Anton Zwanepoel, Business Unit Manager at Innovative PPE Solutions, a subsidiary of Innovative Solutions Group TM. “We have in recent times, seen lawsuits approaching R100 million lodged on behalf of workers who were not properly protected from the hazards inherent in their workplace. Work stoppages and labour disputes arising from safety [...]

Untrustworthy PPE leads to higher injury rates

Companies buying personal protective equipment (PPE) without conducting adequate market research on vendors and the products supplied may result in more harm than good, says labour, financial assistance, broad-based black economic empowerment and PPEoutsourcing company Innovative Solutions Group(ISG) CEO Arnoux Maré. “Employers have become more aware of the dangers of inadequate safety equipment to employee safety and a company’s bottom line in recent years, but they are still buying subpar PPE under the advisement of erroneous suppliers to cut costs.” He adds that a company should spend [...]

IT’S DANGEROUS TO SKIMP ON PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT

Inferior Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in the workplace could have a negative effect on productivity and a company’s bottom line. A number of companies have been found skimping on the PPE they supply to their staff, resulting in growing concern amid vigorous local and international drives to promote the creation of a safe working environment. PPE refers to equipment such as protective gear, gloves, boots, helmets, goggles and much more. [...]

People-centric health and safety training is key

If we were to rewind to 125 years ago, a vastly different picture of labour safety would emerge.  What was then largely an agricultural economy, was moving swiftly into the industrial age, and more significantly, South Africa was experiencing the gold mining boom.  The machinery aiding a new era of economic growth and productivity was bigger, faster and more dangerous. As a result, employees were getting injured or losing their [...]