In this article, we outline how to reduce PPE costs across your business and make your role in safety compliance easier.
Businesses often look for areas where they can try to reduce outlay. Inevitably personal protective equipment (PPE) is one of the areas that will be targeted. If you manage the safety of your company’s workforce and their equipment, you will be familiar with the need to cut costs while maintaining a safe working environment for staff. In this article, we will outline how to reduce PPE costs across your business and make your job as a safety compliance officer easier.
How to reduce PPE costs
Improve equipment care and maintenance
Employees with limited awareness of costs and budgets often perceive workplace equipment and clothing as disposable. The way they handle PPE and clothing reflects this. However, proper laundering of gloves and suits can extend the lifespan of such equipment threefold.
- Careful cleaning removes traces of perspiration and harmful chemicals, as well as everyday dirt and grime that can weaken the fibres.
- Particles of grit act like sandpaper, eating away at the fabric every time you move.
- Other substances and chemicals will do damage over time as well, so clean them out and protect the equipment that’s protecting you.
Review PPE stock with the individuals that use it
The people using your PPE are the experts in what they’re doing. They’ll be able to offer fresh insights that could bring you savings.
- Ask them how they perform their daily tasks and what critical factors are associated with each. You may be purchasing surplus or unnecessary equipment.
- Consider also the way they work. For example, if staff have concerns about the effectiveness of PPE, they may perform their tasks in a less efficient manner in order to minimise risk to themselves.
- Reviewing the quality of the equipment may allow them to increase their efficiency.
How to reduce PPE costs: Schedule routine stock checks
PPE should be fit for purpose. It’s not just about the protective aspects of clothing; other factors such as comfort are important considerations as well.
- Clothing that makes staff too hot or reduces their manual dexterity will affect their performance. For example, do they have to remove equipment to do other bits of their job such as inputting data via a keyboard? Is there a way around that?
- While better equipment may represent a larger initial capital outlay, savings through improved work speed and staff confidence, as well as reducing the number of times they have to spend divesting equipment for comfort, can increase efficiency with major cost savings as a result.
Regulate stock order and use
A good equipment distribution policy can save a lot of money in the long run.
- If staff have uncontrolled access to PPE, there’s a risk that equipment will be taken more often than needed, discarded prematurely, or poorly cared for.
- A more controlled system ensures the right equipment is given to the right people, and that each item is used to its maximum life cycle and no longer than is safe.
- It also allows you to monitor the life expectancy of equipment, review sources, and supply accordingly.
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Review other safety precautions
When considering how to reduce PPE costs, review other safety precautions. Health and safety extend beyond protective clothing to include emergency procedures, working processes, and more. Consider how these support your company’s use of PPE and, where possible, mitigate the need for it.
- Organisations and staff can trivialise smaller injuries. However, even small injuries such as cut and burns can cost productivity by causing staff absence or downtime.
- Keeping thorough health and safety audits and analysing risk regularly will help your company to tailor its PPE requirements to provide the best protection for the least cost.
How to reduce PPE costs by implementing specialist training
Staff training is a key area when it comes to business efficiency, so don’t be afraid to keep improving it.
Nothing stays the same. Technology changes and so do working practices. Use training to keep staff up to date on the most efficient ways of working with, and maintaining, PPE.
For all the information you need about personal protective equipment for your industry, get in touch. We’ll help you to review your needs, and suggest the best solutions to reduce costs without scrimping on safety.
Hazchem Safety is a key player in the core industries we serve, meeting their needs with the highest standards of advice and expertise. Innovation drives all aspects of our business. The company is founded on the belief that it should grow to meet the demands of the customer. When these needs include reducing your PPE spend, we are here to help.
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