Productivity is an aspect of business that if improved can have a direct impact on all the right areas.
An increase in productivity will see a rise in efficiency, workflow and subsequently business growth and profitability.
But in a business that deals with hazardous situations such as when working with chemicals, construction sites or extreme temperatures, increasing productivity can be a difficult task. Not only does every situation need to be carefully planned, but the right equipment needs to be sourced to deal with it!
If the right equipment is not used in these scenarios, injuries or illnesses can be caused which can cause projects to be held up due to under-staffing.
So, what can be done about this?
Well, choosing the right personal protective equipment is the first step towards creating a safer and therefore more productive environment in hazardous lines of work.
If you are looking for a way to improve productivity, but are held back by the hazardous nature of your workplace, read on to find out what you need to consider before buying PPE.
Fit For Purpose
In order for it to improve productivity, the PPE that you use must be fit for the task which it is going to be worn for.
For example, low protection disposable workwear would not offer much assistance on a construction site. Without the correct protection, such as heavy duty safety boots and builders grip gloves in the example of a construction site, it can be harder and more dangerous for employees to complete their job.
Suitable PPE for a specific environment is designed to make work easier and safer, increasing the speed and efficiency with which staff can work.
Good Quality PPE
While you will understandably want to equip your staff as soon as possible to get your project rolling, it is worth putting a little time in to ensure that the personal protective equipment that you are investing in is high quality.
This is due to the fact that low quality equipment is much more likely to break after a few uses or fail to offer even the minimum amount of protection that you require. In turn, you will then have to source new equipment and wait for it to arrive before you can continue with the job.
In more serious scenarios, low quality PPE can result in injuries, which will result in more lost time, low staff morale, and high staff turnover.
Before choosing which protective gear you should be buying to keep your staff safe in their workplace, it’s a good idea to consider how the clothing will affect their ability to do their job.
For instance, if a construction site is going to involve lots of manoeuvring around or climbing ladders, big, clunky safety shoes may hinder the ability to do that and slow productivity so you might want to consider safety boots that are easier to move in.
Similarly, if workers are going to be labouring in extremely warm conditions, heavy clothing may cause them to overheat. Considering the setting and the circumstances that PPE will be worn in is essential in making sure that you’re getting the right equipment.
As you can see, there is a lot to consider before committing to certain PPE items. However, once you’ve done your research and found the perfect PPE for your staff, it will help to provide a boost to productivity, safety, and efficiency in the workplace.