In Australian workplaces, we’re fortunate to have strict rules and regulations concerning our safety and wellbeing. But that’s not to say that every workplace follows every rule, or every worker is protected from harm in every instance.
PPE (personal protective equipment) became a more commonly understood acronym during the pandemic, but for workers across many industries, the term was already commonplace.
In this article, we discuss the importance of PPE and what your rights are if you’re not provided with adequate personal protective equipment in your job.
PPE is equipment specifically designed to protect people from potential workplace hazards. It includes things like helmets, gloves, goggles, masks and respirators, high-vis clothing, earplugs, and safety footwear. PPE protects workers from the various risks they might be exposed to in their work environment.
Everybody has the right to a safe workplace, and employers have a legal responsibility to provide the appropriate PPE for their workers as well as ensure its proper use.
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Wearing appropriate PPE has several advantages for workers, including:
Your employer has a duty of care to take all reasonable steps to ensure your safety and wellbeing, so if you think that your employer is not meeting these standards, we recommend seeking legal advice from an expert employment lawyer.
And if you’ve been injured or have become ill due to exposure to harmful dust, chemicals or other hazards such as the ones listed in this article, we strongly recommend seeking legal advice from an expert work injury lawyer or disease exposure lawyer.
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