Having the right uniforms for your staff offers a huge range of benefits that we discuss frequently on this blog; your staff looks and acts more professionally, teamwork is improved, clients think better of you, we could go on and on. But, did you know that having the right uniforms for your staff may also be a legal obligation? Uniforms offer a host of safety benefits, and depending on your industry and the job, they may be part of your legal obligation to help keep your staff and facility safe. Personal Protective Equipment, or PPE, is something that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has specific rules and guidelines to determine.
Along with OSHA, your local government may have additional regulations to help keep citizens safe. As you begin to look into what rules you must follow, be sure to check in with your city, county and state as well. If you are found to be violating these regulations you may find yourself stuck with fines of $10,000 to over $100,000. While this might seem harsh, it’s important to remember that these rules are in place for a reason. Additionally, if you’re found to be violating OSHA rules and an employee is injured, you’ll likely be paying out far more than $100,000 with the additional expenses of workman’s compensation and legal fees.
Different industries have different regulations. Food workers, for instance, may only be subject to a few regulations like keeping hair covered and having a clean and sanitary work uniform to protect food safety and public health. In other industries, like construction and medical, there are stricter regulations to ensure the safety of the public as well as the safety of staff. Medical professionals, for instance, need protection from bloodborne pathogens and uniforms and equipment must be provided to ensure safety. Meanwhile, construction workers are at risk of very different threats and are legally entitled to foot protection, head protection, and hearing protection. Depending on the type of work being done additional protective equipment may be required.
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