Advantages of Using Protective Workwear
Guest Post By: Alsco New Zealand
In 2012, the New Zealand government set a target to reduce work-related injuries. They aimed to decrease fatalities by at least 25% by 2020.
Well, 2020 is upon us. Question is, has this target been reached?
According to statistics, there were 2.1 fatalities per 100,000 full-time employees. This is lower than the government’s target of 2.5.
Good news, right?
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NZ Work-related Injury Statistics
|Year||Fatal injuries/100,000 full time employees||2014-2016 Interim Target||2008 – 2020 Target|
Work-related fatal injuries, 2010-2018 (excludes fatalities from the Pike River Mine tragedy)
These figures are to be applauded as proof that fewer people are getting hurt while at work.
This, however, places pressure on businesses. They have to constantly improve and maintain the safety of their employees.
There is a need for constant vigilance and the provision of high-quality protective workwear.
Business owners should invest in the safety of their employees. In the process, they are likely to reap these 10 benefits.
1. Reduced Time-Out & Sick Leave by Employees
When a staff member is injured, there is a negative impact on the productivity of a business. They will be shorthanded with less manpower.
As of 2018, 12.7 per 1,000 people made claims for work-related injuries that resulted in more than a week away from work.
This is higher than the government target of 8.4.
NZ Claims for Work-related Injuries 2008-18
During the time the employee is recuperating, the business will either have to:
- Distribute tasks to remaining staff
- Leave tasks undone
- Temporarily replace an absent staff member
All these options cost money. It is therefore prudent to avoid injuries. Especially those that may result in more than a week away from work. The obvious first step? Provide effective workplace safety gear.
2. Improved Safety for Workers
Fewer injuries benefit the welfare of your workforce. The main purpose of protective clothing is to keep employees safe. This is your responsibility as the employer. If anything should happen to a staff member while they are working, the liability will fall upon you.
Decide which types of uniforms are necessary for different jobs. High visibility uniforms stop workers from being hit by motorized vehicles. Flame resistant workwear prevents injury from electrical flashes or flash fires.
All gear has a specific function so be sure to provide the correct garments for each task.
3. Compliance with Regulations & Laws
The Health and Safety at Work (General Risk and Workplace Management) Regulation 2016 states that protective wear should be:
- Suitable for the nature of work.
- Suitable for the risks associated with that work.
- A suitable fit and size.
- Reasonably comfortable.
- Compatible with any other protective workwear.
- Clean and hygienic.
- In good working order.
It is also the duty of the employee to train staff. Give them guidance on how to use, store and maintain their protective clothing and equipment.
If you do not adhere to the laws regulating your business, you face the risks of hefty fines.
4. Improved Customer Relations
In many organizations, workwear serves to identify staff members. The uniforms help to locate company representatives.
Customers generally feel more comfortable approaching a uniformed staff member. This is better than trying to guess who to ask for help and improves overall customer service.
Research has shown that employees in uniform are perceived to be more professional. Customers view them as being knowledgeable and trustworthy.
Uniforms are also useful in case of emergencies. Clients will immediately know who to turn to for help.
5. Adherence to Insurance Requirements
If your business has an inherent risk in its daily activities, it is important to make sure all employees wear the required protective gear.
When an employee is injured while performing their work duties, insurance is liable to pay for their injuries.
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However, if they were not wearing the required protective gear, insurance companies can refuse to cover the costs.
This will naturally cause distress for you and the staff member. If it was your failure to provide proper personal protective equipment (PPE), you will be liable for the cost related to the injuries.
6. Promotes Corporate Identity and Cohesion
Work uniforms promote a sense of pride and responsibility among workers. Employees become brand ambassadors and their contributions feel valued.
Workwear instills a form of corporate identity and increased loyalty among employees.
By leveling the field, there is no competition between staff members. Social barriers are eliminated so no more remarks about the style or price of one’s outfit.
Everyone is on the same level and people feel like they belong. This increases overall productivity. Staff members feel like they are all working towards the same goal.
7. Prevents Contamination of Products
There are some industries that produce sensitive goods that need to remain pristine. These include food and medicines. The ingredients in these products cannot be mixed or the end product will be compromised.
In the case of healthcare and the manufacturing of medicines, contamination can be the difference between life and death.
Protective wear is essential for such businesses. Without PPE, work would come to a standstill. As a manager, it is advisable to invest in reliable protective wear. Lack thereof may affect the quality of your end product.
8. Promotes Company Brand
Eye-catching uniforms can work as advertisements for your brand. Your employees can become ‘walking adverts’ promoting the company’s products and services.
This will save you marketing costs in the long run.
You will also be able to reach a wide range of potential customers. your staff members come from all spheres of life. Your business will be visible everywhere they go while in uniform.
A study showed that over 70% of respondents thought uniforms were effective marketing tools. This was in comparison to TV, billboard, radio and newspaper advertising.
Take full advantage of this free advertising by making sure the uniforms are attractive and comfortable. This will encourage employees to wear them with pride. Ensure your logo is clearly visible.
9. Improved Security of Business Premises
A security breach can be costly to your business. While it is advisable to invest in extensive security measures, these can be expensive.
An easier solution would be to instruct all employees to wear recognizable workwear.
This will make it easier for managers to spot people who are not supposed to be present in certain areas. It also improves the safety of visitors as they can be easily monitored.
10. Results in Employee Retention
When employees feel safe, they are comfortable and happy. When they are happy, they enjoy their jobs and are more likely to be loyal. This results in higher productivity and employee retention.
Employees are probably your biggest asset. It is worthwhile to invest in them. Plus, recruitment and training is an expensive process.
Employees also benefit from employer-provided uniforms by saving time and money. When uniforms are provided as part of a rental program, employees do not have to bear the cost of laundering. They are also free of the stress of choosing an outfit every day.
As a business owner, try to involve staff members before implementing a new uniform code. This will ensure they embrace the new look and. It also shows you genuinely care about them. This promotes a positive health & safety culture.
Get the Help You Need to Protect Your Employees
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As a business owner, you may find the task of keeping track of a large number of protective workwear and uniforms daunting.
If this is you, choose a reliable uniform rental service. You can rely on them to provide clean uniforms 24/7/365.
By choosing a trusted brand, you receive:
- Durable, safe heavy-duty workwear
- High quality & high-performance protective wear
- Discounted price for bulk purchases
- Branded protective wear
Finding the right supplier is simple. Ask for a ‘best-price’ quote and have a chat with informed customer service representatives.
Alsco New Zealand
Article contribution by Alsco New Zealand. Alsco aims to help create a healthier and safer workplace by providing affordable yet high-quality uniform rental service and hospital-grade first aid solutions.