Personal protective equipment and women
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Guidance for workplace representatives on ensuring it is a safe fit.
The findings in the report are based on 2,655 responses to a TUC survey and 3086 responses to a Prospect/WES survey.
This report covers:
- The law on personal protective equipment
- Problems with PPE for women
- Examples - Case study
- Taking action
The TUC is calling on employers to:
- avoid suppliers who do not provide a range of sizes for men and women, and ensure that their suppliers have properly assessed the appropriateness of their equipment to women and men
- work with trade bodies to pressure manufacturers and suppliers to provide a full range of PPE
- make sure that they provide the same range of sizes for women as for men
- ensure that women try on several sizes or types of PPE before it is issued to ensure it is best fit
- let staff feedback on the suitability of PPE
- work with safety committees and trade union health and safety representatives to ensure that the correct range of suitable PPE is provided.