PPE Monitoring and Compliance

PPE monitoring services deliver increased compliance, reduced site risks and improved workforce protection, verifying that all workers adhere to PPE usage policies.

Our PPE monitoring service is specifically designed to meet the demand for real-time compliance monitoring. Using cutting-edge AI-enabled technology, we monitor sites, premises and workforces to ensure PPE is worn and used correctly and to flag potential hazards or non-compliance scenarios.

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Employers and businesses use PPE monitoring to reduce their potential liabilities and to mitigate the possibility of a reportable near-miss or incident while augmenting workforce compliance by ensuring all relevant team members are aware of the systems in place.

Using PPE Monitoring Services to Adhere to Health and Safety Legislation

In most cases, it is the employer’s responsibility to ensure they take appropriate action to safeguard staff, visitors and members of the public in settings and environments with a high-risk profile. While issuing PPE and devices is part of this duty, employers must also confirm that PPE is being used and worn as directed.

Examples could include:

  • Verifying that construction workers are wearing hard hats and protective clothing.
  • Monitoring highway teams to ensure high-visibility garments and PPE devices are always in use.
  • Ensuring that safety provisions intended to safeguard passers-by, pedestrians, and road users are in place and being maintained.

Our analytics platform can detect myriad potential and evolving risks, issuing supervisors and responsible parties with notifications whenever any non-compliance is detected or suspected, or logging the contributing factors when a near-miss occurs.

We track any PPE clothing or devices required, including high-vis garments, hard hats, and full PPE uniforms and protective assets.

Applications for PPE Monitoring and Compliance

PPE is often mandated and is an essential element of health and safety compliance. Workers who choose to disregard PPE policies could put themselves, their colleagues and members of the public at unnecessary risk.

Many incidents of non-compliance relate to complacency, where even experienced workers assume that they will not make a mistake or that a hazard will not emerge. Unfortunately, this approach is often a contributing factor to serious injuries or accidents that were wholly preventable.

PPE Compliance for Construction Sites

Every year, dozens of injuries and fatalities occur within construction zones and developments, with the HSE reporting 45 deaths, 53,000 non-fatal accidents and 69,000 workers experiencing work-related illness during 2022/23.

These statistics demonstrate the importance of PPE compliance and how many construction workers are affected by accidents, which can relate to smoke and particle ingestion, falls from heights and injuries related to misuse of equipment.

Highway Worker PPE Compliance Monitoring

It is crucial that all highway workers wear the designated PPE, particularly when working on high-traffic routes such as major A roads and motorways. Incorrect usage of lighting, traffic cones, bollards and signage, or a lack of high-visibility clothing can result in severe collisions and vehicles inadvertently entering protected working zones.

Implementing PPE monitoring ensures that all workers adhere to safe working policies, protecting the safety of all road users.

PPE Compliance Supervision for High-Risk Premises

Compliance with PPE policies is equally important for many other businesses, including warehouses, industrial workshops and manufacturing plants managing high-heat processes, sharp equipment, heavy-duty machinery and commercial vehicles.

Monitoring cameras and video analysis provides continual supervision, identifying whether staff and visitors are, for example, wearing goggles and hard hats, identifying overalls and badges, protective gloves, appropriate footwear and ventilation equipment as appropriate.

Controlled environments such as laboratories and businesses that produce food and beverage items also introduce PPE monitoring to ensure good levels of quality management. Managers and employers may need the assurance that anybody entering a testing centre, food production space or packaging environment is wearing gloves, hair nets and footwear covers.

Mitigating Liabilities and Potential Prosecution Through PPE Monitoring and Compliance

Employers can be exposed to serious penalties, investigations, fines and even prosecution if an accident, incident or near-miss occurs that should have been prevented or would have been avoidable with appropriate PPE compliance.

Although the employer may have provided PPE, if the employee declines to wear this, the employer is often held accountable, with this circumstance often treated as if an employee has been exposed to health risks due to a lack of suitable PPE.

During the 2022/23 period, the HSE Annual Report shows that:

  • 216 businesses were subject to criminal prosecutions, of which 94% were convicted.
  • 8,000 warning or enforcement notices were issued, with 2,000 prohibiting work activity due to risks of death or serious injury.
  • 16,800 businesses and work sites were subject to inspections, including 2,348 construction sites.

Businesses use PPE monitoring to confirm that the correct policies are being followed, comply with HSE legislation, and adhere to quality control processes. Employees who refuse to wear PPE or routinely disregard PPE policies may be subject to gross misconduct proceedings.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Real-time monitoring and analytics help businesses adhere to regulations and verify whether all workforce members are wearing and using PPE as instructed. This process safeguards employers from liability, ensures they can take follow-up action where PPE is not worn correctly and provides quality control assurance.

In many cases, having an advanced PPE compliance policy in place can help reduce insurance costs, where a business can demonstrate 100% compliance and that PPE is widely used across the business and adheres to the most stringent safety mitigation standards.

Monitoring and compliance also increase adherence among staff at all levels, reducing the potential for accidents and injuries, cutting down on the costs of staff absence and ensuring that visitors and inspectors find the site well-controlled.

We work with hundreds of clients, from construction site managers to warehouse supervisors and businesses that operate in environments such as testing and manufacturing and need to oversee the correct use of PPE. The monitoring of PPE applies to any organisation that needs to adhere to robust safety controls and ensure the welfare of all staff is a priority.