One size does not fit all

Health, Safety and Wellbeing July 18, 2018

Andrew Johnson, safety, health and environment manager at Envirolab (an RSK company), has featured in the latest issue of Health & Safety International (HSI), discussing the issues associated with sourcing and purchasing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). HSI is published five times a year and is Europe’s largest audited safety magazine. The July 2018 issue is the publication’s annual procurement guide edition. Andrew’s article introduces HSI’s guide to PPE procurement.

In the article, entitled ‘One size does not fit all’, Andrew discusses the importance of procuring PPE that is accessible to different shapes and sizes, and the safety risks associated with ill-fitting and uncomfortable PPE.

“The most common question I am asked when ordering safety footwear is ‘Do the suppliers do half sizes?’ and, unfortunately, the answer is no,” Andrew explains. “As health and safety practitioners, we need to ensure that PPE fits correctly, is comfortable for the time it will be worn and that it passes all the relevant tests. If the available options are ill-fitting and uncomfortable, people may choose not to wear appropriate PPE, thus putting their health and safety at risk.

“When alternative garments can be sourced however, the options must be made available to employees and supported by staff at all levels,” says Andrew. “Making the options visible to employees through proper communication and safety briefings is an important part of the procurement process. Senior management and those in charge of the purse strings must also support the procurement of PPE to suit all. When it comes to PPE, the cheaper alternatives are not always the economical options, as they may not last as long, may not be as comfortable and accommodating to different shapes and sizes, and may contribute, therefore, to an employee’s reasons not to wear them, thus jeopardising health and safety overall.

“To ensure the suitability and safety of PPE for all, all employees at all levels must be on board,” Andrew concludes.

You can read Andrew’s article in full on the Health & Safety International website.

🥳 #RSKgroup company RSK Biocensus is delighted to have been named Large Consultancy of the Year at the 2022 Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) Awards.

🏆 The awards aim to celebrate the outstanding work of ecologists and environmental managers who work to protect and enhance the natural environment, and are the highest honour an ecological consultancy can receive.

👏 Well done RSK Biocensus! Find out more following the link in bio now

#rskfamily #sustainablebusiness
...

📣 We are SO excited for the launch of the new kit for @cafcofficial with #RSKgroup as the official front of shirt sponsor

⚽ A retro-inspired design with the classic Charlton Red with RSK #spotted on the front

👏 "We Are One Club! A big thank you to all those members of the Charlton family who came together to help launch our 22/23 Castore home kit" - Charlton Athletic Football Club

#cafc #rskfamily #football #sponsor
...

📸 #selfiesonsite 🤳

Ryan Dunderdale, Senior Surveyor at Central Alliance, providing technical support and on-site training to datum plate install teams down in Bristol.

Want to join our team? View our latest opportunities 👉 www.rskgroup.com/careers

#RSKgroup #behindthescenes #meettheteam #RSKfamily #RSKonsite #engineering #construction
...

🌟 In the June edition of our #employeespotlight, we spoke with with Rosie Pearce at Stephenson Halliday and Carmen Snowdon at WRc Group to find out about their recent achievements 🏆

👏 Congratulations to you both!

Click the link in our bio to find out more!

#rskfamily #employeeapprecitation #team #landscapeinstitute #instituteofwater #architecture
...

"If you don’t feel valued, represented and respected in your workplace, then inevitably your #wellbeing will suffer.”

📌 In our latest edition of #ADayInTheLife, we spoke with Ellen Lapworth-Maisey, Wellbeing, #Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager at RSK – a fascinating position that helps to create an inclusive and empowering #culture for all RSK staff.

Click the link in bio to learn more!

#RSKGroup #RSKfamily #diversity #inclusion #mentalhealth
...