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How do you handle the situation when someone either forgets or loses their hard hat, safety glasses, gloves, etc.. As you know the employer is responsible to provide these items, but how often can you continue to supply people who constantly forget or misplace their gear. Do you send them home, do you fine them, do you charge them for the replacement cost? We cannot just ask them to go to work without their protective gear. Any ideas???

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We have a number of contractors who purchase several pink hard hats that they loan to the guys who forget their hard hat. They tell us that after a full day of walking around getting crap for wearing a pink hard hat, the worker doesn't forget his hard hat again. :-)
Robert, our policy when an employee forgets or loses their PPE I will first replace them right away so than can go to work and be productive. How ever I have them sign a receipt and give them a verbal warning and tell them next time they will be send home. Now I have had employees that have lost their hardhat, safety glasses and gloves in one evening and issued them a loaner set and told them that they are responsible to replace what they have lost.
For our company we go through gloves and safety glasses at a high rate, but if their glasses are scratched and gloves are worn out, no question I will replace them on the spot. Good or bad most PPE are consumables and it’s the price we have to pay to ensure our employees never question using PPE and they feel good about them self. I’m sure many of us have seen company that buy 99 cent safety glasses and the person using them can barley see through them.
All associates get a three strike policy for misplaced or lost PPE just as if its any other company infraction. It all starts with a verbal warning. The 2nd offense gets a written warning. The 3rd offense gets a final warning. Anything after that is either suspended or termination dependant upon the specific type of infraction.


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