PROTECTION FOR EVERYONE

SHP is running a campaign to bring awareness around the issues of ill-fitting PPE.

“It amazes me that we expect anyone to want to work in our industry when we can’t give them the basic kit to keep them safe,” wrote Sandi Rhys Jones OBE, current President of the CIOB, and a passionate advocate for inclusive PPE. Her article was one of the catalysts for the campaign.

As was a powerful piece by geologist Katherine Evans. “Manual handling was a massive challenge,” she said. “Walking was painful and core logging on the floor was almost impossible, making me look disengaged, lazy and uncomfortable on-site, as if  I didn’t want to be there, all of which couldn’t have been further from the truth.” She goes on to say how the issue ultimately erodes enthusiasm, confidence, and even career potential. “Eventually, after a while you stop being asked, stop being involved, stop learning, stop progressing.”

And everyone is key here, as Sandi Rhys-Jones identifies: “This isn’t just an issue faced by women, but also some men, where PPE isn’t compatible with body shape and size.” Furthermore, many workers also wear other clothing including religious headwear, for example, where protective equipment is not conducive.

Throughout this year, SHP will be producing a suite of content: from personal stories of workers, but also positive articles from companies and manufacturers who are making PPE inclusive. We will also be commissioning a PPE report on the topic, as well as producing webinars and podcasts on the topic – there is much to discuss!

Please get involved, share your stories and support a campaign that affects everyone!

NEWS

Keep on top of the latest news and comment pieces about the campaign.

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PPE for women does not fit, 2024 WES survey results says

Over six months in the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) undertook a substantial consultation of the PPE-wearing female workforce in UK engineering.

Arco backs SHP campaign for PPE inclusivity

The major UK safety equipment supplier, Arco, has declared its support for SHP’s campaign to raise awareness of the need for inclusivity in workplace PPE. 

Danny Clarke

Why health and safety practitioners must do more when it comes to PPE

Danny Clarke explores strategies to communicate the benefits of suitable PPE and emphasises the importance of involving subject matter experts (HS professionals) in decision-making processes.

HSE acknowledge issue of ill-fitting PPE as regulator engage with SHP

SHP’s Inclusive PPE campaign took a significant step forward as Karl Simons OBE opened communication with the UK health and safety regulator.

‘PPE isn’t meant to be uncomfortable’: Katy Robinson and Karl Simons on inclusive PPE

In this episode, we speak to inclusive PPE campaigner Katy Robinson, and Chairman of SHP’s Editorial Board Karl Simons about PPE and creating a movement for tangible change.  

Council votes to urge government to make change for inclusive PPE

East Riding of Yorkshire Council members voted on Wednesday (21 February) to write to the Government to urge it to make it compulsory for STEM industries to provide inclusive PPE.

“As a woman in safety, I’ve faced challenges with ill-fitting PPE. Often the sizing and fit are tailored to men and result in uncomfortable and baggy PPE. I’ve also struggled when wearing protective hairstyles such as braids or my natural hair and getting bump caps or hard hats that fit. I would like more acknowledgement that not one size fits all and more inclusive PPE that is affordable and accessible.”

Lucilla Cummings – Senior HSE Manager – Wolseley UK

EXPERIENCES

Hear from those in the profession who have experienced ill-fitting PPE.

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Inclusivity in PPE: The manufacturer’s perspective

Ian Kelsall at Dräger Safety UK, shares his view on overlooked areas of face protection fit, which, if not considered, can have adverse effects on the level of safety for the wearer. 

One size really doesn’t fit all

Health and Safety Manager, Thomas Morris (Cert IOSH) on the far-reaching effects of ill-fitting PPE. 

Beth Holroyd: ‘PPE that’s not designed with women in mind is a fundamental problem’

Beth Holroyd shares her experience with ill-fitting PPE, and explains how catering for all not only enhances safety at work, but happiness and wellbeing too. 

Danny Clarke

Why health and safety practitioners must do more when it comes to PPE

Danny Clarke explores strategies to communicate the benefits of suitable PPE and emphasises the importance of involving subject matter experts (HS professionals) in decision-making processes.

‘I felt overjoyed. They were like slippers’: Finally finding safety boots that fit

Despite a 30-year safety career Emma Woodhouse only recently discovered boots that complement her size one feet.

‘My feet slid around and my legs hurt from gripping my toes’: Jane Middleton on ill-fitting PPE

The Chartered Engineering Geologist has to privately source boots and tailor men’s trousers just to go to work. 

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Please get in touch if you would like to be involved with our campaign and be a supporter, including your experiences with ill-fitting PPE. If you are a supplier or manufacturer of inclusive PPE then drop us a line and tell us about your journey, also.

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