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PPE noncompliance higher than expected

July 29, 2011
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ROSWELL, GA — In a survey released by Kimberly-Clark Professional, 89 percent of safety professionals said they had observed workers not wearing safety equipment when they should have been, according to a press release.

Twenty-nine percent said this had happened on numerous occasions, the release stated.

"This high rate of noncompliance with personal protection equipment (PPE) protocols presents a serious threat to worker health and safety," said Gina Tsiropoulos, manufacturing segment marketing manager for Kimberly-Clark Professional.

"While the reasons for noncompliance are varied, the threat to workers is clear-cut. Without the proper use of PPE, they are at risk of serious injury or even death," Tsiropoulos added.

According to the release, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires the use of PPE to reduce employee exposure to hazards when engineering and administrative controls are not feasible or effective.

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shows that of the workers who sustained a variety of on-the-job injuries, the vast majority were not wearing PPE, the release noted.

Of those respondents who observed PPE noncompliance in the workplace, 69 percent said the primary cause was workers thinking that PPE wasn''t needed, the release added.

Click here to read the complete release.

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